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Manoir du Carra Beaujolais-Villages 2017

Manoir du Carra Beaujolais-Villages is 100% Gamay. Wine is produced from a selection of old vines (70 to 100 years old). Yield: 40-45 hl/ha
Manual harvest; selection of the best grapes using a sorting table; semi-carbonic maceration for 10-12 days.


Vendange manuelle exclusivement, sélection des meilleurs grappes sur une table de tri vibrante puis encuvage pour une macération dite semi-carbonique, de 10 à 12 jours.


Aged in large oak barrels (foudres) for 3-4 months. No filtration. Egg white fining.


Manoir du Carra Beaujolais-Villages presents with ruby red color, black berry and cherry aromas. Ample in the mouth, very elegant and long lingering finish.

 


Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Fleurie Clos des Deduits 2017

Domaine Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Fleurie is made from 100% Gamay grapes coming from the lieu dit "Montee de la Tonne".
The vineyard measures 1.5 hectare and the average age of the vines is 50 years. Yield: 48 hl/ha
Manual harvest; Semi-carbonic maceration for 10-12 days; Aging in Foudre for 3-4 months; Slight filtration.
Intense red color, subtle fruity and floral aromas of violet, berry and cinnamon. Ample in the mouth, fruit flavors. Even better after a few years of cellaring.
Excellent with red and game meats, and cheeses.


Review:

"Bright ruby. Ripe and energetic on the nose, showing excellent clarity and lift to the ripe raspberry, cherry and floral pastille scents. Palate-staining red and blue fruit and lavender flavors are sharpened by suggestions of smoky minerals and white pepper. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity and finishes long and vibrant, leaving a sweet black raspberry note behind. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (Jaunary 2017), 91 pts

   

Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Brouilly 2017

Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Brouilly is 100% Gamay.

Deep red ruby colored wine with red fruit aromas of strawberry, raspberry and floral notes of violet. Ample in the mouth, supple tannins.

Parcels in the lieu-dit "Combiaty", within the village of St Etienne la Varenne. The soils are dry, made of pink granite which gives the wine its tipicity.

The average age of the vines is 50 years.
Yield is 45-50hl/ha
Manual harvest; Aging on the lees in foudre for 3-4 months; Slight filtration.

   

Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Fleurie 2015

Domaine Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Fleurie is made from 100% Gamay grapes coming from the lieu dit "Montee de la Tonne".
The vineyard measures 1.5 hectare and the average age of the vines is 50 years. Yield: 48 hl/ha
Manual harvest; Semi-carbonic maceration for 10-12 days; Aging in Foudre for 3-4 months; Slight filtration.
Intense red color, subtle fruity and floral aromas of violet, berry and cinnamon. Ample in the mouth, fruit flavors. Even better after a few years of cellaring.
Excellent with red and game meats, and cheeses.


Review:

"Bright ruby. Ripe and energetic on the nose, showing excellent clarity and lift to the ripe raspberry, cherry and floral pastille scents. Palate-staining red and blue fruit and lavender flavors are sharpened by suggestions of smoky minerals and white pepper. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity and finishes long and vibrant, leaving a sweet black raspberry note behind. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (Jaunary 2017), 91 pts

   

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 91
Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Moulin a Vent Les Burdelines 2017

Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Moulin a Vent Les Burdelines is made from 100 percent Gamay,

Beautiful deep ruby color. The bouquet displays aromas of rose, iris, spice and ripe fruit. The wine has a good structure and a good aging potential of 5-10 years.

The vineyards are located in the lieu-dit "Les Burdelines" on manganese granite soil with Eastern sun exposure. The wine is produced from 50 year old vines.

Enjoy with game, red meat and strong cheeses.


   

Manoir du Carra Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2017

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Redolent of strawberries and roses, fragrant and medium bodied. Refreshing, tart finish.

Average age of the vines: 30 years old (between 20 and 60 years old). Skin contact maceration: between 2 and 5 days depending on the parcels.

Beaujolais-Nouveau has been very popular with almost every Thanksgiving dish - from turkey to ham, green beans to mashed potatoes, and gravy to cranberry sauce.

Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Julienas  2016
Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Julienas is made from Gamay

The 2005 vintage was the Sambardier family's first release of the Juliénas, the oldest Cru of Beaujolais, that was named for the famous Roman Emperor Julius Caesar.
The vineyards are located in the lieu-dit "En bottiere" on granite and schist soil types.


