2018 vintage. Cuvée Ortolan, 100% Cabernet Franc aka Bouchet. If anyone should know about the heights perfectly ripe Cabernet Franc can achieve, it would be Pierre Lurton,also the manager of Cheval Blanc where Cabernet Franc is the most planted grape variety (52%). This minuscule production (5297 bottles) of pure Cabernet Franc at his own estate Château Marjosse is a sheer delight. Very attractive nose with raspberry, flowers, a hint of fresh rosemary and a subtle dash of pepper. In the mouth it is all about finesse with a Burgundian-like velvety texture, with layers of predominantly red fruits, fresh acidity, refined tannin and a long finish with retronasal fruit and a delicate spiciness. The 14% abv. alcohol goes unnoticed. Beware: this is very hard to resist, be prepared to finish a whole bottle by yourself. Very impressive. — 7 days ago
Love half bottles of good Blanc Champagne at Costco for $18. Sure makes it feel like Christmas come early.
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Really nice cuvée from Laurent-Perrier and even better price point.
Bruised apple & Bosc pear, pineapple juice, nougat with nuts, ginger ale, vanillin, white spice, sea spray, soft volcanics, easy, powdery chalkiness, bread dough to baguette, withering lilies and spring flowers. Lively acidity and well balanced, rich, elegant finish that persists minutes landing on minerals & spice.
Happy Holiday Season! 🎄🎅❄️⛄️🎁 🌟 — 3 days ago
Made about as naturally as possible, this is a beautiful experience in a glass. A medium of tiny bubbles in light straw. Delicate and ethereal. Chalk and lemon zest initially on the bouquet. A little pear mingles with white flowers and the customary apple aromas.
100% Chardonnay from Chavot and Epernay. 2015 base disgorged 3/18, with half of the grapes from older vintages. Racy acidity and wonderful tension. Zero dosage and exquisitely dry. Great balance and structure with more power than you’re expecting. Seriously sensual.
On the palate you’ll find grapefruit and chamomile initially with lemon rind and apricots coming in later. Pears, almonds, and just the hint of spice compliment. A long bone dry finish featuring that yeast we all know and love. Easily one of my favorite non vintage Blanc de Blancs. — 4 days ago
A white from Pierre Cotton is the new experimental album from the young gamay slinger. This, I assume, is mostly Chardonnay from the small plot he acquired not long ago.
So big, you can sniff a little heat from the alcohol. Round and creamy like almond butter hand lotion. The oak is neutral, the acid dialed down, folded right there into a little basket of fresh picked yellow apples, mint green melon, chamomile, and blooming jasmine.
Big ole white for a cold fall night. — 2 days ago
This is in a very good spot right now. I had the 2017 Les Aussigouins earlier this year and felt it was a bit disjointed and needed time. I would think this is drinking at about peak right now but it could still go for a few more years if you have a bottle around. This has some classic beeswax/lanolin character but really relies on its acid structure to carry it. Lots of minerality and texture. — 9 days ago
2018 vintage. The first release of this Chardonnay made in Bordeaux by Pierre Lurton in his secret garden Chateau Marjosse. "Chardonneret" means goldfinch, a bird with many songs. While there is little chance you will get hold of a bottle (total production 1173 bottles, and I drank one already), it's very much worth trying. Don't expect a buttery Chardonnay, this is stylistically closer to Chablis with its intriguing minerality. Subtle nose with white peach, ripe pear and flowers that complement that minerality. While it has some of the Chardonnay roundness, it is all about subtlety with an impeccable purity and balance and some salinity in the finish. Don't serve it too cold and take your time as it will grow on you(even better the next day!). Abv. 13%. — 12 days ago
2010 Dom Pérignon Champagne- The 2010 Dom Pérignon Champagne is a stunning new wine that is one of the stars of this vintage. It is hard to believe how long this has been released past their 2009 vintage and after trying this wine, the patience definitely paid off. Needing an hour in the decanter to fulfil it’s full potential, the wine slowly unveils scents of almondine, toasty brioche and cantaloupe alongside Meyer lemon zest all take shape on the nose. The palate shows a soft mouthfeel and silky mousse, yet remains very tightly wound. Ripe green apple and kumquat zest tones combine with minerals, sourdough bread and smoky undertones, with a light dusting of salinity. This is fabulous to enjoy now, as the 2010 Dom Perignon Champagne has some really good aging potential as well. Drink 2020-2038-95 — 10 hours ago