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March 21, 2008

Domaine les Haute Noelles: Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu 2006: Concentrated, zingy but weighty, fresh melon and citrus all day long. Fantastic chalkiness in the finish makes you want another sip. Why is Muscadet uncool? I have no idea, but I’m taking advantage of the fantastic value here and sacking away a few more bottles for seafood and roasted chicken.

Domaine de la Colombette Lledoner Pelut Vin de Pays des Côteaux du Libron, 2003: My new favorite grape is the Lledoner Pelut – Grenache’s “hairy-leafed” cousin. Too bad there are like 2 wines in the world that use it as a primary component. This is one of them. Garnet with brilliant translucency. Noses like a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but has palate characteristics of a mid-weight Burgundy. Cherries, spice, leather and licorice. Round and mouth-coating, but light and fresh with balance and poise. Savory. This wine is killing right now, and probably will for another 2-3 years as the tannins continue to integrate. Lovely.

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