Winter is upon us, and these bitter cold days have us looking forward to the festivities to come. Bring your family and friends together to share the gems that you will have snapped up in this latest auction. Let iDealwine help you to find the rare jewel.
Let’s begin the festivities with… champagne! Why not try an exceptional vintage (Cristal 1995 from Louis Roederer), a specialist reference (Minéral Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2011 from Agrapart), a prestigious label (Grande Dame de Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin), pioneering champagne houses (Selosse) or family-oriented houses (Maison Drappier).
Are you looking for a wine to go with a rich, hearty meal? The Loire, an undisputed reference point for quaffing wines, also produces magnificent bottles which we’d recommend at all costs. Let’s try some local food and wine pairings. Freshwater fish would be an absolute delight with the minerality of one of Dagueneau’s Pouilly-Fumé (for instance Buisson Renard or Silex). Light meats would go very well with the Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil from Xavier Amirault, as the Cabernet Franc in these wines has a predominantly fresh and fruity profile… on condition that you decant the wine when it is young. If you prefer a richer meat – in sauce perhaps – it’s worth trying the somewhat more concentrated Saumur-Champigny from Domaine des Roches Neuves. Pair your cheeseboard with Domaine Huet’s Vouvrays, delicious, vibrant and delicate wines we recently tasted at the Biodyvin wine fair.
A good grilled or roast red meat should be paired with a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon – embodied here by Screaming Eagle – or a Syrah from the northern Rhone. There is a wide selection, with Côte-Rôtie from Guigal or Jamet, Cornas from Thierry Allemand and Hermitage from Paul Jaboulet Ainé. Their power and peppery finish will win you over.
Make the most of the season to try some nice food-wine pairings. The suppleness of a bloody red meat or a pumpkin gratin is sublime when paired with equally supple wines of the Right Bank, such as those from Châteaux Figeac, Cheval blanc, and Pressac. The notes of humus and game inherent to old vintages of Cos Labory and the Châteaux Carbonnieux and Rauzan-Segla will be lifted by mushroom-based dishes. Finish off your meal with Jean-Michel Gérin’s and François Villard’s aromatic, full-bodied Condrieu – they’ll go down a treat with your cheeseboard!
For those of you concocting refined, slow-cooked meals, the elegance of Pinot noir and the great variety of Chardonnay will amply reward your efforts. Roumier, Geantet-Pansiot, Ghislaine Barthod, Armand Rousseau, and even the Echezeaux Grand Cru and the Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parentoux 1982 from Henri Jayer – the stars of this auction and signatures renowned throughout the world – will embellish your already sophisticated feasts. In terms of white wines, as you know, some appellations are simply essential. These include the Chablis Grand Cru Valmur from Raveneau, the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru from Bonneau du Martray, the Meursault Les Narvaux from Domaine d’Auvenay and the Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères from Coche-Dury… what a selection!
Moving onto dessert… Have you already tried Napoleon’s favourite wine, Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance? As well as this nectar of Alexandrian Muscat, enjoy our wide selection of Sauternes, Hungarian Tokaj, Alsatian Vendanges Tardives and exceptional Quarts de Chaume.
Fellow eonophiles, are you looking for delicious gems for an evening of wine tasting? Elsa, from the marketing team, would suggest the Corsican domains U Stillicionnu and Vaccelli. Constance would urge you to try the wines from the Languedoc domain Montcalmès, which she tasted a few short hours ago.
If these ideas have whetted your appetite, you know what to do… Happy bidding! 😊
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05/12/2018 – 10h00 : Foreign wines 1927-2015
05/12/2018 – 10h30 : Misc France 1960-2018
05/12/2018 – 11h00 : Alsace Jura 1976-2016
05/12/2018 – 11h30 : Champagne 1959-2012
05/12/2018 – 12h00 : Loire 1970-2008
05/12/2018 – 12h30 : Loire 2009-2017
05/12/2018 – 13h00 : Bourgogne 1984-2007 – White
05/12/2018 – 13h30 : Bourgogne 2008-2016 – White
05/12/2018 – 14h00 : Bourgogne 1950-1995 – Red
05/12/2018 – 14h30 : Bourgogne 1996-2004 – Red
05/12/2018 – 15h00 : Bourgogne 2005-2009 – Red
05/12/2018 – 15h30 : Bourgogne 2010-2016 – Red
06/12/2018 – 10h00 : Rhône 1982-2016 – White
06/12/2018 – 10h30 : Rhône 1978-2007 – Red
06/12/2018 – 11h00 : Rhône 2008-2016 – Red
06/12/2018 – 11h30 : Bordeaux 1945-1982 – Red
06/12/2018 – 12h00 : Bordeaux 1983-1988 – Red
06/12/2018 – 12h30 : Bordeaux 1989-1994 – Red
06/12/2018 – 13h00 : Bordeaux 1995-1999 – Red
06/12/2018 – 13h30 : Bordeaux 2000-2003 – Red
06/12/2018 – 14h00 : Bordeaux 2004-2008 – Red
06/12/2018 – 14h30 : Bordeaux 2009-2015 – Red
06/12/2018 – 15h00 : Bordeaux 1928-2006 – White
06/12/2018 – 15h30 : Bordeaux 2007-2016 – White