Jenny & Francois’s tasting was the perfect size, snuck in beneath Jane Restaurant. Here are the standouts from my experience.
JACQUES LASSAIGNE CHAMPAGNE. APPLAUSE! Beautiful stuff
Love this Macon producer. The Combettes is angular, structured food worthy white with a dose of fennel. The simple Macon is somewhat of a bargain. Don’t overlook the Bourgogne rouge, got plenty of pinot zip.
2005 DOMAINE CRUIZILLE ARAGONITE
Austere but good. Will be happy to drink.
2004 DERAIN MERCUREY, will some one please tell me why 2004 got a bad rap. I love the wines. Lots of ground ivy and silt.
01 PACALET GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN was showing really well. It must have been a fruit day. Last summer it was gone, now it’s out of its dumb phase and into a hell of a lot of prettiness.
DOMAINE ANGLORE CUVEE LES TRAVERSES
Mostly syrah with bits of mourvedre and Grenache. Due to the technique of vinification I’m not getting a whole lot of varietal characteristic but it is awfully stony and pleasant
L’ANGLORE PIERRE CHAUDE is 70% Grenache and it’s a nice flash of a wine. Attention getting.
2004 COURTOIS QUARTZ
Is sauvignon, though I defy you get it in a blind tasting unless you’re familiar with his style of winemaking. However the real minerality shines through with a touch of oxidation. A great wine to play with food.
2005 DEUX ANES---I always love these Corbiereres, especially the Fontanilles. It’s a crowd pleaser and gets more expressive after a day or two.
2005/06 ESTEZARGUES--- As always. Low rent wines that deliver for the party. Nice Rhoney character. Ie specially loved Les Genestre and the Gres Saint Vincent.
Tasting was ultra classy at Per Se. Even better most of the wines showed beautifully. Made me very happy.
I would love to see all or any that I've mentioned below on my own wine shelves or by the glass at a resto.
Wine buyers listen up.
J-D H has a terrific line up of sparklers.
*Merieau Method Traditionelle NV
90% chenin, 10% chardonnay. Yum. Clean apple flavor. Very chenin, very dry. Great sparkler at a great price.
New producer from the Loire for me. A sparkler made from cabernet franc. Of course it's earthy and compelling in its difference.
*Bedel et Fils Champagne: LOVE FRANCOISE'S CHAMPAGNES. Favorite is the Entre Ciel et Terre. Mouthwatering champers.
*David LeClapart L'Apotre: David's champers are getting better each effort. This one is dry, touch of metal and a long lime finish. Built to last.
*Delhommeau Muscadet: Always good to meet another compelling muscadet in a dark alley.
*Merieau Sauvignon de Touraine 2006: A great, inexpensive, expression. This Merieau makes good stuff in still wines as well.
*Domaine St. Nicolas Fiefs Vendeens Les Clous Blanc 2005
50/50 chenin, chardonnay, this was probably the wine surprise of the day with a three-star yum and shades of licorice.
*Laureau Savennieres les Genets 2004
Clean, with nice wet sweater fuzz but absolutely gripping with structure.
*Domaine St. Nicolas Pinot Noir 2005
Cherry. Zingy. Silty. My nose planted in the bowl and would not move.)
*Clos Delorme Valencay Rouge 2005
Juliette from Gramercy T and I were happily shmoozing over this one. We really enjoyed the Loire mix of gamay, cot, cabernet franc and a hint of pinot. Talk about a clutch of grapes. The 20% cabernet franc really busted through the rest. The cot gave it velvet. Great, silk velvet.