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Grand Tour of France Wrap-up

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Members-only events are the best reason to join the Kahnoisseur's Klub.

On March 29, Kahnoisser’s Klub members were treated to the Grand Tour of France, a FREE tasting that featured wines, beer and spirits from France’s most famous regions.  K Klubbers had the opportunity to sample nine Bordeaux wines, and were introduced to the famous 2009 vintage with Chateau Bellisle Mondotte, St. Emilion Grand Cru 2009.  The Bellisle Mondotte represented the much-anticipated 2009 vintage well, boasting aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and earth along with a complex palate, ripe tannins and refreshing acidity.

K Klub members tasted five wines from Alsace, a region known for its world-class single varietal white wines.  The unlikely, but clear star was the Rene Muré Clos St. Landelin Pinot Gris 2003.  Exotic floral aromas leapt from the glass and mingled with a rich, honeyed palate that was surprisingly fresh for a nine year old Pinot Gris!  It was a rare treat for Alsace wine lovers and everyone else. 

Our Champagne table featured four outstanding Grower Champagnes, called so because the grape grower and the winemaker are one in the same.  All four Grower Champagnes tasted were dazzling, but the clear favorite was the René Geoffroy Brut Expression.  The word enchanting is not adequate to describe it.  Tastes of lemon curd, quince, and fresh bread accompanied loads of minerality, and great acidity to make this ‘farm fizz’ absolutely irresistible. 

And then there was Burgundy…lots of it.  An entire table was dedicated to Joseph Drouhin, a second table featured the wines of Louis Jadot, and the final table showcased boutique producers.   There were lots of great wines, but perhaps the most memorable red was the Lecheneaut Morey St. Denis 2007, a scrumptious beauty with pure cherry fruit, earth, mineral and an enticing nose of violets. 

The Cordier Pouilly Fuisse Rare 2006, a Chardonnay-based white Burgundy, was simply one of the finest Pouilly Fuisses we’ve encountered.  It was rich and complex beyond comparison with honey, butter, a touch of spice and ample orchard fruits on a solid frame of acidity.  An absolute wine treasure.

From there, tasters toured the Rhone and the South of France, encountering the wines of Chateau de Nages.  The reserve white, the reserve red, the VV red and the Les Piliers Syrah were purchased frequently, as tasters continued to remark how outstanding they tasted for the price.

Finally, K Klub members were treated to six beers and six brandies.  The Etienne Dupont Bouche Cidre and the Castelian St. Amand French Country Ale were clear favorites among the beer loving members in attendance.  The brandy lovers in the K Klub were treated to VS and VSOP Cognacs and Armagnacs from Monnet, Lucien, Chabot, and Sempe as well as a surprising value-priced Calvados (apple brandy) from Calvaclub.

Remember, we only promoted the Grand Tour of France to K Klub members, so join the K Klub today to make sure you don't miss the next great event!

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