2011 Thierry Richoux Irancy. Don’t judge me for opening this on the day after it arrived at my house. @grapeylyle says to give it three weeks, but I just couldn’t help myself. And my foolishness was rewarded. Sour cherry, red currants, spice and oodles of minerality make this simply irresistible. Long, lip-smacking finish and a wonderful food wine. I should have bought a full case instead of six bottles, but there is always next year (although 2012 will likely be an even smaller crop). Just delicious and an insane value at $23 per bottle.

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