Cremant d'Alsace is one of France's best-kept secrets. These classically bottle-fermented sparklers from Alsace, an area known more for its sweeter wines and taller bottles, can throw down some excellent value from the top producers. The house of Hubert Meyer is one of them! An exciting new find for us, there is some young, energetic winemaking here and it really shows through in wines like this dry, forest strawberry-inflected bubbly, challenging its neighbor to the west in Champagne at about a third the price. 100% Pinot Noir here, handled in the traditional Methode Champenoise...
92 Points! Clean, light but aromatic nose - lemon, grapefruit, with a slight yeasty character. Vigorous ripe fruit flavours mingle within a gently creamy texture, balanced by crisp acidity and fine bubbles on the long, citrusy finish. - Decanter Magazine
A blend of the Appellation’s four grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay, Aligoté), the wine is congenial, rounded and full, with a varied bouquet. A thirst-quencher, it is an easy-drinking Crémant, clearcut, clean with a lovely freshness.
Yeah, as you'd expect, a Champagne-styled sparkling wine from the vineyards of one of Meursault's most iconic stars might be pretty damn good. Mikulski's gorgeous dry Crémant is produced by from a blend of 50% Pinot Noir grapes, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Aligoté. Grapes are sourced from the Cote de Beaune (some Meursault, but not all) and Cote Chalonnaise.
Werner Näkel was chosen wine maker of the year in 2004 in the Gault-Millau. He is a visionary that revolutionized Pinot Noir production the Ahr region. In 2011, Fallstaff, the leading wine publication in Austria, chose Werner Näkel for its highest award: his life’s work in wine! In 2008 Decanter Magazine bestowed on Meyer-Näkel the International trophy for Pinot Noir. Quoting Decanter, “It’s a fantastic achievement for Germany to win this trophy. Imagine it – they have beaten Burgundy, New Zealand and Oregon, all the acknowledged Pinot regions of the world.”
The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin les Seuvrées comes from 60- to 70-year-old vines and included 30% whole-bunch fruit. This has a more refined and precise bouquet than the la Justice thanks to the effortlessly pure red fruit intertwined with cold stone/limestone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a killer line of acidity and a brightness on the finish that is a pure joy. This is a superb village cru, one of the best that I encountered this vintage. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com Learn More
The 2016 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru comes from Mazoyères and includes 25% new oak and one-third whole cluster fruit. It has a sensual bouquet that is as much Charmes as Mazoyères, well defined and very elegant, not a million miles away from Denis Bachelet in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine thread of acidity, very pure in style with a saline finish that gets the taste buds going. This is a wonderful Charmes Chambertin that should give 20 years of drinking pleasure. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com Learn More
(from three terraces at an altitude of 340 meters on the Beaune side of the village, planted in 1997): Medium red. Aromas of redcurrant and minerals, plus a note of leather. Supple and surprisingly sweet for Pommard (this is 13.5% alcohol without chaptalization!), but with good savory restraint to its redcurrant fruit. Finishes with rich, building tannins and a juiciness that stimulates the taste buds. This potentially outstanding Pommard villages should be flexible at the dinner table. - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media Learn More
92 Points! The 2015 Morey Saint Denis "Trilogie" hails from old vine "Pinot Fin" in the lieux-dits of Chenevery, Clos Solon and Porroux, giving a nice composite picture of Morey. Beautiful notes of plums, black cherry and spice introduce a full-bodied, richly structured wine with great depth and persistence, underpinned by wonderfully fresh acids. You really sense the creamy concentration from the old vines, which yielded a mere 26 hectoliters per hectare in this vintage. It would be difficult to find a better Morey villages than this superb wine from Laurent Lignier. - William Kelley, Wine Advocate
90-92 Points! The 2015 Morey St Denis 1er Cru La Riotte has an elegant bouquet with lifted redcurrant and raspberry scents, nicely defined with just a hint of menthol developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, tensile tannin. There is plenty of black fruit here, good grip with a firm, quite masculine finish. It will gain more flesh by the time it is in bottle. - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
A few years back when we started to see the first Germans roses, our first thought was that the 'fad' had gone too far. But as soon as we started tasting them, we were convinced that this was something that went beyond mere copycatting. One of our first experiences with Deutscher pinks was this one and we have been fans ever since. So what does a 100% Pinot Noir Rosé crafted by the best Pinot Noir producer in Germany taste like? It is pretty special stuff. It is light and fresh enough on the palate but still feels like a red wine by virtue of its palate weight and presence. What is it with Pinot Noir Pinks and the Germans? These guys are making better pink wine from this grape variety than anyone else in the whole entire world. This one excites with its red cherry and strawberry echo, dense yet pinpoint mid-palate and that elusive combination of 'serious' and 'joy' that separates the great pinks from the good ones. It can play with 'serious' food as well. Learn More
Hmmm...a Cabernet Sauvignon from the family that founded Silver Oak, also aged in American oak barrels, like Silver Oak, sourced from prime Oakville vineyards, like the best parts of Silver Oak, but at about 1/3 the price. Is it me or, if you're even remotely a Silver Oak fan, you have to have some of this wine!