2019 Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc
Tasting Notes ~ The nose combines fine saline notes, white flowers, eucalyptus and lemon verbena. An aromatic palette that is found in the mouth with a tension carried by balanced acidity and a mineral finish.
2018 Claude Riffault Sancerre ‘Les Boucauds’$40.00DC 95Decanter 95 ~ Part of Loire Sauvignon Blanc: Panel tasting results Les Boucauds is one of 14 communes within the Sancerre appellation and is rich with Kimmeridgian limestone-clay soil. The Domaine owns a total of 13.5 hectares of vineyards across Sancerre. The certified organic Les Boucauds vineyards are located on hillsides with a vine age of 30-40 years and they began the transition to biodynamic farming in 2018. After hand harvesting, 80% of the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh fruit characteristics and 20% is fermented in barrel; each parcel is then aged separately for 7-8 months before being blended and bottled in early summer. JB: Light gold, touch of honey, gooseberry and pineapple notes, vibrant and long finish. RG: Scents of pure apple fruit, florals. Good transparency of place yet with richness and depth of lees coming from winemaking. Lovely phenolic texture. CK: Light peach and citrus notes. The palate has real harmony, with elegantly creamed white peach and citrus fruits, cut with minerally energy and fresh acidity, giving it a real sense of panache and style.
2017 Tablas Creek Vineyard ‘Esprit Blanc de Tablas’$52.00WA 92 VN 94Vinous 94 ~ Limpid straw-yellow. A highly perfumed, mineral-accented bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, buttered toast and succulent flowers, and a fennel nuance emerges with air. Shows superb depth and sharp delineation, offering vibrant tangerine, pear nectar, honeysuckle and succulent herb flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Powerful yet graceful, displaying sharp focus and minerally thrust on an impressively long finish that features repeating floral and orchard fruit notes.
2016 Long Meadow Ranch Chardonnay$44.00Tasting Notes ~ The aromatics are exotic and the palate possesses minerality with a burgeoning richness. Youthful and pale green in color, the flavors are complex, revealing floral, pear, and lemon notes. A lovely mineral core and crystallized fruit, with a long, energetic finish. Very enjoyable now but will age gracefully for at least a decade.