April 11th Kick Ass Tasting Notes

“Spring is Nature’s Way of Saying Let’s Party!
                     – Robin Williams

What a fun and festive night we had on April 11th celebrating our first Relationships Built on Taste get together of 2017 with our April in Paris cocktail and wine tasting. As usual the women at BRIX did not disappoint with their fabulous French wine selection and stories from each winemaker and vineyard. The tasting varied from porch pounders to elegant age worthy wines. Below are the wines and tasting notes from that evening.

French 75 Cocktail
1 oz Gin
¾ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
¼ oz simple syrup
¼ cup dry sparkling wine

In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.
Sip and Smile!

NV Jean François Mérieau “Bulles”
A blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, organically grown and aged on the lees for 18-20 months. The dosage is very low at 4 grams per liter, resulting in a refreshing, crisp wine. This bubbly has a bright nose of apple and pears with hints of citrus. The palate is creamy and rich and the finish is juicy and long. I find myself reaching for this wine often as it really hits the spot after a long day. According to Wine Spectator: “This sparkler is forward, with a prominent spicy ginger note leading the way for pear, melon and brioche flavors. Stays racy on the finish, with the ginger note lingering. Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Drink now.”

Dom. Montbarbon Viré-Clessé
This Chardonnay made from 70 year old vines won the Gold medal at the Concours Général Agricole 2016 in Paris. Exhibiting a classic chardonnay palate that is long in the mouth and well balanced. This wine is perfect for the return of the sun and warm summer evenings.

Miraval Rosé
This rose has a beautiful light pink color, fresh fruit aromas and refreshing acidity.Miraval’s pure expression of the soil of Côtes de Provence. Most famously known as the Brad and Angelina Rose it certainly lived up to the hype and showed us why the first 6,000-bottle run of this wine sold out within five hours. Enjoy outdoors in sunny beautiful weather, make it officially French and enjoy with a Nicoise salad.

Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge
Pinot Noir, one of France’s most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years and this wine expresses the terroir driven style perfectly. This wine is the perfect balance of fruit, earthiness and texture and shows that great French Pinot Noir doesn’t have to break the bank.

Dom. Bois De Boursan Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Ahhh – CdP, one of my very favorite wine making regions, typically a blend of Grenach, Syrah, Mouvedre and other traditional and accepted varietals. If you want old school finesse and terroir purity, this is the wine!  This striking wine transports you to the lavender and olive fields of Provence, with aromas of black cherry, raspberry, strawberry, smokey, grilled thyme and rosemary, some honey, lavender and violets. This wine can age for 30 years, but it will be lucky if it makes it 30 days in my house.

I can’t wait for the next event.
Cheers my friends!

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