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All Red Taster Case

The name of each Taster Case is based upon the wines that are being presented. The former Taster Case was called the "Encore Taster Case" in reference to the two 2005 reds from the previous Taster Case we were presenting again given their success and popular demand!

This selection is named the "All Red Taster Case" in that it offers … well, three reds and no white. The explanation is simple: we did not taste any white wine worth presenting in terms of quality and price while we were extremely happy with the three reds detailed below. So we decided to move on with an "all red" offering. We hope that you will not be missing the white sample this time.

This All Red Taster Case price is $239 (tax & shipping included) as we make every effort to keep our price low.

The case of 12 includes:
- 4 Loire (red)
- 4 Bordeaux (red)
- 4 Côtes du Ventoux (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 du Clos de l'Elu 2010
Red Wine
Region: Loire
Thomas Carsin, the winemaker, is a young and passionate guy; he is a future rising star, guaranteed. Thomas is in his early 30s, studied botanics, specializing in tropical plants and then interned in ... California where he caught the wine bug!

He recently acquired approximately 60 acres in the Loire Valley where he produces a variety of red and whites in a very pure style.

Some of you may remember his wonderful Coteaux du Layon that we offered some years back and which received at the same time a very encouraging comment from the respected Revue du Vin de France: "Well crafted, pure Layon, the perfect wine to discover at a great price; a new Domaine which deserves every encouragement".
Remove "Layon" and the exact same comment applies to this cuvee "Indigène".

This cuvee "Indigène" (literally means "native") is a blend of varietals that tend to disappear in this part of the Loire region: Grolleau Noir and Gamay. The result is a very specific wine with a lot of originality.

You will be surprising many, starting with yourself.

Color: Violet
Nose: Spices, ripped red fruits, a hint of fur, leather
Palate: freshness, mellow tannins, red fruits
Pairing: grilled lamb, grilled pork lightly caramelized; add ratatouille
When to drink: Now - 2013
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Château Fleur Haut Gaussens 2005
Red Wine
Region: Bordeaux
We tasted this wine at the annual "Salon des Vins de la Revue du Vin de France". This is an exclusive event which means only the best winemakers in a given "appellation" or category are invited to showcase their wines.

We are lucky that they still had some of their 2005 100% Merlot - The Wine Spectator went on saying "Loads of bright fruit on the nose with strawberry, blackberry and vanilla. Full-bodied, with silky tannins".

This 2005 has also been a "Coup de Coeur" (heart stopper or very favorite) in La Revue du Vin de France.

So, a very good example of a Merlot (another wine guide mentions "archetype of a good bordeaux supérieur") in a great year, well balanced, good roundness as one can expect from merlot, subtle extraction and texture.
Too good to be missed!

Color: Deep red
Nose: Strawberry, blackberry
Palate: Full-bodied, silky tannins, hints of toasted bread and vanilla
Pairing: Grilled meat, beef preferably
When to drink: Now - 2013
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Domaine des Anges 2007
Red Wine
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Funnily enough, it is the owner of Chateau L'Hospital (part of our previous Taster Case) who had us discover this Côtes du Ventoux when we stopped by his domaine back in March; he liked it so much himself that he insisted that we take a sample. Well, he was darn right!

Oz Clarke, in his "250 Best Wines 2011" issue, said it all: British-owned Domaine des Anges has been showing the locals how to make fresh, scented quaffable reds at a fair price for decades. 2007 was a particularly good vintage, ripe and full, but seductively scented with cool orchard air, and the dark red fruit of cherries and strawberries flows effortlessly through the local landscape of rocks and herbs.

It is a blend of Syrah (80%) and Grenache (20%).

After pressing, the Syrah was placed into French oak barrels, of which one quarter were new, and matured therein for 12 months. The Grenache was aged in a tank to preserve its rich fruit flavors.

The blending of the two is what you will be discovering when popping the cork out!

Only 800 cases of 12 bottles were produced…

We think that we bought the last batch; no "re-fills", sorry!

Color: Deep red
Nose: Spices, black cherries, violet
Palate: Full-bodied, Mediterranean "flavors", smooth tannin structure, elegant finish
Pairing: Grilled meat, Stews
When to drink: Now (with decanting) - 2020
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
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