Our first vintage of Belluard's Gringet "Les Alpes" was 2011; the 2012 rendition could not be more different. While the '11 was lactic and creamy, the 2012 is all rocks and "clawed-from-the-earth" mineral flavors. From vines planted on clay-limestone soil, and aged in stainless steel and concrete eggs, this is a full-textured yet quite high-acid, saline wine with a finish like an Alpine stream. Not a fruity wine, the nose offers fresh herbs, yellow flowers, green olive, and rocks, and the minerality is so pronounced on the finish, it's almost like having stones in one's mouth. We really liked the 2011; we *love* the 2012. MSB
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