Monday, August 15, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Some Select Rosés from Provence for the Dog Days of Summer -- Clos Cibonne, Fondrèche, Peyrassol, Pradeaux, Terrebrune,

In the past several years, the world outside of the south of France has come to appreciate that dry rosés from Provence can be the best thing (perhaps excepting beer) to drink in hot weather. Demand has skyrocketed accordingly. Here are some of my favorites of this summer. (Continue reading here.) 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Caveau de BACCHUS/Lucien AVIET & Fils (Montigny-par-Arbois, Jura)

Here’s a new discovery for me, and if these wines are typical of the estate, one that has moved immediately into my top tier of Jura producers. Lucien Aviet and his son Vincent work inlutte raisonnée (organic except where no other means of protection of the vines works). Their bottles are done in a beautiful calligraphic script that recalls hand-labelled bottles of long past. (Continue reading here.)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Domaine de la Pinte (Arbois, Jura) -- Recent releases

The estate that originally was established in the 19th century, but there was a pause after the phylloxera devastation until 1959, when Roger Martin, a geologist and native of Arbois, resuscitated the estate. The tradition is carried on now by Roger’s son Pierre. Domaine de la Pinte possesses 32 ha of vines, but because of recent replanting, only 23 ha are currently producing. The estate is certified organic and biodynamic and uses a minimum of sulfur in winemaking. (Continue reading here.)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Miscellaneous Northern Rhônes V: Allemand, Accoles/Leriche, Entrefaux/Tardy, Faury, Ferme des Sept Lunes/Delobre, and Gonon

At their best, 2012, 2013, and 2014 are strong vintages, but there is inconsistency and one has to be careful in selecting, even from some of the best names. 2014 has gotten a bad reputation because there was some rain; it may make the wines a little less powerful than those of the other two vintages, but the best of them make up for it with remarkable precision.

Earlier reviews of Northern Rhônes are found here herehere, and here

All wines below are red, except as otherwise indicated. (Continue reading here.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Domaine Benoît Badoz (Poligny, Jura)

I don’t have much background with this estate located in Poligny, but I was favorably impressed by the red wines; the still whites left me somewhat nonplussed.

After having worked around the world in Australia, California, Bordeaux, and Burgundy, Benoît returned home in 2003 to take over direction of the estate, although his father continues to work with him. The estate consists of 10 ha and is worked according to lutte raisonnée (organic, except where all other means fail). Native yeasts are used and the levels of SO2 are minimal. (Continue reading here.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Miscellaneous Loire Reds: Chidaine, Marionnet, Lemasson, Pothiers/Paire, Tessier, Venner

From good producers, there are good wines to be had, and largely still at attractive prices. But of recent vintages, only 2015 has in any way been satisfactory for volume, and 2016 looks like a complete disaster due to the spring frosts. Support your Loire producers where you get the chance! (Continue reading here.)