Friday, May 16, 2008
The past couple of nights, our tasting area has been graced by the presence of several winemakers. Their arrival was mostly unexpected. We had a tasting scheduled for some of their wines Thursday night, but we added another tasting on Wednesday to accommodate our guests.
On Wednesday, we were visited by Jean Francois Clouet of Andre Clouet Champagne and Romaric Chavy of Domaine Chavy, a producer based in Meursault. Of course, we tasted the wines,and our customers were able to ask questions of the winemakers.Thursday night, we met with the winemaker from Chateau Pech Redon, while we tasted his excellent, if unusual, white wine. The wine is made from 60% Grenache Gris and 40% Bourblanc. In better English than my French, he showed us pictures of the vineyards and described his terroir.
We also met with the winemaker for Domaine de la Rectorie. We sampled two of his wines; the dry wine carries the appellation Collioure, while the absolutely delicious desert wine carries the Banyuls appellation.The third winemaker was Georges Parahy from Domaine Puig-Parahy, and we tasted his Cuvee Georges. An excellent middleweight Rhone style blend of Grenache and Carignan.