This weekends wines are the Giovanni Almondo Arneis Bricco della Cieliege 2008, without doubt the finest Arneis I have ever tasted. The estate has 12 hectares of vines planted, with the highest six hectares (at 380 meters) planted to the Arneis grape. The cool climate at this altitude and the lighter sandy soils, while not great for red grapes, is perfect for producing Arneis. This has hints of pear and white flowers on the nose, cool and clean, with great acidity, medium body and great texture and mouth feel. Perfect with mild fish, cheeses, linguine with shrimp or white clams sauce or as an aperitif. $24.50.
Sancerre Chavignol 2008, Serge Laporte - Cool, crisp and focused, just the way I like'em. Hints of gooseberry, citrus, great acidity and a mineral texture all the way through to the finish - bring on the oysters! $28 per bottle.
Macon Solutre-Pouilly 2008 - Philippe Forest-Auvige - This lovely Chardonnay comes from the heart of the Macon region from vineyards in Solutre-Pouilly. The dramtic landscape and the history of this place is fantastic, and the wine is too! Crisp, focused, with nice weight and a hint of oak, it is a versatile, value priced wine that is better than many a Pouilly Fuisse. Corn silk, creamy nose, hints of vanilla, good acids underneath, clean lingering finish. $23 per bottle.
Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 1er Cur Les Boudriottes, Lamy-Pillot - While better known for making some of the greatest white wines in the world, the vineyards of Chassagne Montrachet are planted roughly half to Chardonnay and half to Pinot Noir for red wine. While some of the reds I have had seem to have a rustic, coarse edge, this excellent example from Lamy-Pillot has a lovely nose of crushed dark cherry and spice, mouthfilling dark fruits, moderate tannins that are fine and supple, good supporting acidity and a great, mouthwatering finish that calls you back for more. A perfect wine for pouissin, quail, duck, and lighter meat such as pork or veal, it will also go great with grilled salmon. Drinks well now, especially if opened or decanted just before serving, and will age and improve for 3-6 years. $44 per bottle.
Both wines are opened to sample all day Saturday September 19th (from 10am-7pm) and Sunday September 20th (12-5pm)
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