Friday, February 17, 2012

Le Caveau - Thomas Meunièr of Authentique Vin- Wine Tasting

Marilyn, Thomas Meunièr, Abbie

Thomas Meunier of Authentique Vin

Le Caveau writes: "Thomas has made it his mission to find true winegrowers that make no concessions and distinctive personalities that are reflected in their wine. Authentic people that make authentic wine in a sustainable way which reveal the identity of soil, grape and climate…the notion of Terroir. Thomas started his career at Domaine Frederick Mabileau in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, in the Loire Valley in France. He was their international sales manager for six years and after being introduced to his future wife by Domain Mabileau's US importer John David Headrick he moved to North Carolina to start importing many of his friends' wines from the Loire Valley and other parts of France to the US. Thomas is a great guy and we are happy to finally have in the shop showing these great wines"

1) 2010 Domaine de la Charmois Touraine Sauvignon - $14.99
100% Sauvignon Blanc - 12.5% alcohol
Tasting Notes: "This wine is minerally and chalky underneath green pepper and subtle fruit. Quite a soft and round palate on the entry, with lots of typical Sauvignon character, with good grip and acidity too. " I thought it had a lovely finish, lingering in the mouth.
Winemaker: Henry Marionette

2) 2010 Laurent Miquel Pere et Fils Chardonnay - $9.99
100% Chardonnay (unoaked) - 13% alcohol
Tasting Notes: "This early-picked, unoaked Chardonnay is showing nice citrusy acidity, clean white fruit, and a hint of aniseed. It's crisp and fresh with a long bright finish."
I thought it had a beautiful aroma, and was amazingly good for a Chardonnay. I normally do not like Chardonnay. This was a pleasant surprise. Also, I absolutely adore the label on this bottle. He has the names of his ancestors under the roots of the vines. Vines that are slightly raised on the label so you can feel them under your fingertips.
Winemaker: Laurent Miquel. Since 1791, eight generations of the Miquel family have worked the vines of their estate high in the Languedoc hills. Laurent, the latest generation, combines the force of the tradition with a quality improvement approach to create wines with a true Languedoc character. To pay tribute to his ancestries, he named this range "Pere et Fils" (Father and sons) and by looking at the label you'll see a vine with on its roots all the first names of each of Laurent's forebears. All Laurent wines have in common a great balance with a vibrant acidity and some pure and clean fruity flavors showing the essence of each grape.

3) 2008 Moreau-Naudet & Fils Petit Chablis - $19.99
100% Chardonnay (unoaked), 12.5% alcohol
Tasting Notes: "This Chardonnay is lively and fresh, with notes of gooseberries and pear. The finish picks up more mineral notes, like granite and flint. The finish is long and clean."
Winemaker: Stephane Moreau
organic wine, Chablis is the northern-most district of Burgundy

4) 2009 Henry Marionnet Premiere Vendage Touraine Gamay - $22.99
100% Gamay (Sulfite Free), 12.5% alcohol
Tasting Notes: "This wine shows sweet red berries on the nose with a touch of vanilla. In the mouth it's an explosion of ripe strawberry and raspberry with a nice freshness yet good concentration for a Gamay. It has a lovely pure finish."
It was said several times that this was a very drinkable wine, didn't need any food pairings and could stand on its own. Thomas says this one reminds him of themes of Friendship and French Spirit. It's very approachable and pure, and no pesticides were used either.
Winemaker: Henry Marionnet

5) 2009 Domaine Grosbois Chinon 'Gabare' - $17.99
100% Cabernet Franc, % alcohol
Tasting Notes: "Cabernet Franc, the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, displays a lighter color than its descendant but a more pronounced perfume of raspberries, black currant, violet, and graphite. This wine shows a smooth mouthful with a complex mineral finish nicely rounded by a touch of red cherry and kirsch."
Winemaker: Nicolas Grosbois

6) 2009 Domaine de la Croix des Vainqueurs Vouvray Demi-Sec 'Le Bouchet' - $17.99
100% Chenin Blanc % alcohol
Tasting Notes: "This wine shows a precise balance between a touch of sweetness and a surprising freshness. With ripe tropical fruits on the palate it finishes with a streak of minerality." Le Bouchet means Little Bush
Winemaker: Laurent Bonneau
Pairs very well with spicy Szechuan food!

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