Tasting Notes 11.18.22
Rene Marie Catel Blanc de Noirs Champagne ($34.99)
Varieties : Pinot Noir 100%
Aging in Bottle: 24-months
Radiant nose, revealing white-fleshed fruits (apple, pear, peach white), citrus (lemon) and floral nuances. Ample in the mouth, combining generosity and subtlety. Full, fresh and crisp.
Coming from families who have been growing grapes in Champagne since 1710, René and Marie-Noelle Dautel started producing their own champagne in 1971. Sylvain Dautel, their son, is now in charge of the vineyard located in Loches-Sur-Ource, a small village in the heart of Côte des Bars. Sylvain is perpetuating the tradition of his ancestors, using environmental friendly practices to create the most delicate, yet intense Champagnes. Cuvée René-Marie Catel is a rare Brut Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir), aged for two years on lees before disgorgement.
Domaine Raissac Viognier "Les Cres" ($14.99)
Pays d'Oc, France
Sustainable viticulture. Regular bâtonnage (stirring up the lees). Ageing on the lees. Straw yellow color, pale, silver highlights.
Nose: Aromatic, flowers aromas, subtle apricot aromas.
Palate: Elegant, intense, round, passion fruit hints, subtle spice hints, subtle toasted almonds hints, good intensity.
Wine and food pairing: White meats, poultry, soft-ripened cheeses, for the aperitif, fish dishes.
Château Barbebelle Rosé ($17.99)
This very Provençal rosé wine distinguishes itself by a good length on the palate, a strong fruity and floral, freshness and everything in sharpness.
Grenache 50 % Syrah 25 % Cinsault 25 %
Nose: Expressive, floral notes, rose, honeysuckle. Mouth: Nice length, raspberry, redcurrant, white fruits.
Enoy as an aperitif, with salads, or with poultry.
Husch Pinot Noir ($37.99)
Anderson Valley, California
Expressive and inviting, our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is happiness in a bottle. As soon as you pull the cork aromas of pomegranate, sweet cherry, currant, rose petal, forest floor, blood orange, and wild herbs grace your nose. On the palate the wine expresses flavors matching the aromatics and is held together with sustained richness and bright acidity. Lovely on its own and will pair exceptionally with meals such as coq au vin, pork tenderloin, mushroom pasta, or creamy cheeses.
Château d'Or et de Gueules "Les Cimels" ($17.99)
Costières de Nîmes, France
Varietals : Syrah (60%), Carignan macération carbonique (30%), Grenache (10%)
Deep colored, spicy and concentrated mouth with a very good length. There is a complex nose of dark fruits, freshly cracked black pepper and herbs de Provence. The palate is full bodied with rich, juicy fruit filling the mouth. This wine is really ample and marked by elegance.
Elephant Sloe Gin ($44.99)
We were inspired to create Elephant Gin following our own adventures in Africa.
With a vision to conserve the wildlife we feel so passionately for, we decided to launch a product that would help conservation trusts. We strongly believe that this generation has a responsibility to support African wildlife today, so others can continue to enjoy it in the future.
With every bottle sold, we contribute 15% of bottle profits to elephant conservation projects.
Richly rounded, lightly sweet and exquisitely fruity bouquet as well as a typical warm red color. The deliberately discreet addition of sugar triggers a perfect balance between tart and sweet notes.
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