A Rhône blend of 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre from 60- to 90-year-old vines. A nose of kirsch, raspberry, cherry, plum, earth and a nice chocolate note. This is juicy stuff in the mouth with dark, rich fruits, licorice, earth, tar and fine tannins. A nice treat for lovers of this rustic yet pleasing style.
Mature, nearly opaque deep mahogany colour. Huge nose hits you as you draw near the glass: plums, then kirsch and golden raisins. Flavour is dominated by black cherries, balanced with an interesting dash of herbal bitters and some spice from the oak. Has a tonne of fruit without being jammy. Ready now; won’t get better. Luscious with roast duck and braised kale.
This is the first, and probably only, 100% Grignet you've tried. Dominique Belluard is credited with saving this nearly-extinct indigenous grape. More than half of the Grignet in the world is found in their vineyards, with the remainder from small neighbouring plots. This wine comes from the highest part of their biodynamic vineyards, grown on clay and limestone soils. Fermented wild in clay egg and amphora, this traditional method sparkling is zero dosage and has spent 3 years on the lees. The autolytic character is a striking contrast to the sharp, pithy acidity and light body. Old-spice musk florally, perfumed red apple flavours/racy green apple crispness, lemon pith, mountain herbs and broken stones are imbued with a brie/lees earthiness. Acidity is racy, driving to a shimmery glow on the finish. Complex. Not an easy wine, but a worthwhile wine.
Pale golden yellow. Great nose, typical Chablis with citrus, fresh butter and a mineral undertone. Flavourful, bone-dry with great acidity balanced by a fatty mid-palate and an intense finish. Drink or hold.
Dark brown colour. Dark caramel, molasses and toasted nuts on the nose. Surprisingly light after this "heavy" nose, its taste follows the same theme. It may seem a tad sweet but it is in fact completely dry. No bitterness in the soft finish.
Crisply fresh apple and soft floral scent with green apple flavour playing through on the creamy, gently effervescent palate. Finishes lightly dry.