#3 Wine Spectator Top 100 (94-97) WA 94-96 Drink 2019 - 2040 LANDING JUNE 2018 OR EARLIER The 2015 Coutet comes with 153 grams per liter of residual sugar at 13.8% alcohol. It has a fragrant bouquet with acacia honey, citrus scents and a touch of melted butter, all very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive purity, those limestone soils imparting the acidity that defined this Barsac, and lending great precision and tension on the live-wire finish. This is a wonderful Coutet that feels energetic - a compressed spring coil that will drink earlier than the likes of Climens or de Fargues, but has the DNA to age gracefully...
WA 95 Drink 2013-2035 LANDING JUNE 2018 OR EARLIER The 2009 Coutet has a very intense nose of apricot, papaya, honeysuckle and orange cordial that is very well defined. Interestingly I write the same comment as my appraisal out of barrel in that I would prefer just a little more vigor. However that is a minor quibble. The palate is very well- balanced with a rounded, caressing entry. There is certainly tremendous weight in the mouth and abundant botrytis, especially upon the unctuous finish. This has great potential – a fantastic wine from one of the finest Barsac estates. Drink now-2035+
G&G 94-96 , WA 90-92, WS 92. Tasting note: Candied citrus and honey, a noble-rotted wine with delicate scents of quince, spices and fresh wax. Mouth-coating with good length and extremely refreshing acidity. (16-Apr-2013) [Gilbert & Gaillard] The 2012 has a lifted bouquet of quince, marmalade and yellow flowers that is precise and focused. The palate is viscous and convincing on the opening, offering good depth and cohesion with satisfactory botrytis, though it tails away ever so slightly on the finish. Still, this is a commendable effort and is another fine 2012 Barsac. Nobody promotes their estate more than the dynamic Aline Baly, and good...
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20. "Sweet apple purée on the nose. Real steel and refreshment ." Drink 2018-2024. The estate's flagbearing white. Tiny production from this 0.18ha vineyard. 30 year old chardonnay vines. The wine is matured in oak (25% new) for 12 months and only natural yeasts are used in the fermentation process. Very lightly filtered. Powerful nose with a robust body and mineral finish.
This wine is drawn from 25 year old chardonnay grapes on 1.21 hectares of plantings. Maturation occurs half in used French oak and half in stainless steel tanks. After 12 months the wine is blended and lightly filtered. It is a fresh, lively, fruit driven wine.
Jancis Robinson Wine Reviews. Very pale. Frank and straightforward. No frills but good freshness and fruit. Some spice and real structure. Lots of acidity and chew. Pretty. Good Value. Drink 2019-2024 16+
The Grenouille or "Frog" is the flagship wine of the estate. This grand cru is hand harvested from vines older than 50 years, their roots deep in soils that are a mixture of clay and limestone. The wine is matured for 18 months in oak before bottling. This is a bold and powerful wine with a backbone of minerality that assures perfect balance. Grenouilles is the smallest of the seven official Chablis Grand Cru climats, located just above the banks of the river Serein. The southern exposure of the Grenouilles site leads to perceptibly riper flavors in its Chardonnay-based wines, which are associated with stonefruit, orange peel and honey,...
WINERY NOTES: Grape: 100% Chardonnay. Harvest period: End of Sept, Early Oct. Age : 70 years old by Massale Selection. Exposure: East. Ground: Predominantly calcareous clay. Yield: 55 hectoliters per hectare. Manual harvesting. Cultivation: 12 to 18 months. Tasting: Our oldest vineyard, on the left bank facing east, always produces a beautiful wine with notes of acacia honey grape and apricot that complements a long and beautiful minerality, A rich and fragrant wine to drink with a capon or a turbot. Drink in 3-7 years. All our wines are bred, filtered and bottled by us.
WINERY NOTES: Grape: 100% Chardonnay. Harvest period: End of Sept, Early Oct. Age : 55 years old by Massale Selection. Exposure: South-East. Ground: Predominantly calcareous clay. Yield: 55 hectoliters per hectare. Manual harvesting. Cultivation: 12 to 18 months. Tasting: Powerful and complex long-keeping wine. All our wines are cultivated, filtered and bottled by us. Montee de Tonnerre is a Premier Cru climat on the eastern side of the Serein river in Chablis. The vineyard's southwesterly aspect and high-quality Kimmeridgian soils have led to its classification as a Premier Cru, and it shares many geological similarities to the Chablis...
