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Part of our gift package after my team one first prize at the Défi de Bacchus 2009 wine tasting competition in Lyon, France. Figured it was time to crack open the bottle. So cheers to the ONE-FOUR!

Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in the glass. Predominantly grenache and syrah, with some mourvedre, Abeille-Fabre vineyard, 14.5% vol. Bright, fresh berries on the nose, accompanied by a subtle spice. Overall a fairly tight nose, lacking some expression. Fruit-forward flavors of black cherry and brambleberry, immediately followed by dark chocolate. This wine is full-bodied with balanced tannins and a juicy acidity. The finish is slightly bitter but would be balanced out nicely with a hearty meal.
Rating: 14/20 (87/100)
Price: US$44 @ Gift from Défi de Bacchus 2009 and the Sup’ de Coteaux wine club


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Thanks to a very generous invitation from The Andersons Sawmill Wine Shop, I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Vanguard Wines “Grand Portfolio Tasting”, near Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Vanguard Wines is one of the largest (if not the largest) wine importers to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. And they have a great selection to boot! This year the event featured over 50 winemakers from Argentina, France, Italy, Spain and the US. Since this is a trade only tasting, most of the producers are represented by the actual owner/winemaker, making for a much more authentic experience and vinous journey. I had a blast and managed to taste and spit my way though 33 whites and 45 reds. Below is my breakdown.


My Favorite Whites

Alphonse Mellot, “Generation Dis Neuf”, Sancerre 2011 – $70
Jean-Marc Brocard, “Valourent”, Chablis 1er Cru 2010 – $43
Jean-Marc Brocard, “Valmur”, Chablis Grand Cru 2010 – $70
Jean-Marc Brocard, “Les Clos”, Chablis Grand Cru 2010 – $75
Larmandier-Bernier, “Longitude Blanc de Blancs”, 1er Cru Champagne – $53
Larmandier-Bernier, “Vieille Vigne Cramant”, Grand Cru Champagne 2006 – $90
Az. Ag. Campogrande, Cinqueterre 2011 – $55
Tenute Rio Maggio, Telusiano 2012 – $20
Eola Hills, “Vin d’Epice Late Harvest Gewurztraminer”, Oregon 2006 – $27
Ramey Wine Cellars, “Hyde Vineyard” Chardonnay, Carneros 2009 – $65
Ramey Wine Cellars, “Ritchie Vineyard” Chardonnay, Russian River 2009 – $65
Talley Vineyards, “Oliver’s Vineyard” Chardonnay, Edna Valley 2011 – $40

My Favorite Reds

Caldwell Vineyard, “Rocket Science” Red Blend, Napa Valley 2010 – $48
Caldwell Vineyard, “Silver C” Red Blend, Napa Valley 2010 – $105
Antano, Montefalco Rosso Riserva 2009 – $40
Fattoria di Felsina, Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 – $33
Fattoria di Felsina, “Fontalloro” Sangiovese, Toscana 2008 – $60
Allamand Viñas & Vinos, “H”, Mendoza 2010 – $37
Talley Vineyards, “Rincon Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Edna Valley 2011 – $60
Au Bon Climat, “Isabelle” Pinot Noir, California 2010 – $55

The Rest of the Whites

Kamen Wines “Estate Sauvignon Blanc”, Sonoma Mountain 2012
Dom de la Pertuisane, “The Guardian” Grenache Gris, Cotes Catalanes 2012
Alphonse Mellot, “La Mousierre”, Sancerre 2011
Alphonse Mellot, Pouilly-Fume 2011
Alphonse Mellot, “Les Penitents” Chardonnay, Cotes de la Charite 2010
Jean-Marc Brocard, “Montee de Tonnerre”, Chablis 1er Cru 2010
Jean-Marc Brocard, “Vau de Vey”, Chablis 1er Cru 2010
Mas de Daumas Gassac, “Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé”, Pays d’Hérault 2012
Mas de Daumas Gassac, “Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Blanc”, Pays d’Hérault 2012
Mas de Daumas Gassac, “Blanc”, Pays d’Hérault 2012
Domaine de Pajot, “Quatre Cepages”, VdP de Cotes de Gascogne 2012
Larmandier-Bernier, “Rosé de Saignee Extra Brut”, 1er Cru Champagne
Marco Cecchini d’Orsaria, “d’Orsaria” Pinot Grigio, 2012
Marco Cecchini d’Orsaria, “Tové”, Tocai Friulano 2009
Allamand Viñas & Vinos, “Cuvee de St. Jeannet”, Valle de Uco 2012
Eola Hills, Pinot Gris, Oregon 2011
Eola Hills, Chardonnay, Oregon 2011
Charles & Charles, Rosé, Columbia Valley 2012
Gotham Project, “Truth or Consequences” Keg Riesling, 2012
Ramey Wine Cellars, Chardonnay, Russian River 2010
Talley Vineyards, “Estate Chardonnay”, Arroyo Grande 2011

