Best of Year Picks 2020
Veema 2016 GSM AOP Languedoc, France (20$)
“The freshness that exudes from this blend of 45% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre, which aged 12 months in French oak, is apparent.
(The grapes, grown on sun-drenched sandstone cobbles in vineyards located between Nîmes and Arles, are allowed to ripen optimally.)
Aromas of grilled meat, rhubarb, and chocolate establish the platform for the layers of flavor-lavender, espresso, plum, and black cherry-that follow a silky entry.”
Château Belugue 2015 Fronsac, Bordeaux, France (28$)
“This family-owned estate spans just under 20 acres, with vineyards planted on hillsides along the junction of the Isle and Dordogne rivers.
Aged 12 months in French oak, this blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon has a regal character that comes through in its texture, flavor, and aromatics.
You can smell the soil, deep-rooted brush, slate, and dark chocolate, and the gorgeous entry on the palate speaks of silky tannins. Robust notes of roasted coffee, new leather, and sweet tobacco are shadowy and deep, finishing with dried fruits, black plum, and sandalwood-tinged savoriness.”
Domaine du Crampilh 2016 Cuvée l’Originel (Madiran)
“There is real elegance in fourth-generation owner Bruno Oulie’s wine.
The 90% Tannat in the blend is on it’s best behaviour, giving ripe black fruits that dominate the tannins.
It’s full structure is restrained by acidity and black-plum flavors at the end. Drink from 2021.” – Roger Voss
Domaine Bellegarde 2016 Cuvée Tradition (Jurançon)
“Ripe, sweet late-harvest fruits are the secret behind this poised wine. It is perfumed, packed with exotic fruits, honey, and a touch of lemon marmalade.
Acidity shoots through the wine, so it is not cloying. Rather it is well balanced, fresh, and sweet at the same time. Drink from 2019.” – Roger Voss