Review Round-up (May-June '20) - Boutinot


We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t!

That said, it is always nice when someone else recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it…

Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!


From Decanter (April 2020):

Prà Morandina Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2017: “Graceful strawberry fruit with hints of spicy liquorice; supple and textured with refined tannins.” 

Montresor Valpolicella Ripasso ‘Capitel della Crosara’ 2017: “Bountiful ripe fruit aromas with a chocolatey, crunchy palate.” 


From Anna Lee C. Iijima at Wine Enthusiast (May-July 2020):

Château L’Ermitage Rosé ‘Auzan’, Costières de Nîmes 2019: “Concentrated sour-cherry and raspberry flavors abound in this zippy dry rosé made from Grenache (50%), Syrah (25%) and Mourvèdre (25%). Medium bodied and briskly balanced, it’s a thirst-quenching sip with a lingering blood-orange finish.” 90 points

Château L’Ermitage Cuvée Sainte-Cécile Rouge, Costières de Nîmes 2017: “High-toned notes of crème de cassis and blackberry cordial provide sultry introductions to this plush, intensely concentrated red. A spicy blend of 45% Mourvèdre, 45% Syrah and 10% Grenache, it juxtaposes penetrating black-fruit flavors against invigorating acidity and a finish lined by soft, glossy tannins. Enjoy now–2027.” 90 points

Château L’Ermitage Rouge ‘Auzan’, Costières de Nîmes 2018: “Forward, fresh blackberry and cherry are shaded by notes of bramble, sage and thyme in this full-bodied, moderately concentrated blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 40% Syrah and 10% Grenache. It’s a peppery, crisply balanced wine with a brisk, delicately tannic finish. The wine is best enjoyed now–2023.” 88 points


From Luis Gutiérrez in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (30th April 2020):

Cabriola by Borsao 2016: “It feels harmonious and balanced in an XL way. It comes in a heavy Burgundy bottle, closed with a quality cork, and it all feels like a more expensive wine. It has a modern profile, but the oak is neatly integrated and folded into the fruit that is ripe and juicy. The tannins are one and the flavors focused.” 91 points – New Wave California (June 2020):

Cline, Ancient Vines Mourvèdre 2017: “It seems fresher on the nose than its Zin stablemate and is really a rather nice opulent, but quite racy, drink. Halfway to port but there are several circumstances in which I would be very happy to drink this.” 16.5 points

 Nielson Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2017: “Light notes of smoke, honeysuckle and green vegetation on the nose. Crisp, fairly delicate palate – nothing like the stereotypical heavy, popcorn Chardonnays that characterised California a while back. Impressive persistence and apparent youthfulness.” 16.5 points



Nachbil Grand Pa 2018: “Cloudy gold. Smells of saffron. Wrinkled Golden Delicious apple peel. Dry, crackling taffeta layers of quince and saffron, a subtle macadamia nuttiness and curry spices. Citrus notes that are neither grapefruit nor tangerine but a bit of both. A tapestry of flavours threaded with the dusty green of sage. Complex and fascinating and gorgeous. (TC) ” 17.5 points 

Nachbil Grünspitz 2018: “Deep gold. Smells like flaky buttery pastry straight out the oven with a lift of orange zest and unripe apricot. Not quite as intense at the Grandpa Amphora but just as dry. Slender but defined tannins through a salty lemon palate. Those Lebanese preserved lemons… Dried herbs, dried apricots and an echo of the lovage in the foraged salad I tried it with. Fascinating, compelling wine that kept changing as the wine warmed in the glass and over the days the bottle was open. Full of exciting possibilities. (TC)” 17 points


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