Ark Wine France

 

And now to France…..

Boarding the fast train TGV at Paris we swoop over to Alsace.  At Colmar, walk around the beautiful mediaeval city and then on to the wonderful fairytale town of Eguisheim to meet the Baur family. Longtime winegrowers in Eguisheim, they began their own winemaking some four generations ago. Three very fine vineyards; Eichberg and Pfirsichberg around the town, and Brand on completely different granitic hill soils near Turkheim, provide the best of three microclimates  to make their stunning wines. Their crémant or sparkling has won best Cremant of France by a Gold Medal in the Concours de Paris, an array of medals for their other wines also.

Further north – Selestat, another settlement of Alsace well worth seeing on foot. Visit magnificent Cathedral , synagogues and a curious old Secular Library. Our wines from nearby Scherwiller , by the family of Frey -Sohler , are superb with the enticing Franco-Germanic food of Alsace, equally with the Asian inspired dishes of Australia.

Now back west via Paris to the world famous estuary of Bordeaux where Garonne and Dordogne rivers swirl into the Atlantic in a surprisingly wide mass of  water seen from many vantage points on the right bank such as Cotes de Bourg. The elegant wines of Monsieur Christian Bernier, the Châteaux Font Guilhem and Conilh – delicate reds from  Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The whites are varying combinations of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, plus Muscadelle for a touch of aroma. Compare these with the wines of Travers, another family enterprise in Canon Fronsac who make the august Chateau Belloy and many other wines for us.

We have also from Graves, St Emilion, Lalande de Pomerol and other areas of Bordeaux some exciting petits châteaux so delicious with food.

Organic wines poetically made at Château Miaudoux in Bergerac, a short ride from Bordeaux but using Bordeaux varietals in the main.  Picturesque green countryside, and many wine related activities for visitors. Roman settlement is very evident, so you know Bergerac has been making wine a long, long time!

South east of Bordeaux , south of Bergerac, distinctly inland and of the south into Cahors, mediaeval city home to Vin Noir, the dark wine made principally of Malbec. We could not believe how beautiful these wines were until we tasted them carefully and quietly at the dinner table. Now we have more labels of Cahors than most other suppliers in Australia. Châteaux Paillas, Saint Sernin, Armandière,Eugénie, Cessac, Crozes de Pys, Troteligotte. You can choose no more velvety and fascinating wine when you want a change either from Bordeaux or from Australian cabernet blends.

From the Côtes du Rhône we have Château de Manissy’s white, red and rosé, all most flavoursome, The Beaume de Venises of a connected vineyard, and various other wines of that ancestral home of syrah(shiraz) , grenache and mourvedre. Please try them – they are a very important part of the world heritage of wine.

Clockwise  we turn- Beaujolais from Chavet in Macon, and the red and white Burgundy of Ferrey Montangerand and its very fine crémant, half the price of Champagne but eminently sippable.

Most of the major varietals we know so well in Australia, have their home in France. The comparisons over dinner will fascinate and keep you and your friends talking about old world and new world and whether the twain shall meet. It does not actually matter, for there are many friends on the Route du Vin who admire and respect each other and love the experience of sampling wine in all parts of the world.

BORDEAUX

2007 CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE de RAMBAUD, AOC Bordeaux, Red $22.00

Varietal:- 70% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and  10% Cabernet Franc.

Taste: – Located in the commune of Pellegrue, this lovely property produces wine true to the Bordelais heritage. Intense fruit and tannins round and structured all in a very refined wine.  For all grilled or roasted meats; especially for pork cuts, roast chicken, grilled beef and white cheeses.

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2006 CHÂTEAU  MAZETIER, Premières Cotes de Bordeaux, Red $22.00

Varietal:- 70% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Taste: –  The colour of black cherries, and a tannic persistence in the palate, tastes of red fruits with vanilla. Very nice with barbequed beef. A good initial mouth feel with strong food-friendly tannins.

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2009 CHÂTEAU FONT GUILHEM, Côtes de Bourg, Red $19.00

Varietal :- 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon & 20% Malbec

Taste: – Very aromatic nose, lightly spicy red from the home vineyards of M Christian Bernier in Bourg above Gironde estuary. Very balanced wine with some keeping prospects for the short term. Awards: Médaille d’Argent and Médaille de Bronze, Récompenses Européennes Show.

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2009 CHÂTEAU CONILH, Haute Libarde Qualité Tradition, AOC Côtes de Bourg $19.00

Varietal :-65% Merlot, 25% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste: – Beautiful purple colour and a strong nose with flavours of red fruits and herbs. Great length in the mouth, good structure. 4 Médailles d’Or, 4 Médailles d’Argent, 6 Médailles de Bronze, Cited in the Guides Professionnelles de Bordeaux Recommended by Guide Hachette

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NV Amour Doré Moelleux, Bordeaux, White $19.00

Varietal :- Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle

Taste: – Balanced. Supple, and soft, sweet white wine ideal for a cheese platter leading from the main course to the puddings. Very popular with our customers ever since it arrived.

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2007 Vieux Château Valentin, AOC Premières Cote de Blaye, Red $24.00

Varietal:- 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Petit Verdot

Taste:- Typically Haut-Medoc, this wine has complex aromas of red and black berries, as well as liquorice, and, slightly menthol and spicy aromas. Aged in oak barrels, it offers elegant and pleasant woody aromas. As it ages, it develops wonderful bouquets of animal aromas (leather, fur), roasted aromas (mocha), prune, cedar, and truffle. This wine is lively, bright, generous and powerful, but never overpowering.

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2002 Château Mayne-Vieil, AOC Fronsac, Red $24.00

Varietal:- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste:- Colour  beautiful, deep and of high density; nose very expressive. Taste  is more complex, with notes of prune and camphor. This wine can be drunk now but also as the years pass. For red meats, game or cheeses and cheese based dishes. It perfectly accompanies a confit of duck, cassoulet, or a mushroom stew.

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2011 Château la Croix Chaigneau, AOC Lalande de Pomerol. Red $34.00

Varietal:- 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc

Taste:-Relatively dark with pleasing ruby-red highlights and a slightly amber-coloured  rim. Intense red fruit bouquet of Cabernet Franc as well as tobacco leaf  overtones typical of 2007 Merlot. Delicate on the palate , good tannin that is not dry, just the right amount of acidity on the finish. Plenty of finesse and well-integrated oak on the aftertaste.

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2009 Château Camus, AOC Graves, White $25.00

Varietal:- Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon

Taste:-  Complex, with scents of lime and passionfruit which are also present in mouth, both in its intensity and freshness. For goat and washed rind cheeses, fish, fruits de mer and poultry.

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2007 Château Valentin, AOC Sainte Croix du Mont, Dessert $25.00

Varietal:- sémillon 85 %, muscadelle 10 %, sauvignon 5%;

Taste:- This botrytised dessert wine has an elegant style, with discreet floral touches and a soft palate with complex crystallised fruit (mangos, dates and dried apricots).Drink between 16° and 18°.Delicious aperitif, it will go well with white meat, ewe’s cheese and  fruit tart. This wine has won Golden Magnum Concours de Bordeaux in 1999 and 2003. The Golden Magnum is awarded to the winemaker with the most medals for the past 5 years at the Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine. Average age of the vines is sixty years.

 

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2010 Travers La Cabane de Vignes,  AOC Bordeaux, White $19.00

Varietal:- 70% Sauvignon, 15% Sémillon, 15% Muscadelle;

Taste:- Attractive green pale colour. A young and lively wine, crisp and racy, with lovely grapefruit and honeyed melons. Clean and fresh on the finish. Excellent with seafood platter or simply by the glass.

 

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2010 Travers La Cabane de Vignes, AOC Bordeaux, Rosé $19.00

Varietal:- 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet-Sauvignon

Taste:- This is a dry, lively and vibrant rosé with crisp cranberry and strawberry sorbet flavours. Excellent with a salad, or sardines or chicken tandoori barbequed on the terrace.

