2012 is one of the strongest vintages in Sancerre in the past five years or more. The wines offer plenty of concentration and mid-palate punch with a brisk driving acidity and pristine mineral expression.
The thread that connects Henri Jouan's wines is a haunting mixture of perfume and delicacy. They are all fine weaves of earth, smoke, flowers and fruit.
Lafon has a keen touch with Santenots, managing to take its power and rich texture and render a wine that walks on tiptoes with transparency, detail and a stunning, pulverized rock minerality.
Lapierrre is one of our most beloved Beaujolais producers. While we've spent much time writing about how fun and delicious it is, Lapierre also offers plenty of complexity and benefits from 6-8 years of cellaring. That's if you can keep your hands off it.
The 2013 vintage in Austria is simply beautiful. Since the 2007 vintage, I've been waiting for a vintage like 2013. It's that pure, balanced and impressive.
What keeps us returning to Bea is how the wines have a rustic and wild side yet display an undeniable nobility that's completely on their own terms. Bea's Sagrantinos are so singular, so firmly rooted in a sense of place and their maker. Cerrete takes all of this to a new...
Anything that Roumier touches is elevated. In every vintage, Roumier's Bourgogne far transcends its humble appellation. However, in 2005 the wine is just a knock-out.
The 1995 vintage in Bordeaux produced some richly powerful wines, some of which possessed raw tannins. As Parker's quote above makes clear, Calon-Ségur is a big success in the vintage and one that wasn't blatantly apparent in its youth.