Coup De Foudre

Coup de Foudre

37.2 Cuvée Napa Valley Merlot Blend 2017

A delicious Merlot based Napa blend.

Showing black and red fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, coffee and mocha.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and easy drinking with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.

Still young and would be better in 5 to 10 years.

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 21 days ago

Hermes, Paul and 14 others liked this

Domaine des Frogeres

Les Clos Lyzieres Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc 2019

Crush for this beautiful Cabernet-franc. Crunchy, fruity, with fresh, ample and gourmet primary notes; we eat literally in the fruit. The aging notes carried by a light woody discreetly integrated bring fine spicy notes. It’s both greedy and serious. I'll be curious to tast it back in 5 years. A wine that will bring together demanding amateurs like neophytes. Great!

Coup de cœur pour ce très beau Cabernet-franc. Fruité croquant, avec des notes primaires fraîches amples et gourmandes; on croque littéralement dans le fruit. Les notes d’élevages portées par un léger boisé discrètement intégrées apportent de fines notes épicées. C’est gourmand et sérieux à la fois. Je serai curieux de regoûter dans 5 ans ce que ça donne. Un vin qui réunira les amateurs exigeants comme les néophytes. Superbe!
— 25 days ago

Ira, barak heller and 22 others liked this

Domaine de Montbourgeau

Vin Jaune L'Etoile Savagnin 2012

100% Savagnin from vineyards in l'Étoile, a tiny appellation in the southwestern part of Jura, aged for 6 months in foudre followed by another 7 years in oak, under flor (never topped up). Intense yellow color. Quite complex nose, somewhat reminiscent of an old Fino or Amontillado, but without the intensity and salinity. Aromas of walnuts, spices (curry), a hint of burnt caramel and some subtle funk. Full bodied (it feels heavier than most Amontillados). Long, spicy finish with intense hazelnut flavors — 2 months ago

Ira, Bob and 4 others liked this

Château de Beaucastel

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2004

Presented double-blind. Visually, showing a garnet color with an opaque core. Some slight browning at the edge; could be varietal characteristics…could be signs of age? On the nose, there’s lovely cherry fruit with a kiss of barnyard, some tomato leaf, earth and spices. There seemed to be signs of oak but likely large format (thinking botti or foudre). On the palate, cherries again with some bramble fruit, earth, and mushrooms mixed in for good measure. Medium + tannin; medium + acid. I vacillated between Italy and Southern France, ultimately settling on Brunello from a very good, traditional producer. I was so impressed to see this was Beaucastel. My first Beaucastel with some real age. If this is what these wines become with age, it’s no wonder why they are so beloved. Loads of life left. Bravo. — 3 months ago

Peter, Ely and 15 others liked this

Johann Michel

Cornas Syrah 2017

Encore un bébé....un bon coup de carafe de 3 heures. Le vins a un beau potentiel....
— 7 days ago

Severn, Romain and 3 others liked this

Domaine des Tours

Réserve Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Red Rhone Blend 2016

Flash decant this time as usually I open up the “Reynaud wines” a few hours in advance. We started drinking slowly but right away the aromas were very expressive and they opened up slowly to reveal multiple layers of red fruit, spices. I can discern some Grenache to my Burgundian palate but brely, the wine is powerful but approchable at this toung stage, nice freshness and great texture of tannins with an impressive length for a “vin de pays”. 90-91

Ouvert et donné un petit coup de carafe sans ménagement, nous avons commencé à le boire lentement. D’habitude j’ouvre plusieurs heures à l’avance les “vins Reynaud”. Un nez typé avec cette signature tellement envoûtante, expressif dès le départ et a continué à s’ouvrir avec le temps, des fruits rouges de toutes sortes, des épices, plusieurs couches d’arômes s’y développent. La bouche est très fraîche, une trace de Grenache à peine est décelée à mon palais très Bourguignon, le vin est assez puissant mais avec une telle fraîcheur et texture de tannins qui en font un bel ensemble très approchable, même s’il est encore très jeune. Une longueur impressionnante pour le rang et toujours un rapport qualité/prix fort avantageux. 90-91
— 11 hours ago

Douglas, Romain and 4 others liked this

Coup de Foudre

Ma Cherie Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Paul K

This is great. Side by side 2017’s with Ontogeny and this wins. This year. We’ll see who wins next year and after…
@Sean Smith they’re still making it and it’s beautiful.
— 2 months ago

Eddie, Dawn and 24 others liked this
Sean Smith

Sean Smith

That’s great news! Also, is that a beaker used a decanter? Love it
Paul K

Paul K

@Sean Smith yep 1000ml decanters are great for tasting nights with a bunch of wines or just a Tuesday and don’t want to hassle with cleaning fancy decanters. Cheap on Amazon too! Cheers!

Clos Centeilles

Carignanissime de Centeilles Minervois Carignane

A very aerial expression of Carignan in carbonic maceration. The nose is almost intoxicating: black fruits, flowers, liquorice. The mouth is thin, light, silky. Crush again for this superb cuvée at a very reasonable cost. To drink a little refreshed.

Une expression très aérienne du Carignan en macération carbonique. Le nez est presque enivrant: fruits noirs, fleurs, réglisse. La bouche est fine, légère, soyeuse. Coup de cœur à nouveau pour cet superbe cuvée à coût très raisonnable. À boire un poil rafraîchi.
— 3 days ago

Ira, Tom and 13 others liked this

Domaine Auguste Clape

Le Vin des Amis Syrah 2016

This was a fun one. A friend of mine, a wine guy that predominately drinks new world Cabernet Sauvignon, was visiting my place and wanted to try something from the old world. I figured it might be fun to try two different expressions of Syrah from the Rhône; one from the North (Auguste Clape’s “Le Vin des Amis” with vines located in and around Cornas) and one from the South (Chateau Fortia “Reserve” from Chateauneuf du Pape). Both bottles were from the same vintage and aged (at least partially) in foudre. Popped and poured. “Le Vin des Amis” appears as a deep, glass staining purple color with medium+ viscosity. On the nose, high intensity with purple flowers and a powerful bacon fat/deli case smell. Funky, but not in a barnyard sort of way; more like a reductive sort of way. The funk eventually blew off after 15-20 minutes. There are blue fruits with a generous amount of black pepper. On the palate, blue and red fruits with black pepper, lavender and iron-like minerals. Medium tannin, Medium+ acid. Medium alcohol. Long, lip smacking finish. A very giving wine that punches way high above its weight class considering this is Clape’s “entry level” wine. Clape’s “entry-level” offering — a month ago

Jae, Severn and 11 others liked this

Domaine Rietsch

Coup de Coeur Alsace White Blend 2012

50 50 gewurstraminer et riesling
Nez exotique sans être too much
Bouche fraîche et suave à la fois
Finale gourmande avec des sucres ultra bien intégrés
Un superbe équilibre pour ce demi sec
Un vin top sûr de la nourriture asiatique
Un vin nature ….. bienfait 👍👍👍👍
— 2 months ago

Serge liked this
Serge Mismetti

Serge Mismetti

Je ne connais pas