Fine Wine Source Wine

December 2017

Gerard Bertrand:

Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs of this region which produces sparkling wines, reds, whites, rosés, varietal wines or appellation wines; a rich array of promises to fulfill all tasting expectations. Twenty years of know-how ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand’s signature have a unique style whose creation is driven each day by four fundamental values: excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. As the Ambassador of the Mediterranean Art de Vivre, Gérard Bertrand loves to promote and share the cultural and gastronomic riches of the South of France by way of the numerous wine-tourism activities at the Hotel & Restaurant, Chateau l’Hospitalet. “My signature, Gérard Bertrand, serves to show my commitment and my approach which for the last 20 years have been aimed at revealing the unique terroirs of the region with an enduring passion and enthusiasm; qualities which the press and international competitions have regularly highlighted. Excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation are the values which guide me every day as I craft my wines.” From the discovery of the Tautavel man to the Roman hegemony in Narbonne, via the Visigoth occupation and the Cathar heresy, Languedoc-Roussillon’s past is steeped in rich history. At the beginning of the 20th Century, a phylloxera epidemic, coupled with overproduction and widespread fraud, wrought havoc for winegrowers, who subsequently decided to revolt. Since the 1950s the wines of the Languedoc have become increasingly refined, and the best estates now produce wines of truly exceptional quality. Gérard Bertrand is determined to drive this progress even further, through continued innovation and by creating internationally-renowned appellations and wines.

About:

Limoux is the area where sparkling wine originated. In 1531, the monks of Saint Hilaire discovered the first wine with bubbles. Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, these vineyards benefit from the cool conditions required to make sparkling wines of quality. This exceptional quality had even founded an echo across the Atlantic: Thomas Jefferson was Limoux’ greatest admirer and he discretely cultivated his love for France and for Limoux sparkling wine. Actually, wine from Limoux was the only sparkling wine to be found in his personal cellar. The grapes are harvested early by hand, in order to retain a good level of acidity. Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit is immediately pressed in a pneumatic pressing machine. The must is transferred to the vats for alcoholic fermentation, using the same process used for still wines. The wine is then transferred to sealed bottles for fermentation, in accordance with the champagne method. To finish, we disgorge the bottles and perform the traditional dosage, which is very precise, in order to keep a real freshness and wine balance.

Varietals:

70% Chardonnay, 15% Chenin Blanc, 10% Mauzac, 5% Pinot Noir

Alcohol:

12.5%

Tasting Notes:

The Chenin and Chardonnay grapes bring texture and balance, with the Chardonnay also providing fine bubbles. The Chenin adds vivacity, and enhances the longevity. Cuvee Thomas Jefferson reveals a beautiful, golden yellow hue, a complex aromatic nose revealing hints of white flower and honey, green apple and toast. Crisp, elegant structure on the palate with a fine texture of the bubbles that complement the natural minerals and acidity.

Food Pairings:

Ideal as an aperitif but also pairs well with fresh seafood or shellfish. The perfect pairing: Glasses and the ones you Love!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

Rich mouth feel, clean and loaded with flavor and a clean finish. Best served with Salmon or any cured meats!

Fine Wine Source Wine

December 2017

Peachy Canyon:

Founded in 1988 by Doug and Nancy Beckett, Peachy Canyon Winery is a family owned and operated winery in beautiful Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast, near Hog Castle and Big Sur. What began as a 500 case venture has blossomed into an operation that distributes to 48 states, Europe, The Pacific Rim, and Canada. The Beckett’s run the daily operations along with their sons and partners, Jake and Josh (Founders of Chronic Cellars). The biggest news for Peachy Canyon has been the recent addition of accomplished winemaker Robert Henson-previously of Tooth & Nail. After working with critically acclaimed veteran winemaker Michael Michaud (Chalone Vineyards), Henson served as winemaker for a small Santa Cruz Mountains winery where he amassed many accolades before turning his attentions to the Central Coast appellation. Henson plans on applying his passions for balance, varietal, and terroir driven winemaking to Peachy Canyon’s existing award winning winemaking program. Peachy Canyon has been ranked in the top 100 wines in the world by Wine Spectator magazine, and its many wines have been ranked with 90-point-plus scores, often for multiple vintages.

About:

Peachy Canyon’s Incredible Red is one of our favorite Paso Robles producers, and we last featured their 2014 vintage of Incredible Red in May of 2016. We are proud to offer the 2015 Vintage of Incredible Red to close out 2017 as part of our special Holiday Themed December Duo! The fruit for the 2015 Incredible Red was harvested over a period of several weeks to attain ideal ripeness, picked in the early hours of the morning, and destemmed into fermenters. During ferment the juice was pumped over twice a day, and gently pressed after two weeks where it aged for ten months on French, Hungarian and American oak before bottling.

Varietals:

97% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet

Alcohol:

13.9%

Tasting Notes:

Rich and fruit-forward, the 2015 Incredible Red Zinfandel begins with a subtly smoky nose full of aromas of cedar, cigar box, and red cherry. On the palate, lush flavors of strawberry and cherry mingle with notes of delicate orange blossom, leading to a long, fruity finish.

Food Pairings:

For these cold and snowy think Curry and Spice…Since Zinfandel leans to the sweeter side of red varietals, it’s a great pairing partner with Curry and Spiced BBQ dishes. Try pairing Zin with lighter meats including, Quail, Turkey, Pork, Bacon, Ham, Veal, and Lamb. For the Vegetable side of the table think highly flavored vegetables to bring out the fruitiness in Zinfandel such as roasted tomato, red peppers, caramelized onion, roasted squash, apricot, peach, cranberry, spiced apple, and beets. Spices to include with the dishes are Ginger, Garlic, Rosemary, Curry, Turmeric, Cayenne, Clove, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Cocoa, Black Pepper, Coriander, Fennel, and Saffron. For the Cheeses consider hard and richly flavored cow’s and sheep’s milk cheeses such as Manchego, Bandage-wrapped Cheddar and Trentingrana. There is always the dessert option, pairing with Cheesecake and some delicious Chocolates!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

Rich, concentrated, and loaded with flavors of fennel & hickory. Great served with BBQ ribs and anything grilled!