Chateau Meyney Reviews

 

Chateau Meyney Reviews

 

Chateau Meyney Reviews

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2020 Chateau Meyney Reviews

94 Pointz James Suckling

A firm, intense red Bordeaux with blackcurrants and purple fruit, as well as hints of walnuts and some sweet tobacco. It’s full-bodied and dense with layers of fruit and tannins.

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This estate has produced a densely textured wine, rich in tannins and packed with dark, concentrated black fruits. There is a muscular character, structured and with fine promise for long-term aging.

93 Pointz Decanter

A punch of bright plummy fruits, a little austere on the finish but one that you feel will age well. Mocha and coffee bean through the mid palate, keeping things moving right along at a fair pace, with a generous handful of rosemary and sage spice on the finish. Harvest 16 September to October 1. Always one of the real value picks in St-Estèphe.

93 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Meyney has a lively, a quite powerful nose delivering plenty of blackberries, boysenberry, and briar scents, plus touches of freshly tilled loam and wilted iris flower; I appreciate how forthright this is. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins and graphite-laced blackberry. Quite citric toward the finish, showing Pauillac-like pretentions. This is a classy Saint-Estèphe from Meyney that will age with style. 

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Meyney springs from the glass with lively notes of red and black cherries, cassis, and pencil shavings, plus touches of clove oil and bay leaves. Medium-bodied, the elegantly fruited palate delivers impressively pure black and red fruit layers with ripe, fine-grained tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing savory. A very impressive showing for what remains a relative bargain!

 

2019 Chateau Meyney Reviews

A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and 16% Petit Verdot.

95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

From a reliable estate, this wine is firm in feel. It also has open black fruits that pair alongside the generous tannins. It is good for long-term aging.

93 Pointz Decanter

One of the wines I use as a marker of how good the vintage is in St Estèphe, because it isn’t classified but is in a brilliant location right next door to Montrose. And this is good, extremely concentrated, pure cassis and bilberry flavours, tons of tannins, clear austerity and fairly high acidity as I am getting in a lot of these 2019s.

Not the same luscious character as 2018, but in many ways that makes it more typical of the appellation, and the alcohol seems less over the top than in 2018. Lots to enjoy here, not quite up to 2016 standard but not far. Tasted two weeks apart, and if anything its expression had deepened second time around.

93 Pointz James Suckling

Aromas and flavors of blackberries and blueberries with walnut and coffee-bean notes. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Excellent, but not the 2018.

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Meyney strides confidently out of the glass with classic notes of cassis, warm plums and baked blackberries plus hints of cedar chest, bay leaves, pencil lead and clove oil plus a waft of underbrush. The medium to full-bodied palate has a generous core of ripe black fruits with a slight touch of oak poking through and a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with impressive length.

2018 Chateau Meyney Reviews

95 Pointz James Suckling

Blueberry, blackcurrant, clove, dark chocolate, praline and gravel on the nose. It’s full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Focused, chewy and layered. Fantastic effort here. Try from 2025.

94 Pointz Decanter

It’s clear that this is hugely concentrated, as is the Montrose right next door, but there’s also beautiful juice and freshness underneath the black fruits and the powerful grip. Tannins, acidity and fruit: it’s all there. This is great quality and should be long-lived, with a rich palate, evenly balanced and austere in all the right places. Another good vintage at this increasingly impressive property. Drinking Window 2024 – 2040.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Pure and direct, featuring damson plum and cherry fruit flavors streaming through, laced with tobacco and chalk notes. Good streamlined finish.

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The deep garnet-purple-colored 2018 Meyney gives up blackcurrants, blackberries, and plums on the nose with earth and spices plus fried herbs and lots of oak. The big, full-bodied palate has some promising fruit but is a bit hard and oaky.

91 Pointz Vinous

The 2018 Meyney has opened up slightly on the nose since I tasted it from the barrel, gradually revealing attractive scents of brambly black fruit, raspberry, Indian ink, and hints of sage and clove. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, well-judged acidity, and plenty of graphite toward the finish, which just needs to develop more precision. This feels a bit blocky at the moment, but I am sure it will eventually come around. Drinking window: 2023 – 2040

2017  Chateau Meyney Reviews

92 Pointz James Suckling

Some quite assertive, ripe dark berries here. The bold, quite rich palate is firm yet fresh with cassis and black-fruit flavors. Lighter, elegant vintage. Drink or hold.

90 Pointz Wine Spectator

Fresh and direct, featuring a pure core of damson plum and cherry fruit, laced with light floral and red tea notes. Subtle chalky minerality gives the finish cut and length, while a pretty perfume lingers. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2017 Meyney opens a little broody, giving way to red cherries, black berries and stewed tea scents with a waft of dried herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate is chock-full of vibrant black fruits with ripe, grainy tannins and a refreshing kick to the finish. 

2016 Chateau Meyney Reviews

96 Pointz James Suckling

Wild nose. Impressive, deep hue and a wealth of fresh, violet-like aromas, as well as cassis, graphite and dark cherries. The palate has a very sleek, fine, powerful core of tannins that bring a lot of depth and deliver rich dark-fruit flavor. A classic Meyney. Best since 1961! Try from 2023.

94 Pointz Decanter

Rich and full, this is very St-Estèphe: round through the mid-palate, with an amazingly tasty balance of richness and freshness leading to salinity and minerality on the finish. It will need another five to eight years before being ready to drink, but it has to be one of the value picks of the vintage.

92 Pointz Wine Spectator

Solidly built, with a dark and juicy core of currant, plum and blackberry reduction flavors, inlaid with charcoal and smoldering tobacco notes. Offers a pleasant loamy tug through the finish. Gutsy wine. The better of two bottles tasted. Best from 2022 through 2032.

Gramona (Biodynamic Sparkling Wine)

 

Gramona 

Gramona 

The Gramona family traces their history as grape growers and winemakers back to 1850 when Josep Batlle managed the vineyard of La Plana for a local family. His son Pau, who was active in the wine cork trade was uniquely positioned to begin selling the wines made from La Plana to sparkling wine producers in France who were at the time suffering from the ravages of phylloxera. By 1881 Pau was in the position to purchase the vineyard of La Plana and to establish Celler Batlle. It was at this time that Pau realized that Xarel.lo, the indigenous grape to this part of Catalunya, was instrumental in his success selling wines to France due to its ability to make well-aged sparkling wines. Pau’s daughter Pilar married Bartolomé Gramona and together they continued to expand their vineyards and sparkling wine business and in 1921 “Gramona Cava Champagne” first began to appear on their bottles of sparkling wine. By 1945, Pilar and Bartolomé’s sons, Bartomeu & Josep Lluis took over the management of Gramona and began to elaborate the cuvées that the estate is known for today. III Lustros was first conceived in 1951 but wouldn’t be released until 1961 after nearly ten years of aging sur latte. The early belief of Pau Batlle, that Xarel.lo was on par with the great grapes of Champagne in their capacity to age gracefully sur latte, was proven by his grandsons.

Today the sons of Bartomeu & Josep Lluis, Xavier & Jaume Gramona manage the operations at Gramona. Each generation has brought something new to the estate with Xavier expanding the scientific understanding of lees aging and the inherent properties of Xarel.lo while Jaume has pursued the conversion of all their vineyards – owned and leased – to organic farming as well as converting the family’s vineyards to biodynamic farming as well.

