Wednesday, March 8, 2017

More 35th Anniversary tastings

Upcoming Tastings at the Tasting Bar at Forsyth
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

TONIGHT Wednesday March 8th 4:30-6:30
Join us in welcoming Greg Powell of Kermit Lynch Imports.
I always tell my out of State friends and family if you are shopping for wine and unsure of what to buy, just look at the back label, if it says Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, you are in good hands. Greg Powell will be pouring a fantastic line-up next Wednesday at The Tasting Bar:

2014 Chateau Graville-Lacoste Bordeaux Blanc...$15.99
Pierre Breton Vouvray....$19.99
Eric Chevalier Muscadet...$15.99
2014 Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits-Villages....$29.99
Damien Gachot may work the vineyards of the lesser known Côtes de Nuits Villages appellation, but he works his vines as if they were premier cru fruit from Nuits-Saint-Georges. They first came to Kermit’s attention via a trusted source—the master of La Tâche himself, Aubert de Villaine—and it certainly doesn’t hurt that Damien also received an endorsement from his friend, Bertrand Chevillon, either. In the most competitive market for Pinot Noir in the world, it is not an easy feat making a wine taste better than the pedigree of its soil would allow. Damien’s genius is found in his ability to balance traditional philosophies in the vineyards and respect of terroir with more contemporary methodologies in the cellar. His style gracefully manages to achieve suppleness and approachability without sacrificing authenticity, typicity, or age-ability. Dixon Brooke writes,
2014 Joguet Chinon “Cuvee Terroir”...$18.99
Chinon “Cuvée Terroir” : • A blend between a parcel from Beaumont-en-Véron with the alluvial soils of the left bank of the Vienne River, along with press wine from all the other cuvées of the domaine. Blend aims to highlight the harmony of Chinon’s terroirs • A cold maceration begins a fast fermentation at warmer temperatures, lasting for ten days • Malolactic fermentation takes place in cuve over the course of the winter months • After several rackings, the wine ages in cuve and is then bottled

    2014 Clos La Coutale Cahors....$14.99
    A.O.C. Cahors is known as the “black wine” of the Southwest—the deeply inky, earthy wines that seem to complement the regional fare of duck (and duck fat!) so wonderfully. Cahors is also the birthplace of Cot, the grape more commonly known as Malbec. Over the years, Philippe has tinkered with the house blend to achieve a greater equilibrium. Today, the blend consists of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, creating an intense wine that juggles elegant rusticity with everyday drinkability.
    2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol....$42.99
    An impressive barrel sample, the 2014 Bandol Cuvee Classique shows surprising depth and concentration in the vintage. Notes of dark fruits, mineral and peppery, Provencal herbs all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant 2014 that should drink reasonably well on release.- Rated 89-92/100 The Wine Advocate
    2012 Domaine de la Grange Des Peres...$117.99
    40% Syrah 40% Mourvèdre 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Counoise
    Less than 3000 cases made
    Attaining cult wine status is not an easy feat, and certainly not when the odds are stacked against you. Laurent Vaillé has achieved what others thought impossible. Having spent his early career training under such masters as Jean-François Coche-Dury (Meursault), Gérard Chave (Hermitage), and Eloi Durrbach (Domaine Trévallon, Provence). He sourced his Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussane cuttings from Gérard Chave and his Cabernet from Domaine Trévallon. Laurent’s South-facing vines get very low yields, normally from twenty to twenty-five hectoliters per hectare. All are pruned in the gobelet style. The simultaneous restraint and power of his wines makes them ideal for aging. As for the skeptics, they are currently eating their words. His area of the Languedoc has since become known to produce some of the greatest wines in the region, with the new appellation of Terrasses du Larzac, of which he is technically part, reaping attention and praise. In his words, “Nature gave us a partition of land. It is up to us to interpret it.”

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