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The Vintage 2005 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 "Mediterranean Taster Case" in reference to the two reds we were presenting: one Saint-Chinian and one Coteaux du Languedoc, both 20 miles from the Mediterranean Sea.

This selection is named the "Vintage 2005 Taster Case" in reference to two of the reds that we are presenting which happen to be from the year … 2005. It is nice to be able to offer matured wines at such a price. We think that this is quite a unique offer (read below).

This Vintage 2005 Taster Case price is $249 (tax & shipping included).

The case of 12 includes:
- 3 Coteaux du Libron (white - dry)
- 3 Cotes du Ventoux (red)
- 3 Saint-Chinian (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 Emile et Rose 2008
White Wine
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Coteaux du Libron is technically a "Vin de Pays" (VDP) from the Languedoc-Roussillon region (South of France), homeland of the VDP category; but trust us, this one is worth an "Appellation Controlee"!

Coteaux du Libron white wines are usually made from a large repertoire of varieties of which the best known are Marsanne, Rousanne, Vermentino, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc … And that's where this gets interesting: this Domaine Emile et Rose white wine is exclusively made of Carignan Blanc (White Carignane) which makes it unique in at least two respects: Carignan Blanc variety is not widely planted (unlike Red Carignane) and is usually part of a blend, i.e. very rarely vinified as a 100 per cent varietal.

Pretty much a rarity in that respect.

Moreover, the vines are 85 years old and the yield is only 15 hl / hectare.

Color: Yellow
Nose: Fennel, vanilla, hint of coconut
Palate: Roundness first then strength but without any heaviness; very racy and elegant
Pairing: Aperitif, Cheese. Want to be a bit more audacious: try the calf liver with grapefruit zests
When to drink: 2011 - 2013
Serving temperature: 55 Fahrenheit (13 Celsius)
Domaine Rimbert
Berlou 2005
Red Wine
Region: Languedoc
Saint-Chinian sounds familiar? Well, that may be because we did offer a Saint-Chinian from the same wine maker in our previous Mediterranean Taster Case, Le Mas au Schiste 2007.

We were simply not able to decide when tasting this Berlou 2005.

So the easy choice was to offer you both, one at a 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: 2010 - 2015
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Domaine L'Estagnol
Les Gavots des Abeilles 2008
Red Wine
Region: Rhone Valley
Ventoux is located near Luberon, an area that many of you may have heard of, on the southern fringes of the southern Rhone.

We discovered Laurent Favier's work with his 2007 production; a bit too late as a famous professional wine magazine raved about it at the same time. So we had to wait for the 2008 which is equally good as the 2007.

It is a blend of Grenache, Carignane and Syrah.

This selection is very interesting to compare with the Saint-Chinian Berlou 2005 - the same varietals but with very different results.

Most of the vines are 40 to 60 years old, up to 80 years for the oldest Carignane plots.

Another quite unknown appellation that carries some gems; here is one, just for you.

Color: Garnet red
Nose: Redcurrant, spices
Palate: Frank, melted tannins
Pairing: Grilled red meat, stuffed tomatoes, ratatouille and why not a pizza
When to drink: 2010 - 2013
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Chateau L'Hospital 2005
Red Wine
Region: Bordeaux
An appellation worth watching according to Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine.

We can't agree more.

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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