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France sub categories : Bordeaux, Burgundy, Red, White, Loire and Rhone

2009 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Les Setilles

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White Burgundy.  Leflaive. This is a benchmark example of what Chardonnay can do when in the right hands.  This is a wine to be served just shy of room temperature (57 – 62 degrees). Nose has a smell like the outside of a ripe lemon with the underpinnings of grey and white stone minerality.  There […]

Saint Emilion classification overhaul in motion

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This is a great article from Palate Press covering the reclassification of the Saint-Emilion region in Bordeaux.  They are, basically, going back to the drawing board in an effort to make sure that their classification system is accurate, fair, and somewhat functional. http://palatepress.com/2011/04/wine/what%E2%80%99s-really-going-on-in-saint-emilion/ or click here If you haven’t been up on the subject (like […]

Domaine la Barroche Chateaunuf du Pape 2007

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This is a very impressive wine, from a benchmark producer and a good vintage.  The wine showed very good structure and composition; it is texturally awesome, having a weighty and viscous palate but at the same time great acidity and big tannins which pushed through and gave the wine a nice lightness.  The palate has […]

Domaine de la Quilla 2009 Muscadet Sevre & Maine

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This wine earned its spot because it is so charming and well made that we couldn’t say no.   The weight and texture are absolutely top notch. NOTES: It has nice aromatics, is subtle, clean and is begging for shellfish.  The nose is colored with hints of fresh clover and honey but is predominantly a mineral […]

Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

This is a fruit forward and showy blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan; classic Rhone.  The 2007 vintage produced more fruit forward wines and this is no exception. The Vidal-Fleury CDR is a wine that I tasted side by side with a $50+ bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, and thought that it was quite […]

Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2009

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Put simply, it is impossible not to like this wine.  It has a little residual sugar which normally turns me off, but there is something that makes it hard to stop drinking this wine; it is clean, has decent balance and is simply delightful.  Nothing complicated here, this is a wine to start the evening […]

J. Vidal Chateauneuf du Pape 2006

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NOTES: This wine has an elegant cherry cola nose and a brick-ish color.  This Rhone classic is soft on the palate and shows darker fruits with good minerality and bright acidity that play out in a balanced and well organized way.  There are nuances of cedar and tobacco leaf in the back of the palate, […]

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

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The 2007 Cotes du Rhone from Vidal-Fleury seriously outperforms its price point.  At about $13-$15 there is hardly a wine that would do a better job. NOTES: Ripe blackberry nose smells like blackberry pie or preserves taste.  The wine is big, full and fat on the palate and is complimented by a nice layer of […]

Rene Noel Legrand, Saumur Champigny, Les Lizieres 2006

This wine is from the Loire Valley in France.  Wines from Saumur Champigny are Cab Franc based and can have Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d’Aunis. This wine has a very light and interesting nose, in a way that only southern French wines can pull off with charm.  It has deep red fruits and minerality in […]

Time to recap

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It has been a while since we’ve talked wine.  There are many reasons for that, but I won’t bore you with them at this time.  It is looking like there will be great news to discuss sometime in the near future, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.  There are a rash of […]

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