François Pinon

François Pinon

Cuvée Tradition Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2006

Magical elixir-level wine. I was shocked at the quality when I opened this, even compared to the previous 3 bottles I’ve had over the years. Sometimes you catch the right bottle at just the right time, I guess.

The nose is truly a bouquet of just-mashed apples, honey, acacia, pressed yellow flowers, raspberries, and about a dozen different florals I can’t even begin to identify. Yellow raspberry coulis on the palate. Palate is pretty close to perfection in my book- satiny, ever so slightly sweet. Pair with lobster, or just ogle over it on its own. Devastated that this is my last bottle.
— 24 days ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Josh, I am inclined to think we never have enough Chenin Blanc (and Riesling) in our cellar... 🤗
Josh Morgenthau

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@Severn Goodwin and I’m pretty sure I paid just over $20 for this bottle. Loire Chenin is the last value frontier I think. Tough contest but I’d argue it edges out even Mosel riesling for qpr and quality-time-ratio.

François Cazin (Le Petit Chambord)

Le Petit Chambord Vendanges Manuelles Cour-Cheverny AOC Romorantin 2007

Nose has honey, honey, honey, warmed honey, honeycomb, white flowers, waxy green pear, waxy limestone, orange blossom, candied pineapple, bruised yellow apple, over-ripe green apple with excessive tree hang, resinous oak and (light) green banana peel.

Palate has honey glazed orange peel, dried lime zest, candle wax, honey drizzle over candied pineapple, lime wedge, dry red clay, lemon poundcake and chamomile tea, but the level of acidity is amazing, like lime orchard honey! WOW! Finish runs 2m+ and lingers longer.

100% Romorantin, best bottle of this one ever! 🤯

More amazing, 3-pack buy (last bottle 😭) in Jan 2010, $17!

Can easily hold in proper storage until a 20th birthday!
— 2 days ago

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Great pickup!
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@Eric Insane pickup! I'd of bought a case if I knew it was drinking like this at a youthful 14Y! So much to learn still after almost two and a half decades of wine experience.
Erik Longabardi

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Solid wine and producer

François Pinon

Brut Non Dosé Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2017

Very nice. And well done. — 23 days ago

Parker Todd Brooks

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Very nice. And well done.

Terminim François et Donald

Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2018

This is a very tasty Syrah from Mendocino County, California.

Showing black fruits with oak, vanilla, chocolates, tobacco, spices, barnyard, earth, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 100% Syrah is good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours of airtime. Tannins show up after a couple of hours.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses and fresh berries.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— a day ago

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Domaine François Raveneau

Forêt Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2011

Lemon oil and chalk. A lovely balance and presence. Drunk with oysters that bring out the soft salinity beautifully. Not flamboyant or particularly intense or long but beautifully poised. Very pretty. — 10 days ago

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Domaine François Lumpp

Clos Jus Givry 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2002


Everytime I somehow recall an underwhelming tasting of Lumpp and I open one and then it's oh this is really good! That Burgundian autumnal Forest floor and leaves and ripe black berries and fruit. Good texture balanced acidic complex palate carrying to finish. Great with amahs hock. Faith restored — 12 days ago

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François Chidaine

Clos de la Grange Touraine Sauvignon 2019

Another nice one from Chidaine. This is a pleasant and fun entry level wine from them. I’ll definitely be buying more of it! — 8 days ago

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François Chidaine

Les Bournais Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2003

Intensity of dried peaches and nectarines. Has a gasoline type spectrum of aromatics. I even related it for a while to mezcal type intensity and character. Very deep and rich while brooding with mineral backbone bringing forth the fruit. Excellent — 14 days ago

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@Justin Hansohn Incorrect vintage listed

Domaine François Raveneau

Butteaux Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2007

Drank side by side with 2008. 08 with the edge for greater intensity, depth and weight. 4 hour decant for each, and that is always key with Raveneau or you’ll never experience the true magic of Chez Raveneau. — 6 days ago

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Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend 2006

David T

This is really delicious...can’t believe it was on sale under $100.

Happy New Year All. 🍾🥂🥳🎉🎊 Goodbye 2020!

Previous notes from 2 months or so will work.

— 19 days ago

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