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Philippe Bourgeois, Metro Wines & AMBROZIA

The Menu and The Wines set to be served at AMBROZIA Wine Pairing Event at AMBROZIA on Wednesday, November 13th, 6pm, $55

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** Bastille Chardonnay **

What better on Bastille Day than Bastille Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  The winemaker says: "Wine is made from the soul, not a rulebook. Ours is made without restraint, without pretension, quite simply, it's time to experience the freedom of what great wine can be."

Bastille Chardonnay is made in Languedoc from 100% Chardonnay. Aged for 6 months in steel tanks, this wine is round and crisp with nice flavors of exotic fruit, green apple and white flower.

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>> Paired with Smoked Sunburst Trout Dip - Sea salt crackers and capers.

* Domaine Des Gerbeaux Macon-Solutre 2011 *

b2ap3_thumbnail_macon2.jpgThis 100% Chardonnay comes from older vines nourished by a chalky soil in the heart of the village of Solutre and aged for 8 months in stainless steel tanks.  Carefully handcrafted by eco-friendly winemaker Jean-Michehel Drouin and his son Xavier. This is a mineral wine with great expression of fruit and a smooth silky finish. Only 850 cases produced. Can be served for 5 years. 13% alcohol.

>> Paired with Seared Sea Scallop - Pissaladierre, leek fondue

**  Cuvee Elizabeth, Rhone Blend  **

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From Philippe Bourgeois: Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Elisabeth

Made from a carfeul selection of 20 years old vines growing on chalky and clay soil with round pebbles ("galets") . This wine is aged for 8 months on stainless steel tanks. Parker notes: While this Syrah-Grenache blend from Patrick Bech does not represent one of the more remarkable among so many values of its appellation, the Domaine Bahourat Costieres de Nimes certainly more than justifies its small price, with scents of rhubarb, cherry and scrubby herbs, a faintly tart and bitter but well-concentrated and sappy palate, and a resin-tinged, faintly warm finish. Enjoy it with grilled meats and other hearty fare. 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache

Posted by Wine Mule: Domaine Bahourat Cuvée Elisabeth 2009: With its 80/20 syrah/grenache blend and gamey, herbal nose, this is definitely Rhone-like. I got a hint of blueberry and black tea, as well. In the mouth, this is very soft and round, with pretty black fruit, mild tannins, good acidity, and a little jolt of black pepper at the finish. Like many of its counterparts, it will benefit from 10-15 minutes in the fridge. We had it with grilled steak (recommended by the importer, Bourgeois Family Selections) but I think it really wants pork ribs or grilled lamb to really show itself off. 

>> Paired with Lamb Pate - tri colored cous cous and quinoa, fried olives, mustard jus

**  Chateau Roc Meynard  **

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Chateau Roc Meynard 2010, Bordeaux Superior is a true Bordeaux value.  Aged for 20 months in tank, this Bordeaux blend is 90% Merlot giving the wine finesse and fruit, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon adding weight and complexity and 5% Cabernet Franc making for the high note. Located in the village of Villegouge, the Chateau sits stately next to the Fronsac Region. The vines are planted on the hillsides within a perfect terroir of chalk, clay and sandy soils. Robust, yet elegant, with ripe tannins and a velvety feel, the wine presents black fruits and darker spices on the palate making it a perfect match in texture and taste for meats and cheeses.

Chateau Roc Meynard received the MEDAILLE D'OR, concours de bordeaux 2012.

**  Chateauneuf du Pape **

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88-90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2013

Bright ruby.  Highly perfumed, displaying powerful scents of red berries, smoky herbs and flowers.  Fleshy and sweet, displaying a spice-accented array of red fruits underscored by tangy acidity.  Solid and focused on the long, youthfully tannic finish.

When a wine is made by a family, there is always a story and so it is here. Generation after generation, the vines at Domaine Chateaumar were loved, nurtured and cultivated by father and son who held and practiced a healthy respect for nature, farming chemical free. Thier practice of turning the soil several times a year allows the vines to draw energy from deep down to birth beautiful grapes. Hand picked, the 15 day, traditional vinification is carried out in the estate "wine house" then aged for 12 to 18 months before bottling at the estate.

Located in the heart of the AOC Cotes du Rhone production area, the vineyards include 25 acres of AOC Cotes du Rhone on stony, clay-limestone soil and 12 acres of the big boy, Chateauneuf du Pape with its red clay and large round cobbles characteristic of this prestigious appellation. The vineyard is home to the noble varietals of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

Metro Wines Tasting Panel find this wine is dark cherry in color, or as they say at the Chateau, the "robe." The bouquet is red fruits and the palate is ripe red fruits with pepper and spice highlights. The wine is powerful, sophisticated and silky. This is a special wine.

>> Paired with Beef Cheek Bourgogne - confit potato, frizzled carrot, smoked onion jus 

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