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Chateau du Cléray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2017

Muscadet sur Lie is a very particular Loire Valley style white wine from the melon de Bourgogne grape variety that is relatively inexpensive, but consistent in expression. This Muscadet has typical aromas of yeast, lees and yoghurt. The palate is dry, medium bodied and has high and zesty acidity. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good.…Continue readingChateau du Cléray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2017

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Hugel Classic Pinot Gris Alsace 2016

This is a sound pinot gris from Hugel in Alsace. There is not much here in terms of aroma, some pear notes perhaps. The palate is dry and has subtle acidity hidden under its fruit, which adds freshness. A pinot gris paradigm that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Website: http://www.hugel.com. Reviewed: June 2020.Continue readingHugel Classic Pinot Gris Alsace 2016

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Château Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac 1994

The 1994 vintage of the Pichon Baron is a mature claret that remains in its drinking window at 26 years of age. The 1994s are considered a more modest vintage for left bank Bordeaux, but the better producers produce better wines, as usual. In my experience, drinking modest Bordeaux vintages from good producers (from long…Continue readingChâteau Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac 1994

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Yann Chave Le Rouvre Crozes Hermitage 2016

This is an excellent expression of Crozes-Hermitage from Jann Chave in the northern Rhône Valley, one of the region’s stronger producers.  It has cedar and spice aromatics.  The palate reminds of syrah with its pepper and spice character.  Some pastille notes express themselves at intervals.  Overall, this is a very good wine that is enjoyable…Continue readingYann Chave Le Rouvre Crozes Hermitage 2016

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Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis 2018

This is an excellent AOP Chablis from Christian Moreau and the 2018 vintage, frankly resembling a premier cru in terms of quality.  It has pleasingly typical Chablis aromas of stones and a yoghurty, lees character.  The palate is dry, with attractive stone and flint notes, medium length and linear, high acidity.  I would ordinarily suggest…Continue readingChristian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis 2018

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Sauvion Les Roches Cachées Chinon 2016

This wine is textbook Chinon from the Loire Valley.  It has aromas of crisp red raspberries and strawberry, a medium body and a dry, high acid finish with a twist of tobacco.  A fresh and enjoyable style that is ready to drink now.  Rating: Good.  Price: $29. Abv: 12.5. Website: https://fr.sauvion.com/. Reviewed: May 2020.Continue readingSauvion Les Roches Cachées Chinon 2016

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Mas d’Espanet Pinot Noir 2016

This is a good quality pinot noir from an unlikely place, namely the warm Languedoc and the Cevennes IGP in particular.  I can’t recall previously seeing this IGP.  I read that it sits in the northern, more mountainous part of the Languedoc, a region that is diverse but more grenache, syrah and carignan country.  In…Continue readingMas d’Espanet Pinot Noir 2016

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Tardieu-Laurent Côtes du Rhône Villages Les Becs Fins 2017

This is a heady Côtes du Rhône Villages wine. It opens to spicy and peppery aromatics.  The palate is full bodied and the length on the finish medium. Spices, rosemary and some raisined, but savoury, fruit emerges with time.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.0.  Price:  $20.  Website:  http://tardieu-laurent.fr/en/la-maison-2/.  Reviewed:  May 2020. Continue readingTardieu-Laurent Côtes du Rhône Villages Les Becs Fins 2017

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Benjamin Laroche l’Atelier Chorey-Lès-Beaune 2017

This is a restrained and elegant expression of village level Chorey Lès Beaune from Benjamin Laroche.  In the glass, it has a coiled aroma of minerals and cherries.  The palate has medium tannins, notes of refined cedar and an elegant finish.  Enjoyable now, or over the next 5 to 6 years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.0. …Continue readingBenjamin Laroche l’Atelier Chorey-Lès-Beaune 2017

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Réserve de la Comtesse Pauillac 2016

This is a delightful Pauillac from Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande’s second label, the Réserve de la Comtesse.  It has an aroma of blackcurrant and refined, unobtrusive cedar.  The palate is medium bodied, with subtle length and a refined bearing.  Ready to drink now or over the next decade. Rating: Very Good.  Abv: 13.0.  Price: …Continue readingRéserve de la Comtesse Pauillac 2016

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Les Vignerons Vermentino Colombard 2016

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Domaine de Courbissac Les Traverses Minervois 2015

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