($189) Pale color. Elegant, cool aromas of lime, mint and menthol. Sweet but firm in the mouth, with terrific grip and aromatic lift. Not at all a heavy style of Batard but dense, chewy and powerful. Flavors of lime and mint are a bit sweeter today than those of the Dents de Chien. A very fresh, balanced wine with terrific flavor intensity and length. (Domaines et Saveurs/Jeanne-Marie de Champs; importers include Fine Vines, Melrose Park, IL; The Wine House, San Francisco, CA; Cavattapi Distribuzione, Seattle, WA; Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York, NY; and The Country Vintner, Oilville, VA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: September/October 2006
Burghound | Rating: 92
Vanilla, wood spice and toast hints frame the white flower, peach, pear and anise suffused aromas that are equally big, powerful and robust yet this is tighter and better focused if not necessarily more concentrated or opulent. There is an incredible amount of dry extract on the mouth coating and palate staining finish. Impressive juice though not necessarily superior to the very best of these 1ers.