Join us on Saturday, July 13th at Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar to celebrate the Storming of the Bastille! We will start things off by popping the cork on some festive Champagne before exploring a variety of classically French wines (see below). Vive la France!
Saturday, July 13 3:30-5:30 pm $18 (plus tax) Flight of four wines Complimentary crostini duo and Bartavelle's kitchen will be open during the tasting!
There are plenty of reasons to love the Champagnes from J. Lassalle, the historic récoltant-manipulant in Chigny-les-Roses. Should you favor “grower” Champagnes, in which the producer controls the entire process from farming the grapes through vinification and bottling, theirs were among the first-ever such wines to have hit the US market—now forty years running. The fact that the domaine is run by women—three consecutive generations of fearless women—makes the wines even more impressive and refreshing amid the male-dominated industry. Or perhaps you have a delicate palate like Kermit, who gravitates toward the Lassalle bottlings because they systematically complete their malolactic fermentation. Rare for Champagnes, this natural process yields a softer acidity, so the wines taste dry and extremely refreshing without mimicking a dagger as they slide down the hatch. These factors certainly contribute to my enjoyment, but when I uncork Lassalle’s Cachet Or, a blend of Champagne’s three principal grapes in equal parts that spends three whole years on its lees to marry and mellow, I think of Lulu Peyraud of Domaine Tempier. Why? Simply because Lassalle is Lulu’s favorite Champagne, and she serves it at l’apéritif every occasion she gets. Lulu has famously stated that she drinks Champagne because it makes her laugh, but also because water would make her rust. Having just celebrated her 102nd trip around the sun, a strict regimen of Lassalle is becoming ever-the-more crucial for her. We can all agree that Lulu must be doing something right, so I invite you to join me in raising a glass of Cachet Or to her 102 years, and to a rust-free future for all of us.
Daniel recently passed the reins of the cellar over to his son Simon, who shares his mischievous smile and indomitable curly hair, and makes wines of impressive balance, finesse, and maturity for his young age. This 2018 is no exception. An intense exotic nose lures you in before the minerality channels the lightning energy of this pure Sauvignon Blanc, jostling you wide awake. There’s electricity in the air, no? Or maybe it’s just Daniel’s accordion...
If the Lapierres in Morgon ever made wine from Grenache and Syrah, this is how I imagine it would taste. This red is juicy, silky, and exuberant, while preserving the essence of these grape varieties grown in the southern Rhône, with their slight savoriness, stoniness, garrigue, and gently tannic backbone. The Lapierres, though, did not make this beautiful wine. The Bruniers—the family behind Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Les Pallières in Gigondas—did. More specifically, this is the first vintage of Mégaphone made by Edouard Brunier, the sixth generation of this renowned family to produce wine in the southern Rhône. Crafted with mostly Grenache and a little Syrah from the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail, this versatile rouge would happily accompany all kinds of dishes. I recommend Provençal chicken with tomatoes, olives, and herbs for a sublime match, though anything fresh off the grill would also do.
There’s no secret recipe for making a great regional wine, but the Guillemots swear by blending Savigny vieilles vignes from Les Planchots de la Champagne along the Rhoin River with fruit from neighboring Chorey-lès-Beaune. The declassified berries add a touch of cinnamon and warming kirsch notes for an extra boost of local character and typicity. It’s as pretty a Pinot you’ll find in both style and price.
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