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Perfect Dinner Party French Reds Half Case

Mixed Half Case • France • Red Wine

Sale expired on August 15, 2013
Three incredibly drinkable reds to suit any occasion, company or cuisine.

Any friend or family member who sits somewhere between "beret-wearing wine snob" and "completely uninterested" will thoroughly enjoy all these wines. In other words, it doesn't really matter who's coming to dinner, what you're serving or whether the occasion is celebratory or just for the heck of it – you can't go wrong with these crowd-pleasing reds.

What's perhaps most interesting and exciting about all three (for anyone who  read more...

Any friend or family member who sits somewhere between "beret-wearing wine snob" and "completely uninterested" will thoroughly enjoy all these wines. In other words, it doesn't really matter who's coming to dinner, what you're serving or whether the occasion is celebratory or just for the heck of it – you can't go wrong with these crowd-pleasing reds.Read more...

Any friend or family member who sits somewhere between "beret-wearing wine snob" and "completely uninterested" will thoroughly enjoy all these wines.Read more...

2 x 2006 Château Peyros Madiran Tannat Cabernet Blend
2 x 2009 Domaine Chêneraie Beaumes de Venise Rhône
2 x 2010 Le Closeau Côtes du Rhône Organic

Any friend or family member who sits somewhere between "beret-wearing wine snob" and "completely uninterested" will thoroughly enjoy all these wines. In other words, it doesn't really matter who's coming to dinner, what you're serving or whether the occasion is celebratory or just for the heck of it – you can't go wrong with these crowd-pleasing reds.

What's perhaps most interesting and exciting about all three (for anyone who does care to soak up a little knowledge about the wine they sip) is that these are by no means run-of-the-mill French reds.

The Domaine de la Chêneraie comes from Beaumes de Venise, a small section of the Southern Rhône that sits in the shadow of big-name regions such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. Yet the locals know Beaumes de Venise well for its tasty, well-priced wines. Similarly, Le Closeau isn't a household name among lovers of Côtes du Rhône wine, but we find its stand-alone drinkability and its versatility with a wide range of foods pretty much unparalleled. And if anyone you're hosting claims to be unimpressed by either wine, hand him or her a glass of the Madiran, from France's Southwest. The grape (Tannat) and the region are known for big, rustic, tannic, chewy reds. This one's on the milder side of that spectrum, but rich and bold enough to please the party guest who always wants things cranked up a notch, whether its more salt and pepper on the food or the music playing just a little louder.

No matter the occasion or the company, these three reds are certain to make you and your guests happy.

—Janine Lettieri

Janine Lettieri has worked in New York City fine dining for over a decade with sommelier roles at Fleur de Sel, the three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin, and the Waverly Inn. Janine holds certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier Association, as well as a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Janine is pursuing the Master of Wine credential, which only 30 Americans hold. Learn more about Janine here, or follow her on Twitter: @JLettieri

Tasting Notes

2009 Domaine de la Chêneraie Beaumes de Venise
The nose on the 2009 Domaine de la Chêneraie offers distinct red cherry and cranberry notes with violet, cedar and black pepper aromas complementing the fruits. On the palate, wonderfully vibrant red fruits emerge with more cherry and plum followed by a Red Delicious apple skin finish. This wine exhibits soft tannins with medium body, making it great for just sipping while relaxing with your feet up or with your weekday rotisserie-chicken dinner. Drink it now or in the next two years.

2010 Le Closeau Côtes du Rhône
This charming wine offers bushels of fresh red fruit aromas. Plum and black cherry carry through to the palate, and the fruit and toasty aromas also evoke fresh strawberry rhubarb pie. This youthful 2010 red has mild tannins, a medium body and a bright, fresh finish. Drink it in its youth, and pair with charcuterie, mild cheeses or grilled chicken.

2006 Château Peyros Madiran Tannat-Cabernet Blend
There is dark berry fruit on the nose, with leather, cedar, tobacco and black pepper. The palate has nice depth and notes of blackberry and black plum, with black cherry fruit. The firm tannins are to be expected with a Madiran, but they're not astringent. This is a very nice wine.


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