 

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2010 Travers La Cabane de Vignes, AOC Bordeaux, Red $19.00

Varietal:-  50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet-Sauvignon

Taste:- Beautiful dark red colour. Lovely and fruity, offering loads of spicy strawberry, black cherry and liquorice flavours.  Excellent with veal, chicken or simply by the glass on its own.

 

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2010 Travers La Cabane de Vignes,  Bordeaux Moelleux, AOC Bordeaux, Dessert            $19.00

Varietal:- 90% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle

Taste:- Bright light golden colour. Pretty aromas of honey and apple blossom. Tropical notes of peach and guava on the palate with a touch of spice. Clean and fresh on the finish. Excellent with a warm fruit dessert, cheese platter or simply by the glass.

 

 

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2007 Travers Bardineau, Bordeaux Superieur, Red $22.00

Varietal:- 100 % Merlot

Taste:- The clay-limestone soil provides ideal conditions for growing Merlot. Displays beautiful harmony,  this wine combines the delicacy of mature fruits, a silky texture with aromas of jam and spice.

 

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2008 Queyreau de Haut, AOC Haut Medoc, Red $25.00   

Varietal:- 100% Merlot

Taste:- Beautiful mixture of red and black fruits aromas. Notes of plums, violets, sweet spices and leather. Soft and silky mouth. Hints of mint and chocolate. An entrancing wine from the first eye contact!

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2001 Château Belloy, Canon Fronsac, Red $29.00  

Varietal:- 60% Merlot & 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste:- On the nose, the wine sets the tone directly to the range of aromas already complex. Notes of liquorice, brown tobacco, violet, Burlat cherry, plum, cassis, currant jelly, wild strawberries and raspberries. With aeration, the wine takes on hints of pepper and mineral aromas. On the palate, the Merlot bursts on a velvety, smooth and fruity material.

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2006 Château Prieure-Les-Tours, AOC Graves, Red $29.00  

Varietal:- 60% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvage, 3% Cabernet Franc

Taste:- The wine colour is brilliant and sensational, and the magic of colours creates a vibration of the gold and the red. A bouquet which mixes scents of precious wood – oak,  cedar,  sandalwood . In mouth, penetrating smoothness with a subtle sweetness where the softness matches harmoniously with the rich tannins.

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2010 Château Armurey, Bordeaux Clairet, Red $24.00  

Varietal:- 100% Merlot

Taste:- Beautiful wine with nice structure, soft and fruity.To taste with cooked pork, white meat and fish.

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2009 Château des Arroucats, AOC Sainte Croix du Mont, White $26.00      

Varietal:- 85% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon, 3% Muscadelle.

Taste:- A beautiful golden yellow colour. The bouquet is subtle, with a good intensity and elegant notes of apricots and pears. There is a lot of roundness on the palate, well-balanced tannins with fruity and honeyed flavours. To be served as an aperitif with foie gras or melon, or later with blue cheese, puddings and  ice creams.

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NV St Henry Cremant de Bordeaux BRUT, AOC Bordeaux, Blanc Brut $25.00 

Varietal:- 70% Semillon, 20% Muscadelle, 10% Sauvignon Blanc

Taste:- To the eye, bright yellow with golden reflections. On the nose, notes of honey and dried fruit in the mouth, finesse and elegance in its roundness. Fine bubbles that provide a crisp and fresh sensation. Small  flowers of lilac and white jasmine, prolong the moment of tasting, leaving a longer enjoyment.

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NV St Henry Cremant de Bordeaux BRUT, AOC Bordeaux, Rosé Brut $25.00      

Varietal:- 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc

Taste:- A sparkling rosé with bright reflections. On the nose, hints of strawberry, candied red fruits, in the  mouth it is overwhelming with elegance and joy! The bubbles are gentle and tickle the palate. A delicious Rosé which promises party atmosphere and conviviality.

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2008 Château Les Trois Manoirs, AOC Medoc $26.00  

Varietal:- 50% Merlot 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste:- An immensely drinkable Bordeaux with  smart « Veuve » coloured tangerine label. Smooth, structured and displaying all the characteristics of excellent Medoc for the price .  Drink with a roast, with a variety of cheeses, hard yellow, camembert, chèvre or else a cassoulet.

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2010 Château Claron, AOC Graves, Red $26.00      

Varietal:- 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc

Taste:- A most smooth and harmonious red wine, abundant fruit and some dry tannins, from  Graves, the perfect terroir especially in an year like 2010. Excellent with entrecote of beef scored with fresh shallots, or a dish dominated by mushrooms and strong cheese.

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2009 Château Fortin, AOC Loupiac, Dessert white wine $32.00      

Varietal:- 80% Semillon, 20% Muscadelle

Taste:-A deep yellow colour with vivid flashes of light. The scent is both floral and its palate contains rich tastes of apricot and papaya, round and fresh. To be served with foie gras , as an aperitif,  but also complements white meats and desserts.

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2007 Château Vachon, AOC ST Emilion, Red $35.00      

Varietal:- 88% Merlot , 12% Cabernet Franc

Taste:- An elegant wine, produced in the same neighbourhood as various Grands Crus Classés. The colour is deep purple and intense. Nose of red berry fruits. Rounded mouthfeel and delightful long aftertaste.

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VALLE Du RHONE

2007 Domaine Des Hauts  Châssis, Les Galets, Crozes – Hermitage, Red 375ml $25.00   

Varietal:- 100% Syrah

Taste:- An exclusive wine from the family vineyard of M Faugier in the Crozes Hermitage area of the upper Rhone. With violets and roses and other rich delicate smells and tastes, this is one of the nicest red wines in our offerings.  Made for a lovely white cheese, camembert, brie, Chaource, Comte, or a meat dish with mushrooms.

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2005 Domaine Le Colombier, AOC Cotes du Ventoux, Red $25.00  

Varietal:- 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah.

Taste:- 6 months in concrete tank, deep garnet colour with violet tinges. Bouquet of black cherries and blackberries and soft tannins. Red meat, tomato sauces and roast vegetables. Ready for drinking.

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2006 Domaine Le Colombier “ Tradition”, AOC Vacqueyras, Red $29.00 

Varietal:- 70% Grenache and 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre

Taste:- Low cropping vines. Maturation without oak. Cherries and red berries on nose and mouth, well balance between tannins, acidity and alcohol. Turkey roasted with thyme and rosemary and vegetables, other white grilled meats and medium flavoured cheeses. Drink now.

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2006 Domaine Le Colombier, AOC Vacqueyras “Cuvée G”, Red $40.00  

Varietal:- 50% Grenache, 50% Syrah

Taste:- Fermentation and 12 months storage in barriques. Bouquet of flowers and dark ripe fruits in the mouth, vinous but finely balance, silky tannins and exceptional length. Meat with spicy sauces such as Filet Mignon with green pepper sauce. 10 years’ aging potential.

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2007 Domaine Chante Cigale, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Pape, White $47.00  

Varietal:- 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne, 25% Clairette and 25% Bourboulenc

Taste:- Vines grown on pebbly soil with low yields. Run by the family Favier and praised by leading wine writers. Manually harvesting and fermentation for 21 days at low temperature, no malolactic. Very fragrant aromas of almond and peach blossom, palate smooth with exotic fruits and fresh pineapple. Fish biriyani, Thai fish, mild dishes & grilled prawns, salmon and rice or simply as an aperitif. May be aged up to 15 years.

