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  • David Williams on Bergerac Le Jonc Blanc

    In his article 20 Best Reds over £10 (The Observer Food Monthly 8th December 2013) David Williams selects: Château Le Jonc Blanc Les Sens de Fruit, Bergerac, France 2010 (£11.30, Vinetrail) With the best of Bordeaux now out of reach of all but the highest net worth individuals, neighbouring Bergerac is worth a look for a more affordable take on the region's trademark cabernet-merlot blends. Few are as good or immediately appealing as...

  • Schildknecht Champagne ratings

    NOVEMBER 2013 – DAVID SCHILDKNECHT CHAMPAGNE REVIEWS   Agrapart   7 Crus (2010 and 2009) 92 Terroirs (2009 and 2008) 94     Bérèche   Brut Réserve 89 Extra Brut Réserve 90 Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche 91 Reflets d’Antan 94     Cédric Bouchard   Inflorescence Val Vilaine (2010 base) 91 La Parcelle 2005 91 La Haute Lemblée 2008 93 La Bolorée 2008 92     Chartogne Taillet   Cuvée Ste Anne 92 Rosé 91 Alliées 2008 92 Orizeaux 2008 93 Les Barres 2008 92 2008 Vintage 91     Ulysse Collin   Pierrières Disg. 9/12 92 Les Roises Disg. 9/12 90 Les Maillons Disg. 9/12 91     Jacques Lassaigne   Les Vignes de Montgueux 91 Le Côtet 92     Larmandier-Bernier   Rosé 90 Longitude Blanc de Blancs 93 Terre de Vertus...

  • David Williams on Duclaux Cote Rotie 2007

      David Williams in The Observer 17th November 2013on David & Benjamin Duclaux Côte Rôtie La Germine 2007 (£32.10 inc VAT) France’s northern Rhône is syrah’s spiritual home, providing a template for the peppery but fresh style that is followed by producers in cooler climates around the world. If I were having, say, a Hawksmoor Porterhouse rather than a Café Rouge minute steak, I’d go for the Duclaux, a haunting mix of brambly berries...

  • Parker, Tanzer & Galloni ratings on Vine Trail wines

    ROBERT PARKER RATINGS OF VINE TRAIL WINES 2012/2013     Parker rating Condrieu Chéry 2010 – André Perret 95 Condrieu Chéry 2011– André Perret 96 Vacqueyras Restanques de Cabassole 2010- Roucas Toumba 92 Gigondas 2010 - Raspail-Ay 92 Châteauneuf du Pape 2009 – Ferrand 95 Sancerre 2011 – Gérard Boulay 90 Sancerre 2011 Mont Damnés – Gérard Boulay 91-92 Sancerre 2011  La Côte – Gérard Boulay 91-92 Meursault Gruyaches 2007 - Fichet 91 Fleurie 2011 – Domaine de Prion 90 Chiroubles 2011 – Daniel Bouland 90 Muscat...

  • Jancis Robinson on Chartogne Taillet champagne

    Chartogne-Taillet, Ste-Anne NV Champagne Purple Pages - 2 Aug 2013 by Jancis Robinson Is there a wine store in America that doesn't sell this stunning bargain grower's champagne? To judge from the dozens and dozens of US stockists listed by, I guess not.  I included an enthusiastic tasting note on the cuvée of this wine based on the 2009 vintage in my most recent roundup of...

  • Asimov in NY Times on Gonon's St Joseph

      Thursday 18th July, 2013..Reclaiming the Earthy Grapes of St.-Joseph Nanda Gonzague for The New York Times Raymond Trollat, right, more than anybody embodies the history of St.-Joseph. Mr. Trollat examines a vine with the Gonon brothers, Pierre, left, and Jean By ERIC ASIMOV  Published: July 15, 2013 LEMPS, France — If wine can be said to have a soul, you can feel it here in the heart of St.-Joseph. For centuries, farmers grew grapes on the...

  • Chris Kissack on Richard Leroy

    Chris Kissack in Wine Doctor 24th June 2013 on Richard Leroy Les Noëls de Montbenault 2009 Following a fabulous tasting of the wines of Richard Leroy, a full report on which I will publish tomorrow, it seems inevitable to me that my chosen 'weekend wine' this week should be one of Richard's. One of the most iconic names in Anjou winemaking, Richard Leroy makes exceptional Chenin Blanc from two distinct plots...

  • Eric Asimov on Fillastre

    The Soulful Side of Bordeaux Eric Asimov in the New York Times Published: August 24, 2010 ST.-JULIEN-BEYCHEVELLE, France COMPARED with the grand chateaus of the Médoc, the tiny Domaine du Jaugaret may seem irrelevant. The critics don’t score its wines, it’s barely mentioned in guides, it doesn’t play in the futures game. The winemaking facility is no more than a series of stone sheds with floors of dirt and gravel and walls covered in a...

  • Eric Asimov on Jaugaret

    Profile of the Winemaker Jean-François Fillastre ERIC ASIMOV IN THE NEW YORK TIMES I’ve met many exceptional people in the wine business over the years, but  Jean-François Fillastre is one of the most extraordinary. Mr. Fillastre is the proprietor of Domaine du Jaugaret, a tiny producer of St. Julien, and the centerpiece of my column on the vigneron side of Bordeaux. Like any great winemaker — or chef or...

  • Michael Edwards on Champagne Agrapart

    Pascal Agrapart comes to London Michael Edwards’ comments in his blog on the champagnes of Pascal Agrapart ‘probably the most incisive winemaker in Avize’ who was in town to show his range of champagnes at Vine Trail’s Pascal Agrapart champagne tasting at Quality Chop House in the Farringdon Road.... ‘Pascal has always been quite Burgundian in his respect for his privileged soils esp in Avize and Cramant but very Champenois in...