- Grivault Bourgogne Blanc 2007 Product #22930 (In Stock)
The 2007 vintage was a challenge in Burgundy. The growing season started early but then slowed dramatically during a wet June and cool, cloudy, July and August. When August winds began to blow and dry things out, growers jumped to start their Pinot Noir harvests before rot could spread and carry away their crop. Chardonnay growers had to make a tough decision – start to harvest quickly (limiting losses to rot) or wait for better ripeness and accept lower yields.
At Domaine Grivault, Michel Bardet decided to wait, and was able to harvest a reasonably sized crop in September with good fruit flavors and ripe acids. After fermentation, the wine completed its malolactic fermentation over the winter and remained in used (4 years older or older) barrels until bottling. Like most good 2007s, this was intense and a little intimidating when it arrived in the US in March, 2010, but now it’s started to unfurl.
Today, there’s a lot going on aromatically here, with notes of French butter and grilled nuts on top and apple skin, chervil, citrus and a touch of dried herb honey swirling underneath. In the mouth, very 2007 – bracing and bright with loads of bright lemon, passion fruit, and lemon rind at first and then green apple, lime, limestone coming up underneath. A note of fresh butter and nut shows towards the end before the juicy acids and saline mineral kick in to make your mouth water. A sense of lemon butter and fresh mint lingers on and on. A stunning wine for shell fish or poultry with a touch of citrus right now and still plenty of potential to improve.
- Celler Cecilio Negre Priorat 2009 Product #25693 (In Stock)
Always rich and complex, Negre has just a touch more volume, intensity, and power in the warm 2009 vintage. There’s plenty of generous fruit and spice here, but it’s the stony mineral character that makes it special. Drink it now with roasted or grilled meat while a few bottles gain more complexity and definition in cellar for a decade.
“Celler Cecilio is the oldest registered winery in Priorat. The 2009 Negre is the same blend as the 2008 (50% Garnacha, 30% Carinena, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) and received the identical elevage (fermented with native yeasts and aged for 12 months in seasoned French oak). Reflecting the better vintage, it offers up a racy bouquet of cherry blossoms, incense, black cherry, black raspberry, and lavender. More structured and concentrated than the 2008, it will benefit from 1-2 years of additional bottle age and provide enjoyment through 2019.”Wine Advocate 91 points