2007 Jean-Louis Tribouley "Orchis" Vin de Pay des Côtes Catalanes SKU #1049273

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RP 93-94
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Tasting Notes

(93-94) points Robert Parker's Wine Advocae. "Tasted assembled from tank Tribouley’s 2007 Orchis is the latest vintage of what was formerly called Serrat den Franc. Its explosive nose of black raspberry and blueberry confiture incorporates overtones of almond extract, prunelle eau de vie, wood smoke and cocoa powder. Liqueur-like and loaded with distilled berry inner-mouth esters, this nevertheless retains clarity and purity, avoiding even the slightest temptation toward superficial sweetness or confectionary stickiness. Deep roasted meat and wet stone flavors emerge in a long, smoke-tinged finish founded on a veritable ocean of concentrated blue and black fruit. Tribouley an outsider who understudied with Gauby and then began his own estate in 2002 farms roughly 30 acres (biodynamically) and sells no grapes. That statistic shocked me when I entered his cramped and tiny cellar. Where in the world does he find room there for wine from 30 acres? The solution to this seeming mystery is that he has all the room he requires given his pathetically low yields. In a quantitatively good vintage, he bottles 1,700 cases. But it is fruit from his 10 acres near Maury (variously on reddish Marne chalk, and quartzite-rich schist and sandstone) that are the focus for the two cuvees (both matured in older barrels, favoring demi-muids) that are sold in the U.S." (David Schildknecht -Wine Advocate # 183 June 2009)

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