“CHABLIS SHOULD BE MEAN”


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“In talented hands Chablis can satisfy both the senses and the intellect. As I have written before, a friend once opined that Chablis should not kowtow in front of the wine-lover, do whatever it takes to please. “Chablis should be mean,” he averred, implying that the finest Chablis wines are uncompromising, challenging and cerebral. I […]

January 24, 2020

BAROLO IN EXCELSIUS – SANDRONE 2015


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We’ve taken stock of  the 2105′ from the great Luciano Sandrone, these wines are possessed with a thrilling sense of energy and seamless balance. inquire about allocations. 2015 Luciano Sandrone • Barolo Aleste – 95 Points  There is more purple and black fruit in the 2015 Barolo Aleste compared to past vintages from Luciano Sandrone […]

December 6, 2019

“BLACK OLIVES AND TREE BARK” 100 POINTS RP


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LAIL VINEYARDS J. DANIEL CUVEE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 100 PTS . COMING SOON – “One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 75% new French oak, the 2016 J. Daniel Cuvée is deep garnet- purple in color and offers up exuberant notes of creme de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries, violets and unsmoked cigars with […]

November 21, 2019

“BOTH RED AND BLACK AND EVEN A TOUCH OF BLUE”


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Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino La Casa 2012 – Released This Weekend at Vintages – $79.95 – “Exclusively from the Montosoli hill on the north side of Montalcino, a historically celebrated site, made mostly from vines planted in 1986, with a small part of younger vines, 18 years old. This is refined, fine, elegant, sapid and […]

November 21, 2019

“THE PETRUS OF THE COTES DE FRANCS”


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This excellent little property in the obscure Côtes de Francs is producing delicious wines. Owned by the president of Bordeaux negociant, Dourthe, Jean-Marie Chadronnier, Chateau Marsau has been heralded by Robert Parker as “The Petrus of the Côtes de Francs”. Lying at the top of a hill, north-east of the village of Francs, the vineyards […]

October 21, 2019

2015 BAROLO VINTAGE – BEST SINCE 2010


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2015 Barolo Vintage – Best since the great 2010…….. 2015 Bovio Barolo Gattera (10 x 6pks available at – $69.95) 96 Points – James Suckling Very typical 2015 with purity of ripe fruit, from strawberries to cherries. Flowers, too. Full-bodied, very tight and dense with chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Intense finish. Top notch. […]

September 27, 2019

NO Rosé ALL DAY – JUST A BOTTLE OF THE BEST


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2018 Chateau Vignelaure Rosé – Coteaux d’Aix – en- Provence  93 Points Wine Enthusiast   Coming from an historic estate east of Aix-en-Provence, Vignelaure is a benchmark producer of the delicious, dry rose for which Provence is famous. Chateau Vignelaure is always a star among the rosés, this vintage does not disappoint. It is perhaps fatter than usual but […]

August 14, 2019

“MOTHER NATURE SEEMS UPSET”


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Has Muscadet’s time finally come? The wines of this Western Loire Valley appellation are enjoying a renaissance, the introduction of a new generation of talented and ambitious Winemakers has moved quality in the right direction. Muscadet is produced from the confusingly named Melon de Bourgogne grape, it’s a varietal that mirrors terroir with the best of […]

June 19, 2019

“CHABLIS SHOULD BE MEAN”


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“In talented hands Chablis can satisfy both the senses and the intellect. As I have written before, a friend once opined that Chablis should not kowtow in front of the wine-lover, do whatever it takes to please. “Chablis should be mean,” he averred, implying that the finest Chablis wines are uncompromising, challenging and cerebral. I […]

April 30, 2019