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PICK of the RACK: Domaine Philippe Plantevin | “Le Perussier” | Unoaked | Côtes du Rhône | France | 2012 | $17 | 88 pts

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Domaine Philippe Plantevin is a family-owned vineyard and winery located in the tiny, ancient village of Cairanne, in the southern Rhone Valley. The soils here are typically calcareous clay, composed of silty chalk and limestone. Wines from such soils tend … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Chateau La Tonnelle | Cru Bourgeois | Haut-Médoc | Bordeaux | France | 2011 | $20 | 87 pts

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Chateau la Tonnelle is located in the commune of Vertheuil in the Haut-Médoc appellation, 33 miles north of the city of Bordeaux and within a few miles of the esteemed First Growth (Premier Cru) chateaux of the region’s fabled “left bank.” This wine is classified as Cru Bourgeois, a … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Château de Nages | Cuvée JT (White) | Costières de Nîmes | Rhône Valley | France | 2012 | $20 | 91 pts

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Costières de Nîmes AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) is the most southerly wine appellation of the Rhône Valley.  The region is nestled between two neighboring winegrowing regions — Languedoc to the west and Provence to the east — and is situated in close proximity to the Mediterranean sea to … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Antonin Rodet | Château de Rully | Premier Cru | Rully AOC | Burgundy | France | 2011 | $30 | 90 pts

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From the Clos la Bressande vineyard in the Rully AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) of Burgundy comes this elegant Chardonnay, offering aromas of white peach, orange blossom, and wet stone layered with flavors of nectarine, banana, and marzipan with hints of tarragon and dried pineapple on the long, luscious finish.  The … Continue reading

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