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Note of Saturday, 7 November 2009

A sensation of calm and voluptuousness while enjoying an incredibly glamorous wine

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My husband and I have decided to spend the early evening sat comfortably down with a glass of wine. Only the crackling of the wood fire breaks the silence in the living room.

Outside, it’s cold and dark, and I’m not at all in a hurry to do anything, go anywhere. I take the time to admire the beautiful golden color of this 2006 that takes me back to the bunches of ripe grapes bursting with sunshine that we harvested that year. I swirl the wine slowly in my glass. Once, twice, three times…. thereby releasing a lovely bouquet with myriad aromas.

This Champs Gain has a bewitching nose of ripe fruit dominated by overtones of orange blossom. The fruit carries over beautifully onto the palate with a sort of sweet mineral flavor that combines voluptuously with a taste of fresh butter. Hints of vanilla add a dash of spice to this brilliant, delicious wine.

August 30, 2009

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Six months after bottling and further to a well-deserved convalescence, 2007 Les Caillerets has spread its wings.

I am absolutely delighted with this wine, whose richness and depth are starting to come through beautifully. From the moment I take the glass to my nose, I am bowled over by the intense bouquet, especially considering that the summer of 2007 was hardly sunny. Nor am I likely to forget the cool temperatures in August!

The explanation probably lies with the strong wind that blew in early September, concentrating the juice in our grapes. This miraculously changed the fate of our 2007s in just a few hours, and we are thrilled with the results.

While the wine has not completely come together on the palate, there is every indication of a powerful, vivacious minerality reflecting a great terroir. This slope vineyard’s limestone parent rock gives the wine power, structure and length. It is luscious and refined on the palate with subtle flavours of pear, citrus, and almonds that caress the taste buds.

In 2007, the primacy of terroir and the role played by the wind had a decisive effect on quality. In a few years, this bottle will provide enormous pleasure to lovers of fine wine.

Notes on 19 March 2009

One year in the early 21st century that will remain branded in our memories is 2003, marked by excesses of frost and heat. Winegrowers, like everyone else, will long remember these first signs of global warming: a scorching-hot summer and a remarkably early harvest.

Six years later, it is by no means unusual to open a bottle of our Boudriotte 2003 for a tasting in the winery.

The low-lying vineyard was badly damaged by frost, resulting in very low yields, which turned out to be very fortunate, as the vines would hardly have been able to ripen more than the few remaining bunches, due to the intense heat.

At this stage, I really enjoy watching this lovely, golden-yellow wine swirling around in my glass and smelling its rich bouquet.

On the palate, it retains the full-body it had as a young wine but has developed even more elegance and finesse. It is as though the wine has acquired greater control over its exuberance with age.

It still shows lots of dried fruit and hints of chocolate on the palate, but the aftertaste is much cleaner and fresher.

We find the wine charming and approachable, but, at the same time, surprisingly lively and characterful.

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