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April 2012 WSR – Provence dégustation – Rose’s

A. Provence

1.Sparkling wine (from Provence region, sparklers are not part of the AOC)

Château de Saint Martin NV “Bulles de Rose”      pd 22.95 OG
Cinsault and Syrah
2. Côtes de Provence

a. Domaine Fontanyl 2010       pd 12.99 Sch.

b. Château d’Esclans “Whispering Angel”     pd 15.99 TW
Listed producer in Classement, wine rated at 14/20

c. Château d’Esclans 2009 “Garrus”
80-year old Grenache and Rolle Aged on oak 10 months. SRP Fr = 80€, retail US = 99.99
Listed producer in Classement, wine rated at 15/20
 
d. Domaine La Courtade 2010 “L’Alycastre”     pd 12.59 Sch.
Grenache, Tibouren, Mourvèdre
1-star producer in Classement, the 2010 rated at 16/20

e. Domaine St-André de Figuière 2010 Veilles Vignes   pd 19.99 Sch.
50% mourvèdre, 25% cinsault, 25% grenache
Listed producer in Classement, this wine rated at 14/20

f. Gassier Sables d’Azur 2011     SRP = $13 to $15

g. Domaine Sorin 2011 « Terra Amata »   SRP = $11.99
30% grenache, 15% cinsault, 15% mourvèdre, 15% syrah, 15% carignan, 8% rolle, 2% ugni

h. Château Peyrassol 2011        pd 17.99 K&L
i. Commanderie de Peyrassol 2011     pd 22.99 K&L

j. Saint Roch des Vignes 2010     pd 12.99 Gel
 50% Cinsault, 50% Grenache

k. Château Roubine 2011      SRP $19.99
 Cinsault, grenache, cabernet sauvignon, carignan, tibouren, syrah, mourvèdre

l. Château l’Afrique 2011
 60% grenache, 30% cinsault, 10% syrah

m. Château Léoube 2011
 Syrah, cinsault, grenache, mourvèdre

n. Domaine de Saint Ser « Prestige » 2011    SRP 18.99
 Cinsault 40%, grenache 30%, syrah, rolle
3. Coteaux Varois en Provence

a. Château Margüi 2011     SRP = $19.99 to 24.99
 50% cinsault, 50% grenache (Ecocert organic, bio next year)
4. Coteaux d’Aix Provence

a. Domaine La Rabiotte 2010        pd unk. TW
 70% grenache, 20% cinsault, 10% syrah

b. Château du Seuil 2010       pd 11.69 Sch.
 40% syrah, 40% grenache, 20% cabernet sauvignon

c. Château Vignelaure 2011 « La Source »
 50% grenache, 40% cinsault, 10% syrah  1-star producer in Classement, rated at 13.5/20
  
d. Château Vignelaure 2011    List price in France = 12.50€
 40% grenache, 30% syrah, 30% cabernet sauvignon
 1-star produer in Classement, rated at 14/20

e. Commanderie de la Bargemone 2011     SRP = $16 to $19
 36% grenache, 21% cinsault, 20% syrah, 17% cabernet saugvignon, 3% carignan, 3% ugni blanc

B. Bandol (is its own AOC, but surrounded by Provence AOC)

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April 4, 2012 Posted by | California, France, Rose Wines | Leave a comment

March 2012 WSR – Burgundy with a Twist

The March tasting at Scotts turned out to be a good tasting for those not familure with burgandy wines and to give them a taste of what French pinot should taste like compared to California… oh that was the twist!!  Here was the lineup:

O – Bugey- Cerdon la Cueille – Sparkling Wine, Poncin France                                    $16.

 Flight 1

 1 – Three Saints – Pinot Noir- Santa Maria Valley                                                        $17

 2 – Michel Sarrazin – Givry      – Sous La Roche                                                          $23

 3 – Lousi Jadot – Beaune Les Avaux –                                                              $37

 4– Marsannay – Les Longeroies – Regis Bourvir                                                           $28

 Flight 2

 5 – Morgon – Pinot Noir – Twelve Clones – Santa Lucia Highlands                  $25

 6 – Thierry et Pascale Matrot – Meursault                                                                     $33

 7 – Louis Latour – Marsannay – Cote – D’Or                                                  $16

 8- Albert Bichot – Domaine du Pavillon Beaune Les Epenottes                          $30

 Flight 3

 9- Domaine Faiveley – Mercurey Clos Des Myglands – Premier Cru                 $32

 10 – Thierry et Pascale Matrot Monthelie                                                                      $30

 11– Hamilton Russell Vineyards – Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, So.Africa  $37

 12- Domaine Du Chateau De Chorey – Beaune Les Teurons                             $60

March 7, 2012 Posted by | California, France | Leave a comment

December 2011 WSR Champagnes – Tim’s

As 2011 came to a close, Tim put together an exceptional champage list to end the year with and including some I have never had (being a novice and all).  It was good to finally taste a Crystal and Dom to see what all the hubub was about with these highend champagnes, still thinking about those!!