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2008 Domaine Jaume  ‘La Friande’, AOC Cotes du Rhône, Red $23.00 

Varietal:- 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah

Taste:- has an expressive nose of fresh fruit such as raspberry. This is an enjoyable fresh charming wine, ideal for summer drinking. The finish in the mouth is nicely balanced with soft tannins. This wine will go perfectly with barbecues or a Carpaccio of beef.LOW STOCKS

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2008 Domaine Jaume « Génération », AOC Cotes du Rhône, White $25.00   

Varietal:- 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

Taste:- A very aromatic nose on fruits, butter, then a fresh and crispy entry and a fat palate finishing on freshness and fruits well balanced.LOW STOCKS.

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2007 Domaine Jaume, « Référence », AOC Cotes du Rhône, White $35.00 

Varietal:- Equal proportions of Clairette, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier

Taste:- An elegant nose of white flowers and citrus fruit, a lively fruity attack, lots of flesh, a long fruity finish and nice acidity. “Référence” White is ideal with baked sea bream or a slightly ripe goat’s cheese. LOW STOCKS

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2006 Domaine Jaume “Génération ”, AOC Cotes de Rhône, Red $25.00  

Varietal:- 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre

Taste:- From 10 to 20 year old vines. Aged on lees after 12 days’ fermentation. A nose of stewed red fruit, spices and liquorice, a well balanced fruity mouth and a finish with fine softened tannins. This wine will go beautifully with white meat and poultry. Can  be cellared for 2 to 3 years

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2006 Domaine Jaume “Altitude 420”  Vinsobres, AOC Cotes de Rhône,  Red  $27.00 

Varietal:- 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. 1/3 aged in barriques for four months.

Taste:- From a 30 year old low cropping vines. Selective picking. A nose of red fruit, nicely full of fresh fruit such as blackcurrant and redcurrant, slightly oaky in the mouth and a lengthy finish on softened tannins.

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2007 Domaine St François Xavier, Prestige des Dentelles, Gigondas, Red $40.00  

Varietal:- 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

Taste:- A distinguished wooded red with a time in barriques following fermentation. With roast of grilled red meats and medium to strong yellow cheeses. Ready for drinking now.

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2007  Domaine St François Xavier,  Cuvée “Sélection Fruitee”, Gigondas, Red $45.00 

Varietal:- 70% Grenache, 13% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault

Taste:- A Gigondas of distinction, 40 year old vines growing on chalk and clay at 300m, blend of Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre and Cinsault, vinified in concrete tanks and aged in old barrels 9 to 10 months, can age another three years or be enjoyed now, recommended with red meats, duck and cheeses.

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2007 Mas Des Genets, Vacqueyras, Rosé $19.00 

Varietal:- 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre

Taste:- Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan make up the rosé, which is made by way of saignée, a rosé that is fabulous for all your summer dishes and goes especially well with Thai, Malay and Indian cuisine.

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2008 Mas Des Genets Grenache Shiraz  Mourvedre, Vacqueyras, Red $19.00  

Varietal:- 70% Grenache and 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre

Taste:- A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre for the reds, to be enjoyed young and slightly cool (15 – 16°) with meats, barbecues, cheeses…

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2009 Château Manissy, AOC Côtes du Rhône, White $22.00      

Varietal:- Clairette 60%, Grenache 40%.

Taste:- A generous and rounded wine with scents of jam lightly spiced with vanilla, and a rich palate that ends in tastes of ripe peach and pear. Terroir blessed by warm sun and the calming influence of the Mistral wind, the 3.5 ha estate in Côtes-du-Rhône rests on rich soil, argillite on a bed of pebbly sand. The grapes grow on terraces, facing south south west. Excellent as an apéritif, or with Potée Lorraine, de l’Osso Bucco, blanquettes, cooked fish, and try it with a dry goat’s cheese, even after the savoury courses, with fruit cake or other puddings.

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2009 Château Manissy, AOC Cotes du Rhône, Rosé $22.00   

Varietal:- Grenache 40% – Carignan 40% – Cinsault 10% – Syrah 10%.

Taste:- Pleasantly fruity while dry in sugar level, and wafting scents of raspberry and blackberry.  This wine is an instant favourite of those who have not tried French rosés before, and goes with all light dishes. See the white for soil description (above) .Mostly picked by hand. Cold maceration followed by fermentation at 16°C.  Three months in metal tank.Take on a picnic, drink as an aperitif, barbeque, fish, Asian cooking, white cheeses and soft pâtés, puddings with fruit or chocolate in them. Drinks best at around 10°C.

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2008 Château Manissy, AOC Cotes du Rhône,  Red $22.00   

Varietal:- Grenache 60% – Carignan 30%, Counoise 10%.

Taste:- Harvested mainly by hand. Cold maceration, shedding the coarse lees, then fermentation between 24 – 28°C; with regular pumpings-over. A period in tank on fine lees. Terroir blessed by warm sun and the calming influence of the Mistral wind, the 3.5 ha estate in Côtes-du-Rhône rests on rich soil, argillite on a bed of pebbly sand. The grapes grow on terraces, facing south south west. This rounded wine, with a pomegranate hue, combines jammy fruits with spicy tones. A generous blend with silky tannins. With barbeque, with stuffed vegetables, casserole and other southern French dishes, equally with a cheese platter. Rich ripe wine with pomegranate colour, smelling and tasting of fruit with spices. Soft and generous tannins. For grilled meats, stuffed vegetables, casseroles and other dishes of Provence, or a fine cheese platter

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2008 Chateau L’Ermitage, AOC Costieres de Nîmes, White $19.00  

Varietal:- 60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache, 10% Viognier

Taste:- A blend of Roussanne, Grenache and Viognier from 20 year old vines. Fresh white fruits on the palate and scent of white flowers on the bouquet. Served as an aperitif, also with asparagus, fish, white meat with creamy sauce, veal, seafood, risotto and salad. Drink now.

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2007 Chateau L’Ermitage, AOC Costieres de Nîmes, Rosé $19.00  

Varietal:- 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre

Taste:- Rose made from a Mourvedre blend with vines 25 years of age. On lees for 3 months. Aromatic complexity with long body in the palate. Pears, raspberries and hazelnuts in the taste. For barbeques of fish or meat, skewers of prawns and spicy foods. Drink now

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2006/07 Chateau Ermitage, AOC Costieres De Nîmes, Red $19.00  

Varietal:- 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache

Taste:- The winery originates from the Hermitage of St Cecilia on the pilgrimage route to Compostella and the current cellar was built in 1800. A simple wine using Rhone varieties, best drunk in its youth with meats and yellow cheeses.

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2008 Château L’Ermitage, Ste Cécile, AOC Costières De Nîmes. White $21.00  

Varietal:- 70% Roussanne, 20% Grenache, 10% Viognier

Taste:- A robe of sunlit gold. The ageing in new barrels brings some touch of nuts and pastry sustained by the acidity of the Roussanne.

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2008 Château L’Ermitage, Ste Cécile, AOC Costières De Nîmes, Rosé $21.00  

Varietal:- 100 % Mourvèdre

Taste:- Intense peony colour. The bouquet reminds one of a red currant tart with cream of vanilla.The palate, backed up by a good acidity, expresses notes of lychee, raspberry with a hint of fresh hazelnuts. Very nice with Asian and Indian cuisine.

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2006 Château L’Ermitage, Ste Cécile, AOC Costieres De Nîmes, Red $21.00  

Varietal:- 60% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache.

Taste:- Deep garnet robe. It smells of ripened red fruits, but almost spices from Provence and grey pepper. There is a good balance between fruits, tannins, wood, spices with some taste of game and leather. Decant it for an hour or two before you serve it with roast meats, barbeque or with spicy food.

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2010 Domaine la Pigeade, Beaumes de Venise Vin Doux Naturel, Dessert 500ml, $29.00   

Varietal:- Muscat Blanc and Petits Grains

Taste:- A wine of pure golden colour, like a diamond in its lucidity with flashes of golden light. The palate is complex with pear, rose and tropical fruits like lychee and mango. As an aperitif, with melon, with foie gras, puddings of the fruit sort (such as strawberries), Middle Eastern pastries, blue cheeses, dark chocolate.

