Chartogne – Taillet Sainte Anne Brut

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Vineyard: Chartogne – Taillet

Region: Champagne

Country: France

Vintage: N/V

Producer: Chartogne – Taillet

Importer:

Grape: Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 12%

Price: $35.00

APPEARANCE:

Perfectly buttery, reminiscent of golden raspberries ripe for the picking. To me the late summer afternoon haze on a meadow. Tiny bubbles rise lively to surface.

NOSE:

So very delicate, fresh floral notes five way to deeper more complex baked fruits and biroche.

PALATE:

Granny smith apples are my initial aroma, kiwi fruits and limes dance around with little florals that stretched long into the finish. A perfect balance between the chardonnay that provides the crispness and the pinot noir that rounds off the palate beautifully. It’s as if the characteristics of each grape alternate in revealing the qualities and flavours. They play off, and play up each other perfectly. The absence of the pinot meunier allows the chardonnay and pinot noir to shine. Strawberries linger in the finish.

PAIR WITH:

Perfectly paired with the pan seared salmon we had  for dinner. I think it would be equally harmonious with a fruit tart. We tried it with fresh strawberries, the really brought out the darker fruits and the sweetness in the champagne, and vice versa.

Florrie‘s footnote;

Such a delight.

Le P’tit Roubié

Le P'tit Roubié

Vineyard: Le P’tit Roubié

Region: Pays d’Herault Languedoc

Country: France

Vintage: 2012

Producer:

Importer: Misa imports, inc., Dallas TX

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: $7.00

APPEARANCE:

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes this wine is on the darker side for a rosé. The colour is almost that of a sherry.

NOSE:

Subtle, fresh strawberry buried beneath heavier notes of plum and cooked fruit. Dried cherries and figs come to mind, there is a baked yeast like aroma that brings memories of whiskey laden fruit cakes at Christmas.

PALATE:

The colour and nose of this little madam are deceptive, leading you on to believe the taste will follow suit. However, it is surprisingly fresh and light, tart and crisp. There is a vibrant pop fruit initially on your cheeks and then balances out in true cab style with the full body finish that slowly fills your whole mouth.

PAIR WITH:

To be honest I was a little stumped with this. I tried it with bread and soft french cheese, some charcutiere, some grapes. Possibly a steak or pork dish would be a great match. I found the wine brought out the flavours of the food and but that the food nulled the subtle notes of the wine. My conclusion is this just drink it, and forget the food.

Florrie‘s footnote:

Good wine and a fantastic price, perfect for relaxed autumnal afternoons. I enjoyed this much more than the nose and colour suggested. Sorry there is only a photograph of the empty bottle, it went down rather quickly.

Domaine De Canton

This is what I’ve been sipping on this month; Domaine de Canton.

It’s a delicate blend of eaux-de-vie ( fermented & double distilled fruit brandy), baby ginger and VSOP Cognac. Each bottle is made in Jarnac, France by hand.

The flavour is so light and refreshing, with sweet ginger flavours, definitely not overpowering or burn-ie.

I’ve mostly been mixing the pale gold liquid simply over ice & with a few splashes of limonata, delicious. Cobra Commander has been mixing it in more complex cocktails, also very scrummy.

The bottle is pretty funky and architectural, frosted clear glass edged in black.

Alcohol 28%

Price $29.99

MIP

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Vineyard; Domaine Sainte Lucie                                   Region; Côtes De Provence

Country; France                                                                   Vintage; 2008

Producer; Michel Fabre                                                    Importer; Savio Soares selections, Manhasset, NY

Alcohol; 12.5%                                                                       Price; $8.49

APPEARANCE;

MIP colourA beautiful delicate warm rose pink colour


NOSE;

A rich nose with strong floral notes, and refreshing ripe summer berries
PALATE;
Crisp and clean, Not overly fruity as the nose suggests. There is a hint of peaches and strawberries linger throughout. A perfect balance of acidity in the medium finish.
PAIR WITH;
Great with chicken, light flavoured fish or fruit desserts. Perfect on it’ own just to sip on a warm summers days.
Florrie‘s Footnote;
This was a great wine for the price. I sipped it with The Dutchess Club  and really enjoyed how soft acidity cut the creaminess of the avocado and cheese. It was also fantastic to drink long after the sandwich was gone.

St Germain

My new crush is this hand crafted delight from France, St. Germain. A Refreshing delicate tasting liqueur, made from elder flowers . It is contained in a fabulous Art Nouveau style bottle. Delicious for sipping on it’s own, I like to mix with a rosé champagne for a cocktail that’s delectably divine.

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P.S. from Marie… This is soooo good! You all know that I am not a big drinker, but this is so light and really, really good. Florrie got me hooked on it. It has notes of citrus and green grape. 

 I LOVE it with muddled green grapes mixed with pink grapefruit juice and a little seltzer, though I think Florrie may disagree! She doesn’t like grapefruit… if you find some buy it and you can thank us later!