These wines, while a bit pricey, were all truly divine, thanks to winemaker Pierre Seillan’s production method of “listening to the message of the soil.”
Each wine, made with a blend of grapes from some 40 plots, showcases the terroir and typography of Sonoma. This typography is so complex, Seillan says, that you can claim specific flavor from each plot.
Because of the high rankings of each of these wines, I will refrain from giving them point scores and instead simply describe each wine’s taste and feel.
Read on for the reviews!
2001 La Muse
A nicely chewy wine full of deep red berry fruits, strawberry and some hints of black cherry, with just a bit of an animal streak. A little vegetal and wet as well, this is super bold and juicy but with a great balance to the acidity and tannins. A bright finish with lasting tannin throughout.
2007 La Muse
Nicely chewy as well, with a bit more minerality to the red fruit. This has an almost savory finish and is a bit more tannic than the ’01. No RS here at all.
2008 La Muse
More black raspberry here and a bit oakier, with a little wood spice. Very juicy in the mouth with a little animal appearing here as well. Lighter fruit on the back end with an almost strawberry finish.
2007 Le Desir
This is a softer wine than the previous three, with more relaxed tannins and a fruitier, juicier flavor. Light red fruit here with strawberry and possibly a hint of blueberry fruit.
2008 Le Desir
Deeper blackberry flavors and a bit harsher on the front than the ’07. This softens quite a bit on the palate. Nicely earthy throughout the fruit flavors. Tannins show up on the finish.
2005 La Joie
This is almost olivey on the nose, with strong leather aromas. Wow, vegetal. Tannic through the finish but with balance. An overall lovely wine.
2007 La Joie
A softer wine with rich, full red fruit. Interestingly, this is more open than the ’05 even though it is younger. This is gentle all the way through the nicely berried finish.