Issue : Nov. 15, 2013
Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes White 2012 * 90pts
Very pure, with a stony frame to the green plum, yellow apple and melon flavors. A honeysuckle hint lines the finish. This has weight, but remains fresh and lilting overall.
Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes Red 2011 * 88pts
Ripe and direct, featuring jammy flavors of cherry pie and red currant paste, with a singed mesquite note adding cut on the finish. Drink now.
Château de Nages JT Red 2011 * 90pts
Very fresh, with a lovely violet note leading to the core of damson plum and cassis fruit. The racy, iron-tinged finish shows lift and length. Drink now through 2015.
Issue : Oct, 30th 2013
Lou Coucardié Red 2011 * 89pts
A roasted mesquite note is melded with a plush core of plum sauce and fig paste flavors.
A smoky accent weaves through the finish, showing an echo of warm paving stone. Drink now through 2014.
Lou Coucardié White 2012 * 90pts
A little pumped up, with flattering brioche and almond layers that coat the core of creamed melon, Jonagold apple and persimmon.
Comes together in the end, with lovely mouthfeel and a lingering exotic accent. Drink now.
Nostre Païs Red 2011 * 89pts
Delivers a direct beam of raspberry and boysenberry fruit, studded with licorice, fruitcake and juniper notes.
A slightly briary feel on the finish adds a hint of grip. Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Syrah.
Drink now through 2014.
Nostre Païs White 2012 * 90pts
Ripe and lush, with green and yellow apple and melon flavors, lined with singed almond and salted butter notes.
A quinine edge adds needed cut and freshness on the finish. Drink now through 2014.