The Rest of the Reds

Cliff Lede Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2010
Crocker & Starr, “Stone Place” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010
Kamen Wines, “Estate Cabernet Sauvignon”, Sonoma Mountain 2010
Lang & Reed, Cabernet Franc, North Coast 2010
Lang & Reed, “Two Fourteen” Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 2010
Lail Vineyards, “Blueprint” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2011
Lail Vineyards, “J. Daniel Cuvee” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010
Dom de la Pertuisane, “Le Nain Violet” Grenache Noir, Cote Catalanes 2011
Mas de Daumas Gassac, “Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge”, Pays d’Hérault 2012
Mas de Daumas Gassac, “Rouge”, Pays d’Hérault 2011
Marco Cecchini d’Orsaria, “Refosco”, 2008
Antano, Montefalco Rosso 2010
Cascina Ca’Rossa, “Langhe” Nebbiolo, 2010
Cascina Ca’Rossa, “Auginaggio” Roero, 2010
Cascina Ca’Rossa, “Mompissano” Roero, 2009
Elio Altare, Dolcetto d’Alba 2012
Elio Altare, Barbera d’Alba 2012
Elio Altare, “L’Insieme”, 2010
Elio Altare, Barolo 2009
Elio Altare, “Cerretta”, Barolo 2007
Mauro Veglio, Dolcetto d’Alba 2012
Mauro Veglio, Barbera d’Alba 2012
Mauro Veglio, “Vigneto Arborina”, Barolo 2009
Mauro Veglio, “Castelletto”, Barolo 2009
Mauro Veglio, “Vigneto Gattera”, Barolo 2009
Fattoria di Felsina, Chianti Classico 2010
Fattoria di Felsina, “Rancia”, Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
La Rioja Alta, “Viña Alberdi”, Rioja 2006
La Rioja Alta, “Viña Ardanza”, Rioja 2004
La Rioja Alta, “Gran Reserva 904”, Rioja 2001
Allamand Viñas & Vinos, Malbec, Valle de Uco 2012
Allamand Viñas & Vinos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Uco 2012
Charles & Charles, Red Blend, Columbia Valley 2011
Gotham Project, “El Rede” Keg Malbec, 2012
Talley Vineyards, “Estate Pinot Noir”, Arroyo Grande 2011
Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2011
Au Bon Climat, “La Bauge au-Dessus” Pinot Noir, Santa Mari 2009

Thanks again to Silvia, Chuck, Bob and the rest of the team at The Andersons Sawmill Wine Shop!


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Although I don’t think we were nominated, mentioned, or even noticed.

But here are the 2011 Wine Blog Award Winners.

I regularly read these and have to say they are all worth reading.

Maybe we’ll get ourselves on the list next year… a goal perhaps?

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2006 Château Lauriga “Le Cadet de Lauriga” Côtes du Roussillon
Tasting Notes : 70% syrah, 20% carignan, 10% grenache, 35 hl/ha yield, 13% vol. Deep, dark purple, almost soupy, and slightly hazy in the glass. Spicy black fruits on the nose with a subtle hint of licorice, sweet kitchen cupboard spice, and violets. Full-bodied and smooth with medium tannins in the mouth. This wine is a little flabby and disjointed, lacking overall expression. The nose is much more integrated and expressive than the mouth. There are flavors of blackberries, blueberries, black cherries and sweet potpourri spices. The finish is a little artificial and bitter.
Rating : 12/20 (82/100)
Price : 6 Euros @ Salons des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants Paris

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On Saturday the 27th of March I attended the “8e salon des Sciences Po producteurs de vin”, an annual wine expo held at Sciences Po Paris. The event is organized by Sciences Po Millésimes, the alumae wine club of Sciences Po. I was quite pleased with the wine selection and especially pleased with my purchase of a 1981 Domaine de Jouanda Bas Armagnac !

Thanks Phil and the rest of the Sciences Po Millésimes wine club for organizing a great event.

Below I’ve listed the wines I tasted (value wines in bold) … (more…)

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Sent to me from Ryan O’Connell …

For immediate release:

Late on the last day of ViniSud 2010, when all the winemakers were aching to leave their stands and the wine buyers and amateurs alike were drowsy with wine tasting at one of France’s largest wine salons, Ryan O’Connell launched his campaign to breathe fresh air into his tired region.  Winemakers in the south of France are already infamous for their manifestations, but Ryan is teaching them how to bring those public demonstrations to the Internet where consumers might actually bare witness.

In the South of France stand, the Agora space was set apart for new ideas and innovation. That’s where Ryan, a winemaker in the Languedoc himself, announced that it’s time for his profession to mobilize online. In his presentation, he tried to keep things simple, showing tools that can be used by anybody who knows how to read emails. (more…)

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Two major wine expos in Paris within a 7-day timeframe.  Gotta love it !

