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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Vino Fino

Tour de France with Jean Christophe Poizat

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A vinous Tour de France around the regions. Jean Christophe is a Frenchman now residing in New Zealand who has a passion for French wines and who loves sharing that passion. As an independent importer he has put together an extensive portfolio of mainly family operated producers. He visits these at least once a year, so he was able to give us a good 'behind the scenes' account of the regions, wines and people. 

Jean Christophe also spoilt us with a beautiful range of cheeses and charcuterie. 

   

Vino Fino

A vinous Tour de France around the regions. Jean Christophe is a Frenchman now residing in New Zealand who has a passion for French wines and who loves sharing that passion. As an independent importer he has put together an extensive portfolio of mainly family operated producers. He visits these at least once a year, so he was able to give us a good 'behind the scenes' account of the regions, wines and people. 

Jean Christophe also spoilt us with a beautiful range of cheeses and charcuterie. 

   

Vino Fino

​Wines Tasted:

Loire Valley – Gerard Fiou Sancerre 2013
A great way to start the tasting and if you haven't tried French Sauvignon Blanc before this is an excellent way to start. Dry and textural with pure minerality, white fruits and a hint of lemon. A perfect match with seafood, goats cheeses
Retail $33.99 Special $29.99

Burgundy – Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2012
Quite a modern style of Chablis with plenty of peach, grapefruit and creaminess laced with minerality. From 20 -45 year old vines.
Retail $37.99 Special $32.99

Alsace – Metz Pinot Gris 2013
Consistently one of our favourite Pinot Gris. Dry and rich. Plenty of really ripe pear, golden fruits, hints of ginger even and finishing nicely dry. A benchmark style of Pinot Gris
Retail $27.99 Special $24.99

South/West – Chateau du Cedre Cahors “Heritage” 2010
From the 'home' of Malbec and offers dark savoury fruits, Supple and friendly wine.95% Malbec with the balance Merlot,  20% aged in older oak, this wine speaks about the fruit. 
Retail $23.99 Special $19.99

Languedoc – Baptiste Boutes Minervois 2011
50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre from the rocky slopes near Carcassonne. This is meaty, with filter coffee and hints of orange peel. Medium to full bodied 
Retail $19.99 Special $17.99

Rhone Valley – Manus Dei Cotes du Rhone Villages 2012
From the Chateauneuf du Pape producer Chateau Sixtine - Parkers Wine Advocate says .."This a beauty. Loaded with blackberry, licorice, crushed stone-like minerality and hints of pepper, this medium-bodied, mouth-filling effort has plenty of richness, good texture and excellent overall freshness and purity." We agree.   
Retail $25.99 Special $22.99

Burgundy – David Moreau Cote de Beaune Villages 2012
Another very modern style; dark and relatively dense and packed with fruit whilst finishing with a nice savoury twist and soft silky tannins. David Moreau took over part of his Grandfather's domaine in 2009 and has had wine-making experience at Domaine de la Romanée Cont and Neudorf (NZ). This is a very affordable quality Burgundy and a name I think we'll hear a lot more about. Grab some whjile it is still affordable!
Retail $46.99 Special $41.99

Bordeaux – Château Carbonneau Ste Foy Bordeaux « Cuvee Verriere » 2011
A beautiful Chateau offers a corner of New Zealand in the Saint Foy appellation, South East Bordeaux (about ½ hr from St Emilion). Operated by Wilfred Franc de Ferriere and his wife, Jacquie (ex- Christchurch). They also operate an award winning B & B at the Chateau which has hosted many Kiwis.  This is their premium wine (90% Merlot this vintage) aged in 100% new French oak. Plummy fruit with just a hint of the Bordeaux savoury side. With good palate density and nice furry tannins. 
Retail $33.99 Special $29.99

Roussillon – Cazes Rivesaltes « Ambre » 2000 (375ml)
Situated in Rivesaltes in the Roussillon, Domaine Cazes , with 220 hectares of vines planted, is the largest certified Organic and Biodynamic estate in France. This fortified wine (16% alc, 100gms rs) is made from Grenache noir grapes and then aged for 7 years before release. Dried fruits, toffee, nutty rancio (sherry-like) flavours, this has beautiful harmony and complexity.  
Retail $39.99 Special $35.99