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Champagne Day at Weygandt Wines


This past Friday I was invited to spend #ChampagneDay at Weygandt Wines. Tim O’Rourke reached out to the local community of wine and food bloggers by offering a Champagne tasting with some appetizers from Ripple.  There was also a bottle of Chermette, Cramant de Bourgogne for those willing to taste non-Champagne bubbles.  By 7:30pm a decent crowd had showed up.  Of the Champagnes I really enjoyed the Nathalie Fermet, La Val Cornet followed by the Nicolas Maillart, Platine.  I thought these two bottles were a notch up from the others.

I enjoyed meeting Derek Swanson (The Weekly Wine Pick),  Jessica Orquina and her husband (Jessica In Search Of), Rachel and Brett (DMV Dining), and Joon (Vinicultured).    There were enjoyable wines, new people to meet, and good energy.  Hopefully Weygandt Wines and other merchants will continue to actively reach out to the local bloggers. Thanks again to Tim for hosting all of us.  I will certainly return soon to pick up some Champagne and other French wines.

NV J.L. Vergnon, Conversation Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne
A light yellow straw color with a yeasty, apple like nose.  An initial burst of green fruit/citrus flavor with great bubbles and a strong yeast component.  Not Rated.

NV Philippe Prie, Brut Tradition, Champagne
Richer than the Vergnon, the bubbles were more aggressive with a stronger yeast component.  Not Rated.

NV Nathalie Falmet, Brut Nature, Champagne
A yellowish color.  A strong nose followed by an aggressive start in the mouth.  There was a lovely, continual stream of bubbles with minerals in the midpalate and a long, yeasty aftertaste.  Not Rated.

NV Nathalie Falmet, Cuvee Le Val Cornet, Champagne
This was really quite nice.  The soft, rich Champagne had an awesome, racy, minerally, rich finish.  Drinking perfectly!  My favorite of the Champagnes.  Not Rated.

NV Nicolas Maillart, 1er Cru Brut, Platine, Champagne
This wine is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.  This was almost as good as the Falmet, Le Val Cornet but softer overall and a little less fruit.  Not Rated.

The five Champagnes clearly wetted appetites as bottles of red wine started appearing at the tasting area.  Tim offered up a bottle of Jann Chave, Le Rouvre, Crozes-Hermitage that I neglected to take a note on though I certainly enjoyed a taste.  Of the red wines I enjoyed the 2010 Boulard, 2009 Font Sarade, and the 2010 Domaine des Soulanes.

1983 Domaine des Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru
This was a recent $20 bin-end wine that Dereck bought from MacArthurs.  The cloudy, brown color did not bode well but the nose and mouth were better than expected.  Soft, gravelly, and clearly a flawed bottle but drinkable.  Not Rated.

2007 Domaine Savoye, Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Cote du Py, Morgon, Beaujolais
This was minerally, more mature, a decent finish, and reasonably interesting.  Not Rated.

2010 Daniel Bouland, Chiroubles, Beaujolais
This wine is 100% Gamay.  Restrained fruit, good fresh acidity, stones, and fine tannins.  Easy to drink and my favorite of the two Beaujolais.  Not Rated.

2009 Alfredo Maestro, Tejero Vina Almate, Tierres de Leon
This wine is 100% Tempranillo sourced from a 10-year-old vineyard.  The wine was aged for four months in barrique.  Fresh, nuts, lots of acidity driven flavors.  Not the most interesting to me.  Not Rated.

2009 Domaine Font Sarade, Les Hauts de La Ponche, Vacqueyras
This wine is 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and 25% Syrah.  This was the richest of all the wines tasted with ripe fruit, minerality, an intense midpalate, and integrated tannins.  Vacqueyras on steroids!  Not Rated.

2010 Domaine des Soulanes, Kaya, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes
This wine is 100% Carignan.  There was a pretty perfumed nose.  In the mouth, flavors of sweet raspberry with dark notes and roast coming out midpalate.  Not Rated.

  1. October 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    It was an excellent event, indeed. You beat me to the scoop!

    It was very nice to meet you, too, Aaron! I hope to see you around more DC wine events.

    • November 1, 2011 at 5:54 am

      Yes, I look forward to seeing you around as well. We should get some people together to taste some wine.

      • November 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

        Definitely! I would be down. Perhaps an informal thing at first, but perhaps also a DC wine blogger event at some point?

      • November 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm

        I am really glad you organized an event with Weygandt. I look forward to reading about the November event and should see you at the December event!

  2. Matthew Latuchie
    November 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for stopping by Aaron! It was great seeing you again, and I’m glad you had a fun evening.

    • November 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Matt, I look forward to future events. By the way, I enjoyed the 2004 Mann, Grand H, Pinot on Halloween. I look forward to trying the other wines you recommended and hearing more about being ITB.

  1. November 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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