A WORLD OF WINE

by CloudWines

Wine 1 : Domaine Chevrot, Cuvée des quatre Terroirs, Bourgogne Aligoté, 2014

 

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The appellation

With around 1500 hectares planted in Burgundy, Aligoté is something of a rare bird. Under its own name, as here, it can be produced anywhere in the region but it is particularly successful on hillside slopes in the southern part of Burgundy such as southern Côte de Beaune and the Chalonnais region.

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Wine 1: Champagne Nominé-Renard, Brut Nominé

 

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The Champagne vineyard covers around 33,000 hectares in north-eastern France and is thus one of the country’s coolest wine-producing areas. This cool climate, combined with essentially calcareous soils and a trilogy of grape varieties of the pinot family (pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay), have combined with a gradual evolution in techniques that started in the 17th/ 18th centuries to produce a unique style of sparkling wine.

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Wine 1: Château Jean Faure, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2005

 

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The appellation

St. Emilion epitomizes the beauty of the Bordeaux region : a small medieval town of cream-coloured stone surrounded by an ocean of vines that flow over gentle slopes whose summits are covered by woodlands.

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A while ago I wrote an article listing some of the inconveniences of solid cork closures in bottles of wine. This way of stopping up bottles dates from the 17th century and it has to be said that technology has moved on a bit since those days! So yes, there are several alternatives available today to wine producers. Each one has its advantages, and some disadvantages, so I suppose it is fair to say that there is no « perfect » closure system for all wines. Since the advantages and disadvantages are of different orders, let’s take a look at them for each case.

 

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Wine 1: René Muré, Clos Saint-Landelin, Alsace Pinot Noir, 2013

 

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Our selection

The Muré family have been sending us samples of their production for the past ten years. This puts us in a good position to keep track of this benchmark Alsace estate, and particularly of the wines from its prime site, the Clos St. Landelin which is situated within the grand cru Vorbourg.

 

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Wine 1: Yves Cuilleron, La Petite Côte, Condrieu, 2013

 

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Our selection

This wine comes from one of the very best producers in the northern Rhône valley whose wines we have followed for many years now. A top estate that regularly makes superb red and white wines each year. This wine came out tops for us in a recent tasting of 16 different Condrieu.

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Wine 1: Château Gassier,Esprit Gassier, Côtes de Provence rosé, 2014

 

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Our selection

For several years now, during our extensive tastings of rosés from the Provence region, this estate has regularly appeared on our leader board. With each of its various cuvées, Gassier now constitutes a regular benchmark for us in terms of the modern style of rosés from Provence: impeccably clean, crisp and fresh with pleasant fruit flavours.

 

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