Here's What a Unicorn Wine Tastes Like

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By Maryse Chevriere Posted November 13, 2015

Sommelier Maryse Chevriere has a not-so-secret identity. When she isn't pouring at San Francisco's Petit Crenn, she's reigning on Instagram as @freshcutgardenhose, the world's foremost visual interpreter of wine tasting notes. F&W asked her to doodle the flavors of five of the world's most desirable unicorn wines—hard-to-find bottles that the geekiest somms love to hunt down.

2005 Ganevat Savagnin Ouille

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France's Jura region has been code for cool among somms for several years now, with Domaine Jean-François Ganevat reigning as one of the region's undisputed heartthrobs. A leader in the biodynamic wine movement, his impressive cuvées come from extremely old vines that he meticulously tends personally.

2012 Yvon Métras Fleurie

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A cult star of the Beaujolais region and icon of the natural winemaking scene, Yvon Métras bottles a particular brand of catnip for in-the-know wine cognoscenti. They clamor for the chance to get their hands on his extremely limited offerings.

2005 Clos Rougeard Saumur Champigny

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Regarded by many as the king of Loire Valley Cab Franc, Domaine Clos Rougeard checks all the marks for bonafied unicorn wine status: a generations-old family pedigree, low yields, wild yeasts, slow fermentations, low sulfur, and an cave-like cellar that looks like something out of the Lord of the Rings chronicles.

2007 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling

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Importer Michael Skurnik describes Willi Shaefer Rieslings as the "ne plus ultra of Mosel wine." No wonder geeky acidhounds flock for a taste of these age-worthy bottles.

2011 Sandlands Chenin Blanc (above)

A darling of the "new California" wine movement, longtime Turley winemaker Tegan Passalacqua has been a prominent advocate for reestablishing the state's diverse varietal heritage. His own Sandlands label has been a hit since the get-go, commanding tastemakers' high-praise.

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