Press Reviews

Pierre Brut Nature Mauzac 2016 receives 90 points from Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirits – December 2019

2016 Pierre Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature Mauazac

90 points – ”Juicy, spicy, limey, floral – this packs a lot of flavor for $21, and delivers it on a clean, brisk wash of fine bubbles. It’s the sort of sparkler to keep in the fridge for weeknight dinners or lazy Sunday lunches.”

Reviewed by Tara Q. Thomas

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Wine & Spirits names Cluster M45 Shiraz 2012 as Top 100 Best Wine of the Year 2019

Wine & Spirits – October 15, 2019
Top 100 Best Wines of the Year
95 points | M. Chapoutier & Laughton 2012 Victoria Cluster M45 Shiraz

”Michel Chapoutier joined forces with Ron Laughton of Jasper Hill to grow this wine in Heathcote’s Cambrian soils, where they dry-farm the vines under biodynamics. Their 2012 is a delicate beauty, a wine of cool refinement, light in weight while driving forward with complexity and gamey savor. The deep ruby color mirrors the wine’s concentration and transparency; the scent of black olives and leather and the black-peppercorn spice of its fruit tannins will keep drawing you back to the glass. This sustains its freshness over the course of days, attesting to its bright future, with years of development ahead if you’re patient enough to cellar it.”

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Bila Haut L'Esquerda 2017 receives 91 point rating from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast – October 2019

Buying Guide

91 points – ”There’s an earthy edge to the nose on this wine, with tones of cigar box, tobacco leaf, leather, cured meat, licorice and blackberry bramble. The palate is bold and filling, with robust, gripping tannins that provide a strong frame for the dense black-fruit-skin flavors. After the fruit subsides, notes of leather, tobacco and tilled earth ride through to the lingering close, while a hint of iron unfolds on the back. Drink 2021-2025.” – L.B.

 

Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2016 receives 91 point rating from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast – October 2019

Buying Guide

91 points – ”This wine is initially quiet and reserved, with light blackberry paste and black-cherry tones that are spiced by hints of dark chocolate, licorice and turned earth. The palate boasts a firm, tannic structure and bright acidity, with flavors of tobacco, chocolate, black plum and blackberry. Herbal and spicy root overtones linger on the close” – L.B.

Ferraton Père et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Parvis 2017 receives 92 point rating from Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirits Year’s Best – October 2019

Ferraton Père et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Parvis 2017

92 points – ”This feels youthful and pure in its tart-cherry brightness, with an earthy savor running underneath. The round tannins give it a feeling of richness even as it remains clean and juicy.”

Reviewed by Tara Q. Thomas

Ferraton Père et Fils 2015 Les Grands Mûriers (Cornas) receives 95 point rating from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide – September 2019

Ferraton Père et Fils 2015 Les Grands Mûriers (Cornas)

”Layers of smoke, charred meat and sun-dried herbs introduce this opulent Cornas. Concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors are offset by vibrant acidity and lingering, chalky tannins. It’s an irresistibly hedonistic yet nuanced wine to enjoy now through 2035.”

Ferraton Père et Fils Ermitage Les Dionnières 2015 receives 95 point rating from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide – September 2019
Editor’s Choice

Ferraton Père et Fils Ermitage Les Dionnières 2015

”Complex and regal, this briskly balanced Syrah offers pristine blackberry and boysenberry flavors edged by layers of dried mushroom, underbrush and leather. It’s succulent and silky yet stands firm and upright on fine, persistent tannins. It’s balanced and heady, but will hold well through 2035.”

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Food & Wine's Ray Isles recommends Bila Haut

2017 Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon Villages Rouge selected as Best Roussillon Red:
”The rugged eastern part of the vast Languedoc-Roussillon is home to robust reds blended mostly from the Grenache and Carignane varieties. Case in point: this peppery, plummy, luscious bottling.”

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Wine & Spirits gives Château des Ferrages Mon Plaisir Rosé 2018 a 92 point rating

Included in ”Year’s Best Provence Rosés”

”Owned by the Rhône-based Chapoutier family since 2016, this 69-acre estate is run by Mathilde Chapoutier, who is converting it to biodynamics. A blend of grenache, syrah and rolle, the wine is cotton-candy pink, with an earthy artichoke-like bite to its strawberry flavors. It’s firm and vivid, ready to accompany a grand aioli, with fish and vegetables.”

Reviewed by Tara Q. Thomas

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Ferraton Père et Fils 2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Samorëns Rosé receives 89 point rating from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast – July 2019

”While restrained on the nose, pert white peach, raspberry and strawberry flavors are concentrated on the palate of this wine. A full-bodied, dry blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, it’s silky and rounded but balanced by fresh acidity and a salty mineral kick. Drink now.”

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Wine Spectator gives 88 point rating to Ferraton Père et Fils 2017 Samorëns Côtes du Rhône White

88 points – zingy, with green apple, melon, honeysuckle, verbena and quinine notes streaming through. Fresh finish. Drink now.

– J.M. (Dec. 31, 2018)