Today’s wine: Saint Joseph Rouge 2014 , Domaine Georges Vernay, 100% Syrah.2018/6/2
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Origin : Northern Rhône Valley, AOC Saint-Joseph
The mature, 45 year old vines used to produce “La Dame Brune” are planted on granite hillsides in the Saint Joseph appellation. Their maturity gives the wine an exemplary level of minerality. In its youth it has smoothness and a remarkable structure. However it is a wine well suited to aging for several years.
“La Dame Brune” ‘The Dark Lady’ takes her name in reference to the estates owner and wine maker, Christine Vernay who created this cuvée upon her arrival at the helm of the estate.
Viticulture : Organic
Harvest : Manually harvested at maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases
Vinification: The grapes are partially de-stemmed and then placed into open barrels for fermentation of between 2 to 3 weeks.
Élevage: In oak (30% new) barrels for 18 months.
Vines years average: 45 years old
Vineyards: South facing granite terraces in the parish of Chavannay. The vineyards are situated on steep hillsides rendering the use of machines for their maintenance impossible. They are thus maintained manually without the use of weedkillers, and with all phytosanitary treatments made using organic products.
Annual Production: 1,500 bottles
Bottling: without fining or filtration
Ideal food Pairing: Grilled Lamb
With its delicate flavors, lamb is a great choice for this style of Syrah.
Play with your spice rack to magnify the natural flavors in Syrah of all spice, clove, and mint. (Vegetarian option: brined and grilled eggplant)
Service Temperature: 16-17° C
Vol: 13,5% vol
To drink: between 3 and 15 years
La Dame Brune St Josep (91 points Parker)
From very old vines around the village of Chavanay, and aged two years in barrels (30% new), the 2014 Saint Joseph La Dame Brune shas a deep ruby color as well as a terrific nose of black raspberries, blackberries, hints of barrique and cured meats. It’s a classic, layered, ripe Syrah that has a great finish. It will keep for a decade.
Taking over the estate from her father in 1997, Christine Vernay consistently produces one of the finest lineups of Condrieu in every vintage.
Bottle Size: 0,75l
「星の王子さま」コラボレーションディナー【要予約】Special aVin dinner/event -The Little Prince-2018/6/1
『星の王子さま』フランス語原題：Le Petit Princeは、フランス人の飛行士・小説家アントワーヌ・ド・サン＝テグジュペリの小説で、1943年にアメリカで出版。その後200以上の国と地域の言葉に翻訳され、世界中でベストセラー
”Le plus important est invisible ”
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly
Whate is essential is invisible to the eye”
Born in 1943 in New York , The Little Prince is a worldwide Publishing Phenomenon.
The Little Prince is a philosophical tale, with humanist values, shared from one generation to another for more than 75 years. Creating bonds between generations, men and continents.
In the middle of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little Prince, a young boy from a small, far away asteroid, and a dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe. A rose, a sheep, and an array of unusual adults on their own small planets.
This classic novel written by french writter, poet and pioneering aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, reminds us of the power of innocence and boundless love.
The Chef Pénélope Barboza (former chef of Tokyo Argentinia Embassy and now Chef at ANA Continental Hotel) will elaborate a 3 courses dinner full of surprises and inspired by this treasured tale.
With the participation of Durian Sukegawa, poet, writer and clown and translater. As a screenwriter, he founded the Society of Screaming Poets in 1990, whose performances combined poetry reading and punk music.
He is the author of many novels and essays. “Sweet bean paste” is his first book translated into French and English. It was adapted for the cinema by Naomi Kawase in 2015.
He also translated the book “The Little Prince” in Japanese and will share with us during the evening his passion for this story and Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s life.
An other evening of magic for aVin’s 4th collaboration dinner associating Gastronomy and Art!
7000円 including: four courses and four glasses of bio wines from Rhône&Provence.
At Studio Pom, Meguro,
Today’s wine: Clairette de Die Cuvée Icône 2014, Jaillance, AOC Clairette de Die2018/5/31
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100% Muscat blanc à petits grains.
Selection of the best blends
Colour : Pale yellow in colour with a lively mousse.
Bouquet : Delicate aromas of white flowers mingle with the sweet scents of exotic fruits.
Palate : A subtle, fruity flavour.
Low alcohol : 7,5 % .
Terroir and winemaking-
Clairette de Die thrives in the sunny conditions of the Drôme Valley, sheltered by the foothills of the Vercors, where it has been established as an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée since 1942.
The vineyard is made up of chalky clay soil and small plots, rising to some 700m above sea level.
The rarity of the Cuvée Icône comes from the quality of the har- vested grapes, and meticulous hand-picking.
The care given to the winemaking by our winemaker, and our cellar master complete this exceptional cuvée.
Numbered, limited edition, the Cuvée Icône is the quintessential of our vineyard.
This wine is vinified by the Méthode Ancestrale.
This wine is ideal as an aperitif, or makes the perfect match for a chocolate crème brulée.
Today’s wine: Maison Rouge, Cote Rôtie, Domaine Georges Vernay 20142018/5/30
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100% Syrah. This Côte-Rôtie is a delicate, stylish and structured wine. A dark ruby purple, rather full-bodied, this wine has an astounding perfume of dark fruits, oriental spices and smoke. it expresses assertive tannins and is silky and attractive on the palate. It develops sumptuous liquorice and cigar-box tones. Outstanding aging potential.
Appellation: Vin De Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes, Côte Rôtie
Age of the vines: 50 years old
Annual production: 8 000 bottles
Manually harvested at full maturity, the grapes are then loaded & transported to the cellar in cases.
The grapes are de-stemmed before being placed into oak vats for a fermentation lasting between 3 to 4 weeks.
In oak barrels (30% new) for 24 months.
To drink: between 5 and 20 years.
Serving temperature: 17° C
To eat with: roasted dear smoked with vanilla
Price: ￥ 13,405
Today’s wine: Crémant de Die Brut Grande Réserve Cuvée Icône 2012, Jaillance2018/5/30
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AOC Crémant de Die
Colour: Pale yellow with a glimmer of gold, plenty of tiny bubbles and a persistent bead.
Bouquet: Fresh and elegant – white fruit and florals with a touch of vanilla.
Palate: Fresh and lemony on the attack, opening out onto harmony and elegance, and an echo of the initial floral aromas.
A long, elegant finish: pure finesse with a touch of fruit.
Alcohol content: 12% .
Terroir and winemaking-
Crémant de Die was granted Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée status by decree on March 26th 1993.
Jaillance’s Die vineyard is planted on the scree slopes of the Drôme Valley; the vines here thrive in altitudes of up to 700m above sea level, sheltering in the foothills of the Vercors and enjoying exceptional levels of sunshine.
This Crémant de Die is made by the Traditional Method from carefully selected, organically grown grapes and aged sur lattes to extract the very best flavours for this Grande Cuvée Icône.
Limited edition vintage wine in individually numbered bottles.
A harmonious blend of three varieties, 60% Clairette Blanche, 35% Aligoté and 5% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains.
A superb aperitif, Crémant de Die Icône is the perfect partner for olive tapenade on toast.
It also goes well with fish or poultry dishes.
Can be cellared for up to 3 years
Serve at 7°C