Martinique, France

Domaine des Rutissons

La Bete Vin de France Red Blend 2017

Lyle Fass
9.2

Red Field blend of a lot of wacky grapes from Isere @Delectable Wine which is next to Savoie. It’s Vin de France. Lovely nose. Pure, deep, grapey, foresty, cranberry, very Of a place and alpine. Palate is bright and deep, with lovely texture and juiciness. Terrific elegance and power allied with a medium body. Wonderful freshness and purity. Excellent length and balance. Hint of rusticity and so bright yet also grapey and dark. It’s really delicious and so unique. — 10 days ago

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Pär Sjölinder

Pär Sjölinder

Sounds so interesting! Will check this out 👍🏼
Lyle Fass

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@Pär Sjölinder they are amazing wines.

Château Rieussec

R Bordeaux Blanc Sec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2015

David T
9.0

Masterclass with Saskia De Rothschild, Chairwoman DBR Lafite in San Francisco. Rieussec is another property that the Rothschild’s own.

The nose shows; meyer lemon, green apple, white peach, apricots, tropical melons, ripe pineapple, beeswax, lanolin, green notes, soft chalky minerals, wet stone with spring flowers and yellow lilies.

The body is full, thick and a little waxy. There is some pronounced white spice as it sets. Meyer lemon, green apple, white peach, apricots, tropical melons, ripe pineapple, beeswax, lanolin, vanillin notes, green notes, hint of bay leaf, crisp grainy minerals, wet stone with spring flowers and yellow lilies. The acidity is round & beautiful. The well polished finish is; elegant, lush and persists for minutes. Nice White Bordeaux but, needs a few more years in bottle to show more.

All wines arrived weeks ago directly from the Chateau.

Photos of; the intro slide to Saskia presentation, the Crown Room on the 23rd floor of the Fairmont where the Masterclass was held, the group having this Bordeaux before we started and one of the amazing San Francisco Bay views from the top of the Fairmont. Rieussec is another property the Rothschild’s own.
— 4 days ago

Sharon, Severn and 19 others liked this

Georges Lelektsoglou

Vieilles Vignes Cairanne Red Blend 2016

Lyle Fass
9.1

What a smokeshow. Gorgeous nose of cherry liquer, cassis and lavender. Amazing purity and so not gloppy Grenache. Smell those Galets. Spice and licorice as well. Palate is so fresh and elegant with unreal purity. So juicy and Stoney with a trickle of heat but as it airs it will integrate. Lovely texture and freshness. Long finish. — 3 days ago

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Jean François Ganevat

De Toute Beauté Nature Gamay 2016

Out of the gate the nose has great lift and tells you this wine is au naturale. Funk and fizz in the best way possible. Flavors of crunchy raspberry, potting soil and minerals. Great acidity. Definitely not a pop and pour wine. — 8 days ago

Mark, Joe and 33 others liked this

Pattes Loup (Thomas Pico)

Vin de France Chardonnay 2017

Jeremy Shanker
8.9

Who new Chardonnay/Gros Manseng/Claudette from Limoux could be so tasty. Really fun wine. — 4 days ago

Dr., Ryan and 3 others liked this

Piper-Heidsieck

Rare Champagne Blend 2002

David T
9.5

Simply an amazing closer to the evening with very good friends. Thank you Christina for opening. This is really delicious now but, will continue to improve over the next 20 years.

The nose reveals; yellow florals & lilies, sea spray, sea fossils, some of the most amazing chalkiness you can experience, lemon, lime zest, pineapple juice, green melons, grapefruit with pith, vanilla notes, orange blossoms, touch of of apple cider, woody notes, brioche with spring florals with greens.

The body is delicate, rich, yet restrained. Micro oxygenation, beautiful mousse, sea spray, sea fossils, some of the most amazing soft chalkiness you can experience, lemon, lime zest, pineapple juice, green melons, passion fruit, grapefruit with pith, vanilla notes, lanolin, orange blossoms, touch of of apple cider, woody notes, brioch, elegant beauty, richness, excellent acidity, balance, length and polish for days.

Photos of; Grand Cru Vineyard of Piper-Heidsieck, fermentation tanks, well aged library bottles we’d all like to open and the House of Piper-Heidsieck.
— 2 days ago

James Christina Champagne
with James and Christina
Christina, Bob and 27 others liked this

Peyrassol

La Croix des Templiers Méditerranée Rosé Blend 2018

With the pricing of good rosé approaching the $20 mark it's great to find a terrific producer launch a brand new rosé at $12. Although the fruit is sourced from outside the Peyrassol holdings the resulting wine is distinctively Provence, superbly refreshing, and very easy on the wallet. Simply terrific. — a day ago

Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

Looks like you are stepping it up my friend

De Margerie

Grand Cru Champagne

Ken Z
9.0

Drank 5/16/19. Sparkling wine tasting event. Tasting pour.

A dryer style, with yeast, brioche, and toasty notes on the nose. Flavors of caramel apple, vanilla, and toast. Medium finish. Quite nice. Enjoyed this more on this occasion, than in the past.

4/21/8/4/3 +50 =90 pts.
— 10 days ago

Ken, Muralee and 1 other liked this

Domaine Le Roc

La Folle Noire d'Ambat Fronton Negrette 2016

At first a funky funky funky funky (yeah 4 times) nose. Then iron, violet, and pepper. The palate is an acid bomb, a bit unbalanced but getting back to its feet in the end. Pepper, red and black fruits and violet as a tracker. The finish is quick and playful. Pepper, violet and some bitterness. A 7 eur bomb. So glad to have the family house seated 8 miles away from the winery. — a day ago

P, Alex and 3 others liked this

Krug

Grande Cuveé 166ÈME Édition Brut Champagne Blend

A total stunner, the ‘166EME’ by Krug is a blend of 140 wines ranging from vintages 1996-2010. The wine spent seven years in the cellar before disgorgement in Winter 2016-17. Blending for the wine was crafted near harvest in 2010 with the final edition being 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier. The wine shows dizzying light bubbles in the glass, showcasing lemon oil infused sourdough bread with nutty and earthy undertones that entice on the nose. The palate is sensationally refreshing, showing tremendous verve and elegance that the ‘Grand Cuvee’ is truly known for. Shades of marzipan dance with the copious citrus zest, and macadamia nut baked bread flavors. There are undertones of peat moss that line the high tones. Complex and delicious to the last drop, this magnificent wine is showing remarkably now but will continue to build for the next two decades or more. Drink 2019-2040- 97 — 3 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Ok, I’m jealous. Great review . I love bubbles
Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@P A Thank you, hope you have a great weekend as well 🍷
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@Hugh O'Riordan Krug is truly a treat. Cheers 🥂