Blend of 45% Viognier, 40% Roussanne, and 15% Clairette grown in calcareous clay soils. Hand and mechanical harvest. 3 weeks fermented separately in tank, half the juice experiences brief oak contact and is blended just before bottling.
The combination of sandy-loam and limestone soils gives this wine tremendous lift and great structure without gifting it too much in body. Sand always seems to impart high and spirited aromas in wine. The aromatic and structured grapes, Grenache (55%) and
The Pellé family has been my favorite producers of Menetou-Salon since I was first introduced to the wines of Henri Pellé back in the mid-1990s. Their 2018 Morogues bottling is every bit as good as one would expect from this flagship estate in a top v
Lush but lifted blackberry nose, with a hint of menthol. Medium-bodied, silky, fine acidity, an elegant rather than massive style, with a clean, almost tangy finish, with discreet tannic backbone. Poised and long.
A single vineyard planted in 1903 by the grand-father of the former owner. At the time, he selected very qualitative rootstocks “Riparia Gloire” very adapted to the soil. Thanks to a manual work, generations succeed and the old Gamay vines are still here
I really like the style and grace of Julien Sunier’s example of Morgon and the 2019 vintage is one of his finest examples from these fifty-plus year-old vines (half of which lie in la Corcelette). The bouquet here is beautifully red fruity in personality
Plenty of ripe-plum and walnut aromas with hints of chocolate and leather. Full body, juicy fruit and soft, velvety tannins. Flavorful finish. Hard not to enjoy it now, but wait two or three years for it to soften. Better in 2023 -James Suckling
This cuve e is a Gamay from Gaillac in Southwest France. The Gamay preserves a nice acidity due to the proximity of the Tarn River, despite the warm climate that is characteristic of the Gaillac region.
Olivier David of Cle ment Terms is a 7th genera
Neither glitzy nor flashy, but perfectly embodies the region s rural soul. A signature blend of 50% Merlot, with equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, even at its modest price point it possesses much of the dark-fruited complexity that m
Another solid négociant effort, the 2017 Gigondas Pierre Aiguille combines hints of Mexican chocolate and red raspberries in a full-bodied, silky-textured wine. It's ripe yet chewy, with attractive hints of orange zest and licorice on the long finish. It'
This plot offers an elegant expression of the pure Chablis character. The nose presents aromas of ripe yellow fruit, acacia and candied orange. The palate is characterized by intensity and roundness, with notes of raisins and honey. A dense, seductive win
One impressive 2011, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre, aged in a combination of concrete tank, foudre and barrel) is awesomely full-bodied, rich and layered, with meaty notes of roasted herbs, melted licorice, black fruits and