Tag Archives: French Wine

Winemakers do a number on Wine Spectator

Call Central Casting and request a flamboyent French winemaker who epitomizes joie de vivre and bonhomie, and they’d probably send you Jean-Charles Boisset. Boisset is the scion of a famous Burgundy family who in recent years has embarked on a … Continue reading

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Bobby Kacher – Dean of the DC Importers

The Washington, D.C., region is a very fun and active market for wine consumers, especially for those of us interested in imported wines. There is a vibrant cadre of wine importers serving this market, enough to keep wine lovers turning … Continue reading

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Ooh La La! French Wine Scandal Expands to U.S.

The French wine fraud scandal crossed the Atlantic last week, as federal regulators said they are investigating U.S. importers who sold French €œpinot noir€ that was actually made from different grapes. As reported here last week, a French court on … Continue reading

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A Matter of Style

Here are two very good wines, both from the Languedoc region of southern France, both costing about $23 retail, and each showing subtle differences in style. Though they€™re not from the same vintage, the terroir is similar and recognizable, but … Continue reading

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Montirius Côtes du Rhône 2007

Montirius hits the stony, mineral side of Rhône wines. It is tight and focused, delicious and very much alive. Increasingly I find myself saying €œfocused€ and €œlively€ about wines that impress me. This one impresses me. I won€™t recite a recipe … Continue reading

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Domaine Brusset “Les Travers” 2006 $20

From Cairanne, in the Côtes du Rhône-Villages, this wine is dark and dense, with earthy hints of the garrigue €“ that wonderful word wine lovers love because we can pronouce it. And because we can define it -  garrigue smacks … Continue reading

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Domaine Saint Gayan Côtes-du-Rhônes 2006, $15

This is one of those wines that is easy to miss. At first, second, even third or fourth taste, it is a pleasant Côtes-du-Rhône, nicely balanced, but not showing a whole lot. Now, 48 hours later, it’s still not showing … Continue reading

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