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2006 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2009

($55) Ruby-red. Spicy red berry aromas are complicated by rose, violet, smoked meat and anise. Understated and precise, with sweet red and dark berry flavors, silky texture and slow-building tannins. A tangy note of redcurrant lingers on the long, clean finish. This wine displays the elegance of a top-notch Cote-Rotie. Balthazar raises his wine completely in demi-muids, none of them new, and bottles without fining or filtration. (Willette Wines, New York, NY)

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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