Introduction Champange from our friend Christina.
Lighter & leaner style of Rosé from what we normally drink. Soft mousse & micro oxidation. Strawberries light orange citrus, cherries, blackberry reduction, watermelon right on the rind, edgy, grainy chalkiness, grey volcanics. spot of saline/sea spray, baguette crust, pink rose pedals & flowers. The acidity is soft & splendid. Excellent finish that is well balanced, has nice tension, smartly polished & persists nicely for minutes. — 10 days ago
For $29 this dog hunts. Genuine, wholesome, and for the table. This has depth and gras but beautifully balanced acidity. Its mineral core is highlighted by the texture and grip from the phenolic components. Poached pear, peach, pineapple, orange peel, fig, spearmint, almonds, stones, chamomile, vanilla, parsnip and white pepper. Absolutely perfect w/ delicata, hazelnuts, brown butter and burrata. Even more so w/ turkey pot pie the following evening. — 3 days ago
Just received, pop and pour just to taste one, rich, lush and powerful, with time in the glass and a harsh decant, it opens beautifully to aromas of Syrah such as pepper, violets and that incredible floral scent, very nice even if way too young and with the oak that is a little too present for now. 91-92 for the potential
Dès réception, j’en ouvre une, bien que beaucoup trop jeune. C’est très bon malgré tout, très Syrah après un peu d’air et un coup de carafe sans ménagement, violettes et poivre. Certes le bois est très présent pour l’instant. Puissant et structuré, texture riche, superbe potentiel, content d’en avoir accumulé plusieurs. 91-92+ pour le potentiel. — 10 days ago
1989 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage. I was concerned a bit initially when I noticed a little bit of seepage, but I think it was just a dry cork, as I can attest for the full provenance of the bottle. Color was great with barely any bricking, a lively and bright garnet. A little closed at first but after some time in the decanter it blossomed into a stunning wine. Dried red and dark fruit, leather, roasted meat and black pepper. Very balanced and persists in the mouth for a while. While it shows beautifully now, it is just beginning to enter its drinking window. — 4 days ago
Thanksgiving wine #4. This is a new bottling for me, but I’ve enjoyed Stephan’s wines in the past. Aromatically, one can’t ask for much more than this. Delicate floral notes mixed with powerful fruit and savory character. The palate follows with similar traits, but the weight is incredible here. All of that complexity walking an ethereal tightrope. Beautiful & a perfect wine for an unusual Thanksgiving. — 4 days ago
Fresh raspberry, cherry, mineral and violet notes on the nose. Bright acidity and crunchy tannins. Leaner and more angular than the Côte Du Py but still silky. Wish I would’ve held on to it longer as the finish was a bit disappointing. Will improve with age. — 6 days ago