Tim added some notes to his email of which has been included here:

I think everyone took home some new knowledge and perhaps a whole new set of expectations.  There were quite a number of favorites among the group, not unexpected when you stack the deck (ratings were 93 or above for every wine), but then that really was my intent.  The take home message:  READ, READ and READ some more and when you find a general consensus of very favorable ratings by reviewers go out a try that particular wine, especially if it is $40. and not $200. as was the case with several wines last evening.  As I mentioned everything we tasted last evening is available at ‘local’ shops.

Aperitif                                                                     Price              Score

 Jaume Serra Cristalino – Brut Nature- 2008          $  13. (mag)     91 W&S

    30% Chardonnay, 30% Xarel·lo, 20% Macabeo. 20% Parellada          

 Sparklers :

 Flt 1 

Roederer – L’Ermitage – Brut – 2002                          $  39.              94 W&S

            60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

Charles Heidsieck – Brut Reserve – NV                      $  38.              93 W&S

           34% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Meunier.

Dom Perignon – 2002                                                        $ 130.             96 RP

            Variable blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Veuve Cliquot – Brut – 2002                                           $  70.              94 WE

            60% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 7% Pinot Meunier

 Flt 2

Krug – Grande Reserve – NV                                               $ 160.             95 W&S, RP

       Variable blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, 9 or more vintages in the blend

Henri Billiot – Brut – 2004                                                $  63.              93 WA

            75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay

Roederer – Cristal – 2002                                                    $ 200.             100 W&S ,98 WE

            60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay                                                                    

Argyle – Brut – Extrended Tirage – 2000                       $ 51.              95 W&S

           54% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir

 Flt 3

Billecart-Salmon,Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart 2000    $ 100.             95 WE

            60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

Henriot – Brut – Blanc de Blanc – NV                                $  40.              93 RP

            100% Chardonnay

Charles Heidsieck – Brut Cuvee Royale 2002         $  75.              94 W&S

          50% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir, 9% Pinot Meunier

Gramona – III Lustos – Gran Reserva – 1997           $  51.              94 ST

            70 % Xarel·lo, 30% Macabeo

December 28, 2011 Posted by | Bubbly, France, Group Tasting Notes | Leave a comment

WSR – September 2011 – Charlene’s Surprises

Every Septemeber the wine group meets after the summer break to start the year off on Charlene’s patio to see what adventure she was on for the summer, this year was no exception, she went to Rhode Island!   The tasting did not include all wines from that region as she actually included wines from other areas as well, France, Italy, Argentina and California.  Food dishes were made to go with the wines and they were very tasty indeed.  I will look forward to next year to see what region she ventures too!

Here was the lineup:

O – Jaffelin Cremant de Bourgogne – Blanc de Blanc Brut  %100 Chard               $12.99

O – Blason de Bourgogne Cremant de Bourgonge – Brut Rose, 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Gamany  $10.99

1. Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri 2010 – Santorini Greece – 75% Assyrtiko, 25% Athiri      $13.99

