Saint Aubin Rouge 1er Cru “Sur le Sentier du Clou – Vieilles Vignes” 2007 by Prudhon

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Proved to myself once again tonight that this is my favorite red from the Prudhon family. It has the most “grip” and those tannins, rustic for sure, are compelling and in perfect balance. The vintage 2007 lends a lot of grace to this wine and makes the argument for elevating this vintage in ranking amongst […]

Bourgueil “Les Galluches” 2009 from La Petite Mairie

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It has been awhile since we drank a Bourgueil from James Petit so tonight’s experience was delightful for a number of reasons. First, the ’09 “Galluches” is showing brilliantly. Our previous encounters with this wine revealed a wine that was reticent, still youthful and timid. Now, the wine is in bloom. It has a brilliant […]

Ferraton Revisited

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Unfortunately, in this risk-averse era in which we live, they just don’t make wine like this anymore. The ’89 Crozes Hermitage from Michel Ferraton is outrageously great today, 22 years after it was born from this minor appellation. Losing Ferraton from our portfolio (a sad story) is probably the greatest loss of our career from […]

2008 Northern Rhones

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having recently tasted through the recently arrived ’08s from Levet, Gilles and Lionnet, i can happily report that this difficult vintage is showing surprisingly well right now. yes, the wines are not chunky and thick but they have excellent purity of both nose and flavor. Further, the lack of ultimate concentration is actually a welcome […]