92/100 Punkte Robert Parker, June 2016 The intensely yellow-colored 2005 Vertus Premier Cru Coeur de Terroir is a partly barrel-fermented (malolactic included) Chardonnay from the best parts of Vertus. Disgorged in April 2015 with five grams of dosage, this is a rich, round and full-bodied cuvée with great finesse and elegance. Chalky textured, the finish is pure, fresh and salty. The ripe Chardonnay fruit and chalky minerality are really persistent. This is a perfectly balanced and well-structured Vertus cru that is ready to be enjoyed today, but can be cellared for five or more years.
92+/100 Punkte Vinous May 2018 Vivid straw yellow. Slightly reticent nose at first, then gains depth and complexity with aeration offering aromas of yellow apple, pear and nectarine complicated by botanical herbs and minerals. Then similar flavors to the aromas nicely extended by saline freshness on the tactile back end which is enlivened by a hint of peppery ginger. A Vespa Bianco that is very promising but needs to be cellared; put this away for another three years at least.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2016 The grand vin here is the 2013 Vall Llach Mas de la Rosa, which is from an ancient vineyard with a 70% slope on llicorella slate planted with Cariñena. They used 5% stems for the fermentation in 225- and 500-liter barriques and stainless steel with indigenous yeasts after a three-day cold soak. It underwent 17-19 days of fermentation with daily punching down of the cap and a post fermentative maceration of 12 days. The wine matured in new 225- and 300-liter French oak barrels for some 16 months. There's obviously superb fruit in here, but the extreme ripeness of the fruit and the creamy oak kind of hide the character of the wine. Having said that, I have noticed much better freshness in all these 2013s, and even some floral aromas fighting to come to the surface. This is a huge, bodybuilder of a wine in an XXL style. I have the feeling the fruit is capable of producing something a lot more elegant. This is very good in its style.
95/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Sep 30, 2018 This powerful red shows depth and harmony. The thick texture is supported by well-integrated tannins, delivering cassis, kirsch, menthol and cola flavors. Herbal and meaty notes add a savory element. You might call this Priorat on steroids, but this remains balanced and fresh. Drink now through 2033.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Feb 2017 The 2014 Victorino was also bottled and ready for tasting. 2014 was harvested earlier than 2013, it was more of a 'normal' year and the gapes were picked between September 12th and 29th, with slightly higher yields at 16.5 hectoliters per hectare. The aging was shortened to 18 months, still in 100% new French oak barrels, where the wine also went through malolactic fermentation and was racked every four months. They also consider 2014 a cool vintage for the region, but clearly a tad riper than 2013. The fruit gravitates a little towards black fruit, quite spectacular and focused, with nicely integrated spices from the élevage. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, perhaps coated by glossier fruit that give it a little more volume. This is accessible already, but should improve in bottle.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker Aug 2014 The 2011 Victorino is produced with Tempranillo grapes from 35 hectares of ungrafted, old vineyards in the villages of Valdefinjas, Toro and Villabuena del Puente, which fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards and aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. This is the fruitier and more approachable of the three wines I tasted from them, with aromas of clean, ripe, terse fruit, with hints of violets and a pinch of spices mixed with echoes from the soil. The palate is full-bodied, with glossy tannins, dense and ripe, with very good acidity, balanced and elegant. It#s approachable, but should develop more complexity with time in the bottle. Drink 2014-2019.
93+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, October 2015 The very dry 2012 vintage produced a powerful 2012 Victorino. It's a pure Tempranillo, known here as Tinta de Toro, from ancient, head-pruned, ungrafted vineyards on clay-rich soils. Some ten separate plots contribute grapes to this wine. These old vines have very low natural yields, ten hectoliters per hectare in 2012. The destemmed grapes fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards and the wine matured for 18 months in brand new French oak barrels, where it also underwent malolactic fermentation. I found the 2012 very earthy with notes of graphite and hints of peat, as well as some balsamic aromas of menthol and licorice, and a core of black cherries and plums; the oak plays a secondary role in the shape of spices and neatly folds into the voluptuous fruit. The palate is medium to full-bodied with the gobsmacking balance of 2012, very fine tannins and great acidity that lifts the wine up, coupled with some heat from the alco
96/100 Wine Spectator, December 2018 Gorgeous, with warm plum reduction and gently steeped raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors forming the core, all inlaid with warm ganache and smoldering tobacco accents. Very plush in feel, but has no lack of energy, as everything sails beautifully through the long finish. A late echo of anise completes the seduction. Best from 2035 through 2055.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling May 2018 Very complex with dried flowers and roses. Full-bodied, very layered and tightly wound. Chewy and powerful. Firm and off-dry. Needs five or six years to soften. Beauty. Try in 2024.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2018/19 Funkelndes Strohgelb mit leichtem Grünschimmer. Ansprechende Nase mit Noten nach frischem Apfel, etwas Mandarine und Birne. Am Gaumen geschmeidig, baut sich gut auf, rund, mit viel saftiger Frucht.
