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2010 Michael Gassier Costières de Nîmes Syrah

Wine Review: 2010 Michael Gassier Costières de Nîmes Syrah . When I first tasted this wine, there was one thing that really hit home—the wine was simple yet it really loved to flaunt its opulent side without being that annoying bragger. The 2010 Michael Gassier Costières de Nîmes Syrah really fits into Gassier’s mission which […]

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Wine Review: 2010 Cave des Vignerons de Saumur Saumur-Champigny Réserve des Vignerons

This co-op began its journey in 1957 when forty winegrowers grouped together to pool their money to build a cooperative at the top of the hill in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg in the Loire Valley of France. Mushroom farms and glorious architecture surround the region around Saumur. Today, the co-op has nearly three hundred members and 1,800 hectares […]

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Frapin “Extra” Grand Champagne Cognac

Frapin is a family owned business that has made estate-produced and bottled cognac with roots tied to Charentes in southwest France that date back to 1270. Unlike many other cognac producers, they own the land and grapes—741 acres in the Cognac area of Charentes, with 500 acres of Premier Cru de Cognac vineyards planted with […]

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2011 Domaine du Clos Naudin Foreau Vouvray Demi-Sec Loire, France

Domaine du Clos Naudin consists of roughly 28 acres of Chenin blanc. Philippe Foreau is the third generation of the Foreau family to produce Vouvray from this fabled domaine which his grandfather purchased in 1923. The vineyards are located in the northeast corner of Vouvray, with the ages of the vines averaging 45 years.

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François Pinon Vouvray Brut Loire France

François Pinon’s main focus is “to keep the typicity of both the appellation and the vintage” in all his wines and with this in mind, he certainly met that goal with this sparkler. This creamy Vouvray Brut is nutty with honey and pear with hints of quince and peach notes; medium-bodied with light effervescence. Grilled […]

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2012 Pierre Breton Vouvray Sec La Dilettante Loire France

The Bretons farm eleven hectares of vines just east of Bourgueil in the village of Restigné focusing on biodynamic practices, which they introduced into their viticulture practices in ’94. The Vineyards consist of varied soils including gravel, limestone, clay, schist, and yellow tuffeau—a marine sedimentary rock which formed the Loire Valley floor 90 million years […]

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