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We placed an order several months ago for French wines on a pre-arrival pricing basis. Summer is not necessarily a great time for the wines to arrive as many of our customers have left or are leaving the desert. Well, they arrived. Rather than wait for the fall to show them off, let’s pop a few corks this Saturday and celebrate their arrival.
2006 Domaine de Sérame Viognier, Reserve
Viognier is typically an aromatic wine with good bracing acidity focusing on wonderful stone fruit and citrus blossoms. So it goes with this Vin de Pays d’Oc bottling which displays a delicate nose of peach and orange blossom continuing to a delicious, rich, mouthfeel with notes of apricot and on to a long, aromatic finish.
2006 Paul Jaboulet Côtes du Rhône, Parallele 45
In the village of Pont de l’Isère, a monument symbolizes this parallel line with the inscription: “the South begins here”. The grapes from these 25-years old vines (60% Grenache and 40% Syrah) are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The resultant wine is aromatic, hinting at red fruits blended with spices. On the palate, the wine is well-structured on rounded tannins, with a final spicy note.
2005 Chateau Lagupeau, Graves
Given the style of the vintage, most of the 2005 wines should be accessible young, yet evolve for a decade or more because of their concentration and tannic structure. This Bordeaux is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It is smooth with a lovely fruitiness focused on cherries, berries and blackcurrants. There is good complexity enhanced with easy going tannins. Great Value!
2006 Chateau Pey La Tour, Bordeaux
The blend here is 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Aromatics of sweet cherries, black currants, subtle herbs, cedar, and spice combine with a long, rich entry and mid-palate of similar flavors. The result is an impressive, supple-textured Bordeaux to drink over the next 2-3 years.
2005 Chateau Grimont, Bordeaux
This is a blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine has a lovely dark, ruby red color. The aromas are fruity and elegant. It is full-bodied and delicately balanced leading to a delightfully long finish. It is drinking well now, but will improve over the next 3 to 4 years.
2002 Chateau d’Armajan des Ormes, Sauternes
Sauternes is right up there with the best dessert wines of the world. Lemon lime aromas give way to a rich, elegant honey, butter, apricot and pear flavor. It is showing great complexity with lovely balance. There are notes of spice and anise on the long, long finish. The land for this 35 acres estate was established as a Lordship in 1565 following a visit by King Charles IX and his mother Catherine de Medici.