La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015

Purple-red robe. A very expressive nose that opens with notes of chocolate and spice, followed by citrus fruit and white flower aromas. There are also hints of pure fruit, reminiscent of freshly-picked, crushed grapes. On the palate this is a clean and lively wine with subtle notes of small red berries and scrubland herbs. The tannins are elegant, discreet and well-integrated. The balance and originality of this wine gives it its “cuvée rare” status.

Terroir

Clay limestone and blood-red “ruffes” soil typically found in the Terrasses du Larzac.

Jancis Robinson 201617 + / 20 : A sleeping dragon

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Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Clear yellow color with shining reflects. The nose is strong with spicy notes, flower and mint mix up to offer a rare aromatic complexity. The mouth is straight, initially crispy, then it complexifies with salty notes. Round with a perfect balance between acidity, fruit and aromas. The minerality of this wine is characteristic of the great Chardonnay cultivated in a fresh environment and raised in oak barrel.

Terroir

The high Valley of Aude is the highest vineyard in Languedoc. Our parcels are located at the extreme west of Languedoc. Spring comes in late and autumn is quite cool. The altitude is above 300m and average rainfall exceeds 800 mm/year. The late clay soil is a very important factor in Languedoc to favor the planting of the Chardonnay grape. Certainly the best terroir for Chardonnay in the whole region of Languedoc.

Vinification

Manual harvest. Grapes are neither destemmed nor crushed. The first juice, the free run juice and the pressed juice are all vinified separately. The alcoholic fermentation is done in barrels. It is regular and last for 3 weeks. The malolactic fermentation is only done on the barrels that are found too acid. As a result, the final blending between the different wine profiles results in an exceptionnal harmony for our Chardonnay.

Ageing

6 months in 500L oak barrels.
Jancis Robinson 2016 17.5 + / 20 : Structure and tension, really exciting.
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Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2015
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2015
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2015

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

90 Points James Suckling.

“This is a bright and crisp chardonnay that makes you feel France with sliced lemon, apple and mineral character. Medium-bodied, crisp and delicious. Drink me.”

The village of Lugny is located high up in the South of the Mâcon region. It has a great reputation for its white wines which has made Mâcon famous. It is well known that the village of Lugny, with its limestone soils and warm climate, produces the most coveted white wines of the region. The vineyard of « Les Genièvres » is one of the best. Maison Louis Latour selects the best grapes of this village, which thanks to its terroir, was the only village planted with Chardonnay 30 years ago.
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Louis Latour – Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine, Côteaux du Verdon, 2014
Louis Latour – Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine, Côteaux du Verdon, 2014
Louis Latour – Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine, Côteaux du Verdon, 2014

Candied cherry fruits with a spicy perfume on the nose, a velvety textured palate brimming with ripe cherry and strawberry fruits laced with vanilla, leading to a rounded finish.

 

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Domaine de Valmoissine is located on the site of the ancient monastery and university of Valmoissine at 500 metres above sea-level. This guarantees sunshine during the summer months whilst remaining cool at night and limits the possibility of spring frosts. The vineyard’s southern exposure gives the raisins perfect maturity at the same time as the Grands Crus of Corton. The yield is small in order to ensure perfect maturity and concentration of the grapes, the factors that create the best quality wines. This results in an elegant wine with remarkable finesse.
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Lucien Lardy – Fleurie “Les Roches”, 2015
Lucien Lardy – Fleurie “Les Roches”, 2015
Lucien Lardy – Fleurie “Les Roches”, 2015

Delicate scent of ripe fruit and violets. Beaujolais’ best known “cru”.

91 Points Wine Enthusiast (2013)
“Lucien Lardy is a “natural” winemaker, avoiding sulphur. The wine is certainly fresh and intensely fruity. It has a red cherry crispness, layers of acidity and a firmer core of tannins. The aftertaste brings out a more measured, structured character. Drink now, but the wine will be better in 2015.” R.V. (11/1/2014)

Lucien Lardy.
“Coming from a family of four children, I was the only one to choose winemaker as my profession. My father left me a wonderful legacy that I wanted to honor and preserve. I am fortunate that as part of my daily work I am acting as keeper of a French heritage. I get up early to go into my vineyard to walk through my vines, which give me much happiness and a strong sense of freedom.

I vinify each of my plots separately in order to manage the expression of all my lands. This enables me to create complex and generous wines that display the characteristics of its terroir.

As a founder and winemaker of Terroirs Originels, I am proud to have worked along side my friends and other talented winemakers to form our alliance, where integrity and passion for winemaking and sustainable growing is fundamental.”

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Madiran AC Cuvée Charles de Batz Domaine Berthoumieu 2012
Madiran AC Cuvée Charles de Batz Domaine Berthoumieu 2012
Madiran AC Cuvée Charles de Batz Domaine Berthoumieu 2012

A nose of plums, blackberries, spice and hints of vanilla and toasty oak. The palate has plenty of fresh redcurrant and plums with a silky mouth feel, food friendly tannins and hints of dark chocolate on the finish.

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Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

The colour is an intense crimson with purple hints. In the mouth it is powerful but with a soft finish. Notes of ripe fruits, prunes and dried figs cover the taste buds after the first mouthful.

