-Chamonix, Thursday, March 31st
We begin our wine journey with a special treat from the Loire. The wine we started with was a vineyard designates Sauvignon Blanc from Joseph Mellot. Sancerre is the growing region and La Grande Chatelaine is the vineyard. The Mellot family has been growing in this region for over 500 years. This wine did not disappoint. We noticed a touch of gold in the color. The nose was full and rich with melon and some apricot qualities. The palate was round and spicy. After a burst of citrus acidity, we experience hints of apricots and pineapple. The lingering finish paired wonderfully with the cheese and pate.
Our red selection was decanted right away as we were hoping the fruit would release from this Aglianico of Campania. Noticing an Italian influence to the menu, led us to a wine made from grapes grown on the slopes of the Roccamonfina volcano. After the first sip, we knew we had come across something special. Full body and silky tannins. We found a unique wine with an exotic mélange of smoke, figs, blackberry jam and savory herbs. The wine showed subtle hints of the terrior of the Italian coast. I found out later that this is rated as a 98 point wine…yup!
I look forward to sharing more of what I learned (and tasted) with you at one of our upcoming Wine Club Dinners!
-Mike Lang