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SUD-OUEST – CAHORS & BERGERAC

2009 Château Les St Amants, 1er Prix Castelsarrasin, AOC Bergerac, Red $20.00    

Varietal:- Merlot 50 %. Cabernet Sauvignon 40 %, Cabernet Franc 10%

Taste:-Lively and rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, displaying the characters that made the earlier vintage such a favourite with our customers. For roast beef and mushroom dishes.

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2009 Château Peyretaille, AOC Pècharmant, Red $23.00

Varietal:-  40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet franc, 10% Cabernet sauvignon, 10% Cot

Taste:- A dark red wine with tight tannins and abundant fruit in a powerful and strong wine with a lovely bouquet, well worth the money. A Bronze medal in Feminalise Wine Exhibition

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2012 Domaine Du Grand Truchasson, AOC Cotes De Duras, Red $23.00

Varietal:-  100% Merlot

Taste:-Another elegant Merlot from a region in the vicinity of Bordeaux, displaying juicy and seductive aromas of plum and velvety tastes.

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2009 Château de Moncassin, AOC Buzet, Red $23.00

Varietal:-  45% Merlot, 55% Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste:- Silver Medallist in Bordeaux, this wine has firm tannins and a pleasant smell and taste of cassis and plums and would be very nice with a veal cutlet or a beef casserole, or a vegetable gratin.

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2008 Château La Foncalpre , AOC Monbazillac, Dessert $27.00

Varietal:-  80% Semillion, 20% Muscadelle

Taste:- Has a beautiful deep yellow colour, a complex and very rich acacia blossom honey nose and pleasant gingerbread. Long and rounded character without excessive heaviness. Serve very chilled. It goes very well with foie gras, blue and other strong cheeses, and puddings containing fruits or chocolate.

 

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2011 Château Fitère , Madiran Fruit Noir, AOC Madiron, Red $20.00

Varietal:-  70% Tannat, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste:- Very dark purple colour, with medium to strong taste of very ripe fruit, no oak. Perfect with mushrooms or white and red meat dishes, such as steak béarnaise.

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2010 Château Fitère , Madiran Tradition, AOC Madiron, Red $20.00

 

Varietal:-  60% Tannat, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste:- More complex than Fruit Noir, but with the same charm of unoak very ripe fruit. Suitable for red and white meats, and dishes such as Cassoulet.

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2011 Domaine Moulin-Pouzy , Bergerac Classique, AOC Bergerac, Red $20.00

Varietal:-  85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Taste:- Dark cherry colour with flashes of ruby.  Nose has spices and pepper which stretch out over pleasant smells of deeply ripe red fruit.  Unctuous mouthfeel and harmonious aftertaste. For white and yellow cheeses, or roast chicken or duck, or other barbequed meats.

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2009 Domaine du Souleillan , Phénix, AOC Cahors Red $20.00

Varietal:-  85% Malbec, 15% Merlot

Taste:- The inspired blend of Malbec and Merlot has a deep colour tending towards elegant black.  Its nose of black fruits and spices, its smooth taste of Mulberries and strong tannins indicate a wine that will live for 8 to 10 years. Perfect with wild boar, game and goat cheese.

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Château Miaudoux, Bergerac Sec, AOC Bergerac, Organic White $25.00   

Varietal:-  Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscadelle

Taste:- Bergerac sec 2010″ is a fresh tasting wines, showing with elegance and finesse a nose of citrus, mango, pineapple, peaches, and white flowers. The palate is supported by abundant acidity to which the wine owes its freshness. Wine to drink on a whim, by itself or with simple dishes or an entree of raw vegetables and dip, seafood etc.

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Château Miaudoux, Bergerac Rosé, AOC Bergerac,  Organic Rosé 25.00   

Varietal:- Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Taste:- This “Bergerac Rosé 2010” is a very friendly wine for your times with friends. For an apéritif in fine weather, or to accompany an outdoor picnic. Lunch on the terrace or barbeque in the garden. Produced by skin maceration which gives it a rounded mouth and a nose with a bouquet of various red fruits (strawberry, cassis and raspberry), and boiled lollies.

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Château Miaudoux, Bergerac Rouge, AOC Bergerac, Organic Red $25.00   

Varietal:- Merlot & Cabernet Franc

Taste:- Bergerac Rouge 2010″ an ideal red to drink every day. It goes very well with our simple comfort foods at home. The dense violet red colour is very pretty, and the mouth full of fruit and roundness will make it a favourite of yours.

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Château Miaudoux, Bergerac Rouge Fûts, AOC Bergerac, Organic  Red $27.00   

Varietal:- Merlot & Cabernet Franc

Taste:- Bergerac Rouge 2008 élevé en fût de chêne” a red wine of character made  best with best parcels of fruit on the estate, one third vinified in large oak barrels. Decant before serving to enjoy its best qualities.

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Château Miaudoux, Côtes de Bergerac Blanc, AOC Bergerac,  White  Moelleux $25.00   

Varietal:- Sémillon, Muscadelle

Taste:-Côtes de Bergerac Moelleux 2010″-there is a gentle shade of sweetness about this wine It has intriguing scents of mint but equally of peach, pear and citrus.. You can drink this wine at all times of days, fitting for many occasions: apéritif, entrée, certain salads, certain fish, a variety of cheeses, and puddings.

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2007/05 Chateau Armandiere, Armandiere, Cahors, Red $25.00   

Varietal:- Malbec

Taste:- Unoaked version of the Malbec of high quality and some bottle age. Perfect with roast beef. Note that Chateau Armandiere 2007 has just been graded one star on the Guide Hachette 2010, an august French publication.

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07/08 Chateau Armandiere, Ancestral, Cahors, Red $29.00       

Varietal:- Malbec

Taste:- Young dark purple concentrated Malbec with several years of exciting aging ahead of it. Drink now or later with pate and camembert. The Malbec Ancestral is a good compromise between youth and quality, to be kept a couple more years or to be consumed now. “Tres rond, tres gras, tres gourmand “(Very round, very rich and very lip smacking)

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2002 Chateau Armandiere, Diamant, Cahors, Red $32.00   

Varietal:- Malbec

Taste:- Vintage of Malbec, the chief grape of the Cahors district and Appellation, already with bottle age and fully integrated harmonious French oak. Easily kept for another two years (renowned maker Bernard Bouyssou says certainly more, but two years guaranteed for quality). Normal “garde” of this type of wine is 8 to 10 years from vintage

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2006 Clos Troteligotte, La Perdrix,  Cahors, Red $29.00   

Varietal:- Malbec 100%

Taste:- The wine shows a brilliant ruby red colour with hints of cherry. The nose, very intense, evokes a melted combination of red berries with spices. After a forceful initial impression at first sip, the mouth also manifests a great strength, but without aggressive tannins. Aromas of elderberry, apple and blackberry complete the whole, assisted by some floral scents of violet. This wine should be decanted before being served at 17 °C, with a terrine of duck and olives, caramelised beef cheek, a pudding with chestnuts. In season, will accompany wild boar tenderloin with pepper sauce. Should a boar not be present, try it with venison or a beef casserole.

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2008 Chateau de Cessac, “Doella”,Cahors, Red $29.00   

Varietal:- Malbec

Taste:- Unoaked beauty from the vineyard at Quercy with ruined castle vineyard grounds and a charming family who own it.  Wonderful smooth red, beguiling and seductive, like some Damson Damsel in one of the towers of the Cahors castles!

