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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2015

Wine & Spirits
92 Points

This shares the glorious ripeness of Clau de Nell’s 2015 Vin de Loire Grolleau (also recommended here). Its scents of black cherry and violet fill the mouth in a burst of freshness, clean and lasting. Tannins keep it earthbound, grounded in youthful black-pepper spice. Cellar it, and the tannins and fruit will merge into something beautiful.

April 2019
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Clau de Nell
Cabernet Franc, Anjou AOC – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
16 Points

Interesting cornichon topnote on sufficiently ripe fruit and just slightly dry sensation on the end. But no offputting mousiness. A proper lively, light red. This tastes healthy! (

Jancis Robinson, November 2016
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Clau de Nell
Chenin Blanc, Val de Loire IGP – 2015

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Biodyamically grown on grés and red silex. Wonderfully expressive combination of fruit, acidity and the grip of the terroir. Super pure. Very linear and suave. Long and admirable. Acacia honey and green apples. Should continue to develop for many a long year. Needs food at this point. Lots to chew on. Very persistent. Severe, in the very best way.

Jancis Robinson, May 2017
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Clau de Nell
Grolleau, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
16.5 Points

Healthy crimson. Spicy and dense with a really rigorously dry finish and no shortage of tannins. The merest hint of horse. Uncompromising – a bit like the late Anne-Claude Leflaive who founded this domaine. Rather admirable – and very very French. I think Alice Feiring might love this.

Jancis Robinson, September 2019
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Clau de Nell
Grolleau, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire – 2015

Wine & Spirits
93 Points

This was a struggling biodynamic vineyard that attracted the attention of Anne-Claude Leflaive and her husband, Christian Jacques; they purchased it in 2008. Leflaive has since passed away, but the couple had hired Sylvain Potin, who continues to farm the Demeter certified property. The grolleau vines range from 60 to 90 years old, growing in silty clay over tuffeau, and the ripe fruit of the 2015 took this wine to a friendly sort of beauty from what is often a gruff grape...

April 2019
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Clau de Nell
Grolleau, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire – 2014

JancisRobinson.com
16 Points

From vines aged 60 to 90 years on grés and red silex on tuffeau. Ambient yeast and aged for 11 months on fine lees in tronconic cask. Bottled in September 2015. Firm taffeta fruit on the front palate and more fruity appeal than its Cabernet stablemates. Quite satisfying on the finish. Very different!

Jancis Robinson, November 2016
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2011

Wine Spectator
93 Points

This late-release version sports a broad and slightly mature feel, with roasted meat, dried bay leaf, tobacco and smoldering alder wood notes swirling around a core of steeped plum, blackberry and fig fruit flavors. Shows a lovely tug of loam at the very end. Distinctive. Syrah, Grenache and Roussanne. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases made, 200 cases imported.

James Molesworth, Web Only - 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

JancisRobinson.com
17.5 Points

Unusual on the nose because it has lots of peppery Syrah character but also a definite red-fruit quality. Beautifully fine texture, great restraint, although it opens up in the glass to a more fragrant side and marked persistence. It smells really cool even though the wine itself is room temperature. Still youthful but coming into its stride, fresh and cool on the finish.

Julia Harding MW, December 2015
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

Vinous
93 Points

Opaque ruby. Highly fragrant, mineral-accented aromas of ripe dark fruits, candied licorice and woodsmoke develop an Indian spice nuance in the glass. Fleshy and impressively concentrated but energetic as well, offering bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that become sweeter with air. Finishes with strong, mineral-driven persistence and velvety tannins that sneak up slowly.

Josh Raynolds, June 2016
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

The Wine Advocate
93 Points

The 2010 Heloise is another in a string of fabulous wines from this estate located high up in the Ventoux. The smoky, herbal aromas are reminiscent of Côte Rôtie, and in many ways, this is a more northern expression of the Rhône. It's lithe and medium-bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and long, espresso-tinged finish, all imparting a sense of easy elegance to this blend of Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. It can be drunk now and over the next decade or more.

