2015 Domaine Jean Collet
Chablis 1er Cru Montmains "Butteaux", France
From the Premier Cru appellation Montmains, this wine is sourced from the Butteaux vineyard. Classic, stainless steel-fermented Chablis, with clean mineral and orchard fruit flavors.
2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol
Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan
Aromas of dark fruit. Intense smooth tannins. After 5 or 6 years of aging, the wine will develop notes of leather, forest-floor and small red fruit.
2012 Chateau Simone
Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.
Palette, Provence, France
Chateau Simone Rouge, from the tiny and obscure Palette appellation, is one of the few truly great wines of France that contains multiple grape varieties even most wine professionals have probably never heard of. Built on the backs of Grenache and Mourvedre, it also contains Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon—as well as such obscurities as Castet, Manosquin, Théoulier, Tibouren, and Picpoul Noir. The 2012 is particularly enchanting in its relative youth, with a ripe black cherry core flanked by an intense but elegant garrigue element reminiscent of the greatest Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and a remarkable minerality. This should reach its apex 10 or 12 years after the vintage and hold there for some time, but it will be a pleasure to drink at any point before then as well.
2013 Tabarrini, "Boccatone"
Sangiovese, Barbera, Sagrantino
2015 Landmark Vineyards, "Overlook"
Sonoma County, California
Year in and year out, this is one of our favorite value California Chardonnays! It has all the toasty, buttery goodness you’d expect from this style, but with plenty of lifting acidity and fresh fruit to keep it honest and food-friendly. Truly, a French wine lover’s Cali Chardonnay.
2015 Meo-Camuzet Frere & Soeurs, Bourgogne Rouge
This Bourgogne Rouge, from the famous Domaine Meo-Camuzet, is a great way to taste Burgundy’s legendary 2015 vintage without breaking the bank! Plush and fruit-forward (by Burgundy standards), with lots of red cherry and berry fruit and sweet spice, with earthy undertones and crisp acidity.
2015 Alain Voge, Vieilles Vignes
“Rich, deep and layered, the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Vignes has it all. Big fruit allied to spicy complexity? Check. Ample tannins that are fully ripe? Check. A finish that extends for days? Check. Oh, you want details? Hints of brown sugar, savory spices and roast meat accent black berry and plum fruit, and while the mid-palate is dense and tannic, those tannins actually turn more supple and approachable on the lingering finish.” –95 points, Wine Advocate