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2005 Chateau de Cessac, “Harmonié”, Cahors, Red $40.00   

Varietal:- Malbec

Taste:- An exclusive handpicked and handmade Malbec red with superb concentration and balance; dark powerful fruit in a graceful minuet with French oak; you must at least try a couple of bottles. “Cahors Selection Gold medal at “The International Vinalies” 2008 ; Hachette 2009 and Gilbert & Gaillard Guides; Gold medal, Macon 2007; Hachette 2008 Guide and Gilbert & Gaillard Guide; Argent aux Vinalies Internationales 2009.

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2007 Chateau Paillas, Cahors, Red $19.00  

Varietal:- 90 % Malbec 10 % Merlot

Taste:- Tank samples overwhelmingly beautiful convinced us to take the agency, and earlier vintages we tasted in the mediaeval farmhouses of the estate confirmed the quality of this wine, made by the experienced family Lescombes. No oak but superb flavour. For all meat and cheese dishes. An intense purple colour, a complex nose of blackcurrant and raspberry, a “greedy mouth” as the French call it; dark fruit and smooth tannins.

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2006 Chateau Croze de Pys,  Tradition, Cahors, Red $22.00   

Varietal:- 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot

Taste:- Magnificent colour of deep red with violet flashes. A powerful nose of red fruits and rich oak scents.  The palate reveals a wine of full body with oak supporting, luscious and smooth, the wine given that right touch of sweetness from barrel maturation.

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2005 Chateau Croze de Pys,  L’Enclos, Cahors, Red $19.00 

Varietal:- 75% Malbec, 20& Merlot, 5% Tannat

Taste:- A fresh and elegant nose with a wine of beautiful red colour. Mouth feel round, with a flavour pleasing and soft, both fruity and minty. An undemanding partner to lamb, chicken or cheese soufflé.

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06/07 Chateau Croze de Pys, 100%Malbec, Cahors, Red $22.00   

Varietal:- 100% Malbec

Taste:- Aromas of plum and blackberry greet the nose with this 100% Malbec wine. Attractive freshness and lovely fruit, the palate offers vibrant acidity and firm tannins along with notes of mulberry, blackberry and slight earthiness.

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2005 Chateau Croze de Pys, Cuvée Prestige, Cahors, Red $45.00   

Varietal:- Malbec

Taste:- The father of the family that own this estate, a lively 85 years old, likes this wine, Cuvee Prestige. I think he would drink it all if I had not bought it first! A lovely Malbec. Beautiful shimmering colour with purple ray of light. Powerful thoroughbred, the nose is full of black fruit, enveloped in rich wood. The mouth reveals a stout, powerfully structured, oily and sappy wine. The ageing in barrels gives a final touch of mellowness.  2 stars at GUIDE HACHETTE 2004, Grand Prix d’Excellence aux VINALIES 2004.

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2006 Château Eugénie, Tradition, Cahors, Red $27.00   

Varietal:- 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot

Taste:- Thanks to the exposure to sunlight of its terraced vineyards, this wine bears flavours of red and black fruits, black currants, blackberry, raspberry, cherry, and strawberry that will charm you. Its warm and generous structure makes this wine is a perfect partner for the cuisine of Quercy Perigord: filet or conserved duck, of course but also grillades, charcuterie, terrines and truffle pates.. Fruity and hearty, 80% Malbec (Auxerrois Cot), 20% Merlot. Chalky clay hillsides and clay siliceous terraces. Can be kept up to 8 years in cellar. Fruity wine when young, red fruit aroma, blackcurrant, cherry, woodland fruits with a slightly spicy touch. Frank mouth, warm, rich in substance.

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2006 Château Eugénie, Pierre le Grand, Cahors, Red $29.00   

Varietal:- 80 % Malbec & 20 % Merlot

Taste:- According to legend, Tsar Peter the Great used wine from Cahors to soothe his stomach. In his honour, this wine takes his name (formerly Cuvée Réservée des Tsars). From fruit grown on our terraces and little slopes, this wine is the height of elegance in its perfumes or red fruits and the finesse of its tannins. Serve with red meats in sauce or grilled on delicate dishes lightly spiced.

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2008/10 Château Eugénie, Treille du Roy, Cahors, Rosé    19.00   

Varietal:- Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Taste:- This is a fruity wine, quite aromatic, a wine to enjoy with Indian, Thai or Malay food, or later in the dinner with dessert. Malbec, Merlot. Hue:  brillant, rather deep and pronounced. Bouquet : aromatic of red, rather ripe fruits. On the palate: smooth, delicately fruity raspberry and cherry tones with a touch of freshness. Well balanced

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2008 Château Eugénie, Treille du Roy, Cahors, Red $19.00   

Varietal:- Cabernet Sauvignon and Segalin

Taste:- A fruity wine, aromatic, to drink now.  A wine to sip with family and friends at barbeques and picnics… Cabernet Sauvignon, Ségalin. A crimson colour, pleasant bouquet of blackberries, raspberries and a touch of eucalypt, strong taste, spicy tannins and a definite roundness.  Worth decanting.

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2006 Domaine du Prince, 100% Malbec, Cahors, Red $19.00   

Varietal:- 100% Malbec

Taste:- It is a dark, full-bodied wine with abundant tannins and lasting aromas like wild berries, spices and with aging, truffles. Chalky-clay land, South west exposure. Sight: Brilliant robe, steady purple. Nose: very open, delicate, currant, violet and a bit of fennel. Mouth; nice volume, velvety tannins, fruity finish (Blackcurrant , Mulberry and Blackberry)

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07/08 Domaine St Sernin, VDP du Lot, Cahors, Mahori Red $19.00       

Varietal:- 100% Segalin ( marriage between Black Jurancon and the Blue Portuguese )

Taste:- Unoaked red from the eight hectares of Segalin , an agreeable medium weight red ideal for grilled meats and cheeses. A garnet- red  robe with dark pink tints. Open nose and very delicate with red fruit aromas ( strawberry and cherry) which reveals later complex aromas of spices and toast. The first sip reveals a wine supple and well-rounded. Mid palate very aromatic, red fruits. The final note very supple, soft, and easy to drink. Expressive and well balanced. Poultry roast meats, spicy food and cheese

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07/08 Domaine St Sernin, VDP du Lot, Cahors, Mahori Rosé $19.00  

Varietal:- Segalin

Taste:- Jean-Michel creates this rose with the same Segalin grapes. The label has fascinating Tahitian designs! He has done a very fine piece of work. You can enjoy this as we did, sipping it with your grilled trout by the river.

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2008 Domaine St Sernin, Cuvée Mana, Cahors, Red $29.00    

Varietal:- 100 % Malbec

Taste:- The Polynesian heritage of the winemaker has delightfully surfaced again in the creation of this wine. Medaille D’Argent at the Concours International of Malbecs of the World. Vinification : Cold Macération before fermenting over 48 hours. Fermentation at 20 degrees in stainless steel with temperature control. Regular and daily remontages. Long maceration under stem with micro oxygenation. Into barrel at beginning of malo-lactic. French barriques for 12 months minimum. Regular ouillage.The colour is very dark, almost black. The deep nose opens out into a complex bundle of aromas with notes of cherry. A discreet and refine wood note evoking hazelnuts and spicy bread. On the palate, powerful and silky with clean and long lasting flavours. Much to be recommended for the winter dishes!

