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White

2010 Andre & Edmond Figeat Pouilly-Fumé Les Chaumiennes

Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
A water-white hue. This wine is loaded with matchstick reduction on the nose, and I get nuances of white fruit behind it. Leaving the wine for five minutes this does eventually give way to a very attractive and subtly interwoven melange of grapefruit and passion fruit. A nice presence on the palate, some nice grip at the middle with appropriate acidity, a little grassy-green in terms of fruit style here, but still very appealing. Still a little note of matchstick though. Give it time. (15-16) points
Red

2007 Attila Gere Villány Kopár Cuvée

Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
This is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot and just 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented in large oak vessels and aged in new French and Hungarian oak for 16 months. It has a deep colour in the glass, very deep at the core, with a dark claretty rim. A really dense and hot-smoked layer of fruit on the nose, with a slightly violetty, sweet-dried black fruit character. Plenty of substance on the palate, a great pile of fleshy fruit with a good frame to it, but also with pile of structure some of which has a rather dry, wood-tannin feel to it, which goes with the wealth of fresh oak staves also still in evidence here. This is showing a lot of embryonic substance and structure at present, and also a little heat, but some of this is just down to the awkwardness of youth I think. A big tannic finish, and stacks of extract. Some good points here - I like the fruit profile, frame and substance - but it does seem very intense and youthful right now. Give it time. 17 points
Red

2007 Attila Gere Villány Solus

Merlot more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
Produced from 100% Merlot from the Kopár slope, which has poor loess soils and a very favourable aspect. Matured in small Hungarian oak barrels. A dark hue in the glass, with plenty of red pigment, deep and dusty although no signs of maturity. A very fine definition on the nose, expressive and absolutely brimming with dry fruits with plum and damson-skin characteristics, rich in varietal spiced fruit-cake elements, intense and heady, nuanced with touches of liquorice, black truffles and smoke. And a very faint seam of rubber too. What sings loudest though is the wine's immense concentration. This character carries through onto the palate too, which shows a fine but plush texture, although it is well framed by a grippy structure. There is a framework of ripe and velvety tannins, with a svelte presence running through the core of the wine, with a spicy, heady fruit character wrapped around it, buoyed up by fresh acidity. Sweetly poised and well composed, but rich and spicy, the wine rolls into a ripe tannic grip at the finish which caresses the palate and slowly lingers. Rich, with great depth and substance, this is a very seductively composed wine, but clearly with the balanced structure to put some time in the cellar. Fabulous substance and presence here. Top wine! 18 points
White

2010 Domaine des Aubuisières Vouvray Cuvée de Silex

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
Bright and flinty on the nose, elements of citrus fruit coming through, with a smoky edge, characteristics which both Chenin and Sauvignon show on this terroir I think. A beautiful substance on the palate though, obviously good flesh, but with a very clean minerally-talcy style which goes beyond papery-soapy femininity. Very fine acidity cutting through it too. A very elegant although youthful style which will be fine in 5-10 years time I think. (16-17) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2010 Domaine des Aubuisières Vouvray Moelleux Le plan de Jean

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
This has a different style on the nose, more solid than the other wines, less perfumed, with a more stony and minerally character. There are notes of herby-honey, apple and pear, but these young-Chenin characteristics play a secondary role behind the stony notes which are more evident. This comes through on the palate as well, although there is some sweet fruit here there is also a very well defined but gentle core of acid, along with a mild but attractive minerality. Most notable is the fleshy substance of the wine, which comes from a handsome residual. It feels fairly light for a moelleux, so don't expect hedonistic sweetness from this wine. Nevertheless, very true to the appellation and full of potential. (16.5-17.) points
White

2010 Domaine des Aubuisières Vouvray Sec Le Marigny

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
A touch of whisky mash on the nose here I've learnt this is just a hangover from winemaking and it will fade. Underneath is the toothsome sweetness of the fruit, heady and perfumed, with a wild, thyme-honey edge to it. A solid style on entry, although the palate is led by a very fine acidity which persists through the palate although it is very well covered by the weight of sweet apple-pear fruit at times. This is very typical of a good, young, high-quality Chenin overall. Lots of substance here, lots of promise too. (16-17) points
White

2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc La Croix Boissée

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
Not a frequently seen cuvée, from a 1-hectare plot of vines. There has been 80% malolactic fermentation in this vintage. This is now in bottle. A clean, stony, fresh, stone-fruit nose here which certainly holds some appeal. A very stylish and firmly reserved style on the palate, certainly quite structured. Broad, filling, with quite some grip. A very dry presence, with good acidity. Restrained fruit, stony as per the aromatics, but with a good substance. Linear, extremely well structured and attractive, with lovely freshness. This will keep well. 18 points
Red

