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Wine of the Day • 17 November 2020

Chanson Pere et Fils Puligny-Montrachet 2010 I used to visit Burgundy at least once a year. After I decided to specialize in Bordeaux, the visits tapered off. Nevertheless, I continued to enjoy the wines. About 2014, I drove all the way from my house in the south of France to …

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Wine of the Day • 9 November 2020

Domaine du 1er Juin Riesling 2017 The vineyard was planted in 2008 from vines cloned from French clones first planted in the 1970s and 1980s in Helan Mountain Winery (belonging to Pernod Ricard) which had imported the cuttings from France. Because of the poor soil, grapes only appeared in 2015. …

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Wine of the Day • 26 October 2020

The Nosiola vineyards of Cantina LAVIS are 400 metres above sea level with a south and south-west exposure LAVIS Nosiola DOC Trentino 2019* Nosiola is the only native white variety of Trentino, the picturesque region north of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest body of inland water. The magnificent Dolomites are here too, a range …

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Wine of the Day • 19 October 2020

Cellar of the Devil Carmenere sounds like a Spanish variety. After all, Carmen is a popular name for the female gender in Spanish speaking countries. Except Carmenere is identified with Bordeaux. Well, at least in the past, before phylloxera decimated the vineyards of France from the 1860s, reaching Bordeaux in the 1870s. …

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Wine of the Day • 13 October 2020

Laurent Ponsot Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée de l’Aulne 2016 Laurent Ponsot is “a man of focus, commitment, and sheer will” if I may borrow the famous expression from the John Wick movies. Wine lovers owe the Frenchman a great debt. Fraudsters, on the other hand, have a lot to fear of the …

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Wine of the Day • 6 October 2020

Schloss Johannisberg Spatlese 2001 I visited more than 15 years ago. Schloss Johannisberg has a winemaking history going back 1,200 years. Since 1720, only Riesling has been cultivated on the estate. In their 11th Century cellar, the oldest bottle is 1748. Located in the village of Hessen, nearby is the city of Geisenheim, home …

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Wine of the Day • 28 September 2020

Domaine d’Ardhuy Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Clous Premier Cru 2015 This relatively young estate took roots in 1947 when Gabriel d’Ardhuy met his future wife Eliane Andre at a harvest. Their union gave birth to the domaine and seven daughters. The sisters perpetuate the goals and aspirations of their parents. Domaine d’Ardhuy’s …

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Wine of the Day • 21 September 2020

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2020 This is the Sauvignon Blanc that first put New Zealand on the world map. So much so the country became – wine wise anyway – synonymous with the French Loire variety (and later –  to a lesser degree – with Pinot Noir). Cloudy Bay is …

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CRAZY VALUE! 18 September 2020

Domaine Grande Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages Valreas Cuvée Sans Soufre or “No Sulphur” 2019* Organically grown and without sulphur. Perfume of violets that seems endless. Dark – but still very primary – red/blue fruits including raspberries, berries and cherries. Intense, sweet natural ripeness of fruit. Equally ripe, rich tannins. Sensational fruitiness. Syrah (75%) Grenache (25%) blend. Winery advises to decant …

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Wine of the Day • 14 September 2020

Clandestine Grenache 2015* Many Southern Rhone varieties were planted in Australia a long time ago. Most, unfortunately, were yanked out in favour of Shiraz as that Northern Rhone variety became more fashionable. Even today, Grenache does not carry the same cache as Syrah. Those who kept the faith are finally being rewarded. …

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