Wine tasting Friday October 16, 4-7

We are tasting wine Friday October 16, 4-7 featuring wines from the Country Vintner. Muriel will be here to do the pouring.

San de Guilhem, Côtes du Gascogne Blanc (2014) 

This Cotes du Gascogne is a zesty and lively white wine with a nose of white fruits and a clean, crisp finish. The assemblage is mostly Colombard and Gros Manseng with a little Ugni Blanc.

Domaine Antugnac, Chardonnay (2013) 

Since 1997 Domaine Antugnac has been owned and managed by Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc Terrier. These childhood friends grew to become business partners of Domaine Des Deux Roches in the Mâconnais. Looking to expand, they focused on Languedoc where land prices were much better than in Burgundy. Antugnac, tucked away in Limoux’s Haute Vallé quickly became the clear choice. The vineyard parcels start at the village, but the majority climb the heights of the south-facing flanks, growing between 280 and 530 wind-swept meters above sea level in meager limestone soils. The partners quickly understood that this location offered Languedoc’s sunshine tempered strongly by mountain coolness. Limoux is Languedoc’s only cru for white wine because it is the coolest region in Languedoc, and Limoux’s Haute Vallée is the coolest of the cool (the temperature influence is such that the old vine Chardonnay here follows the same vegetative cycle as the partners’ Chardonnay in Mâcon).

Domaine Antugnac, Closerie des Lys Rouge (2013) 

25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Malbec, 25% Syrah. Wine from these mountain vines achieve sunny ripeness coupled with distinct freshness. Harvest typically begins in the wee hours before dawn and finishes by 11 in the morning, before the hot weather commences. Extractions lean toward the light and short scale. They look for fruit, not power.

Domaine les Hautes Cances, CDR Tradition (2012) 

Syrah, Grenach, Carignon. Juicy and herbaceous wine from the Southern Rhone. Hautes Cances means “high turn” as in the turn at the end of a long plowed row. Family owned, small production.

Château Haut la Pereyre, Bordeaux Rouge (2012) 

Classic Bordeaux blend 45% Cabernet Sauvignon/55% Merlot. This domaine started life in 1881 in the prestigious, if small and under the radar, appellation of Haut-Benauge in Bordeaux’s Entre-Deux-Mers region. It sold its wine in bulk to traders over the years until Olivier Cailleux’s parents began to estate bottle in 1974. Olivier himself was given the keys to the domaine in 1994; he is the sixth generation to manage the family