2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
From a clay-limestone terroir, the vines aged approximately 30 to 50 years says Mathieu. This has 18 months in barrel, and so will not be bottled for some time yet. A great creamy colour here. A smoky nose, with wonderful fruit expression, concentrated but without being overly rich or sweet. A full, lightly creamy style on the palate, with precise and dark fruit again but here with a very pointed definition - although still very rich, with a massive presence in the mouth. There are tannins here, but they are very well hidden beneath the fruit. And yet it still remains true to the appellation, with a persistent freshness and style to the fruit. A firmer style of tannins than Le Clos Guillot in the finish, and a slowly fading length. This should be great. (18-19) points
Red

2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
From a clay-limestone terroir, the vines aged approximately 20 to 30 years says Mathieu. This will be bottled in March 2011. A big, rich colour in the glass here, still glossy and fresh but with a dark hue. It has seen twelve months in three-year old oak. A lovely style on the nose, there is a richness to it, warmth with a honeyed suggestion perhaps reflecting the time in wood. And there is a lovely freshness and perfume coming from it too. Elegant and seductive rather than bright and lifted. Fresh, stylish, balanced with a very fine polish and detachment on the start. Then in the midpalate it reveals more structure and substance, revealing a layer of ripe and velvety tannins balanced with supple texture and good fresh acidity. A lovely weight to it, textured but not heavy or creamy. And it has lots of grip in the finish. Super wine. (17-18) points
Red

2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
A clay and limestone terroir. This has been in barrel for one month. A fabulous Chinon nose, all limestone and black fruits, fresh and defined. And on the palate, there is a lovely supple presence to the fruit which covers a crunchy layer of firm, tannins and also a very fresh and forceful layer of crisp acidity. There is a lot going on here, but it all comes together in a supple, polished midpalate presence before the tannins come out at the finish. This is a well-structured composition. It should be lovely. (17-18) points
Red

2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
This cuvée comes from a mix of clay-limestone and gravel. Only just bottled this week. A deeper colour here. And a darker fruit profile too, less overtly crunch but it is also fresh and lifted, with an attractive varietal perfume to the Cabernet Franc fruit. A polished and stony feel to the palate, with a good substance to it, with a stony and reserved texture. But there is depth behind it too. It has a gentle minerality which appeals. Overall a balanced and lightly supple style, with good acidity, and a big wrap of tannins around the finish. Good. 15.5 points
Red

2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
The entry-level cuvée, from young vines on sand and gravel close to the Vienne. An enticing layer of smoky-stony classically Chinon fruit on the nose. It has a sandy-crunchy edge to it, with plenty of freshness, and this stylish embodiment of Chinon will appeal to fans of classicism in this appellation. The palate follows on in the same manner, fresh, with lithe and stony fruit. Unimposing, on the leaner and fresher side, with lots of grip behind it all though, and good fresh acidity too. Overall, attractive. 15.5 points
Red

2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
The entry-level cuvée, from sand and gravel. A good colour here, fresh and with a youthful blue tinge. Lots of fresh and primary fruit on the nose, with deep and smoky nuances. On the palate it is very fresh and stony although with a weight of fruit behind it. Really attractive and bright. Overall this is a very pretty style, but there is a firm tannic substance behind it too. This is really good, and it shows more substance and structure than the 2009 equivalent. (15.5-16) points
Red

2005 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
A really dark hue here, very intense, purple-black still. The nose starts off showing very little, and this doesn't really change; it keeps a hard-nosed character throughout. The palate is just as unyielding at first, quite austere, and showing a pile of tannin and little else. It does open up a little with time, but in short it is all structure and little more at present. Keeping some back to the next day it does yield a little more Cabernet perfume at the start, although always with a very firm smoke and charcoal-tinged hue. This needs plenty of time yet, so if you have any I would countenance tucking it away for another 3-5 years at least I think. 16 points
Red

2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
From a gravel terroir. This has now seen twelve months in barrel, the oak being 4- and 5-years old. There is a warmer feel to this wine on the nose than the preceding cuvées. It has a more polished style of fruit, with softer edges, and this carries through on the palate as well. It shows here a rich style of fruit, a more textured palate and overall a more convincing presence in the mouth. There is good tannic structure behind it, and more supple but correct, balanced acidity. More tannic structure in the finish. Great potential here. 16.5 points
Red

2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
A gravel cuvée, one step up from the domaine cuvée (not tasted today). This has been in barrel for only three weeks. A really good, smoky nose here, almost sooty such is the concentration of the fruit, but it is a tight, grippy concentration rather than anything soft or seductive. The palate has a bright, fresh, stony and exuberant style, again the fruit here is good but what impresses me more is the structure of the wine, which is showing lots of tannic grip and substance, backed up by acidity and minerality. Great balance. Very attractive. (16-17) points
RosÚ

