Domaine de Terrebrune - Rosé, Bandol, Provence, France 2020
Classic Bandol Rosé - One of the Most Expressive Rosé's in All of France!
Vinous Media - 94 Points - Limpid orange. Mineral-accented blood orange, strawberry, floral and succulent herb scents show fine definition and pick up a spicy nuance with air. Chewy and densely packed yet energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering vibrant red berry, bitter cherry, citrus pith and honeysuckle flavors and a deeper peach pit flourish. The mineral and floral notes return on the very long, precise finish. - Josh Raynold
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From the Kermit Lynch Portfolio: "Terrebrune's Bandol's are different. There is a more ethereal quality to them, a real freshness—and with Mourvèdre accounting for 50% of the final assemblage, this is praise indeed. Soil, climate, and winemaking all play a role. Limestone dominates the subsoil of Bandol, with tremendous variation between vineyards. Throughout Terrebrune’s thirty hectares, beneath the layers of clay and earth, the blue, fissured, Trias limestone is silently at work. This bedrock lends a more noticeable minerality to the wine than others.
The soil here is healthy and full of nutrients, because he adheres to organic farming practices; to achieve the balance in the vineyards. Gentle maritime breezes funnel air into the vineyards directly from the Mediterranean, cooling the grapes from the bright sun—another factor in safeguarding the freshness. This, in turn translates to wines for great long-term cellaring, including this rosé."
Claude Riffault - Sancerre 'Les Boucauds' Loire Valley, France 2020
Masterfully Crafted Pure Expression Sancerre from Certified Organic and Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc Sourced in the Lieu-dit of Les Boucauds!
Sourced from the premier blocks of the Les Boucauds, the 2020 Riffault Sancerre 'Les Boucauds' is easily one of the purest expressions of Sauvignon Blanc in the region. The iconic Kimmeridgian soil rich in limestone brings lift and energy to wine with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, delicate white flowers, crisp minerality, and zippy citrus, all balanced beautifully with the addition of 50% French Oak aging which really rounds out the wine adding nuance of toasted brioche and hazelnuts. A perennial favorite from another fantastic vintage for the region, and a must have for any lover of Sancerre.
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G.D. Vajra - Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy 2020
"This wine is our quest for the innocence of Nebbiolo, its purest expression" Giuseppe Vajra
Varietal truth and purity of aromatics from the regions top Barolo producer. The 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo displays a bright ruby red color with copper undertones. Perfumes are lively and vibrant, with a floral bouquet of rose petals, violets and fresh berries, hints of dark fruit, lavender and mint. Elegant and complex on the palate with layers of crunchy red fruits, orange peel, sweet spices with earthy and mineral undertones. Classic true-to-varietal Nebbiolo from the high elevation limestone rich Vajra estate vineyards.
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