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(WT07220-11) GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE  $27.99
07/22/0 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 80% grenache, 10% ea syrah, mourvedre. More breadth, depth, and power (though the same ABV statement). Same encepagement, so we're looking at terroir here, and it's the Gigondas large charge all the way. Fruitier and more revealing. Lots of Gigondas warm red and black fruits./ Rich and generous mouthful. More forward, open, giving than the Vacqueyras. Dynamic. 17.1+.
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(WT072220-01) 19 CHATEAU BONNET, ENTRE DEUX MERS  $16.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; proprietor Andre Lurton at Grezillac; 50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Under a veil of H2S (screwcap), there's a positively scintillating display of sauvignon ruby red and tropics, semillon lemon curd, and muscadelle linden. Curmudgeon Andre passed away not long ago, and the next generation is taking this inconsistent wine to the front ranks./ Rich, lush, round semillon basis, with sauvignon and muscadelle aromatic airs hovering over. Long and complex, flavorful finish. 16.9.
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(WT072220-02) 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET  $23.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Time to recalibrate the senses in order to be fair to this one. Sometimes young to old is not the best order. Plenty of volume here, and plenty of virtues. If not overtly calcareous, it has a strong foundation of crisp, northern Burgundy chardonnay./ Well, the grip of calcaire certainly makes itself known on the palate, while the fruit remains abundant. Eminently well balanced from all standpoints, as well as meal worthy. 16.6.
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(WT072220-03) 17 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET  $26.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Definitely more material here, and, given the vintages' natures, more than a year's difference in maturity. Terroir and old vines intensity./ Dense, heavy, earthy, especially for 2017. Possibly a tad corky, but I don't think so. I've gotten that impression from previous vintages also. Not my favorite Seguinot cuvee. 15.8.
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(WT072220-04) 19 COTES DU RHONE ROSE NYMPHEA, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $14.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; organically grown at Travaillon; 50% grenache, 40% cinsault, 7% mourvedre, 3% counoise. Very bright and uplifting. I applaud the high cinsault content. It elevates the wine beyond its sweet strawberry grenache basis./ Well, the grenache sweetness sets the direction. Everything else falls in line for an harmonious and thoroughly pleasing presentation. Enough acidity for balance. Fulfilled; take it to the table now. 16.7.
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(WT072220-05) 16 CHATEAU MIQUEU, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $14.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Vertheuil, next to Saint Estephe; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot; Gold Medal - Macon. Full of red and black fruits. More fruitful than many a 2016, or maybe some of them are starting to open up more. Depth and texture./ Plenty of fruit on the palate too. A delicious and yielding 2016 claret, really. Violets and other flowers on the long aftertaste. Bravo. 16.9+.
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(WT072220-06) 14 CHATEAU LIEUJEAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $14.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Saint Sauveur, next to Pauillac; 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot. Cork looks compromised, but not sign of oxidation on the nose. Just another 2014 toughie./ Dry, tannic, astringent. But well built and balanced. Air and age. Let's see if it opens up some with a couple of hours' aeration. 16.1+.
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(WT072220-07) 18 ARDECHE SYRAH, DOMAINE ERIC ET JOEL DURAND  $15.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. This has been reductive several vintages, the 2017 not so much so. The 2018 is reductive, but not offensively so. Purple fruits and flowers. Very pure./ Again, the sense of reduction in youth. Good texture and fine tannin. The astringency that comes with reduction. Check it out in a couple of hours. I have confidence. 16.3+.
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(WT072220-08) 18 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $14.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; organically grown at Travaillon; 70% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% carignan. Culture shock: from north to south, from syrah to grenache. Oh, and it's a beautifully sweet strawberry and cranberry 2018 grenache nose. Mourvedre throwing in some purple berries like boysenberries, and carignan a dash of cherry liqueur./ Full in the mouth, with body, acid, texture, and fine tannin. Balanced. Sweetly fruity finish. Has the makings. Useful now too. 16.5.
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(WT072220-09) 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE  $23.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre. A tad reductive. Nice warmth and generosity of fruit that always marks this wine. A spread of fruits and spices./ Warmth and body in the mouth. Savory. Medium-full. Young. Yet to branch out. 16.7+.
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(WT072220-10) 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE  $23.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 80% grenache, 10% ea syrah, mourvedre. More compact as usual. Black depths. Hard to read upon opening./ Plusher mouthfeel than expected. And more flavor than aroma. Still, large charge of tannin at this point. Let's see what a couple of hours will do. 16.5+.
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(WT072220-12) 17 BANDOL, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE  $26.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 72% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 6% cinsault, 1% ea syrah, carignan. Oh, boy, talk about purple depths. That mourvedre purple plum pulp and peel stuff--the small variety with lots of peel to pulp ratio. Well over the minimum mourvedre content here. Big time aromatic depth./ Engaging degree of padding and accessibility. Bountiful fruit. Balance of richness and acidity, with nearly melted tannins. I could take this to the table now. You'll pay twice and much for Tempier and have to lay it down for years. 17.5.
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