This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Antonio Galloni’s article Vinous Lockdown Special . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “As the reality of a prolonged lockdown started to settle-in this past Spring, I thought it would be fun to do something different, to write an article on regions and estates I don’t usually cover and that have been missing from our pages. I hope you enjoy this tour through some of my favorite properties. This report includes a number of estates, many of them reference-points. Some of the highlights include a large section dedicated to François Chidaine’s stunning whites, both young and old. Domaine Huet’s new releases are off the charts. Gerhard Kracher turned out a collection of TBAs in 2015 that literally took my breath away. Olivier Humbrecht’s 2018s are gorgeous. Domaine de Trévallon and Mas de Daumas Gassac, in Provence and Languedoc respectively, make superb, ageworthy wines, yet somehow remain largely under the radar. Readers will find extensive coverage of both properties. Guillaume d’Angerville introduces a number of new wines at Domaine du Pélican, his Jura estate, with the 2018s, all of them covered here. And that’s just for starters.” --Antonio Galloni, Vinous Lockdown Special, October 2020 1. Château de la Tour 2016 Clos de Vougeot 2. Château du Hureau 2017 Saumur-Champigny Tuffe 3. Château du Moulin-à-Vent 2015 Moulin-à-Vent 4. Château du Moulin-à-Vent 2016 Moulin-à-Vent 5. Domaine Bonneau du Martray 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 6. Domaine de Trévallon 2017 Alpilles Rouge 7. Domaine du Bel Air 2018 Bourgueil Jour de Soif 8. Domaine Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg 9. Domaine Vacheron 2019 Blanc Sancerre 10. Guilhem & Jean-Hugues Goisot 2018 Saint-Bris Exogyra Virgula

Guilhem et Jean Hugues Goisot

Exogyra Virgula Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2018 Saint-Bris Exogyra Virgula is one of the most distinctive wines in the range. Intense floral and savory notes give the Exogyra Virgula its deep, pungent signatures. Sage, mint, dried herbs and citrus peel are finely woven together in this crisp, bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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Domaine de Trévallon

Alpilles Cabernet Syrah 2017

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2017 Alpilles Rouge is flat-out delicious. Ripe, plummy and forward, the 2017 offers tremendous immediacy. If I didn’t know how well Trévallon ages, I would be tempted to set an earlier drinking window, but the best is clearly yet to come. Next to other vintages that display a good bit of ripeness, the 2017 remains medium in body and silky. Sweet red berry fruit, flowers, cedar and earthy notes lead into the vibrant, translucent finish. I hope I can capture just how captivating the 2017 is. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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Chateau Du Moulin À Vent

Moulin-a-Vent Gamay 2015

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2015 Moulin-à-Vent is a real showstopper. A burst of dark cherry, spice, leather, menthol, licorice and leather literally races out of the glass. The 2015 is an atypically rich Moulin-à-Vent, but all the elements are so well balanced. It has serious depth and the intensity to age for many years. I would not touch a bottle soon. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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Domaine Vacheron

Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Delectable Wine
9.2

Vacheron's 2019 Sancerre Blanc is classy, polished and pedigreed through and through. A whole range of bright Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavors race out of the glass. Citrus, sage, tomato leaf and white pepper all grace this taut, beautifully sculpted Sancerre from Vacheron. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Domaine du Bel Air

Jour de Soif Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2018 Bourgueil Jour de Soif (Cabernet Franc) is bold, pungent and racy. I very much like the energy here. Inky dark fruit, savory herbs, lavender and cloves give this dark, powerful Bourgeuil so much character. In the glass, the 2018 is dense and full of personality, not to mention incredibly delicious. This is a terrific effort from Pierre Gauthier. Best of all, it is a tremendous value. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Chateau Du Moulin À Vent

Moulin-a-Vent Gamay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2016 Moulin-à-Vent comes across as a more subdued version of the 2015. It has tons of richness and power, but at the same time, it is bright, delineated and full of energy. Sweet red cherry, blood orange, white pepper, mint and spice all meld together effortlessly. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2016 retains striking translucence. There is plenty of potential here. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Château de La Tour

Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

The 2016 Clos de Vougeot is an exquisite wine. A burst of sweet red berry and floral notes make a strong opening statement. Delicate and lithe on the palate, the 2016 is such a sensual Burgundy. Clean mineral notes lend vibrancy throughout. I would prefer to cellar the 2016 for at least a few years to let the bright acids mellow a touch, but opening a bottle now is far from a crime. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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Domaine Huet

Clos du Bourg Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2019

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2019 Sec Clos du Bourg is a wine of stature and vertical build. There is real gravitas to the orchard fruit, spice and earthy flavors. Tasted blind, Clos du Bourg might be confused with a red wine such is its feeling of volume and structure. Far from an easygoing Vouvray, Clos du Bourg is a very serious wine. I loved it. In a word: marvelous. In three words: don't miss it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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Bonneau du Martray

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine
9.6

Richness and energy come together so well in the 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. Time in the glass brings out the wine's curves, but the 2017 is so young, especially when tasted next to some of the older wines in this mini-vertical. Lemon confit, marzipan and white flowers add that extra touch of inner perfume and sweetness that is so compelling in this vintage. The 2017 is such a promising Charlemagne. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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Château du Hureau

Tuffe Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2017 Saumur-Champigny Tuffe is 100% Cabernet Franc done entirely in tank. A rush of dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice, menthol, rose petal, juniper berry and dried herbs makes a strong opening statement. The 2017 has more than enough fruit depth to balance its more savory qualities. Drink it over the next handful of years. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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