2010 is drawing to a close. With this last selection of the year, I wanted to highlight three regions: Champagne, Burgundy, and the Rhone Valley. This month's selections are all from France, my first love of wine. When I began my wine career as an upstart college student looking for a good hobby (and some free samples) I was introduced to these three regions and my path was forever altered. Today, I have many loves in the world of wine but these regions always tug on my heart.
I wish you a happy holiday and New Year!
(not including tax and shipping)
1 sparkling, 1 white, and 1 red
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Chartogne-Taillet "Sainte-Anne" Brut Non-Vintage Champagne (France)
If I was told I could only drink wine from one place on Earth, it would be Champagne. Chartogne-Taillet is a Champagne house that you may not have heard of but once you pop this cork your life will change for the better. A true family operation, father, mother and son, Chartogne-Taillet makes wines that sing from the moment you pour your first sip with classic aromas of brioche, baked apples, butter, ginger and cream. "Sainte-Anne" is one of the BEST non-vintage Champagnes on the market for the money. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, the wine is elegant, silky and beautiful! This wine is on the drier side of Brut with a lower dosage than most houses giving the palate an exciting raciness.
Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet "Clos-du-Chateau" Bourgone Blanc 2008 (France)
Burgundy is a region that all wine lovers eventually become obsessed with. It is a place of beauty, culinary mastery, and wines that will drive you crazy. Chardonnay is still the most popular white varietal in the world and it is because of this small region. No Chardonnay is as good as it is in Burgundy and the 2008 "Clos-du-Chateau" is one of the best examples of great wine from great terroir. Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet is in the heart of the village of Puligny-Montrachet and has twenty hectares of some of the best vineyards in the region. "Clos-du-Chateau" is a biodynamically farmed vineyard located directly in front of the Chateau. The 2008 has the floral and mineral notes that Pulginy is famous for but with richness, hints of citrus fruits, roast nuts, and a finish that lasts for days.
Franck Balthazar, "Cuvée Casimir Balthazar" Cornas 2007 (France)
No matter where you are, you will surely need a hearty red wine to warm your soul. "Cuvée Casimir Balthazar" Cornas will do that and more. The Rhone is a place of history, old vines, and wines that have power and elegance. This is 100% Syrah from vineyards still plowed with a horse. The wine is dense, concentrated, and full in body with a balance between fruit, alcohol and acidity that keeps the wine fresh with each sip. If you are roasting a leg of lamb, prime rib or game this winter, here is your wine!
What: DEL Selections will offer five shipments a year: Fall, Thanksgiving/Holiday, Winter, Spring and Summer.
Cost: Each shipment will cost no more than $120.00 (not including sales tax and/or shipping).
Wines: The majority of the shipments will consist of six wines, with the Winter offering being three to four wines of a higher average price. In each shipment you will receive a DEL newsletter that gives you detailed information on each wine and food pairing suggestions.
Shipping: Domaine LA ships to most states. Shipping rates vary based upon location. Please note, the following states cannot be shipped to: AL, AK, AR, DE, HI, KY, MA, MD, MI, MT, NH, NJ, OK, PA, SD, RI, UT. If you live in Los Angeles and want to pick up your selections at Domaine LA you will not incur any shipping costs.
When: Each offering will be announced via Drink Eat Love and will ship two weeks later.
Fine print: Please note that no substitutions can be made. If you are interested in getting a custom selection, please contact me directly.