A truly imperious champagne. Exceedingly beautiful in the glass with a crystalline pale gold color. The effervescence is effusive and almost emotional. Nice intensity on the nose with apricots and honeydew initially. Lemon zest and butter along with toasted brioche bread. Faded flowers and honey. Roasted nuts really begin to shine after an hour or so.
As always with Grand Siecle, this is a blend of three years, 2004, 2006, and 2007 for this 24th iteration. Quite the stately and baronial wine. Absolutely ready to drink now but obviously will just continue to grow into itself more over the years. 55/45 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir from 11 Grand Crus, poise is the key here. All is in balance and form. Equally thrilling and reflective. Grace and power. It’s a bit stunning at times.
Very precise and focused, this is pure and driven in the mouth. Citrus is all over the palate, along with crusty bread and fresh herbs. There’s plenty of minerality but also an innate savory nature, as well. This just goes on and on and on, leading to an impeccably long and delicious finish. I’m in lust. A a Tête de Cuvée that drinks like one. — 6 days ago
Bright, pale salmon orange. Shy nose and medium light palate underripe peach, dried strawberry, citrus pastels, and honeysuckle nectar, layered with other juicy fruity and floral notes. Medium acidity from entry to the moderate, red licorice finish. The gastronomic rosé from Regine Sumaire's flagship Château makes an excellent sipper, but shines when paired with food. Spring and summer fare (salade Niçoise is a classsic) of course, but anywhere you want a refreshing, light companion. Drink now. — 7 days ago
I really love fresh ripe strawberries with a dash of balsamic and a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar and pepper. Strawberries tend to rip my mouth apart. This wine would be a good substitute should I get a craving for that treat albeit the peppery notes are more white pepper than black but ummm the wine is…pink all over (sorry I had to) — 25 days ago
Wow what a nose. Rieslingesque. So mineral and wafting. Saline. Airy. Like a scene in nature. So clean. Lime flesh and zest. Grapefruit. Pink grapefruit. Intense palate. Superb concentration, grip and structure and dazzling and superb minerality. What a core. This is a mineral bomb. Insane balance and purity. Wow what youth. So so pure and dense. Dense but elegant. Insane length. Much younger than the Abbaye. Unreal inner mouth aromas. Candied limes and candied minerality. Almost tannic on the finish. Stunning.
Now with rainwater, sweet lime, sweet oak. Stunning nose. Wow. Such energy and tension. Great acids. Stunning. — 6 hours ago
Tough to find this on Delectable. Hopefully this is the right slot. If not, I'm establishing the wine here.
First, I have a case. So, I will be commenting more later. The deep red color, viscosity apparent in the glass, and the beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers and red fruits, all conspire to create an expectation that is exceeded on the palate. Floral strawberry, hints of vanilla, and soil. Medium plus bodied, medium plus alcohol, medium acidity, soft ripe tannins. Not a single edge or corner-- a perfect sphere in the mouth. It subsides slowly, and you are left to believe you were in Bordeaux. — 18 hours ago
Last of my case of this. Man has this matured over the short year-ish that I've had it. White pepper, subtle cherry, anise, hazelnut. Medium bodied, medium alcohol, medium minus acidity, soft yet chewy tannins. If not for some sharp angles on the finish, I would blind taste this as a Brunello presentation of Sangiovese. This can improve still more with age. Excellent!
93 points — 5 days ago
Rosie is serious like a red German Spat, with all the complexity, layers, minerals, a dial back in earthiness in lieu of a little wooded fruit. Beautiful to stare through. Glowing crimson ruby with browned edges. Aromas are complex. Cherry watermelon and rose petals. Serious Rose' and flexing without moving into the dense syrupy side of things. — 5 days ago
Brought to Tasting Group from my cellar and presented to the group double-blind. The wine presents a deep ruby color with moderate staining of the tears. Medium viscosity. On the nose, notes of strawberry, cherry candy, watermelon juice, menthol, green herbs oregano thyme, and cedar. On the palate, the wine is dry and structure is medium+ across the board. The finish is long, tart, mineral and woody but not in a new oak sort of way. Everyone was in the Old World with guesses ranging from Burgundy to Rioja. To be fair, not many in Napa makes Zinfandel like this anymore…if any at all. Lovely stuff. — 4 days ago
In some ways White Burgundy chose the tough life where success is measured against expert oak integration and that 'aint an easy thing to do well.
Les Equinces uses oak in the right amounts creating an upfront spiced vanilla lemon profile for first impressions.
But it's a wine that's good beyond oak influence. Personality hides for a bit, but let this decant and warm and sharp points resolve to soft textures. Vanilla lemon turns to Kentucky bourbon and cinnamon spiked graham cracker, fragrant white flowers. — 5 days ago
Traditional method sparkling rosé made from the mighty Mollard grape native to the Haut Alpes region. Domaine Allemand is responsible for bringing this variety back from the brink of extinction 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Still Mollard is a wonderful thing — natural low in alcohol and light to medium bodied, a cross between Mondeuse and Gamay.
This sparkling is light, dry (0 dosage) and refreshing. Raspberry, red and even some black currant, lavender, and a light touch of pastry. A delight.
— 8 days ago