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  1. Minius Godello 2020
    Minius Godello 2020
    Valmiñor's winemaker Cristina Mantilla is in charge of producing this wine from 40 year old vines grown in Oimbra on a mix of sand, schist and silty-clay soils. Since the early 90s, Monterrei has been grubbing out 'Jerez' (ie, Palomino) and re-establishing historical local varieties of  Godello works best in this continental-verge climate which region straddles Galician and Castilian influences. De-stemmed, cold macerated for a few hours and fermented cool and quiet in stainless steel.
    2020
    Godello
    Spain
    497
  1. Bannockburn Chardonnay 2021
    Bannockburn Chardonnay 2021

    Bannockburn chardonnay is never short of flavour and so to this release, though the fresh zing of the finish brings a more modern twist, arguably. Pear, grapefruit, peach, cracked wheat and cedar flavours come strong and convincing, aided by citrus and fennel notes, the latter especially notable on the finish. The flavour of tinned pear here is as strong as it is delicious, it must be noted. This is an excellent release; it's good for drinking now but it has many years up its sleeve. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, winefront.com

    True to the Bannockburn style which offers both power and finesse. The former is set in structure and solid in body. The latter is all about a world of marvellous fruit and oak flavours: mandarin skin, nectarine, white peach, buttered toast, almond bread, quince paste. It's dense, lifted by a citrusy acidity that is just so cleansing, so right. JENI PORT, winecompanion.com

     

    2020
    chardonnay
    Australia
    395
  1. Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut NV
    Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut NV
    Bouzy and Ambonnay are the epicentre of pinot noir in Champagne, and the Clouet family is the priviledged custodian of eight hectares of estate vines in the best middle slopes of both villages.  These are rich and concentrated expressions of pinot noir, wines of deep complexity, multi faceted interest and engaging character, yet with remarkable restraint and sense of control.  Recent tastings confirm my impression that this small and relatively unknown grower ranks high among Champagne's finest practitioners of pinot noir - and expresses one of the best value of all.

    100% Bouzy and Ambonnay pinot noir.  6g/L dosage
    Release after release, year after year, I have always marvelled at the lemon blossom freshness that Clouet manages to capture in pinot noir from two of Champagne's most powerful terroirs.  Here it is again, in a captivating interplay of fleshy mirabelle plums, white peaches, crunchy golden delicious apples, and even a hint of pepper.  Wild honey and mixed spice join the maelstrom along the way, gliding obediently into a well defined finish of soft minerality and integrated dosage.  TYSON STELZER, The Champagne Guide

    (100% Pinot Noir) The NV Brut Grande Reserve offers up layers of mineral-infused red fruits on a silky, mid-weight frame, with gorgeous length and a refined, subtle mousse. This impeccable, elegant wine shows terrific overall balance as well as complexity. I loved it. Andre Clouet is based in Bouzy, a village where Pinot Noir speaks with great eloquence, as is evident in these superb, pedigreed Champagnes. ANTONIO GALLONI, wineadvocate.com
    NV
    Champagne
    France
    376

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