92/100 Punkte James Suckling September 2017 While many Rheinhessen pinot blancs live entirely from the fruit aromas and lively acidity, this has some Chablis-like chalky character and creaminess at the powerful finish. Best from 2018.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 From lime-sandstone and mica schist soils, the 2015 Leithaberg Weissburgunder opens precise and crystalline on the rather reductive but challenging nose. It is lush and juicy on the palate, where it displays a firm mineral but also tannic structure and some discreet oaky flavors toward the finish. This is a round, creamy and very persistent Pinot Blanc with lingering sur lie aromas. It is very elegant but still very young. Tasted October 2018.
94-96/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2017 The 2015 Zieregg Weissburgunder is the first bottling after 1990 and 2013. Coming from a very small, very shallow plot on pure limestone (Muschelkalk) and fermented in Burgundian oak barrels, the 2015 opens excitingly deep, pure, green, fresh and intense like a lemon perfume on crushed rocks. Gorgeous! Full-bodied, chalky, very elegant and extreme but fascinating in its purity and tension, this is a beast of a Pinot Blanc. It is salty, chalky, tannic, finessed, rich, sweet and intense#in other words: a sleeping giant with great structure and finesse. Tasted as a barrel sample in May 2017. Scheduled to be bottled in autumn this year at the earliest.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 Even lighter in alcohol than the 2016, Schuster's 2014 Zagersdorf Sankt Laurent was bottled with 12% alcohol and offers a pure, fresh and stony nose of sour cherries, underwood and spicy/flinty notes. Silky, pure and fresh on the palate, this is a straight, taut, fruity (cherry) red with a tight, somewhat austere but well-concentrated finish. Coming form 55-year-old vines, this is a quite concentrated, complex and mineral St Laurent that is beautiful to drink and even to pair with fish. Very stimulating. Tasted October 2018.
91/100 Punkte Falstaff Helles Goldgelb mit feinperligem Mousseux. Bukett von frischen Himbeeren, reifen Erdbeeren und Cassis, ein Hauch von gelbem Pfirsich, Zitruszesten. Am Gaumen trocken und lebendiger Säurebogen, zupackend, geradlinig. Im Nachgeschmack ein Touch von getrockneten Wiesenkräutern mit würzigen Anklängen, animierend und erfrischend. Idealer Aperitif.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker Apr 2019 The latest rendition of Drappier's NV Brut Nature Pinot Noir Zero Dosage André et Michel offers up pretty scents of crisp green apples, beeswax, dried white flowers and oyster shell. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and vibrant, with a youthfully frothy mousse, ripe acids and a precise, chalky finish. There's none of the austerity that mars some no-dosage Champagnes, and the wine makes a persuasive case for the proposition that the Aube is one of the areas best suited to that style.
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2018 This graceful red exhibits fresh acidity that cuts through the dense flavors of plum, blackberry and wild herbs. Features soft, well-integrated tannins, which are focused by the acidity. The spicy, mouthwatering finish expands over the palate and invites you for another sip. Drink now through 2024.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2013 Helles Kirschrot, Orangereflexe. Feines rotes Waldbeerkonfit im Bukett, ein Hauch von Erdbeerkonfitüre, aber auch Hollerkoch, zart nach Honig. Saftig, süß, etwas Powidl, dunkle Nuancen, zart nach Nougat, Orangen im Nachhall, feine Würze im Nachhall, gute Länge, rotbeeriger Rückgeschmack.