2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Rosé

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
A vin de pressurage. A pale hue here, always a good sign in a rosé I think. Bright tangerine and peach aromas, with fine freshness on the nose, with a fair amount of structure immediately evident on the palate. Light on perfume, but with a lovely freshness to its presence in the mouth, leading into a substantial finish where the fresh character is maintained. Lifted and bright, but it majors on a defined light-footed structure more than impressive perfume, well judged substance rather than prettiness. But it is Cabernet Franc of course, not Grolleau! Very successful. 16.5 points
RosÚ - Sparkling

NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
Purchased summer 2010. A peachy, slightly bronzed hue in the glass. Incredibly fresh on the nose, all nettles and stones, broadening out to include a little strawberry-peach, and also a sherbetty-mineral edge as the wine warms up a little. Fresh, floral, crisp red fruit character on the palate, very dry but with a nice little edge of flesh to it through the middle before honing down into a more defined, pithy, almost grippy finish. This is fresh and lively, the perfect Sunday-afternoon apéro. 16.5 points
RosÚ - Sparkling

NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Corail

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
Purchased summer 2010. A really appealing pale peachy-pink hue hee, with a fine clarity and a plentiful moderately sized bead, giving a foamy white mousse. On the nose an attractive array of summer fruits with a creamy finish, cut though by notes of sherbetty sweetness and a nettly bite. A fresh and clean style on the palate, sherbetty-stony in terms of texture and also flavour, with more solid, polished, red fruit notes. A little pink-floral perfume to it as well, and some persistent sour red fruits in the finish. Certainly bright and appealing. Previous experience with this wine suggests this should improve in the cellar for a couple of years at least. 16.5 points
White

2002 Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
A pale yellow-golden hue in the glass. On the nose a blessed relief where my memory of this wine is of one hard as nails, with an ashy nose, this has now clearly relaxed and is more overtly mineral and appealing, rather than the dirty ash of previous. The nose is bright, pure, with lemon-gold Chenin fruit, intense but clearly tightly defined, almost sherbetty. And on the palate there is a pleasant layer of lemony-pithy fruit along with bitter grippy elements. Quite challenging in the finish, showing lots of grippy structure, which I like, with a very long, sappy, mouth-watering finish, I was uncertain of this last time, but did see potential, but this time it is much closer to being approachable. Not quite ready yet though this remains one to be left in the cellar. 17.5 points
White

2010 Domaine de Bel Air Pouilly-Fumé

Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
An attractive, gently polished style of fruit on the nose. A well reined-in character, quite solid and firm. There is a similar character on the palate, smooth-sided and well-polished, overall quite firm and attractive. This has a very classic style, rather bright in its composition, with good expression of terroir, on the whole charming and very typical. Plenty of good acidity too, and a fine, cream-tinged character too. (15.5-16.) points
Red

2009 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou "La Cerisaie"

Cabernet Franc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
This is 100% Cabernet Franc, fermented in stainless steel with a three-week maceration and élevage also in steel. Dark and restrained fruit character on the nose, clearly displaying primary Cabernet Franc fruit with a perfumed and pretty style, countered with deeper, darker veins indicative of schist. An attractive substance on the palate, a nice weight of fruit, polished with good and rather velvety tannins within. There is certainly no lack of impact here. A lightly tannin-infused finish. Attractive. 16 points
White

2009 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou Les Pierres Girards

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
Unlike Sous la Tonnelle this is 100% Chenin from a schist terroir, with élevage in 400-litre oak barrels, bottle December 2010. There is gently polished yellow-white fruit on the nose, and on the palate it has a much more impressive character than Sous le Tonnelle. A polished, lightly honeyed texture, rounded and rather stylish, with a good grip to it as well though. This shows just how stylish Anjou Blanc can be from a good domaine. A great substance to it, quite harmonious, broad and very charming. This is an excellent example of the appellation. 17.5 points
White

2009 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou Sous la Tonnelle

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
This is 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, and the terroir is sand (for the Chardonnay) and schist (for the Chenin Blanc). Fermented in stainless steel, bottled during the spring of 2010. Lovely, fresh and relaxed, very open and full of fruit on the nose, with just a little of the papery Chenin style, very soft on entry, gentle, supple, lacking a little definition here on entry. But the midpalate shows a really attractive grip, with a touch of crunchy, caramel-tinged honey and lots of minerals and acids. It just seems little disparate at the moment though - perhaps a few months in bottle will do it good. 14.5 points
Red

2008 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou-Villages L'Evanescence

Cabernet Sauvignon more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2011
This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, part-fermented in new oak, part in stainless steel. The wine rested there for about 12 months before going into steel cuve for the assemblage, prior to bottling 6 months later. A sand and gravel terroir. Intense blackcurrant and sweet raspberry fruit on the nose here. Very dark, vibrant but intense fruit. Overall a lovely style on the palate, very polished, totally integrated, with rather firm but fine-boned tannins in the middle of it, but the elegant silky fruit covers this quite well. It seems rather straightforward right now but given a few years, maybe ten, this should be beautiful. 17.5+ points
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