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Jim Chanteloup

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Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-21-2015
We just tasted through the line of wines from Baron Fuente, and I must say, they a s good as I can ever remember. The Grand Reserve is a no-brainer for the money as is '06 vintage for $30! But, I really was impressed with the "Esprit" with 7 years on the lees for $35. Made from a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, the Esprit offers a light smoky, toasty note with nutty accents on a rich frame with honey, pear and lemon zest. Wonderful acidity and minerals complement on the palate with grace and fine persistence.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 WE 91

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-07-2014
The Bruno Michel wines always deliver, but the "Blanche" with 6 years on the lees will surely please. The bouquet shows toasty baked apple with hints of nutmeg spice and ginger. On the palate the wine has a rich and creamy mid-palate with refreshing acidity and a persistent, long finish. Great bubbles, with that kind of lees age, for $35? Yeah, buddy!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 11-13-2013
The 2010 “La Strada” Pinot Noir which scored 94-95 points from James Suckling, was a runaway success earlier this year with nearly 3,000 bottles sold. The 2011 though not yet rated, is a more than worthy follow up from this certified organic winery that is one of the top producers in Marlborough if not all New Zealand. The wine has a bouquet that is bright and lifted with raspberry, cherry, white pepper, clove, dried tangerine peel, and a subtle use of integrated oak. On the palate, ripe plum notes are added to the great purity of fruit which is supported by good acidity and a fine grained tannin structure that leads to a long persistent finish. While very drinkable now, you can put some away and be quite happy that you did for a modest price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 RC 91

2009 d'Arenberg "Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 08-27-2013
As with most wines in the d’Arenberg portfolio, there is the tell tale cloak of tannins even in the tiers below their icon wines. That said, the 2009 Dead Arm is one of the more accessible versions of this wine that I’ve had in the last decade.The bouquet is lifted with copious amounts of blackberry, boysenberry, dark plum, blueberry, espresso, iron, smoked meats, and a graphite note. There is the aforementioned robe of velvety fine tannins that frame the ripe sinewy core of ripe fruit that is superbly balanced with good acidity and a long persistent finish. If you’ve had this wine in the past or are a collector, you don’t want to miss this as I think it stands as one of their best of the last 10 years and will still reward and last decades in the cellar. Bravo Chester…”hello gorgeous!”

Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle" Brut Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 12-07-2012
When winemaker Rudi Bauer was looking at the site for his own winery in the Bendigo sub-region after working at Rippon in Central Otago they had to consider the question, "what if the Pinot Noir might not ripen?" So, the thought of Sparkling wine was born. Clotilde Chauvet with family ties to Champagne followed Rudi as winemaker at Rippon and was one of the original shaeholders in Quartz Reef. Workshops with Jacques Peters from Veuve Cliquot followed with visits to Champagne helped Quartz Reef to become a specialist in Sparkling wine from New Zealand. Made from a blend of 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay the wine is still hand riddled and disgorged and aged for a minimun of two years on the lees. Pear, apple, lime and brioche abound in the aromatics with a fine bead and texture that add up to a wine of real finesse and tremendous length.