Very similar to the 2016 I opened 6-8 months ago, yet more open for business. Some of these wines have a reputation for “large and in charge”, but this was supremely balanced, toeing the line between Sonoma and white burgundy with richness. Whereas Aubert’s chards can be more powerful (and is normally my favorite), I’m always pleasantly surprised at how these show.
Aromatically it revealed sugar frosted stone fruits, guava, white peach, caramel dipped golden delicious apples and baking spices. It has a beautifully textured palate that starts as though it’s going to be dense, but finishes with a gorgeous lifted profile and plenty of acidity. Added notes on the palate of powdered lemon bar, floral honeysuckle, whipped lemon cream and even some honey roasted cashews. I’d pop this 2017 before the 2016 with how open it is, but it will cruise another 7-10yrs, easily. — 3 days ago
Aged for 14 months in 50% new French oak, aromas of stone and citrus fruits with notes of smoke and fresh oven biscuits. On the palate flavors of ripe apple and pear, lime citrus with notes of smoke and cedar, well integrated, balanced acidity, long rich finish, ending with fruit and delicate yeasty notes. Very nice. Small quantities made. — 21 days ago
Pale pink; medium plus intensity aromas of a gorgeous mineral perfume, rose petals, rose hips, strawberry, black currant, violets; dry, high acid, high alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, incredibly complex and concentrated, was not expecting such an interesting wine — 2 days ago
2019 vintage. Amazing old vine Carignan (80%) and Grenache blend from the Cévennes, harvested overripe according to the website. However it is not at all overly jammy. Dark red with purplish rim. Intense perfume of Amarena cherries, blackberries and a hint of thyme. Full-bodied with sweet ripe black fruit, good acidity and a long spicy finish. In my experience Carignan needs old vines to become special and this would be a good example. Great value at 22 euro. — a month ago
Belle Pente (bell-pont') means "beautiful slope" - for their 70 acre hillside vineyard & winery site in Willamette Valley. Ruby with aromas of red berry fruits, herb spices and hints of floral notes. On the palate strawberry and cherry flavors, sweet undertones, herb notes and smooth tannins. Well balanced on a long finish ending with mineral herb notes. Major flaw, THEY NOW LEAVE CORK EXPOSED!! Pass on this one! — 17 days ago