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Dupéré Barrera Côtes de Provence 2008

February 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Color, Country, France, Red

Nous avons notre propre vision du vin, nous sommes dans le monde du vin sans être du monde du vin. We have our own perspective.   We live in the world of wine without being entirely of it. – Le Blog des Dupéré Barrera One beloved model — or trope as we said in college [...]

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Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Champs-Gains” 2005

December 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Color, Country, France, Red

“I think it not unpleasing to insert in this place an account of the site of Dijon…It is a stronghold with very solid walls, built in the midst of a plain, a very pleasant place, the lands rich and fruitful so that when the  fields are ploughed once the seed is sown and a great [...]

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2008 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre

August 8th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Color, Country, France, Loire, White

Across northern France, chalk runs in a formation of great depth and age.  We can see it at the white sea cliffs at the Channel and, less dramatically, in outcrops and valleys where flowing water has revealed the bones of the land. This great chalk formation runs from England in the west across the heart [...]

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2007 Les Pallières “Terrasse du Diable”

July 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Color, Country, France, Red

Place names bring us direct word from the past, but rarely as poignantly as Gigondas –the modern name of an ancient wine-making village in the Rhône valley.  Its story takes us  to the reign of Caesar Augustus and the formation of the Second Legion in the year 43 B.C. Originally raised to fight for Octavian [...]

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Côte de Brouilly Château Thivin 2008

May 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Color, Country, France, Red

In France, below Burgundy and above the vast hothouse which is the south during summer, there are 10 storied villages: the crus Beaujolais.  These lie in a chain, running north to south along the valley of the Saône.  As empires came and went, the Romans, the Visigoths, the Moors and the Franks each took their [...]

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Château La Grange Clinet and Château de la Mallevieille

January 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Color, France, Red

Two decent high-shouldered Bordeaux wines, each for less than $15.  Can this be done?  Sure.  And interesting wines, too. Château La Grange Clinet 2006.  This is a merlot-based Bordeaux wine.  It is made with a minimum of chemicals and with an eye for the small creatures living within the vineyard.  There is a pond. The [...]

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2007 Côtes-du-Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

January 1st, 2010 · 3 Comments · Color, Country, France, Red

This is a wine rooted in medieval church history.  In its richesse, it recalls the years when the Avignon popes kept their tables with great pomp and seriousness. But let’s step forward in time for a moment.  Since 1909, members of the Perrin family have produced Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe in the Beaucastel vineyards near Avignon in the south [...]

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Jean-Paul Thévenet Morgon 2007 “Vieilles Vignes”

December 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Country, France, Red, Uncategorized

Consider the great slope of eastern French wines running from Burgundy along the river systems of the Saône and the Rhône into the steep, dry valleys of the south. From north to south, the style and flavor change from the highly mannered, clarion fruit of the pinot noir, bright and deep by turn, to the [...]

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2007 Domaine Catherine Le Gœuil Cairanne

December 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Color, Country, France, Kermit Lynch, Red

Here is a sweet-natured, fragant Rhône wine. It is lighter than some and openly appealing. It is organic. It is a little floral — more field flower than scented garden. The taste is lively with just enough stone and wood at the back of our mouth to remind us that this is no summer-time idler, [...]

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2006 Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors

December 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Color, Country, France, Red

The 2006 Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors is a grand wine. Inky dark in the glass. The nose is fresh and a little sharp. The taste is tart with an appealing resinous quality. Autumnal. This is a well-balanced Cahors – lighter than some, never rough, and consistent from one year to the next. Cahors is in the [...]

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