2. Colli di Luni  2010 – Vermentino – Lynae, Italy                                      $12.99

3.  Bodega Norton 2009 –  Torrontes – Mendoza River Valley, Argentina                 $7.99

4. Colli di Luni 2010 – Vermentino – Terenzuola Estate, Italy          $17.99

5. Newport Vineyards 2010- Gewurztraminer, Rhode Island           $18.99

6. Newport Vineyards 2009 – Cab Franc & Cabernet , Rhode Island        $16.99

7. Newport Vineyards 2009 – Landot Noir, Rhode Island                         $19.99

8. Newport Vineyards 2009 – Cabernet Franc, Rhode Island                   $19.99

9. Ridge 2008 – 72%zin, 20% Carignane, 6% pet. Sirah, 2% Mataro – Geyserville, Ca   $31.00

10. Ridge 2008 – 74% zin, 21% Pet Sirah, 5% Carignane – Lytton Springs – Dry Creek Valley  $27.99

11. Titan Hills Vineyards 2008  – Fiasco – Zin, Pet. Syrah, Barbara – Paso Robles         $6.99

12.  Ridge 2009 – Pono Zinfandel – 98% Zin, 2% Petite Sirah – Russian River             $24.99

13.  Ridge 2008 – Pagani Ranch –  85% Zin, 10% Alicante Bonschet, 3% Pet. syrah, 2% Carignane – Sonoma- $29.99

October 18, 2011 Posted by | California, France, Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines | Leave a comment

WSR – April “The Great Debate” Tasting

Aprils gathering at Dads (Gerry’s) was an educational experience.  As he wrote in his
introduction  – “I am setting this up as a challenge, and a bit of fun.” 

Last summer at the annual SWE convention, Ed Korry set up a formal debate (a real one
with an advocate and rebuttal and then a second for the proposition and another rebuttal)
on the issue of whether wine prices and wine quality were correlated.  It was a fun event
and I scribbled notes as best I could and captured most of it which is attached here for
you review prior to the Tuesday event.  At the SWE we only got to do 4 wines, so I have
expanded this to include a spread of:
–the sparklers (yes, even they will be brown-bagged!)
–6 whites
–a pair of roses
–6 reds

It was very interesting and everyone jumped right in to the task at hand when they arrived.
As the group went through the process of #1 guessing what price mark the wine was at and
#2 which they thought was the best quality of wine of the two, it was clear that everyone
has an opinion as to what they thought  the wine is worth and really a mixed bag as to what was
everyones favorite! 

There were 10 people making the guesses so I have put the vote count under the wine of
where each person thought the wine price should fall. 
After the actual price of the wine I put an (F) to show the group favorite of the two wines.

Sparker 1 – Roderer Anderson Valley NV                                                       $15
                 $7=1 $15=4  $25=2   $35=3  $50=0

Sparker 2 – Roderer Champagne NV                                                                 $40(F)
                 $7=1  $15=1  $25=3   $35=5  $50=0

Whites:

#1 – Chateau St-Jean des Graves, Graves blank 2008                              $14(F)
                $7=4  $15=6  $25=0   $35=0  $50=0

#2 – chateau Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Leognan 2004                                    $38(F)
                 $7=1  $15=4  $25=5   $35=0  $50=0
——
#3 – Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige 2009                              $21
                $7=0  $15=6  $25=3   $35=1  $50=0

#4 – Le Measure Pinot Grigio, Venezia Giulia IGT 2009                          $12(F)
               $7=2  $15=1  $25=3   $35=3  $50=1
——
#5 – Nickel & Nickel Russian River Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard 2008 $36(F)
                $7=2  $15=4  $25=2   $35=2  $50=0

#6 – Buehler Chardonnay, Russian River 2009                                           $12
                $7=0  $15=5  $25=4   $35=1  $50=0
——
Rose:

#7 – Domaine Gros-Nore, Bandol 2009                                                         $29(F)
                 $7=1  $15=5  $25=3   $35=1  $50=0

#8 – Domaine ott, Bandol 2009                                                                         $34
                $7=1  $15=3  $25=4   $35=2  $50=0

—–
Reds:

#9 – St. Inocent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Villages Cuvee, 2009 $20
                 $7=0  $15=5  $25=4   $35=1  $50=0

#10 – Beaux-Freres Willamete Valley Pinot Noir 2007                          $45(F)
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=6   $35=4  $50=0
—–
#11 – Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco, Reserve 2009               $50
                  $7=1  $15=0  $25=4   $35=5  $50=0

#12 – Porducttore del Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Lange 2009                     $18(F)
                 $7=0  $15=0  $25=0   $35=3  $50=7
—–
#13 – Perrin et Fils, La Gille, Gigondas 2007                                                 $26
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=6   $35=4  $50=0

#14  La Font de Vent Cotes-du-Rhone, “Notre Passion” 2007               $14(F)
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=1   $35=6  $50=3
I think the learning process here is that everyone has an opinion as to what they
feel is a wine of there preference and also an option of what they would pay for
that bottle of wine.  The interesting thing is that in some cases the cheap
wine showed better than the expensive wine so what ever the outcome, we really don’t
know the real answers, just what wines we really prefer when all said and done!

