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April 21, 2015

Chateau Villars Fronsac, 2010

Chateau Villars Fronsac, 2010

From the cellar: A few years ago we bought six bottles of Fronsac. Still a couple left in the cellar, so we pulled one out to test its legs and celebrate this glorious spring weather. It is aging stupendously. Berries, licorice, charcoal, a spicy kick, smooth like angora, intense and fruit forward with a soft oaken finish. Absolutely sensational. When you think Bordeaux this is what you think of.


Price: $21 USD in 2013.


Market Liquidity: There’s good reason The Telegraph called Fronsac the Bridesmaid of Bordeaux.

April 21, 2015

Champ Divin Chardonnay, 2013

You could just suck on a lemon.

Champ Divin Chardonnay, 2013

It really is that tart, that acidic. Interesting? Check. Refreshing? Check. The antithesis of butterscotch hard candy new world Chard? Check. Food friendly? In the way a Coke is with Chinese food, rinses down the grease. Savvy sipper? Sorta.


We drank it a little too cold, then let it come to room temperature. There is no comparison, the warmer it got the more it opened, the more interesting and evocative it was, but, truthfully, it was not as layered or complex as we anticipated. Our expectations were for mineral-rich sting, a little old world flair in line with traipsing through Burgundy, and a musky nutty undercurrent on the finish. For us, it fell short. It had the minerality, yes, I mean the only thing missing was the grit. Bio-organic.


Price: $20 USD


Market Liquidity: First you break free from the curse of over-oaked Chardonnay, then you wonder what to do with your freedom.