2011 Beatrice Bernard le Cellier, du Palais Apremont Vieilles Vignes, Savoie, French White.
You got to hand it to Charles Neal, he believed in and trusted his gut, importing wines from the Jura and Savoie regions of France before anyone almost had ever heard of those places in the US, and now all us wine geeky types are begging for more! The Savoie region backs up to Switzerland nearly and has a long history of making wines, with mostly crisp and lean whites, even though there some excellent reds, made with Gamay, Pinot Noir and Monduse. The whites are things of subtle beauty, and this Apremont from old vine Jacquere is fresh and brisk with lovely citrus, white peach and alpine meadows and flowers. Lean tangerine and lime blossom come though on the palate, and while tangy and zesty acidity make the flavors pop, the wine feels round and filling in the mouth. This is a classy and wonderful wine that is coming just in time for late spring and summer enjoyment.
($18 est.) 92 Points, grapelive


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