Moliss is a Piedmontese word, not Italian, meaning the ‘middle son’. This is one of the two single vineyard Barberas produced by Agostino Pavia and his sons Giuseppe (‘Pino’) and Mauro, of which total production is less than five thousand cases. Made from old vines and aged in large Slavonian oak ovals, which impart subtle oak aromas and can add texture when new, “Moliss” is stylistically similar to a traditional Asti but cleaner and much more concentrated. Importer Oliver McCrum writes: “Barbera d’Asti used to have a reputation for having acidity like that of a car battery, apparently due to high yields and an occasional lack of malolactic fermentation. These wines are different, zesty but balanced, with luscious fruit to match the acidity. I drink them with all kinds of food; the very low tannins of Barbera make it versatile. Notes: medium red color with purple glints; aroma of raspberries with a hint of herbs; palate similar to the Blina but with a broad, meaty quality from the aging in large barrels and good fresh acidity, not to mention a good persistent finish.”
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Deep black almandine with black rim. The bouquet is moderately intense, with some berry fruit supported by leather and graphite shaving bitterness. Fairly direct, in a cool vintage key. On the palate it’s ample and soft, with cherry plum fruit supported by moderate berry fruit acidity, and by tannins that are fairly smooth, with hints of silkiness to them, but not much else. It’s not overripe, and this is a plus, but also lax, and a bit settled; it will age well for years to come.
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.”
|Grape Varieties :||Grenache 70%, Syrah 25%, Mourvèdre 5%|
|Age of the Vineyards :||For Syrah and Mourvèdre, 30 years average age
For Grenache, from 40 to 95 years old
|Geographic Situation :||Bordering the area of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s appellation, between the communes of Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape; the soil in alluvial terraces is composed of galets (large rounded pebbles) mixed with sandy red clay|
|Methods of Cultivation :||Principles of the “agriculture raisonnée”, a philosophy of production to guarantee :
– a first-quality product
– a completely safe product
– a better respect of our environment
The utilization of traditional techniques; ploughing, hand harvesting and sorting by each grape-picker.
|Methods of Vinification :||De-stemming of the grapes, maceration for a period of 20 days minimum
Part of the wine is stored in barriques for one year
|Wine & Food :||Appearance : a deep red color of ruby or ripe cherry
Nose : bouquet of ripe red fruits and bilberries
Palate : good tannic structure. The nose of ripe fruits is confirmed on the palate and develops to some hints of raspberries and blackcurrant. A well-balanced and harmonious wine which displays a great length.
This wine is well suited to all meat and game dishes, and is also the perfect accompaniment to all cheeses.
91 Points The Wine Advocate
This is regarded as the “super second”, producing wines that on a good vintage can rival its first growth neighbour. Big and muscular in style, and often taking many decades to reach their peak.
94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Haut-Brion’s 2001, which was bottled late (the end of September, 2003), possesses an unmistakable nobility as well as a burgeoning complexity. Plum/purple to the rim, this blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc is playing it close to the vest, having closed down considerably after bottling. Nevertheless, it reveals pure notes of sweet and sour cherries, black currants, licorice, smoke, and crushed stones. Medium-bodied with excellent purity, firm tannin, and an angular, structured finish, it requires 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020+. (6/ 2004)
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The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz exhibits the crushed rock minerality that gives the wine its name. It offers a liqueur of rock-like flavor intermixed with notions of black raspberries, sweet black cherries, and black currants. Layered, full-bodied, round, and incredibly elegant, it reminds me of a grand cru Burgundy from Chambolle-Musigny as much as it does a great Chateauneuf du Pape. Already approachable, this 2006 should drink well for 15+ years.
Wine Advocate 92 points
Blend: 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese
The wine has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish.
-Dave Phinney, Winemaker
51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache