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Cave des Vignerons de Saumur: A cooperative of winemakers in the Saumur appellation of the Loire Valley set up their operations on the top of the hill in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg in 1957. The cooperative has 272 members, including 156 growers over 1750 hectares and employs 52 people. The group that created the Les Pouches Rouge includes Yvon, Genevieve and is headed up by Robert and Marcel; two strong willed vintners whose family history is literally as deeply rooted as the ten kilometers of underground “galleries” that were originally quarried for the soft limestone “Tuffeau.” This rock was used to build the magnificent castles and chateaus in the region and the tunnels that remain have been converted into perfect wine cellars. Saumur is a picturesque city dominated by one of the most famous castles in France that is built from the “Tuffeau” limestone. The Loire Valley region in the heart of France is famous for its natural beauty, magnificent architecture, castles, and great wine. The region is rich in history and culture: The Renaissance writer Rabelais was born here, Joan of Arc led her French troops to victory in the Hundred Year’s War in the Loire, and the region is known as the cradle of the French Language, with the purest French spoken here. The Valley contains several distinct wine regions, each with its own characteristic varietals, appellations, and styles. As a testament to all the contributions to French and Global Culture the region has to offer, The Loire Valley was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
About: The Les Pouches Rouge is 100% Cabernet Franc and grown in the Cabernet d’Anjou appellation which is planted to 75 hectares (185 acres). The annual production is only about 5,000 hectaliters (132,086 gallons) with yields of about 60hl/ha. The grapes are hand harvested and completely destemmed for 15-20 days, depending on the time of the harvest. The juice is extracted manually and fermented in temperature controlled vats. After fermentation the wine is bottled early and stored in the underground cellars, dug out of the limestone “Tuffeau,” where it ages without exposure to light and at a controlled temperature. The wine is best served at fifty-seven degrees Fahrenheit and can be kept with a slight chill throughout serving. Varietals: 100% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 12.5%…Drink now through next year.
Tasting Notes: A beautiful deep ruby red color and a bouquet of red fruit with black currant and raspberry make it attractive as soon as it hits the glass. A fruity flavor and spice greets the palate with characteristic soft tannins and an elegant finish.
Food Pairings: Enjoy this Saumur Cabernet Franc with red meat, game, or poultry and cheese. It is becoming increasingly popular with seafood dishes and Asian cuisine, served partially chilled throughout the meal.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Cabernet Franc at its best!! Soil and earth driven spicy red with a long lingering finish, best served with pepper steak or spicy pork dishes!!!
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Chateau Latour de Beraud: Château La Tour de Béraud is located in the southern part of the Rhône Valley in AOP Costières-de-Nîmes. The estate lies in the historical geographically important area between Nîmes, Arles, and Avignon. La Tour de Béraud is an ancient fire tower. Its roof was open so that everyone could easily see when a fire was set into it. It was built by in the eleventh-century on the top of the Costière (Coast). Dominating the large plain of Beaucaire, one could see 50 miles away down to Camargue…where there were other fire towers. Part of a large network of watchtowers from the Mediterranean to the Rhône River, a fire from a tower sounded the alarm when invaders were coming. The vineyards make up @30acres & are planted on terraced slopes, composed of clay and pebble soils which were deposited in the area as glaciers moved through the continent during the quaternary period, a geological time period that encompasses the most recent 2.6 million years (including the present day). This specific terroir gives freshness and balance to the wines while the sunny climate of the Rhone ripens the grapes to perfection. Francois Collard is one of the most gifted viticulteurs in the area, and along with his wife Anne, run the Chateau and manages the property that was purchased by the family in the 1960’s. Fran
About: Since the vineyards are situated only a few miles from the Rhone River. The result is an exceptional terroir composed of flat, rounded stones (“galets”) on clay and limestone, enabling the vines to draw nutrients and moisture for the depths of the soil. The galets protect the soil from evaporation and also add a touch of minerality and freshness to the wines. The vineyards were originally made up of predominantly red varietals, dominated by old vine Carignan; however, over the years Francois has expanded the varietal makeup. The vinification was done using the traditional method; maceration of 2-3 weeks in tank at 25-26 degrees, and maturation for about a year in concrete tanks to preserve its natural freshness.