The wines made at Gramona are sourced from up to 303 hectares of vineyards that are farmed at least organically as well as the family’s 72 hectares of vines that are farmed biodynamically. The soils in the Alt Penedès, where Gramona is situated, are primarily clay limestone. Close to the Anoia river they become more alluvial and near the looming Montserrat mountain there are areas of slate. Their top sites: La Plana, Font Jui, Mas Escorpí, and La Solana, are all located close to Celler Batlle where the wines are made and aged. These sites are also distinguished by calcite formations known as têtes de poupées which slowly breakdown in the soils releasing minerals. Whether it is these unique soils, their location and a gentle rise between the Anoia to the north and several natural springs to the south, or the diversity of the massale selections of Xarel.lo and Macabeu found in these sites that makes Gramona’s best sparkling wines so unique could be debated. Combined with the generations of labor and talent the Gramona family has devoted to these vineyards is the bedrock on which their reputation has been established.

At Gramona time is never an issue. The wines receive perhaps the longest average aging than any other sparkling wines in Spain and are never released until they are perfectly mature. Eighty-six percent of the sparkling wines produced in Spain are released after only 9 months while at Gramona theirs are aged a minimum of 30 months, and in the case of Enoteca, for 15-17 years! At the top of their range, III Lustros, Celler Batlle and Enoteca are all aged under cork and are riddled and disgorged by hand. III Lustros and Enoteca Brut Nature are finished without a dosage while Celler Batlle receives a modest dosage of 7g/L from a sweet wine solera dating back over 100 years. This solera is also the source for the dosage of La Cuvee and Imperial.

Long considered a pioneer for their work in the cellar and releasing sparkling wines only after extended aging, Gramona now farms their estate organically and biodynamically with certifications from the Consell Català de la Producció Agraria y Ecològica and DEMETER. They are also taking steps to promote sustainability in their production by reducing their carbon footprint – using geothermic energy and recycling all the water used at the estate. With the grapes they source from neighbors, they have formed Alianzas por la Terra, an organization that is actively promoting a change to certified organic viticulture combined with biodynamic principals to bring life back to the soils in the region and encourage biodiversity in the zone.

In 2017 Gramona received Paraje status for their vineyards clustered around Font de Jui, a spring located in the heart of their Domaine. After years of frustration and struggle to improve the reputation of Cava, they withdrew from the DO in 2019 becoming founding members of Corpinnat.

In addition to their range of sparkling wines, Gramona also makes still wines within D.O. Penedès including the ever-popular Gessamí – a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and Gewzürztraminer – as well as several bottlings from Xarel.lo, most notably a mineral and winsome rosé, Mart, made entirely from the rare Xarel.lo Vermell – a pink berried mutation of the variety.

 

Heinrich

Heinrich

 

Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with just one hectare and have steadily grown to 90 hectares today. Heinrich was one of the first in the region to transition from simple white wines to high-quality reds in the early 1990s, and became famous for powerful red blends such as Salzberg, Gabarinza, and Pannobile. In recent years, the focus has turned to Blaufränkisch from the nearby Leithaberg DAC, and to “Freyheit,” a line of wines produced with minimal intervention in the cellar. Heinrich converted to biodynamics in 2006 and is a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. Heinrich today is one of Austria’s most innovative wine producers.

Location of Vineyard

Neusiedlersee, named for Lake Neusiedl, is a winegrowing area located north and east of the lake and is home to the Heinrich winery. The moderating effect of the lake combines with the warm Pannonian climate, and its alluvial soils provide ideal conditions for red grape varieties. The Heinrich estate consists 90 hectares in three main areas: Heideboden (sandy-loam soils that stretch from the village of Gols to the shores of Lake Neusiedl); the Parndorfer Platte (low-lying hills with gravel soils located near the winery); and Leithaberg (a hill of limestone and schist soils on the northwestern edge of the lake).

Winemaking Philosophy

“What we are trying to do,” says Gernot Heinrich, “is continue the biodynamic philosophy that we practice in the vineyard into the wine cellar.” Gernot and Heike’s decision to convert to biodynamic viticulture in 2006 was based on the goal of making their vineyards successively more resilient and vital. The style of their wines has evolved and they have abandoned power and extraction for livelier wines with lower alcohol and increased freshness. All the wines are fermented spontaneously and are often left with the skins for several weeks. The wines remain on their lees for an extended period and are vinified mainly in neutral oak casks. Gernot says, “we give the wines plenty of time to mature, the time that hardly anyone has today,” and adds, “it is above all else time that shapes our wines.”

 

2019 Heinrich Naked White

This wine is a blend of mainly Chardonnay (35%) and Pinot Blanc(35%), 15% Welschriesling, 5% Gruner Veltliner and 5% Muscat Ottonel. The grapes are macerated with the stems overnight and both the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are spontaneous. Aged for 14 months on the lees in used large oak casks and bottled unfined and unfiltered without the addition Sulphur.

Just 10,000 Bottles ( ) Made each year and xxxx cases comes to the United States. 

2018 Heinrich Graue Freyheit 

The Heinrich Graue Freyheit is a blend of 50% Pinot Blanc, 30% Pinot Gris and 20% Chardonnay. 

“Freyheit,” spelled with a “y” to emphasize their old-fashioned method of production, translates as “freedom” and are a series of wines produced without the rules and constraints of modern winemaking. For Gernot and Heike, this means biodynamic viticulture and rigorous non-intervention in the cellar. “We respect our soil and rely on wild yeasts, maceration on the skins, long lees contact, and the factor of time. They’re bekömmlich (wholesome),” says Heike, “and they’re some of our favorite wines to drink.”

Graue Freyheit comes from the schist and slate soils of Leithaberg and was fermented spontaneously and left on the skins for 15 days. The wine was then aged in used barrels in contact with its full lees for 14 months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered without added sulfur, in a steinzeugflasche, a unique earthenware bottle made from the same clay material as the fermentation vessel. It features aromas and flavors of red berries and black tea. Shake before serving!

Production?

2018 Heinrich Naked Red

Heinrich Naked Red is a blend of 50% Zweigelt, 30% Blaufränkisch, and 20% St. Laurent.

All of Heinrich’s wines are fermented spontaneously and are often left with the skins for several weeks. The wines remain on their lees for an extended period and are vinified mainly in neutral oak casks. Gernot says, “we give the wines plenty of time to mature, the time that hardly anyone has today,” and adds, “it is above all else time that shapes our wines.”

Naked Red is an approachable entry into the wines of Gernot and Heike Heinrich and serves as an introduction to the high-quality red wines of Burgenland. It’s made from a blend of Austria’s signature red grape varieties: the soft and fruity Zweigelt; structured and spicy Blaufränkisch; and the aromatic St. Laurent. It is aged for 12 months in used 500-liter oak casks.

2017 Heinrich Blaufränkisch

The Blaufränkisch comes from two areas: the limestone and schist soils of the Leithaberg; and the sandy loam soils of the south-facing slope of the Parndorfer Platte in Gols. The grapes were hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts in a combination of wooden vats and stainless-steel tanks before maturing in large oak vats and used 500-liter barrels.

The grape achieves its peak in Austria’s Burgenland where it gives deeply colored red wines with aromas and flavors of blackberries, herbs, and spices. It is highly expressive of terroir and shows the nuances of its origin when produced with care.

