Blend of 60% Cab Sauvignon, 35% Merlot & 5% Cab Franc, 33% new oak aged, owned by the same family as Cos Labory. Deep Ruby with aromas of ripe black fruits, spice and cedar. On the palate juicy blackberry and plum with notes of cacao and cedar. Fine tannins, medium+ finish ending with fruit, cedar and earthy notes. Good value. — 14 days ago
JV btw Ch Cheval Blanc & Terrazas De Los Andes, blend of Bordeaux "First Growth" winemaking in ARG. ‘14 has a higher % of Malbec (83%) & more Petite Verdot (9%) than Cab Sauv,(8%), due to a rainy season that was challenging for Cab. Aged 15 months in oak (15% new), med Ruby, aromas of berry fruits & floral spice nose. Palate flavors of blueberry and juicy blackberry fruit with herb, cacao & smoky oak. Fine soft tannins, well balanced, good acidity, long finish ending with fruit & oak. Will continue to age. — a month ago
I still remember the first time I drank a Cristal, when a friend popped open a bottle (that he bought duty-free on a trans-Atlantic flight) at his SoHo apartment some 20+ years ago. Wasn’t much of a wine drinker then, but how wine could taste this good?!
Though from a lesser grand vintage, the 07’ did not disappoint. The purity of the fruits and chalky minerality are second to none. Crystal clear acidity provide great tension throughout. Graceful textured full body.
58/42 PN/Ch. Disgorged in 2015. — a month ago
Legendary grower house that is powerful and precise. A sharply golden hue with little green flecks. This is all about refinement and grace. The nose is a real treat. Brioche and green apples. Light spice, brown sugar, and butter. A touch of caramel and coconut. Supremely intoxicating.
70/30 PN/CH from Grand Cru plots in Ambonnay and Verzenay. Aged 48 months and disgorged in July of 2020. This is so powerful that it puts so many other champagnes to shame. Fresh and crisp with lively acidity and perfect balance. Full bodied and complex.
The palate slaps you in the face with a fancy glove. Beautiful caramel and cooked butter. Apricots, vanilla wafers, and plums. Long finish featuring spice and minerality. Just a baby but still so good. High expectations and it surpasses them. Put these away for a while and let the finesse take over. — 18 days ago
Just take a look at this color. So striking. So sexy. Nice perlage and cream. The nose is so crisp and fresh. Pears and lively red cherries alongside mangoes. Freshly baked bread aromas are very nice here, as well are the grapefruit and strawberry.
Yet another young hotshot champagne maker, Aurelien Gerbais from the Aube. A friend and neighbor of Cédric Bouchard and that’s all you need to know. 50/25/25 PN/CH/Pinot Blanc with an extra brut dosage of 3 g/l. The low dosage avoids the trap of being austere, but rather it’s an inviting and gracious Rosé. The addition of 10% Coteaux Champenois Pinot Noir gives it that beautifully sexy color and viscosity.
Dry with breathtaking acidity, the terroir really speaks here. The palate follows the nose with more summer berries and light yeast. So lovely, so sleek. Good sex in a bottle. If you see these, get them. — 2 months ago
Located to the east of the village of Saint-Émilion, on one of the high points of the appellation and it extends over 20 hectares. Ch was promoted to "Saint-Emilion Grand cru classé" in 2006. A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark Ruby with ripe fruit aromas & herb notes. On the palate black cherry & raspberry, currant-like, with tobacco & cacao notes. Dusty fine tannins, long finish ending with earthy mineral tones, drinking fine now! — 2 months ago
Gorgeous. Rich and vinous with and underlining tension and minerality. Speaks of Le Mesnil sur Oger and vintage well. The complexity of fruit and texture offering up plenty of contemplation. Kudos for harmony and length across the palate. 100 CH, 11/2018 disgorgement, 4 g/l dosage. — 2 months ago