Varietals: 45% Grenache Noir (Adds Fruit & Roundness), 30% Syrah (Adds Color/Finesse/Full Flavor), 15% Mourvedre (Adds Complexity&Fruit),5% Marselan (Adds Tannins/Color/Tangy Fruit)
Tasting Notes: Aromas of red fruit, mild spice are supported by harmoniously integrating tannin. Ready to drink now, but can be kept for 2 years…decanting is recommended.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Rustic flavors of tobacco, mushroom, and savory white pepper and sea salt notes. Best served with savory soups and roasts.
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Chateau Galochet: Born in 1974, this cooperative has raised itself over the years to the #1 producer of Appellation d’Origine Protégée wines in France, and the leader of Cotes de Bordeaux. The French government, not too long ago, officially announced that the long standing AoC (Appellation d’origine Controlee) system for wine is being replaced by a new quality ladder with the top step being an AoP, or Appellation d’Origine Protégée. Thierry Bergeon has managed Chateau Galochet with his wife and brother since 1996. The estate is located 30km from Bordeaux. Enthusiastic about being winegrowers and delighted to live in the country, this inseparable trio has also started breeding dairy cows and selling raw milk in the bottle, which is quite rare.
About: The vineyards are located north of Bordeaux, across the appelations of Bordeaux, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, and Cotes de Bourg. The terroir is clay and limestone and the plantings are of the Bordeaux varietals, but majority Merlot. The wine is fermented in 100% stainless steel vats. Its strength resides in combining traditional know how with modern techniques. To get the most out of this Bordeaux, decanting for a minimum of one hour is recommended.
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Tasting Notes: This wine has an attractive deep garnet-red hue and fruity nose with hits of red currant berries. It starts out firm and fruity on the palate, with soft, very round tannin (which will be more pronounced without decanting). The finish is smooth and long.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Elegant and silky with flavors of cherries and strawberries. A great Merlot from Bordeaux!! Great served with a Pot Roast or lamb of any kind. Cheers!
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Region : Cognac
It’s sweet, strong ‘Vin de Liqueur’ of the Charentais (Cognac) region of western France. It is made by adding 25 Years Old Cognac eau-de-vie to Grand Cru Chardonnay.
You can catch a lot of Flavors of this Wine,we are talking here about touch of Hazelnut,Caramel,Nougat and layers of complexity.words cannot do justice to describe this wine.
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Located in the heart of the massif of Castelnaux, in the terroirs of Picpoul de Pinet appellation, this family estate spreads over 11 hectares.
The Story: Domaine Haut Bridau is located in Castelnaux, Fance, in the terroirs of the PicPoul de Pinet appellation. The Domaine is run by the Pages family since the beginning of the last century. Today, grandson Christian is in charge of the property.
Vineyard: Known since the 14th century, the grape variety Piquepoul has always been synonymous with quality. The production is limited to 1200 hectares in the appellation and makes the PicPoul de Pinet a rare region.
Varietal(s): 100% Piquepoul Blanc
Alcohol: 12.0% by volume
Food Pairings: The round and well balanced fruit will ideally accompany shellfish and grilled fish. Try with paella as well! Serve well chilled.
Tasting Notes: Lovely pale yellow color, bright and clear. Fruity and floral nose with hawthorne and lime tree fragrances. Lively and fresh mouth with harmonious acidity and roundness.
Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “Wow! What a wine! Loaded with flavors of lemon and minerality, with zippy, clean acidity and liveliness! Pairs great with oysters, chicken or seafood. Cheers!”-JL
At the heart of the Valley of the Rhone, 10 minutes from Châteauneuf du Pape, Château Gigognan is the heir of a deeply rooted history that dates back to the time of roman colonization.
A spiritual and temporal lordship: The estate quickly becomes a fiefdom which formed a principality with Châteauneuf du Pape and Bédarrides, one governed by the archbishops of Avignon.
During the 17th and 18th century, the administration of Gigognan was entrusted to Lords from Provence by the archbishops of Avignon. Its prosperity gave it the title of a village with the rank of a municipality.
Since 1996, the castle knows a true rebirth thanks to Jacques Callet. Having been completely renovated, it was given back the charm of the great manors of Provence.
