France

Château de Villegeorge

Château de Villegeorge

Château de VillegeorgeHaut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur2005 The wine is deep, inky purple, nearly opaque. On the nose it's intense: a little salty, a little…

La Truffiere: Bigger than a Village

La Truffiere: Bigger than a Village

La TruffièreCôte du Rhône Villages2004 I was roasting chicken on a bed of leeks, carrots, lavender, and rosemary, so I asked my husband to…

Blood from Stones

Blood from Stones

Domaine le Sang des CaillouxCuvée Floureto2001 This beautiful Vacqueyras is still inky purple despite its age. When first poured it offers a sweaty funkiness,…

Clear and True

Clear and True

J. M. BoillotMontagny 1er Cru2007 We poured this white Burgundy into a Bordeaux glass, thinking it could take it. It can. Straw gold and…

Little Mars

Little Mars

Mas du SoleillaPetit Mars2006 This Coteaux du Languedoc AOC is 100% Syrah. It reaches up to you with a spicy, peppery nose suggesting violets…

A Drouhin White

A Drouhin White

Joseph DrouhinPouilly-Fuissé2007 This white Burgundy smells of fresh linen and herbs. On the palate it's restrained, with lots of minerality, delivering a full Chardonnay…

Straw and Hay

Straw and Hay

MoillardDomaine du Château d'Eau Syrah et Cinsault2008 This vin de pays d'Oc is deep gold-pink, like a jewel in a glass. It offers a…

Un Vin Charmant

Mâcon-LugnyLes Charmes2007 Last week I picked up a bottle of this white Burgundy for about nine dollars. I opened it tonight without great expectations,…

Chateau Beauchene Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Chateau BeaucheneChâteauneuf-du-Pape "Grande Réserve"2005 This wine has a soft, earthy nose with smoke and chocolate. It's herbaceous on the palate, with anise and pine,…

Vacqueyras “Vielles Vignes”

Tardieu-LaurentVacqueyras "Vielles Vignes"2003 This old vine wine delivers lots of aromatics: cedar, woodsmoke, licorice, lavender. It's big and woody on the palate, and though…