Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Etienne Sauzet (biodynamic) – The domaine was established in the 1920s and at its height, had 12 hectares of vines. Etienne’s daughter inherited the vineyards and left them to her three children. As a result, the vineyard holdings total less than nine hectares. An incredibly pure Puligny-Montrachet with very fresh and clean aromas of butter and stone fruits. It is very fresh on the palate with a crisp acidity but gently balanced by a slightly ‘creamy’ texture.
Invitare Condrieu, M. Chapoutier– Growing vines in Condrieu has a long history dating back to Roman times. It is seen as the ancestral home of the Viognier grape and where the top expressions of this variety come from. The nose is very expressive with pineapple, acacia blossom, lychee, apricot and peach. Rounded and full-bodied on the palate with good length and lasting impression of vanilla from the oak aging.
Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes – The slopes place Rieussec at one of the highest elevations in the appellation of Sauternes, reaching 78 meters at its peak. Only Chateau d’Yquem has elevations higher than that. Nuanced nose combines peach, apricot, honey and a suggestion of tropical fruits. Silky, suave and opulent; very concentrated and spicy. Finishes very long, with spice and honey notes. Impeccably balanced.
Hermitage, Monier de la Sizeranne – This Hermitage comes from blending different sites from West to East: Les Bessards from a granitic origin, Le Méal has old alluvial terraces with a lot of gravels and les Greffieux with silty soil with shingles. Aromas of red fruit (raspberry and blackcurrant), with a hint of liquorice. Round, elegant wine with soft and concentrated tannins and a long aftertaste of blackcurrant and raspberry.
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Aux Vignerondes” – 1er Cru Aux Vignerondes translates to “round vine” paying homage to the original shape of this small 9.5-acre vineyard that sits just below Aux Chaignots to the north of the village of Nuits-St-Georges. Domaine Faiveley farms just over an acre of vines that are set in very shallow, stony soils. Violet and blackcurrant notes mark this intense, brooding red. The vivid acidity creates tension, while the dense tannins provide a matrix of support.
La Dame de Montrose, Saint-Estephe– Of the 2005 Wine Advocate Robert Parker said: “Possibly the finest second wine Montrose has yet produced, it is a full-bodied effort with supple tannins as well as surprising power, richness, and expansiveness. It will provide gorgeous drinking during its first 15 years of life. The soft, richly fruity, dark ruby/purple-tinged La Dame de Montrose offers elegant, but restrained aromas of ripe fruit, loamy soil, and a touch of spice.”
- Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Etienne Sauzet
- Invitare Condrieu, M. Chapoutier
- Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes
- Yann Chave Hermitage - now replaced with Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne, M. Chapoutier 2007
- Pommard Les Vaumuriens, Jean-Claude Boisset - now replaced with Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru `Aux Vignerondes` Dom Faiveley 2010
- La Dame de Montrose, Saint-Estephe