Southwest France, France

Domaine Laffont

Hecate Madiran Tannat 2004

2004 vintage. At the time this estate was owned by Belgian Pierre Speyer who sold it in 2013. Hecate (named after the Goddess of witchcraft and necromancy in Greek mythology) is the top wine of the estate, 100% Tannat from the oldest vines. Smells like vintage port with sweet blackberry fruit and flowers. Powerful, with still a lot of jammy fruit, a shipload of mouth coating but well-integrated tannin and a sweetness that suggests some residual sugar (which maybe keeps the tannins in check). A take no prisoners Madiran that might not be for everyone, but at least it has a strong personality. Abv. 14,5%. — a day ago

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La Marina

Cuvée Océane Côtes de Gascogne Colombard Blend

Really excellent and well balanced blend, dry, refreshing, perfect with fish, chicken, many other dishes and on its own. Excellent value. — 3 days ago

Château du Cayrou

Cahors Malbec Merlot 2014

Organic vineyards planted in the 1970’s. Dry and earthy w/ some cassis fruit. Love the value here. — a day ago

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Château Michel de Montaigne (C. Mähler-Besse)

Bergerac Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Balanced traditional Bordeaux with an excellent mouth feel and tannic finish. — 6 days ago

Aravind, Alex and 4 others liked this

Clos La Coutale

Cahors Merlot 2017

Dan R
8.9

Pleasant, good value Malbec (85% with 15% Merlot) with raspberry, dark plum, cocoa and pencil lead notes on a firm spine. Good focus and energy here, and quite food friendly to boot. — 20 days ago

Ericsson, Severn and 5 others liked this

Domaine Castera

Tauzy Jurançon Sec White Blend 2018

Bright, rich gold, almost pungent nose of fresh pineapples and apricots. There is acidity on the nose, intense flavour on the palate. Vanilla, caramel but still slightly tropical. — 7 days ago

Richard Leroy

Les Rouliers Vin de France Chenin Blanc 2015

A Chenin unicorn that flys off any wine list it finds itself on. In this case, 86d out of only 6 bottles received by Per Se. The nose is what is most captivating. So unique. It’s a bit less reductive and perhaps more exotic than the Noels de Montbenault of the same vintage. It’s layered with flavors of ginger, Leflaive-like sesame, dried apricots, sour apple and salted hazelnuts. There is good richness and a wild texture that’s balanced by fine acidity. A delicious Chenin that I wish there was more of! — 2 days ago

Jan, Ira and 3 others liked this

Domaine de Cause

La Lande Cavagnac Cahors Malbec 2016

Well balanced and very enjoyable especially at the $14 price point. 92pts by WE. I'd say that is the high end of the window for this but definitely a solid 90 given the price point. Definitely worth trying. — 20 hours ago

Jonathan and David liked this

Domaine Lalanne

Cuvée Premiere Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2004

JKT
8.9

Another surprise of a humble white still alive and dancing after 17 years. Nice deep yellow color and attractive nose of beer mature white fruits with good acidic and balance on palate and finish. Great with the scallops and Amah beat balls. 40% Colombard 30 Ugni Blanc 30 Gros Manseng 11.5 ABV. Unusual and interesting with such age. — 10 days ago

Chateau Lestignac

Hors les Murs Red Blend

Excellent wine and Greta price. Lighter and fruity, pairs well with anything. Merlot forward blend with cab sauv and cab franc. Would please a variety of people — 9 days ago

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