Casa Castillo (Spanish Organic Wineries)

 

Casa Castillo 

Casa Castillo

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Well-trodden paths like Highway 29 in Napa, RN74 in Burgundy, or the Mosel River in Germany are obvious vinous routes that have been signposted and gentrified over decades but not Jumilla. Parched, bleak, and seemingly barren under the heat of midsummer, there are only the faintest hints of civilization, usually in the form of an isolated sign, a decaying old farmhouse, or the random fellow traveler rushing to get out of the sun. Jumilla is about roughing it, about getting to know farmers and their families and, if you’re lucky, being invited into their homes to share a meal. It’s a place worth getting lost in. If you’ve played your cards right, the person inviting you to Jumilla is José Maria Vicente. José Maria is a third-generation owner and operator of Casa Castillo, a farm that began as a rosemary plantation but one that has evolved into the preeminent estate in the DO of Jumilla. While the smell of rosemary still lingers in the air, the pale, rocky soils surrounding his house and cellar are now planted with vines and almond orchards. When José Maria’s grandfather purchased Casa Castillo in 1941, there was already a winery, cellar, and some scattered vineyards on the property dating to the 1870s, established by French refugees fleeing the plight of phylloxera in their native land. In 1985 José and his father began to replant the vineyards and expand them with the goal of making wine on the property. In 1991 they bottled their first commercial vintage.

In selecting the grapes to grow on their land, they chose the indigenous Monastrell to be the primary variety. Native to the region, it was perfectly adapted to the hot, dry climate. Originally Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha were selected for the more gravelly soils, while Syrah is grown on more sheltered sites rich in chalk. The largest vineyard, Valle, is a hot, rocky terroir planted exclusively with head-pruned Monastrell. Val Tosca is a sloped vineyard, its white chalky soils gleaming in the sun and planted with ungrafted Syrah that José received from Jean-Louis Chave. On the slope facing Val Tosca is Las Gravas, named for its deep, gravelly soils. Soil is loosely applied here since it resembles nothing more than a pile of rocks. Las Gravas is planted with Monastrell and Garnacha – as José Maria has grafted his Cabernet over to Garnacha, preferring the native variety over the foreign interloper. Finally, there is La Solana, an ungrafted Monastrell vineyard on sandy decomposed limestone that was planted in 1942. La Solana is the source of the scarce Pie Franco, which dwindles in quantity each year because while the soil is resistant to phylloxera, it is not immune. Due to the climate, José Maria can farm his vineyards without needing chemical treatments.

Everything is harvested by hand and brought promptly to the cellar for sorting and fermentation. Fermentations are in stainless steel tanks, concrete vats, or stone lagars. Pigeage is done by foot, and whole clusters are increasingly used – up to 50% in the Pie Franco. Aging follows in concrete, foudre, and 500L French oak demi-muids.

 

 

Chateau Cos d’Estournel Rouge Reviews

Chateau Cos d'Estournel

 

Chateau Cos d’Estournel

 

 

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Rouge 

Futures Pre-Sale Price $225.00

Delivery 11/01/.2023 

A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. 

98 Pointz James Suckling

This is a very refined, polished Cos with superb finesse and length. Medium-to full-bodied, very fine, and persistent. Really long with beautiful tannins. Rich, but fresh and linear. Yet, the alcohol is around 13.5%. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. 

98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel is composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. The harvest took place September 10–24 with a yield of 39 hectoliters per hectare. The alcohol weighs in at 13.46% with a pH of 3.9 and an IPT (total phenolic index) of 80. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 55% new. Deep purple-black in color, it pops with explosive scents of ripe red and black currants, black cherry preserves and black raspberries, followed by sparks of violets, wild sage, pencil lead and clove oil, with emerging hints of iron ore and damp soil.

The medium-bodied palate has amazing elegance and grace contrasted by jaw-dropping energy, featuring a firm frame of finely grained tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a whole firework display of mineral nuances. I love the way this Cos d’Estournel shimmies and shines—a unique vintage signature expressed so beautifully at this estate! 

97 Pointz Decanter

You need to take a little time to let the concentrated flavours seep out, this is a long hauler. The tannins build slowly but surely through the palate, sombre and serious right now, particularly for an estate that is known for its exuberance. The opulence is there if you give it time, and as the tannins elongate and relax, richer notes of bilberry fruits, toasted cedar, salted chocolate, turmeric and black pepper spice arrives. Harvest September 10 to 24. A 3.9pH is the highest since 2003, but any threat of low acidity is balanced by high tannins, and relatively low alcohol. A yield of 39hl/ha (43hl/ha in 2019).

97 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel is a very different proposition to the Les Pagodes, more so than in other years. Much more intense on the nose of intense black fruit, it is beautifully defined, with enticing scents of blackberry, Dorset plum and topnotes of blueberry and briar. After 30 minutes in the glass, it develops more Saint-Estèphe-like traits: freshly tilled soil, cigar box and touches of warm gravel. There is an openness to these inviting aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins (so different from the “iron girders” of yore).

There is freshness and a sense of light in this Cos d’Estournel, though the backbone remains in situ on the cedar and mint finish (a nod to neighboring Pauillac, perhaps), then a lingering marine/seaweed note on the aftertaste. This is a finely crafted, very succinct Cos d’Estournel that may well be hiding something up its sleeve for after bottling, and I suspect it will gain more spine during its barrel aging. 

97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Powerful, ripe fruits show exceptional quality and a velvety character that’s allied to a ripe structure. With the freshness so typical of the vintage, the wine seems open and fruity but surprises with its density.

Chateau Cos d’Estournel Second Label

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Pagodes de Cos Reviews

Futures Pre-Sale Price $48.00

Sold in Increments of 6 

Delivery 11/01/2023

94 Pointz James Suckling

This is a racy Pagodes with beautiful fruit and tannins that leave a nice, persistent finish. Medium to full body. Savory finish. Tight and clean. 

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos is composed of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place September 10–24 with a yield of 39 hectoliters per hectare. The alcohol weighs in at 13.28% with a pH of 3.85 and an IPT (total phenolic index) of 68. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 30% new.

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with pretty, open-knit scents of stewed black plums, boysenberries and warm cassis, plus savory hints of charcuterie, woodsmoke, black truffles and bouquet garni. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with crunchy black fruit flavors and dried herbs accents, supported by bags of freshness and well-managed, grainy tannins, finishing with great length and a lively skip in its step. 

92 Pointz Decanter

Maintains both a spiced kick and creamy texture through the palate, giving form and character. Silky texture, with cinnamon and saffron-laden blackberry fruits. This is precise and confident with sweet and tender tannins, the power is almost hidden at this point but it is there. 38% of overall production. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

92 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos is very easy to like. Silky tannins and pretty, lifted aromatics play off a core of supple fruit. In most vintages, the Pagodes is perhaps a bit more exuberant. I am curious to see what things look like once the 2020 is in the bottle. 

Bonus Reviews

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Blanc

Futures Pre-Sale Price $150.00 

Sold in Increments of 3

Delivery 11/01/2023 

A blend of 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon. 

99 Pointz James Suckling

A super white with dense mango, lemon and lime, as well as some clove and nutmeg. Full-bodied, really complete, and long. Sensational. So much potential here. 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon. 

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel Blanc is composed of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, with an alcohol of 14% and a pH of 3.15. The harvest took place August 31–September 10 with a yield of 24 hectoliters per hectare. It is aging in French oak barrels, 8% new. It bursts from the glass with vibrant notes of lime blossoms, fresh grapefruit and white peaches, plus hints of ripe pears and lemongrass with wafts of chalk dust and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate is charged with intense citrus and stony flavors, supported by a seriously racy line of acidity, finishing long and minerally. 

95 Pointz Decanter

Touch of reduction on the nose, gunsmoke, and flint, this is gastronomic and serious, the fint and citrus flavours are hidden at first. A brilliant one-two punch with the first and second wines in the Cos stable this year.

93 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel Blanc has an attractive nose, the Sémillon component more expressive than previous vintages, offering scents of beeswax, acacia honey, tinned white peaches, and a hint of chamomile. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry, the spiciness on the front end and stem ginger and lemongrass getting the saliva flowing. Showing good weight and balance and an almost understated finish, this is quite simply a dry white Bordeaux that you want to keep drinking more of. Excellent.

