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La Butte 2014 - Le Clos du Tue-Boeuf

La Butte 2014 – Le Clos du Tue-Boeuf

I love gamays from Cheverny. The best are alive and delicious and expressive of their terroir.  Le Clos du Tue-Boeuf produces many wonderful and expressive wines and La Butte is no exception. La Butte is mainly gamay with a small percentage of côt.  The appearance is a bit cloudy and the color a little lighter than the accompanying photo.  It has 11% alcohol.   This wine is very easy to drink and very easy to drink quickly. The nose is nice and farmy with some dark fruits in the background.  On the palate it has a nice brightness and it feels round. There is red  and dark fruit mingled together.  A bit of zippiness, perhaps lingering co2, lifts it up.  The acidity complements the freshness and a muskiness keeps it grounded. With some air it becomes a little more serious. It gains some weight and complexity and the texture is more noticeable. Now there are more woodsy elements.  It tastes like the outdoors, it tastes like Cheverny. In my last glass from the bottle the …

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La Souteronne 2012–Hervé Souhaut

One of my favorite wine farmers, Hervé Souhaut in the Ardèche, seems to consistently have beautiful wine.  I have not had La Souteronne for a couple of years and I was psyched. From the first swirl and sniff I was enchanted and happy…wonderful aromas.  The nose is vibrant–animal, mineral, vegetable and dark fruit. It sings terroir. The color is a soft cloudy garnet. And the palate is bright, high-toned, hard dark cherry candy with a bit of a zip, maybe some perlant. Then some earth and twigs do a little dance and wet rocks add another dimension. The acidity is not overbearing but balances things nicely.  A lacy branchy texture gently surrounds it all. With some air something floral is evident, perhaps rose petals.  A nice little roughness toward the back of the mouth gives it a bit of seriousness, but this is a pure pleasure wine. It has a dynamic nature, changing and evolving moment to moment. The gamay grapes for this wine come from 60-80 year old vines planted on schist, whole cluster …

Le fruit de la patience 2012 - Sylvain Bock

Le fruit de la patience 2012 – Sylvain Bock

This wine is by Sylvain Bock of the Ardèche, a region where one can find many excellent natural wines. It is 100% Chardonnay and has 13.5% alcohol. For two years it is aged in old oak barrels, hence the name, and is “sans soufre ajouté.” I drank it at Pratz, in Pigalle, a lovely, small cave à manger owned by Tomas Babot. On offer is an excellent choice of small plates and sandwiches, cans and jars of artisanal food products and a well chosen selection of natural wines. In the glass it has a nice golden color and a clear appearance. The nose has some vegetative notes though the fruit is a bit restrained. On the palate I am immediately struck by the texture; smooth and silky with a nice round mouthfeel, wonderful, and I smile.  Soft ripe fruit is balanced by a crisp acidity which kicks in mid-palate. A very pretty, enjoyable wine which is easy to drink. Cool liquid sunshine in a glass.

Les Œillets – Jean-Yves Péron

Les Œillets – Jean-Yves Péron

This lovely wine was quickly consumed by three of us at Septime La Cave in Paris.  The color is a beautiful, rich, somewhat hazy, orange. It is 100% Jacquere and has 9.5% alcohol. On the nose is a nuttiness and dried fruit aromas. The palate is delicious, a real treat, it puts a smile on your face. A pleasant roundness on the tongue and a bit metallic, more dried fruit and some oxidativeness. There is a refreshing acidity and brightness which makes one reach for another sip. This wine is nicely balanced and has a good length. If you know someone who doesn’t like orange wine, offer them a glass of this. If they still don’t like orange wine don’t offer them anymore, finish it yourself!

Munjebel

Munjebel

Nose is dark, rich, vibrant…palate is dark fruit, sappy, multi-layered, after a bit of air palate shows figs, graphite and a bit grenachy…vegetation present throughout, dynamic, evolving…the minerality and zip pines keep it in balance. It is a big wine, 15% but nicely balanced.