24 May Rhone/Bordeaux Tasting Sat. 5/26
Saturday, May 26
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We’re SUPER excited for this weekend’s tasting! Sooooooo many things we love will be open for your drinking pleasure… rare white Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 20 year old Sauternes, 2015 red Bordeaux and more! This is one tasting you’d be sad to miss!
2016 Brotte “Esprit Barville” Blanc, Cotes du Rhone AOP
On Sale $12.99
Pale yellow-gold color with fresh green pears, nectarine and a touch of honey on the nose and in the mouth. Smooth and silky with a wonderful juicy quality. A subtle snap of bitter pear skin on the finish gives it an elevated and refreshing quality. Finishes with an intersteing spicy note, leaving a peach and pear nectar notes behind. Yum!
2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc AOP
On Sale $44.99
The classic white is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc and it’s mostly Clairette (there’s 35% Grenache Blanc and a small amount of Bourboulenc) that was brought up in 20% new and once-used barrels. This beauty offers ample apple, citrus rind, cherry blossom and tangerine notes in a very classic, straight balanced style. It reminded me of a white from Paul Vincent’s Clos des Papes estate (which is never a bad thing) and should keep for a decade or more.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Domaine du Pere Caboche Rose, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse
On Sale $9.99
This succulent, medium-bodied rosé is a blend of Grenache and Carignan. Cherries, berries and ripe peach are fruity and direct, but finish dry and satisfying. Drink now.
Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” selection
2015 Domaine la Barroche “Liberty,” Vin de France
On Sale $29.99
…it includes some of his declassified Châteauneuf du Pape grapes, hence the Vin de France label and not Côtes du Rhône (Châteauneuf du Pape is one of the few appellations that cannot be declassified to Côtes du Rhône). Made from 55% Grenache, 18% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre and the rest Cinsault and Carignan, it tastes like a Châteauneuf du Pape with its juicy black raspberry, violets, peppery herbs and distinct minerality. This comparison is certainly still valid on the palate, as well and its medium to full-bodied, concentrated and structured, with a sappy, grippy style that will evolve nicely for 7-8 years or more. Don’t let the Vin de France label sway you, this is the real deal.
90-92 points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Chateau les Grands Chênes, Medoc AOP
On Sale $32.99
This is the northernmost of the many properties owned by major Bordeaux personality, Bernard Magrez. It shares the same richness as many of the wines produced under his name while also having a light touch of acidity and black-currant crispness. With the ability to age, it will be ready from 2023.
92 points, The Wine Enthusiast
1998 Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes AOP
On Sale $69.99
Aromas of candied fruits, honey and smoke. Juicy and intensely flavored, with harmonious acids giving the wine firm shape and good clarity. Flavors of fruit salad, creme brulee and spicy oak, along with the floral and chlorophyll notes characteristic of this sauvignon-heavy Sauternes. Suave, persistent finish.
90 points, Steven Tanzer (Vinous)