Category Archives: France

Wines of Ferraton Père & Fils

Ferraton Père & Fils is one of the largest and finest producers in the Northern Rhone.   A joint venture partnership of the Ferraton family and Michel Chapoutier, it produces some of the region’s finest wines from a modern winemaking facility … Continue reading

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Domaine François Raveneau of Chablis: Reviews of the Excellent 2014 Vintage

Our new Report #50 The Wines of Chablis provides a comprehensive picture of one of the greatest wine regions in the world.  No region produces such ethereal wines as does Chablis, and in our 35 page report we orient readers … Continue reading

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The 2014 Rosés of Chateau Gassier

Chateau Gassier has 40 hectares of vines located in the Sainte-Victoire Cru in Puylouhier, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sainte Victoire (see map below).  The rosé wines they make from this special terroir are among the best in Provence. … Continue reading

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Summer Wines from Michel Chapoutier’s Bila-Haut in Roussillon

Michel Chapoutier offers some refreshing, inexpensive wines for summer drinking from his Bila-Haut estate in Roussillon [see map below] close to the border with Spain. We review the 2014 releases. Chapoutier is one of the France’s most successful winemakers. He … Continue reading

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La Chablisienne: Chablis’ Very Modern Cooperative

As part of the preparation for our upcoming report on Chablis, we recently sat down with Hervé Tucki of La Chablisienne at the winery in Chablis, to taste a significant proportion of its large wine portfolio, including Petit Chablis, Chablis, … Continue reading

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2014 Rosés: New Releases from France, Spain and Elsewhere

Many fresh, crisp 2014 Rosés are already on the shelves waiting for consumers eager to welcome the warm weather with a cold glass of wine. In this article, we review a large number of the rosés we’ve tasted over the … Continue reading

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Domaine Alice et Olivier de Moor of Chablis

In preparing a new report on Chablis, we recently met up with Alice and Oliver de Moor in Courgis, located about 7 km southwest of Chablis.  They started their vineyards 20 years ago with just three parcels [Bel-Air, Clardy, Rosette] … Continue reading

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US Rosé Imports Grow Exponentially

Rosé, especially premium rosé, remains one of the hottest wine categories in the US, as we’ve reported in earlier articles.  Premium rosé (>$12/bottle) imports in 2014 increased 41% by volume and 53% by value. This comes on top of rapid … Continue reading

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The Vineyard’s Successful 7th Annual Champagne Bash

This past Thursday evening I attended  The Vineyard’s  “7th Annual Champagne Bash”   It’s a terrific event held at the beginning of  the holiday season which offers  customers the opportunity to taste a wide selection of stellar Champagnes.   This year’s selections included … Continue reading

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Domaine Marc Sorrel: New Releases from Hermitage

Marc Sorrel is the owner and operator of one of Hermitage’s finest domains.  He produces tiny quantities of white and red Hermitage and Croze Hermitage from organic vineyards.  He is a modern producer but his wines reveal the complexities of … Continue reading

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