92 Rating – Wine Enthusiast
“With its reliance on old-vines vineyards, Renacer often comes out with great wines. This is one of them. Smoky, leathery berry aromas are inviting, while the mouthfeel is silky and plush. Oaky flavors of chocolate, smoked meat and vanilla accent ripe berry flavors, then clove and baking spices pour onto the finish.” — 04/01/2014
“Light yellow-gold. Orange and pear aromas are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and honeysuckle. Silky in texture and nicely precise, with juicy orchard fruit flavors and a tangy note of Meyer lemon. Dry but in no way austere. Blends depth and energy smoothly and finishes with excellent clarity and nervy cut.”
91 points – International Wine Cellar (Stephan Tanzer)
In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has been in family hands for three generations. For the past two decades, owner, Nicolas Catena Zapata and his team of winemakers and viticulturalists have studied the different microclimates and terroirs of Mendoza to determine the best areas and vineyard techniques to grow the winery’s many varietals.
The 2010 Catena Malbec presents a dark, violet color with deep black tones. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyard sites offers intense aromas with a soft generous texture and concentrated flavors. Angelica vineyard lends ripe plum and chocolate flavors with a very soft, supple mouthfeel. Altamira vineyard brings a core of black currant and cassis, with excellent structure and length. La Piramide vineyard offers blackberry fruit with a slight earthy tone and notes of spicy black pepper. Finally, the Adrianna vineyard lends exceptional concentration with explosive floral aromatics. Together they give birth to a complex blend of aromas and flavors – a wine with excellent concentration, balance and freshness.
Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is made from a meticulous vine selection in the best lots of the Catena family’s estate vineyards. These Zapata vines are carefully hand tended and produce extremely low yields. The grapes are micro-fermented in new French oak barriques and the wine is then aged for 24 months in new French oak. This wine is made in very limited quantities.
“An elegant and intense version, featuring licorice, tobacco, spice and earth flavors fusing with burly tannins. Offers a compact feel and a tightly wound finish, with a sweet and spicy aftertaste. Best from 2016 through 2035. 5,400 cases made.”
The Pierre Péters estate, situated in the heart of the “Côte des Blancs” in the village of Le Mesnil sur Oger, has been a family house for six generations and has produced Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagnes since 1919.
Champagne grower-producer, the wines come exclusively from own vineyards. The house currently operates just over 19 hectares of Chardonnay, mainly located in the communes of Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant.
The family has developed from generation to generation, its own selection of grapes (mass selection). They have been able to maintain and age vineyards which are now 30-years old on average. Each year in respect of the environment, they adapt the cultivation methods to obtain healthy grapes. so that The Champagne expresses more precisely the richness, subtlety and the elegance of the great “terroirs” of the Côte des Blancs.
This is the name of our special vintage which refers to a beautiful “lieu-dit”, a place found in the Grand Cru village of le Mesnil sur Oger. They own three plots of old vines (aged over 45 years), acquired in 1930. Each parcel is vinified separately and blended to produce a single vineyard vintage. All the power and the minerality of the Mesnil’s calcareous soil is expressed in this wine produced since 1971. Its reputation has surpassed estate borders and even Michael Edwards himself describes Les Chétillons as “one of the most beautiful pieces of land of Champagne.
“The Grand Brut Cuvee Les Chétillons articulates its mineral birthplace with greater precision than anywhere in Champagne outside the thundering single vineyards of Krug itself, and no vintage expresses this more exhilaratingly than 2008. Its length is in another league, navigating undeterred for minutes, propelled by an acid line that shimmers like jet exhaust.”
This is becoming very fine, and watch out; it’s entirely different from its old apples-and-butter form, more oystery and chalky and ginger and talc, with the apple-butter thing skulking in the mid-palate. It’s racy, on the tensile side. I’d be a lot happier with three more grams of rs, but you won’t agree if you prefer a vigorously dry Champagne.
Wine & Spirits – “Scents of ginger and chalk hold this wine to a long, narrow frame. The flavors are precise and floral, yielding scents of cherry blossoms and supple apple notes. It feels tight and austere, classical in its profile, a mouthwatering Champagne for salmon tartare. Best Buy”
Vinous / Antonio Galloni – “The NV Brut Cuvée Ste.-Anne is, as always, a terrific introduction to Alexandre Chartogne’s wines. Equal parts Pinot and Chardonnay, the Ste.-Anne offers lovely textural breadth and nuance. Almonds, honey, mint and dried pears open up nicely in the glass. Think of the Ste.-Anne like a village-level Burgundy from a top grower. Best of all, the Ste.-Anne is a terrific value in fine, artisan Champagne. Drink this forward, supple Champagne over the next few years.”
Wine Spectator – “An elegant aperitif, with a fine, creamy mousse and vibrant acidity enlivening the delicate flavors of black cherry, chalky mineral, creamed apple, pastry and lemon zest. . Drink now through 2019.”