Tasting Notes: April 7th, 2010 – Circus of Values!

Posted on Apr, 07. 2010 by

Categories: Events, Wine

Tonight we’re here with Kevin from Dionysos, tasting 6 great values for summer. It’s a mixed bag of cool French stuff, and I’m just going to give you my thoughts on each wine, on the fly…

2009 Eric Bordelet – Poire Authentique
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $16.50 • Buy this wine!
Bordelet has always been a favorite producer of apple and pear ciders for me, and while Kevin insists this is not necessarily the season for this stuff, the new vintage just showed up and, well, why not?! This is excellent pear cider from Normandy, a touch on the demi-sec side (which is a good thing!), and full of pear essence and rose petals and yeast…the finish is a touch sweet, but the bubbles clean it up nicely (it’s carbonated, of course). What really draws me to this is the freshness…drink it now!

Marc Portaz Apremont – Savoie
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $13.50 • Buy this wine!
Wow, I love Apremont in summer! It’s at first blush a rather simple wine, but for less than ten bucks, you get a chalky, minerally, citrusy gem that is exquisitely crisp and precise, and doesn’t leave anything on the table. This is my first time with the Portaz, and I’m reminded of a memorable descriptor that Rimmerman quoted once in an offer for Savoie white: “glacier flower water” (he sold me with those 3 words) – that’s what this is. Simple, yet not quite the simplistic gulper that Vinho Verde often is…it’s got a lot more sophistication than most of them. This is definitely one of those “stock up for summer” whites. Highly recommended!

2008 Domaine Chantemerle – Chablis
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $24.75 • Buy this wine!
Maybe it’s because I just cooked scallops last night, but my first sniff is all scallops/shellfish. Then again, Chablis is all shells, as it used to be underwater eons ago, so perhaps I’m not crazy. Chalky, limestoney, citrus, tremendous acidity, but very plush and round at the same time. Chantemerle is quickly becoming my go-to villages Chablis, mainly because it’s flawless, well-made Chardonnay every year, without fail. Good Chablis comes and goes, but this is consistently solid for under $20.

2009 Sol Acantelys – Tavel Rosé
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $13.00 • Buy this wine!
Not long ago I loudly sung the praises of the Mordoree Tavel Rosé, and while it’s still my rosé of choice (all other things being equal), the Sol Acantelys is about half the price, and for a cheap pink drink, is unbeatable (I know we don’t always like to spend $18 on stuff for backyard parties!) It’s not quite as deep or complex as the Mordoree, but sometimes that can be what you’re looking for…strawberries and raspberries dominate, while the acid and minerality lighten it up considerably. Bright, crisp, gulpable!

2008 Domaine Chantemerle – Chablis
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $10.75 • Buy this wine!
Simple, very cheap, but surprisingly delicious…even better chilled (especially when it’s 94 degrees in April!) No tannins to speak of, pleasantly blunted acidity, bright red fruit, and what I can only describe as a nose that completely prices it out of its neighborhood. For a couple bucks more, this is the new Coreto…chill it down for a few minutes, and it will rock you!

2008 Domaine du Dragon – Rouge Hautes Vignes
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $13.50 • Buy this wine!
Stemmy, green, fresh off the container…but I know this wine, we know this wine, and this is not Dragon Hautes Vignes…it will come around. Nothing is quite right after shipping shock, but this house is nothing if not consistently great, and you can tell when a wine is lacking, and when it just needs time, and this just needs time. It’s still a very pleasant wine to drink tonight, no doubt, just a bit of offputting greenness that I have to believe will go away. Check back in a couple weeks!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by tonight…and if you didn’t, you should at least order a bottle or two of anything above that sounds interesting to you, just to try. Even if you don’t care for it (not bloody likely!), you’re only out a few bucks…

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