Star Wine List, a guide to wine bars and restaurants

Star Wine List is a web site which is a guide to wine bars and “wine restaurants” in a number of major cities in various countris, with a focus on fine wine. They started in my home town of Stockholm, Sweden in 2017, and one of the initial team is someone I taste good wines with now and then.

Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons, created by Jorge Barrios, Alexandre Jaborska, and Nevit Dilmen.

Soon after their start, they started to cover other cities in other countries by using local collaborators, referred to as ambassadors. The tagline at the web site currently says New York City – London – Oslo – Stockholm – Toronto – Copenhagen – Paris. However, at least for Sweden, that’s not an exhaustive list, since several other Swedish cities than Stockholm are covered.

The French capital is the most recent addition to the list, just less than a month ago. Initially, Star Wine List covered 31 “wine spots” in Paris. When they expanded to Paris, they also made it possible to read their site in French, in addition to English and Swedish.

I’d definitely recommend checking out Star Wine List if you’re into wine and live in or will be visiting any cities covered!

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Champagne village profile: Montreuil-aux-Lions, the westernmost of all Champagne villages

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 18.1 hectares (44.7 acres), of which 77% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 3% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest. The dashed red line is the departmental border between Aisne (where Montreuil-aux-Lions is located) and Seine-et-Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages

Southeast: Bézu-le-Guéry
Comment: the villages to the north and east on the map are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The town hall (mairie) in Montreuil-aux-Lions. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2011).

The village

Bézu-le-Guéry is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. Bézu-le-Guéry is the westernmost of all villages within the Champagne appellation.

The commune includes several hamlets. Close to the vineyards we find Les Maillons (south of the main village) and La Savoie (east of the main village).

The Montreuil-aux-Lions commune covers 1299 hectares and has 1373 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Montreuillois and Montreuilloises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Montreuil-aux-Lions are located to the southeast of the village and are mostly southwest-facing. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.

Just outside the village we find the westernmost vineyard of the Champagne wine region at 3° 11’ 44” W, where the westernmost part is the lower part of the slope. The easternmost is found in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises in the Bar-sur-Aubois village at 4° 54’ 23” E.

The current vineyard surface in the Montreuil-aux-Lions commune is 18.1 hectares (44.7 acres). There are 14.0 ha Pinot Meunier (77.3%), 3.6 ha Pinot Noir (19.9%), and 0.5 ha Chardonnay (2.8%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 17 ha. There are 2 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Yves Guittard (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Montreuil-aux-Lions, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GO69, 2011).

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Champagne village profile: Saâcy-sur-Marne, the westernmost Champagne village on the Marne river

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 39.4 hectares (97.4 acres), of which 60% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Meunier, and 11% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)
Not to be confused with: Sacy in the Vesle et Ardre area

Maps

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest. The dashed red line is the departmental border between Seine-et-Marne (where Saâcy-sur-Marne is located) and Aisne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
Northnortheast: Nanteuil-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
East: Citry
Comment: several of the villages on the map, including all to the west and south, are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The town hall (mairie) in Saâcy-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Saâcy-sur-Marne is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. It is one of only three Champagne villages in the Seine-et-Marne department and therefore the Île-de-France region, which also includes Paris. Saâcy-sur-Marne is the westernmost of the villages which are part of the Champagne appellation and are situated directly at the Marne river.

The Saâcy-sur-Marne commune includes several hamlets, in addition to the main village, including Belle Ente (to the northeast) and Chantemanche (to the southeast), which are both situated close to the vineyards.

The Saâcy-sur-Marne commune covers 1380 hectares and has 1800 inhabitants (as of  2016) referred to as Saâcyats and Saâcyates.

The church in Sâacy-sur-Marne, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Saâcy-sur-Marne are located to the southeast of the village on slopes down from a low forest-clad hill. They mostly consist of mild southwest- and northwest-facing slopes. Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier are the most common grape varieties.

The current vineyard surface in the Saâcy-sur-Marne commune is 39.4 hectares (97.4 acres). There are 23.7 ha Chardonnay (60.2%), 11.4 ha Pinot Meunier (28.9%), and 4.3 ha Pinot Noir (10.9%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 16 ha. There are 3 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Hervé Bombart (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2012 vintage).

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Some reds from Binet-Jacquet in Faguères

French-Swedish online wine merchant  Caviste presented a release with some red wines from Domaine Binet-Jacquet, producer in the Faugères appellation in the south of France, in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region.