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ALSACE

08/10 Charles Baur “Cremant d’Alsace”, Alsace, Sparkling Blanc $27.00     

Varietal:- Auxerrois 40 %, Pinot Blanc 40 %, Chardonnay 20 %

Taste:- This wine has a limpid pale yellow colour. Bubbles are fine-textured and the mousse is long lasting. The Charles Baur Crémant d’Alsace offers a bouquet of white peaches, white flowers, melon, and grapefruit notes. The mouth feel is fresh, delicate, well balanced and expresses pears and white peaches flavours

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08/09 Charles Baur, Riesling “Cuvée Charles”, Alsace,    White $25.00     

Varietal:- 100% Riesling

Taste:- Very elegant, floral and dry Riesling from Alsace in North Eastern France, with aging potential of 5 years. Perfect with fish and poultry. On the nose white flowers and well ripened grapefruit and slightly mineral. On the palate it is full bodied, well balanced with an extremely long aftertaste. Wine pairing: Fish and seafood, poultry with sauce, choucroûte. Age of the vines: 25 years old

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2008 Charles Baur, Riesling “Grand Cru”, Alsace, White $37.00    

Varietal:- 100% Riesling

Taste:- The senior partner of the Rieslings, highly selected fruit and intensity of flavour, with structure to match, permitting extended aging. For all serious devotees of the Riesling grape. The wine has grapefruit aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp when the wine is young. The acidity is balanced by plenty of body and structure with more or less exotic fruit depending on maturity and a silky finish. Wine pairing: Fish, lobster, poultry with sauce, fresh and processed cheeses. Age of the vines: 30 years.

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2009 Charles Baur, Riesling, Alsace, White $29.00      

Varietal:- 100% Riesling

Taste:- This wine has an intense yellow-gold colour with light green reflections. The nose is really expressive and elegant with aromas of flowers. On the palate, this wine is well balanced and structured with a rich complexity of grapefruit and floral aromas. This wine is elegant and has also a nice long finish

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05 Charles Baur, Gewürztraminer Grand Cru “Eichberg”, Alsace, White $37.00    

Varietal:- 100% Gewürztraminer

Taste:- Single vineyard aged Gewürztraminer from selected grapes with deeper flavours of lychee and mango. Ideal for platter of strong cheeses or spicy main courses especially of vegetable, fish especially smoked salmon, duck or chicken. Age of the vines: 25 years old .Tasting: The bouquet is reminiscent of rose petals. On the palate, a rich rounded wine with exotic aromas and a long finish

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08/09 Charles Baur, Pinot Noir, Alsace, Red $31.00     

Varietal:- 100% Pinot Noir

Taste:- The colour is intense red and slightly purple blue. It has a nose of red and black fruits especially dark cherries. On the palate the tannins are mature and silky. It is fresh, fruity and impressively elegant. Do not match it with anything spicy, as it is delicate, but would love Emmental as in a raclette or fondue, or a dish of veal, cream and mushrooms or a risotto with garden greens and herbs. Order Now

 

2008 Charles Baur, Pinot Gris “Cotes d’Eguisheim”, Alsace, White $25.00     

Varietal:- 100% Pinot Gris

Taste:- Intense yellow gold colour. The nose is full, rich and exhibites flavors of apricots, yellow peaches and white flowers. On the palate, there is a remarkable harmony between fat, power and freshness. The main aromas are yellow fruits.

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2008 Charles Baur, Edelzwicker, Alsace, White $20.00     

Varietal:- Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc & Riesling

Taste:- Limpid pale yellow colour. Profound nose mingling exotic fruit and white flower. Seductive volume and superb freshness enhancing a nice fruit complexity. Freshness, aromatic spiciness and pale colour. For aperitifs with dip, Asian food, fish.

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2008 Charles Baur, Sylvaner, Alsace, White $20.00      

Varietal:- 100% Sylvaner

Taste:- Light yellow colour with green tints, this wine has a nose composed of white flower flavors. On the palate, the wine is fresh, delicate and reveals a nice minerality and white flowers aromas. Perfect for fish or Indian or Asian food.

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2008 Charles Baur, Pinot Blanc, Alsace, White $25.00     

Varietal:- 100% Pinot Blanc

Taste:- The nose is rich and intense with notes of pears, apricots and white flowers.On the palate it is supple, lively, and lightly aromatic with toasted aromas

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2009 Charles Baur, Muscat d’Alsace, Alsace, White $25.00      

Varietal:- 25% Muscat d’Alsace and 75% Muscat Ottonel

Taste:- Light yellow colour with green tints. The bouquet is full and composed of authentic aromas of fresh grapes. The palate is fresh, crisp and very fruity with typical aromas of grapes and notes of mint

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The Sohler brothers at their very welcoming cellardoor and winery in the village of Scherwiller.       

NV Frey Sohler, Cremant Riesling, Alsace, Sparkling White $27.00

Varietal:- 100% Riesling

Taste:- A fine stream of bubbles rising through a slim glass of shimmering pale gold. Floral, delicacy, suppleness and balance. Lively and fruity, full of elegance and nobility Cremant Riesling makes a refined aperitif and an ideal cocktail or reception drink. Fresh and discreetly fruity, it also provides the inspiration for a host of gastronomic partnerships throughout dinner, from cold or warm starters, via seafood, white meats and game, to dessert. Gold Medal at the competition of the Sparkling Wines of the World 20th November 2007! One star in the “Guide Hachette”2008 of French wines. Two stars in the “Guide Hachette” 2007 of French Wines. Guide Bettane et Desseauve

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2008 Frey Sohler, Pinot Blanc Reserve, Alsace, White $25.00     

Varietal:- 100% Pinot Blanc

Taste:- Limpid, reflexion clear yellow, powerful, elegant. This nose is toasted and the taste well balanced and delicate. For dishes with fish or cheese or vegetarian. Gold medal in Mâcon

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2009 Frey Sohler, Scherwiller Riesling, Alsace, White $25.00     

Varietal:-  100% Riesling

Taste:- This is one of the first Village Appellations of Riesling of Alsace. The “Scherwiller” wine is a white dry wine that must be 100% Riesling. It must be fruity, with a muscat nose, and citrus aromas, and abundant concentration of flavour.. King of the Alsace wines, Riesling gives its entire expression in partnership with seafood, crustaceans and mussels, also with cooked & elaborate fishes such as “terrines”, raw or grilled fish, white meats as chicken or turkey with French sauces, cheeses with a neutral taste, and goat’s cheese. A special mention for accompanying the famous “choucroute alsacienne” and local dishes & culinary specialities of Alsace. This is a very good keeping wine. An elegant “robe” with bright reflexions

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2009 Frey Sohler, Pinot Noir Reserve, Alsace, Red $24.00     

Varietal:- 100% Pinot Noir

Taste:- Beautiful colour, nose of cherry, fruity character. For rabbit, poultry, mushrooms, pates, terrines and fondue.

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2009 Frey Sohler, Muscat Reserve, Alsace, White $27.00     

Varietal:- 50% Muscat D’ Alsace, 50% Muscat Ottonel

Taste:- This is a very aromatic white wine. It’s a dry wine, very different drom the sweet Muscats of the Mediterranean Vineyard.  For Thai food or else if you want a drier aromatic with cheese or your pudding such as Pavlova

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2008 Frey Sohler, Sylvaner, Alsace, White $19.00    

Varietal:- 100% Sylvaner

Taste:- Fresh and light white wine, dry. This sylvaner is vivacious, fine, and easy to enjoy before dinner or with fish, spicy food, grilled sardines, mackerel or raclette.

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2009 Frey Sohler, Pinot Gris Rittersberg, Alsace, White    $25.00     

Varietal:- 100% Pinot Gris

Taste:- This is a dry white wine. Rich, full bodied, with a long finish; this wine has a smoky bouquet, with a fine roundness. It’s a great wine for keeping if you wish. Excellent with Sole, Monkfish, Exotic fish recipes, Spring Rolls, Chicken or Fish tajine.

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2009 Frey Sohler, Klevener de Heiligenstein, Alsace, White $25.00    

Varietal:- 100% Klevener

Taste:- This is a semi sweet white wine. This grape variety can be only planted in the village of Heiligenstein; this is an area from only 99 ha vineyard. This is a very rarely wine, and is a cousin of the Gewurztyraminer grape variety, and also of the Savagnin from Jura area

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2009 Frey Sohler, Gewürztraminer Reserve, Alsace, White $27.00     

Varietal:- 100% Gewürztraminer

Taste:- This is a semi, sweet white wine. This Gewürztraminer is rich, with an exuberant powerful, lychee, exotic fruits. Its deep bouquet displays rich aromas of fruit Sumptuous with exotic savoury dishes (spicy dishes, sweet and sour dishes, especially Chinese dishes, or mild curry, Tandoori chicken) and soft cheeses and washed rind cheeses (Stilton cheese…) as a superior aperitif and, naturally, with dessert.