April 27, 2011 Posted by | California, France, Group Tasting Notes, Rose Wines, White Wines | Leave a comment

WSR January 2011 Beaujolais Tasting

What a great way to start off the New Year if I do say so myself!  Beaujolais and Coca au Vin at Scott’s, what a great combination.   I was really impressed that these wines showed so well and unique to themselves.  Wonderful fruit, tourier and in the Fleurie,  Chenas and Moulin-a-Vent showed good structure and long finishes.  I would never have given these a second look when purchasing wines but at the price they are at and the quality of the wines, I will absolutely put a few on my shelf for drinking. 

I want to thank everyone for their kind notes and hope you all enjoyed or will enjoy Beaujolais from here on out.  Here is the list of wine poured:

O- Maison Ambroise – Cremant de Bourgogne                        $18 (WE)

Flight 1:

1) Terres Dorees Jean- Paul Brun – Beaujolas Blanc (char) 2009   $15 (HT)

2)  Hubert Lapierre – Chenas 2009                                $18(K&L)

3) Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Vielles Vignes 2008         $ 16 (HT)

4) Louis Jadot – Beaujolais – Villages 2009                      $9 (HT)

Flight 2:

5) Chateau Thivin – Cote de Brouilly 2008                        $20 (HT)

6) Domaine Des Braves – Regnie – Grand Vine du Beaujolais 2009   $16 (HT)

7) Domaine Calot – Morgon 2009                                   $22 (HT)

Flight 3:

8)  Domaine Cheveau – Saint-Amour 2008                            $20 (HT)

9) Domain Cheysson – Chiroubles                                  $16 (HT)

10) Terres Dorees – Fleurie 2009                                 $24 (WE)

Flight 4:

11) Chateau des Capitans – Julienas  2009                        $16 (HT)

12) Pascal Granger Earl – Julienas Grand Reserve  2005           $22 (HT)

13) Thibault Liger Belair – Moulin a Vent 2009                   $25 (WE)

January 11, 2011 Posted by | France, Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines | 1 Comment

WSR December 2010 – Champagne

Happy Holidays everyone!!  Well this years holidays tasting at Tim’s was a wonderful tasting which again he seems to exceed our expectations and bring something new to the table for all of us to enjoy.  This years Champagne were all Rose’s from France (with exception to the opener).  Each one brought a non typical excitement to the mouth and palate and there was not a bad one in the bunch. 

We had a great assortment of food which went very well with each of the champagnes.  A roasted pork loin was served as the main dish, there was a baked crab dip, smoked salmon and cream cheese, cheeses, crackers, mushroom topped mixture over a bagette, and salty potato chips!  (Yes they really do go well with champagne!)  I have to admit that the appetizer that I found most delightful was the pepper & salt potato chip, topped with sour cream, smoked salmon and chive was so simple but so good.  🙂 

Thanks to Tim for a wonderful tasting and hope he can out do this years lineup next holiday season.  Hope Santa is good to you all and see you next year.

O.  Schramsberg Mirabelle – Brut Rose                                               $ 19.           93 WS
 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay     

1. Nicholas Feuillalatte – Brut Rose NV                                               $ 40.         92 WS
 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay

2. Chartogne Taillet – Le Rose NV                                                          $ 50.            92 RP
 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

3. Phillipponnat Reserve Rosee Brut NV                                             $ 60.            91 WS
 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier,

4. Rene Geoffroy – Brut Rose de Saignee NV                                     $ 55.            93 RP
 100% Pinot Noir

5. Charles Gardet – Brut Rose 2002                                                      $ 36.              93 WS
 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Petit Meunier

6. Bollinger Grande Année Rosé 1999                                                $150.            97 ST
 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay

7. Andre Beaufort – Brut Rose 2002                                                   $ 85              94 WE
 100% Pinot Noir – Late disgorged – 2009

8. Charles Heidsieck – Rose Reserve NV                                            $ 60.            94 WS
 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay

9. Louis de Sacy – Brut Rose Grand Cru NV                                      $ 36.                93 WS
 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Petit Meunier

10. Vilmart  – Cuvee Rubis NV                                                                $ 60.               93 WA
 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay

11. Henri Goutorbe – Brut Rose NV (2006-disgorged 2009)    $ 52.               93 WA
 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay

12. Egly Ouriet – Brut Rose Grand Cru N

December 16, 2010 Posted by | Bubbly, France, Group Tasting Notes | 1 Comment

WSR Thanksgiving 2010

It’s that time of the year again where we attempt to find the ultimate wine that goes with Turkey and all the fixings!  The question is… did we succeed or did we find ones that really don’t favor the main holiday feast? 

