July Newsletter: Summer Sampler, Pre-Arrival Tempier, de Cherisey
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by Mark Congero
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.—Henry James
It doesn’t matter what the activity, I am much happier when the sun is shining and that little red needle is topping 75 degrees. That goes double for cooking, eating, and drinking. Sure, a hearty stew in winter or some fresh asparagus in spring are both lovely, but nothing beats a bottle of rosé, a backyard BBQ, and a few friends on a warm summer evening.
The quality and quantity of the summer harvest is overwhelming, but the food I anticipate most every year is a perfectly sun-ripened tomato. I think I could survive most of the summer with vine-ripe tomatoes, baguettes, good olive oil, sea salt, and LOTS of rosé!
Summer isn’t just about food, it’s also about having fun. The longer, sun-filled days give us more time to hang out with friends and family. We get to throw fabulous Sunday BBQs that start with cold rosé or dry white and go late into the night with red wine by the coals. Summer—when lazy is not a four-letter word!
With summer at hand, I have put together what I hope you’ll agree is a great mix of KLWM wines. In the carton, I’ll add some recipes to play with, and a list of some seasonal foods to look for at the market during the summer months.
|2009 Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé • Domaine du Poujol||$14.95|
|2009 Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé “Tradition” • Saint Martin de la Garrigue||12.95|
|2009 Bardolino “Chiaretto” Rosé • Corte Gardoni||12.95|
|2008 Pinot Bianco • La Viarte||16.00|
|2008 Bourgogne Blanc “Chardonnay” • La Cadette||17.95|
|2009 Sauvignon Blanc “Unique” • Domaine du Salvard||14.95|
|2009 Moscato d’Asti • Elvio Tintero||9.95|
|2008 Côte-de-Brouilly • Nicole Chanrion||19.95|
|2007 Coteaux du Languedoc “Mourvèdre” • Château La Roque||18.00|
|2008 Vin de Pays Rouge • Yves Leccia||26.00|
|2008 Coteaux du Languedoc Rouge • Château de Lascaux||16.00|
|2008 Dolcetto d’Alba “Vigna l’Pari” • Guido Porro||17.50|
Special Sampler Price $148
(a 25% discount)
2008 DOMAINE TEMPIER
What we call the cuvée classique from Tempier is the one labeled Bandol, the least expensive bottling. The 2008 is classic, complete, and ready to serve cooled down a touch.
La Migoua is round and deep with sweet fruit in abundance. La Tourtine is firmer, more structured. It doesn’t hurt to uncork them already because they taste great. Cabassaou? I’d save it for several years before serving it.
|2008 Bandol “Classique” fifths||$396.00|
|2008 Bandol “La Migoua” fifths||597.00|
|2008 Bandol “La Tourtine” fifths||597.00|
|2008 Bandol “Cabassaou” fifths||867.00|
Inquire about availability in tenths, magnums, and jeroboams.
2008 DOMAINE DE CHERISEY
As you know, these white Burgundies excite me as much as anything we are importing these days. I have to fight with myself to keep my corkscrew away from them, because I want some aged bottles as I age.
The 2008s remind me of the 2007s. The color might be a bit more golden and there might be a bit more flesh in 2008. Highest recommendation.
|2008 Puligny-Montrachet “Hameau de Blagny” 1er Cru||$780.00|
|2008 Puligny-Montrachet “La Garenne” 1er Cru||780.00|
|2008 Puligny-Montrachet “Les Chalumeaux” 1er Cru||780.00|
|2008 Meursault-Blagny “La Genelotte” 1er Cru||780.00|
Pre-arrival terms: Half-payment due with order; balance due upon arrival.