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The Good "Pic" 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 "Totally South Taster Case" in reference to the 3 wines we were presenting, all from … the South of France.

This new selection is named "The Good "Pic" Taster Case". One of the reds offered in this taster case is a Pic Saint Loup appellation; we could not resist this easy play on words! The other two wines, a white and a red, should also surprise you. Good picks confirmed!

The Good "Pic" Taster Case price is $239 (tax & shipping included). We keep making every effort to keep our prices low.

The case of 12 includes:
- 4 Coteaux du Libron (white)
- 4 Pic Saint Loup (red)
- 4 Luberon (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 de Preignes Le Neuf
Chardonnay Prestige 2012
White Wine
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
The name Domaine Preignes Le Neuf may sound familiar; the Red Prestige 2011 was indeed part of our previous Taster Case.

If you liked the red, and we know you did, you will love the white. It is their best white version, 100% chardonnay, pneumatic pressing of the grapes, 6 month in oak barrel (hence the subtle vanilla nose). The result is a very delicate white wine, floral aroma, touch of vanilla, good roundness.

We all know Chardonnay: it makes the great white Burgundies; and it sometimes makes some Languedoc, here is a wonderful example.

You may actually find it mid-way between a white Burgundy and a Californian chardonnay…

Color: Pale Yellow
Nose: Ripe white fruits, vanilla
Palate: Floral aromas, roundness
Pairing: Perfect for "aperitif", mixed summer salad (like rice, corn, green peas, red pepper), grilled fish
When to drink: Now
Serving temperature: 55 Fahrenheit (13 Celsius)
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup
Domaine Petit Saint Aunès 2012
Red Wine
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
We discovered l'Ermitage Pic Saint Loup at a wine tasting, a blind wine tasting we should add. Many attendees, including us, thought it could be a much more famous appellation from the Rhone Valley! Next step: call the Domaine right away and order cases for WhisperWine!

This Domaine Petit Saint Aunès is made of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre. The domaine is located just North of Montpellier.

At the helm, 3 brothers (the Ravaille family) who have been working since 1992 at producing some of the best wines of the region while their grand-father was, before them, more into goat milk (sold to the famous Caves de Roquefort).

You will be glad that they made this choice.

With this Petit Saint Aunès you are getting a superb Syrah / Grenache blend at a fraction of the price.

Color: Deep red
Nose: "Garrigues" (laurel), red fruit
Palate: Full-bodied, melted tannins, hints of eucalyptus, undergrowth
Pairing: Grilled red meat, lamb stew, game
When to drink: Now if you can't wait, at its top in 3 years
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Domaine La Garelle
Reserve 2008
Red Wine
Region: Provence
Domaine La Garelle is located 35 kilometers east of Avignon. In 2008 La Garelle was bought by Alain Audet, a qualified agricultural engineer whose family comes from the Luberon. His great work and efforts have already been rewarded by 13 medals in 2008 and 2009 - including two golds.

This wine is an interesting Provence version of the wine above: in fact, the blend is similar (60% Syrah, 40% Grenache). Should you be drinking them side by side you will note similarities, but a more "Mediterranean" style for La Garelle.

A slightly older wine as well as it is a 2008; it is always interesting to be drinking wine that has aged a bit. We like at WhisperWine to give you this opportunity at such a price. We too often tend to drink young wines - they can be lovely but some are worth waiting for. This wine is one of them.

Happy tasting!

Color: Deep red
Nose: Violet, cherry, some smokiness
Palate: Red currant, vanilla, spices
Pairing: Stews, Game, Duck confit
When to drink: Now - it is a 2008, no need to wait!
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
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