I think in some respects we are finding that some veriatals are becoming standouts such as Rieslings and Pinot Noir, other which we think will work  just don’t hold up such as the Syrahs and Sangiovese, to the dishes being served.  Not that they are bad wines, they are in fact good wines, but they just don’t mesh with turkey and the fixings!   

Below is a list of what wines were served with notes to follow.  A few out of this list that were hits was the Falanghina, Willams Selyem and other Pinot’s.  I hope you find the list useful?

O#1 – Campogrande – Orveto  07

O#2 – Tablas Creek – Roussane 07 – Paso Robles

#1 Frase, Stanza Gewerztraminer 08 – Monterey  $19.99

#2 Holly, William Fevee Chablis 05 – Chablis France

#3 Charleen, Ancien Pinot Noir 07 – Russian River $48

#4 Frase, Sarahs Vineyard Grenache 09 – Central Coast

#5 Tim, Ravens Wood Chardonnay 06 – Sonoma $15

#6 Mary, Navaroo Riesling 09 – Anderson Valley, Mendocino

#7 Gerry- Williams Selyem Pinot Noir 08 – Westside Road Neighbors Russian River $45

#8 Richard R2 – Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir 07 – Leros Family Vineyard, R. River $45

#9 Salt – Terradora DiPaolo Falanghina – Compangia 08 $12

#10 Linda – Mount Aukum winery Syrah 06 – Fairplay,  $26

#11 Scott – Podigal Pinot Noir – Santa Rita Hills, $45

#12 Derickson – Preston of Dry Creek Syrah 06

#13 Richard W. – Amador Foothill Winer Sangiovese 04, Shendoah Valley, CA $25

#14 Ries – Domain Jean Luc Dubois Beaune Bressandes Premier Cru 06, Burgundy Fr.

#15 Ries – Nuit St. George Les Cailles 1st Cru – Alain Michelot 88,  Burgundy Fr.

#16 Filippi Creme Sherry Reserve – Rancho Cucomonga

#17 Bodega Dios Baco Creme Sherry

#18 Fess Parker  Traditions Port, Santa Barbara

November 19, 2010 Posted by | California, France, Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines, White Wines | Leave a comment

WSR October 2010 – Something Old, Something New!

This months tasting done by David certainly was an enjoyable one in that we were able to taste some new vineyard wines that were very good and reasonably priced and ones that I would not have thought about purchasing, and then ones that are no longer available that were a real treat to try.  Also, to have a member and friend share his thoughts on his post 89th Birthday and still going strong, Happy Birthday Derickson!!!!

Being part of this group allows us the opportunity to try a 36-year-old wine and understand why wine is meant to cellar… because it puts a smile on your face when you see that the fruit and the balance all held up all these years and you can recall the time you purchased it but not knowing that you were going to allow 12 others enjoy in the moment.  Thanks to David for going into his cellar to allow the group an impressive set of wines for this months tasting. 

Here is the lineup for this tasting with his notes.

1. Henri Able non-vintage  Brut champagne  (probably 25+ years old, but with the nutty character of a much more expensive late disgorged champagne)

2. Francois Montand non-vintage French methode traditionalle sparkling wine  $9.99

3. 2009 Bandol Lepont rose $16.99  (lightest colour)

4. 2009 Bougrier rose D’Anjou Loire valley rose $7.99

5. 2008 Chateau Grande Cassagne Los Rameaux Costieres de nimes rose $9.99

6. 2007 River Rroad Boschetti vineyard russian river valley pinot noir $15.99

7. 1998 Bridlewood Paso Robles syrah (in with the pinots as a syrah by dan geher with significant french and russian oak)

8. 2007 Flying Goat Cellars Santa Maria Dieberg vineyard pinot noir $35.99

9. 2007 Delhinger Russian River Estate pinot noir

10. 1909 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Willamette Valley pinot noir

11. 1980 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley cabernet

12. 2005 Chateau de Sales Pomerol $39.99 (did not show very well that night, but does have aging potential)

13. 1997 Zaca Mesa Misty Ridge old block merlot (santa barbara)

14. 1977 Trefethen Napa Estate cabernet sauvignon

15. 1974 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Estate cabernet

16.  2000 Arvay 6 Puttonyos Hungarian Tokaji Aszu

Although we did not do a strict tabulation by any means the roses seemed mixed with the Loire being the least favorite.  The Flying Goat had the most votes for the Pinot flight.  Over all almost all hands were raised for the 74 BV Estate regular cab. making it the over all favorite of the evening as well as my personal favorite.  The 6 basket Tokaji Aszu also received many favorable comments.

