October 2015

Published in October 2015

Wines, Spirits and Beers published in the October 2015 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio 2008 Cà d’Morissio Riserva Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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This stunning wine is all about extreme elegance and subtlety. It opens with aromas of wild red berry, rose petal, sweet baking spice and a whiff aromatic herb while the focused palate delivers red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice, pipe tobacco and white pepper. A firm backbone of polished tannins and vibrant acidity gives it an age-worthy structure. It’s loaded…

 — K.O.  (10/1/2015)
98
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G.E. Massenez Poire-Prisonniere Poire Williams

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Juicy and mouthwatering, with lots of bold fruit on the palate plus a subtle flick of vanilla, this Williams pear brandy would make a lovely dessert accompaniment or after-dinner sip. Gift-worthy presentation includes a pear-shaped bottle with a whole pear imprisoned inside.

 — K.N.  (10/1/2015)
97
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Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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This young wine is all magnificent structure. It is intense, with fruit and acidity given richness by the powerful texture and tense tannins. The dense symphony of ripe fruits is kept in check by the structure. This wine needs many years; drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
97
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Louis Jadot 2013 Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

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This is a beautiful wine with elegant fruits that reflect a strong sense of minerality. It is crisp, although that is just a surface quality to a wine that has such depth. Toast flavors round out the intense fruits, giving a light spice and butter to this powerful wine. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
97
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Domaine Pinson 2012 Cuvée Authentique Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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Fermented and aged in six-year old wood for 24 months, this is a richly spicy wine. The wood is there to smell and taste, but it is the rich fruit that speaks. Yellow fruits are given weight by the mineral backdrop, while layers of acidity instill freshness. Drink this complex wine from 2018.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
96
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William Fèvre 2013 Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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All the Fèvre vines are at the top of this vineyard, giving very structured, long-lived wines. This is certainly an age-worthy wine, tightly coiled and nervy, with a strong mineral note at its heart. Lemon and quince flavors are caught up in the complex structure. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
96
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Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils 2013 Les Clos Grand Cru Cuvée Clos des Hospices Chardonnay (Chablis)

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From a vineyard that once belonged to the charitable Hospices de Chablis, this is a superrich wine for a Chablis, powered both by acidity and by beautiful ripe fruits. It is bright and tight in character, although it is the richness and the density of the wine that shows most strongly. Drink this powerful wine from 2020.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
96
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Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin 2013 Valmur Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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Extra rich, ripe and round , this offers a full fruitiness that explodes in the mouth. Tannins and structure are all there, although the main thrust of this wine is the balance between this tension and the generous fruits that are developing. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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