Young and dynamic winemaker Frederic Sambardier only produces 4,800 bottles or 400 cases (12/750ml) from 0.8 hectare (1.97 acre). The vines average over 50 years old.  Skin maceration during fermentation for 10-12 days. Finally, the wine has had 4 months of aging in foudre (large barrel). Egg white fined, the wine is bottled unfiltered.
Imported - 150 cases 6/750 ml


Tasting notes: Beautiful ruby red color. Pleasing and graceful, this full-bodied Juliénas displays spices and ripe red and black fruit aromas (red currant, blackberry). This well balanced wine shows soft tannins and a long lasting finish. Excellent now, it will show even better after a few years of cellaring.
This is a perfect match with game, poultries, white meats and cheeses or even by itself as an aperitif.

Review:

"Vivid ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, licorice, violet and smoky minerals, with a hint of earthiness in the background. Offers appealingly sweet boysenberry and cherry flavors that deepen and pick up a spicy nuance on the back half. Finishes very long and smooth, with rounded tannins adding gentle grip. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (March 2018), 91 pts

 

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 91
Domaine de Mus Roussane-Vermentino 2017

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Domaine de Mus Roussane-Vermentino is an original blend of Roussanne (85%), Vermentino (15%). Separate wine-making, blending before bottling operations. No Oak.

The wine is an unoaked blend of  Roussanne (85%), Vermentino (15%). Separate wine-making, blending before bottling operations. Brilliant light color. On the nose aromas dominated with orange blossom and lemon notes.Fresh and complex on the palate, with citrus flaoting on a crisp finish.

Grapes are very carefully protected against any oxidization, as soon as picked up and during the carriage into the cellar. Night harvesting, when the temperature is the lowest. Complete destalking, direct pressing into CO2 atmosphere. Stalling for 24 hours, and immediate racking at 8°C : the clearest juices only are selected. Fermenting process set off with selected yeasts addition, in stainless steel tanks, under heat monitoring, during 30 to 40 days.
Maturing on fine lees, all winter long, with regular stirring of the lees. Fining and bottling.

Review:

"Mostly Roussanne (there’s just 15% Vermentino), the 2017 Roussanne-Vermentino is a fresh, vibrant white that over-delivers at the price, giving up lots of citrus, lemon, and minty notes in a medium-bodied package. It has a touch of minerality, fleshes out nicely with time in the glass, and is an outstanding white to enjoy over the coming year or two."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 90 pts

 90 Points
Mandolin Chardonnay 2017

With its maritime influence, California's Monterey region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance.
Mandolin Chardonnay has a lush tropical fruit core, balanced by crisp acidity and nicely integrated oak.

The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of Monterey County, where high winds, dry days, and bay fogs create a cool, but very long, growing season. These growing conditions are ideal for cool-climate grapes such as Chardonnay, and lead to full, forward fruit flavors and ideal acidity. Grapes were harvested at an ideal balance of sugar and acid, and the wine was fermented in 1-2 year-old French oak barrels. This wine did not undergo malo-lactic fermentation, thus preserving its bright acidity. Total Acidity: 0.70 pH: 3.45 Residual Sugar: 0.51 g/liter

Domaine Mus de Pinot Noir 2017

Domaine Mus de Pinot Noir is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir

Nice red color, with garnet-red shades.
Expressive and charming on the nose with nice flower notes (violet, peony).
On the palate, fresh and round, a fine and elegant red wine on red fruit notes (cranberries, redcurrants), with a beautiful balance. A nice length, with a soft spicy finish. A beautiful Mediterranean expression of the variety.

The average age of the vines is 11 years old.

Traditional winemaking. A very special attention is paid to the health state of the crop, harvested when fully matured. Complete destemming. Macerating in vats during 5 weeks, under heat monitoring. Fermentation under the effect of selected yeasts. End of fermentation under control of the temperature. When the fermenting process is achieved, free-run and press wines are kept separately and sometimes partly or totally blended, according to the vintage aromatic and gustatory expression. Ageing in vats until bottling.


Red 1983 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée

1983 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée. Picture of bottle available upon request. 

Alain Jaume Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac 2016

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Alain Jaume Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac  is made from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre

An intense red garnet color. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild blackberry). The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liqueur and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshiness of the wine. Hints of licorice and vanilla on the finish, which gives the wine length and complexity.

Soil type LIRAC vineyard is facing Chateauneuf du Pape, opposite side of the Rhône river. As showed by the picture and following geologist George Truc, soils are almost similar in both side. They are marked by the violence wrought by the Rhone river. It consists of a layer of marine molasses of the Miocene period covered by alpine alluvium. The presence of a great number of rounded stones known as "galets" in the earth is evidence of the time when the Rhone, then a torrent, tore fragments of rock from the Alps and deposited them on the plain. LIRAC is one of the up-coming best area from the southern Rhône valley, as it delivers outstanding wines. Winemaking & ageing Traditional wine-making in stainless still vats. Hand sorted bunches, crushed and destemmed grapes. Fermentation temperature : 30°C. 18 days of vatting with pigeages.

