Category Archives: Wine Reviews

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 *hellip; 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 […]

2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvée Guy Moreau, Domaine Christian Moreau Père & Fils

2018 white Burgundies are generally fleshy and forward by comparison to the upright 2017s and yet well-chosen Chablis has the benefit of having both silky-smooth fruit and also keen, refreshing acidity. Cuvée Guy Moreau is a top-flight wine and it exudes class and finesse. I have followed Moreau’s wines for an eternity and this is […]

2018 Montlouis sec Rémus, Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

Jacky Blot is the genius of Montlouis who demonstrated how beautiful its Chenin Blanc could be as a dry, oaked wine. This is stunning wine. Really nervy and exciting with apple skins and beeswax and so much flavour packed in here but also with racy acidity. Reverberates on the palate. Just perfect! And underpriced. in […]

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