Thank you to all for your support. After opening for business one month ago, we are very pleased with the response. A high proportion of people who have tasted the wines have bought them and indeed many have re-ordered. A common response has been " I bought a sample pack. Loved these particular wines and can I buy some more of them please?!"
Several retailers have taken the wine, validating our view that despite this being a very crowded market our wines are great value for money, unique and ready to take their place in the aussie market.
We hope to announce listings on some well known restaurants in Melbourne soon (the other capital cities we are yet to visit).
We asked our suppliers which restaurants in Europe stocked their wines and we were pleasantly suprised with the response. So you may have worked out the answer to this question.....
What do Paul Bocuse, Guy Savoy, Helene Darroze, Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnaire and Juan Marie Arzak all have in common?
Answer... Their Michelin starred restaurants all serve wine stocked by DiscoverVin!
We knew we had stocked some great tasting and value for money wines but the number of highly rated restaurants stocking the wines is stunning and emphasises what quality and value for money they represent.
Here are just three appearing in Michelin rated restaurants in Paris, London , Geneva or elsewhere...
Le Moulin des Dames
AOC Bergerac Sec
A fabulous complex dry white wine from a great producer (Luc De Conti) from a great vintage. This wine was served to us in Helene Darroze's one Michelin star restaurant in Paris -at this price it is a steal!
Grapes: 70% Sauvignon, 30% Semillon
Our tasting notes: A pale, shiny gold colour. The nose reveals all the maturity of the wonderful 2009 vintage, with notes of crystallised fruits (apricot and pear) mingling with citrus fruit aromas, which bring freshness to the wine. The final is extraordinarily lengthy.
This wine will be perfect served with creamy fish dishes, poultry, truffles, oriental cooking, blue cheese and goats’ cheese. May also be served as an aperitif or at the end of the meal.
Chateau Lagrézette 2005
From the exceptional vintage of 2005, this is textbook Cahors Malbec from Domaine de Lagrézette. This wine has won many awards and accolades. Best with food, if ever there was an excuse needed to fire up the barbie-this wine is it!
Region/Terroir: Chateau Lagrezette is produced from grapes grown in the best locations in Cahors. The vineyards are perched above the Lot River. The soil is a mixture of limestone and clay.
Grapes: Malbec 87%, Merlot 12%, Tannat 1%
Our Tasting Notes : From the exceptional vintage of 2005, this is textbook Cahors Malbec. Inky purple colour. On the nose blackcurrant, truffles, violets. On the palate lovely blackcurrant and plum fruit, spice and minerals. Beautifully balanced, mid-weight, with fine chalky tannins, great structure and balance, long and satisfying. Could be cellared for several years but enjoy now with red meats, white meats, cheese and indeed a range of dishes.
Some accolades: Chateau Lagrézette 2005, Rated 90 points
“An intensely concentrated wine with tannins that floats in an inky sea of dense berry fruit. The wine is smooth, the edges softened by wood, but the fruit tannins pour out of the glass.” WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE, March 2010
Domaine De L'Ancienne Cure
Monbazillac 2005 (l’Abbaye))
Early in the 20th century the wines of monbazillac were considered (and fetched the same prices ) as the famous chateaux of sauternes. Possessing an exception terroir and microclimate suitable for the production of late harvest wines we see now why this region is considered to be a rapidly evolving and improving region and critics are whispering about the “new” sauternes. From renowned winemaker Christian Roche the wines of Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure are made with passion, attention to quality and considered amongst the best in the region this wine.
Grapes: 25% Muscadelle, 75% Semillon
Winemaking: handpicked selected botrytis affected of very good quality. Fermentation in new oak barrels for 24 months.
Our tasting notes. Fine nose hinting at the complexity of fruit-tropical fruits, pineapples apricots and coconut wood and honey. Concentrated sweet fruit and honey on the palate. Extraordinary mouth feel, length and balance.
Highly rated by the Guide Hachette (3 vintages including this one have received a “coup de coeur (‘our favourite”) rating. Similarly the Wine Review of France called it a “remarkably accomplished wine” and “close to a good sauterne”. Again great value for money. Shhh don’t tell anyone, stocks are limited.
So again, thank you for your support. Enjoy the wine!
Next month: DiscoverVin, biodynamic wines and sustainability