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Professor B’s May 24 Vintages Release Recommendations

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This 100 plus brand release contains a relatively large Rhone Valley line up, but unfortunately none scored well enough to make it to my recommendations.

Spirits

Armorik Double Maturation Single Malt Breton Whisky, Distillerie Warenghem, France
Yes, you read it right. France produces whisky. This Breton whisky emanates elderflower, citrus and raspberry aromas. It is smooth, smoky with a mellow finish.
90/100
0367631, 700 ml. $ 84.95

Armagnac Hors d’Age Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, Armagnac, France
Smells of orange peel, apricot, clover honey and Scottish marmalade dominate the nose. Smooth and thought-provoking on the palate.
90/100
0375816, 700 ml. $ 94.95

Fortified wine

Broadbent Rainwater Medium-dry Madeira, Justino’s, Madeira Wines S.A., Madeira, Portugal
Aromas of raisin and figs become discernible after swirling the glass a few times. In the mouth the wine feels sweet and spicy at the same time. It is fine wine to enjoy after an extended meal.
88/100
0943258, $ 20.95

White wines

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Cliff Lede, Napa Valley, California
A blend of (equal proportions of barrel, concrete tank and stainless steel) aging makes this wine unique in both flavour and texture. Smells of pineapple, citrus fruits and cantaloupe dominate. Full-bodied with a smoky finish.
91/100
0675025, $ 34.95

Pouilly Fume, 2012, Domaine Des Fines Cailottes, Jean Pabiot et Fils, Loire, France
Aromas of citrus fruits, green apples, pear and melon waft out of the glass. Intense, fresh and vibrant. Long a pleasant finish,
90/100
0695908, $ 26.95

Also recommended

Pinot Gris, 2011, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, Oregon
90/100
0366294

Latitude Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Stoneleigh, New Zealand
89+/100
0324228, $ 21.95

Red wines

Perpertual, 2010, Torres, Priorat, Spain
Smells of cedar, herbs, tobacco contribute to the bouquet. In the mouth mocha, blackberry, and chocolate flavours dominate. Long and satisfying finish.
92/100
0265710, $ 49.95

Beaune Les Teurons Premier Cru, 2011, A. Morot, Burgundy, France
A spicy, earthy, smoky and fruity wine. Well-balanced, tongue caressing and generous. Cellar for five to six years for further evolution.
92/100
0902833, $ 59.95

Rioja Gran Reserva, 2004, Heredad de Baroja, Rioja, Spain
Offers aromas of leather, cherries, violets, plums and roasted chestnuts. Powerful, yet elegant and refined. Enjoy with medium-rare grilled steak.
92/100
0276113, $ 24.95

Also recommended

Generations Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Raymond, Napa Valley, California
90/100
0941492, $ 130.00

Eagle Point Ranch Petite Syrah, 2010, J.C Cellars, Mendocino County, California
90/100
0327551, $ 55.00

Chateau Montaiguillon, 2010, Montagne St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
91/100
0374405, $ 26.95

Château de la Hire, 2010, Castillon, Cotes de Bordeaux, France
90/100
0365866, $ 16.95

Prestige, Chateau Vincens, 2011, Cahors, France
90/100
0272427, $ 17.95

Meandro do Vale Meao, 2011, Dom Olazabal et Filho, Douro Valley, Portugal
90/100
0244731, $ 24.95

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