WINERY NOTES: Grape: 100% Chardonnay. Harvest period: End of Sept, Early Oct. Age : 60 years old by Massale Selection. Exposure: South-East. Ground: Clay and limestone. Yield: 50 hectoliters per hectare. Manual harvesting. Cultivation: 12 months. Tasting: Elegant wine with notes of fruits and white flowers. All our wines are cultivated, filtered and bottled by us. Vaillons is one of the largest Premier Cru vineyards in Chablis, located in a valley to the southwest of Chablis town itself. Here, on the western side of the Serein river, a southeasterly aspect and high-quality Kimmeridgian soils make for an excellent terroir. Chardonnay-based...
WINERY NOTES: Varietal : 100% Chardonnay Harvest Date : End Sept early Oct. Age : 45 years old Massive Selection Exhibition : South-West facing Grand Cru Blanchot Soil : Clay and limestone. Yield : On average 50 to 60 hectoliters per hectare. Aging : 8 to 16 months. Tasting : Complex wine with a beautiful mineral structure that allows it to maintain all its freshness for several years. All our wines are vinified, aged, filtered and bottled by us.
Pouilly-Fuisse is the appellation for the finest white wines of southern Burgundy's Maconnais district. They are produced exclusively from Chardonnay grapes grown in the communes of Chaintre, Fuisse, Solutre-Pouilly and Vergisson. Château-Fuissé Tête de Cru draws its origin from the geological diversity of the estate's terroirs. The winemaking is chosen according to the character of each plot. The personal imprint of Antoine Vincent reveals all the grandeur of this wine in the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. Vinification in oak barrels (60%) and in vats (40%). Chardonnay grape variety. Jancis Robinson - 15.5/20 - "Seriously impressive"
Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, famous for its crisp, aromatic white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. The classic Sancerre wine is white, bracingly acidic, and has pungent aromas of gooseberries, grass, nettles, and a hint of stony minerality. Richer, riper examples – particularly those from warmer, west-facing sites with chalky soils – often show fruitier notes of passionfruit and lemon peel. Sancerre is typically less 'obvious' than the most famous New World styles of Sauvignon Blanc. La Poussie Sancerre Blanc sees its origins dating back to the Capetian era. The vineyards dominate the Loire and produce a dry and...
Corton-Charlemagne is the Grand Cru appellation for the white wines of the Montagne de Corton hill, in the Cote de Beaune district of Burgundy. The appellation was introduced in 1937 and covers land in the three surrounding communes of Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix-Serrigny and Pernand-Vergelesses.
Powerful and Rich, Bougros is a very generous and expressive Grand Cru. Fermented in barrel. Aged 12 months in barrel. From 30 year old vines on a plot smaller than 1 hectare. WINERY NOTES: "Bougros is a very expressive Grand Cru. The location of the vineyard with a great sun exposure explains this concentration. We can find ripe fruit flavors, and a long intensity. Food Pairings : This Grand Cru will be perfect with meat in “sauce”, big sea food, mountain cheese. Parcels of Grands Cru overlooks the town of Chablis. Bougros is the first Grand Cru at the north. It is facing south / south west In 2015, 100% of the winemaking and aging was...
Rich and Fruity, full of minerality with excellent balance. This domain is a benchmark reference for the Chablis Appellation. This estate has been in the hands of the Lavantureux family for 4 generations and covers a total of 20 hectares. It is now run by the latest generation of 2 sons. Arnaud is in charge of vineyards and winemaking, David of sales, communication and marketing. They have made an immediate impact, as judged by their peers in the region: Winner of Trophy “Young Talent of Burgundy” 2016 and 2017.
This perennial over performer is made by the Perrin family, of Beaucastel fame. It is a blend of the following grapes: Grenache Blanc Marsanne Roussanne Viognier Colour: golden yellow with green undertones, bright and clean. Nose: very intense with ripe yellow fruits (apricot and peach) and white flowers bringing freshness. Mouth: round and full, very balanced, mineral finish
Burgundy Report - Bill Nanson 2016-11 "A golden impression, to the nose. Fresh, mineral and with a very nice silky texture. Really very mineral and quite interesting - citrus acidity. Yum! " Tiny production from vines planted in 1969 (1.86 hectares). All the plots of Burgundy Aligoté of the domain are planted on the commune of Meursault in rather deep lands of clay-limestone nature. L'Aligoté is a Burgundy grape variety (the Kir, a traditional Burgundy aperitif, is a glass of aligoté with blackcurrant cream). Burgundy Aligoté is a dry wine with medium potency and good acidity. Raised mainly in vats for 12 months to favor its freshness...
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