news: spring 2014
Rasteau Rouge 2011 --
New label and botle for the recently designated CRU. 80% Grenache and
20% Syrah in this delighful inaugruaral bottling. Highly recommended.
Cuvée La Souco d'Or 2010 -- another excellent vintage (low
yields however) with very fine flowers & fruit on the nose that
follow seamlessly onto the palate.
Cuvée Paul Emile 2010 -- with a higher component of Syrah, this
cuvée is always profound and satisfying – vrai Rasteau!
Domaine du Terme: Gigondas
du Rhône (from Sablet) 2012 -- finely balanced with light spices and fruit -- lovelyl!
Gigondas 2009 -- "Vivid ruby. Spicy, floral-accented aromas of raspberry, sassafras,
lavender and allspice are enhanced by a subtle mineral overtone. Lively
and precise, offering sweet red berry flavors and a nervy mineral
spine. Shows noteworthy energy on the finish, leaving tangy red fruit
and spice notes behind. 90-92 points" (Josh Reynolds -- Stephen
International Wine Cellar).
Rosé Brut -- This is beautifully made crémant, poised, elegant and satisfying – one of our two our best selling wines!
Blanc des Blancs Brut
-- “This Crémant certainly deserved its Gold Medal in Paris, …
delicately proportioned, powerful, with a concentrated nose where the
ripe fruits and the dry fruits dominate, of creamy froth and a very
beautiful length.” (Millésimes. No 26e, 2005.) Gold Medal,
Concours Agricole, Paris 2005. 3 Stars & Coup de Coeur, Hachette
Guide to French Wines, 2003 & 2006.
Chateau du Coing
Château du Coing de St.- Fiacre 2010 — "Le Classique" --
Very generous nose featuring white flowers excellent balance on the
palate with bright citrus finish, with very, very, good length. Gold
Medal Nantes 2012; Un Vin Presque Parfait 2012.
Coing de Sèvre 2010
-- The vineyard at Le Coing is extensive and the ‘Coing de
Sèvre’ bottling comes from a plot of younger vines (15-25 years)
whose wine usually matures early and for that reason is often the first
cuvée to be released and tasted. This is her second label but is
not a 'second' wine.
Maison Mallard Gaulin
Pinot Noir "Chanceroy" Vieilles Vignes 2011 --
Lovely cherry fruit up front, surprisingly dense on the palate, quite
bright and tart structure, excellent but not overwhelming tannis, quite
big for the appellation woth wonderful balance of fruit and acidity --
and drinking very well now with even better days to come!
-- Lifted bright nose, fresh and light, with delicate steely minerals,
excellent balance, lovely controlled citris structure, excellent
and delicate finish with very good length.
Pinot Noir de Rorschwihr 2002 --
As with most RG wines, patience is well rewarded here as this 10 year
old Pinot is poised and elegant with a complexity of aromas and
flavours that belie one's sense of visual lightness in in the body.
With roasted poultry or flavourful fish (think sockeye) it is perfect
and cleansing -- supporting without overpowering.
Auxerrois Moenchereben 2008
-- This is a very characterful, off-dry Alsatian white from the rarely
seen, auxerrois grape, that seems well suited to the region thanks to
its fresh acidity. This has a very intense, ripe nose of guava, melon
and honey along with white mushroom earthiness and some straw-like
oxidation and sulphury rubber. All of which may not sound appealing,
but it comes together so well. It's medium sweet with lively, almost
spritzy acidity and a bitter but honeyed finish. Excellent length;
amazing fruit presence. 90 (David Lawrason -- WineAlign)
Riesling Reserve Milléseme 2008
-- This is a brilliant riesling - so focused, delicate and vibrant. The
nose shows very lifted aromas of petrol, pear, lemon wax and honey,
plus hint of evergreen/spearmint that I have always equated to top
rieslings. The palate is bracing and pure but not austere, with a hint
of sweetness, great acidity, freshness and minerality. Wonderful pear
fruit emerges on the finish as well. Excellent to outstanding length.
Best now to 2020. 94 (David Lawrason -- WineAlign)