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Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010

Maison Louis Jadot Monthélie is a very fruity wine developing red fruits and cherries aromas. It is a well structured wine with good tannins. It is quite a powerful yet still very delicate wine. It will be a perfect partner for red meats (roasted, grilled or in sauce) as well as cheeses.

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Some leathery, clove-like notes spice up this solidly built Pinot. Hints of briar add more complexity to the cherry fruit, before some drying tannins take over on the finish. Rather than aging this to mellow the tannins, try it alongside beef or lamb instead.” J.C.  (7/1/2015)

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2013
This wine highlights the slightly cooler season with lovely perfumed dark red forest berries and cherry fruits along with a hint of dried herb, adding complexity. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish.

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015

This wine has aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of stonefruit, melon and green mango. These characters are richly replicated on the palate, with a full textured mid palate and an off-dry finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“Loaded with fruit—apricot, pineapple and passion fruit—this is an attractive, medium-bodied Pinot Gris with just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy it over the next year.” J.C.  (8/1/2012)

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015
NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015
NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015

Named after the grapes in the blend (Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon), this easygoing, savory wine doles out juicy blackberry, black currant, black cherry and a hint of licorice with soft, round tannins.

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No Stone Unturned, 2013
No Stone Unturned, 2013
No Stone Unturned, 2013

The wine comes from the very best plots of our friend Pepe Fuster’s stone covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration an complexity of dark, spicy, blackberry fruit which has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months in the finest new Dargaud & Jaegle oak barrels from France.

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Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015

Blend of low yielding, organic Syrah & Grenache vines, with instant red and black fruit appeal. Enjoy with moderation!

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Petit Chablis Domaine du Colombier 2016
Petit Chablis Domaine du Colombier 2016
Petit Chablis Domaine du Colombier 2016

The Petit Chablis 2016 from the Domaine du Colombier vineyards, in Burgundy, France is a fine example of affordable Chardonnay. Crisp, mineral, green and flinty the Petit Chablis 2016 is everything you want from this region.Unoaked, lively and light, with the purity of all good Chablis, partner this fruity and slightly buttery release with seafood – particularly shellfish and crab – or mild, soft cheeses.A growing and successful Domaine that is making some great Chablis, Guy Mothe and son Thierry make wine with the greatest of respect for traditional Burgundian methods, allied to the advantages of modern techniques. Add to that great passion and love of the work, and the result is white Burgundy of the highest quality at an affordable price.

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Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013

Intense yellow color with gold tints. The nose is very expressive and reveals intense aromas of honey, gingerbread and wood. The palate is rich with deep and intense aromas. Exotic fruits mixed with spices and a touch of sweet liqueur. Very fresh.

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Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014
Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014
Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014

Vintage 2014 Pinot Noir Précoce gives a fabulous complex bouquet of dark red berries with layers of mineral nuances. Juicy lush generous and complex on the palate, with generous oak and ripe, fine tannins.

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Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013

A well balanced, vibrant Pinot Noir, showing a complexity that belies the age of the vines. Garnet in colour, the wine offers aromas of raspberries and strawberries.

The palate is smooth, medium bodied, with bold fruit characters balanced well with the subtle oak influence.

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Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014/15
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014/15
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014/15

Intense ruby color with garnet reflections. The bouquet is distinguished and vital, with fresh, ripe fruit. The palate is clear and definite, with hints of ripe pulpy fruit, cherry, and notes of chocolate, frame with a long and pleasant finish.

90 Points Antonio Galloni (2012 vintage)

“The 2012 Barbera d’Alba is quite pretty. Bright red cherries, flowers, spices and mint all lift from the glass in a striking, perfumed Barbera long on class and personality. The flavors are precise and finely sculpted throughout.”

The grapes for the Barbera d’Alba come from the family owned vineyards in Serraluga d’Alba (Ornato and Colombaro), in Sinio, Diano d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour, together with other vineyards belonging to historical suppliers who have been selling their grapes to PIO CESARE for generations, working their vineyards according to our directions and strict quality controls. There is 15 days of skin contact in stainless steel temperature-controlled fermenters. The wine is aged for 18 months in French Allier oak, 30 percent in mid-toasted barriques that are half new and half one year old. The remaining 70 percent were aged in 20 to 50 hectoliter casks of Allier oak that are about 8 years old.

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Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo
Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo
Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo

100% native varietal Fernão Pires is fortified to create a delicious sweet wine perfect for desserts such as custard tart or blue cheeses. Flavours of dried fruits are delivered from a smooth, textured palate with a lingering finish. Delightfully balanced and fresh. Great Value.

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Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013

Tasting Note
Aromas and flavours of ripe yellow fruit, especially peach and loquat, with floral touches and a hint of vanilla from the French oak casks. A rich white wine with body and balancing acidity.

 

Gastronomy
Baked fish, Mediterranean traditional dishes, White meats with aromatic herbs.

 

Vinification
The grapes were manually harvested and placed separately in 18-kg boxes. They were then pressed in long and short cycles in the mornings. After the musts were clarified, the fermentation in new and 2nd-use French oak casks followed. The wine aged on fine lees for 8 months using the batonnage method. After the final cuvée was prepared, the wine was stabilised and filtered before being bottled.

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