France | Corsica | Patrimonio It’s beautifully ethereal, with pillowy fruit that tastes so sublime it would be limiting to attempt a description, although quince and verbena jump to mind.
Domaine Roland Lavantureux
France | Burgundy | Chablis David describes it as “direct and pure, full of energy”—a perfectly steely Chablis for oysters-on-the-half-shell, certain to remain tightly coiled for many years to come.
France | Burgundy | Saint-Aubin The 2018 Cortons flaunts expressive, nutty aromas, followed by a well-balanced combination of Saint-Aubin zing and a richness reminiscent of neighboring appellations.
France | Burgundy | Pernand-Vergelesses Ever the racy and mineral cuvée, this is all silk and flesh, and a rare village treat from a producer of mainly premier and grand cru wines.
France | Jura | Côtes du Jura A Chardonnay made with regular topping-off of the barrels, to avoid any oxidation, this delivers an exotic nose of candied lemon and spices, focused acidity and a sensation of beeswax and nuts on the palate.
France | Loire | Saumur This chiseled Chenin Blanc comes from 70-year-old vines planted on an ancient limestone slope. Burgundian-like in character from its time spent in barrel, the laser-like acidity will become even more enticing with some age.
Domaine de Villaine
France | Burgundy | Rully Rabourcé is considered one of the top premiers crus in Rully. Its old vines sit on a steep clay and limestone slope and yield a complex, powerful white Burgundy.
France | Alsace | Alsace Fronholz is a vineyard composed primarily of quartz, and the taste of an Ostertag wine from here is reminiscent of this stone: sleek, transparent, and brilliant.
France | Jura | Côtes du Jura A transformative process must have been at work here, with the dynamic freshness of the ouillé, or topped-up style, yet it still displays hints of caramelization and golden savoriness.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Pfersig means “peach,” and the wine’s subtle whispers of white peach are adorable, and then the bouquet keeps growing more expansive, more intense, grander.
France | Alsace Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fall asleep in a field of summer flowers? Boxler’s Pinot Gris Reserve will make you feel like Dorothy in Oz, but instead of poppies...honeysuckle, chamomile, and as you lie back in the sun, you bite into a luscious, technicolor nectarine. Yum.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Spend a minute or two trying to describe the palate: I’ll propose voluptuous, finesse, ampleur. Maybe simply grand cru says it—a privileged site for Riesling!
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Unlike light, crisp Italian Pinot Grigio, the grape achieves a sun-drenched plumpness that translates to a lusciousness on the palate, no doubt from the dry, sunny climate Alsace enjoys in the rain shadow of the Vosges.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Wiptal is the highest-altitude portion of the Sommerberg vineyard in Niedermorschwihr, a perfect amphitheater that clings to the very top of the vineyard’s steep granite slope.
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