 

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Pagodes de Cos Blanc 

Futures Pre-Sale Price $48.00

Sold in Incrents of 6

Delivery 11/01/2023

A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. 

95 Pointz James Suckling

This is a really pretty second wine, showing a very contrastive palate of dried lemons and mangos with zingy acidity. Full-bodied and layered with a vivid finish. 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. 

93 Pointz Decanter

A strong buy signal from me in this vintage, far less serious and intellectual than the main estate white, this is perky and delicious and easy to drink. Full of creamy apricot and white peach, accented by white flowers and citrus peel. Reminds me of Les Hauts de Smith in terms of striking the right balance between exuberance and grip, and being extremely moreish. 3.15pH. Harvest began August 31, through to 10 September.

92 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos Blanc is surprising. Dense, creamy, and resonant, the 2020 is all class. Bright citrus and floral notes perk up lemon confit, white pepper, and mint flavors. The Pagodes Blanc is really quite impressive in its freshness.

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Cos d’Estournel’s 2020 Pagodes de Cos Blanc is composed of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, with an alcohol of 14.2% and a pH of 3.11. The harvest took place August 31–September 10 with a yield of 24 hectoliters per hectare. It is aging in French oak barrels, 8% new. It opens with compelling scents of green guava, yellow apple and pear tart, followed by hints of shaved almonds, nutmeg, and white pepper with a hint of crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate is clean and refreshing with bags of apple and pear-inspired flavors and a spicy kick to the finish.

Chateau Margaux Reviews (First Growth Bordeaux)

 

Chateau Margaux Reviews

Chateau Margaux Reviews

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2020 Chateau Margaux Reviews 

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. 

100 Pointz James Suckling

So floral and perfumed with blackcurrants, blackberries and some asphalt. Full-bodied with super, fine tannins. Extremely refined with great length and intensity. The wonderful combination of refinement and power is already evident. Superb finish. Another great Margaux.

99 Pointz Decanter

A brilliant Margaux; one that takes a sigh and then releases the huge floral, eucalyptus, and crushed mint whoosh that comes in waves through the palate. You get the concentration of the vintage in an entirely positive light, with a suave softness to the tannins that make it stand head and shoulders above many others.

Plenty in common with the 1996 vintage – the knitted down tannins, the completeness, the juicy blackcurrant purity and acidity on the finish, and the certainty of long ageing. Real clarity of flavour. The alcohol level is lower than both the 2018 and 2019, but tannins and anthocyanins are at the same level as in 2018. 36% of overall harvest, and 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

99 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Displaying an opaque purple-black color, it needs a lot of air, time, and patience to coax out the youthfully reticent nose of blueberry preserves, blackcurrant pastilles, and Black Forest cake, followed by suggestions of lavender, clove oil, iron ore, and menthol with wafts of star anise and candied violets.

The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully opulent, featuring tightly wound yet beautifully pure layers of black fruits and earthy nuances within a solid structure of firm yet velvety tannins and exhilarating freshness, finishing with very long-lingering earth and mineral notes. Another stunning expression of the vintage by Philippe Bascaules and his team—bravo!

99 Pointz Vinous

Much like the Deuxième Vin, the 2020 Château Margaux has a discreet nose; it is not interested in fireworks or in dazzling the taster. At first unassuming, it unfolds with black cherries, blueberry and signature crushed violet aromas, all delivered with the delineation and purity expected from an estate of this standing. Looking deeper, one finds touches of potpourri and India ink.

The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and crisp acidity, perhaps more noticeable on the 2020 compared to the previous two vintages. This Margaux is surfeit with tension and coiled-up, nascent energy, then it tightens up toward a linear finish that strangely recalls a Pauillac, thanks to a subtle graphite note that lingers on the saline aftertaste.

This is a classically styled Château Margaux that will gain weight and depth during its élevage. Cerebral and sophisticated, and one of the wines of the Left Bank in 2020. 

99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

The fruit, with the acidity that is a hallmark of the year, gives black currant flavors from the nearly 90% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. The tannins seem supple with a structure that leans into the fruit. It’s a remarkably consistent wine, velvet while structured.

Bonus Review 

Jancis Robinson 

19/20 Pointz 

Gorgeous wine that is both classic and expressive. Aromatically complex with floral, mineral and dark-fruit notes. Quality of tannins superb from entry to finish, the texture smooth and velvety. Lovely freshness, poise and length. Perfect pitch. Definitely has the edge on 2019 and 2018. 

 

2019 Chateau Margaux Reviews 

100 Pointz James Suckling

The fantastic quality of the cabernet sauvignon really comes through here with black currant, blueberry and raspberry character. It’s full-bodied with such tightness. It’s so beautiful in the center palate. The tannins are wonderfully blended into the wine and flow across the palate. Rather leaner and racy. Ethereal. 37% of the production and 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2019 Château Margaux is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, accounting for 37% of the crop. The alcohol came in at 13.9%, the IPT was 75, and the pH was 3.66. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose begins with intense scents of crushed blackberries, warm cassis, and plum preserves before fanning out into a whole array of floral, exotic spice, and earth scents: iris, red roses, star anise, cassis, tilled soil, moss-covered bark, and black truffles, with an emerging waft of crushed rocks.

The medium-bodied palate quivers with energy, emitting loads of mineral sparks, featuring bold freshness and fantastically ripe, finely grained tannins to support the delicate, perfumed layers, finishing very long and wonderfully poised. The juxtaposition between the acidity and the richness in this Château Margaux is just extraordinary!

100 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This wine, packed with Cabernet Sauvignon, is dense but shows a majestic structure. By contrast and equally stunning, it has such perfumed fruits that are poised between power and elegance. The balance of this magnificent wine is there, bringing together black currant fruit and rich, sumptuous tannins. There is amazing aging potential here.

98 Pointz Decanter

This expands sideways, vertically, and downwards, with a creamy mid-palate and a rose petal, peony, raspberry, and cassis collision on the nose. This is chewy in its tannic structure, full-on and yet delicate and sappy. Fresh, elegant, perfumed, and concentrated – clearly will age for decades.

This is close in character to the 2009 or 2015, two exceptional vintages at Margaux and classic to the graceful yet concentrated signature of the property. 1% Petit Verdot to complete the blend, 100% new oak although barely discernible already. 37% of overall production in the 1st wine this year.

96 Pointz Vinous 

The 2019 Château Margaux, like many other top names, was tasted in 12-hour intervals after opening. Like the Pavillon Rouge, it is tightly wound on the nose initially and it is really only after 12-hours that it begins to motor, revealing enticing scents of blackberry, briary, seaweed and crushed stone, perhaps less florality, less violet-inspired aromas compared to previous vintages.

The palate is medium-bodied with very lithe tannins that disguise the considerable backbone of this First Growth. This is imbued with a sense of linearity and focus, a strictness that gradually gives way to more sensuality.

It is a beautifully proportioned Château Margaux, somehow “effortless”, fanning out nonchalantly with residues of white pepper and fresh tobacco on the finish. Outstanding. 2029 – 2065

Bonus Review

Jancis Robinson 

18.5/20 Pointz 

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. 37% of the production. 

Deep colour to the rim. Super fragrance, the aromas pure and persistent with typical Cabernet cassis and graphite notes. Rich and full across the palate but definitely more freshness than the Pavillon. Plentiful tannins provide the drive but absolutely no aggression. Aromatic freshness on the finish aids persistence and length. (JL) 13.9% Drink 2030 – 2050

 

 

2018 Chateau Margaux Reviews 

A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. 