 


Review:

"The 2016 Lirac Domaine du Clos de Sixte is a terrific wine, easily the rival to many Châteauneufs from across the river, starting with its alluring aromas of flowering garrigue and ripe cherries. A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, this full-bodied wine is lush and concentrated on the palate, then turns velvety on the long finish. I'd treat it like a Châteauneuf du Pape in terms of cellaring: hold it for a few years, then drink it over the next 15. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 2017), 93+ pts

 Wine Advocate: 93
Domaine de la Roche Redonne, "Mas Redonne" Bandol Rose 2011 (half bottle)

2011 Domaine de la Roche Redonne, "Mas Redonne", Bandol Rosé is made from 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, 10% GrenacheNice light salmon color, typical of Bandol.

The wine expresses some citrus, Pomelos (a delicious type of grapefruit) and lots of white fruit aromas and minerality.
The flavors are fresh, fruity and very aromatic with tons of Apricot and Mango.

Yield : lower than 38 Hectoliters per Hectare
Alcohol per volume : 12.4%
Total Acidity : 3.46
Residual sugar: 0.23
PH: 3.28

The knock-out, full-bodied 2012 La Dame Rousse Tavel Rose (60% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Bourboulenc and Clairette) offers complex notes of flowers, raspberries, loamy soil, pepper and spice. Dry, exuberant and loaded with personality as well as character, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next year.-Wine Advocate #208 Aug 2013 90 Points

"The color is a light salmon rose. The nose reveals dried floral and red grapefruit aromas followed by textured, sweet spices. The mouth follows the nose with dry, delicate red fruit, a little dusty in texture, and fresh acidity. There are some ripe tannins and spices in the finish and aftertaste. All of this is delivered with confidence and moderate weight. In the end this is quite a pretty wine for drinking over the next several years. Now-2015."
 - Hogshead wine blog (September 4th 2012),***

 Wine Advocate: 90
Domaine de Mus Carmenere 2017

A beautiful ruby red, very intense.
An expressive nose on balsamic and flower notes (rose). On the palate, rich and fine, soft tannins, with flower and spice notes, fine and soft tannins. Good length. A nice expression of this variety.

Traditional winemaking. A very special attention is paid to the health state of the crop, harvested when fully matured. Complete destalking. Macerating in vats during 5 weeks, under heat monitoring. Fermentation under the effect of selected yeasts. End of fermentation under control of the temperature. When the fermenting process is achieved, free-run and press wines are kept separately and sometimes partly or totally blended, according to the vintage aromatic and tasting profile.

Domaine de Mus Rose 2018

Domaine de Mus Rose is made from 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault

No oak.

A blend of Grenache and Cinsault. During the fermentation, the different juices are regularly added into the blend as the different varieties are harvested.

A nice rose petal color with mango shades.
On the nose, dominating notes of raspberry, wild peach, and pink pomelo. On the palate, round and refreshing, a delicious acidulous harmony, with notes of pomelo, and a crispy mix of red fruit and citrus notes.

The grape juice is directly selected after picking thanks to a double bottom inside the bins right after picking and directly poured into vats. The juice is poured into the tanks protected with carbonic gas and stabilised at 8° during 24 hours to get the pulp precipitated and clarified. Racking. Fermentation with addition of especially selected yeasts for their aromatic qualities, during 40 days, in stainless steel vats, at a low temperature.

Domaine Odoul-Coquard Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Saints-Jacques 2014

Domaine Odoul-Coquard Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Saints-Jacques is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir

This wine is made from 70-year-old vines that were inherited from Sebastien's grandmother. The wine is aged for 12 months in Allier barriques (95% Francois Freres) for 1 year (50% new, 25% 1 yr-old, 25% 2 yrs-old). Aux St. Jacques is located in the northern part of the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation, just south of Vosne-Romanée.

A wine that is very representative of the Nuits Saint Georges terroir. Strong, with firm tannins and a lingering finish. Ideal to wait for 3 to 5 years before tasting. A great pairing with mature cheeses and spicy meals.


Review:

Dense and smoky, revealing black cherry, blackberry, earth and sandalwood flavors. Balanced and long, with a tactile finish. Best from 2019 through 2029. 30 cases imported.- Wine Spectator 91 Points

 Wine Spectator: 91
Finca del Castillo Tempranillo La Mancha 2017

Finca del Castillo Tempranillo La Mancha is made from 30 year old vine Tempranillo (100%).


