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Minius is a wine with a very live yellow color with green reflections. Highlighted on the nose are the citrus and floral aromas, along with white fruits notes and herbs like fennel. It is soft and elegant in mouth that together with the acidity gives a fresh and persistent finish.
Strict and careful grape selection in the vineyard and winery before destemming. Cold maceration at 10ºC during 3-4 hours. Presing. Alcoholic fermentation begins at 16,5 ºC in stainless steel under an automatic temperature control. Stabilization of the wine in isotermic tanks, filtering and bottling. Resting in the bottle during 30 days prior distribution.
Pairs with apperitives, rices, grilled seafood, white fish in sauce, cheeses, poultries
Figaro Tinto Calatayud 2013 is 100% Garnacha, made from a selection of the best grapes grown in the oldest vineyards. While not truly an "oaked wine", a short stay in oak barrels provides a nice spicy flavor boost.
Tasting notes: Bright violet. Dark berry and cherry aromas show a jammy aspect. Supple and gently sweet, with good lift to its black raspberry and boysenberry flavors. Smooth and broad on the finish, leaving behind a hint of spiciness. Extremely easy to drink and an excellent value.
he wine is made from 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah.
Deep red garnet color. Aromas of ripe and black fruits. On the palate the wine is rich, powerful and harmonious - well balanced with wild berry and pepper dominating.
"Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and boysenberry scents are sharpened by suggestions of cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Plush and appealingly sweet, offering fleshy red and blue fruit flavors and a touch of candied flowers. The peppery note comes back slowly on the long, sappy finish, which is framed by talc-y tannins that fold nicely into the juicy fruit. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2016), 90 pts
Pale Yellow color with fresh green tones.
Very aromatic, with citrus, tropical fruit, tangerine, lemongrass and lemon thyme. Fruity notes with anise and minerals, typical of the Verdejo grape. Fresh in the mouth, the wine is slightly fizzy, with an excellent balance between acidity and sweetness.
100% Verdejo from the Rueda region.
Vine density: 2,222 vines per hectares
Yield: 9,000 kilos per hectares
Fermentation lasts between 6 and 8 days.
Total Acidity: 6.8 g/liter
Pairs with appetizers, dessert or light meal.
Pearmund Cellars Petit Verdotis made from 100 percent Petit Verdot.
Blackberry aromas with rich plum flavors. Well-rounded tannins and a smooth finish. Earthy, rustic, and warm. Limited production.
Herbal with touches of pepper and cherry. Dry, medium body with raspberry finish. Aged in French oak barrels.
A mouth-watering, vivid style; this wine explodes with delicious flavors of passion fruit, guava, quince, lime peel; with an intensely grapefruit nose. Light-bodied, with a touch of fresh grass and herb, which gives it some personality and energy.
Another wine that checks in near the top of the vintage, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois is still a baby, with medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannin and loads of blackcurrant, lead pencil, licorice and spice-driven aromas and flavors. Give it another couple of years and drink it through 2024.
As I wrote in the intro for this domaine last year, Domaine de la Mordoree is a reference point estate for Chateauneuf du Pape. Run by the talented brother duo of Fabrice and Christophe Delorme, with Christophe making the wines, they produce a relatively modern-styled Chateauneuf, as well as more than noteworthy Liracs and Tavels. For this tasting at the domaine (I was also able to taste through this full lineup again, from bottles in the U.S.), we started with the older vintages and worked toward the more current releases. In addition to their Reine des Bois cuvee, the Delorme brothers also release a special cuvee call the Cuvee de la Plume du Peintre. It’s made only in top vintages, and, as of today, it’s only been made in 2003 and 2005. There’s a scant 150 cases of each. Coming from a plot of 80-year-old vines located in the famed La Crau lieu-dit, the blend has changed between the two releases, as has the elevage. - Parker 93 Points
Inky black ruby color. Powerfully ripe and large-scaled on the nose, with intense aromas of blackberry, cassis, candied licorice, black pepper and exotic Asian spices. Big, thick and dense on the palate, showing highly concentrated flavors of dark cherry, creme de cassis, roasted coffee, tapenade and ground clove. This has remarkable intensity on the back end and today the substantial tannins are utterly buried by the sheer sweetness of fruit.- Tanzer 93-95 Points
(90% sangiovese, 10% canaiolo nero and colorino del Valdarno; pH 3.3; total acidity 5.95 g/l; dry extract 32.5 g/l; 14% alcohol): Pale amber-red color. Aristocratic, highly complex nose hints at red plum, candied strawberry, tobacco, leather, licorice and dried flowers. Then fleshy and round on the palate, offering subtle red berry, chestnut and milk chocolate flavors. Finishes with sweet tannins and excellent grip and length. The early-season rain led many to conclude that this was a minor vintage, but I have always disagreed completely with this view. This was aged in chestnut barrels. - Tanzer 93 Points
The Jaume family’s 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is a winner. Made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that spent 14 months in 70% concrete tanks and 30% in barrels, it offers up a terrific bouquet of smoke, mulled fruits, spice box and chocolate. Rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied and with plenty of fruit (and some sweet tannin), it’s mature but will hold for at least 4-5 years. - Parker 91 Points
Dark and chocolatey, spiced with pretty notes of allspice and clove, this wine is round and rich, bursting with ripe berries, combined with an earthy complexity and a velvety finish.
made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc.
