We have several inspired offerings in store for you this month, but I have to admit the French really did their homework this time around. Consequently, my two Top Picks this month go to Château Laplagnotte Bellevue’s stunning 2010 St. Emilion Grand Cru and Verget’s outstanding 2011 Pouilly-Fuissé. For starters, Château Laplagnotte Bellevue is a splendid property whose star continues to rise. Secondly, the 2010 vintage turned in a command performance in Bordeaux, and the folks at Château Laplagnotte Bellevue took full advantage of the splendid weather conditions throughout the vintage and fashioned their finest wine to date. Furthermore, Château Laplagnotte Bellevue’s full throttle St. Emilion Grand Cru drinks great now but will pay even greater dividends if allowed to rest for at least several more years in bottle. It will then provide outstanding drinking for up to a decade or more. And then, there’s Verget’s gorgeous 2011 Pouilly-Fuissé. It’s the real deal. Most other Pouilly-Fuissé producers can only dream of fashioning a wine as pure and flavorful as this. So, what can you expect from this wine? Let’s say elegance, flavor and supreme drink ability: Verget’s Pouilly-Fuissé is the kind of wine I want to drink all night long. Taste and see for yourself. A votre santé.
About Don Lahey
Don Lahey's career in the wine industry spans over 30 years as an importer, author, consultant, and educator. He leads the tasting panel that selects our wines each month.