Martinique, France

Mia Luce

Syrah & Stems 2019


Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

On the nose cherries, black plums, barnyard, oak, spices, licorice, violets, espresso, vegetables, herbs, earth, wet leaves and black pepper. Nice complexity on the nose.

Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, plums, earth, oak, vegetables, black pepper, tobacco leaf, spices, coffee, wet leaves, herbs and earth.

Medium length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Syrah from Israel. Showing a great smooth mouthfeel and very aromatic.

Still very young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. A good quality wine with good potential for aging. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Feels very much like a young Northern Rhone. A little stinky as well, which is nice to see.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

100% Syrah grapes were fermented on the stems and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. Kosher and unfiltered.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 10 days ago

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@"Odedi" I’ve heard about Mia Luce and have wanted to try it for some time now. Last I checked it wasn’t available outside of Israel. I’ll have to check again.

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@Iwan They have some available online. Let me know if you need help

Cédric Bouchard

Inflorescence Brut Blanc des Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir 2010

Small tight bubbles
Dusty yellow fruit with almonds and some hints of cellar age on the nose

The taste is light fruit flavors of bruised apple and pear, lemon cream, and brioche. Not clearly BdN as I didn’t pick up any red fruits

This comes in an elegant, soft package with a bit of creamy texture. Age has softened this. Some would love the elegance but others might find it past it’s prime.  I preferred this with more intensity and focus but this is very pleasant to drink.
I found a couple of bottles hiding in my cellar. Ideally I would have checked in more frequently to follow it’s development. Many think grower champagnes are most odeal in the 3-8 year window of bottle age. When do you prefer them generally?
— a day ago

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Nice. I’ve not tried his champagnes with significant age on them. Wish I could find his champagnes more often!
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Cedric Bouchard’s wines have definitely become more difficult to find as more people have discovered them.
I have been purchasing since the 08 vintage. This was the bottle with the most age I have tried so far


Cuvée Phéérie Champagne Chardonnay 2012

Light clear straw color in the glass. A fine stream of minuscule bubbles. A very precise and fine mousse with underlying creaminess. You immediately get the message that this is really a very nice Chablis with bubbles. The nose is initially dominated by bright and lively citrus fruits that are just plain uplifting. Some really nice gingerbread and cinnamon aromas begin to emerge slowly. A kick of white pepper and butter. This is one you could honestly just take in for a long time.

A Blanc de Blancs from Grand Cru territory in Tours-sur-Marne. Aged for eight years and disgorged in November of 2020. With a Brut dosage of 6.5 g/l, the acidity is not bracing but it sure is present and welcome. The vinous nature of this champagne is exceptional. Just so nice and clearly terroir driven. Impressive complexity and depth to be found here.

On the palate, there’s a bit of smoky wood to get the party started. Yellow apples and quince, along with pears and peaches. Orange peel and mango shine. A bit of chalk and wet stone minerality just for added measure. This performed well in the Riedel Winewings Champagne glass, allowing it the air to truly blossom.
— 14 days ago

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Domaine Monts & Merveilles

La verre de la terre Page Blanche 2019

Surprisingly aromatic with notes of orange marmelade, yellow blossom and ripe stone fruit. Dry, medium bodied with balancing acidity, yellow fruit, notably less wild on the palate than the nose. — 11 days ago

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Domaine La Grangette

Cocoriko Sud de France Piquepoul Noir 2019

Loved this one. Loved the cranberries, cherries, and orange peel flavors. Loved also the off-the-wall nature of this grape. First experience with piquepoul noir, and I suspect I won't find another one of these anytime soon, except from the same producer. But when I do find the next vintage, I will be sure to get a bottle! Big time glou-glou! 100% Piquepoul Noir. 1/23/22. — a month ago


Grande Réserve Syrah 2020

Jan A

Ripe Italian style. The bottle was singing on day three — 18 days ago

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Charles Heidsieck

Blanc des Millénaires Champagne Chardonnay 2005

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Not the greatest champagne year, but a wonderful example of a standout champagne that just needed a little bit of age to it. Charles Heidsieck has always been one of my favorite large house producers.

Right away, this showed a strawberry shortcake cookie profile. In the glass, copper color with plenty of bubbles. Sweet cranberry scone, orange zest, black cherries and black cranberries on the nose. Excellent mousse, creamy and absolutely open for business. I believe there is a decent percentage of still red wine here which shows in the vinous character. Ripping acidity. Similar to the aromatics this is mostly bright red/black fruit driven alongside a sweet/salty balance of yeast. Compared to the 2006, the finish is maybe not as complex/lengthy, but that’s a serious nitpick. This 2005 is a total home run for the vintage and will drink in this profile for at least 5+yrs.
— 11 days ago

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Michel Couvreur

Overaged Malt Whisky

So smooth & unique at $75.00

elgian Michel Couvreur was an independent bottler of single-malt Scotch (and this apprentice Jean-Arnaud has carried on after studying under Michel for more than a decade). The cellars are located in Bouze-lès-Beaune in the heart of Burgundy, where Michel aged his single malts for years in sherry butts and then in demijohns or giant bottles kept in total darkness in the exceptionally well-protected underground galleries of Bouze-lès-Beaune. Vatted from 54 whiskies aged 12 to 27 years in oak casks, this malt has a rich amber color, a nose full of dried flowers, tobacco leaf, Jerez wine, and fat almond, plus a powerful, fruity, long finish. What a fantastic accompaniment to smoked salmon when served over ice. It is also perfect as a dinner digestive served at room temperature.
— 20 days ago

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Pol Roger

Extra Cuvée de Réserve Brut Rosé Champagne Blend 2012

A deep raspberry in the glass. A steady stream of fine, minuscule bubbles with wonderful creaminess and finely textured. The nose is lithe and gorgeous with an abundance of spice upfront. A veritable explosion of fresh red berries. Cherries, wild strawberries, and raspberries. Blood orange and kumquats along with apricots and apple crumble. Delightful brioche bread aromas and butter. The red fruits here are just so nice.

At first smell and sip, it’s abundantly clear that this follows in the long line of champagnes with pure class from Pol Roger. 60/40 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay with 15% of the Pinot vinified as red wine. Aged for six years before release and undergoes full malo. Incredible depth and power here. Classy and high toned, this is controlled opulence. Despite the 8 g/l dosage, the acidity is still high and vivacious.

Full bodied yet graceful, this simply dances upon the tongue. With cherry and more apricot notes, the palate comes alive. Spice tickles the tongue and the underlying biscuits please. Long finish that truly leaves you wanting more. Develops so very nicely in the glass over time. Exquisite today, but will be so much better down the road.
— 2 days ago

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Domaine Weinbach

Les Treilles du Loup Alsace Gewürztraminer 2019

Medium lemon color with pronounced aromas of sweet stone fruit aromas with floral and spice notes. On the palate flavors of ripe fruits, apple, peach and citrus with notes of honey, raisins and biscuit tones adding in some generous spice. Medium body, creamy, with medium sweetness and soft fruit and sweet spice tones. Medium+ finish ending with dried fruits and perfumed honey spice. — 3 days ago

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