The wine spent 22 months on 75% new French oak with the remaining 25% second vintage French oak. Select barrels from the best forests of Taransaud, Boutes, Quintessance, and Vicard cooperages.
Barrel fermented in mixed age French oak producing a medium clear lemon color. This wine has a luminescent, straw color with a subtle sheen. Meyer lemon, white nectarine, baking spice, and salt water taffy on the nose. The palette offers up warm oak spice, sandalwood, and stone fruit.
With a lemon-butter-cream texture, this wine is lush yet still very bright and fresh. Lively acidity, with a custard type of roundness/richness, and the warm oak spice follows through on the pallet. Delicious balance between richness and freshness.
As with all our whites, this wine will reward you for cellaring.
94 points — Wine & Spirits Magazine
Year's Best Chardonnay — Wine & Spirits Magazine
93 points — Wineanorak
Color : ligth rose
Aromas : flower : roses, fruits : strawberry, red currant and citrus
Palate : mouthful, rich.
Best to drink 2 years.
Pairs well with white meats, Asian cuisine and excellent as an aperitif.
"A big, ripe, textured beauty that stays fresh and lively on the palate, the medium pink colored 2015 La Remise de la Mordoree Rose gives up classic Tavel-like notes of framboise, flowers and ripe strawberries. It's a no brainer purchase to buy by the case. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2016), 90 pts
Very light garnet. Showing notes of ripe strawberry and a hint of rhubarb, this is a full-flavored, yet dry rosé with rich extract on a long finish. With good structure and complex, somewhat earthy flavors, this is the rare rosé that may provoke discussion. A 50/50 blend of Marselean and Merlot grown using biodynamic methods. -IWR 90 Points
Grand Veneur Dom Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc La Fontaine 2013 is made from 100% Roussane.
Yellow-gold color. The nose is rich in aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, quince and honey, with a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the same aromas appear together with a fatness combining exotic fruit and vanilla : the wine is rich, generous and elegant, with extraordinary length. "La Fontaine" is often considerated to be one of the best Châteauneuf du Pape white, and it is by definition a superb gastronomy wine.
Best between 1 and 8 years.
Their top white is the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape La Fontaine Blanc. A blend of 100% Roussanne that’s aged 10% in small barrels (the majority is in stainless steel), it’s a classy, balanced and medium to full-bodied beauty that gives up classic buttered citrus, white peach, melon and spice. Like the classic cuvée, this will gain a touch more richness and flesh with another 6-12 months in bottle, and drink nicely for 3-4 years at a minimum.
This estate, under the leadership of Sebastien and Christophe Jaume, continues to be one of the reference point producers for relatively modern styled Châteauneuf du Papes. In addition to their top tier efforts, the portfolio is loaded with smoking values at just about every price point. I’ve listed domaine wines under Domaine Grand Veneur, and the negociant wines under Alain Jaume, which I believe might also include some vineyards owned by the Jaume family as well. Regardless, the quality here is superb across the range. In addition, they’ve excelled in both 2012 and 2013. Wine Advocate 93 Points
Richer, fuller and denser is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape, which is composed of 65% Grenache and the rest equal parts Mourvedre and Syrah. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant notes of black fruits, licorice, lavender, Provencal herbs as well as a meaty richness. -Wine Advocate Robert Parker 91 Points
Xavier Vignon, along with Philippe Cambie, are probably the two most highly renowned oenologists in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as some of the surrounding Cotes du Rhone regions. Vignon’s office and laboratory are next to the Auto Route A7, in the same complex as Chateau Husson. He is the consultant for such well-known domaines as Raymond Usseglio, Jerome Quiot, Beaurenard, La Nerthe, Mont Redon, Marcoux, Grand Veneur and La Gardine. I tasted through the new and upcoming Xavier Vignon releases. The blend of Xavier Vignon’s Chateauneuf du Pape can vary considerably. Vignon told me that it is a selection from nearly 120 different parcels in the appellation. Fashioned from the best fruit from old vines planted in the finest parcels is the Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme. Xavier Vignon is not going to release the 2007 Anonyme (his greatest Chateauneuf du Pape to date) until 2013 so readers have a chance of getting some of this production. I tasted three vintages of this cuvee with Vignon.
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