Our Wines In The Press

The Observer

By David Williams. (Posted November 2014)

Beaujolais is sometimes lumped in with Burgundy geographically speaking, but it's a vinous world apart. Gamay replaces Pinot Noir, and a sappy, hedgerow fruitiness takes precedence over Pinot's gamey forest-floor notes. Arnaud Aucoeur Vieilles Vignes is a particularly joyful expression, and with its vivid and succulent fruit and svelte tannin, is made for a minute-steak.

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By Robert Parker - erobertparker.com. (Posted November 2014)

This Haut-Medoc performed spectacularly on the two occasions I tasted it from bottle, even eclipsing its impressive showing from cask. It looks to be every bit as powerful as the 2000... not an easy achievement. A fabulous sleeper of the vintage, it tastes more like a first-growth than an unclassified offering. Its inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a spectacular bouquet of lead pencil shavings, ink, blackberries, cedar, and earth. Full-bodied, with terrific texture, fabulous concentration, and moderately high tannin, this massive, atypical 2001 must be tasted to be believed. A brilliant achievement! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+. 93/100.

The Wine Spectator

By James Molesworth. (Posted November 2014)

An alluring style, with incense and Earl Grey tea aromas giving way to a silky core of damson plum and cherry fruit. The fine-grained finish lets the iron and sanguine notes extend. Drink now through 2018. 91/100

What I've Enjoyed Most This Week

By Victoria Moore - The Telegraph, 8/11/2014. (Posted November 2014)

Domaine Vernay is renowned for the hedonistic quality of its condrieu, a white wine made from viognier, but this syrah is also superb. Transparent for a northern Rhone red, limpid, and made with a light touch that belies the granitic power underneath. Smells of pestled black peppercorns and violets. Goosepimple stuff.


By Stephen Reinhardt. (Posted November 2014)

Marc and Martial Angeli's Demeter-Certified 2012 La Lune, classified as Vin de France, has a bronze color but with 36 mg/l of SO2 it is far away from those orange wines. The wines offers a clear and beautiful nose which intermixes spicy, slate flavors perfectly with intense aromas of super ripe yet healthy Chenin berries. This is a powerfully structured and full-bodied wine of great intensity and expression, which keeps freshness, minerality and fruit in perfect balance. This wine is extremely fine and complex at the same time and the pure and salty finish is remarkable long and complex combining freshness and precision with the succulent ripeness of fruit. To me this is a Vin de France only virtually but in fact a true and outstanding Anjou blanc from the Coteaux du Layon. Drink 2019-2025, 92+/100

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By Jeb Dunnock. (Posted November 2014)

Giving up notions of apple, citrus blossom and mint, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is a beautiful, borderline outstanding, white offering medium-bodied, richness, integrated acidity, and a classic, focused style. Made from 35% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 25% Bourboulenc and a splash of Roussanne, it’s worth checking out. Drink 2014-2016, 89/100


By Jeb Dunnock. (Posted November 2014)

Claire Michel’s 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is a beauty! Made from equal parts Clairette and Roussanne, all from the Cabrieres lieu-dit, and aged all in stainless steel, it boasts gorgeous white currants, lemon blossom and crushed-rock-like aromatics. Medium-bodied, textured and yet focused and classy, it’s a superb bottle of white that will drink nicely for 2-3 years. Drink 2014-2017, 93/100


By Jeb Dunnock. (Posted November 2014)

"A wine I underrated last year, the 2011Châteauneuf du Pape has beautiful Provençal flair in its garrigue, dried flowers, pepper and sweet berry fruit. Possessing more mid-palate depth than I remember, as well as good length, it's a perfumed, charming and medium-bodied effort to drink over the coming 4-5 years." Drink 2014-2020, 88/100

The Wine Spectator

By James Molesworth. (Posted October 2014)

“Bay leaf, olive and iron notes weave around a core of steeped black cherry and black currant fruit, with a sanguine accent leaving a mouthwatering edge on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 90/100”

Wine: northern Rhône syrahs don’t have to break the bank

By Fiona Beckett - The Guardian, 25th October 2014. (Posted October 2014)

"Christine Vernay also makes an excitingly racy, smoky Saint-Joseph from the north of the appellation: Terres d’Encre 2012 which echoes the floral character of her more expensive wines, but is designed to be drunk young – a “vin de plaisir”, she calls it, and it totally is."