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Pichon Baron 1990 Pauillac

A great Bordeaux from a great vintage, here's Neal Martin's 2019 review in "Vinous" - "The 1990 Pichon-Baron is a sensational wine that must have had the First Growth rattled when it was released. At 28 years old, it is still reveling in its precocious growing season. The multidimensional bouquet features blackberry, graphite, cedar and mint flanked by iodine and warm gravel on a summer day. Wow! The palate is medium-bodied, delivering a mixture of red and black fruit, a fine mineral undercurrent and a long, precise finish: blackberry, cedar and graphite remain in the mouth for a good 60 seconds. Still a fabulous Pauillac after all these years."

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Brochet, Emmanuel NV (2013 base) Champagne Extra Brut 1er Cru Le Mont Benoit

Emmanuel Brochet, produces Champagnes of particularly mineral character from the clay and limestone soils of a single lieu-dit called Le Mont Benoit located in the northern part of the Montagne de Reims. The vines are date from 1962 and 1984 and have been farmed organically since 2005 and certified since 2008. The current disgorgement of Le Mont Benoit Extra Brut is based on the the 2013 vintage with reserve wine from the 2012 vintage. The cepage is 39% Pinot Noir 37% Pinot Meunier, and 24% Chardonnay fermented in barrel with native yeasts and bottled with a dosage of  4 grams/L. Newly arrived, the wine is a bit aromatically reticent, though with air reveals pear skin and stony notes.  The palate is quite chiseled and vinous, high-lighting a denser rather than chalky minerality or overt fruit.  And while powerful, this is quite elegant, if coiled and shows quite long and dry, though not quite austere. Within this structure are lovely notes of blood orange peel, salt, and apricot with hints of autolyse. This is  quite young, but has great energy within and will reward mid to longer term aging. John McIlwain

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Brochet, Emmanuel NV (2016 base) Champagne Extra Brut 1er Cru Le Mont Benoit

Emmanuel Brochet is a bit of an outlier in Champagne, in that he works his vineyards and cellar entirely himself, almost all by hand, and all with organic certification—no small feat. This bottle is a beautiful example of that hard work paying off. 'Le Mont Benoit' is a 2.5 hectare lieu-dit in the village of Villers-aux-Noeuds in the Montagne de Reims. The vines age from ~35-60 years-old planted in a mixture of silt, clay, and chalk; all of which present themselves on the palate. The assemblage for the NV (16 Base) is 39% Pinot Noir, 37% Pinot Meunier, 24% Chardonnay, with 4 grams dosage. Emmanuel bottles his Champagne unfiltered, with only a small amount of sulfur as he prefers to leave the wine relatively unmanipulated. Upon opening the nose expresses a barely toasted croissant and delicate fruit aromas of freshly picked pear and yellow apple. The palate reveals crushed rock from the mixture of soil-types and creamy lemon curd. There is a tension here: a balance of richness and lightness, supported by its medium weight and soft bead. This is a Champagne I happily enjoyed on its own, but would be fantastic with chicken liver mousse on brioche or a nuttier cheese like Beaufort.  Michelle DeWyngaert

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