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Wines We Loved - Character and Poise
March 27, 2024

Part of the joy of wine is the discovery of new wines that show a unique expression. This week, we're letting loose with six wines that struck us as having extraordinary character or expression.


Wine Tasters 

This Week

Wed Mar 27, 2024

Wines We Loved

In-store, 5 - 6:30pm



Part of the joy of wine is the discovery of new wines that show a unique expression. This week, we're letting loose with six wines that struck us as having extraordinary character or expression. You've never heard of some of them; we had not until we were impressed on tasting them. None of them are costly as better wines go; all of them will reward trying them.




Premier Cru White Burgundy at a Bourgogne price

2022 Domaine Curveux Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches 1er Cru;

We've been praising the value and quality of Guillaume Curveux's PouillysFuisses. This is the first time we have a case of some bottles we can put in a tasting. If you haven't already gotten some, don't miss this one.

 Aroma: reserved, then strong  apple acid, wood, and fruit, later mellows and comes together, pear and apple, wet stone lots of depth; Mouth: well-integrated oak, intense fruit,  more delicacy, if not quite the volume of the Menestrieres, nuanced and complex later blooms to a deep purple-tinged apple and pear with underlying notes of wood and acid, complete and satisfying; Excellent $40; Case, $34


A Star of  the northern Rhone goes to Languedoc

Domaine Rostaing Puech Noble Blanc Coteaux du Languedoc 2022;

A simply irresistible white wine from the south of France that will have you thirsting for more! : In the late 1990s, René Rostaing of Cote Rotie fame purchased near Nîmes. The ground on a small plateau is covered with galets roulés – rounded stones – like those found in nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Puech Noble is higher and thus cooler than Chateauneuf, offering a fresher character in its wines. 

Aroma: delicate wildflower, nectarines and honeysuckle. Mouth: the wine is a balance of fleshy, rich stone fruit, crisp zest of citrus, and crushed rocks. This makes for a juicy, racy texture and mineral white wine that will disappear quickly. We can't recommend this juice enough. Bravo!; Excellent    $28.99; Case, $24.99   




You've Never had a Malbec like this

2021 Rocher de Violette Cot

This is not the Malbec you're used to from Argentina or southern France; it has none of their coarseness or extraction. Grown in the Loire valley, where it is called Cot, it's a wine of grace and purity that reveals the grape's violet ( both color and flower)essence that the heartier extracted tannic versions obscure. It's a marvel of purity and ripeness.

 Color: medium ruby; Aroma: haunting fragrance, very pretty, very pure and fine; Mouth: v very pretty lighter, lovely intensity, finesse; Very Good - Excellent $32; Case, $26.99


Poised and Pretty Spanish Red

2022 Guimaro Ribeira Sacra Tinto

In the cooler heights of the hills of northwest Spain, the Mencia grape, when well grown, can have a pinot noir-like purity and grace. This one is full fruited and round. We loved it for its extraordinary purity.

; Color: medium red black; Aroma: very fresh, very pretty, herbal firm,  nutty,   piercingly herbal, firm; Mouth: fresh, very clean, fullish, fat, juicy, very intense, very pure rich; Very Good Plus $24.99; Case, $21.50


You Won't Believe It's Not Burgundy

2020 Alphonse Mellot Pinot Noir Cotes de la Charite

In Sancerre, they make a pinot noir red that can be very pretty but never seems to have too much depth. Famous Sancerre producer Alphonse Mellot found limestone soils a few miles to the east in The Cotes Charite that give more character to the wine. In 2020, he made a wine with a spice and elegance like that of a Cote de Nuits in a ripe vintage.

 Color: very dark; Aroma: heady and sweet, very intense, vibrant, full, a nice sour herbal note, sour plum; Mouth: clean   herbal, then acid, good fruit,  graphite, some sour plum, very long, sublime and gratifying; Very Good - Excellent $40; Case, $34


The 'Grand Cru' You've never heard of

2018 Dufes Successeurs, Langlade

In the Middle Ages, the small Languedoc town of Langlade was considered a grand cru on the burgundy level. Connoisseurs from Louis XIV to Thomas Jefferson loved it. But phylloxera destroyed its vineyards in the 19th century. A Franco-American woman, Elisabeth Dufes, is working to restore its reputation. Her wine is made mainly from Rhone grapes but drinks more like a mellowed cross between a Rhone and St. Emilion. Not to overstate, it is extraordinary and worth far more than its price.

 Color: medium dark; Aroma: very fine herbal   dense, spicy with wood elegant, spicy wood; Mouth: smooth, elegant, clean, bright, light and lithe, fine tannins, long, very fresh, creamy in texture and  supple; Very Good - Excellent $29.99; Case, $25.49


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