October 14, 2010 Posted by | California, France, Red Wines, Rose Wines | Leave a comment

April WSR Bordeaux Blanc & Sauterne at Hillier Sr.

April has arrived and so has another WSR event which was outstanding in both food and wine.  We ventured to the region of Bordeaux France and worked our way through the Grave region and Sauterne.  Since being a member of this group we have never done Sauterne and what a treat they were!  

The opening wines were paired with appetizers of blue and goat cheeses, olives and nuts.  The main course was cooked cold salmon with aoli and a tartar sauce, cold asparagus and salad of eggplant, zucchini and garlic.  We had a pear tart to accompany the last course.  All I can say is yummy!!

Below is the wine line-up and tasting notes will follow in comments:

Sparkling flight: (from the Loire)

A. Domaine du Viking, Vouvray, Brut, méthode traditionnelle, NV, Gauthier-Lhomme, 37380 Reugny.  (100% chenin) $17.99 (K&L)

B. De Chanceny, Crémant de Loire, Rosé Brut, méthode traditionnelle, NV,  Cave de Saumur, 49260 St-Cyr-en-Bourg. 
( likely rosé of cabernet franc)           $12.99 (K&L)

First flight: Graves and Bordeaux sec

1. Château St-Jean-des-Graves 2008, J. et E. David (Ch. Liot), 33720 Barsac     $13,99 (K&L)
 
2. Château L’Avocat 2006, Château du Seuil, 33720 Cérons, (40% sauvignon, 50% semillon, 10% sauvignon gris) $14.99 (K&L)

3. Château Toumillon 2007, Vignobles Sevenet, 33210 St-Pierre-de-Mons (60% semillon, 40% savignon)   $20.98 (Hi-T)

4. Château Tour de Mirambeau 2007, Despagne, SECA de la Rive Droit, 33420 Maujan et Postiac, Bordeaux sec  $16.99 (Wine X)

Second flight : Pessac-Léognan

5. Château Olivier 2005, Jean Jacques de Bthmann, 33850 Léognan (50% semillon, 50% sauvignon)   $24.99 (Wine X)

6. Planteurs des Haut-Brion 2006, Domaine Clarence Dillon, 33850 Léognan       $39.99 (WX)

7. Château Carbonnieux 2005, Famille Perrin, 33850 Léognan (65% savignon, 35% semillon by vignoble,  label says 70-30)            $49.99 (Schneider’s)

8. Château Smith-Haut-Lafite 2007, Daniel et Florence Cathiard, 33650 Martillac,
 (90% sauvignon, 5% sauvignon gris, 5% semillon)         $79.99 (K&L)

Third flight : Sauternes

9. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2005, Groupe Suez, 33210 Bommes (90% semillon, 8% sauvignon, 2% muscadelle)  $32.99 (K&L) 

10. Château de Malle 2003, Comtesse de Bournazel, 33210 Preignac (70% semillon, 27% sauvignon, 3% muscadelle) $49.99 (Schneider’s)

11. Château Rieussic 2005, Domaines Barons de Rothchild, 33210 Fargues-de-Langnon
 (92% semillon, 6% sauvignon, 1% muscadelle)         $59.00 (Schneider’s)

Fourth flight : Sauternes

12. Château Coutet 2003, Philippe et Dominique Baly, 33720 Barsac
 (75% semillon, 22% sauvignon, 3% muscadelle)         $59.99 (Schneider’s)

13. Château Suduiraut 2005, AXA Millésimes, 33210 Preignac (90% semillon, 10 sauvignon)    $69.99 demi (Schneider’s)

14. Château Guiraud 2005, O. Bernard, R. Peugeot, X. Planty, S. Von neipperg. 33210 Sauternes
 (65% semillon, 35% sauvignon)           $69.99 (Schneider’s)

April 7, 2010 Posted by | France, Group Tasting Notes, White Wines | Leave a comment