15 Feb Burgundy & Rhone Tasting Sat. 2/17
Saturday, February 17
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join us this weekend to sample some of France’s best whites and reds! 2014 was a tremendous vintage for the white wines in Burgundy AND 2015 is (in our humble opinions) an A- vintage for the reds of Burgundy and the Southern Rhone Valley (on that note, wait until you taste the soon to be released 2016s!). These wines are complex, elegant, and show a gorgeous purity of fruit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try before you buy!
2014 Maison Albert Bichot Montagny 1er Cru AOP
On Sale $29.99
This Montagny Premier Cru is hands down a STEAL. This is a category dominated by $50+ bottles! The nose is redolent of pear, almond, vanilla, and brioche. It’s classically rich, round, and held in check with a great note of mineral. The palate is just lovely with loads of vivacity and ripe orchard fruits. The finish is long and fragrant with flavors of almonds and both crisp and cooked apples. This can safely age for a few years but is SO yummy now!
2015 Jean Louis Chave Saint Joseph AOP Blanc “Circa”
On Sale $27.99
Simply put, Jean Louis Chave is one of the greatest winemakers on the planet. Even locals refer to him as the “Pope” of Hermitage! For generations (the first vintage was in 1482), the wines were all but unobtainable but now with the “J.L. Chave” label, which utilizes fruit purchased from neighbors, we can all taste the magic! This white is a blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne and hails from the vineyards Clos Florentin, Chalaix, and Les Oliviers. All feature deeply sloped, granite soils. The wine is fermented in used 228-litre oak casks. It’s got a beautiful golden hue, with a nose of white peach, apricot, and hazelnuts. This is exotic and has a full bodied richness classic to these thick-skinned, cool climate grapes. The finish has great length and even a touch of tannin.
2015 Charles Helfenbein “La Syrah”, Collines Rhodaniennes VdP (Northern Rhone)
On Sale $12.99
This little gem is an eye opener for the ’15 vintage. It is aromatically stunning, with loads of violets, black pepper, cedar, and a bacon-y, cured meat quality. It’s dark purple in color and has an almost pinot like quality on the palate…rustic with great acidity and freshness. We had this open for a few days and it continued to improve with time. This is one of our current favorites to pair with stinky cheeses, game birds, and especially lamb dishes!
2015 Domaine Clos de la Chapelle Beaune 1er Cru AOP “Champs Pimont”
On Sale $59.99
This is a structured wine, dark and firm as tannins meld with the ripe berry fruits. It has the weight to have great potential. The wine, with its concentration and dense tannins, will be ready to drink from 2025.
93 points, The Wine Enthusiast
2015 Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge AOP
On Sale $26.99
Wines from Leroux’s biodynamic vineyards show beautiful velvet textures with fragrance, purity, richness, and longevity all in one seductive package. That’s as true of his simple Bourgogne Rouge as of his powerfully structured Grand Cru. Progressing from child prodigy to one of the region’s most admired winemakers has taken Benjamin Leroux 30 years–not long in the life of a Grand Cru Burgundy! A fresh, bright, and ripe yet cool nose consists mostly of red Pinot fruit and soft earth nuances. There is good volume to the round, delicious and appealingly vibrant flavors.
2015 Domaine Lafond Chateauneuf du Pape AOP
On Sale $34.99
Lafond’s 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It has a deeper ruby color, with hints of purple, as well as an exuberant nose of black raspberries, cassis, graphite, and licorice. A ripe, concentrated 2015, it has a great mid-palate, moderate tannin, and a great finish, and it’s a gem in this vintage that’s going to drink nicely for a decade.
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck