13 Jul Burgundy & Rhone Tasting
Saturday, July 15
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
It’s no secret that we love France at the Merch. This Saturday we’re sampling a collection of beautiful bottlings from Burgundy’s Maison Chanson along with some killer deals from the Rhone Valley. Sample two delicious Chateauneufs for well under $40! The 2015 vintage in these regions was historical and amazing. Jason and Phil tasted many of these wines at the estates and knew we had to have them for the store. As the 2015s roll in the door, you’ll see a lot of smiles around the Merch.
NV Manciat Cremant de Bourgogne
On Sale $18.99
This zippy, refreshing sparkling wine has been a favorite of ours for years. It’s 100% Chardonnay, but has great acidity (classic Burgundy style!). Notes of tart apple, toast, and a hint of citrus peel lead to a very dry, tart finish with tons of bubbles. It’s reminiscent of Champagne but it comes at a fraction of the price.
2015 Maison Chanson Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru “Haut Marconnets” Blanc
On Sale $42.99
Mild reduction and wood make for a difficult to read nose today. Otherwise there is solid concentration but also solid vibrancy and minerality to the intense, detailed and complex flavors that deliver first-rate persistence on the clean and dry finale. This is really a very good Savigny blanc and worth a look.
91 points, Burghound.com
2015 Maison Chanson Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Chenevottes”
On Sale $82.99
A beautifully well-layered nose unites aromas of resin and petrol with those of white orchard fruit, citrus peel and a spice hint. The succulent, dense and powerful medium weight plus flavors possess plenty of volume as well as an attractively textured mouth feel while delivering a lovely salinity on the palate coating finish. Like the Folatières, this is excellent and a wine that should amply repay mid-term keeping.
93 points, Burghound.com
2015 Maison Chanson Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru “Dominode”
On Sale $52.99
A very ripe but not jammy nose consists of plum, cassis and dark cherry liqueur along with soft spice and earth nuances. The very round, rich and sappy flavors still manage to exhibit good detail on the lightly mineral-inflected flavors that terminate in a mildly warm, very firm, serious and youthfully austere finale.
89-92 points, Burghound.com
2015 Mas de Boislauzon Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge
On Sale $13.99
The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages is no exceptions and offers medium to full-bodied richness, lots of black fruits, peppery herbs, charcoal and licorice aromas and flavors, and a chewy, full bore texture. Made from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, it will drink well for 6-7 years and is a serious 2015.
88-90 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Clos des Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
On Sale $31.99
I loved Clos des Brusquieres’s 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape, which was tasted as a barrel sample, and this classic beauty is loaded with Provençal notes of sweet cherries, cedar, spice-box and garrigue. About as textbook and old school as they come, with medium-bodied richness, ripe tannin and a great finish, this beauty will drink well for 10-15 years. The blend of the 2015 is 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah and other permitted varieties.
90-92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Domaine Lafond Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Tradition”
On Sale $33.99
Vivid ruby. Ripe blackberry, cherry compote, garrigue and peppery spices on the perfumed nose. Plush, gently sweet dark berry and fruitcake flavors coat the palate, showing good clarity and spicy lift. A smoky flourish appears on the persistent finish, which is given shape by velvety, harmonious tannins. This wine definitely shows the richness of the vintage but not oppressively so.
90-92 Points, Vinous Media