92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2008
($70; L030993D100015) Light, bright yellow with a frothy mousse. Fresh orange, apple, yellow plum and yeast on the nose. Talc and quinine add vivacity to fleshy orchard and pit fruit flavors, and a refreshingly bitter lime zest note lends bite. Gains weight and flesh on the finish, which is subtly nutty and persistent. At once seamless and sharply defined.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
France is the fountainhead of the grape varieties most craved by
North American wine drinkers: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir,
Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, these grapes are widely
referred to as "international" varieties because they have been planted and
imitated all over the world.
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