100 Pointz James Suckling

So much ash, tobacco, and earth to the bright blackberry and currant aromas. Flowers too. Fresh. Full-bodied with seamless tannins that spread across your palate and caress every square centimeter. It shows loads of ripe-berry, cherry, currant, and chocolate character, as well as walnut and light cedar. Then the finish goes on for minutes. Extremely refined and elegant, despite the structure. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. A joy to taste, but drink after 2025.

100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2018 Château Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, representing 36% of the crop this year. The wine has a pH of 3.8 and 14% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it slowly unfurls to reveal tantalizing scents of crème de cassis, wild blueberries, and Black Forest cake with hints of redcurrant jelly, rose oil, dark chocolate, and cedar chest plus a touch of star anise.

The medium to full-bodied palate bursts with opulent black fruit, fragrant earth, and floral layers, supported by a rock-solid structure of exquisitely ripe, finely grained tannins and the seamless backbone of freshness, finishing with fantastic length.

This is classic Margaux at its most seductive, although it is, rather amazingly, approachable and absolutely delicious right now. But, to enjoy its full glory, you will want to cellar it for at least 6-8 years and then watch it metamorphize over the next 40+ years.

98 Pointz Decanter

  This is extremely powerful, with high tannin levels that are beautifully velvety and a real presence that is going to need a good 15 years before it softens. There are layers and layers of subtlety here, charcoal, earth, fresh acidity – a ton of serious character that needs time to inch towards the opening.

Grips on like a limpet – this needs a good half an hour in the glass to even begin to open, but as it does so you see clearly the finesse and precision of the fruit construction. Exceptionally good. 3.64pH, 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend, 36% of the harvest in the first wine. Bottled mid-September. Drinking Window 2030 – 2050

98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast  Cellar Selection

While this wine reflects the richness and density of the vintage, it also shows all the elegance of which a great Margaux is capable. The wine is powerful and beautifully structured, both ripe and restrained. It will age magnificently. Start to think about drinking from 2028. 

98 Pointz Wine Spectator

This struts along with supreme confidence, as a cashmere-textured structure effortlessly carries a prodigious set of warmed cassis, plum reduction and blackberry compote flavors along, pulling in extra alder, bergamot, black and red tea and iron notes. Still manages to come across as restrained in the end. A really beautiful wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2028 through 2040.

96 Pointz Vinous

The 2018 Château Margaux was observed over a period of 24 hours. I used the word “luxurious” to describe the nose when I encountered this First Growth from the barrel, and it’s still apt to use now the wine is in the bottle.

It just blossoms over time, revealing gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and peony, and hints of shucked oyster shells, all delivered with the precision one expects from a first-division Claret. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, still as silky-smooth as ever, offering blood-orange-infused black fruit that is crystalline on the finish. You almost miss the structure behind this Château Margaux that should ensure it will age over the next three or four decades. Utterly sublime. Drinking window: 2026 – 2060

2017 Chateau Margaux Reviews 

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 

99 Pointz James Suckling

There is ripeness and opulence to this, in an almost exotic and sassy way. Crushed berries with chocolate and spice. Floral and cashmere undertones. This starts off slowly and just rolls off the palate with beautifully polished tannins and a salty, minerally note to the long, extended tannins. Really brilliant. So classy. Structured. Try after 2025.

98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2017 Chateau Margaux is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it needs a little coaxing to reveal alluring notes of blackcurrant cordial, Black Forest cake and black raspberries with suggestions of candied violets, tilled soil, fallen leaves, licorice and espresso plus wafts of underbrush and rosehip tea.

Medium-bodied, the elegance and finesse on the palate is simply bedazzling, exuding a quiet intensity of fresh black fruits layered with oh-so-subtle floral and earth nuances. It has a soft, velvety texture and seamless freshness to support the tightly wound flavors, finishing long and perfumed. Beautiful! This grand vin accounts for just 37% of the crop.

97 Pointz Vinous 

One of the clear highlights on the Left Bank, the 2017 Margaux is magnificent. Soaring in intensity, the 2017 exudes class from the very first taste. Margaux is so often a wine of charm and seduction, but the 2017 is anything but that. Instead, Margaux is dark, somber and mysterious, with layers of sepia-toned nuance that opens up with time in the glass. Cabernet Sauvignon picked 5 days later than first anticipated, is especially prominent. The 2017 is going to need a number of years to be at its very best, but it is a super-promising wine. Wow. 2027 – 2057

96 Pointz Decanter

Extremely elegant and finessed spicing on the nose, this has beautiful aromatics, and a seductive lead in. It has added some flesh and creaminess over the ageing, and although you still get fairly high austerity at this point it is becoming well enrobed without sacrificing precision. Good quality and highly enjoyable, this will age effortlessly, fine boned in the 2001 or 2011 sense. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend, a little lower percentage than usual because they felt structure in the wine was already in plentiful supply. 27% of production.

96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of wood and fresh fruit translate to the palate, giving this wine depth and concentration. It is powerful but also balanced and fresh, displaying the elegance of the vintage. While never overpowering, the wine’s structure will allow it to age well. Drink from 2024

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Seamless from start to finish, with a thoroughly caressing mouthfeel to the mix of damson plum, black cherry and black currant fruit, inlaid with a range of lilac, lavender and rooibos tea accents. The finish unfurls slowly, revealing a mouthwatering mineral edge buried deeply in the seductive fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2038.

2016 Chateau Margaux Reviews 

A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. 

99 Pointz James Suckling

It’s very friendly and warm on the nose showing flowers, such as roses, and red fruit. But then on the palate, it lets you know how serious it is. Full-bodied, yet reserved, extremely tight and well-formed with super polished tannins that go on for minutes. A solid and typical Margaux with all the personality and beauty in strength. Try after 2027.

99 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Château Margaux (blended of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) sashays out of the glass with glamorous red currants, candied violets, kirsch and crushed blackcurrants scents followed by notions of tilled black soil, forest floor, cast iron pan and cigar box with subtle wafts of lavender and oolong tea.

Medium-bodied, mineral-laced accents hover over the palate with an ethereal sensation of weightlessness, yet it is super intense with layers of red and black flavors supported by a firm texture of silt-fine tannins, finishing wonderfully fragrant and incredibly long.

99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection

With a rare 94% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, this wine is packed both with black-currant flavors and impressive tannins and acidity. It moves Château Margaux into a new dimension with its dense, dry core of tannins that will power the wine into a seriously long-term future. Drink from 2025.

98 Pointz Decanter

This is a serious Margaux, hugely Cabernet dominant on both nose and palate as you would expect with 94% of the blend. It has an extremely fine, elongated tannic structure, just barely there and so classy, focussing on the gentle elasticity. There are more blue than black fruits here, wonderfully spun out and softened with crushed tobacco.

It has the expansive aromatic structure of Margaux, the floral and mineral aspects clear, as is the tension that lifts the palate up and out. It’s reminiscent of the 2005, though with less evident tannins. It’s not as hefty as the 2010 or as staggering as the 2015, but is still a joyful expression of the estate. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

98 Pointz Vinous 

The 2016 Château Margaux has an intense bouquet of blackberry, briar, crushed stone and subtle cedar aromas that enrapture the senses; hints of pencil box and sous-bois emerge with time. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity, and a touch of bitterness lends tension on the finish. Impressive – very impressive. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. 2026 – 2070

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

Beautifully rendered, with a lush and seamless flow of cassis, steeped cherry, warmed raspberry and gently mulled blackberry fruit flavors gliding through. Light lilac, savory, mesquite and mineral accents underline the finish, adding additional texture and length. Deep and long, with sublime definition and gorgeous fruit. Best from 2024 through 2040.