Joe Czerwinski, October 2017
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Chêne Bleu
Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2019

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Pretty pale pink. Fresh fruit that reminds me of a cross between sour cherry and pear, perhaps grapefruit too, but there is also a light stony mineral layer. Although the pH is quite high, it does taste very fresh, more of a textural than an acidic freshness, with a serious weight of fruit on the mid palate even though it is not primarily fruity. Long, sustained, dry but full and rounded on the finish and surprisingly mouth-filling. That stony effect comes back again at the very end, leaving your mouth clean and ready for the next sip. This was still remarkably fresh two weeks after opening.

Julia Harding MW, May 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2017

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Pale orangey pink. Lightly smoky and peppery at first, dusty and tangy Victoria plum fruit. Gently chewy in texture but a foundation of fresh red fruit but not simply fruity. There's structure and firm texture here with some red fruit just filling out the core. Fresh and long. Serious rosé with a core intensity with a long stony finish.

Julia Harding MW, July 2018
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Chêne Bleu
Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2017

Vinous
92 Points

Pale peach skin color. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet displays ripe red berry, orange zest, succulent herb and floral qualities and a minerally element emerges slowly. Sappy and impressively concentrated yet lithe, offering intense strawberry, peach and blood orange flavors and a touch of fennel. The mineral note come back strongly on the finish, which hangs on with superb focus and persistence.

Josh Raynolds, August 2018
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Chêne Bleu
Viognier, IGP Vaucluse – 2016

Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points

The 2016 IGP Vaucluse Viognier is cut from the same cloth and has slightly more acidity and freshness. Tangerine, citrus, and lots of mineral notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, vibrant white that has a classic Viognier character.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2018
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Chêne Bleu
Viognier, IGP Vaucluse – 2016

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Immediately creamy nose that is in harmony with the subtle but correct varietal character of Viognier. There's peach, apricot, even a touch of orange and spice and that creaminess to the aroma, and then the oak and the rich lees texture shows more on the palate. This is very good, the best vintage I have tasted of this wine. It is rich and rounded but fresh too, with the site showing as much as the variety. A long finish that is both mealy/savoury and fragrant. Very good. Not sure how this will age but I don't think there is any hurry to drink it.

Julia Harding MW, July 2018
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Domaine du Roc des Boutires
Pouilly-Fuissé – 2017

JancisRobinson.com
16 Points

Impressive intensity for a village wine, lots of bright citrus and freshness. Pure fruited and well sustained with a stony, mouth-watering aftertaste.

Julia Harding MW, January 2019
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Domaine du Roc des Boutires
Pouilly-Fuissé – 2017

The Wine Advocate
92 Points

The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé opens in the glass with an attractive bouquet of confit citrus, Anjou pear and blanched almonds. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and fleshy, with ripe acids, a nicely concentrated core of fruit and good tension at the core despite its expressive profile.

William Kelley, August 2019
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Domaine du Roc des Boutires
Pouilly-Fuissé – 2017

Wine & Spirits
94 Points

From a domaine under the Solutré hill, this selection has the classical proportions of a finely grown Pouilly-Fuissé. It benefits from the district’s complex terroir: A blend from three parcels totaling 3.2 acres, some of the vines grow in shallow soils over hard limestone rock, some of them in sedimentary, calcareous marl. The depth and detail of the wine’s earthiness and fruit flavors are impressive, with sweet notes of nectarines and yellow apples in the context of savory limestone acidity...

April 2020
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Domaine du Roc des Boutires
Pouilly-Fuissé – 2016

Wine & Spirits
90 Points

Clean, fragrant and creamy-rich, this wine has the juicy pineapple flavors of a New World chardonnay with a lemony savor that keeps it in the Mâcon. Generous and ripe, it’s ready to chill for roast prawns.

October 2018
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Domaine du Roc des Boutires
Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Bouthières – 2018

JancisRobinson.com
16.5 Points

Stone dust and citrus aroma with a hint of smoky reduction. Oak shows on the palate in a cedary flavour and creamy texture.

Julia Harding MW, January 2020
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