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Wine Review

CAVE YVES CUILLERON, Lombard 2014, Saint Joseph

This vintage Lombard in the Saint-Joseph appellation, from Caves Yves Cuilleron, comes from a selection of old vines planted on sandy and granitic soils. A wine of great aromatic complexity of fruity notes of peach and delicate almond and roasted hazelnuts. The mouth has a nice freshness and roundness which evolves into a finish of spicy notes and a refreshing bitter edge. Will pair delightfully with red meats or duck in an aromatic plum sauce.


The work of Frédérique Vayron fully matures in 2011. The purple colour produces a beautiful effect, exuding fine notes of violet and truffles with a spicy touch. In the mouth, one is seduced by its very refined texture, revealing a superb attack. The texture is smooth and almost pulpy developing on a caressing touch. Fine and silky with fresh red fruit flavours. Tasty and a quite persistent tenacity make this Bourgneuf 2011, an endearing wine. An excellent balance for a warm venison salad or poached spiced pears.


Château Branaire-Ducru 2012 has a dense and deep colour. The nose is highly complex, combining expressivity, freshness and richness of perfectly ripened fruit. The attack has a beautiful density of tannins with a delicate touch. The mouth is harmonious and well-balanced with a precise and very pure finish. Pair it with a lightly spiced Moroccan tagine or an intense chocolate dessert.

CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 2005, 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

The Château Guiraud 2005 is a wine which can be drunk now with great pleasure. With a beautiful golden colour and orange highlights, the nose offers notes of marzipan, honey, cinnamon, candied pineapple and spices. This aroma can be found in a creamy and generous mouth, the wine then gains momentum and takes to candied orange accents. The final notes of honey and candied mango line the whole mouth. This Guiraud 2005 offers a wealth of richness. Wonderful with asparagus, lobster salad and macaroons.

DOMAINE F.E.TRIMBACH, Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre 2007, Gewurztraminer, Alsace

Domaine Trimbach’s cuvée Des Seigneurs De Ribeaupierre is supported by a pleasant freshness and a great concentration of fruit. It is a powerful Gewurztraminer with everything in perfect harmony and finesse. Floral nose, fruity and spicy, and very fine exoticism. A nice fruity aftertaste with a pleasant brightness and a final zesty touch. Cuvée Des Seigneurs De Ribeaupierre is a powerful wine, but also shows a lot of delicacy and elegance. A feast with foie gras, spicy and aromatic dishes, fresh fruit desserts.

DOMAINE LOUIS LATOUR, Beaune Clos du Roi 2010, 1er Cru Beaune

At the time of royalty, Beaune Clos du Roi was served at Versailles; Louis Latour Beaune Clos du Roi perpetuates the name of this Beaune first Cru. With a deep colour, the wine delivers a generous nose, with aromas of spices and ripe fruit, and a wide mouth, oily and spicy. The fine tannins of Pinot Noir, still present in the finish will meld to give a beautiful bottle balanced and complex. Pair it with meat in a rich sauce, game and spiced fruit desserts.

DOMAINE M.CHAPOUTIER, Barbe Rac 2008, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The Barbe Rac offers a deep nose, warm, with aromas of raspberries, kirsch, spice and incense. The palate is full and velvety followed by an enduring cool sensation with crisp tannins. A sensual and seductive wine. To be enjoyed with duck breast with cranberry sauce, roasted wild boar or coffee based desserts.

DOMAINE MAS JULIEN, Terrasses du Larzac, Carlan 2013, Côteaux du Languedoc

The Carlan is a beautiful blend of Grenache (60%), Carignan (30%) and Cinsault and Syrah (10%). The very floral nose promises a wine of great quality. This is confirmed in the mouth, where one finds black cherry aromas with a hint of chocolate, blackcurrant and violet. This 2013 vintage places Mas Jullien as one of the best domains of the Languedoc. A succulent pairing with veal chops and porcini mushrooms or a pike-perch fillet in a red wine reduction.

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