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AIX Rose 2019

Located in beautiful Provence (South of France), AIX rosé wines have become a synonym for
the trendy lifestyle of the region. As the number one choice of sommeliers, AIX is enjoyed by
celebrities and lifestyle enthusiasts who cannot escape a seductive rosé.
Whether it is during the legendary Grand Prix of Monaco, or the illustrious St. Tropez Sailing
Regatta, AIX has always been the exclusive rosé of choice.
Crafted with greatest care and awarded Gold Medal for best rosé at the famous wine show
‘Concours Général Agricole’ in Paris, AIX is not only an expression of the unique terroir in the
Provence, but a real taste of summer!

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Albert Joly Puligny Montrachet Les Charmes 2021

The Joly estate totals just 11 acres, all of which is in Puligny. Nearly half of their holdings are in the Bourgogne appellation, with the balance being Village-level parcels. The Puligny Village wines are separated into two lieux-dits bottlings; Les Tremblots which boarders Chassagne and one on the opposite side of the village, Les Charmes which is really a continuation of Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes. The vines are properly matured—their plot in Les Tremblots has the oldest vines, which are about 60 years-old, much of the rest being about 40 years-old.

Sylvie Prevot-Joly took over the estate from her father Albert in 2007, and started estate bottling at that time. Working together with her brother-in-law Gilles, she still sells 80-85% of her fruit to negociants, so the production under the Joly label is quite limited. That will surely change as the reputation of the domaine starts to gather some well-deserved steam. They produce pure, classic Puligny - crisp whites with supple fruit and great energy and a purity of precision and minerality that could only come from Puligny.

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Almaviva 2010

Wine Advocate 92

 

The 2010 Almaviva is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend complemented with Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, and for the first time in 2010, a small quantity of Petit Verdot. 2010 was a cool vintage, giving the wine an herbaceous character with good freshness and balance. It is still young with some lactic notes and some aromas derived from the elevage (roasted coffee and dark chocolate), with terse black fruit and some beef blood overtones. This vintage seems to be a worthy follower of the 2005, with sweet round tannins, intense flavors, very good balance and the stuffing to live a long life in bottle.

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André Beaufort Réserve Brut Champagne Grand Cru NV

The Beauforts produce Champagnes both in Ambonnay (Grand Cru) and in Polisy, with normally a blend of about 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. They converted to organic agriculture in 1971 and also avoid the use of copper sulfate in the vineyard, preferring to use essential oils and homeopathic preparations of their own creation. Vinifications at Beaufort are generally 8-10 months long and both fermentations take place Twith native yeasts. The wines go through the malo-lactic transformation and are not re-acidified, and SO2 is used sparingly or not at all depending on the vintage. These are broad, full-bodied wines that benefit from extended sur-lie aging

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Antoine Lienhardt Cote de Nuits Villages Les Plantes aux Bois 2018

Maurice Guyot having ceased all activity since 1992, Antoine decided to take over the Domaine in 2011, after having worked for several years in different wine-growing areas: Chablis, Chambolle-Musigny and South Africa. Nature lover and steeped in the culture of wine and gastronomy, Antoine's vocation for the profession of winegrower quickly asserted itself.  Throughout his professional career, Antoine has shown particular attention to the "water - air - soil" environmental imperatives and has always favored ecological issues. Its recent conversion to Organic Agriculture, coupled with a biodynamic practice, testifies to this awareness: Preservation of soil life, respect for cycles and water resources.

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Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1979 (Ex-Domaine)

Wine Advocate 92

Turning back the clock, the 1979 vintage is remembered as a cold and rainy year. Moreover, historians at Argiano recall that winery workers closed the fermentation tanks in October, went on a strike—leaving the winery empty—and didn't come back until November. That unexpected pause during fermentation (with presumably no movement of the cap) shows just how versatile and ultimately enduring Sangiovese earmarked for Brunello can be. An impressive wine that feels bright and fresh after so many years of cellar aging, the Argiano 1979 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is indeed a fascinating time capsule. The wine reveals a dark garnet color, and the bouquet offers highlights of graphite, ash, smoke and dark spice. The wine is smooth and supple to the palate, and it shows the elegance of age. I very much enjoyed this unique tasting experience.

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Albert joly Bourgogne Cote D’Or 2021

The Joly estate totals just 11 acres, all of which is in Puligny. Nearly half of their holdings are in the Bourgogne appellation, with the balance being Village-level parcels. The Puligny Village wines are separated into two lieux-dits bottlings; Les Tremblots which boarders Chassagne and one on the opposite side of the village, Les Charmes which is really a continuation of Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes. The vines are properly matured—their plot in Les Tremblots has the oldest vines, which are about 60 years-old, much of the rest being about 40 years-old.