Finca del Castillo Tempranillo La Mancha  is a pretty little red has a flavor reminiscent of good Cotes du Rhone. Medium bodied, flavorful; hints of raspberry and strawberry. Shows best with picnic fare and grilled meats. Perfect summer red.

Guy Bossard Domaine De l'Ecu Muscadet Gneiss 2015

Guy Bossard Domaine De l'Ecu Muscadet Gneiss is 100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 4 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: gneiss
Yield: 45-50 hl/haSoil ploughing and soil scraping. Canopy management.
PRUNING: Simple Guyot.
Orientation of slopes is NORTH WEST. Light soil. Sub-soil: Gneiss.
Production: 555 cases
It is crystal clear and white gold in color with reflections of green. The nose is opulent, rich in white fruits, notes of pear and of the sea. We also notice citrus, hazelnut and mineral notes. The mouth is soft, dense and expressive. The wine is fruity, juicy and intense. A good mouthfeel wth a remarkable balance held by a beautiful vivacity, with aromas of salt, mineral and finally citrus fruits. Invited to the most prestigious tables, this Muscadet will enhance the flavor of fish in sauce or white meat.

rganically farmed since 1975. Biodynamic – Demeter certified since 1998. 100 % hand-picked grapes Reception of the grape harvest by gravity, no use of pumps. Pneumatic gentle press No racking of the must Fermentation: 100 % natural yeast • Temperature control: 15 °- 17 °. Aged "ON THE LEES" in underground vats

A perfect match to the following dishes: 
Mussel soup with coriander and orange zest
Savoury tart, duo of "andouille" and monkfish.
Skate with capers and a "beurre noisette".
Eels and frogs legs "à la provençale".
Pike, Perch with a "beurre blanc".
Tuna and courgette Lasagne
Cheeses: Fresh Goats Cheese, Curé Nantais

Review:

"Fresh apple with tangy skin and subtly piquant seed inflections is seemingly suffused with crushed stone. The feel is polished and the finish retains satisfying juiciness and stony grip. Niger had to intervene in tank with sulfur after this started into malolactic. It nonetheless showed well in late July 2016 and was, like the other l’Ecu “geological” bottlings, slated for September 2016 bottling. But I have not yet been able to connect with the finished wine in the US. At this point, I prefer to be conservative with my prognosis of ageability. - David Schildknecht”
- Vinous (May 2017), 88-89+ pts



 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 89
Maurice Martin Macon-Villages 2017

Maurice Martin Macon-Villages is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

White gold color with silver or greenish reflections , shiny and soft. Aromas suggest broom, acacia, green apple, lemongrass, citruses.  A fresh, dry and fruity, nervous with a good balance.

The grapes for this wine is coming from 3 famous part of the Maconnais' region: Chaintré, Pierreclos and Ozenay.

The wine went through malolactic fermentation. It has been gently filtered before bottling.

Very easy to associate with his very complete balance : grilled fish, creamy risottos, antipasti, salads, sushis, very pleasant at the aperitif.

OnePio Bardolino Chiaretto Rose Spumante 2017

OnePio Bardolino Chiaretto Spumante  is made from Corvina , Rondinella, Molinara

No oak. Aged on the lees for 4 months, plus an extra month in the bottle before release.

This sparkling wine displays a nice and bright pink color. 
The perlage is refined and persistent. 
The aromatics are delicate and very charming with delicate red fruits and floral aromas.

Grapes are grown on hills with Morainic origins. The vines are trained in Pergola Trentina technique.
Size of the vineyard is 2 hectares (5 acres).
Skin contact Cryo-maceration for 20 hours. 
Fermentation at cold temperature (15°C / 59°F) during 4 months.
Charmat method.
Upon bottling, the wine is aged for 2 months in the bottle.

RS: 9 gr/L
Dry Extract: 24.8 gr/L
TA: 6.1 gr/L

ideal with typical appetizers such as cold meats, risotto and fish dishes.



Colmant Brut Reserve NV

Blend: Colmant Brut Reserve NV is a blend of Pinot Noir 52%, Chardonnay 48% (Franschhoek, Robertson, Elgin, Somerset-West and Stellenbosch). 10% of the blend is made of reserve wine from the previous vintage and 12% of the base wine is barrel fermented.
Ageing: 28 months minimum on the lees at steady 13°C temperature.
Tasting: A subtle pale gold color with a very clean and elegant nose. The aroma has a gentle spicy toastiness with a lemon / yeasty perfume followed by more mature fruit. Plenty of freshness on the palate, with a good acidity which perfectly balances the yeasty depth, bready flavors and ample structure. Long smooth finish. Will develop nicely over the years.
Drinking tips: Divine as an aperitif and loyal as a party buddy, it also goes perfectly with oysters, sushis or any delicate seafood.


