Thursday November 16th 5-7PM
Sherlocks Wine Merchant Buckhead
3401 Northside Parkway NW Atlanta, GA 30327
~Selections To Be Tasted~
2014 Domaine Des Hates Chablis $27.99*
The source of the most racy and tactile, and yet uniquely light and complex Chardonnay, Chablis, while considered part of Burgundy, actually reaches far past the most northern stretch of the Côte d’Or proper. Its vineyards cover hillsides surrounding the small village of Chablis about 100 miles north of Dijon, making it actually closer to Champagne than to Burgundy. Champagne and Chablis have a unique soil type in common called Kimmeridgian, which isn’t found anywhere else in the world except southern England. A 180 million year-old geologic formation of decomposed clay and limestone, containing tiny fossilized oyster shells, spans from the Dorset village of Kimmeridge in southern England all the way down through Champagne, and to the soils of Chablis. This soil type produces wines full of structure, austerity, minerality, salinity and finesse.
Winemaker Notes: A super-fresh, pure and lemon-tinged nose displays plenty of classic Chablis elements that include sea breeze, iodine and quinine. There is terrific punch and precision to the utterly
delicious and intensely saline flavors, indeed this is almost salty in character on the clean,
dry and impressively persistent finish. This age-worthy effort offers excellent quality for its
level and is worth checking out.
Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne $44.99*
Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier has been avant-garde in creating unique and elegant Champagnes for nearly two hundred years, making it one of the world’s most esteemed Champagne brands, and also the largest family owned brand. Located in the northeastern region of France, the Champagne region has one of the coolest possible wine producing climates, which is moderated by the Marne River and the region’s proximity to the ocean. Laurent-Perrier is based in the picturesque village of Tours-sur-Marne – an ideal location at the intersection between Champagne’s three foremost sub-regions: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs.
Wine Enthusiast 91 Points: Laurent-Perrier’s dry style is reflected in this crisp, elegant and fine Champagne. The character is mineral, taut, with a great burst of citrus and white fruit acidity. The ensemble creates a delicious food-friendly wine.
2016 Cleto Chiarli E Figli Premium Lambrusco $15.99*
In 1960 Cleto Chiarli founded the first wine-producing company in the Emilia-Romagna region, following the success that his homemade Lambrusco enjoyed enjoyed in his ‘Osteria dell’Artigliere’, his restaurant in Modena. This was the start of a tradition of excellence leading to Chiarli’s steady growth which has made it the greatest privately-owned Lambrusco company.
In 2001 Mauro and Anselmo Chiarli, Cleto’s great-grandsons and current leaders of the company, decided to build a new winery under the founder’s name, Cleto Chiarli. There, the best of what they have to offer is produced from carefully selected and homegrown grapes, with state-of-the-art equipment in an idyllic setting and, above all, with a unique know-ho that only over 150 years of tradition can provide.
Wine Enthusiast 91 Points: Violet, wild rose and woodland berry aromas lead the nose in this lively, polished and joyful wine. The lightly sparkling palate doles out red cherry, crushed strawberry, candied tangerine zest and ginger hints. Crisp acidity lends a clean, dry finish.
2015 Clos-Saint Jean Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-Du-Pape $54.99*
The prestigious Clos Saint Jean is run by the fourth generation of the Tacussel/Maurel family – Vincent and Pascal Maurel – under the tutelage of renowned oenologist Philippe Cambie. Clos Saint-Jean is considered by critics, sommeliers, and consumers alike to be among the top properties of the Southern Rhone. Robert Parker comments, “The tasting of the five (2007) cuvees must rank among the greatest single tasting in the southern Rhone I have ever done in 30+ years of wine tasting. Last year I sensed something special was happening, and the bottled (2007) wines confirm that something rare had occurred in the vineyards and cellars of Clos Saint-Jean.” The estate now boasts four 100 point wines, sourced from their extraordinary old vine plots, including choice parcels in the famed La Crau district of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The raw material for this wine is what is deemed at many domaines suitable for their top end cuvees, yet at Clos Saint-Jean this is their classic bottling. This cuvee “Vieilles Vignes” is produced from the oldest vines.
Robert Parker 94 Points: A special cuvée produced for the American importer, Eric Solomon, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is huge. It blends 85% or more concrete-aged Grenache with small amounts of Syrah and Mourvèdre aged in barrique. The result is a massive wine filled with red fruit. The tannins are ripe to the point of creaminess on the mid-palate then firm up on the long finish.