Sylvie Prevot-Joly took over the estate from her father Albert in 2007, and started estate bottling at that time. Working together with her brother-in-law Gilles, she still sells 80-85% of her fruit to negociants, so the production under the Joly label is quite limited. That will surely change as the reputation of the domaine starts to gather some well-deserved steam. They produce pure, classic Puligny - crisp whites with supple fruit and great energy and a purity of precision and minerality that could only come from Puligny.

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Albert Joly Puligny Montrachet V.V. 2021

The Joly estate totals just 11 acres, all of which is in Puligny. Nearly half of their holdings are in the Bourgogne appellation, with the balance being Village-level parcels. The Puligny Village wines are separated into two lieux-dits bottlings; Les Tremblots which boarders Chassagne and one on the opposite side of the village, Les Charmes which is really a continuation of Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes. The vines are properly matured—their plot in Les Tremblots has the oldest vines, which are about 60 years-old, much of the rest being about 40 years-old.

Sylvie Prevot-Joly took over the estate from her father Albert in 2007, and started estate bottling at that time. Working together with her brother-in-law Gilles, she still sells 80-85% of her fruit to negociants, so the production under the Joly label is quite limited. That will surely change as the reputation of the domaine starts to gather some well-deserved steam. They produce pure, classic Puligny - crisp whites with supple fruit and great energy and a purity of precision and minerality that could only come from Puligny.

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Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Generation XIX Blanc 2017

Wine Advocate 94

 

Even in a region with such a venerable history as Sancerre, the Mellot family boasts an unusually rich heritage. Alphonse Mellot represents the 19th generation of a wine making dynasty: his ancestor, Cesar Mellot was appointed wine advisor to King Louis XIV in 1698. Great wines are not made by obsessing with the past and this is a domaine which is very much focused on the present, but with an eye to the future. A total of 45 hectares of vineyards are immaculately managed according to biodynamic principles and the wines, particularly the top cuvees, benefit from being sourced from old vines; over 80 years in the case of generation XIX. These wines show precise flavours which combine fruit and minerality with a touch of wood

 

From calcareous marl soils the 2017 Sancerre Génération XIX is a great, pure, vibrantly fresh and tensioned representative of the region and a great vintage. Deep, fine and complex on the very elegant and fresh yet concentrated nose, this is a tight, complex and sustainable Sancerre whose density is lifted by mineral freshness and backboned by extract and a tight yet fine tannin structure. The finish is fresh and stimulatingly salty and exhibits the complexity of 100+-year-old vines

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André Beaufort Réserve Brut Polisy NV

The Beauforts produce Champagnes both in Ambonnay (Grand Cru) and in Polisy, with normally a blend of about 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. They converted to organic agriculture in 1971 and also avoid the use of copper sulfate in the vineyard, preferring to use essential oils and homeopathic preparations of their own creation. Vinifications at Beaufort are generally 8-10 months long and both fermentations take place Twith native yeasts. The wines go through the malo-lactic transformation and are not re-acidified, and SO2 is used sparingly or not at all depending on the vintage. These are broad, full-bodied wines that benefit from extended sur-lie aging

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Antoine Pouget 2009

It would be difficult to miss the imposing coat of arm on the label. There is no doubt, Antoine Pouget comes from the vineyard of the prestigious Château Pouget. Its name pays homage to the founder of the vineyard, François-Antoine Pouget, King counsellor during the reign of Louis XV. The Duke de Richelieu is at the origin of the coat of arms and motto of Château Pouget. «L’amour sur ton cœur étendra sa puissance. Ton verbe sera clair comme le chant du Coq. A l’égal du Lion tu ne craindras le choc. Si de cestuy nectar tu te remplis la panse.»

Since 1906, the estate has been in the hands of the Guillemet family. Technical director Lucien Guillemet applies his vast experience into making sure the wine he produces expresses all the beauty of these gravel soils envied the world over. He manages Château Pouget with conviction, but also subtlety.

A well rounded, accessible, gourmet and fruity wine with balance and harmony, Antoine Pouget is a feminine wine. Silky and smooth, this wine possesses the balance and harmony characteristic of the finest Margaux wines.

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Arnoux Lachaux Clos de Vougeot 2010

Allen Meadow 94

 

Here too there is mild reduction that does not completely hide the subtle aromas of red berry fruit, crushed herbs, earth and a hint of the sauvage that continues onto the intense, robust and powerful flavors that are underpinned by relatively fine tannins on the moderately austere, linear and persistent finish of impeccable balance. This is packed with upside potential though note that ample cellar time will be required.

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