January 24, 2020 – French Wine Tasting!


Tastings / Friday, January 24th, 2020

Join us this Friday to taste some interesting wines from France!
We will have open a white Rousanne grape from the Languedoc area and 3 reds: a “Chinon” appellation Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, a Grenache-Syrah blend, and a Pinot Noir from Languedoc.

Tasting Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below for full information:

Château Tourril, Languedoc Hélios (2016)

Grape: Roussanne
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Languedoc
Features: Sustainable

The grapes are harvested quickly in the early morning to preserve the freshness of the aromas.
Winemaking in vats at low temperature and maturing on fine lees to give richness to the wine.
Appellation: Languedoc AOP
Vintage: 2016
Grape: 100% Roussanne
ABV: 13%
Color: pale yellow robe; light, bright with green reflections.
Nose: herbal touch of lavender and white flower
Palate: seamless fruit. Good weight and texture, dry.
Pairings: pan-fried scallops, grilled sea bass on chopped vegetables, goat cheese. Enjoy chilled at 50° F.

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Domaine Dozon, Chinon C Du Plaisir (2018)

Grape: Cabernet Franc
Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Chinon

Domaine Dozon is located south of Chinon, on the left bank of the Vienne. Originally a traditional livestock and produce farm, they turned to viticulture with the acquisition of 5 ha within the renowned Clos de Saut au Loup in the early 20th century. Eric Santier, a Chinon native, purchased the Domaine in 2013 from Laure Dozon, with help from the esteemed Baudry family, for whom he had worked. Some of the older, less desirable barrels were discarded, replaced with fiberglass tanks and Santier now seeks to make more pure and fresh expressions of wine from his village. This is clean, mindful, and traditional winemaking at its best.

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Château Tourril, Panatella (2015)

Grapes: Syrah and Grenache
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Minervois
Features: Sustainable

Château Tourril is marked by an ancient gallo-roman signal tower, located on the top of a hill, proof of the estate’s 2,000 year existence. The 13-hectare (32-acre) family vineyard is nestled in a clay-limestone cirque (corrie) surrounded by Mediterranean garrigue (scrublands) that protect the vines from dominant winds and frost. It lies between the famous thousand-year-old fortified city of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi, both on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. With abundant sunshine, and well-drained by rainwaters, the domain produces high quality AOC Minervois wines from its Syrah, Cinsault, 100-year-old Carignan, Grenache and Roussanne vines.

The estate was bought by two passionate wine entrepreneurs, Ortwin Kandler, a former Airbus pioneer, and Philippe Espeluque, owner of a local construction company. Thanks to important investments over time, the vineyard has mastered modern winemaking technology and sustainable agriculture. Ortwin’s son, Stephan Kandler, took over in 2014; his experience in international high-level sporting events, including the America’s Cup, as well as high-tech projects, now help the company to grow worldwide.

Coming from the estate’s best lots, the fully-ripe Syrah is hand-harvested, then de-stemmed, crushed and placed in separate vats for controlled fermentation.

Color: gleaming and deep purple robe.

Nose: beautiful intensity of candied black fruits

Palate: the wood, with a toasted and truffled finish, allied with fine tannins, give all their elegance to this wine.

Pairings: beef stew with rice, cassoulet (white bean and meat stew), semi-ripened

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Domaine de Coursac, Cévennes Pinot Noir (2018)

Grape: Pinot Noir
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Cévennes
Features: Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable

On this domain you will find qualitative and authentic wines made with a great respect for nature. The estate covers 23 hectares and is located in the Gard department, in the heart of the Garrigue, at the foot of the Cévennes. The soil is rich in lime and the sun shines abundantly, which makes for fruity and spicy wines.

Pretty, fairly strong, ample, fruity and generous on a structured and spicy finish. A wine that requires to accompany grilled dishes or dishes and that can also be very pleasant at cellar temperature.

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