Category: French White Wine

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.

Chateau Bechereau Philipperie Sauternes 1983, France





Dark golden in color.

Simple on the nose with honey, citrus, pineapples, honeydew and light spices.

Full bodied with high acidity and long legs.

Off dry on the palate with yellow apples, spices, light tropical fruits, licorice, honey, light earth notes, herbs and white pepper.

Long finish with spices and black pepper.

This 38 year old is still drinking very nicely now, but probably past its peak.

I gave it an hour to open up, but it probably needed much longer.

This is an interesting sweet wine. Spicy and entertaining, but lost a lot of the fruits by now. From a great vintage, but not as sweet as I expected it to be.

I had it a couple of years ago and liked it better then. Not what I expected but it is still very drinkable.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Koenig Gewurztraminer 2017, Alsace, France





Light lemon in color with a golden hue.

Gorgeous nose of white flowers, lemons, honey, melons, yellow apples, tropical fruits, minerals, diesel, spices, white pepper, pineapples and light earth.

Full bodied and buttery, with medium plus acidity.

Off dry on the palate with citrus, red apples, melons, pears, minerals, light spices, light earth, tropical fruits and light herbs.

Medium plus on the finish with lemons.

This is a delicious Gewurztraminer from France. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouth feel.

Very nicely balanced with enough fruits for the acidity.

This 4 year old aged nicely so far, and would be nice to revisit it in 3 years, and see how it evolved.

Last year I had the 2018 vintage, and it is much nicer with some age.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. I had it all by itself by the pool.

Kosher and Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$22.


Chateau Lacaussade Saint Martin Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2019 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, France




Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Light nose of citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, earth and spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, faint wood, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter vegetables, spices, earth, herbs and almonds.

Medium minus on the finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice and enjoyable white Bordeaux. Easy drinking and good for parties. A little spicy, which makes it interesting.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Fermented in Oak barrels, and aged on its lees for 10 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$23.

Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes 2013, France



This is a delicious dessert wine from France. Sweet on the palate with great complexity.

Showing honey, yellow apples, apricots, spices, sweet nectar, white wild flowers, melons, brown sugar and spices.

Medium bodied with high acidity.

Well balanced with enough acidity to balance the sugars.

Thank you Barry for sharing this with me.

This needs no food. Just sip and enjoy.

This 8 year old will continue age nicely in the next 40 years.

Just delicious.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

97 points.

$160 (375 ml).

Bollinger Limited Edition Rosé Champagne 2006, France

This is a delicious Vintage Rosé Champagne from a great vintage.

Showing lots of bread and yeast notes, citrus, over ripen apples, spices, minerals, white pepper, sea salt, light earth and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, and nicely integrated small bubbles. Just the way I prefer it.

This 15 year old is very tasty now. Nicely balanced with lots of complexity.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I didn’t need anything but a nice glass with it.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

Gonnet La Font Du Vent Côtes du Rhône Blanc Les Promesses 2020, France

Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Nose of citrus, limes, green apples, white flowers, honey, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with green apples, grapefruits, citrus, spices, sea salt, earth, black pepper, bitter herbs and river rocks.

Tangy and earthy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice white blend from Côtes du Rhône. Easy drinking, refreshing, and good right out of the bottle. Shows an interesting nose.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers. Paired very nicely with smoked white fish.

A blend of 40% Viognier, 20% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne. Aged in stainless steel and concrete vats for 7 months. Organic and Vegan.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.