A great comparison to our last tastings from California and Australia. Knowledge and tradition that has passed from father to son for 14 generations in the case of Domaine Droin. Wine regions and vineyards that have been tended and produced wines since Roman times like Saint Roch in Rousillon or La Garrigue in Vacqueyras; this lineup brings the essence of what Old World means and tastes like.
HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!
Tuesday June 1st, 2010
No charge for tastings
DOMAINE ROGER CHAPAULT SANCERRE LES PIERRIS, 2007
Outstanding Sauvignon Blanc! Bursting with peach, mango, guava, apricot, banana, mineral and chalk, this is a crisp and refreshing white.
BTG $ 9.25 Retail $24.99
DOMAINE JEAN PAUL & BENOIT DROIN CHABLIS, 2008
Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfume.
Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfumeBTG $ 9.00 Retail $23.99
CHATEAU PESQUIE MORMOIRON CUVEE DES TERRASSES, 2008
The 2007 Terrasses Rouge is a custom cuvee put together for importer Eric Solomon. Made from 60-year-old Grenache and 30-year-old Syrah, one-third is aged in small barrels and the rest in foudre and tank. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, kirsch, lavender, pepper, and spice. The sweetness of the tannins, abundant glycerin, razor sharp focus, and wonderful depth makes this a superb wine.
BTG $ 5.50 Retail $13.99
SAINT ROCH CHIMERES, 2007
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rates this wine 92 points with the following comments: “The 2007 Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres of Chateau Saint Roch represents the second vintage from Jean-Marc Lafage’s small Maury estate, and the first to be crushed and vinified on-site. A blend of Grenache and a bit of Carignan from Maury’s schist and chalk with Syrah from high-altitude granite slopes in Saint Paul de Fenouillet and fermented and raised in 500-liter barrels, I tasted it assembled from tank (due for February bottling). This displays the hallmark and downright uncanny Lafage marriage of textural richness with sap and vivacity. A layering of fresh and jam-like black raspberry and cherry is accented by rosemary, roasted meat, and black pepper (this last a signature for Saint Paul Syrah, Lafage suspects). The depth and low-toned meaty richness and sweetness of fruit follow in a long finish, accompanied by a remarkable sense of sheer refreshment. “ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 92 points -August, 2009
BTG $ 7.00 Retail $18.99
DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE VACQUEYRAS, 2007
The Bernard family, who also owns the endearing hilltop restaurant called Les Florets that overlooks Gigondas, has turned out a classic Provence -styled effort, their 2007 Vacqueyras. A blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, it reveals notes of smoked herbs, roasted meats, red and black fruits, medium to full body, a supple mouthfeel, silky tannins, and beautiful ripeness, purity, and length Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 91points -October, 2009