Fine nectarsfor the festivities

Whether one is an enlightened oenologue or a keen amateur, there is an almost infinite range of wine to savour (with moderation) according to taste and to the occasion.
2016-11-01
Wine Review

CHATEAU DE FARGUES

2007, Sauternes

Château de Fargues 2007 has a beautiful golden yellow colour and a complex nose of candied fruits (apricots, tropical fruits), with citrus notes and a beautiful intensity. On the palate the wine is full, silky with a wealth of outstanding honeyed aromas. The wine exhibits a beautiful length supported by an exceptional freshness. A great success! Wonderful with Foie Gras, Braised Grouse with Grapes or an aged Comté.

Carefully chosen, they will accompany intimate dinners as well as gourmet meals with the family, such as the end of year festivities. It is time to discover the selection of festive wines chosen by Le Sommelier.

CHÂTEAU FIGEAC

Grand Cru 2004, Saint Emilion

As often it is the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that make the success of this Figeac 2004, adorned with a ruby colour and a nose where cedar accents mingle with cassis and spice. In the mouth Figeac shows an attack of energy with a very dynamic lingering appeal. This vintage refines over time and becomes more complex. This 2004 Figeac takes time to assert itself, so best to decant the wine two to three hours before serving. Pair this with Salmon Feuilleté, Roasted Quail with a balsamic reduction or a Tête de Moine.

CLOS DES PAPES 2009

2009, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

The mythical vintage of Châteauneuf, Clos Des Papes has a dark colour with bright reflections. The nose presents aromas of well matured fruits (black cherry, plum), mixed with sweet spices and vanilla. The fruit explodes in the mouth, soft and fleshy, supported by highly refined tannins and a great freshness. Already captivating and sensual, this Clos des Papes 2009 is above all a great wine for laying down. Perfect with Risotto with wild mushrooms, fillet of Venison in a sauce Grand-Veneur or a cheese board (Brie de Meaux, Mont d’Or, Livarot).

DOMAINE PIERRE DAMOY

Clos Tamisot 2012, Gevrey-Chambertin

Pierre Damoy is in charge of this illustrious family estate of 10 hectares since 1992. Over the years, this passionate winemaker has made the most of his beautiful terroir giving harmony and finesse in his bottles. Le Clos Tamisot offers a tight structure accompanied by a beautiful smoothness and bright fruit. We find aromas of liquorice and very tasty cherries. This wine is one of the most famous wines of the area and perhaps one of the best Gevrey-Chambertin. Fantastic with Veal Sweetbreads, Roasted Wild Duck or Boursault

DOMAINE TRIMBACH

Riesling Clos Sainte-Hune 2008, Alsace

Riesling Trimbach Clos Sainte Hune is a dry but fat wine that keeps a good acidic structure and a beautiful minerality all in good harmony. It pleases for its charming side and is frank and well structured. It reveals a specific bouquet and a remarkable fruit concentration enhanced with a refined touch of minerality on the finish. After few years of ageing, it will become one of the great wines of the world. A great match for tarte flambée, grilled veal with creamed cabbage and truffles or Vacherin.

LA SPINETTA

Gallina 2011, Barbaresco, Italy

This Barbaresco Vigneto Gallina of La Spinetta comes from Neive, a vintage considered exceptional in the appellation. The 2011 vintage has an intense nose, characterised by ripe fruit scents and pleasant notes of balsamic, mint, wood and chocolate. In the mouth it confirms all these qualities, fresh, fine, powerful, pure, mineral and fruity with a long finish. Pair it with white truffle risotto, pigeon stuffed with mushrooms or a Gorgonzola.

VEGA SICILIA

Unico, 2008, Ribera del Duero, Spain

A legendary wine, Unico owes its unique character to a vine-growing of rare practice and an art of ageing reaching unmatched perfection. An ageing process among the longest in the world, nearly 10 years from barrel to bottle that slowly adds a patina to the colour and the nose of this assemblage dominated by Tinto Fino: tantalising aromas, sweet and melted between black fruit compote, sweet spices, truffle and mint notes. The power and sweetness of the fruit fills the palate with delight, supported by melting tannins and discreet freshness. Vega Sicilia signs here a Unico of legend of a phenomenal length. Superb with Goat cheese feuilleté, Roe Deer Fillet with a noisette sauce or Manchego.

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