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  • 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...

  • Arnaud Goubet on Pinon's Vouvray Silex Noir 2010

    Arnaud Goubet, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons on François Pinon’s Vouvray Silex Noir 2010 on New Year Revolutions in Imbibe Magazine (Jan/Feb 2013) 'Arnaud Goubet’s sumptuous list may evolve gradually, but a lighter feel will become evident in the New Year.  For example, François Pinon’s Vouvray Silex Noir 2010 “A good value wine, with a little sweetness, it has that great acidity of good Chenin Blanc”...'...

  • David Brookes on Julien Labet from

    2008 Julien Labet Chardonnay “Les Varrons”  As a wine-drinker you’ll no doubt find wine styles, varieties and regions that strike a chord with you…..they resonate at the same frequency…..for me it’s the Jura. It is a region a great scenic beauty and a diverse palate of wine styles from Pet-Nat to Vin Jaune; a region where the vignerons and locals are as down to earth as their wines, going about...