 

Chateau Cos d’Estournel Blanc Reviews

Chateau Cos d'Estournel Blanc

Chateau Cos d’Estournel Blanc

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2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Blanc

Futures Pre-Sale Price $150.00 

Sold in Increments of 3

Delivery 11/01/2023 

A blend of 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon. 

99 Pointz James Suckling

A super white with dense mango, lemon and lime, as well as some clove and nutmeg. Full-bodied, really complete, and long. Sensational. So much potential here. 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon. 

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel Blanc is composed of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, with an alcohol of 14% and a pH of 3.15. The harvest took place August 31–September 10 with a yield of 24 hectoliters per hectare. It is aging in French oak barrels, 8% new. It bursts from the glass with vibrant notes of lime blossoms, fresh grapefruit and white peaches, plus hints of ripe pears and lemongrass with wafts of chalk dust and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate is charged with intense citrus and stony flavors, supported by a seriously racy line of acidity, finishing long and minerally. 

95 Pointz Decanter

Touch of reduction on the nose, gunsmoke, and flint, this is gastronomic and serious, the fint and citrus flavours are hidden at first. A brilliant one-two punch with the first and second wines in the Cos stable this year.

93 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Cos d’Estournel Blanc has an attractive nose, the Sémillon component more expressive than previous vintages, offering scents of beeswax, acacia honey, tinned white peaches, and a hint of chamomile. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry, the spiciness on the front end and stem ginger and lemongrass getting the saliva flowing. Showing good weight and balance and an almost understated finish, this is quite simply a dry white Bordeaux that you want to keep drinking more of. Excellent.

 

2020 Chateau Cos d’Estournel Pagodes de Cos Blanc 

Futures Pre-Sale Price $48.00

Sold in Incrents of 6

Delivery 11/01/2023

A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. 

95 Pointz James Suckling

This is a really pretty second wine, showing a very contrastive palate of dried lemons and mangos with zingy acidity. Full-bodied and layered with a vivid finish. 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. 

93 Pointz Decanter

A strong buy signal from me in this vintage, far less serious and intellectual than the main estate white, this is perky and delicious and easy to drink. Full of creamy apricot and white peach, accented by white flowers and citrus peel. Reminds me of Les Hauts de Smith in terms of striking the right balance between exuberance and grip, and being extremely moreish. 3.15pH. Harvest began August 31, through to 10 September.

92 Pointz Vinous

The 2020 Les Pagodes de Cos Blanc is surprising. Dense, creamy, and resonant, the 2020 is all class. Bright citrus and floral notes perk up lemon confit, white pepper, and mint flavors. The Pagodes Blanc is really quite impressive in its freshness.

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Cos d’Estournel’s 2020 Pagodes de Cos Blanc is composed of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, with an alcohol of 14.2% and a pH of 3.11. The harvest took place August 31–September 10 with a yield of 24 hectoliters per hectare. It is aging in French oak barrels, 8% new. It opens with compelling scents of green guava, yellow apple and pear tart, followed by hints of shaved almonds, nutmeg, and white pepper with a hint of crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate is clean and refreshing with bags of apple and pear-inspired flavors and a spicy kick to the finish.

Domaine Huet Vouvray (French Biodynamic Wineries)

 

 

Domaine Huet Vouvray

Domaine Huet Vouvray

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Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu 

 

2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut Lieu Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $39.00

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The deep brown clay soils of the Haut-Lieu plateau provide the typical fruitiness and freshness wonderfully in Huet’s 2019 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec. Ripe pear, tangerine and orange fruits with notes of lemon grass and green pimientos intertwined with very fine chalky and later tobacco notes give a remarkably fine, elegant and harmonious, subtly complex and simply gorgeous bouquet with floral (lime blossom!) and yeasty aromas that are immediately attractive.

Delicate and linear on the palate, this is a pure, fresh, bone-dry, lean and textured, highly refined and perfectly interwoven Chenin with persistent purity, finesse, salty-mineral tension and very fine tannins. Highly finessed and so pure and vivacious! This is a chalky picture-book Haut-Lieu that can age for many years, even though it is already dangerously seductive! There was no dry Le Haut-Lieu produced in 2018, but the 2019 is possibly the finest, most delicate and elegant I’ve had in recent years, at least at this early stage. A terrific and buoyant Vouvray that any Chenin lover should try—or, better yet, cellar! 13% alcohol. 80,000 bottles made.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

A subtle, dry version, with an undertow of sea salt beneath the ginger, honeycomb, cardamom, green fig, and quince notes. A nice crunch adds to the crystalline structure, creating a firm backbone. Tempting now, but cellar this for several years. Best from 2023 through 2033.

2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

97 Pointz Vinous

Pear and pineapple aromas meet fine, floral characters in the 2020 Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu. While this wine’s edges are rounded, it is refined and elegant. It has a sense of density on the mid-palate, but it’s not about weight or richness despite its demi-sec status. The wine has an intensity and a structured core reflecting the naturally low yields here. While there is 20g/L of residual sugar, a sense of freshness and underlying urgency pulls this wine through, leaving an off-dry impression.

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec is clear, pure, subtle, deep and fresh, with highly refined chalky/sandy lemon aromas. Rich and intense yet silky textured and refined on the concentrated palate, this is a juicy, highly elegant, perfectly balanced, persistently salty and mouth-salivating Haut-Lieu with very fine tannins and a long, firm and pretty powerful but elegant and complex finish. Still more stringent than the Le Mont Demi-Sec in the beginning, but after aeration, this is not just a greatly finessed Chenin but one of the finest Haut-Lieu’s I have tasted from Huet.

96 Pointz Wine Spectator

This broad, striking white is elegant and rich with complexity, featuring green melon, yellow fig, ginger and verbena notes, underscored with heather, stone, flint and spice details. Offers great energy and tension, showcasing expert craftsmanship. Drink now through 2036.

While Supplies Last 

 

2018 Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2018 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec is clear, bright and fresh on the chalky/spicy nose. Round and lush on the palate, the 2018 is a dense, refined and charmingly sweet Haut-Lieu with accessible fruit and a stimulatingly salty finish that reveals very fine tannins and lovely sur-lie texture. This is a delicious Chenin from Vouvray but still young.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Round and expressive, with a great balance between the sweetness of orchard fruit and bracing acidity reminiscent of clementine. Jasmine and sweet spice notes emerge midpalate, while ground ginger details mark the velvety finish. Drink now through 2034.

 

2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Le Haut Lieu Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $63.00

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The citrus-colored sample of the 2020 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux Première Trie still shows a very fine CO2 perlage in the glass that opens with clear and concentrated but also lush fruit and floral and chalky aromas, with lemon confit and fig mustard. Very elegant and even playful on the palate, with finely vivacious acidity, this full-bodied, silky and salty-piquant Haut-Lieu is beautiful in its terroir expression that favors a fruitier, fresher and more elegant style that is impossible not to like. Some of our readers might find it too vivacious and salty (while looking for hedonistic sweet wines), but as a critic, I am totally fine with this style. The aging potential should be great.

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

This lovely wine elegantly layers lots of complexity with green melon, yellow fig and quince paste notes, underscored with ginger, honeysuckle, chamomile and marzipan elements. Complex, showcasing both power and grace. Drink now through 2036.

