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!
A lot of talk is going around these days about “grower” Champagnes, meaning Champagnes made by vignerons and vigneronnes, as opposed to those produced by large marketing houses with fruit purchased from farmers. We have three such Champagnes, and Kermit started importing J. Lassalle long before it occurred to anyone else to buy directly from a small grower, much as he was a pioneer in buying direct in Bordeaux. Founder Jules Lassalle began to make his own Champagne in 1943 in Chigny-les-Roses on the Montagne de Reims. His wife Olga, his daughter Chantal, and his granddaughter Angéline have followed this master artisan’s example quite ably. The family mantra for this blend: base wine of at least four years old, full malolactic fermentation, no oak, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. The bottling is classic Champagne in every sense: full, rich, and luxurious, well-balanced, elegant, with a fine mousse, delicious to drink. You won’t find yourself missing anything, unless you chill only one bottle! There is no better Champagne on the market at this price.
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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