Bruno Lafon’s Langeudoc Blanc is medium bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and a fine, elegant finish that is both long and mineral. This rare white wine is a complex blend of Grenache and Roussanne that brings a unique kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors that’s a perfect match for Thanksgiving turkey. Like all of Bruno’s wines, the price point is a hard to beat.
The price is crazy; we’ve been grandfathered in to Anne’s Trousse Chemise best offer price, so we can pass our savings onto you. It’s conceivable to blind taste this wine in a group of $50+ Napa Cabs and have this one come out on top. At $19 retail, I didn’t even think; I went all in. You should too– you won’t regret it for a second!
Lydia Cornu’s 2018 Pernand Blanc Les Vignes Blanches is intense, loaded with flavors of green apple, lemon cream and hazelnuts. It’s crazy long on the palate, mineral and stony all the way through which keeps it light on its feet and incredibly drinkable. The only downside to Lydia’s white wines is that she makes tiny amounts of wine– just a few barrels total.
The 2018 Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin is a terrific white Burgundy with a killer nose of citrus rind, quince and thyme that opens up to a dense, packed mid-palate of crunchy fruit. The finish is classic Chablis, chalky, mineral and fine. The lengthy acidity is what makes it so versatile at the table and provides structure for great aging potential.
Louis Boillot made some of the best wines I’ve tasted in Burgundy from 2017, with a rare combination of aromatic lift, concentration, and structured. The Gevrey Chambertin is a classic; intensely fruity with a mineral streak a mile long. This is premier cru level wine at the “villages” price.
It took almost a year of prodding but I finally got a warm introduction to the folks of this historic distillery. I was not only able to secure a barrel for the restaurant, but was even able to choose it from a lineup of a dozen! The barrel that I selected was head & shoulders better than the others I tasted, aged 12 years at one constant temperature.
The 2018 has a green-tinged straw color with intense citrus and anise on the nose, plus a strong chalky tone. It is absolutely electric on the palate, with great vibrancy to the flavors of lime, pink grapefruit and blood orange. The finish is long and stony. This is a terrific new Sancerre you don’t want to miss!
The 2016 Valpaia Balifico is a 65-35 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s deep and dark with a complex nose. In the mouth, the wine is big and juicy, with layers of fruit and it finishes quite long. It’s part of the rather new category of Super Tuscans, big Italian wines made with non-indigenous grapes. It’s a stunner!