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Winter 2007 Taster Case

This Winter Taster Case has us traveling through the Southwest and West of France, covering four "appellations" this time: Bergerac, Graves (Bordeaux), Côteaux du Languedoc and Coteaux du Layon (Loire Valley).

The Taster Case price is $249 (tax & shipping included). The case of 12 includes:
- 2 Bergerac (white - dry)
- 4 Bordeaux Graves (red)
- 4 Languedoc (red)
- 2 Layon (white - sweet).

While we are also offering the first three wines by the case (Bergerac-$216/case, Bordeaux Graves-$239/case, Languedoc-$219/case) we strongly encourage you to taste them all.

We hope that the descriptions below will convince you. Continue on…
Colline Coté Sud 2005
White Wine
Region: Southwest
For those of you who attended the Spring Mill Café Spring 2007 Taster Case Event last May-June 2007, you will recall that Colline Coté Sud 2004 was the "surprise" wine of the evening. You all requested more but the 2004 was already sold out. We have secured the 2005 for you!

The owner and winemaker, Charles Martin, is Welsh and has learned wine making around the world: California, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa before finally arriving and…settling in France. He has introduced innovations to the Bergerac wine region and has contributed to the quality revolution of the Bergerac wines.

This Bergerac is mostly made of Semillon with a dash of Sauvignon.

Color: Yellow
Nose: Citrus fruits, lemon
Palate: Rich, complex with great freshness
Pairing: Fish served with light creamy sauce, cheese or simply aperitif with canapés.
When to drink: Now thru 2008
Serving temperature: 53 Fahrenheit (12 Celsius)
Château Les Clauzots 2001
Red Wine
Region: Bordeaux
Chateau Les Clauzots has been with the Tach family for more than a century. Frederic Tach is on top of his work and regularly produces the best examples of affordable Graves. We actually find it to be the perfect example of what a red Graves should be.

We have secured for you the last few cases left from the year 2001. This wine is ready to be drunk as we enter the festive holiday season.

This red 2001 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

Color: Garnet
Nose: Red berries, spices
Palate: Mellow tannins, perfectly balanced
Pairing: Grilled meat
When to drink: Now thru 2008 (it is a mature 2001)
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Domaine de Malavieille " Permien " 2005
Red Wine
Region: Languedoc (South of France)
Eric Supply, the winemaker, previously worked for Domaine Roulot, which is a reference in Meursault (Burgundy). He now applies all of his know-how to the wines of Domaine de Malavieille in Languedoc.

We discovered this Domaine through other terroirs and were impressed enough to contact Eric. After a long and passionate chat he suggested with great humility that we also should taste the Cuvee Permien 2005. He thought, "he had done well" (only 5000 bottles produced); how right he was! It has since received top awards at Brussels and Paris official exhibitions.

Permien is a blend of Carignan (old vines), Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre.

Color: Deep red
Nose: Leathery, plenty of fruit
Palate: Rich but balanced, black berries
Pairing: Red meat, stew, venison
When to drink: Now thru 2010
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Clos de la Soucherie 2003
White Wine
Region: Loire Valley
"Amaury de Condé labelling Soucherie 2003"
You may find this wine an unusual expression of the Chenin varietal, and that's the point; Claude Papin's Layons are among the greatest sweet wines of the world (this is no exaggeration) at some of the most reasonable prices for this style and quality.

Thanks to our personal connection with Claude Papin since the early 80's, he agreed to release to WhisperWine the very last bottles of his wonderful Clos de la Soucherie 2003. We even tapped into his personal stock to make 2 bottles (50cl bottles) available for each Taster Case. Merci Claude!

Color: Gold
Nose: Floral, extremely elegant - hints of apricot, yellow peach
Palate: Rich and honeyed, tremendous texture and complexity, botrytis in evidence
Pairing: Blue cheeses (Stilton, Roquefort, Bleu d' Auvergne…or try this simple recipe: slice of blue cheese on country bread, slice of fresh pear on top, warmed for a few minutes in the oven), salad of well ripened fresh pears, pear and almond tart
When to drink: Now up until…2020 and beyond. But will you resist? And it is absolutely no crime drinking it now as it is beautifully balanced already
Serving temperature: 51 Fahrenheit (11 Celsius)
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