• December 2021 Wine Clubs

    Champagne Club for December 2021
    2012 Pierre Gimonnet Cramant Grand Cru Special Club
    I wanted to give those of you in the Champagne club something to really enjoy for Christmas or New Years.  Gimonnet is one of my favorite producers and when it comes to the best of the best, you really can not beat their Special Club bottles.
    Special Club was created in 1971 by 12 grower-producers, now called the Club Trésors de Champagne. Their mission “to promote Champagne produced from 100% estate-owned grapes that are supremely terroir-expressive.” Members can offer a special cuvée to represent the best of their estate which has to be approved by a panel of winemakers to confirm the high standards of the club and it can only be from a top vintage.
    Very fresh with bundles of lemon and lime and beautiful chalky character. The low dosage makes it extra brut but that doesn’t come across as it has so much fruit and ripeness mixed with lees character that builds up to some light custard layering. This feels young and vibrant with an exciting future. This is a good example showing how good one grape variety can be in a region.
    Red Wine Club for December 2021
    2016 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva
    Founded in 1858 by Camilo Hurtado de Amezaga, Marques de Riscal is the oldest wineries in one of the oldest wineries in la Rioja, the Spanish wine-growing region par excellence. Marqués de Riscal's history is based on two fundamental values: tradition and innovation. These two concepts have allowed exceptional levels of quality, making its wines something unique. Today, Marqués de Riscal continues to offer products of the highest quality, with organoleptic properties that transport the wine-lover to a world of intense sensations, now captured in the City of Wine project, a unique place to be enjoyed with all the senses

    Intense black-cherry color with good depth of color and hardly any signs of evolution. Very expressive aromas on the nose with notes of licorice, cinnamon and black pepper, with just a subtle hint of the long cask-ageing, thanks to its great complexity and ripe, concentrated fruit. Fresh and easy to drink on the palate, good backbone and lovely, polished tannins. The long, persistent finish leaves gentle balsamic reminders of the finest quality.

    This wine goes well with ham, mild cheeses, casseroles which are not highly spiced, bean and pulse dishes, poultry, red meat, grills and roasts.

    2017 Gerard Bertrand Terrasses du Larzac Chateau La Sauvageonne Grand Vin

    The Château la Sauvageonne is a legendary winemaking estate, where optimal sun exposure, perfect location and an exceptional terroir are combined to produce wines of distinctive character. This Grand Vin is the fruit of the union between an extraordinary terroir, an original selection of grape varieties and the superior skill of the winemakers. The Terrasses du Larzac appellation is located in the northern reaches of the Hérault département, a region known for its substantial temperature variations: the distance from the sea and proximity of the Causse provide a touch of freshness on summer nights, allowing the grapes to mature slowly and gradually, developing a rich, deep color.

    Intense, ruby color with tile-red hints.  Prominent echoes of the scrubland in the nose, with jammy fruit and lively spice. Subtle hints of Château La dark fruit and gingerbread.  Elegant and refined tannins frame the palate, with great balance and vivacity.

    A perfect match for grilled steaks, cheeses and other classics of southern French cuisine.  Or if you're like me...a nice hearty roast.


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