 

2018 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $47.00

94 Pointz Vinous

A perfect example of how 2018 wanted to be sweet and not dry. Harvested late, this sweet wine has 48 grams per liter of residual sugar. Beautiful pear and quince, as well as white blossoms on the nose. Pretty and complex on the palate, with lots of finesse and verve, this is a shapely, stunning sweet wine. Drinking window: 2020 – 2038

93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2018 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is clear and seductively ripe on the elegant, still yeasty nose with a mineral backbone and its chalky background. Sweet and lush but fine and filigreed on the palate, this is a salty, frisky, elegant, densely woven and well-structured Haut-Lieu with fine tannins and a long, complex finish that is rich and finessed at the same time, with lingering piquancy and stimulating salinity. This 2018 is a very charming but also serious Chenin Blanc with fine tannins, good tension, and aging potential.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Round and harmonious, with a suave texture and notes of ripe Bosc pear, white peach and elderflower. Shows hints of brioche and glaze, while the acidity cuts through, giving this balance and vibrancy. Drink now through 2033.

 

Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont 

2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $44.00

97 Pointz Vinous

The pure and intriguing nose of the 2020 Le Mont Sec is fine and focused, offering a flinty, smoky note as well as white flowers, pineapple, and just-ripe pear. A taut and precise style that delivers plenty of concentration yet conveys a sense of delicacy in the mouth. It has a fine, structured, lengthy finish, an element of tension holding the palate with a confident grip.

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The only dry wine from the vintage is the 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Sec, whose tank sample shows a classy, pure, precise and chalky/lemony bouquet with bright and perfectly healthy fruit and some herbal as well as yeasty aromas. On the palate, this is a dense, fabulously juicy, fruity and elegant Chenin whose immediate attraction and pure finesse initially reminds me of Riesling, whereas the texture is too rich and the salty and finely tannic finish too intense and powerful for Riesling. With more aeration, the Le Mont gets more and more intense and complex but also, tannic-wise, more wild. The 2020 has great tension, energy and grip and is highly promising.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

Invigorating acidity binds together the pure, beautiful ginger, verbena, lime and juicy white peach notes in this refreshing, complex white, with mineral notes echoing on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2031.

 

2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $48.00

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Pure, fresh and limey on the deep yet bright and precisely flinty-chalky nose, the 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec is a Chenin full of crunchy energy and charm, thanks to its concentrated but round and lush fruit. This full-bodied wine is intense, tight and long but also finessed and vibrantly fresh on the finish, which reveals this crunchy flint stone structure and tension that guarantees an ability to age for decades, though the wine is already dangerously stimulating today. Tasted as a tank sample a few days before bottling in April 2021. 

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

This refined white shows lovely purity, with persimmon, coriander, yellow apple and creamed peach notes, backed by vivid acidity. Elements of flint, marzipan and honeysuckle unwind on the long, alluring finish. A striking Chenin Blanc. Drink now through 2036.

 

2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Le Mont Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $70.00

98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The intensely yellow-colored 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is highly concentrated and complex on the nose that exhibits candied lemon zest and chutney aromas along with calcareous and walnut notes. Sweet (really sweet!) yet refined and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, rich and generous yet piquant and firmly structured, greatly tensioned and salty 1ère Trie with pineapple flavors on the finely tannic and energetic, very sustainable finish. The 2020 has great aging potential, and I would never serve it too young. When will it really start to show its best? I don’t know, but you can’t go wrong checking the wine again after 10 years.

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

Showy but still elegant and refined, this beautiful wine binds together yellow fig compote, glazed white peach and crystalized ginger notes with details of green tea, blanched almond, verbena and honeysuckle. Harmonious, with tremendous length, kept lively by vivid acidity. Drink now through 2040.

 

2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $50.00

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux offers a deep, complex and concentrated bouquet of highly ripe and candied fruits yet with this coolish shimmering lime zest probably coming from the pebbly silex and deep green clay soil of this nine-hectare “grand cru.” Full-bodied, rich and round on the palate, this is a dense, viscous, mouth-filling, lush and mellow yet also tight and piquant Le Mont whose complexity is lifted by dramatic drive and tension and carried to a long and salivating finish by lingering salinity. You can never go wrong in buying a Le Mont and in particular this one. This is a great effort from a very particular vintage that forced the harvest team to make the strictest selections. It was well worth the effort.

96 Pointz Wine Spectator

A harmonious white, with vivid complexity, offering glazed yellow fig, persimmon and Bosc pear notes intertwined with ginger, chamomile, marzipan and heather details. Notes of spice and honeysuckle waft on the long finish. Drink now through 2036.

 

Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Boourg

2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $48.00

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2020 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is concentrated, deep, and still somewhat untamed on the clear, fresh, and lemon-fruity yet darker-toned nose compared to the Haut-Lieu. Round and refined yet still with a pretty firm tannin structure, this is a rich and powerful yet elegant and persistently salty Chenin with tension, grip, and a sustainable, highly promising finish. The 2020 Clos du Bourg pairs juiciness with finesse and purity with complexity.

93 Pointz Wine Spectator

This alluring white imparts both elegance and drive, with ginger, quince and marzipan notes edged with heather, mineral and peach accents. Lovely, with good tension. Drink now through 2033.

 

2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $70.00

97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The white-golden colored 2020 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Première Trie shows CO2 pearls in the glass, and it indeed opens somewhat reductive, asking for a Burgundy glass. Yet even though the 2020 Clos du Bourg asks for patience, it already indicates a terribly concentrated bouquet of lemon chutney and humid chalk. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, rich and juicy, very elegant and generous Chenin from this ancient six-hectare grand cru (one of the oldest in France, as the domaine assures). It is immediately attractive, stimulatingly piquant and nourishes hope for a great future. The potential is doubtlessly there, but 7-10 years of our patience is presumed. Tasted as a sample in May 2021. Range : (96-97)

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

This lush, refined wine boasts lots of complexity, with pineapple chutney, yellow fig paste, verbena and heather notes that are edged with crystalized ginger, mango, cardamom and mineral elements. Beautiful and enticing. Drink now through 2040. 330 cases made.

 

2015 Domaine Huet Petillant Vouvray 

Suggested Retail Price $33.00

Champagne Vouette et Sorbee (Biodynamic Champagne)

 

Champagne Vouette et Sorbee

 

Champagne Vouette et Sorbee

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If you had predicted in 1986 that Buxières-sur-Acre, nestled in the hills south of the medieval town of Troyes, would be home to one of the most heralded récoltants in Champagne, you would have been greeted by two possible reactions: a blank stare or derision. A blank stare because few would know where to place Buxières on a map and derision from those who could. It wasn’t necessarily Bertrand Gautherot’s plan either, as initially, he continued to farm his family’s parcels conventionally and sell his grapes to large Champagne houses in the north. With an evolving respect for his terroir and concern for his young family, Bertrand set about declaring independence from the outdated echelle system and the negative pressure it places on growers. Inspired by friends Jérôme Prévost and Pierre Larmandier, he converted his vineyards to biodynamic, and he received certification from Demeter in 1998 and released his first Champagne in 2001.

Located in the Côte des Bar, Bertrand’s estate is named after two of his lieu-dits: Vouette & Sorbée. Unlike the vineyards in the north of Champagne with their fine chalky soils, the Côte des Bar is more like Chablis – dense, rocky, Kimmeridgian, and Portlandian limestone clay soils. Historically Pinot Noir was the dominant variety in this region, but Bertrand has been slowly expanding his plantings of Chardonnay. He farms about 5 hectares of vines, divided among 6 lieux-dits, with five of them located near his hometown of Buxières and one in the neighboring village of Ville-sur-Acre. If asked, Bertrand will say that he is a farmer first and foremost, and in addition to vines, he raises chickens and cattle and operates a nearly self-sustaining enclosed ecosystem.

