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Domaine Perrault-Jadaud Vouvray Pétillant Haut Les Choeurs 2014

Domaine Perrault-Jadaud Vouvray Pétillant Haut Les Choeurs 2014

A charming and expansive nose of baked apple, brioche, white flowers, and acacia honey graces this lemon-yellow Vouvray. Full and voluptuous on the palate, with a laser thin beam of acidity cuts a wide swath through orchard fruit, fine lees, and dried honeycomb. It’s slightly sweet, but well balanced. Overall a delight on a brisk December evening. 12.5% ABV | Sample 9.1 Points...

Domaine Guion Cuvée Domaine Bourgueil 2015

Domaine Guion Cuvée Domaine Bourgueil 2015

Sporting classic Bourgueil notes of red berries, underbrush, orange pomander ball, and an ethereal top note of delicate florality. The 2015 Domaine Guion Cuvée Domaine Bourgueil is angular and tight with high-toned acidity, like crushed raw cranberry—it has a definite edge and considerable tartness, with tannins perched on the fore-palate. An earthy, mineral note emerges at the close. Best enjoyed with food, I don't see this improving with additional cellaring. Domaine Guion 8.9 Points...

Domaine Olga Raffault 'Les Picasses' Chinon 1989

Domaine Olga Raffault ‘Les Picasses’ Chinon 1989

'Les Picasses' lies along a riverbank on a fairly steep slope that is primarily alluvial clay overlaying chalk and limestone. The vines are over 50 years old and the site is known to produce wines with fabulous purity and minerality. As such, the Olga Raffault 'Les Picasses' Chinon 1989 has had time to mellow, and the aromas are quite lovely—lavender, game, worn leather, a touch of barnyard, and cellar dust. There is a throaty, sensual wildness to this wine, punctuated by a vein of bright acidity and minerals. It has just about everything I love in Loire Valley Cab Franc. Domaine Olga Raffault 9.2 Points ...