94-96 Points - Neal Martin
The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc has a reserved, stony nose that you have to be patient with – give it a few minutes and there are some subtle undergrowth scents that begin to emerge, hints of orange blossom and dried apricot. The palate is well balanced with a delicate touch of spice on the entry. This is very focused with good weight and it displays wonderful tension on the finish that offers a Burgundy-like texture. Wonderful.
94-96 Points - Neal Martin
98 Points - Stuart McCloskey
A flawless example of white Châteauneuf du Pape from Famille Perrin. Sourced from a single parcel of Roussanne vines planted in 1909. Off the charts in terms of quality and certainly one of the most outstanding wines produced in the world today. Rich, decadent, voluptuous mouthfeel – the texture is extraordinary. Buttered citrus, quince and marmalade all supported with plenty of acidity and liquid minerals.
Predominantly a blend of Marsanne with roughly 20% Roussanne from the l’Ermite, Les Rocoules, Maison Blanche and Peleat lieux-dits. Stunning viscosity – so rich on the palate with a smörgåsbord of flavours ranging from white peach, orange marmalade, honeysuckle, honeyed citrus oil and all supported with extraordinary precision. Truly one of the world’s greatest wines.
94 Points - Neal Martin
You cannot escape just how lovely this bouquet is. Touches of white flowers, vanilla pod, custard creme, mango and a touch of lime. Wonderful definition. The palate is medium-bodied, fine tannins, real depth of flavour here with the oak interwoven into the plush, oaky texture (showing less of the petrol aromas it exhibited at birth.) It will need time for that oak to subsume itself entirely, but it is a really beautiful Blanc '07.
Few of us can afford the great wines of Meo-Camuzet who, and deservedly so, is one of the undisputed superstars of Burgundy. The perfectly drinking 2011 Hautes Côte de Nuits Blanc St Philibert is simply a delight – Beautifully ripe, flowers, white stone fruits and pears are all layered into the silky, polished finish. Drink now.
99 Points - Stuart McCloskey
The 2014 Chanin Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay has a terrific purity and class. With aromas and flavours of white peach, stone fruits, white flowers and toasted bread it is elegant and balanced, with both richness and freshness - a classic, and beautifully made Chardonnay.
18.5 Points - Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com)
Seriously good Pinot Noir from the Blank Canvas estate in Marlborough. This wine has it all - finesse, structure, fruit in abundance and incredible length. Most definitely one not to be missed.
It has quite a forward, rich, generous bouquet with subtle honeysuckle and apricot notes merging with the apply aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, a little grassiness at first, gently opening up to a gooseberry, nettle and green apple-flavored finish.
The Doisy-Daëne Blanc Sec 2014 has a pleasant, refined bouquet with scents of green apple intermingling with lime and granitic scents. The palate is taut and fresh with a sharpline of acidity and a penetrating malic finish that leaves the palate feeling totally refreshed and asking for more. Very fine.
Blanc Fumé de Pouilly is produced from Dagueneau's holdings of younger vines. Fermented in oak then transferred into old oak and stainless steel to maintain the freshness of the wine, this is always Dagueneau's most early-drinking, direct and pure expression of Pouilly Fumé.