In 2012, a new team of expert professionals is brought together. The vineyard knows an unprecedented renewal and is the object of investments to reinforce the excellence of the estate’s wines.
Varietals: 60% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 10% Carignan
Alcohol: 12.5% by volume
The Terroir: Southern exposure on an ancient terrace of sand and limestone.
Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation by cepage; maceration for 8-10 days depending on the grape; malolactic fermentation also occurs.
Tasting Notes: Smoke and spice on the nose with hints of red cherry fruit. On the palate, concentrated, jammy red fruits. There is a great balance with a touch of tobacco and plenty of white pepper spice on the finish.
Food Pairings: Pair with grilled lamb, beef or portabella, tuna, Mediterranean pizza and grilled sausages. Enjoy!
Owner/Commune: Alain and Anne-Sophoe Lancereau / Plassac
Background: The estate is situated at the top of the hill overlooking Plassac, a very privileged area of the Cotes de Blaye wine region on the borderline between the Pays d’Oc and the Pays d’Oeil offering a superb view over the Gironde Estuary. Alain and Anne-Sophie Lancereau bought this wine estate with the aim of making it part of a larger cultural and tourist project. Their passion for wine, and for this chateau in particular, stems from the profession of Anne-Sophie’s grandfather, a wine merchant. By investing in the vineyard in 2003, they aimed to recreate a once great wine. They have carried out extensive restructuring in the vineyard and modernized and extended the winery.
Surface or Vineyard Size: 15 ha
Average Age of Vines: 40 years
Grape Varieties: The vineyard boasts a rich mix of grape varieties: Merlot dominates, together with a large proportion of Malbec (also known as Cot), which is quite atypical. Cabernet and Petit Verdot complete the blend.
Terroir: Calcareous clay and clayey gravel
Winemaking/Ageing: A wine that certainly merits the title of “Grand Vin”. Best cellared for two years; will be ready for drinking from 2012 and onward.
Varietal(s): 70% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.0% by volume
Food Pairings: Pair this great bottle with anything! Try with a great piece of meat, BBQ and great cheeses!
Tasting Notes: Outstandingly situated at the highest point of the Blaye region facing the Medoc with a view of the whole Gironde Estuary, this small growth has yielded a beautiful, deep red wine with deep purple tints. The product of the excellent 2010 vintage, its generous bouquet is redolent of red fruit, blackberry and blackcurrant with toasty notes denoting ageing in high-quality oak. Rich, chewy palate with an evident but not excessive tannic presence and a persistent, balanced finish.
Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “Rich, supple and elegant. Loaded with spicy and red aromatics. Great with lamb, veal or steak! Awesome this time this year!”-JL
Nicole Roskam-Brunot and her sons, 4th generation, perpetuate a family passion for elaborating great wines of St. Emilion. Their philosophy is to obtain the highest quality, authenticity, terroir and vintage expression on each vintage.
Surrounding a picturesque windmill (1711), former land of the Faize Abbey, the Moulin de Grenet vineyard is located on one of the highest hills of its appellation. Well rooted on its slopes and limestone plateau, the vines enjoy an abundance of sun and draw their quality from the terroir to give the wines their generous, fruity and mineral personality. The vineyard practices sustainable agriculture.
Designated Growing Area: AOP Lussac St. Emilion
Soil: Clay & Limestone
The Estate: The 4.5 hectares of vines have an average yield of 40-45 hl/ ha. The grapes undergo traditional vinifcation and are aged in barrel for 16 – 18 months. Approximately 30,000 bottles of this wine are produced.
Varietals: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 12.5% by volume
Food Pairings: The soft tannins and plummy fruit character of Merlot-driven Pomerol and Saint Emilion pair well with roast duck, cornish hens, roast chicken, pork tenderloin, pork chops and soft cheeses such as Morbier, Camembert and Gouda.
Notes: This wine derives its personality from its clay and limestone terroir and an abundance of sun. It has a pretty ruby color. The nose reveals nice aromas of fruits and spices. The mouth is round and juicy. The finale is expressive. A traditional and generous Lussac St. Emilion.
Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “St. Emilion from a great vintage. This wine is rich and layered with classic elegance. Is it silk or satin; or maybe both? Savory with a long finish. Great served with lamb of the BBQ.”-JL
Out of the domaine’s 35 hectares (86 acres) lying at 350m altitude (over 1000 feet), just over 21 hectares are planted with vines whose average age is at least 40 years. Grenache is the main variety followed by Syrah with 6 hectares; and you’ll also find one plot of old Carignan.
In particular, it’s the rich and varied terroir that makes Coste Chaude special. This unique location stems from the region’s tormented geological history. In fact, 6 million years ago when the Mediterranean was completely dried up, powerful rivers tore off rocks from the Alps that now make up the conglomerated mass of the Visan plateau.
The Philosophy of Domaine de Coste Chaude: “Our farming methods reflect our aspirations to make quality wines. So getting healthy grapes is fundamental to the domaine’s philosophy.
Consequently, we use sustainable growing practices at Coste Chaude: applying fertilizers as and when the soil needs it, disease-control measures using environmentally friendly sprays or even natural grass cover to prevent erosion. This way of working is also a transitional phase towards grape growing taking a more biodynamic approach.
We deliberately do short-pruning – ‘cordon royat’ (double-cordon spur) – to keep production at between 30 and 40 hl/ha depending on each plot and the wine we want to make.
The vines are trained on several wires to allow them to grow a large leaf canopy and ensure perfect photosynthesis. We check all the different plots before picking to monitor grape ripening, which are systematically sorted on a table before going into the cellar.”-domaine-coste-chaude.com
Varietals: 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Tasting Notes: Dominated by Syrah, this wine is full-bodied and soft, with an appealing nose of raspberries and blackcurrant. Slightly perfumed with sweet cinnamon and ginger bread. Velvety on the palate with fresh and well-integrated tannins, and a surprising array of pepper and cedar wood flavors on the finish.
Food Pairings: This wine asks for fine cooking. Think of sweetbreads and morel mushrooms, venison, and lamb!
Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “Rich and concentrated, and loaded with layers of complexity. Flavors of white garlic, cedar, and pork. 2010 is a tremendous vintage, and I’m so excited we were able to put a great Rhone like this in the club for you. Drink this with pot roast, and sit by the fire. Enjoy!”-JL
Located in the municipality of Richerenches, Domaine Mireille et Vincent covers 15 hectares on the left bank of the Rhone . Very famous for its truffles, the town is also known for its wines! The Domaine was founded in 1980s by Bernard Bizard, who before that worked at several other estates. Bizard named the domaine after the couple’s two children, Mireille and Vincent, with the first vintage in 1985.
History of Domaine MIreille et Vincent and its Relation to the Environment: The average age of vines at the Domaine is 35 years old, making the vineyards almost entirely old vines. These vines will flourish for up to 60 years, and account for over 45% of the vines planted in this area. The old vines of Domaine Mireille et Vincent are planted on hillsides with red clay and are more or less pebbly. These strong vineyards give the wine a powerful aroma. Other vineyards in the Domaine are located on old truffle fields, and enjoy a refreshing Mediterranean climate, including wind from the Alps. All of these environmental factors give character and distinction to the wines of this area, and especially the wines at Domaine Mireille et Vincent.
“We are not organic, but we believe in the environment,” said Bernard Bizard . Bizard implements new practices constantly to allow the grapes to truly shine. The Domaine produces three separate Côtes du Rhône: one white, one red, and a rosé. The white wine is crafted from traditional varieties (Roussanne , Clairette , Marsanne and Viognier) and have a light color with pale gold shades . The red is typically a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan and is characterized by spicy notes. Lastly, the rosé is a prettier style but has some spice as well.
Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan
Alcohol: 14.0% by volume
Tasting Notes: Cool and elegant, pure, and with a lovely scent of berries.
Food Pairings: Pair this wine with a hearty meat dish, ragu, or even a roast. This wine will be great with your Thanksgiving turkey as well.
Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “Extremely flavorful, with notes of Worchester, garlic salt, and onion. A very pretty and delicate style, with beautiful aromatics. The vintage gives the wine ripeness, but it is not over the top. Enjoy with soups and stews.”-JL