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  • 2011 Domaine Montbourgeau L'Etoile
    <font color='maroon'><b><a href=''>2011 Domaine Montbourgeau L'Etoile</a></b></font><br>Light golden-colored, the straight 2011 L'Etoile is a perfect example of the finesse of Chardonnay from the village and appellation of L'Etoile. 2011 gave a larger crop than 2012 -- a good quality and good quantity vintage. This is pure Chardonnay, which Nicole Deriaux feels has a different expression, a particular character; it's straight and mineral. The wine is vinified by plot, fermented in 30-hectoliter stainless steel vats, and then aged in big oak barrels that are topped up where it stays there for some 30 months. Part is also aged in old, smaller barrels that are not topped up, and even if the voile is not encouraged, it develops in some barrels; the wine gets the Jura twang (even if the veil is just there for a few months) in a small percentage of the wine, which is then blended with the rest. Such is the power of the yeasts. It has a nutty character, with some oxidative twist in the nose. The palate is very tasty with some spicy flavors; it is intense, clean and dry ending with a mineral, salty (umami?) note. Delicious. 15,000 – 20,000 bottles for this cuvée are produced, depending on the vintage. I visited with Nicole Deriaux on a very clear and sunny morning. The château-style, old house that holds the winery is in the small village of l’Etoile -- a village (and appellation) that was named after the small star-shaped fossils you find in the vineyards, as well as the five hills that surround the area. They produced a grand total of about 50,000 bottles per vintage. On a second visit, Nicole was not there and I visited the vineyards and tasted some more wines with her son. He has studied viticulture and worked in Burgundy, with (among others) Ghislaine Barthod, and he will return to the family domaine in Jura soon. I was puzzled when he told me he didn't speak a word of English, as he had decided to take German language instead! The tiny appellation of L'Etoile is famous for its elegant Chardonnays, and this is the perfect address to verify it. In fact, these are some of the most elegant wines from the Jura; some might say the Vin Jaune lacks the power and concentration of others, but I say it has a finesse rarely found in that style of wine. The soils here are richer in limestone and that really suits Chardonnay, which shows at its best in the Jura. Importer(s): Rosenthal Wine Merchant, .1219 Route 83 Pine Plains NY 12567-4810, 518-207-9100,<br> Rating: 90  <a href= >Estimated Cost: $25-$26</a>

Dr Vino

  • Quinta do Noval turns 300 – A tasting with Christian Seely
    <p>Who cares about port? I scale waist-high snow mounds and leap slush puddles to attend a tasting of Noval ports yesterday. It was well worth it. Christian Seely (left) with Michael Quinttus of Vintus, who imports the wines. Christian Seely, the erudite and affable managing director of Quinta do Noval since 1993 (and head of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Quinta do Noval turns 300 – A tasting with Christian Seely</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>
  • Oil prices as champagne
    <p>Modified chart via Ian Bremmer</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Oil prices as champagne</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>
  • Depardieu to star in French “Sideways”
    <p>Gérard Depardieu (The Belgian resident and Russian citizen) will star in a new buddy film set on the wine route in…Beaujolais. The film, entitled Sait-Amour after the Beaujolais appellation, is evocative in theme to Sideways, the 2005 Oscar winner. In Saint-Amour, Depardieu plays a farmer who seeks a rapprochement with his son by taking a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Depardieu to star in French “Sideways”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>


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