I thought I would stop by The Fine Wine Source in Livonia to really give the shop a once over, but I was wrong. After they gave me a glass and started using the Coravin opener, I was all ears and totally appreciative of what was being poured. The young lady was working her way to becoming a full Sommelier and I give her credit. As we were talking, I mentioned that I have no accreditations or any real training except years of tastings and drinking.
I will take the two French wines out of order, as I think that this one should have been first, because it was lighter and was a wine from Gascony. I asked her if she knew who a famous Gascon character was and she said “The Three Musketeers” and I told her that she was close. The Three Musketeers were Athos, Porthos and Aramis, but the fourth Musketeer was D’Artagnan and he was from Gascon, I mean that is how my brain works. The Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne Rouge 2015 was an interesting wine. It carries the IGP Cotes de Gascogne and the Famille Beraut has been producing products there for over three hundred years, they also make Armagnacs and breed Blondes d’Aquitaine cattle. The wine was a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Syrah. The aging of this wine was a blend of Stainless Steel and Oak. I was surprised that from these grapes the wine was a bit more cherry in color, with a soft but enticing nose, and a good finish, but the real surprise was that it was a bit on the sweet side, at least to me, but it was intriguing, but it could have been a bit sweet following the next wine of the tasting.
The wine that preceded it was from Cecile Trembley who formed her winery in 2003 from the plots of her grandfather and she is based in Morey-Saint-Dennis. She has a small Burgundy estate, but it is already growing and producing some great Pinot Noir wines along the Cote de Nuits, including Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanee, Nuits-Saint-Georges along with two Grand Cru wines of Chapelle-Chambertin and Echezeaux du Dessus. The Cecile Trembley Morey-Saint-Dennis Tres Girard 2013 was a pure delight. Here is a wine that was aged for about eighteen months in French Oak with no fining or filtering. It had a great color, nose, a taste of terroir and a good long finish, everything one would expect from a Burgundian wine and it brought back memories for me. I was also surprised at how good it was, fresh from the bottle without the aid of breathing, since it was poured using a Coravin. This wine will be amazing in ten to twenty years from my limited experience. I was giddy from the wine.