Tuesday, April 29, 2008

D&M's Champagne Tasting

What an evening we just had, Champagne Taittinger really knows how to throw a party! Jerome Jeandin was the speaker of the event and he definitely kept everyone's attention with his charm and humorous nature. The real star of the show were the bubblies of course. The whole Taittinger line up was fantastic but we have to say that the Vintage 2002 was fascinating and the complexity and beauty of the 2003 Comte de Champagne Rosé was unforgettable. We can't wait till next year's tasting, this one is going to be tough to beat.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sine Qua Non 2005 Atlantic 203

Just last Friday we received our allotment of this sought after wine and within a few days it was sold out. Was it all a dream? The wine retailed for $264 and Parker gave it very high ratings.
So what is so special about this California Syrah?

This is what Parker had to say:

"The 2005 Atlantis Fe 203-1a is a blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier, with about 25% whole clusters (stems) utilized. The vineyard sources include the Eleven Confessions as well as White Hawk, Alban, and Bien Nacido. An inky/blue/black/purple hue is followed by sweet blackberry, charcoal, and chocolate aromas, graphite and blackberry flavors, full body, decent acidity, and a stunningly long finish. This terrific effort should turn out to be one of the most French-styled Syrahs Krankl has yet produced. It reveals the great intensity and purity of California fruit superimposed on a European structure and sense of harmony. To reiterate, it is a challenge to analyze these wines. I know they are distinctive, and I think I am beginning to understand why they are so much greater than just about every other Syrah or Grenache-based wine in California. In short, it is talent and incredibly meticulous hard work. No one works as hard or is as maniacal about a vineyard’s viticulture and winemaking as Manfred Krankl. Take that, add in exceptional talent, humility, top-notch vineyards, and I believe I understand the fundamentals of why these wines are so special."

Thursday, April 3, 2008

D&M's Champagne Club

Our Spring Champagne Club selection for April is going to be so exciting, it's coming from one of our favorite house Pertois Moriset. This family owned champagne house is located in the sacred southern Champagne site of Le Mesnil sur Oger. This is in our opinion the best place for the Chardonnay grape to grow. Our lucky club members get first pick of the vintage 2000 bottle and rose, the price for Champagne Club members only $87.98 for the two bottles. What a bargain!