I’ve previously written about Caviste’s releases of Binet-Jacquet in 2015 and 2014 (then also with a short description of Faugères).

This also happened to be the 100th regular release (mixed cases of 6 bottles from the same producer) since the start of Caviste in (late?) 2011!

Wines tasted

2017 Domaine Binet-Jacquet Faugères 2017
30% Carignan, 30% Cinsault, 25% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre. Raised in tank 10 months (no oak).

A berry-dominated nose with blackberries, some animal notes, some liquorice, and some crushed rock. The palate is medium bodied(+) with a lot of berry notes of blackberries and “mixed fruit cordial” type of berries, good acidity, some tannins, a fresh style and an aftertaste which is simultaneously fresh and firm. A young wine, reasonably approachable now, but could probably develop, 87(+) p.

2016 Domaine Binet-Jacquet Faugères Réserve
30% Carignan, 25% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah och 20% Grenache. Partly raised in oak and partly in used oak barrels for 22 months.

A powerful nose with mixed dark berries including blackberries and dark plums, some spice notes, some animal notes, and some tar. Hints of development and more nuance as well as some discrete oak. The palate is medium bodied+ and berry-dominated with good concentration of aromas, blackcurrants, a high and prominent acidity, stony and chalky mineralogy, slightly more than a medium level of tannins that are currently quite prominent, and a firm aftertaste. Young, the palate definitely comes across as younger than the nose at present. Should be cellared by anyone who doesn’t prefer tannic and firm wines, 88+ p.

Of the two wines this gives a bit more of an impression of ripe berries in the nose, but it is younger on the palate than the 2017. It is definitely produced in a style more made for cellaring.

As a comparison, we also got to taste the vintages 2013, 2011 and 2009 (the latter in magnum) of the Réserve. In general, the berry note came across as slightly less dark in these three, compared to the 2013, with more cherries and blackcurrants, and they showed slightly more flowery notes. The tannins and the acids were more integrated into the palate, which isn’t to surprising for wines with a bit more age. In my opinion, the 2013 hadn’t reached its peak yet, while the 2011 (my favorite) was fully approachable without yet showing fully developed notes. The 2009 was in a slightly riper and and sweeter style than the 2011 and had developed a bit more.

2013: More red-berried, could develop more, 88(+) p.

2011: Rather similar to 2013 in its notes, but more expressive. Approachble and nuanced, but doesn’t really show developed notes, 89-90 p.

2009 (from magnum): Shows a bit of a “hot vintage” character absent in the other three. Approximately at the same stage as the 2011, but a slightly more developed nose. 88-89 p.

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Champagne village profile: Nanteuil-sur-Marne on the right bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 38.9 hectares (96.1 acres), of which 43% Pinot Meunier, 38% Chardonnay, 17% Pinot Noir, and 1.3% other grape varieties (1.3%).
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest. The dashed red line is the departmental border between Seine-et-Marne (where Nanteuil-sur-Marne is located) and Aisne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
East: Crouttes-sur-Marne
Northnortheast: Bézu-le-Guery

On the left bank of Marne
Southeast: Citry
South: Saâcy-sur-Marne
Comment: some of the villages to the west on the map are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

View of Nanteuil-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Nanteuil-sur-Marne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. It is one of only three Champagne villages in the Seine-et-Marne department and therefore the Île-de-France region, which also includes Paris.

The Nanteuil-sur-Marne commune covers 125 hectares and has 442 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Nanteuillais and Nanteuillaises.

The Marne river between Nanteuil-sur-Marne (left) and Sâacy-sur-Marne (right). To the left in the picture, vineyards in Nanteuil-sur-Marne are visible. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Chabe01, 2017).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Nanteuil-sur-Marne are located to the north and northeast of the village and mostly consist of south- to southeast-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay are the most common grape varieties.

The current vineyard surface in the Nanteuil-sur-Marne commune is 38.9 hectares (96.1 acres). There are 16.9 ha Pinot Meunier (43.4%), 14.9 ha Chardonnay (38.3%), 6.6 ha Pinot Noir (17.0%), and 0.5 ha other grape varieties (1.3%), which presumably is mostly Pinot Gris. Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 23 ha. There is 1 vineyard owner (exploitant) in the commune.

Vineyards in Nanteuil-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Chabe01, 2017).

Champagne producers

I have not found any Champagne producers which have their seat in Nanteuil-sur-Marne.

The cemetery in Nanteuil-sur-Marne with surrounding vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Chabe01, 2017).

