About Last Night…

About Last Night…

Posted on Jun, 17. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

First, the Reader’s Digest version of last night’s tasting. Our air conditioner was outmatched. By the end of the night I felt like a honey baked ham. Fortunately, every wine showed well. Not a clunker in the bunch. If you weren’t there, grab at least one of each. You’ll thank me.

Now, the gory details:

2009 Domaine Nebout “Tressallier”
I can’t remember the last time I got to try a wine made from a grape I’d never heard of. The fact that I liked it a lot makes this all the more special. Add to that it’s ridiculously low price and I start to do my happy dance. Finally, I love that this wine is a great conversation starter. A wine I can bring to a dinner with other wine geeks and know they’ve never had it, will never guess what it is and will most definitely love the experience. Impressing these guys usually costs me over $50….this baby will do it for under $11.00. Sign me up for a case!
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $10.81 • Premier Cru: $11.30 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $14.99
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2009 Francis Blanchet – Pouilly-Fumé – “Cuvée Silice”

This second wine was just what I needed next. Things were heating up and the tart acidity of this Sauvignon Blanc really hit the spot. However, just when you think this is just a crisp gulper you are hit with a lingering minerality that schools you on why “Pouilly-Fumé” is so famous for Sauvignon Blanc. For this price…a no brainer.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $13.56 • Premier Cru: $11.30 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $14.18
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2006 Daniel Barraud “Mâcon-Chaintré”
Just when I was convinced that the previous Sauvignon Blanc was going to be my mistress this summer, came this chardonnay from a family domaine with five generations of experience. To make matters worse, this wine had my chubby butt craving something to eat. So, I’m grabbing 6 bottles just to pair with my illustrious chicken salad sandwiches…and new “big boy pants”.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $15.40 • Premier Cru: $16.10 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $21.00
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2009 Domaine La Tour Boisée “Minervois”

At way under $10, I was skeptical. While Portugal produces really good reds under $10,France usually costs me at least $12 before I get decent stuff. Of course there are always exceptions and boy is this one of them. If I tasted this blind I would have guessed it was a $20 bottle. At way under $10 I want to bath my wife in it, use it as cologne, and oh yeah…. drink the hell out of it.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $7.70 • Premier Cru: $8.05 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $10.50
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Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot “50/50”
I was really excited to try these next two wines. Anne Gros makes some of our favorite Burgundies and here she was releasing her first vintage of a new project in the Minervois (a region I love). This first wine did not disappoint. Matured in stainless steel, it’s vibrant and fresh. A classic french country table wine.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.66 • Premier Cru: $15.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $19.99
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Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot “Les Fontanilles”
DING! DING! DING! We have a winner! Clearly the wine of the night. The big brother of the previous wine, I was hoping it wouldn’t be worth the price increase and I could drink like the cheap bastard that I am. Nope, I’m throwing down for a case of this stuff. It has that elusive blend of power and finesse. Such pure fruit, great weight in the mouth….then just when you fear it’s about to go over the top into cough syrup land it pulls back and gracefully finishes with a nice lift. The acidity and minerality flow on in a delicious long finish that has me waxing on here like a genuine wine ponce. Ugh!…somebody slap my sorry ass….but get me another glass of this wine first.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $20.53 • Premier Cru: $21.47 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $27.99
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One Response to “About Last Night…”

  1. Andres

    14. Dec, 2015

    Hi Bernie,Wow, it was actually my first time wtaihcng your video in one shot (no pausing from me in between, but that’s because I’m easily distracted, not because of your videos), but I was like WOW as I was wtaihcng it, not only what you were saying was in plain’ language, but just the fact you did it all in one take! Maybe you were reading something behind the camera, but sure didn’t look like it! One word, awesome. I’ve met you once before at an event and haven’t gotten a chance to go to your gatherings, but would definitely want to hear you out on some more of your goodies about wines Regards,Kathy