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CAHORS
Domaine Cosse-Maisonneuve
La Fage 2004
Red Wine
Region: South West
"Catherine Maisonneuve and Valérie de Condé tasting the La Fage 2004 at Domaine Cosse-Maisonneuve"
Catherine Maisonneuve is one of the few wine makers who are helping to redefine the Cahors wine, which used to be considered as quite rustic and tannic. Catherine is an oenologist and an incredibly dynamic young lady who has spent over 10 years working in the Médoc, Loire, Alsace and Burgundy regions. Five years ago she decided to settle in Cahors to become a winemaker. With an uncompromising philosophy to her work and exceptionally high quality standards (biodynamic, hand picking…) she produces extremely well-balanced wines made of Malbec, the very specific grape of Cahors wine.

This La Fage 2004, a full-bodied red wine, comes with a dark color and a great purity of bouquet. You will get hints of smoke, black cherry, spice. The mouth is perfectly in line with the above, tannins are already mature, and the finish comes with good freshness. You may want to decant the wine about 1 hour before drinking it.

A roasted lamb would be an ideal pairing as well as any roasted meat served with grilled vegetables.

This wine drinks well now and will continue to age nicely through 2012.
COSTIERES DE NIMES
Domaine Viticole Renouard
Scamandre 2004
Red Wine
Region: Rhône Valley
It is fair to say that when Franck Renouard, a well-known Parisian dentist, decided to make wine, he had to be driven by passion! He has two partners sharing this adventure: Stephane Beuret, a gifted oenologist, and Pierre-Marie Brisson, a renowned artist who has created the very unique label of Scamandre - a work of art in itself.

2004 is their second harvest and it has already been rated among the "best wines of the Rhône Valley". This wine is grown on a small vineyard (35 acres) and is a blend of Syrah (Shiraz) the main grape (50%), associated with Carignan (25%), Mourverdre (15%) and Grenache (10%).

Scamandre is a full-bodied wine with a deep ruby color, complex nose with blackberry, violet, cedar and vanilla. It has a lot of complexity, mellow tannins and an unusual length on the palate.

WhisperWine is first to import this wine but do not be surprised to find it soon on the wine lists of some upscale NYC restaurants.

On a cold winter evening, drink it with a stew or venison.

This wine drinks well now and will continue to age nicely through 2010. If allowed to age beyond 2010, a leathery aroma will begin to develop much like a Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
BEAUJOLAIS
Domaine des Tourniers
B. de Lancié 2004
White Wine
Region: Burgundy
Almost a rarity as white Beaujolais counts for less than 5% of the whole "appellation". Regis Bourgine, the winemaker, has made only 2600 bottles of B. de Lancié from young vines of Chardonnay and very special care.

Regis is an engineer by trade who started his career in the hydraulics industry! However, passion led him to open a wine shop in Paris, and then a second one. Selling wines was not enough; he wanted to produce his own. His objective has been brilliantly reached.

His B. de Lancié 2004 is an extremely well balanced wine with hints of lemon and honey. The palate is fresh with tastes of citrus, exotic fruit, and good minerality; persistence is unusually long.

A very special Chardonnay; enjoy it before a meal or pair it with a grilled salmon or a Conté (yes, a cheese - we will often advocate pairing white wine and cheese…)

Drink between now and 2007. Serving temperature should be 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius)
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