Reviews:


"The Brut Reserve (disgorged April 2018) was 10% fermented in French oak barrel and includes 20% reserve vintages. It spent 30 months on the lees. The well-defined, focused nose features bright citrus lemon and hints of baked bread. The palate is well balanced with a taut, crisp, citric entry. This is vivacious, very pretty and graced with lovely apricot hints on the finish. A superb MCC from Colmant. - Neal Martin"

- Vinous (August 28th 2018), 91 pts


"Fresh with leesy notes, a fine mousse and delicate palate of minerals and green citrus zest, this is a first class New World sparkler. It’s rich enough to enjoy on its own or with white meats. It’s a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay aged on the lees for 30 months and 25% reserve wines from earlier vintages."
-International Wine Review, 91 pts


"Disgorged February 2011, the Non-vintage Brut Reserve is a blend of 52% Pinot Noir and 48% Chardonnay based on the 2008 vintages blended with reserve wines from 2007 and 2006 (25% of the blend), aged for 30 months on the lees. It has a very fine pettillance in the glass. The nose is very well defined with crushed stone, oyster shell and the subtle perfume of fine lees coming through with aeration. The palate is very crisp and lively on the entry with vibrant acidity, a citrus thread from start to finish, and though it is not a powerful Cap Classique, it is wonderfully poised with great persistence on the fresh lime and Granny Smith-tinged finish.
There are many alternatives to Champagne, and South Africa is no exception with some fine “Method Cap Classique.” Jean-Philippe Colmant hired winemaker Nicolas Follet to create a small range of impressive sparkling wines; they eschew malolactic fermentation and practice extended lees aging."
- eRobertParker.com  , 92 pts

 

Our Hunt for Colmant:

 It was day 6 in South Africa and we find ourselves outside of beautiful Cape Town, in the country near the Riebeek Kasteel area in Swartland.  Let's talk a little about my accommodations before I tell you about this amazing bubbly. We arrive at the one and only hotel in Riebeek to find out that there were not enough rooms open for all. 

We reached out to our contact at Riebeek cellars, who we will refer to as "Point Break" from now on. For those of you that have not seen the movie Point Break, this guy looked and sounded like a blonde Keanu Reeves with a Dutch accent. Anyway, Point Break tells me that they have secured a small bed and breakfast that we could use for the overflow. Sounded nice...so I opted for it. 

Upon arrival, the home was beautiful on the outside with a catchy French name, "Shades of Provence". After Point Break fiddled with the skeleton key and lock for a good 35 minutes in the rain, we finally get to see the inside of our new home. The door opened straight into the kitchen where the first thing I noticed was the mouse sh*t all over the place. It was winter there and the mice were trying to stay warm, I'm sure. Little did they know this damn place had no heat.

Besides myself and my fiancee Sylvia, there were 3 other people and a total of four rooms. At this point I knew I better drag both our suitcases up those steps and get to the best room before everyone else. At stroke-causing speed, I skipped up the steps nearly knocking Point Break on his back and went through the rooms. I settled for a nice corner room with the least amount of dirt on the concrete floor and with only one or two spider webs on the wrought iron bed post.

For dinner that night, we returned to the hotel restaurant to join the rest of our group. The 5 of us forced to stay in the bed and breakfast were in a far worse mood than everyone around us. Arriving late, we sat at the end of the dinning table and hoarded as much wine as possible to try and drink ourselves to a point where we could sleep in that disgrace of a French country side home that Point Break secured for us.

 That night, I slept with the lights on, all my clothes on, and on top of the sheets hoping to avoid spider bites. I awoke that morning to Sylvia standing over me holding what looked like a hot water knob off of the shower. "It wasn't even attached.", she said. Sylvia proceeds to take a "whore-bath" in the sink using her own packed sock as a wash cloth. It was the only thing she deemed clean. To top it off, in a brief moment of happiness she finds a hair dryer in a cabinet. She pulled it out in triumph only to realize that there was a used condom stuck to the side of it. Obviously, this is her last trip to South Africa.

 

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 91 Wine Advocate: 92 International Wine Review: 91

 
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Reverdy Jean Sancerre Blanc 2018

Jean Reverdy Sancerre Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Single vineyard. Vinification: cold fermentation in stainless steel tank, no oak, no malolactic fermentation.
Sweet, fruity and clean. White flowers (acacia, jasmine) and citrus fruits aromas. Perfectly balanced.
A delicious wine, perfect with fish dishes, especially salmon, and a local goat cheese Crottin de Chavignol.