Château Simone Blanc is very much a wine about texture. There's a wildly complex layering of minerals, herbs, pine resin and various stone fruits, but these are all carried by the wine's regal texture. If you think about some combination of Bordeaux Blanc and Hermitage Blanc...
Salvioni nails this understated, aromatically complex style: they are Brunello full of purity and grace. Their Brunellos offer a medley of incense, spice and roses, all beautifully integrated with red fruits and minerals. Needless to say, 2010 played right into Salvioni's...
2010 is a vintage where the most dedicated growers really distanced themselves from the pack. Anyone who has visited Gautherot has mentioned how beautifully the vineyards are maintained. When you hear him talk during the interview, it's obvious that his heart is in the vineyard.
The 1er Cru Vaucrains is one of the stars in Chevillon's stable. The eighty-year-old vines produce an especially wild, powerful and emphatically mineral expression of Pinot.
Becker's Rieslings represent some of the most challenging, singular and ultimately compelling expressions of the grape. The fact that old examples are available with perfect provenance and at very fair pricing only sweetens the deal.
These are some of the purest and most beautiful renditions of Hermitage. There is no grander, more regal expression of Syrah than Hermitage. Faurie captures Hermitage's elegance and complexity with such detail and in such an honest fashion.
Bouland's style is deep and muscular with staining intensity. It carries this with an interesting combination of rusticity and flash. All of this is wrapped around a stern core of granite minerality that boldly announces itself from start to finish.
The marriage between the mineral-laden, very classic 2008 vintage and Fourrier was close to ideal. As you could guess, it reaches a high point in the Clos St. Jacques. Burghound focuses on the, "ultra pure middle weight flavors that possess excellent precision and verve...