Posts Tagged France

2006 Herve Souhaut St. Epine, St. Joseph, Rhone Valley, France

Herve Souhaut makes some of the lightest, gentlest wines of the Rhone Valley, reflecting his training in Beaujolais. His St. Epine bottling is explosively floral, in stark contrast to what many would expect from a Northern Rhone Syrah. Orchids,... Read more

2011 Domaine Raveneau Chablis, Burgundy, France

Raveneau is synonymous with Chablis, and this tightly wound, mineral-driven wine lives up to its name. Though young and still needing time to take on the kind of grandiosity that would define a great wine, it's a superb example of the appellation.... Read more

NV Perrier-Jouet ‘Grand Brut, Champagne, France

Medium straw in hue, this sparkler has a rich, toasty nose of ripe apple, stone fruit, cherry pit, minerality and some leesiness. The mouthfeel is creamy, with engaging sweet/tart fruit, and the finish lingers, with notes of toast and buttered... Read more

NV Mumm ‘Cordon Rouge’ Brut, Champagne, France

With a very fine mousse and a light straw color, this French bubbly is quite toasty, with wet stone minerality and some evident citrus. It’s rounder in the mouth than the subtle nose would suggest, with a juicy finish that persists in the mouth.... Read more

2011 Alexandre Jouveaux Macon-Prety, Burgundy, France

Alexandre Jouveaux was a Paris-based fashion photographer for Chanel before heading south to open a tiny natural winery. Like some aspects of the fashion trade, his wines are challenging -- but also, in some fantastic way, stunningly beautiful at... Read more

NV Marc Chauvet Champagne Brut Séléction

Opened alongside Agrapart's entry level, Chauvet's entry level is leaner and more compact. Preserved lemon, kiwi, fresh cream and green apple. Ample acidity, with a raciness to the bubbles. Lively and a very good value, this is likely to satisfy... Read more

NV Agrapart “Terroirs” Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Mineral-driven blend from Grand Cru vineyards, this is Agrapart's entry level, but what an impressive wine. Yeasty nose of oxidized, roasted apple, butterscotch, beurre noisette and fresh pear. Gripping mouthfeel with lively bubbles. MSRP: $45... Read more

2011 Domaine les Terres Promises ‘Au Hasard et Souvent,’ Provence

Jean-Christophe Comor left a life as a political insider and pseudo lobbyist to grow grapes in 2003, and one would have to assume that he's now found his true calling. This blend of 50 percent carbonic macerated Carignan and 50 percent traditionally... Read more

2011 Emmanuel Houillon (Maison Pierre Overnoy) Poulsard Arbois Pupillin, Jura, France

Overnoy, for better or worse, is in such demand (and in such little quantity) that it is virtually impossible to acquire in the U.S. without 1) a chance encounter in a handful of wine stores shortly after release 2) a dedicated source, such as a... Read more

2004 Michel Gahier Chardonnay ‘La Fauquette,’ Arbois, Jura

Gahier worked for several years under the "pope" of the Jura, Jacques Puffeney, and the duo's wines show something in common. They both strike a middle ground between "straight" Chardonnay and the kind of oxidative wine that many associate with the... Read more