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The Chambord Taster Case

We have decided to name every Taster Case based upon the wines that we are presenting. The former Taster Case was called the "Louis Pasteur Taster Case" in relation to the white Cotes du Jura. We decided to call this selection the "Chambord Taster Case". In fact, this Taster Case pays homage to the Loire Valley wines and there is no doubt that Chateau de Chambord is the largest and most recognizable castle in the Loire Valley. Also notable is that King Francois I had Chateau de Chambord built and more importantly had vines imported from Burgundy. This varietal later took the name of Romorantin, which is used in the Cour-Cheverny that we are presenting.

The Chambord Taster Case price is $249 (tax & shipping included). The case of 12 includes:
- 3 Cour-Cheverny (white - dry)
- 3 Bourgueil (red)
- 3 Anjou (red)
- 3 Côtes de Castillon (red)

While we are also offering each wine by the case (Cour-Cheverny-$267/case, Bourgueil-$234/case, Anjou rouge-$248/case, Côtes de Castillon-$254/case) we strongly encourage you to taste them all.

We hope that the descriptions below will convince you. Continue on…
Domaine des Huards 2004
White Wine
Region: Loire Valley
This wine is very unique and produced in limited quantities. The grape variety is Romorantin, which you will not find elsewhere; and there is a story behind that statement. The lands of the Loire Valley were those of predilection for King François I who, in his early years, lived in the town of Romorantin. In 1517, he ordered Leonardo da Vinci to design a palace for his mother, Louise de Savoie. François I decided that it was here at this palace that he would have his royal vineyards. In 1519, on a royal order, 80,000 vines were brought from Burgundy to be planted around what was to become the Château de Romorantin. The death of Louise de Savoie canceled the purpose of building a palace, so it was in Chambord that François I built his castle, but without Leonardo's help as he had recently died.

The vines prospered, and as time went by, this grape variety would fit so well with the terroir that it would take on the name of Romorantin fighting over the territory with its illustrious 'elders', Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Michel and Jocelyne Gendrier, the wine makers, are probably the best in class when it comes to Romorantin, the exclusive varietal to the Cour-Cheverny appellation.

We, at WhisperWine, are very proud being able to present you with such a unique and somewhat "royal" wine.

You may want to be picky when it comes to sharing it with tasting mates! It's a royal treat in many respects.

Color: Yellow
Nose: Pure, fresh, mineral
Palate: Citrus, hint of honey
Pairing: Seafood, asparagus (very few wines actually pair well with asparagus), white meat
When to drink: Now but will age well, developing more honey flavors
Serving temperature: 53 Fahrenheit (12 Celsius)
Bruno Dufeu - Cuvee Grand Mont 2005
Red Wine
Region: Loire Valley
"Bruno Dufeu and Amaury de Condé"
Well, our visit with Bruno Dufeu was just in time to buy his very last cases of his Bourgueil Cuvee Grand Mont 2005 for you. We have been impressed by the very pure expression of the Cabernet Franc and the extremely fine texture that Bruno Dufeu is able to achieve. It is true that the year 2005 has been an exceptional one in the Loire Valley and Bruno Dufeu has really made the most out of it. Superb!

From a tasting perspective, this wine is a 100% Cabernet Franc (which is the case for most all red Loire Valley wines). Cabernet Franc is always blended with Cabernet Sauvignon here in the U.S., and with Merlot in some Bordeaux wines. That's one more thing that makes this wine unique.

We are sure that you will love it; the frustrating part - no re-fills are possible!

Color: Deep red
Nose: Raspberry, violet, green pepper
Palate: Very fine texture
Pairing: Red meat and for dessert simply serve raspberries (and drop just a bit of the wine on your raspberries - not the best etiquette but so good!)
When to drink: Drink one now and keep the remaining for next winter and beyond (if you can resist)
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Domaine Damien Laureau - Clos Fremur 2006
Red Wine
Region: Loire Valley
More frustration and here is why: Damien Laureau is a rising star of the Savennieres appellation (white, 100% Chenin wine) and has decided to focus on it and let go the red vines he had. So, 2006 is his last production of red that makes it special in that regard.

Like the Bourgueil, it is a 100% Cabernet Franc with a great soft texture and fruit expression. When we went to visit Damien Laureau to get some of his Savennieres, a wine that we have not yet presented at, his Clos Fremur 2006 amazed us so much that we changed our mind. But you will soon hear from us on Savennieres…

Meanwhile enjoy this superb version of Cabernet Franc, Damien's last red vintage.

Color: Deep red
Nose: Raspberry, violet
Palate: Perfect balance, almost velvety
Pairing: Grilled red meat
When to drink: Now thru 2010
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
Gérard Perse - Château Sainte Colombe 2005
Red Wine
Region: Bordeaux
The Côtes de Castillon is a fast improving Bordeaux appellation located directly east of Saint Emilion. It is named after the town of Castillon-la-Bataille, the battle that brought an end to the Hundred Years War. It is only recently that Côtes de Castillon became an appellation in its own right; it was previously part of the Bordeaux appellation.

Château Sainte Colombe was purchased in 1998 by Gérard Perse, owner of the renowed Saint-Emilion Châteaux Monbousquet, Pavie-Decesse and Pavie. Château Sainte Colombe is rightly considered as one of the best Côtes de Castillon. Add the fantastic 2005 year and you have a gem!

The vineyards are planted with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.

You may find this Château Sainte Colombe a bit of an intruder in this all Loire Taster Case but many of you have been asking for a good value priced Bordeaux wine. Here it is! We are sure that you will enjoy this intruder…

Color: Deep ruby
Nose: Black currant, red plum, minty nuance
Palate: Very fresh style, silky and round
Pairing: Red meat, grilled chicken
When to drink: Now thru 2013
Serving temperature: 62 Fahrenheit (17 Celsius)
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