This past Friday and Saturday marked my second straight year in attendance at Le Grand Tasting at the Carrousel du Louvre (basement level of the Louvre museum in the heart of Paris).  Thierry Desseauve and Michel Bettane really do an amazing job in organizing this event.  Check out the link to my posting from last year’s expo.

7 regions and 44 wines later, he are the results !  As usual my highly recommended wines are in bold, although anything rated a 3 or higher is worth checking out, in my book …


1.    Château Clauzet, Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, 2004, 18€50 (4/5)
2.    Château Clauzet, Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, 2005, 22€ (3/5)
3.    Château Clauzet, Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, 2006, 18€50 (3/5)
4.    Château Clauzet, Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, 2007, 18€50 (4/5)
5.    Château de Côme, Saint-Estèphe, 2005 (2/5)
6.    Château de Côme, Saint-Estèphe, 2006 (2/5)
7.    Château de Côme, Saint-Estèphe, 2007 (3/5)


8.    Chevalier Père et Fils « Les Corvées », Ladoix 1er Cru, 2007, 19€ (3/5)
9.    Chevalier Père et Fils, Aloxe Corton, 2007, 22€ (4/5)
10.    Domaine Raphaël Dubois et Fils, Nuits Saint Georges, 2007, 18€50 (3/5)
11.    Domaine Raphaël Dubois et Fils, Vosne Romanée, 2007, 22€ (3/5)
12.    Domaine Raphaël Dubois et Fils « Les Narbantons », Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru, 2007, 19€ (4/5)
13.    Domaine Raphaël Dubois et Fils « Les Forêts Saint Georges », Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru, 2007, 27€ (4/5)
14.    Domaine Raphaël Dubois et Fils, Chambolle Musigny, 2007, 22€ (3/4)
15.    Domaine Raphaël Dubois et Fils, Close de Vougeot Grand Cru, 2007, 50€ (4/5)


16.    Domaine les Prunelles « Caprice Divin », Vin de Pays Côtes de Thongue, 2008, 6€50 (3/5)
17.    Domaine les Prunelles « Sourire d’Aline », Vin de Pays Côtes de Thongue, 2007, 4€10 (2/5)
18.    La Croix de Saint-Jean « Lo Paire », Minervois, 2004, 15€ (3/5)
19.    La Croix de Saint-Jean « Lo Paire », Minervois, 2006, 15€ (4/5)
20.    La Croix de Saint-Jean « Lo Mainatge », Minervois, 2007, 7€50 (3/5)


21.    Charles Joguet « Les Varennes du Grand Clos », Chinon, 2007, 15€ (4/5)
22.    Charles Joguet « Clos du Chêne Vert », Chinon, 2007, 18€ (4/5)
23.    Charles Joguet « Clos de la Dioterie », Chinon, 2007, 19€ (5/5)

24.    Charles Joguet « Les Petites Roches », Chinon, 2007 (2/5)
25.    Domaine de Saint-Just « Terres Rouges », Saumur Champigny, 2008, 7€90 (4/5)
26.    Domaine de Saint-Just « Clos Moleton », Saumur Champigny, 2007, 20€ (4/5)
27.    Domaine de Saint-Just « Moitié des Roches », Saumur Champigny, 2008, 13€ (3/5)


28.    Château de Pibarnon « Les Restanques de Pibarnon », Bandol, 2006, 15€50 (2/5)
29.    Château de Pibarnon, Bandol, 2005, 26€ (4/5)
30.    Château de Pibarnon, Bandol, 2004, 26€50 (4/5)
31.    Château de Pibarnon, Bandol, 2006, 25€ (3/5)
32.    Château de Pibarnon, Bandol, 2007, 25€ (3/5)
33.    Château de Pibarnon, Bandol, 2009 (3/5) (barrel tasting)


34.    Domaine Singla [Bio] « Arrels », Côtes du Roussillon Villages, 2007, 50€ (4/5)
35.    Domaine Singla [Bio] « Castell Vell », Côtes du Roussillon Villages, 2007, 17€ (4/5)
36.    Domaine Singla [Bio] « La Crinyane », Côtes du Roussillon, 2007, 15€ (4/5)

37.    Domaine Singla [Bio] « Passe Temps », Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes, 2007, 10€ (3/5)
38.    Domaine Singla [Bio] « La Pinède », Côtes du Roussillon, 2006 (4/5)
39.    Domaine Singla [Bio] « El Moli », Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes, 2006 (4/5)


40.    Perrin et Fils « La Gille », Gigondas, 2007, 15€ (3/5)
41.    Perrin et Fils « Les Sinaros », Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2006, 22€ (4/5)
42.    Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007, 52€ (4/5)
43.    Nicolas Jaboulet, Côte-Rôtie, 2007, 30€ (3/5)
44.    Nicolas Jaboulet, Saint-Joseph, 2007, 30€ (3/5)

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