Category Archives: Wine Reviews

2017 Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cellier aux Moines, Domaine du Cellier aux Moines

In Burgundy’s Janus-like 2017 vintage, this wine has the requisite substance, structure and balance for the long haul. This was the first year the domaine was almost fully biodynamic, and that perhaps explains the wine’s brilliance. Immediately expressive, this grabs your attention. Aromas leap from the glass. On the palate, it combines firm mineral qualities […]

2019 Chardonnay Gouttes d`O, Château de Bousval

A biodynamically-farmed, pin-sharp, pristine Chardonnay hides behind the cartoon label and it is absolutely enchanting! Delicate, haunting, packed with vitality and verve and only tipping the scales at 12% alcohol this is a rare beauty and it even manages to hide a whisper of oak in its core, too. This is effortlessly classy winemaking from […]

2019 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge, Domaine Françoise et Denis Clair

35% of the Pinot Noir from above St-Aubin, 65% from near Les Maranges to the south of Santenay. Small berries with thick skins are the norm, with half the plantings being old vines. Transparent crimson. Some zesty acidity is hinted at on the nose, suggesting this is not the ripest nor sweetest cuvee but on […]

2019 Viognier, IGP Pays d’Oc, Domaine Gayda

Domaine Gayda Viognier Pays d’Oc 2019 … could be Viognier’s calling card. “It’s a blend of different vineyards and different levels of ripeness,” says Vincent Chansault, its creator, explaining its complexity. There’s beguiling orange blossom on the nose leading into ripe apricot, squidgy peach and mango, beautifully balanced by juicy lemon acidity. Viognier is very […]

2017 Amos Bianco, Kellerei Kurtatsch, Alto Adige

Amos is a terroir-focused blend from vineyards at 600m-900m. Non-aromatic varieties – mostly Pinot Bianco, with Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio – emphasise the mineral, fresh, mountain characters. The altitude allows for later picking, adding richness. Kurtatsch president Andreas Kofler suggests pairing it with seafood pasta or grilled shellfish. Drinking Window 2021 – 2024 in Decanter […]

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