Tasting Notes: Williams Corner’s Selections for your Holiday Feast

Tasting Notes: Williams Corner’s Selections for your Holiday Feast

Posted on Nov, 23. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

As I’m sure you’re tremendously busy and distracted in the pre-Thanksgiving hoopla right about now, I’ll keep this short and to the point. Jeff from Williams Corner selected 6 wines for us on Wednesday to complement your holiday meals, and 3 of them made my “list”:

Domaine de Villaine – Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise
This may seem a touch pricey for Bourgogne blanc, but believe me, this far outpaces its label. Villaine is the “pet project” wines from the proprietor of the infamous Domaine la Romanee Conti, and what you can be sure of is that this is the creative outlet for a man whose aspirations at DRC are undoubtedly (and probably for the better) locked down by shareholders and tradition. I came back to the Villaine several times, and was always surprised at how fresh and vibrant it remained, despite having a noticeable amount of relatively new wood on it. The fruit is electric, and the finish is clean and a touch short of puckering, which is exactly what this wine needs after the richness at its front end. Superb.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $24.94 • Premier Cru: $26.07 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $34.00
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Bernard Baudry – Chinon “Estate”
If you’ve met me, then you probably know that my insatiable lust for Loire Cab Franc is near-unquenchable – but that doesn’t mean I’m not discerning. There’s certainly enough crap out there to drown a Loire geek in depressing mediocrity. Baudry’s wines, though, are of the style that satisfies that primal urge in the best way: classic, traditional, beefed-up Chinon, a highwire-act balancing between a facefull of rich drink-now fruit and a Bordeaux-esque dusty, graphite-and-limestone backstop. Lively acidity, a must in my Loire Francs, graces the end of the palate, and you instantly return to the nose—a cornucopia of, well, that mix of must and old mossy stones and French countryside food that only being in the Loire can compare to.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.66 • Premier Cru: $15.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $19.00
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Domaine Arretxea – Irouleguy
Northern Basque oddity, you say? I’m game. Honestly, I’ve had only 2 or 3 Irouleguys in my life, but until now they’ve been pretty forgettable. Maybe that’s my palate, or the fact that I was able to spend a couple nights coming back to this one, but I looooooove this wine! It’s honestly very difficult to explain; there’s savory notes with composting leaves, there’s dried flowers and herbs, there’s rare game and currant and…eh, I could go, but here’s what was most striking about this wine at the end of the road: it’s as deep and complex and constantly-changing as anything you’ll ever find at ~$20. You’ve probably had just about as much experience with Irouleguy as I have, but this is the wine geek wine of the past few months for me, so take some of it as, if nothing else, an adventure!
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $20.53 • Premier Cru: $21.46 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $27.99
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Great to see such a big crowd last week, and we hope to be bringing you all some more great lineups before the end of the year – stay tuned. Oh, and have a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday!

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