2011 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau St. Aubin 1er Cru Le Champlot

“Of all the stars at night, none can match the brilliant light that I see in your eyes”– J.J. Cale 1938-2013

I couldn’t have predicted the success we’ve had with our newly expanded value Bordeaux section. We have received numerous phone calls and emails from customers complimenting us on importing these amazing, inexpensive wines. That always gives us all a good feeling knowing that our efforts are paying off; in this case for all of you, and for our staff too. Let’s face it, I love to have high quality red Bordeaux on hand to bring to friends’ houses for dinners after work! The double-takes and outrageous guesses as to the wines’ prices are a thrill to witness.And though I’m still semi-obsessed with 2009 red Bordeaux, I am also aware that variety is the spice of life. When I first stepped into TWH, David asked me about my favorite food/wine pairings. Like a knee-jerk reaction, I told him it was lobster and White Burgundy. When he goes to Burgundy each year, David works with a negociante and tastes a whole lot of samples. Of all the wines tasted, just like our value Bordeaux experience, he says “yes” to a very small percentage of producers. One producer that passed with flying colors is Domaine Sylvain Langoureau.

2011 represents the 4th vintage of Langoureau wines imported by TWH. Sylvain’s wines are another example of David’s discovering a producer whose wines tip the scale in the quality for price department. Sylvain Langoureau has been director of the domaine since 1989, and now farms his 9 hectares biologically. St. Aubin is an appellation just west of all those fancy Chardonnay producing vineyards that have “Montrachet” in their names; including the Grands Crus! The Premier Cru Le Champlot vineyard sits just above the village of Gamay facing west-southwest. On the same rise of hill to the east is the appellation of Puligny-Montrachet. Langoureau describes the 2011 vintage as being “classic” for his wines, and said, “I think the wines will have that lovely combination of early accessibility but have enough in the way of potential to develop over the medium-term.” In regards to Langoureau’s 2011 St. Aubin Premier Cru Le Champlot, Allen Meadows of Burghound had this to say, “There is outstanding punch and that really lovely quality of underlying tension to the detailed and discreetly minerally middle weight flavors that possess a notably dry yet less overtly austere finish that delivers fine persistence. I very much like the complexity. – 90 points.” When we tasted it, the ooohs and aaahs around the tasting table may have led anyone who may have been listening to thinking that we were tasting something far more expensive, like a Grand Cru perhaps. It is vibrant, has layer after layer of complexity, a solid mineral core, and plenty of nerve fueling a long, complex finish. Factor in the price, and we’ve got another smashing value for you, IN A WHITE BURGUNDY!

 

Things are indeed exciting around here. We’ve had a container held up at port for far too long, but we should be seeing the wine next week. There’s another container with more wine from France arriving on the heels of that one, and the ball is rolling on getting another one filled up behind that. So yes, that will keep us busy. We’ll be tasting samples of all of the new wines, and we’ll be sure to tell you all about them soon. In the mean time, treat yourself to some 2011 St. Aubin Le Champlotfrom Sylvain Longoureau, it’s pure genius in a bottle. I would like to make it known that I prefer something else with my lobster these days, but I’ll save that for another email. Whoa, I just realized that this is my last Sunday write-up until my annual Charity Shield write up. What does that mean? It’s almost footy season! – Peter Zavialoff

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about 2011 White Burgundy, our value Bordeaux section, The Charity Shield, or anything else: peter.winehouse@sbcglobal.net

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