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Ready for Harvest

As August comes to a close, we are now fully focused on the Northern Hemisphere’s harvest ahead and what the next vintage will bring. Wine producers are extra attentive and sensitive to the sky, the weather patterns and of course their precious fruit. As we all cross fingers that Mother Nature will bestow a good year, here are some great wines from harvest past.

Château Mayne Lalande 2010
France – Bordeaux – Listrac (Red)
89 Points
“Good grip on the palate here, I think it’s a fine density with an emphasis on fruit; red and dark berries, like ripe cassis. No evident oak really. In terms of texture there’s plenty of tannin here but finely grained, well-integrated, giving a well-balanced freshness as well.”

Domaine Louis Bovard – Dezaley Medinette 2007
Switzerland – Cully – Grand Cru (White)
88 Points
“It’s offering some creamy notes almost like fresh butter, patisserie; sweet yellow fruit and vanilla. Palate has a good bite, it’s rather medium weight. It has a rounded acidity, a slight hint of evolution as well.”

La Bioca – Ricciaia 2013
Italy – Piedmont – Dolcetto d’Alba (Red)
87 Points
“The palate has medium weight, still with a youthful extract. The tannins are not hard, but they’re present. Fresh acidity. In terms of fruitiness, it’s quite attractive red cherry fruit, very juicy, with a good level of drinkability.”

Domaine La Difference – La Racine Carrée de La Difference 2013
France – Languedoc/Roussillon – Côtes du Roussillon Villages – Tautavel (Red)
85 Points
“Quite high degree of ripeness too, in terms of fruitiness; dark plum, crushed dark berries. Rather bold palate, full bodied, a bit sturdy today, still youthful in terms of tannins, the oak is still present on the palate.”

Pfitscher – Saxum 2014
Italy – Alto Adige (Red)
88 Points
“Nice palate, with a good bite; there’s a freshness there and I get more of those grassy herbal notes, which adds a lot of freshness to it. There’s a medium weight but I would talk about a good flavour intensity here, I get ripe pear with some of those citrus and lime notes as well.”

Domaine Frey Charles – Quintessence – Pinot Gris 2012
France – Alsace (White)
89 Points
“Very nice, very unctuous texture; there’s a slight hint of residual sugar here but it’s certainly a wine that could be enjoyed as a dry wine because it has a good grip, something almost like a hint of skin contact giving a good lift to the palate, slightly zesty notes, medium high acidity, and layers of luscious fruit like yellow plum, peach, apricot.”

Château Grand Boise – 2014
France – Côtes de Provence (White)
86 Points
“Good grip on the palate here. It’s a wine that is classically bone-dry; I would talk about balanced acidity here, it’s not a super-high acidity but it gives a good sensation of freshness. Still youthful, without any indication of oak. We get some of that spicy zesty fruit with some notes of wild herbs, lemon zest.”