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Domaine de Roche-Guillon Fleurie

Domaine de Roche-Guillon Fleurie 2014

Crushed raspberries, pie cherries, cranberries, and underbrush waft from the glass. Beguiling secondary notes of dried violets, lilacs and potting soil lend perfumy complexity. It's a light, nimble Gamay—classic Fleurie—with lifted red fruit tightly wound round a mineral vein of iron ore followed by loamy soil, and bay leaf. 13.0% ABV Domaine de Roche-Guillon 8.8 Points  ...

Laurent Perrachon Juliénas Les Vignes Centenaires

Laurent Perrachon Juliénas Les Vignes Centenaires 2015

A bright, angular wine with an acid core that serves as the fulcrum around which other aspects of this wine flows. The 2015 Laurent Perrachon Juliénas Vieilles Vigne Centenaires displays slightly chewy tannins encasing bright cranberries and rose hips that merge with crushed watercress and chervil followed by stratified, rock strewn soil. 13.0% ABV | Sample Laurent Perrachon & Fils 8.8 Points...

Besson Franck Beaujolais Rose Granit Méthode Traditionnelle 2011

Besson Franck Beaujolais Rose Granit Méthode Traditionnelle 2011

Sourced from 100% 45-year-old Gamay Black vines grown in granitic sand, hence the name, this unique sparkling rosé walks a very fine line between funk and fruit. Ripe strawberries and plump market raspberries are unarthed, once a gets past damp spring soil, that walk through the barn in sodden boots (and yes, I had a barn with animals, I know it well). Given that, its unusual countenance is a welcome break. It's more classically styled and delicate on the palate and a very nice companion to charcuterie. 12% ABV | sample It is well worth noting that this bottle was tasted at  Bar Avignon  in Portland, Oregon, a quaint wine bar that I highly recommend. Domaine Besson Franck 8.9 Points...

Jules Desjourneys Moulin-à-Vent 2009

Jules Desjourneys Moulin-à-Vent 2009

It's hard to believe the Jules Desjourneys 2009 is a Beaujolais, such is the concentration and depth of this stunning Moulin À Vent. The fruit is not so unusual, a generous dollop of wild strawberries and pie cherries, but then it veers sharply off the sunlit path, into a thicket of scrub and undergrowth, wet decaying leaves and stony brook, only emerge once more with violets, lilacs and sandalwood. Nicely developed, with fine fore-to-mid palate tannins, it's drinking beautifully now and has the potential to last. Tasted March 2015. Domaine Jules Desjourneys 9.2 Points...