France

Les Trouvés

Mourvedre Grenache Syrah 2016

First, this is a Washington state red wine; not French. Nice layered red. Paired well with Dove dark chocolate, brought out cocoa flavor in wine. Paired with 72% cacao Ghirardelli, astringency in finish was accentuated more — 6 days ago

P, Daniel P. and 4 others liked this

Mai et Kenji Hodgson

Faia Vin Blanc Chenin Blanc 2015

Funky, chalky, long peppery finish. Lovely and weird. And from Japanese winemakers working in the Loire. Alright girl! 💅🏾 ... — 13 days ago

Kyle Bella
with Kyle
Dawn, Ron and 1 other liked this

Krug

Grande Cuveé 166ÈME Édition Brut Champagne Blend

Shay A
9.4

In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend who is needing some samples/lab analysis done for comparative research. Hard way to spend a Monday...

There was quite a debate about what is “oxidative” in style versus what is “reductive” (and what doesn’t fall in those categories). That aside, I really enjoy the Krug house style. Toasty nougat, and caramel up front, which turns more salted caramel and old cashew in the middle before ending with brown sugar coated pear & caramel apple. To me, the style here is about showing the vessel which carries the fruit (oak, age, older vintage base) vs actually showing the fruit itself. Thanks
@Weston Eidson
— a day ago

Jeff MeyerDan FitzgeraldWeston Eidson
with Jeff, Dan and 1 other
Bill, Arden and 40 others liked this

Les Hauts de Guillaman

Côtes de Gascogne Red Blend 2009

Merlot from the Southwest of France. First time having a Cotes de Gascogne and absolutely impressed with the quality! Beautiful fruit along with some layers of complexity built up over the last 10 years. Amazingly youthful. Crowd pleaser. — 7 days ago

Bob MillerADAM STROMFELD
with Bob and ADAM
Rodney, Matt Trader, and 6 others liked this

Christian Drouin

Le Gin de Christian Drouin

A valentines gift from my sweetheart. Sumptuously smooth with notes of apples, vanilla, citrus and a hint of rose petals. A great cocktail gin. — 2 days ago

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Tyler Martinelli

Tyler Martinelli

Gin is the best!
Trixie

Trixie

Swanky photo! 🍸

Château Tirecul La Gravière

Monbazillac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2013

This golden sweetie smells succulent, with the nose showing honey, apples and chalk. The palate is pure dessert, with some razor-sharp acidity thrown in just to make us want to pair it with a steak or something crazy like that. It's all sweet all the time, yet does not even go near the “cloying” signpost. — 8 days ago

Daniel P., Daron and 6 others liked this

Paul Goerg

Brut Premier Cru Champagne Blend 2007

Shay A
9.3

In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend who is needing some samples/lab analysis done for comparative research. Hard way to spend a Monday...

Total surprise and up there for my favorite of the day. I know nothing of this producer, so I’m not sure if my notes are due to it being vintage, but this was like a cross of the Vilmart & the Bollinger. It took the best traits of each and combined them...the ripe and sharp acidity green Apple and pear from the Vilmart with the toasted oak/sweet nougat & ginger from the Bollinger. Wonderful. Thanks
@Jeff Meyer
— a day ago

Jeff MeyerWeston EidsonDan Fitzgerald
with Jeff, Weston and 1 other
Aaron, Bill and 28 others liked this

Domaine La Millière

La Bessade Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012

Still needs a bit more time but developing nicely. Black cherry, plum, and spice. Decanted for 30 minutes but really needs more than that at this point. — 10 days ago

Mike, David and 1 other liked this

Château d'Yquem

Y Ygrec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2015

The 2015 'Y' from Chateau D’YQuem is a head turning, simply brilliant blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc is harvested rather early in the growing season to retain its freshness, while the Semillon is given more time to mature and allow botrytis to take effect. The wine itself displays a lovely golden hue, and begins with an exotic bouquet consisting of star jasmine, honeydew melon, starfruit and lemongrass aromatics which all take shape. On the palate this possesses remarkable tension and viscosity, which is truly one of a kind as the mouthfeel takes on a sultry, unctuous character as lemon cream, kumquat, cantaloupe and roasted pineapple flavors all come together beautifully. It continues to impress with its gorgeous seamless quality and balance while showcasing the ripeness and intensity of the vintage. While this is already showing trememdous appeal it should go on to age exceedingly well over the course of the next two plus decades. This is a absolute gem from the legendary Château. Drink 2019-2038- 97 — 14 hours ago

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Laurent-Perrier

Grand Siècle Cuvée Grande Brut Champagne Blend 1813

The latest release of the Grand Siècle from Laurent Perrier is a truly spectacular Champagne. Disgorged in October 2017 the wine is a blend of the top wines made from 2002, 2004 and 2006. The bouquet is simply intoxicating with amazing range, from honeydew lemon to citrus rind, brioche and Japanese pear. On the palate, this shows an excellent combination of viscosity and tension. Apricot, Challah bread, marzipan and kumquat zest flavors all marvelously combine togehter. While this is a marvelous Champagne that is built to age, it is simply impossible to resist right now. Drink 2019-2040- 96 — 13 hours ago

Shay, P and 3 others liked this