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95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Ranked #9 in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2016, Cellar Selection* The home vineyard of Madiran's star, Alain Brumont, has yielded a superb wine that is full of dark tannins and with a considerable ability to age. It is balanced, concentrated and touched by spice and toastiness from the wood aging. In tandem with that are generous fruits within a dense structure that is just beginning to smooth out. Drink from 2018-2038. (RV)" (6/2016) K&L Notes: Alain Brumont is one of the stars of Madiran. In 1979 he inherited his father's estate, Chateau Bouscass... Read More »
Côtes de Gascogne is primarily known for the production of Armagnac; it wasn’t until the last 20 years or so that producers began to take table wine production seriously. Traditionally, these wines would have been distilled into Armagnac. Producers found that by fermenting at lower temperatures in stainless steel, they could develop and preserve more powerful aromatics. Though yields are high, costs have stayed low and the wines are consequently some of the best bargain whites in France. Domaine de Millet is first and foremost an Armagnac producer. They ... Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Editors' Choice** This is a powerful wine, full of dark fruits and dense dry tannins. Even at four-years-old, it is still young. It is impressive in its concentration with fine acidity and black-plum flavors mingling with the tannins. Drink this serious wine from 2018. (RV)" (11/2016) K&L Notes: Is Cahors France’s greatest undiscovered wine? In the southwestern French winegrowing region of Cahors, the majestic Malbec varietal finds its ancestral home, often producing wines of great intensity and character. The indigenous Malbec was cultivated here during Gallo-Roma... Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Produced from organically grown grapes, this powerful impressive expression of pure Malbec is generous while also solid and firm. It has plenty of dark tannins to go with the solid fruits and tense acidity. Produced from selected parcels, it is a wine to age further. Drink from 2019.(RV)" (11/2016) K&L Notes: Is Cahors France’s greatest undiscovered wine? In the southwestern French winegrowing region of Cahors, the majestic Malbec varietal finds its ancestral home, often producing wines of great intensity and character. The indigenous Malbec was cu... Read More »
The ancestors of current owners Thierry and Ghislaine Baltenwech settled in the region of Cahors in 1852. Their first vintage was released in 1877. The domaine sits atop the third terrace which in Cahors is the most prestigious with its clay-limestone soils. With their environmentally friendly work ethic, the Baltenwech's had the estate certified organic in 2013. The wine is 100% Malbec from an average age of 40 years but some vines date back over 100 years. This wine is only aged in concrete tank and stainless steel, thus preserving freshness of th... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Glazed red berry, floral and spice notes mingle in this plump, open-knit red, with supple tannins leading to a finish of black tea and bergamot. Needs air. (GS, Web-2017)"
The Viella domaine has been run by the Bortolussi family since 1952, with vineyards in both the Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh appellations. This dry white is a blend of 60% Gros Manseng, 20% Petit Manseng and 20% Arrufiac. Don't let the unfamiliar grapes fool you: it's fruity and complex, and goes down incredibly easy.
The press this producer has received over the past several years has been unbelievable. Robert Parker writes: "Monbazillac is well-known in French history, but my experience in tasting through the appellation's wines has unearthed few gems. Leave it to Eric Solomon to discover this remarkable estate (Chateau Tirecul La Gravieres). The vineyard is planted with a high percentage of Muscadelle (50%), along with Semillon (45%), and Sauvignon (5%). There are two cuvees produced....Additionally, these grapes are picked grape by grape (as they develop the noble... Read More »