David Leclapart L Apotre Blanc De Blanc 2011
Léclapart’s top cuvée, L’Apôtre, is a single-vineyard champagne from the lieu-dit of La Pierre St-Martin. The vineyard was planted by David’s Grandfather in 1946 and the wine is vinified entirely in secondhand barrique from Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy. The wine show old vine concentration, is super complex with tonnes of finesse.
“Wild and full of character, with chalky lemon and biscuity savoriness. The composure is beautiful. Super dry, gently spicy and succulent. An entrancing and alluring Champagne.”
David Leclapart L Amateur Blanc De Blanc 2014
This cuvee is the introduction to David’s range of wines, 100% Chardonnay blended from 5 different parcels across the village of Trépail, this is vinified in enameled vat with zero dosage.
“Undeniably delicious and expressive chardonnay fruits with ripe lemon, peach, mango and nectarine aromas and flavors. Some gentle savory edges arrive on the palate. Vibrant and expressive.”
Domaine Auguste Clape Renaissance Cornas 15
Since 1998, a second Cornas has also been bottled: Renaissance. It’s made from 20 to 25-year-old vines on the domaine’s best slopes as well as older vines from the lower slopes. An earlier maturing wine than the classique, it should develop for two decades
Auguste Clape has been making a second Cornas wine since 1998. The Renaissance is harvest from 25 year old vines from the most premium slopes at the domaine, wit hthe addition of some fruit from lower slope. Designed to drink younger than most other Cornas wines, this wine has cellaring potential for well over 10 years.
Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas 2015
Auguste Clape Cornas expressions are iconic and highly revered across the world. His wines crafted from historic vines in the famous region of Cornas showcase immense ageability, beauty, and finesse. They are quintessentially Northern Rhone.
His Cornas is crafted from up to 6 different cuvees harvested from the best sites. The main sites are Reynard, La Côte and Sabarotte. This is a wine with massive complexity, deep aroma, and bold structure. Potential to age for well over 20-30 years.
Rene Rostaing Cote-rotie La Landonne 2015
From a powerful soil, made up of schistose sands marked by iron oxide, this cuvée is characterised by flavours of wild berries and liquorice over deep, forceful tannins - combining the freshness and structure that are so typical of Côte Rôtie.
100 % Syrah
Rene Rostaing Cote-rotie Cote Blonde 2015
This cuvée, the highest expression of the appellation, reveals its character in exotic touches of tobacco, cinnamon and violets on a sturdy frame, gripped by fine tannins. Smoothness and length complete the work of the terroir.
The soil of the Côte Blonde, known locally as arzel, is poor, mineral (mica and silex) and filtering - the result of the slow decomposition of the schistose bedrock.
95 % Syrah – 5 % Viognier.
Rene Rostaing Cote-rotie Ampodium 2015
This cuvée is usually a blend of 13 different lieux-dits other than Landonne and Côte Blonde (the appellation of Côte Rôtie includes more than fifty).
In its youth, the wine's rich fruity Syrah is scented with cassis and liquorice. With age, it takes on fine notes of venison.
With its finesse, its structure and the freshness typical of the appellation, this is the perfect introduction to the two great cuvées of Landonne and Côte Blonde.
100 % Syrah
Poderi Aldo Conterno Romirasco Barolo 2013
The stunning 2013 Barolo Bussia Romirasco represents a stylistic blend between the elegance of Monforte d'Alba and the brooding power of Serralunga d'Alba. These are magnesium-rich soils mixed with limestone and clay. Romirasco is also home to some of the estate's oldest vines at 55 years old on average. This beautiful wine opens to a dark and rich garnet colour that comes from the concentrated fruit produced by these old plants. The bouquet is laced with mineral and iodine-like nuances with rust and iron. It comes across as rich and intense and the mouthfeel is slightly softer, but denser overall. The wine ends with long balsam tones of rosemary and ginger.
97 points, Monica Larner, Drink: 2020-2040, The Wine Advocate
Poderi Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2013
The 2013 Barolo Bussia Colonello is the most ethereal and delicate of the Bussia series of wines. Fruit is sourced from a portion of the Bussia vineyard that is located closer to the village of Barolo (one kilometer away) than it is the village of Monforte d'Alba (five kilometers away). The sandy soils found here make for softer and tamer tannins especially when compared to the other parts of Bussia. The bouquet opens to aromas of blue flowers, spice, wild berry, licorice and white truffle. This is a softly nuanced and finessed BArolo made with fruit from 40 year old vines.
94 points, Monica Larner, Drink 2019-2035, The Wine Advocate
Poderi Aldo Conterno Bussia Barolo 2013
It may be a so-called entry level Barolo, but the 2013 Barolo Bussia definitely delivers the goods. Fruit is sourced from three separate points within the larger Bussia cru. These sites are characterised by clay soils with southeast exposures and approximately 25 year old vines, The quality of fruit is very intense and defined with dark cherry and dried blackberry. Yet the mouthfeel is ethereal, light and buoyant. Keeping in line with the vintage, the tannins are firm and slightly rigid. However, they are well absorbed by the exuberant nature of the fruit. The wine's personality is reminiscent of the Barolo Bussia Cicala.
93+ points, Monica Larner, Drink: 2018-2030, The Wine Advocate
Poderi Aldo Conterno Cicala Barolo 2013
The 2013 Barolo Bussia Cicala is a beautiful wine with impressive depth and a profound sense of sharpness. This part of the Bussia cru sees a mix of clay soils (40%) with limestone (60%). In a sense, Cicala is the most indicative of the greater Bussia cru both in terms of its geological properties and its general taste profile. You get a lot of fruit in this wine followed by tannic firmness and evident power. Together, the wine presents balanced results. The alcohol here is 14.5% and I'm told that the upcoming 2016 vintage is almost a full degree stronger.
95 points, Monica Larner, Drink: 2019-2035, The Wine Advocate
Haut Brisson St Emilion Grand Cru 2009
“Château Haut-Brisson is located in the Vignonet sector of St-Émilion, not far from Château Monbousquet and Château Teyssier. The estate was purchased in 1997 by Peter Kwok. After the initial purchase, the new owner wanted to discover how far he could push the quality envelope for his Right Bank château. Before he could do that, Peter began purchasing additional parcels of land and increasing the size of their vineyards.
“When Peter made the original purchase, the estate was only 8 hectares. Through additional purchases, today, Château Haut-Brisson has been able to increase its size. Most recently, Peter purchased the estate of Château Tourans. Once that purchase was completed, the 12.6-hectare vineyard was divided. 8 hectares was added to Tour Saint Christophe. The remaining vines were placed into Haut-Brisson. The winemaking and barrel ageing were moved to Château Tourans. Today, most of the vines used for Haut-Brisson come from their new parcels located in the cooler, clay-rich terroir found in the commune of St-Êtienne-de-Lisse.”
- The Wine Cellar Insider