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2008 Frey Sohler, Gewürztraminer Grand Cru Frankstein, Alsace, White $38.00    

Varietal:- 100% Gewürztraminer

Taste:- The first Vintage of the Alsace Grand Cru Frankstein of our estate is now available. This Frankstein has won begining June 2009, the Gold Medal at the competition of the Gewurztraminer of the World! It’s a great white sweet wine, with a full character, and fifteen years of keeping; for aperitif, foie gras, and spicy dishes.

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2008 Frey Sohler, Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives, Alsace, White $58.00    

Varietal:- 100% Gewürztraminer

Taste:- The vendanges tardives (late harvest) is the highest quality of Alsace wines. This Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives, vintage 2007, has a wonderful nose of honey, spice, and crystallised fruit. In the mouth, it presents an overmaturity character, with a beautifull and fine sweetnes. After the gold medal at the Vinalies International for the vintage 2004 and 2005, and after the big gold medal at the Paris’s fair in 2009 for the vintage 2006, this Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2007 has won the Vinalies Prize in June 2009. to drink with aperitif, foie gras, sweet moments.

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White distilled fruit spirits from the orchards of Alsace Eaux-de-Vie d’Alsace

Frey Sohler Marc de Gewurztraminer     Alsace Spirits       flavour of the grapes and their pips $45.00      

The clear distilled fruit spirit Marc de Gewurztraminer is derived from the solid particles of the grape, that is to say, the skins and pips which have been fermented before distillation, strictly done by the appellation laws. Very fruity, excellent to complete an Alsatian dinner, served with a lemon sorbet or taken simply as a digestif.

 

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Frey Sohler Poire William  Alsace Spirits Pear $58.00    

 

Distillation of William pears yields a fruit spirit, very perfumed with fine aromas of pears. It is the best known of Frey Sohler’s fine Eaux de Vie.

 

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Frey Sohler Mirabelle Alsace Spirits Pear Mirabelle $45.00    

A mirabelle is a little plum typical of the region of Alsace and Lorraine, round yellow, with light red flecks. It is a very sweet fruit which also makes up the famous Tarte aux Mirabelles, about which Alsatians drool. Its spirit is very refine giving an impression of sweetness on the palate,  but  the spirit itself is quite dry.

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Frey Sohler Kirsch d’Alsace Alsace Spirits Cherry $58.00     

This white fruit spirit of cherries is especially made for pastry cooking, and for mousse of Kirsch, the famous Kougelhopf, souffle, blackforrest cake and as a digestive. Order Now

 

Frey Sohler Framboise Alsace Spirits Raspberry $58.00  

This white fruit spirit of raspberries, delectable and aromatic,it is much appreciated at the end of diiner or in a sorbet of red fruits. Order Now

 

Frey Sohler Quetsch Alsace Spirits Plum $42.00     

A plum often found in Alsace, the quetsch is violet in colour, deliciously sweet with firm flesh and  gives us an excellent Eau de Vie which is drunk as a digestif.

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Charles Baur, Gewurztraminer Marc 45%, Alsace Spirits $50.00  

After having been reduced to a low temperature (around 6° to 8°) the flavour of the spirit is strongly revived by the cold. Its bouquet is characterised by a highly fruity nose, and it is dry and of complex flavour in the mouth. Gewurztraminer Marc is consumed as a digestif and is also renowned for use in making sorbets. Order Now

 

Charles Baur, Poire William 45%,Alsace Spirits $50.00  

The Williams variety is used exclusively. When the stalk of the pear is tender, it is picked and carefully placed in a wooden crate for about two weeks. This allows the fruit to reach maximum maturity, characterised by extreme juiciness. The fruit is then crushed and placed in plastic tubs where fermentation will take place. After distillation, the spirit is matured in glass demijohns for around 6 months, then bottled. Order Now

 

BOURGOGNE

2008 Ferrey Montangérand, Cremant de Bourgogne, Blanc de Blanc, Bourgogne, Sparkling Blanc $27.00

 

Taste: - Yeasty, bready, delicious, refined very dry methode champenoise sparkling white made in the Burgundy region, ready to open joyfully for Easter and beyond! The vineyard produces four types of sparkling methode traditionelle; Blanc de Blanc, made of  Chardonnay. Blanc de Noir made of Pinot Noir, Crémant Demi-Sec of Pinot Noir, and Crémant Rosé made of Pinot Noir. All are good for serving at the end of a good dinner. The Blanc de Noir can be served as an aperitif with a dash of crème de cassis. LOW STOCKS, UNREPEATABLE

 

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2009 Ferrey Montangerand, Pinot Noir, Bourgogne, Red $25.00     

Varietal: – 100% Pinot Noir To the eye, they are richly coloured – crimson at first then with age, shading towards dark ruby. To the nose, they offer at first a basket of small red and black fruits ( Strawberry, cherry, blackcurrant, and blueberry) later evolving into cooked prunes, peppery notes, and notes of gameyness, forest floor, moss and mushroom.

 

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2009 Ferrey Montangerand, Côtes Chalonnaise Classic, Bourgogne, Red $25.00     

Varietal: – 100% Pinot Noir Dark red cherry. Red fruits with a tone of blackcurrant. Long finish with tannins.

 

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2009 Ferrey Montangerand, Côtes Chalonnaise Trois Générations, Bourgogne, Red $29.00     

Varietal: – 100% Pinot Noir Dark red cherry. Red fruits with a tone of blackcurrant. Long finish with tannins.

 

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2009 Ferrey Montangerand, Côtes Chalonnaise Trois Générations, Bourgogne, Blanc $25.00         

Varietal – 100% Chardonnay Strong yellow. All the citrus fruits, exhibiting more aromas and tastes of dried fruits after 2 or 3 years. All the flavour comes from the Chardonnay grape, long in the mouth without too much acidity.

 

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2008 Ferrey Montangerand, Mercurey, Bourgogne, Red  $29.00   

Varietal – 100% Pinot Noir Raspberry and blackcurrant with a tone of toast.

 

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OTHER APPELLATIONS

2007 Domaine Chevallier, Petit Chablis, White $29.00     

Varietal: – 100% Chardonnay Taste :- Brilliant yellow-greenish colour, with white flowers, pineapples and almond flavours. Well-balanced in mouth, with a nice acidity and minerality. Good ending. Aperitif, seafood, fish, white meats and selected cheeses.

 

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2011  Domaine des Quarres,    Anjou Gamay, $20.00 

Varieties: 100% Gamay

Taste: Similar to a Pinot Noir but with more notes of spice, herbs and raisins, the Gamay is ideal as a luncheon wine or with plates of cold cuts, quiches and white cheeses.

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2008 GAEC Chavet, Domaine Chavet, AOC Macon, Red $19.00         

Varietal: – 100% Gamay

Taste :- Domaine Chavet AOC 2008 Macon Rouge 2008 The Menetou-Salon rouge, from the elegant Pinot Noir variety is ruby-coloured with a ripe-cherry and plum-scented bouquet.Supple and elegant, it is among the very few wines that you can equally enjoy whether you taste young or after a few years’ stay in your cellar. After having spent 3+ years in the bottle, it will astonish you when combined with the most prestigious dishes.

