Thursday, June 2, 2011

Le Caveau - new Wine Store in Town!

Le Caveau Fine Wine just opened in Chamblee, GA !
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We went to their Grand Opening on Saturday May 28th. They had a wonderful wine tasting and pairings of artisanal cheeses from Thomasville, GA based Sweet Grass Dairy Farms, and a tasty selection of meats from Pine Street Market. Owners Carrie and Eric Brown are super friendly (not snobby), and also Dan Crawford who works there is great! We love Le Caveau!

Tasting Notes:
1) 2009 San Felice Perolla Vermentino $11.99
Vermentino (85%), Sauvignon Blanc (15%) - straw yellow in appearance, the wine shows refreshing hints of grapefruit, spring blossoms, and fresh-mown hay on the nose while the crisp palate shows green melon and lemon cream.
Pairs with the Thomas Tomme cheese.
LOVED this one, perfect summertime wine!

2) 2010 Chateau La Tour de Berand Rose (Costieres De Nimes) - $13.99
Rhone Valley. Mourvedre, Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache
It has a soft pink color with excellent aromatic length and depth, it displays fresh, elegant, floral notes overlying aromas of pear and red fruits (raspberry and red currant).
Matt likes the finish (tart berry), flavorful and amazing.
Pairs with the Fresh Chevre (Goat Cheese).

3) 2008 Olivier Laflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Setilles" (Chardonnay) - $18.99
A blend of vineyards in the villages of Puligny-Montrachet (60%) and Meursault (40%)
This wine has a very fresh and intensely floral nose with hints of lemon-lime and earth, both of which can also be found on the palate. These rich and round flavors are not only intense and delicious but also deliver better than average complexity.
Scent of Smoky-Hay. 8 months in oak barrels. Very yummy Chardonnay and I am not usually a Chardonnay fan!
Importer is Fredrick Wildman & Sons Ltd.
Pair with Gow-da cheese (part cow part goat).

4) 2008 Freja Cellars Estate Pinot Noir - $18.99
Freja was the Scandanavian goddess of Fertility and growth.
Winemaker is Willy (Greek guy) who spent a lot of time in Burgundy, etc.
The vineyard is located on a south facing slope of the Chelhalem Mountains (800 ft elevation) in the North Williamette Valley and consists of Wadensville (Vahnds-ville) Clone (75%) and Pommard Clone (25%)
It has classic burgundy color and shows red fruit, violets, and earth aromas. the palate echoes these notes with tart red cherry, raspberry, and spice with lively acidity and moderate tannins. This wine was featured at the Masters Golf Tournament.
(Clone means it's a clone of Pinot Noir). Some other clones are Dijon 117 and Dijon 115 - from France, Cotes De Nuit.
Pairs with the Fresh Chevre.

5) Lot #2009 Plan Pegau Selectionne par Laurence Feraud - (Costieres De Nimes) - $19.99
(Female winemaker in France - which is fairly rare to find)
65% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Carignan, the balance is a kitchen sink blend of Mourvedre, Merlot, Alicante Bouche, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
With Medium garnet color this wine is showing garrigue (lavender, sage, rosemary, wild thyme) pepper, spice, and game aromas. It is a mid-weight wine with loads of luscious cherry fruit and gorgeous texture.
Pairs with the buttery tasting cheese (similar to a camembert)

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