The Turkey Day Six Pack
This year there’s lots to be thankful for, particularly for the exceptional recent vintages that offer a spectacular selection of wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast. We’d like to introduce you to some classic wine choices for Thanksgiving as well as a few new intriguing options that you might not have considered.
Mix & Match Six Or More
2017 Domaine Mejan-Taulier Tavel
Canto Perdrix Rose
Rhone Valley, France
Located on the right bank of the Rhone, Domaine Mejan-Taulier was established in 1920 by Valéry Taulier. His son-in-law, André Méjan, was truly a wine maker at heart and he continued the tradition of wine making with finesse and gentle forces expressed with truth and elegance. The estate is located in the center of the village of Tavel where the energy of the wind and the hardness of the pebbles rolled into the electric current of the Cretaceous ocean, gives the land its enchanting power. Today, Florence Mejan, the granddaughter of the founder, has taken over the house. She is surrounded by a new, small crew of enthusiasts who are constantly working to ensure excellence and beautiful flavors.
Winemaker Notes: Dark ruby color is very unique. Structured on the palate with a nice liveliness. This Tavel is among the best of the appellation. It appreciates in youth or after a few years.
2014 Trimbach Riesling
Maison Trimbach began in 1626 when Jean Trimbach settled in Riquewihr and established the family wine trade. Jean-Frédéric Trimbach, born in 1811, was appointed Gourmet of Hunawihr, a position designed to protect the quality of wine exports. He transferred the Maison Trimbach business to Hunawihr, where he served as mayor for many years.
Today, the tradition of quality continues with the 11th and 12th generations of the Trimbach family. Hubert and his older brother Bernard, along with Bernard’s sons, Pierre and Jean, have continued operations and currently produce approximately 80,000 cases of wines annually. Over one-third of their production is exported to the United States. While one of the smallest of the many producers in Alsace, they are nonetheless the largest, most widely recognized Alsace brand in the United States.
James Suckling 93 Points: The nose shows restrained citrus and a slightly lifted, very slightly aromatic touch of conifer. The palate is taut and slender, presenting sober, clean citrus flavors. This stands upright and has a wonderful backbone of freshness. I feel it will have more to give in the future. It’s refreshing now and promising in the future.
2016 Clos Des Lunes
Lune D’Argent Bordeaux Blanc
Starting several years ago, Olivier Bernard and the team at Domaine de Chevalier made a strong commitment to Clos des Lunes, an ancient vineyard in Sauternes, among the finest in Bordeaux. Relying on an intimate relationship with the terroir, the ultimate aim is to create one of the greatest dry white wines on the market. Clos des Lunes is located in the heart of a small area encompassing the finest great growths of Sauternes, in the communes of Sauternes and Bommes. Historically, this terroir has always been recognized for its ability to produce top-quality sweet white wines.
However, before botrytisation, the grapes obviously go through a phase of optimum ripeness that is also conducive to making dry white wines. The fine soil and microclimate here are ideally suited to producing very great dry white wines with remarkable freshness. We take maximum advantage of these unique features.
James Suckling 93 Points: Pale gold color with green hues. Lively citrus nose, coated with sweet aromas of acacia and lime. Rich pulpy flesh of ripe Semillon. Delicious mineral complexity. The acidity of Sauvignon provides a good tension. Balanced and fruity long finish.
2015 Domaine Des Farondes
Domaine des Farondes is a 15ha estate located in the town of Bissey and has been producing wines for 4 generations. Current wine-maker Jean-Philippe Prétet practices conventional farming but uses methods that help reduce chemical treatments of the vines.
Sherlock’s Tasting Notes: Bright and fruity with strawberry and orange-peel aromas that follow through to a medium body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Crisp and clean. Excellent Bourgogne red.
2014 Paul Janin & Fils
Les Vignes Du Tremblay Moulin-A-Vent
Certainly one of the leaders in the Moulin-à-Vent region, Janin makes beautiful, authentic, organic wines from old, low-cropped, bush grown vines, a third of which are now over eighty years old. These wines come exclusively from Janin’s own vineyards, which are hand harvested and tended with the greatest care, without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Janin only uses minimal sulphur in the vineyards and the winery. The traditional use of tank and large, neutral oak, brings the added dimension of freshness and purity to the wines. All wines are subject to strict fruit selections and are fermented with indigenous yeasts. The result is a range of superb, vineyard-driven wines.
Decanter 92 Points: The 2014 Moulin a Vent Les Vignes du Tremblay, which undergoes 11 months aging in stainless steel, has a well defined, natural and refined bouquet with redcurrant and cranberry aromas tinged with woodland scents. The palate is crisp and taut with good depth, beautifully balanced, a little saline in the mouth and showing superb tension on the finish. This comes highly recommended.
2015 Chateau D’Lescours
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Sherlock’s has been importing Chateau D’Lescours for quite some time now. The Chariol family has proudly owned this 18-acre for four generations, and Pierre Chariol has been the owner and chief winemaker for 20 years. Pierre will be the first to tell you that the road has not always been easy, but he has worked great lengths and countless tireless days to keep his family’s wine unparalleled, his Chateau in good working order and, most importantly to him, in the family. Pierre makes one wine, and does that exceptionally well. He is a true soldier of the “Keep it Simple, and Make it Remarkable” model of winemaking success.
It is with great pleasure we announce that Chateau de Lescours St Emillion Grand Cru 2015 has been awarded 91 points by Wine Enthusiast. This high score will be appearing in the esteemed “Best of the Year” 2018 issue of the wine magazine.