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2010 Domaine du Grangeon Chatus Ardèche, France, Languedoc - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

My first time that I recall trying the Chatus grape.  It is very interesting.  Not too dismilar from Cinsault.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cherries, dust and cranberrie

2009 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
98

What an excellent wine.  It seems mature but it keeps getting better so who knows.  Purple in color with some ruby swirls.  The nose is gorgeous with black and red cherries, spice an

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 164eme, France - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
96

The 164 uses 2008 as a base.  This is pehnominal albeit very young at the moment.  Light golden in color.  A beautiful mousse with a lot of tiny bubbles.  The nose is great with

2013 Domaine François Cotat (Paul & François) Sancerre Les Monts Damnés, France, Loire - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

Seems to be in a bit of a dumb phase right now.  Don't get me wrong, it is quite good but not as good as it can be.  Light golden in color.  The nose has some grapefruit and nice min

2014 Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Gneiss, France, Loire Valley - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

Nuscadets represent some of the best values in the wine world.  This producer is so consistently good and the wines are ubiquitous it seems.  Light golden in color.  The nose is very

2015 Chateau Haut Laborde (Vergne), France, Bordeaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol - Wine Review

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
88

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is good with black cherries, cedar and slight cigar.  On the palate, there is nice cherry fruit, some dark cherry.  A bit of earthiness.&n

2014 Chateau l'Abbaye de Giraudon

Grade: 
B
Score: 
84

Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is earthy with cherries.  On the palate, the cherries are tart finishing up a bit shrill.  Not great depth.  That said, there is something nice a

NV L'exeption d'Aimery Crémant de Limoux Rose, France, Languedoc - Wine Review

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
88

A very nice value in sparkling wine.  This is a blend of Chardonnay (70%), Chenin (20%) and Pinot Noir (10%).  Pink in color.  A nice mousse of medium sized bubbles.  On the nos

2014 Domaine Anny Derain Givry, France, Burgundy - Wine Review

Grade: 
B
Score: 
85

Ruby in color.  Nice solid cherries on the nose.  Medium bodied.  Tart cherries on the palate.  Light bodied.  Good acidity.  This really needs food to be at its best.

NV Drappier Champagne Brut Nature Dosage Zero, France - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

100% Pinot Noir (Blanc de Noirs) Champagne that got no dosage.  It might be a bit austere for some, but I really enjoyed it.  Light gold in color.  The nose is all about minerality t

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