Aventura Branco, Susana Esteban, Regional Alentejano DOC 2014
Yellow straw color. Lovely and perfumed hints of lavender and peach with a well-defined mineral finish. Bold but fresh, dry and citreous finish.
Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon – 1884 Estate Grown Viognier, Mendoza, 2017
Fresh white wine with intense floral aromatics and flavours of stone fruits on the mouth.
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2017
Very expressive with white flowers and fruity aromas of apricot and vineyard peach, along with dried fruit and nut overtones. Straightforward, clean, full and well-balanced on the palate, with a fresh and fruity finish revealing mango and citrus overtones. The oak is subtle and very smooth. This vintage shows lovely acidic tension: elegant.
Chardonnay are aged for three months in oak barrels (30% of the vintage).
Top 100 The Wine Merchant
Highly Recommanded by The Wine Merchant
Cantina di Custoza – Val dei Molini, Custoza DOC, Veneto, 2017
A rich, full bodied wine with flavours of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits. Finish is delightful, with a pleasant length.
Casal Mendes – Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal
Classic white produced from indigenous Portuguese varities in the northern Vinho Verde region.
Delicate citrus aromas lead onto a soft, rounded and slightly off dry palate with a light spritz. It combines apple and floral characters with soft tropical notes and fresh acidity on the finish.
Chardonnay Puglia IGT, Tormaresca, 2017
- This Chardonnay is Tormaresca’s signature label from its namesake estate. Being a symbol of Apulia’s intrinsic nature, with its high-quality standards, is a source of pride for Tormaresca and its close connection to the territory is made evident through the etymology of the name itself. “Tormaresca” is a creative name that evokes the 580 historical fortified towers built to defend the Apulian coastline from pirates that for centuries threatened the local populations. These same invaders proved to be sources of important cultural contributions that left their mark in the area.
- Bright, fruity, medium-bodied Chardonnay showing the purity and richness of Puglian fruit.
Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Lightly tropical fruity aromas marry with soft buttery notes. Dry and rounded on the palate with texture, richness and finesse that gives this wine charm and completeness.
Château de Chantegrive “Caroline”, 2014
– The Caroline cuvée is the flagship of the wines produced by Chateau de Chantegrive. This top of the range dry Graves Blancs gets its good reputation from its airy thickness, always enhanced by an accurate acidity. This wine’s freshness and volume on the palate are due to the cold soak that then ended by an ageing process on lees in French oak barrels (50% new barrels) with regular stirring of the lees. The 2014 Caroline offers an intense nose on citrusy (lemon and grapefruit) notes followed by white flower hints (lilac and acacia). Aromatic freshness and clearness are expressed on swirling. The attack is frank and releases a few surprising (for a dry wine) pineapple, mango and litchi notes. This wine offers good volume, and its balance is assured by minerality and accurate acidity.
Chateau du Fauga – AC Grand Vin Blanc, Montravel, 2017
Lively, fruity aromas. In clayey-limestone soils, the grapes are very ripe and thus give off aromas of candied fruit. Château Fauga is made with 90% Sauvignon, or 100% according to the vintage. Fermentation is carried out at a low temperature with a skin maceration of 24 hours – adding weight and complexity to the wine. Suggested dishes: Seafood platter, raw vegetables, fondue Savoyarde.
Chateau du Fauga
Chateau du Fauga is an 18th century castle listed as a historical monument, located 200 meters from the banks of the Dordogne in the town of Port Sainte Foy.
Clos Floridene, Grand Vin de Graves, 2014
– A blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon, the Sauvignon is dominant on the nose, with the round Semillon comma through in the mid palate. Acidity fairly high, this is a classic dry white Bordeaux, one for lovers of the style. Barrel ageing on this wine lasts for eight months, with regular lees stirring, in 25% new oak. Lovely crisp aromatics.
88-90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The Clos Floridene Blanc 2014 has a very composed nose in the making. This is keeping everything back, but there is appreciable delineation with citrus peel, white peach and apple peel aromas. The palate is crisp and fresh with good acidity, just a little rasping on the finish but there is commendable length and a sense of energy here. This will probably represent great value. (NM)” (4/2015)
Cloudy Bay – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017
A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Classic gooseberry and pink grapefruit notes feature gentle herbal nuances on the nose. There’s ample weight and texture on the palate, with a burst of mouthwatering citrus on the finish.” — J.C. (7/1/2015)
90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough is intensely scented of gooseberries, elderflower and fresh lemon with hints of white asparagus and sage. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with vibrant vegetal and citrus notes held up by a lively acid backbone and good long finish.”
17/20 Jancis Robinson.
“Herbal and pungent, with a sort of saline, iodine character – reminds me a bit of some single match scotch, in fact. Wet hay too. This is certainly complex, and better than the 2013, for sure.”
Domaine Octavie – Touraine Sauvignon, 2017
Full-flavoured and clean Sauvignon Blanc, made natures’ way. The producers strive to keep everything in balance thus limiting the need for artificial controls. The quality rivals most Sancerre but this wine is a fraction of the price-tag.
Dr. Loosen – Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany 2015
Bernkasteler Lay (pronounced LIE) is situated between the Dr. Loosen estate house and the village of Bernkastel. The soil is predominantly slate, but is heavier and deeper than in the neighboring villages of Wehlen and Graach. This site also has a slightly gentler slope than the estate’s other vineyards. It produces richly textured, assertive wines.
Dr. Loosen – Erdener Treppchen Spatlese, Mosel, Germany 2015
THE MOSEL REGION
Located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. The cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity.
ERDENER TREPPCHEN RIESLING SPÄTLESE
The Spätlese designation means that the grapes get an extra week or two of hang time, which helps them develop higher ripeness and deeper flavors. The Erdener Treppchen Spätlese is a fruit-driven Riesling that combines extraordinary concentration and length with bracing minerality.
THE 2015 VINTAGE
‘Under close to perfect conditions, we were able to harvest grapes with optimal must weights and acidity levels, producing wines in all quality levels. The vintage also gave us excellent yields, with a beautiful balance of ripeness and acidity. The wines are dense and concentrated, but with the delicate and graceful style of the Mosel.’