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The 2008 WSET wine tutors study tour

christinesaurel2.JPGmarisaronkarineth.JPGmabygroup.JPGOver the last few days we have hosted the 2008 WSET wine tutor’s tour of the Southern Rhone. There were many highlights notably : Nick Thomson of L’Ameillaud gave a fascinating perspective of the economic evolution of wine making in the region and the lobbying process that Cairanne is going through with the INAO to achieve full Cru status; Christine Saurel of brilliant wine makers Montirius hosted a great tasting including what she called a “birth of a wine” experience - a comparative tasting in the cellars from the maceration vat of a single wine ( a Gigondas) from samples gathered two days apart,  the object being to see how the taster knows just when the time is right to release the wine from maceration to avoid over extraction. We had visits to Bernardins, Vatican, Solitude, Goubert, and Maby as well as great meals at L’Oustalet, Verger des Papes and chez nous of course. Here is the full tasting list..


Tasting list for WSET study tour: 22nd – 25th October 2008


In order (vintages where I am certain):


Domaine des Bernardins, AOC Beaumes de Venise

-       Cotes du Rhone, rouge

-       Beaumes de Venise, rouge

-       Muscat doré, dry white

-       L’Esprit Libre, vendange tardive

-       AOC Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, sweet white

-       Hommage, haute gamme, aged sweet white

Domaine Brusset, Cotes de Rhone, Les Clavelles 2007, Viognier

Domaine Champ-Long, Cotes du Ventoux, dry white, 2007

Domaine de Travers, Rasteau, Cuvee Marine, white, 2006

Domaine Nalys, Chateauneuf du Pape, rouge, 2005

Domaine Rabasse-Charavin, 100% Mourvedre, Vin du Pays, 1999

Domaine Beauvalcinc, Beaumes de Venise, dessert white, 20

Domaine de la Presidente, Cairanne, 2006

Domaine Alary, Cairanne, 2006

Domaine L’Ameillaud, Cairanne, 2006

Domaine L’Oratoire St. Martin, Cairanne, 2006

Domaine Rabasse-Charavin, Cairanne white, 2006

Domaime Montirius

-       Cotes du Rhone, Jardin Secret

-       Vacqueyras, white

-       Vacqueyras, Garrigues

-       Vacqueyras, Le Clos

-       Gigondas, Terres des Aines

-       Gigondas Confidential

Domaine Goubert

-       Cotes du Rhone Village, Sablet, white

-       Cotes du Rhone Favoris (Rousanne/Viognier)

-       Gigondas

-       Gigondas, Cuvee Florence 2005 and 2004

Gigondas Raspail-Ay 2003

Gigondas Domaine la Bouissiere 2005

Cuvee de Vatican, Chateauneuf du Pape

-       White, Traditonal

-       White, Cuvee Sixtine

-       Red, Traditional 2005 and 2004 (chez nous)

-       Red, Cuvee Sixtine 2005 and 2006

Domaine de la Solitude, Chateauneuf du Pape

-       White, Traditonal

-       Cuvee Barberini, white

-       Red, Traditional 2005

-       Red, Special Cuvee, 2007, 100% Grenache

-       Red, Cuvee Secret, 2001

Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de la Gardine, red 2006

Domaine Maby, AOC Tavel/Lirac

-       Lirac, white

-       Lirac, Prestige blanc

-       Tavel rosé, Prima Donna

-       Lirac, rouge

-       Lirac, rouge special cuvee

Clairette de Die brut, Jalliance, sparkling white

Beaucastel 1999, Chateauneuf du Pape

Hermitage, Tain L’Hermitage, 2002

Beaumes de Venise Chateau Redortier, red, 2003


In all 51 wines over the 3 days..


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