2013 La Croix Chaptal Le Secret de Gellone Terrasses Du Larzac

Glycerin, tobacco, savory herbs, coffee, a little barnyard and a hint of bacon fat dominate the nose. Blackberry and minerals up front on the palate with gritty tannins and hay notes. This is distinct and rustic. Great, spiking acidity carries you to the savory, dry finish. The “Secret” is the winemaker won’t divulge the specific blend, but it’s Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mouvedré. Tasty.

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2014 Clos du Chapitre Viré-Clessé Bourgogne

100% Chardonnay. Bracing chalky minerals, lime, pear and fresh cream scents on the zesty nose.  Scents transition to the palate with a lively acidity leading into the creamy, dry, mineral-driven finish. Refreshing and tasty. The balance of Burgundian Chardonnay can’t be matched. $19.99

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2012 Chapelle-St-Arnoux Croze-Hermitage

Smoky, meaty, black cherry, blackberry, rhubarb, cherry skin and a little sweaty sock funk on the nose.  Crushed black cherry, orange zest, spice and thyme on the palate with clean mineral and beef blood notes leading into the dry, savory, meaty finish. Syrah has always been one of my favorite red varietals and this one delivers.

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2011 Domaine De La Chanteleuserie Bourgueil

Funky, tangy and rustic nose with it’s black and blue fruits and minerals. This has presence on the palate, commanding your attention with serious structure and finesse. Blueberry and blackberry flavors play second seat to the minerals and orange-laced acidity. Finishes very dry with tangy acids and rustic earth and mineral notes. 100% Cabernet Franc. $19.99

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2014 Raphaël Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches

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Yellow apple, pear, white peach, brisk lemon/lime and chalky mineral scents are enticing. Clean and fresh on the palate; mineral driven with hints of fresh cream joining the scent flavors. Finishes dry with vanilla bean, crisp citrus and chalky minerals lingering. Beautiful, balanced Chardonnay; can’t beat it for $15.

The commune (or village) of Uchizy produces only Chardonnay from its east facing slopes under the Macon appellation in Burgundy, France.

2012 Chateau Michel De Montaigne Bergerac

Tasted 10/01/15, just opened. Black cherry, blackberry, dried tobacco and a hint of menthol on the nose. Crushed black fruits and savory spices supported by earthy minerals, tobacco and leather notes on the palate. Finishes dry with brisk acidity and lingering black cherry and mineral flavors. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. $11.99

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