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White Harvest Positivity

At this time of year, headlines are full of positivity for the 2015 harvest. Austria winemakers are excited, Champagne producers have huge optimism, Burgundy and Washington are early and Italy is claiming a stellar vintage. Even Chablis, which was hit with a hailstorm two weeks ago are focusing on the positive and the quality fruit that remained. It is too early to tell if it is just great public relations or marketing campaigns, but we hope the positivity continues. As we are watching the white grapes come in, here are the highest rated white wines from our last tasting in July.

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BLUEBELL VINEYARD ESTATES – HINDLEAP 2010
England – Brut – Blanc De Blancs (White)
89 Points
“In combination of quite ripe fruits, brings my mind more towards Chardonnay in terms of style; with hints of ripe citrus and some yellow stone fruit and also a hint of complexity from aging on the lees, like brioche, fresh butter. Good gripe on the palate there, really nice mouth-watering freshness. Nice and creamy mousse.”


LUNARIA ORSOGNA – CIVITAS 2014
Italy – Abruzzo – Pecorino Terre di Chieti (White)
88 Points
“So nice rounded mouthfeel, with a balanced level of acidity there, adding a nice freshness to that yellow stone fruit. Good length as well. I like this one as it offers that nice mouthful of juicy, yellow fruit.”


PLAIMONT – LE FAÎTE 2014
France – Sud Ouest – Saint Mont (White)
86 Points
“Good amount of freshness here with some of those flavours of some lemon infused, apple and pear flavours. There is a slight hint of extract as well, a slight hint of phenolics, adding a balanced bitterness on the finish, with hints of lemon zest, on the medium towards long finish.”


BODEGAS JOSÉ PARIENTE – VERDEJO 2013
Spain – Rueda (White)
86 Points
“On the palate it has medium weight. It appears a slight hint of oak as well, I suppose a certain fermentation and ageing in oak, it also has a slight phenolic compound present adding a balanced bitterness, gives a lift to the palate there.”


CHÂTEAU LE SARTRE 2011
France – Bordeaux – Pessac Leognan (White)
90 Points
“Really good bite on the palate here. It is a wine that has quite good maturity of fruit, a nice density. But I love this dryness, classically bone dry, giving that mouth-watering sensation.”


PSÂGOT 2014
Israel – Benjamin Mountains – Kosher – Viognier (White)
88 Points
“So that lush, stone fruit as well, covering up that ripeness. I would talk about a balanced acidity here, not really a high acidity, but it still offers a sense of freshness on the finish. Also thanks to a slightly phenolic presence, with hints of lemon zest, grapefruit skin.”


DOMAINE DE LA CROIX SAINT-JACQUES 2014
France – Burgundy – Chardonnay (White)
87 Points
“Really bright freshness, certainly a wine that is built on that purity and quite elegant character, more of what I would call a Chablis style in terms of texture. Still young with rather neutral fruit, but it certainly has a certain length.”

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