On Sunday, a few of us rode La Provençale Sainte-Victoire, a 95KM ride in Provence. A stunning course that included three pretty serious climbs (totaling 4,130 feet), and some harrowing descents, it was the most beautiful 95K that I have ever ridden, scented with lilacs, lavender and shrub Provencal herbs. And while my training had been pretty threadbare, I dug the paced commitment required to reach the top of Sainte Victoire, Côte de Bèdes and Col du Sambuc (a 6.5 mile climb). The guys fared a bit faster, pace-lining with some winter training to their legs. But we all loved riding in France, where cycling is a revered spectator sport. Read more
Posts tagged ‘Domaine la Suffrene’
Big thanks to all who came out to taste. This week’s Rosé Tasting was our best yet, with over 150 in attendance! After a long winter’s crawl, we couldn’t have asked for more – sunny blue skies, an extra hour of daylight, and 40 rosé wines from some of our top producers, from all over the globe. Finally…it’s safe to say, spring is near.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to yesterday’s Uncorking of Spring Rosé Tasting in Studio 206! Roused from a long winter slumber by the early bursts of sun, the crowd fill the room by 11, and kept on coming at the speed of 33 RPM. And as if 32 bottles of rosé weren’t enough to inspire, we added a few numbers from two new Austrian producers–Mantlerhof and Fischer– alongside select offerings from Vins de Vienne, who were represented by Marie Melodie, who happened to be visiting. In addition to everyone’s favorites, including Clos Cibonne, Domaine la Suffrene, Chateau Coussin, Pigoudet and Ameztoi Rubentis, we welcomed a number of new wines which kept the palates juicy and wanting: Altenburger RoSée Connection, Riedlin Spätburgunder Rosé, Matthiasson Rosé, Forlorn Hope Kumo to Ame Rosé and Bebame.
In between flipping vinyl on the turntable and keeping bottles chilled, we grabbed the chance to catch up with a few friends of T. Edward. Read more
Generating attention for the unheralded wine regions of the world Eric Asimov has recently written about Amontillado, Sicilian reds, and now Bandol. Exposing atypical wines and their regions to a worldwide readership, Asimov concedes that these wines might not be readily available at every local store; however, it’s gem estates like Domaine la Suffrene Bandol, that make every bottle worth seeking.
Visible from the vineyards, the Mediterranean shimmered in the distance while Cedric Gravier pointed to the terraced vineyards located at the top of the hill — “Les Lauves” — with its 1ha of 50- year-old Mourvedre vines planted to calcaraeous soils, from which only a single parcel is vinified to produce Domaine la Suffrene ‘Les Lauves’. A little later in the cellar at Domaine la Suffrene, as Cedric uncorked a sea of vintages ranging from 2011 to 1996, he said, “Everyone knows to age Chateauneuf du Pape and Bordeaux, but these wines are equally ageable.” And while Bandol is known for it’s age-worthy red wines that are also accessible in their youth, there are certainly very few small-plot, old-vintage bottlings that are as generous on the palate as they are on the pocket, like Domaine la Suffrene ‘Les Lauves’.
Joe & Patrick in the vineyard with Cedric Gravier
“We used to say that rosé wasn’t a real wine, but now it is,” said Cedric Gravier, the winegrower and proprietor at Domaine la Suffrene. In 2003/2004, the production of rosé wines in Bandol surpassed that of red, and currently rosé now totals 70% of all wine produced in Bandol, “But we hope it’ll go down to 50%,” added Cedric, “so we can make more red.” And though most everyone knows that best red wines in Provence come from Bandol, after having the opportunity to taste through a number of vintages of the Domaine la Suffrene Bandol “Les Lauves”, including Cedric’s first vintage in 1996, we can most certainly attest to his desire or need to make more red.
Yesterday we celebrated spring a day early with a tasting of New Rosé wines and Spring Selections. In spite of the snow, hail and rain that’d descended upon the city during those past 24 hours, a cross section of New York’s top somms and buyers were ready to add a splash of color to their wine lists and shop shelves. With a selection of 38 white wines and 23 rosés, including a number of new additions such as Matthiasson Syrah Rosé 2012, Mauritson Family Vineyards White Zin 2012, and Josep Foraster Trepat Cava Rosé 2012, we spun vinyl on the turntable while the room kept filling.
“I’m excited to see your expansion of the domestic portfolio, that people are taking this category seriously,” said Sarah Chappell, wine writer and buyer at vine wine in Brooklyn. “The Sinskey Vin Gris is a flag bearer of domestic rosé, next to the new kids like Matthiasson.”
And though Steve Matthiasson has been growing vines and making wines on the West Coast for over ten years, it’s just now that his wines have cannonballed the New York market.
Vinisud 2012. One of the most comprehensive and well organized wine expos.
We’ve just received a few photos from JP, who attended Vinisud 2012 this past week with Patrick (our French Portfolio Director) and our visionary leader, TEB. Hosted in Montpellier, France, Vinisud is a Mediterranean wines trade fair that features French producers from Lanquedoc, Roussillon, Provence, the Rhone Valley, Corsica and South-West, alongside wineries from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria. As noted in the images below, Vinisud is also well attended by a number of our producers…