Vouette is located immediately behind Bertrand’s house, and along with Sorbée, these were Bertrand’s inheritance from his father. Vouette is a south-facing slope that transitions from Kimmeridgian limestone at the bottom to Portlandian at the top. Once planted with Pinot Noir, Bertrand replanted this site to Chardonnay after the 2014 vintage. It was part of the blend for Fidèle but will begin to show up in releases of the Blanc d’Argile sometime around 2020.

Sorbée is at the top of the hill where Vouette is situated and where the soils are entirely Portlandian. This is a more level site with a slight southwestern exposure. The Pinot Noir vines here are between 30 and 45 years old. For generations, the grapes grown here were used to make the family’s everyday drinking wine, so this site has never been commercially farmed.

Briaunes is Bertrand’s largest parcel of vines at 2 hectares. It has the same mix of Kimmeridgian and Portlandian limestone soils as Vouette, but rather than having a southern exposure; it faces west. Despite the warmth of the afternoon sun, this is a cooler site and one that retains moisture in the soils, and it ripens quite late. These are younger vines and mostly Pinot Noir, but when Bertrand planted this site, he added a small amount of Chardonnay. His experience of growing Chardonnay in Briaunes, combined with the success of the Blanc d’Argile, is what encouraged Bertrand to replant Vouette to Chardonnay in 2014. The Pinot Noir from Briaunes goes into the blend for Fidèle.

Named after a neighbor (Petit Remi), Tirmy is a vineyard of 30+-year-old Pinot Noir that, like Briaunes, faces west. This site was forest up to the late 1960s when it was cleared and planted. Fruit from Tirmy goes into the blend for Fidèle.

Fonnet is located in a small, enclosed valley of Kimmeridgian clay soils. This is a site that is rather exposed to the wind with warm days and cool nights. This site is mostly Pinot Noir, which forms the heart of the Fidèle with a small amount of Chardonnay which goes into the Blanc d’Argile, and Pinot Blanc, which goes into a new cuvée called Textures.

The only vineyard outside of the village of Buxière-sur-Acre is Chatel which is located in the neighboring village of Ville-sur-Acre. This is a rocky site with plenty of broken chards of limestone that would look familiar to anyone who has visited Chablis. This is a sunny and dry site that is planted with Pinot Noir.

Bertrand’s range is made entirely from hand-harvested grapes and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels. Nothing is chaptalized, filtered, or acidified. There are no cold macerations, and a small amount of SO2 is added right after the grapes are pressed. Bertrand prefers to make wines as transparent as possible, so he doesn’t use liqueur de l’expedition. Fidèle is 100% Pinot Noir from various sites (mainly Fonnet and Briaunes) made with 5% reserve wine and showing the vinous and muscular style of his lieux-dits.

Blanc d’Argile is 100% Chardonnay, mainly from Briaunes, and showcasing the piercing and mineral qualities of this site. Finally there is his rosé, Saignée de Sorbée sourced from Sorbée where the Pinot ripens a few degrees higher. Vibrant in color and intensely flavored, it is a rare example of this style of rosé in Champagne. Finally, there is Textures, an experimental Champagne made from Pinot Blanc grown the warmer lieu-dit of Fonnet. It is aged in both barrel and amphorae and shows the characteristically distinctive orange peel and minerality of the variety, but with bubbles.

Reviews Coming Soon

Champagne Vouette et Sorbee Fidèle

Champagne Vouette et Sorbee Blanc D’Argile

Champagne Vouette et Sorbee Textures 

Champagne Vouette et Sorbee Saignee de Sorbee

 

Domaine Vincent Carême  (French Organic Winery)

Domaine Vincent Carême 

Domaine Vincent Carême 

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Situated in the heart of Vouvray, Domaine Vincent Carême is the mastermind of young and dynamic Vincent Carême, who grew up on the property. While Vincent was born into a Vouvray farming family, he always knew he would set out on his own path. At the age of 14, under the watchful eye of his grandfather, he was already making his first wine. Upon completion of his viticulture studies, Vincent branched out to gain practical experience working harvests in Sancerre, Champagne, Alsace, Anjou, Muscadet—he even made Chenin Blanc in Thailand. 

 

Additionally, Vincent went abroad to acquire New World experience in South Africa, where Chenin Blanc, his passion, has found a second home. He worked four consecutive harvests and met his wife, Tania while there. Upon his return to Vouvray, Vincent established Domaine Vincent Carême in 1999. The estate, which is overseen by Vincent and Tania, currently spans 37 acres. The different blocks are spread out over three villages: Vouvray, Vernou-sur-Brenne, and Noizay, with soils ranging from limestone to flint and clay.

Most of the blocks are on steep slopes overlooking the Loire valley with two of them, Le Clos (meaning enclosed vineyard) and Le Peu Morier, being vinified separately to express their unique terroirs. Vincent is passionate about Chenin Blanc and makes several styles of the varietal, ranging from still to sparkling and dry to sweet wines. He firmly believes that the quality of the wine is determined in the vineyard and consequently spends every possible moment tending to his vines with the greatest of care. 

All of Domaine Vincent Carême’s wines are certified organic from 2010 onwards by Ecocert in France. The 2007 to 2009 vintages are certified as ‘converting to organic agriculture. Harvest is carried out exclusively by hand with careful selection of the grapes performed by an experienced team of pickers. In the cellar, only the minimum amount of sulphur is used before bottling and no yeast is added for fermentation in any of the wines. Wines are aged in 400 liter French oak barrels.

Domaine Vincent Carême’s cellar is a traditional 16th-century trogolodytic ‘cave’ which is hand carved into the limestone rock. The temperature remains all year between 50°⁰to 57°⁰F. When not in the vineyards, Vincent lectures at the Amboise Agricultural College where he oversees the organic winemaking courses. He has become a mentor for many young vignerons in the Loire valley and is always willing to lend a helping hand to newcomers. Vincent is an active and esteemed ambassador for the Vouvray Wine Appellation with an irrepressible passion for his favorite grape varietal: Chenin Blanc.

 

2019 Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $20.00

91 Pointz Wine & Spirits

The Carmes blend fruit from their network of growers for this cuvee, aging it without oak so it’s powered completely by its acidity-a crystalline, verjus-like edge that makes it feel like a stunt driver turning a corner on two wheels. Then it coasts into leesy richness and pale stone fruit along with apple and flint. Satisfying and bright.

 

2017 Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $42.00

93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

This dry wine comes from organically grown grapes in a single old-vine parcel. With enormous potential, the wine is superbly ripe, showing white fruits as well as minerality, a taut texture and acidity that will soften. Drink from 2021.

93 Pointz Vinous

More seamless and elegant than 2018. Lovely aromas of sea spray, grilled pineapple, and honeysuckle. Complex and textured on the palate, ripe stone fruit and white pepper, and thrilling intense acidity. Very good aging potential. From a steep 2.5 hectare limestone plot right above the cellar. Drinking window: 2021 – 2032

91 Pointz Wine & Spirits

Born in Vouvray, Vincent Carême farms 42 acres with his wife, Tania, who hails from South Africa. They gained organic certification for their domaine in 2010, making this wine from a parcel of 50-to-70-year-old vines growing in tuffeau. Fermented in 400-liter oak barrels (15 percent new) by the yeasts on the grapes and resident in his cold cellar carved out of the same white rock, it ages in those barrels on the lees for a year. It’s powerful, mouthwatering Vouvray, heady and complex, with a floral perfume and a potent minerality. This needs years to mellow and unpack the concentrated citrus and quince freshness that will carry it long into maturity.