 

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2010 Domaine du Colombier, Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, AOC Loire, White $22.00      

Varietal: – 100% Melon de Bourgogne Taste: – The vineyard covers 27 hectares and spreads over the best slopes of Sanguesa. Domaine du Colombier has produced wines for four generations so far and it has a magnificent geographical location on one of the highest hills of the town. It was the perfect place for pigeons and doves that used to shelter in a beautiful dovecot. The Muscadet Sevre et Maine is a fruity dry white wine with a bouquet in full bloom. It goes harmoniously with fishes, shellfish etc. It can also be used to make quality appetizers. And also be cooked with butter sauce or duck Nantes Muscadet … Awards: Bronze Medal at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2010

 

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2010 Domaine des Persenades, Le Floc de Gascogne, Gascogne Fortified, White $27.00     

Varietal :- Manseng

Taste :- For a white Floc de Gascogne the colour chart will go from a pale yellow to a greenish yellow (for a young Floc de Gascogne) and on up to a golden colour for more advanced white Floc de Gascogne.The colour changes according to the maturity and the different grape varieties. The combination of different grape varieties being compulsory in the elaboration of white Floc de Gascogne, the choice becomes decisive for the colouring. For example a Floc de Gascogne elaborated with the Colombard variety will be paler than one made with Gros Manseng. Colombard juice is very clear, almost colourless and remains extremely stable over the years.White Ugni is clear at the beginning but quickly goes towards brown spectrum. Gros Manseng has the yellow colour of straw or even gold as it co For white the most common aromas are those of violet, plum, pear, lychee, quince and honey mes through the wine press and becomes ginger as it matures

 

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2010 Domaine des Persenades, Le Floc de Gascogne, Gascogne Fortified, Red $27.00     

Varietal:- Tannat

Taste: – For the young Rosé Floc de Gascogne its colour goes from purple to orange. The colour intensity for Rosé Floc de Gascogne does not depend on its age. It is solely linked to the grape varieties, the specifications of the soil, the length of maceration. In other words, the choices made by its creator. Therefore there is no definite colour and this explains why Rosé Floc de Gascogne, its official name, is mainly called Red Floc de Gascogne.It is the most common colour.The effect of the grape variety only becomes decisive when the Tannat variety is used as it the one which is excessively rich in colouring.As far as red is concerned the fruity delicacy becomes dominant after a few weeks whereas for white it will only be obtained after several months.This young and fruity taste gives Floc de Gascogne its originality and uniqueness.The complexity given by the Armagnac must be in no way dominant. For Red Floc de Gascogne the aromas are those of soft fruits such as blackcurrant, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry

 

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2009 Domaine Cauhape, Geyser -Jurançon Sec, Jurançon, White $25.00 

Varietal :- Gros Manseng 30 %, Petit Manseng 30 %, Camaralet 30 %, Lauzet 5 %, Courbu 5 %

Taste: – An explosion of scents! New vintage from Domaine Cauhape, the Geyser embodies the five varietals making up the appellation of Jurancon. The nose has a great complexity and freshness that speak of citrus and tropical fruits on the background of scent floral, peppery and aniseed. In the mouth, it is immediately powerful, aromatic, fresh and open, and finishes persistently and generously.  Terroir is argilo silica expose to the South east. Keep five years. Fruit is handpicked at the beginning of October. Vinification Eraflage followed by 12 hours of skin maceration. After fermentation, the wine stays five months on all its lees. Serve as an aperitif, with shellfish and crustaceans fillets of fish in citrus sauces.

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2009 Château Labastidié , AOC Gaillac, White $22.00 

Varietal :- 60% Loin de l’oeil, 40% Sauvignon

Taste:-  Pale gold, with reflections of green. The first sip is supple, and there follows a richness and long finish and fullness that make this wine so well balanced, unlike many new world Sauvignon Blanc. It gives off lovely aromas of floral, citrus and green gage.  Serve with grilled fish, oysters and scallops, crustaceans, white meats and goat cheeses.

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2008 Château Labastidié , AOC Gaillac, Red $22.00 

Varietal :- 35% Merlot, 30% Fer Servadou, 25% Syrah, 5% cabernet sauvignon 5% cabernet franc.

Taste:-  Deep red colour, with relections of violet. A strong smell of very ripe cassis and raspberry, spices and liquorice. The taste is of chocolate and dark fruits in an instantly perceptable harmony. You should serve this with a mature cheddar, sausages and meats both red and white.

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NV Château Labastidié, Dom Gonzague, méthode ancestral, Gaillac Brut $38.00

Varietal :- 100% Mauzac

Taste:-   A light golden colour with sparkles of green, the aroma of little green apples and the taste of green apple and fresh fruit. Serve as an aperitif, with crustaceans, other seafood, or with a pudding course.

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2012 Château Spencer La Pujade, Le P’tit Spencer (The Little Spencer), Red $15.00    

Varietal:- Carignan (50%), Mourvèdre (20%), Syrah (15%), Grenache (15%)

Taste:- Lighthearted Label, half old vine Carignan, with minority parts Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre.Grown at Boutenac in the Corbières and fermented in separate tanks with no oak. Lightly filtered only for depth of flavour , then assembled as a blend. Tasty fruity  bouquet of ripe red fruits, a delicious wine perfect for tapas or white meats.Silver Medals at Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Competition.

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2011 Château Spencer La Pujade,  Cuvée Spencer Carignan, VDP Hautes Rives Rouge  $19.00   

Varietal:-  100% Carignan

Taste:- Grown on Boutenac’s argilo-calcareous soil of the Languedoc with aeolian sands present, ideal ground for these 50-70 year old vines to yield a glorious unoaked red wine that has rich round fruity flavours with spice, Mediterranean herbs and prunes in the background.  Can keep five years, try with hearty cuisine such as a cassoulet or roast beef and vegetables, or a platter of white and yellow cheeses. Silver Medal at Concours Mondiales, Brussels, Bronze at Decanter World Wine Awards, London.

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2011 Château Spencer La Pujade, Cuvée Tradition, AOC Corbières, Red $21.00

Varietal:- Carignan (50%, old vines), Syrah (25%), Mourvèdre (15%), Grenache (10%)

Taste:- Half old vine Carignan, one quarter Syrah, with minority Mourvdre and Grenache, this wine underwent maceration for about three weeks and its Syrah part was fermented in barrique and spent four months in barrels then joined the other tank-fermented grapes in this blend. Fine well integrated tannins and a generous mouth, lots of personality and balance. The 2008 vintage won Gold at Concours de Grands Vins de France, Macon and at Concours Mondiale, Brussels.

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2011 Château Spencer La Pujade,  Cuvée Le Bosc, Corbières, red, $27.00

Varietal:- 100%Old Vine Carignan (50-70 year old vines)

Taste:- Grown at Boutenac entirely from a plot of Mourvedre vines over fifty years of age whose soil is particularly sandy and ideal for lovely fruit. Currently under conversion to fully organic cultivation. Nine months in French oak barrels new, one year and two years of age. Rich, delicious scents and tastes of ripe red fruit, slightly smoky,  silky and velvet tannins. An opulent wine to serve with roast meats and strong cheeses.

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CHAMPAGNE

NV Champagne Pierre Alexis & Fils, Grande Reserve  Brut Champagne Champagne  $46.00     

Varieties: 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier Traditional Champenoise Method. The foam is abundant and a lively effervescence maintains a beautiful carpet of fine bubbles. The colour is golden yellow. The wine has a beautiful clarity. The bouquet is round and ripe with aromas of dried fruits and a touch of honey. After opening a few minutes, we are able to discover citrus notes. On the palate it is lively with mineral flavours. It is in Hautvillers, the most typical village of Champagne and home of the famous monk Dom Perignon, that the family lives and breathes its passion for vines and wine. Generations have succeeded one another, guided, bringing their personal touch, innovating, all united in the continuity of the family knowledge. With this in mind, by the marriage of tradition and modernity, the operation is changing constantly. The winery has spacious storage that allows the ageing of wines, and technological processes that contribute in guaranteeing quality

 

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