February 2024

Second Thoughts: Fabled Château Ausone Re-releases Aged Second Wine ‘Chapelle d’Ausone’ In Three Vintages: 2011, 2012 And 2016 + Current Releases: 2019 And 2020

In Bordeaux, a Château has the right to sell all of its production under the name of its domain, yet they rarely do. Based on vine age vs. current yield, producers occasionally replant vineyard plots and it generally takes a…

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Posted on 2024.02.22 in Saint-Emilion, France, Bordeaux, Wine-Aid Packages  |  Read more...

 

Côte des Bar For The Course: Champagne Fleury, An Ecological Pioneer Is In Pursuit Of “Understanding And Enhancing Terroir’s Character” Eleven New Releases

Although it sounds a bit contradictory, ‘doing what comes naturally’ is often an exacting science and a dedicated quest, and nowhere in Champagne is this more evident than in the fields and cellars of Domaine Fleury, the Côte des Bar…

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Posted on 2024.02.21 in France, Champagne, Wine-Aid Packages  |  Read more...

 

Enthroned At The Summit Of Larzac: Domaine de Montcalmès, A Languedoc Stand-out, Drinks Well In Its Youth And Shows No Weakness With Age + Recent Arrival Two Rising Stars From Larzac — Five-Bottle Package For $215

If you’re an aspiring domaine owner working with a tight budget, and have an eye to producing world-class French wine, you could do worse than Terrasses du Larzac, where an acre of vineyard land might set you back the equivalent…

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Posted on 2024.02.17 in France  |  Read more...

 

Champagne By Any Other Name: Two Dozens Rose-Tinted Champagne. Eighteen Producers Show Different Styles And Capture Diversity of Soils.

Sugar and spice are nice, but you prefer a bit more ‘brut’ with your Valentine’s Day sparkle, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that Champagne Rosé is often drier than it’s golden counterpart. Sweeter rosé styles exist, of course,…

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Posted on 2024.02.12 in France, Champagne, Wine-Aid Packages  |  Read more...

 

The Champagne Society June 2024 Selection: Champagne Fleury

Côte des Bar For The Course Champagne Fleury, An Ecological Pioneer Is In Pursuit Of “Understanding And Enhancing Terroir’s Character” New Releases Champagne Fleury ‘Notes Blanches’, 2015 Côte-des-Bar Brut-Nature ($99) Although it sounds a bit contradictory, ‘doing what comes naturally’…

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Posted on 2024.02.03 in France, The Champagne Society, Champagne  |  Read more...

 

Lure Of The Loire II: A Wide Range Of Red Varieties, Soils And Microclimates Allow For A Diversity Of Wines And Styles By Upstart Generation

The media engine behind French wine seems driven primarily by two wheels—Burgundy and Bordeaux—while the Loire is often relegated to third-wheel status. And it’s not from want of praise: The vivid, crisp, hauntingly aromatic and almost supernaturally focused wines of…

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Posted on 2024.02.02 in Chinon, Saumur-Champigny, Touraine, Anjou, France, Wine-Aid Packages, Loire  |  Read more...

 


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