(2018) Though Petit Chablis - so from vineyards not on the prime Kimmeridgian soils - maybe its the 50- to 70-year-old vines that give this excellent Chablis characteristics, with a touch of that seashell and flint, and rosy, ripe apple fruit. In the mouth it is a touch less concentrated than the Chanson Chablis, but has a lovely flowing and pure character, plenty of gently peachy ripeness and some bright Mandarin orange acidity. Yes, there's a touch of salinity too, to complete and impressive picture.
(2016) Fortified, Port-like wines (where some brandy spirit is added to the part fermented wine to leave it strong but sweet) have a long, very noble history in Australia and this particular example was given very long ageing in oak casks to create its tawny style. It is nutty and mellow with wonderfully rich aromas of coffee, walnut and Seville orange, then has a beautifully sweet and soft palate where the spirit is not too obtrusive. Given that this wine is branded 'Father', what better gift might there be for Father's Day in just two weeks' time? Watch the video
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(2016) 80 year old vines again, from villages in the south east of the region. A tanky charcter again, a bit of pear drop that disappoints in the context of Chablis. Lemony palate, a bit indistinct, this doesn’t have the real essence of Chablis but finishes with freshness.
(2016) From a parcel of 80-year-old vines. Much more concentration and minerality than the elegance, a touch of smokiness and flintiness in a much better Chablis. Juicy palate, lemon and limes, and a juicy acid charcter, a touch of saline, and very nicely done.
(2014) >From a small cooperative cellar, this wine comes from Gamay grown on shale soils. The colour is a rich ruby, and aromas are quite pretty, discreet and precise, with delicate cherry and just a little spice. That spiciness grows on the palate, with a tongue-tingling character and more red berry and cherry fruit. It remains a fairly understated example of Morgon however, though there's a nicely structured and juicy linearity.
(2012) This Pinot Noir dominated blend pours a delicate pale copper colour. The nose is really quite rich, with cream and bready notes and a honeyed character to nice bruised apple and pear fruit. The palate has a nice sense of easy-drinking sweetness and some breadth, making this very approachable, with good acidity and a fine, crisp mousse giving some elegance too.
(2011) Champagne method made from 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier. Lovely yeasty nose, with very fine baked apple aromas, lots of soft, rolling bubbles and very nice body and richness. Soft and attractive with lots of fruit and very good length.
(2010) Pronounced, leafy nose - touches of marjoram and tomato plant leaves. |Lots of tight, sharply focused fruit character. The palate has a scything cut of lemon juice and leafy acidity, and a really crisp, fresh mid-palate.
(2010) Delicate, slightly spearminty notes, a touch of peach and apple and some floral aspects. Fresh, crisp, nicely delineated palate with no weight and ponderous character, but very crisp, leafy and almost Sauvignon freshness.
(2010) Very hedonistic, deep, dark and velvety fruit, with a hint of pepper and some exotic incense. The palate has weight and density, the fruit dry and plummy, those dry chocolaty tannins adding a lovely weight and full texture.