Category: French White Wine

Domaine des Marronniers Chablis Les Marronniers Premier Cru 2018, Burgundy, France




Pretty golden in color.

On the nose pears, apples, citrus, light wood, light spices, earth and minerals.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, ripe citrus fruits, apples, bitter herbs, spices, light oak, earth, vanilla and white pepper.

Long finish with almonds and spices.

This is a delicious Chardonnay from Burgundy. Well-balanced with an elegant mouthfeel.

This 4 year old is showing nice complexity now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had it before, and it is drinking even better now.

A good quality wine. Good right out of the bottle and better when not too cold.

Fruit forward and luxurious. Rich and focused.

Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$45.

Georges Duboeuf Saint-Véran Domaine du Val Lamartinien 1997, Burgundy, France




Dark golden in color.

Medium plus in body and dry, with medium acidity.

Showing limes, citrus, lemons, herbs, apples, bitter vegetables, light wood, must and popcorn.

Short tangy finish with limes.

Well, this did not work out well for me this time. It’s always interesting to try, but it is over the hill by now.

Not complex as I expected it to be, and a little musty.

After 30 minutes of airtime, the nose shows more sweet notes of dried figs and prunes. Interesting, but not very tasty.

This 25 year old Chardonnay did not hold well, but that is the game we play, isn’t it?

13% alcohol by volume.

82 Points.

$30 (current vintage).

Chateau Guiraud Premier Cru Classé Sauternes 2003 Bordeaux, France





Deep golden in color.

Strong nose of honeydew, citrus, lemons, honey, spices, melons, oranges, tangerines, tropical fruits and pineapples. A really beautiful nose.

Full bodied and buttery with high acidity.

Sweet on the palate with melons, red apples, honey, tropical fruits, spices, light earth, honeysuckle and white pepper.

Long finish with oranges and spices.

This is a fabulous dessert wine from Bordeaux, France.

Very complex with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced with enough acidity to balance the sugars.

Delicious right out of the bottle, good by itself, and even better after an hour of airtime.

Thanks Scott for sharing this with me.

This 19 year old is smooth and generous. Rich and extracted. Sweet and well balanced.

I’ve had the 2009 vintage not too long ago, and this is showing so much better. What a wonderful surprise.

Paired very nicely with the blue cheese. Drank from a 375ml bottle.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$40.



Domaine des Sables Verts Saumur Blanc 2020, France



Pale lemon in color.

On the nose citrus, apples, spices, light oak and melons.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, lemon juice, green apples, light grapefruits, earth, spices and black pepper.

Medium length on the finish with black pepper.

This is a very interesting Chenin Blanc from France. Spicy, tangy and crispy.

Easy drinking and good for parties. Good by itself and better with food.

Will pair nicely with oysters. I had it all by itself by the beach.

100% Chenin Blanc grapes were hand harvested and aged in used French oak barrels for 4 months.
A small production of only 6,000 bottles.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$23.

Koenig Cremant d’Alsace Brut Non-Vintage Alsace, France





Very pale lemon in color.

Light nose of limes, green apples, lemons, herbs and minerals.

Light to medium in body with small bubbles and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with green apples, limes, spices, minerals and white pepper

Tangy finish with spices and limes.

This is a very tasty sparkling wine from Alsace. Crisp and elegant.

Showing nice complexity, and I loved the mouthfeel, soft and smooth.

Good right out of the bottle, and good by itself or with food. I paired it with a white fish salad and crackers.

Kosher and Mevushal.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Chateau Suduiraut Premier Cru Classé Sauternes 2004, France





This is a wonderful 18 year old sweet wine from Bordeaux.

Showing lemons, citrus, yellow apples, pears, pineapples, honey and light earth.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Sweet on the palate and well balanced with nice complexity.

Has a lovely nose that I really enjoyed. Kept on smelling on it for a long time.

Drinking wonderfully now, and will continues to age nicely in the next 20 years.

A tasty wine that doesn’t need food at all, but will pair very nicely with Foie Gras.

A blend of mostly Sémillon with Sauvignon Blanc.

14% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$70.

Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Brut 2004 Champagne, France





Yellow in color with a light golden hue.

On the nose yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals, over ripen green apples and light grapefruits. Feels a little oxidized on the nose.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, over ripen citrus fruits, apples, bread, minerals, spices, herbs and earth.

Nice finish with light almonds.

Although this Champagne was not in its prime condition, it is always nice to drink and experience.

This 17 Year old champagne is a little oxidized for me, but I still enjoyed it. Showing great complexity at this point.

I paired it with a dish of layers of eggplant with ricotta, mozzarella and fresh basil.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$350.


Krug Brut Champagne 1998, France






Golden in color, very pretty.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing lots of yeast and bread notes with citrus, limes, green apples, Mediterranean spices, herbs, white pepper and minerals.

Tasting this aged vintage champagnes is always a great experience. I really liked the nose once it opened up.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime, and I liked it better once it warmed up a bit.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Paired very well with the caviar and the charcuterie board.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$450.

Domaine des Marronniers Les Marronniers Chablis Premier Cru 2018, France




Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Fruity nose of yellow apples, citrus, spices, bananas and light oak.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with ripe citrus fruits, red apples, melons, spices, oak, light vanilla, herbs, honey and white pepper.

Nice length on the finish with tangy lemons.

This is a delicious Chardonnay from Burgundy. Nicely balanced, rich and spicy. Elegant and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself.

A good quality wine that will continue to age nicely in the next decade. Would be interesting to see how this evolves in the next few years.

Showing nice complexity and very well balanced. Neither tart nor bitter. I really enjoyed it all by itself, by the pool.

Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

Maison Koenig Alsace Riesling 2018, France





Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of lemons, limes, apples, diesel, light tropical fruits, minerals and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry with a touch of RS on the palate with citrus, lemons, apples, melons, pears, spices, white pepper and minerals.

Tangy finish with limes and pepper.

This is a very enjoyable Riesling from Alsace. Easy drinking and good by itself.

Showing mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with some sugar left, to balance the acidity.

Would be nice to see how this evolves in the next 5 years.

A good wine to sip on by the porch. I paired it Burrata and tomatoes.

Vegan. Kosher and Mevushal.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$19.