by Malcolm Jolley
Christophe Paubert has brought a Gallic sensibility to Napa Valley’s famed Stags’ Leap Winery. Paubert was in town recently to pour some his wines and a few older vintages that predate his two year association with the winery. A group of trade and media sampled his 2010 Viogner, which defied all stereotypes of the hot, New World version of this Northern Rhone grape – lean and fresh, as well as his 2009 Chardonnay, that also had a California-pre-conception-challenging acidic lift despite its creaminess. Reds were also distinguished, included the famed Ne Cede Malis, which is mostly Petite Sirah, but also a field blend of over 17 old vine varietals – a profoundly interesting wine, whatever the vintage. Read Zoltan Szabo’s notes from the tasting here. I trained the camera on GFR’s Jamie Drummond for the video below wherein Jamie asks Paubert about his distinct approach to Napa wine making.
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