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This week we go to France for a visit to Bordeaux, Rhone, Ventoux, Loire and Provence. Paul Chatterton will be here representing import company Maisons Marques & Domaines and leading us on a tour of these great wine producing regions. Champagne house, Louis Roederer, is a big player in this portfolio after having bought up many properties throughout France in the nineties.
2005 Marc Brédif Vouvray, Chinon, Loire
The history of the wines of Vouvray is directly linked to the religious history of Touraine. From the 4th century, the monks owned most of the vineyards, including the best growths. The cellars of Marc Brédif are among the biggest and most beautiful of the appellation. The digging of these caves in the hillsides began in the 8th century, and have ever since offered perfect cold and humid wine storage conditions. No oak is used in the winemaking of the Vouvray, so that the delicate perfume and fresh flavors of the Chenin Blanc grape blossom from the bottle.
2005 La Poussie Sancerre, Loire
The exceptional vineyard site of La Poussie, with its natural amphitheater of an almost perfect semi-circle of 180°, makes it one of the most unique in the world. Its origins can be traced back to the Capetians, as witnessed by a document dating from around 1040. After temperature controlled fermentation, the wine remains on its lees and is blended after eight to ten months in the vats. It is a light, fruity, dry and vigorous Sauvignon Blanc, infused with the clay and limestone soil.
2006 Domaines Ott Les Domaniers Rosé, Côtes de Provence
Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer, Marcel Ott. Today, the wineries, one in Bandol and two in Côtes de Provence, are owned and managed by Champagne producer Louis Roederer. In this rosé, Cinsault is used for its finesse and fullness; Grenache to add warmth to the wine; and Syrah in small quantities to round out the wine, give color and a touch of licorice. The wine shows aromas of peach and apricot with hints of white blossoms and spice.
2006 Delas Côtes du Ventoux
Delas Freres was founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône. In 1977, it was merged with Champagne Deutz, both of which were acquired by the Champagne House of Louis Roederer in 1993. The grapes are Grenache (80%) and Syrah (20%) After harvest, the Grenache grapes are fermented the traditional way in stainless steel tanks while being mixed daily to allow a soft extraction of carbolic acid. The Syrah is barrel fermented in order to fully bring out its fruity aromatic power. After malolactic fermentation, the wines are mixed and then preserved in stainless steel tanks, for six to eight months until bottled. There is a dominance of red berries with a combination of power and freshness that carries over onto the palate. There’s plenty of spicy richness on the palate, even some light tannins to help rein in all that fruit.
2005 Delas Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone
The appellation of Crozes Hermitage is the largest in the northern Rhône valley, covering nearly 2,100 acres. The region consists of primarily Syrah grapes that are aromatic, rich and full-bodied. The fermentation of these grapes takes place at controlled temperatures of 82 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in open concrete tanks. After malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for 12 months; 30 percent in oak barrels and the remaining portion in large tanks, preserving the full fruit aromas.
2005 Château Haut-Beauséjour, Saint-Estèphe
In 1992, Champagne house Louis Roederer, acquired and combined two Cru Bourgeois vineyards in the heart of the Medoc’s prestigious Saint-Estephe appellation: Château Picard and Château Beauséjour. Together, these properties make up what is now called “Château Haut-Beauséjour.” The wine shows red- and black-berry fruit, with notes of stewed apples and jam overlaid by elegant hints of wood and aromas of spice and tobacco. On the palate, the taste is very slow to develop but remains elegant without a trace of hardness or dryness, and a finesse and elegance that echo the nose. This is sure to be a fine, long-lived wine and already is quite exceptional; especially in value.