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.
Clay limestone and blood-red “ruffes” soil typically found in the Terrasses du Larzac.
Jancis Robinson 201617 + / 20 : A sleeping dragon …
Le G de Château Guiraud, 2016
– Château Guiraud is one of the few properties to be located within the village of Sauternes itself (the only other being its illustrious neighbour Château Yquem). Alongside sweet wines they also produce an organic dry white.
Fermented in barrel and aged for 7 months on its lees, this wine has great texture and depth. Crisp gooseberries, honey and just a touch of blossom.
Le G de Château Guiraud, 2017
– With its rich expression and assertive personality, the G de Château Guiraud 2017 embodies with brilliance the style and charm of the Château Guiraud brand.
Certified as an estate practicing Organic Agriculture since 2011, Château Guiraud reigns over a prestigious terroir with a wide variety of soils. This rare complexity helps build the style of great wines that seduce each year with their consistently excellent quality.
– Along with an intense aromatic expression, complexity and elegance, the palate also offers the perfect balance of textural density and a zippy, refreshing tension. A beautiful vintage full of flavour, which will radiate in its youth but blossom fully only with age.
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2016
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.”
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2017
Plummy dark fruit flavours combine with subtle toasty notes. A medium to full bodied wine, displaying smooth overtones and a lingering finish.
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011
Beautiful yellow color with emerald rim. Fine wine with a rich, full-bodied taste. After decantation gradually revealed bright mineral shades, tones of juicy fruit, honey, flowers and spices. Superb finish stunning length.
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.
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971
Deep orange gold. This has an attractive and complex baked apple nose with hints if spice and caramel. The palate is complex, powerful and concentrate and is distinguished by the high level of acidity. Highly textured, with a russet-apple and quince like presence, this is still positively youthful.It has been preserved by the acidity and will continue to hold for years to come. It deserves to be in the cellar of all true Chenin lovers.
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996
Polished, deep yellow-gold. The nose is muted and withdrawn, we suspect this showed some reduction in its youth, but has since emerged. The palate is light on entry but builds well to a relatively powerful finish. There is some complexityhare, with the wine developing some calvados like flavours.
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.
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.
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
This wine is made from a blend of grapes, 70% of which come from vines planted on a clay-limestone soil and 30% from vines planted on schist. Deep red hue. Intense on the nose with harmonious ripe aromas: cherries mingling with plums and slightly peaty notes. It is clean and straightforward on the palate with a nice hint of bitterness which lifts the finish which has an iodized touch. The wine is tauter than the preceding vintage. Lovely overall balance and a gorgeous tannic grain. A lovely vintage best appreciated in the next 7-8 years.
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Saint-Joseph Blanc, E. Guigal, 2014
Light yellow. Ripe citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by suggestions of dusty minerals and white flowers and ginger. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering intense, nicely concentrated tangerine and bitter pear skin flavors and a hint of honeysuckle. Shows very good energy and lift on the finish, which repeats the floral and ginger notes
Sauternes Gold Reserve, Filhot, 1998 (37.5cl)
A delicious, fully mature Sauternes from Chateau Filhot – relabelled as Gold Reserve. The unctuous sweetness of youth is settled into a light and elegant style. Full of dried fruit and marmalade flavours. There is a little orange pith dryness on the finish.
Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2018
This wine is sourced from vineyards near the town of Beziers. Very fresh grassy Sauvignon grape character. Full rich flavour with good acidity.
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2016
Ruby-red hue. The nose is as remarkable as ever with pronounced fruity notes of blackcurrant, elderberry and a hint of fruit cake. Slightly woody and liquorice-like aromas then start to come through. On entry to the palate, the wine is clean, with a silky elegance and good balance. The 2014 preserves the characteristic style and attractive personality of the previous vintages. There are notes of menthol and spice on the palate, while the Mourvèdre provides a strong typical character and a nice complexity to the whole. A beautiful vintage with good cellar-ageing potential.
12 months in oak barrels (30 % new wood, 40 % barrels used for one vintage, 30% barrels used for two vintages).
Jancis Robinson 2016
17.5 – / 20 : Glossy intensity spreads across the palate …
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2017
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier owns 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc in the village of Bue, one of the principle hamlets surrounding the old walled town of Sancerre. These soils have a high chalk content and as a result this Sancerre is distinguished by its perfume of citrus and minerals. It has finesse and precision combining typical firm structure with an aromatic, blackcurrant character and an extra richness of gooseberry and lees on a long, zesty finish.