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Spring 2007 Taster Case

This Spring Taster Case has us traveling through the Southwest and South of France, covering three "appellations": Pessac-Léognan (Bordeaux), Côteaux du Languedoc and Côtes de Gascogne. In that order they represent the three colors: white, rosé and red.

The case price is $249 (case of 12, 4 of each appellation, tax & shipping included). While we are also offering each wine by the case (white at $329/case, rosé at $209/case and red at $209/case) we strongly encourage you to taste them all.

We hope the descriptions below will convince you. Let's start a colorful journey…
Domaine de la Solitude 2005
White Wine
Region: Bordeaux
There is a great story behind this Domaine: as a convent, it has accommodated a Holy Sisters Order for more than 150 years. But in 1993, to fully devote themselves to spiritual activities, they asked the Bernard Family, owner of Domaine de Chevalier, one of the most prestigious "Cru Classé" of Pessac-Léognan, to run the vineyards.

Only 25,000 bottles are produced per year and are rarely exported. WhisperWine is very proud to be able to offer this wine to its members, especially on such a great year. Domaine de la Solitude 2005 is a blend of Sauvignon (60%) and Semillon (40%), the traditional grapes for White Bordeaux.

Olivier Bernard has made a considerable investment since he is running the vineyard and applies the methods and rigor of a "Cru Classé" for our delight. The Decanter Magazine (which compares to the Wine Spectator here in the US) gave Domaine de la Solitude white 2004 four stars out of five (Dec. 2006 issue).

Color: Pale yellow
Nose: Lively, citrus and white flowers
Palate: Roundness, freshness, long lingering lemony final
Pairing: Fish served with light creamy sauce, cheese.
Château de L'Engarran 2006
Region: Languedoc (South of France)
To be honest, we have never been able to find a decent rosé in Pennsylvania. Obviously, the good rosés are not hitting the stores here; probably because rosés are fairly unknown and therefore not generally recognized. Let's prove everyone wrong and guide you to a refreshing and rewarding rosé.

We have selected a superb example of what a rosé should be. Château de L'Engarran rosé 2006 is a blend of Grenache (50%) and Cinsault (50%). Technically it is a bled rosé ("rosé de saignée"), the best way to extract subtle color and aromas.

Diane and Constance who are sisters are managing the Château: Diane the oenologist makes the wine (in a very uncompromising manner), Constance manages the commercial side of the business (with the same uncompromising manner) - and what a result!

At WhisperWine we are proud to pay tribute to women winemakers who often add a little something more to the wine; sensitivity and subtlety we would say. Very true with this rosé!

Color: Pink diamond
Nose: Strawberry and cherry
Palate: Red fruits, roundness, long and fresh final - a gastronomic rosé.
Pairing: Mediterranean food, marinated red pepper, grilled salmon, strawberries (or even better a soup of strawberries!). Or as an end of the day glass of wine on a Friday evening while the sun goes down…
Domaine du Château Larroque 2004
Red Wine
Region: Gascogne (Southwest)
"A Silver Medal at the 2004 Paris Agricultural Contest"
Never heard of Cotes de Gascogne? Well, this Château Larroque 2004 has been mastered by the same oenologist who made Scamandre, the Costières de Nimes from our Fall 2006 Taster Case that you all voted as an outstanding wine. So did Tom Stevenson recently in his "Wine Report 2007". We told you that Scamandre was going to be famous soon in the US - WhisperWine members have been first!

Chateau Larroque is located in the heart of the Gascogne region, south of Bordeaux. It is a blend of Merlot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) and Tannat (30%), the local varietal. You will be amazed at the value this wine represents. It is only produced on 6 hectares and as always it is a WhisperWine exclusive.

Color: Deep red
Nose: Red and black berries, great complexity
Palate: Wonderful structure, mellow tannins
Pairing: Red grilled meat, venaison, black berries tart
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