(2021) From the super-Cooperative cellar, CAVIT, a range-topping Pinot Grigio cropped very low (45hl/ha) from high altitude vines with an average age of 15- to 30-years. It's an elegant and yet concentrated wine, unoaked, and showing a distinct salts and minerals edge to ripe pear fruit - not pear drops, but fully ripe fruit. In the mouth it has texture and a little sense of grippiness, very dry, a nice bitter endive twist to the finish where good acidity also pushes through.
(2021) Made with a proportion of barrel fermentation, this is an aromatic Albariño which, tasted blind, I might have guessed as Sauvignon Blanc I confess, punchy and vicacious aromas with a touch of elderflower and tropical fruit. On the palate a cool, salty character helps subdue that, but it remains a particularly bright and vivacious take on Albariño with more punch and verve than a typical Galician example, which you will like more or less depending on your taste I guess.
(2020) Part of the Louis Latour portrfolio, Simonnet-Febvre is a Chablis producer who also make some fine Crémants. in this case a rosé made from of Pinot Noir, given some skin contact. It's a lovely, appealing wine, all bright and sherbetty raspberry and strawberry delicacy, some rose-hip floral nuances that I regularly find in this wine. The palate is dry, but again has that brightness and crunch, the keen raspberry and juicy cherry palate sweeping into fine citrus acidity. Garden party or barbecue aperitif? Look no further.
(2016) Maranges is one of the less familar names of southern Burgundy, its appellations status granted only in 1988. This is a really nice, understated and fairly lean style of Pinot Noir, but not without its subtle floral charms aromatically, and with excellent clarity on the palate, if a little lack of fruit depth.
(2016) One third from Burgundy, two thirds from Luberon and Ventoux. Nutty and creamy, a touch of exotic ripeness. Fine, sweet palate, plenty of sun-kissed ripeness and sweetness, but a nice bit of tight northern freshness and acid structure. Very drinkable and versatile.
(2016) Very refined, gentle nose, not so much of the cream or the perfume of the Auxerrois wines, but a sophisticated feel, The palate is satin smooth and has a nice balance of apple and fresh, ripe lemony fruit, just a gentle crushed oatmeal touch of texture and weight into the long, fresh finish. Long and tangy.
(2016) Quite a nice deep colour, with a little vanilla and cream, and plenty of stone fruits and a fresh-laundered linen. The palate has some richness of texture and creaminess, good acidity kicks in, lots of dry but ripe apple acid that is mouth-watering, a touch of something saline, and lovely length and style.
(2015) Much lighter and more delicate and open than the 2013 Bourgogne tasted alongside, a hint of briar and leafy bracken, and pretty cherry fruit. Light and savoury on the palate, there is a nicely roughening bit of tannin structure, and good grippy rusticity, giving this savoury and authentic appeal.