| DOMBEK photo © 2012|
Domaine Grand Côtes du Jura
Earthy and light/bright ruby
in color, with overtones of light brown
suggesting twigs on a forest floor, this wonderfully unique wine has a subtle floral perfume of violets, along with wild berries such as strawberries, raspberries
and cranberries on the nose. Light
bodied and distinctly herbaceous, with cherries, rhubarb and spice on the
palate, this wine has subtle yet complex flavors. Completely lean and dry, this is a fabulous
summer red! Brendon from Devenish wines recommends
putting a slight chill on it before serving.
Perfect! $15.99/btl at The Bier
Jura is a region east of Burgundy, France named after the Jura Mountains. Switzerland and the Swiss Alps are to the west. The climate of the region has many
similarities to Burgundy but is reportedly colder in winter. Harvest levels are often delayed as long as
possible to achieve the highest levels. Vines
are often pruned to the Guyot system, a method of trellising grapes (“cane
pruning”) to allow for greatest exposure to sun and therefore ripening. The Trousseau grape has characteristics that
remind one of Pinot Noir, the primary red grape of the Burgundy region. Elegance, subtlety and balance are characteristics ringing true for me here.
Grand family has been farming Organicly for Domaine Grand since the 80’s and
they’ve been farming the estate since 1692!
| BIER CELLAR - 299 ForestAve, Portland, ME |
I had this wine some time ago but was reminded how delicious it is recently at an excellent new Beer/Wine store in town – BIER CELLAR, located at 299 Forest Ave., just after the entrance to Hannaford.
| Greg Norton (Bier Cellar) & Brendon Pringle (Devenish) |
Their inaugural wine tasting was hosted by Devenish Wines and included the Jura Trousseau along with an excellent line-up of wines.
Other stand-out pics included:
|Wine Tasting at Bier Cellar
Assyrtiko 2011, Santorini, Greece
Blend of Assyrtiko/Aidani
yellow in color, this has briny air and aromas of wildflower fields on the
nose. This clearly speaks of “terroir”
considering the vineyard is located on an island in the Aegean surrounded by the elements of wind, water and sun that literally pour
through the wine! White peaches, juicy
honeydew melon and steely minerality follow on the palate for a wonderful, luminescent
acidity. Unique and delicious, this is Happiness
in a glass! $16.99/btl at Bier Cellar.
| Hatzidakis Assyrtiko and Moriniere Muscadet Cuvee
Assyrtiko grapes are trained in a “bird nest/basket shape” called 'stefani' to shield grapes from the hot Meltemi winds, also trapping precious dew from the night air to bring the vines much needed moisture.
|Stefani vine/dormant season|
|Stefani Vine taking shape
Soil is porous/pumice/volcanic. The Hatzidakis Winery was founded in 1996
by Haridimos and Konstantina Hatzidakis. The vineyards were owned by Konstantina’s
family but they had not been cared for since 1956, when they fled Santorini for
Athens due to an earthquake. “Haridimos may well represent the future of
the wine industry
on the picturesque Greek island of Santorini. He is the
newest producer but many consider him the most talented enologist.” I found this wine to be enchanting indeed!
For our third hightlight of the tasting, Chateau de la
Moriniere Cuvee M Vallet Cru Muscadet 2009, Loire Valley, France. This was subtle, elegant, rich, light and
lovely all at once. A true pleasure to experience. Only 15 cases of
this Cru Muscadet came into the country.
$19.99/btl at Bier Cellar.
Ned (Devenish Wines) found this when visiting the Loire Valley last spring. Apparently growers haven’t quite settled on rules for cru designation yet (akin to Beaujolais), but Moriniere is already making this special reserve Muscadet from a very old vine vineyard in one of the zones to be eventually cru designated, The Vallet Vineyard. For more explicit info on this one and a taste of Ned’s adventure with it see his blog: http://devenishwinesgeek.typepad.com/wines_tasted/2012/07/moriniere-cuvee-m-vallet-cru-muscadet-2009.html
All wines featured today brought to us from Devenish Wines and tasted
at Bier Cellar, 299 Forest
Ave. Portland; A fantastic new retail establishment offering
an amazing selection of craft beer, unique wines, cider and mead. http://biercellar.com/
available at the following venues:
Côtes du Jura Trousseau: Rosemont
Markets & Browne Trading (Portland), Blue Hill Wine Shop (Blue Hill)
Hatzidakis Assyrtiko: Rosemont Markets, Whole Foods, Browne Trading, Emilitsa (Portland), Niky's Restaurant (Lewiston), Bel Cibo da Cherie's
(Kennebunk), Trattoria Athena (Brunswick), Mckean and Charles (Waldoboro), and The
Wine Seller (Rockland).
Moriniere Cuvee M Vallet Cru Muscadet: Rosemont
Markets, Blue Hill Wine Shop, Browne Trading & Caiola’s (Portland), Lilly
Lupine and Fern (Camden), Old Vines Wine Bar (Kennebunkport)
Find these in venues near you and experience them for yourself!