February 2023

Clarification of The Possibilities of Pinot Noir in Burgundy. Domaine du Pavillon Articulates The Case Throughout Côte de Beaune’s Appellations with Vintage 2020

So well does Pinot Noir align with its terroir that it is no stretch to claim that the Burgundian earth itself was mute before the first plantings. But the truth is, fickle Pinot Noir has found its spiritual home here…

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Posted on 2023.02.18 in Côte de Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Beaune, Meursault, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Aloxe-Corton, France, Burgundy  |  Read more...


Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc’s Strong Presence in Touraine, the Heart of Loire Valley, And Rightfully So. Four Producers Represented in 9-Bottle Pack ($259), 5 Red And 4 White

John Updike refers to the French as ‘that strange race, neither northern nor southern, both sensual and ascetic, the epitome in turn of chivalry and the bourgeoisie.’ Updike, a prolific writer of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and art/literary reviews, never got…

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Posted on 2023.02.15 in Touraine, France, Wine-Aid Packages  |  Read more...


The Methodical Purist: Emmanuel Lassaigne (at Champagne Jacques Lassaigne) is Redefining Terroir in Champagne’s Outlying Sub-region Montgueux ‘Les Vignes de Montgueux’ $68 (Hint: Valentine)

The Methodists were named for a methodical approach to Christianity and the Puritans for a desire to purify it. Although Montgueux’s roots are a bit more pagan (the name means Hill of the Goths), Emmanuel Lassaigne’s angle of approach combines…

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Posted on 2023.02.02 in France, Champagne  | 


The Champagne Society April 2023 Selection: Champagne André Clouet

Champagne André Clouet ‘Un Jour de 1911 …’ Grand Cru Bouzy Blanc de Noirs, Disgorgement Date: August 22, 2022 Special Price for members of the Champagne Society is $81. Sold Out. The Clouet family is a family of winemakers whose…

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Posted on 2023.02.01 in France, The Champagne Society, Champagne  |  Read more...


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