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The Encore Taster Case

We have decided to name every Taster Case based upon the wines that we are presenting. The former Taster Case was called the "Vintage 2005 Taster Case" in reference to the two reds from year 2005 we were presenting: one Saint-Chinian and one Cotes de Bourg.

This selection is named the "Encore Taster Case" in that it offers again the two reds above from the year 2005. These two wines were very well received by our members; so much so that it sold out too quickly following Craig LaBan's Philadelphia Inquirer article back in January 2011. However we have changed the offering for the two other wines of this "Encore" Taster Case: both wines, a white and a red - 3 bottles of each - are coming from the same wine maker, Domaine Puig-Parahy, located in the Roussillon region, almost next to the Spanish border.

This Encore Taster Case price is $249 (tax & shipping included).

The case of 12 includes:
- 3 Muscat Sec (white - dry)
- 3 Saint-Chinian (red)
- 3 Cotes du Roussillon (red)
- 3 Cotes de Bourg (red)

This time we will not be offering each wine individually by the case due to a limited supply. We encourage you to order quickly.

We hope that the descriptions below will convince you. Continue on…
Domaine Puig-Parahy 2009
White Wine
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Amaury with Georges Puig at Domaine Puig-Parahy ; serious tasting ahead !...
Amaury met Georges Puig at the Salon de la Revue du Vin de France back in May 2010 in Paris.
For the winemakers, this exhibition is by invitation only; only the best are invited and they can only showcase four samples of their wines. We are glad that Georges choose to put his Muscat Sec (Dry Muscat) on the roster. We were seduced from the first nose and sip.

It is 100% made of "muscat à petits grains".
Muscat varietal usually produces exuberant wines, so much that you often feel you are biting the grape itself when drinking it.
Dry Muscat is not very common or at least well unknown so you will be surprising many and they will want more, guaranteed!
Not to be mistaken with Muscat de Rivesaltes for instance, made of muscat but a fortified wine.
Georges Puig has crafted a very subtle wine here, both exuberant and delicate.
With Summer on its way, the timing is perfect!

Color: Pale Yellow
Nose: Exuberant, Citrus, Acacia honey, Muscat grapes
Palate: Ample, mineral, pure
Pairing: Aperitif, asparagus (asparagus are very difficult to pair actually), fruit salad
When to drink: 2011 - 2013
Serving temperature: 55 Fahrenheit (13 Celsius)
Domaine Rimbert
Berlou 2005
Red Wine
Region: Languedoc
Amaury with Jean-Claude Rimbert; his wines are big and so is the man!
This wine was part of the previous "Vintage 2005" Taster Case. We were able to buy the VERY last batch for this "Encore" Taster Case. Sad news: it will be over for good this time!

With Roquebrun, Berlou earned its own Saint-Chinian appellation in 2005; so Berlou represents the very top of the Saint-Chinian appellation and wine maker Jean-Marie Rimbert made us an offer we could not refuse.

At WhisperWine we love Jean-Marie's philosophy made of bonhomie, altruism, bon-vivant, easy going spirit.

His wines are crafted for pleasure.
Only 6250 bottles of this Berlou 2005 have been produced.
It is a blend of Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Mourverdre - the usual suspects.
The schist soil brings elegance and freshness.
Very low yield: think of one bottle per vine stock!
Make sure you stock-up enough…

Color: Garnet-red
Nose: Exuberant, raspberry, redcurrant, black pepper
Palate: Minerality, freshness with ample finish
Pairing: Grilled meat, lamb
When to drink: 2011 - 2015
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Domaine Puig-Parahy
Georges 2009
Red Wine
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Here is George again!

Unlike the Muscat Sec we did not discover this red 2009 during the May 2010 exhibition in Paris but at George's place when we recently visited him; and there is a good reason for this: this 2009 was not bottled yet!

Glad we stopped by some months ago.

Georges Puig argues that he does not do much at the vinification stage; well, then what a talent he has!

This wine is a blend of Carignan (50%), Grenache Noir (40%), Mourverdre and Syrah.

Old to very old vines, very low yields (25 hl/ha)

An ample wine with a lot of freshness.
You will love it.

Color: Garnet red
Nose: Spices, licorice, complex
Palate: Mediterranean "flavors", good balance, lingering finish
Pairing: Grilled meat, Stews
When to drink: 2011 - 2015
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Chateau L'Hospital 2005
Red Wine
Region: Bordeaux
Amaury with Bruno Duhamel tasting the 2010 vintage right from the casks in Chateau de L'Hospital cellars
This wine was part of the previous "Vintage 2005" Taster Case.
Cotes de Bourg is an appellation worth watching according to Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine.
And you made no mistake, given the fantastic comments we have received!

Cotes de Bourg is located right in front of the Margaux appellation, on the right bank of the Dordogne, just up river from its confluence with the Garonne.

Christine and Bruno Duhamel are passionate about their work; Bruno used to be the Human Resource Director for a large French industrial group and chose to make this dramatic career shift some 15 years ago.

He has been working hard to produce one of the best Cotes de Bourg and we think that he has now succeeded.

So much so, that his wine is now featured on some of the best Parisian wine lists in restaurants such as Guy Savoy, Apicius, Le Bristol…

We are glad to have developed a good relationship with this man so that you can have this wine on your table for a fraction of the price.

It is a 2005, matured in cask for 24 months.

Blend is 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec.

A true Cotes de Bourg - serve it blind in a decanter to family and friends and see what happens!

Color: Garnet red
Nose: Quite powerful, Blackcurrant, Undergrowth
Palate: Blackcurrant, cooked red fruits, mellowness
Pairing: Grilled red meat, lamb ideally
When to drink: 2010 - 2015
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
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