François Chidaine

Terminim François et Donald

Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2018

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with cooked plums, cherries, wood, light vanilla, light vegetables, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, blackcurrants, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a juicy Syrah from Mendocino County in California. Drinking very nicely now with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after a couple of hours of airtime, when the complexity comes in.

This Single Vineyard is spicy and interesting. Rich and powerful. A good quality California Syrah.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, although very approachable now.

A nice collaboration between an American wine maker and a Northern Rhone wine maker . A small production of only 300 cases.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 6 days ago

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Jean François Ganevat

Kopin! Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Riesling 2018

Chardonnay, Savagnin, Riesling. Pale gold, hazy, carbonation on opening that quickly dissipates. Very floral, tropical fruit, acacia, slate, leesy, completely unique 😜🎉 — 3 days ago

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Domaine François Raveneau

Chablis Chardonnay 2010

Not exactly exciting
At room temperature the wine became nearly aromatic
Not my cup of tea
— 4 days ago

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François Chidaine

Les Bournais Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc

Ripe apricot with a touch of lipstick. Waxy texture with lemonade flavor. — a month ago

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François Mikulski

Charmes Meursault 1er Cru Chardonnay 2002

Stunning beautiful Meursault Charmes. In harmony. Loved this. Part of a virtual tasting with Francois Mikulski. — 10 days ago

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François Mikulski

Poruzots Meursault 1er Cru Chardonnay 2014

Terrific. Layered and complex. White fruits. — 10 days ago

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Jean François Ganevat

"Y'a bon the canon" Jeffrey Alpert Selection Pinot Noir

Plenty of CO2 spritz. Sour black cherry Warheads candy, black plum, violet and rose petals, paprika, sumac, black pepper. Tart, crunchy acidity; wet stone minerality . Juicy and natty. Lively and delicious. — 15 days ago

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François Secondé

Brut Champagne

Hints of stone fruit, pear, and a bit of minerality lead to a smooth and juicy mouthfeel. While somewhat refined, the effervescence of the Francois Seconde is a Grand Cru by name due to its origin and is notably muted- though the mouthfeel is delightful and juicy in its own way. Sillery, as noted on the label refers to the village where the fruit is sourced from multiple vineyards, and blended over several vintages. In sum, this is an affordable champagne that will not blow the doors off- but is a simple delight both in its personality and its uniqueness. — 8 hours ago

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Domaine François Cotat

Chavignol Sancerre Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Bouteille orpheline exposée dans la vitrine du restaurant le Pied de cochon à Montréal, transformé temporairement, pandémie oblige, en pizzeria/caviste. Une fois les formalités d'adoption complétées, ce rosé n'a pas eu à patienter longtemps avant de rencontrer la vrille. On est loin ici du rosé de canicule. Sérieux, séveux, avec un profil aromatique assez unique et difficilement descriptible. On y trouve un petit fruit rouge, mais en mode mineur. La courte finale nous empêche d'exagérer la notation, mais ne gâche en rien l'expérience. Beau hasard! — 10 days ago

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Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend 2006

Delectable Wine

The 2006 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine, but it needs time to be at its best. I am surprised by how tightly wound it is. But that only makes me think what it might develop into with time in the cellar. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and sage meld together in a bright, crystalline Champagne endowed with terrific purity. The 2006 is 60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, mostly done in steel, with just a touch of oak, around 5%. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. (Originally published in August 2020) (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2020) — 12 days ago

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