Best of France Tasting/Class Oct.1

06 Sep Best of France Tasting/Class Oct.1

The Very Best of France
Saturday, October 1, 6pm
$350 per person
Call 314.863.6282 for reservations

We decided that it was time to pull out all the stops. It was time to hold a special, extremely limited edition class to let 12 folks taste the pinnacle of French wines. This is a rare opportunity to try some of the best wines on Earth. We’re pouring everything from first growth Bordeaux to the ultra limited La La wine from Guigal, as well as some of the most heralded Grand Crus from Burgundy. Some of these are the last bottles we have in the shop, some will be available for sale. As always, we’ll have a delicious spread from our award winning cheese department, including a few gems we are bringing in just for this tasting. Sign up now for this event. Check out the lineup below.

2009 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
The 2009 Chevalier-Montrachet seems to combine elements of the Bienvenues and Batard. An open, floral bouquet melds into in sweet fruit, white flowers and the essence of crushed rocks. The Chevalier possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous balance as it wraps around the palate in stunning style. Leflaive’s parcels are located on the higher parts of the slope. 2019+.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate
96 Points, Burghound.com

2005 Chateau Pape Clement Blanc, Graves
An outstanding combination of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon, this full-bodied, dry white boasts copious quantities of lemon grass, honeysuckle, and apple notes backed up by hints of wood, quince, and nectarines. Concentrated, with admirable acidity, richness, and a more forward style than its neighbors, Laville Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion, this beauty can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-15 years.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 J.L. Chave Hermitage Blanc
Just bottled, the 2011 Hermitage Blanc also shows the richer side of Hermitage with its full-bodied, voluptuously textured and up-front profile. Honeysuckle, licorice, toast, citrus oil and liquid mineral-like qualities all emerge from this beauty, and it stays beautifully fresh and focused on the palate.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Francois Lamarche La Grand Rue Grand Cru Monopole
Tasted blind at the annual “Burgfest” tasting in Beaune. The 2012 La Grande Rue Grand Cru from Lamarche has a fabulous bouquet that gently unfurls in the glass: fine mineralité and tension, wonderful precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tensile tannin, crisp and poised, tightly wound and certainly needing several years to really show its mettle, but a great wine that is both understated yet intense. I’ll be cautious now, but I would not be surprised to see this gain more favourable reviews in the future.
93+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 E. Giuigal Cote Rotie “La Landonne”
A step up over the other two single vineyard releases, the 2011 Cote Rotie la Landonne is an incredible wine that knocks it out of the park in the vintage. Its inky purple/ruby color is followed by to-die-for notes of cassis, black olives, truffles, graphite and crushed rock. Full-bodied, massively concentrated, thick and unctuous, it has the vintage’s flamboyant fruit profile, yet backs it up with a stacked mid-palate, serious amounts of tannin and a finish that just won’t quite. It’s relatively approachable now due to its glycerin and fat…
99 Points, The Wine Advocate

2005 Chateau Latour, Pauillac
A very complex nose of lavender, currants, spices, and hot stones. Full and dense on the palate, with a very tight structure. The tannins have a perfect polish to their density, and the finish is very intense, with wonderful fruit and truffle character. This turns almost decadent, with tremendous energy and a constantly changing profile. This is a very challenging wine to get to know, please leave this for at least ten years. Pull the cork in 2015.
100 Points James Suckling
99 Points, Wine Spectator

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