SW France Master Class

Starting on 21 August 2019 18:00:00

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SW France Master Class

Daniel Airoldi from Airoldi Fine Wine will introduce you to the region’s red, white and dessert wines.

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Whites:
2017 PÉPÉ’S BÉRET SAUVIGNON BLANC, IGP Côtes de Gascogne
2017 PÉPÉ’S BÉRET CHARDONNAY, IGP Pays d’Oc 
2016 CHATEAU VIRANEL TRADITION BLANC, AOP St-Chinian Blanc 
2017 DOMAINE DE VIRANEL, Viognier IGP Vins de Pays de Cessenon 
2016 MAS D’ESPANET ‘EOLIENNE’, AOP Languedoc Blanc (Certified Biodynamic) 
2014 MAS D’ESPANET ‘CAMILLE’, AOP Languedoc Blanc (Certified Biodynamic) 
2014 CHATEAU SIMONE, Blanc 

Rosés:
2018 PÉPÉ’S BÉRET ROSÉ, IGP Pays d’Oc 
2017 DOMAINE DE VIRANEL, “Trilogie” Rosé IGP Vins de Pays de Cessenon 

Reds:
2016 PÉPÉ’S BÉRET OLD VINE SHIRAZ, IGP Pays d’Oc 
2017 FRANÇOIS ARNAUD, Côtes du Rhône 
2015 DOMAINE DE VIRANEL, “Trilogie” Rouge IGP Vins de Pays de Cessenon 
2015 CHATEAU VIRANEL TRADITION ROUGE, AOC St-Chinian Rouge 
2015 FRANÇOIS ARNAUD, Châteauneuf du Pâpe 
2014 ROC D’ANGLADE ROUGE, IGP Vin de Pays du Gard (Certified Organic) 
2012 CHATEAU LA REYNE “Le Vent d’Ange” AOC Cahors 
2013 CHATEAU SIMONE, Rouge 

Sweet:
NV CHATEAU VIRANEL “Gourmandise” 500ml, Cartagène Rouge 
1969 DOMAINE LA SOBILANE, 750ml AOC Rivesaltes VDN

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Special raffle prize for those who place orders:
1949 DOMAINE LA SOBILANE, 750ml AOC Rivesaltes VDN 

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Following the class, we will enjoy a themed two course set menu in the Carabella Room.

Entrée
Seared Tuna, Olives, Confit Tomato, Aioli, Basil Oil

Main
Roast Confit Duck, White Bean, Lyonnaise Sausage, Spinach Goats Cheese, Red Onion Jam

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About Château Simone, Palette FRA
This historic estate, situated in the hills just south of Aix-en-Provence, has been in the hands of the Rougier family for centuries and holds a virtual monopoly on the appellation of Palette. Old documents bear witness to the fact that vines have been cultivated here from time immemorial. The historic reputation of its wines has made Château Simone a prime example of the Provençal terroir. Their renown spread and the bottles, with the elegant classical presentation on the original label, found their way to the most prestigious tables and those of the finest gourmets. 
Château Simone encompasses twenty hectares of vineyards that sit on limestone soils at elevations between 500 and 750 feet above sea level on the slopes of Montaiguet. The special microclimate of this appellation is influenced by the encircling pine forests, the mass of Mont Sainte-Victoire, and the Arc River. The vineyards were reconstituted after the invasion of phylloxera and many vines are over a century old. The Rougiers maintain the particular vinification methods developed and cherished over many decades. 
All of the grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, lightly pressed and fermented for 15 to 20 days in small wooden vats with only wild yeast, then put into small foudre to rest on the lees. The white is predominantly Clairette, with small amounts of Grenache Blanc and Ugni Blanc, and a dash of Bourboulenc, Muscat Blanc, Picpoul, Furmint and Sémillon. Fermentation takes place at a relatively warm 68 degrees and aged for one year in 20–30 hl casks then one year in older barrels. The red from Simone is an elegant yet well-constituted wine of great depth. It is primarily composed of Grenache and Mourvèdre but its special character reflects the presence of a mélange other grape varieties, albeit in small proportion, including Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castet, Manosquin, Théoulier, Tibouren, Picpoul Noir and Muscat de Hambourg.
Both blanc and rouge will be featured in this tasting.

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Event details
Date:   Wednesday 21 August, 6pm-8pm 
Venue: CCA for master class then Carabella Room for dinner
Cost:   $50 for master class, $47 for a 2 course set menu
All wines on tasting at take away prices with dinner

 

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NB this event is for Members and their guests only