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!
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.
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.
Arnaud Mortet Gevrey Chambertin Ma Cuvee 2020
Allen Meadow 91
A markedly floral-suffused and exuberantly fresh combination is composed by notes of various red berries, earth and a hint of underbrush. The seductively textured, rich and generously proportioned mid-plate of the middle weight flavors contrasts with the firm, muscular and moderately austere finale. This is a very good Gevrey villages.
Arnoux Lachaux Vosne Romanee 1er cru Aux Reignots 2017
Allen Meadow 94
A very fresh and admirably transparent nose reflects notes of ultra-elegant and airy essence of mostly red berry fruit aromas that include cherry, raspberry and a hint of pomegranate along with plenty of spice and floral wisps. The markedly tension-filled flavors are at once seductive and intense while displaying superb minerality on the driving, highly complex and lengthy finish. Reignots is usually among the most refined of the Vosne 1ers and this is no exception.
Charles Lachaux describes the 2018 vintage as one that "had a bit of everything except botrytis and oidium. We had mildew in the spring, hail damage in a few parcels in July and then very dry and hot conditions basically up until the harvest which I chose to begin on the 3rd of September. Yields were definitely on the low side as we basically brought in only 50% of the authorized volumes, which is to say between 25 and 28 hl/ha. Potential alcohols were not particularly high either as the highest was 13.2%. I used 100% whole clusters for everything except the Bourgogne, Poisets and Corvées Pagets which were hit by hail. I vinified softly without sulfur during a moderately short cuvaison of 8 to 10 days. As to the 2018s, they're quite different from the 2017s but attractive in their own right plus we avoided the excess ripeness that some 2018s have. Overall, I am quite happy with the results." Lachaux should be happy with the results as I found them to be among the best wines of the vintage when considered from top to bottom.
Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage La Guiraude 2019
Wine Advocate 95
The 2019 Crozes Hermitage la Guiraude was bottled in March 2021, but it is just being sold this spring (2022). It's a full-bodied, rich effort, almost a bit over the top, with bold flavors of blackberry jam, uncluttered and unsoftened by much in the way of new oak. It's concentrated and intense, a bit chewy without being overly hard, with a long, velvety finish
Allegrini La Grola IGT Veronese 2015
Wine Advocate 92+
The 2015 La Grola is a terrific wine, both food friendly and accessible. The blend is 90% Corvina with 10% Oseleta, which adds color and richness to the overall wine, thanks to the grape's small and compact berry size. You get terrific value here in a wine that has the aromatic intensity and textural fiber to stand up to barbecued meats or tri-tip. The fact that the wine's tannins are slightly more contained and soft means La Grola would beautifully match those spicy and smoky flavors.
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
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.
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.
Arnoux Lachaux Vosne Romanee 1er cru Les Chaumes 2014
Allen Meadow 92
A discreet application of wood frames the overtly spicy and floral aromas that display notes of plum, black cherry, violet, lavender and Asian-style tea. The medium weight flavors are lush to the point of opulence with a seductive texture, all wrapped in a delicious, refined and balanced finish. This should also drink well young if desired.