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Champagne village profile: Crouttes-sur-Marne on the right bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 171.3 hectares (423.3 acres), of which 60% Pinot Meunier, 26% Chardonnay, 13% Pinot Noir, and 0.4% other grape varieties.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest. The dashed red line is the departmental border between Aisne (where Crouttes-sur-Marne is located) and Seine-et-Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
East and southeast: Charly-sur-Marne
Northeast: Villiers-Saint-Denis
Northnorthwest: Bézu-le-Guery
West: Nanteuil-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
South: Citry

View of Crouttes-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Crouttes-sur-Marne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river.

The Crouttes-sur-Marne commune covers 433 hectares and has 644 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Crouttois and Crouttoises.

The town hall (mairie) of Crouttes-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Crouttes-sur-Marne are situated close to the village and mostly consist of south- and west-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Crouttes-sur-Marne commune is 171.3 hectares (423.3 acres). There are 103.4 ha Pinot Meunier (60.4%), 44.6 ha Chardonnay (26.0%), 22.6 ha Pinot Noir (13.2%), and 0.7 ha other grape varieties (0.4%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 155 ha. There are 45 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Françoise Bedel (RM, Facebook page), has 8.4 ha of vineyards in Crouttes-Sur-Marne, Nanteuil-Sur-Marne, Charly-Sur-Marne, and Villiers-Saint-Denis with 78% Pinot Meunier, 13% Chardonnay, and 9% Pinot Noir. Uses biodynamic cultivation since 1998 and is one of the more notable biodynamic producers in the Vallée de la Marne. L’Ame de la Terre is a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage). Comme Autrefois is a non-vintage, oak barrel-vinified Champagne with old-fashioned string closure, and it is composed of 55% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir.
  • Bourgeois-Diaz (RM, Facebook page), which has 7 ha of vineyards with 3 ha Pinot Meunier, 2 ha Chardonnay, and 2 ha Pinot Noir. A biodynamic grower.
  • A. Burguet (RM), where A is for André.
  • Pierre Courtois (RM), has 6 ha of vineyards. The range includes the vintage Champagne L’Amour Courtois which is a blanc de blancs.
  • Dérot-Delugny (RM), has about 12 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne. The non-vintage Cuvée des Fondateurs is composed of 100% Pinot Gris. It is one of very few varietal Pinot Gris Champagnes.
  • J. J. Desaubeau
  • Jean-Paul Fickinger (RC)
  • R. Gerbaux (RM, Facebook page), has about 10 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Gratiot-Delugny (Facebook page), has just under 10 ha of vineyards in Crouttes-sur-Marne, Nanteuil-sur-Marne, and Charly-sur-Marne with 44% Pinot Meunier, 33% Chardonnay, and 23% Pinot Noir. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Millésime which is a blanc de blancs and Histoire d’Hommes which is oak barrel-vinified and composed of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage).
  • Leclère-Torrens (RM), has about 4 ha of vineyards in Charly-sur-Marne, Crouttes-sur-Marne, Nanteuil-sur-Marne, and Villiers-saint-Denis. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir.
  • Paul Leredde (RM, Facebook page), has 6.7 ha of vineyards with 65% Pinot Meunier, 21% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Pierre Leredde (Facebook page)
  • Maurice Rasseneur (RC). The company name is Rasseneur Et Fils.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Crouttes-sur-Marne, Église Saint-Quiriace. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2013).

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Champagne village profile: Bézu-le-Guéry on the right bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 25.3 hectares (62.5 acres), of which 93% Pinot Meunier, 6% Chardonnay, and 3% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest. The dashed red line is the departmental border between Aisne (where Bézu-le-Guéry is located) and Seine-et-Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages

Eastnortheast: Domptin
Southeast: Villiers-Saint-Denis
Southsoutheast: Crouttes-sur-Marne
Southsouthwest: Nanteuil-sur-Marne
Northwest: Montreuil-aux-Lions
Comment: several of the villages to the north and west on the map are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The town hall (mairie) of Bézu-le-Guéry. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2013).

The village

Bézu-le-Guéry is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. The hamlet Genevrois is located in the southern part of the commune.

The Bézu-le-Guéry commune covers 1110 hectares and has 260 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Bézuyats and Bézuyates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bézu-le-Guéry is situated close to the village and are mostly west-facing. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Bézu-le-Guéry commune is 25.3 hectares (62.5 acres). There are 23.1 ha Pinot Meunier (91.3%), 1.5 ha Chardonnay (5.9%), and 0.7 ha Pinot Noir (2.8%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 25 ha. There are 10 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

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