Vintage 2018 | Is it thanks to climate change that wines from Northern Europe - Luxemburg, Belgium and my own country the Netherlands - can be quite astonishing. This monastery wine is made from Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris and has an seductive smell with hints from passionfruit, pear and sechuan pepper. The taste has predominantly a splashing citrusfruit with nice acidity. Very good effort. Paired with figs/ham as appetizer and a Liege Salad. — 9 days ago
A wine from Iowa. A first for me. And what a nice surprise. A really well made wine. This French hybrid does well in cooler weather and this is a really good example. A bit like a Pinot Grigio or Pinot Blanc. But not sweet and nothing foxy or weird. Really very enjoyable. — 18 days ago
Surprisingly fresh aromas of tropical fruit (guava) with a flinty edge. Dry(ish) on the palate, with a pear flavour and a saline note that reminds me of a Manzanilla. No great acidity but lots of interest. — 10 days ago
Best Pinot Blanc I’ve tasted outside Alcase. Full of flavor, smooth crisp with apple pear hints and acidity — 5 days ago
Violets, dark cherry liquor, ripe blackberries, hint of sandalwood, Provence herbs. Needs time for the tannin and acidity to get fully integrated but good effort. — 2 days ago
Spectacular Grand Cru grower Chardonnay from Chouilly. Medium gold in the glass. Meager, medium sized bubbles that dissipate rather quickly. Very zippy and lively from the jump. The nose is terrific with a little salt and herbs along with some toffee. Really nice citrus fruit leaps out of the glass. Buttered brioche and spice compliment.
Single vineyard Grand Cru fruit from a tiny plot called “Le Fond du Bateau”, the bottom of the boat. Bottled in June of 2010 and disgorged in May of 2018 with a dosage of 1 g/l to let the terroir truly shine. So bold and so full of personality. Racy acidity and distinctive minerality throughout. Nice depth and complexity here.
This really does get better and better as it evolves in the glass. The beautiful citrus expresses itself initially with peaches and green apples. Pears, apricots, and a nice bit of spice. Bold but oh so elegant simultaneously. This is long and very posh. An instant favorite and will be so much better down there road. — 7 days ago