Master nose-man – William Davis of Wilson Daniels
France is not the easiest country to navigate for wine. For starters, the bottles can be hard to read, and for the most part they do not put the varietal on the front label. However, once you dive in you are rewarded with some of the best wines in the world, of course. France, my friends, has everything—history, dirt (terroir), food/wine culture and historic families who have been producing wines for centuries.
This week we will welcome William Davis of Wilson Daniels Imports. William Davis is a local sommelier who is passionate and knowledgeable. Understatement.
William is a Certified Wine Educator, an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Masters, Candidate for Master Sommelier, two-time finalist for TOP|SOMM, oh, and he also has his own podcast. Listen to him here.
Who better to explore France with!
William works for Wilson Daniels, an importing and marketing company representing and delivering iconic family wines to the United States since 1978. You’re thinking “okay, an importer,” but listen to this: Wilson Daniels is focused on more than sales. As exemplified by their sommelier William Davis, Wilson Daniels believes in education and sponsors two scholarships: a Master Sommelier Certification scholarship and, get this, a the Anne-Claude Leflaive Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to one industry professional for their exemplary work in the wine industry and which includes an all-expense-paid trip to Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy. Hard to beat!
On to the wines. This week we will feature four Wilson Daniels wineries from for different regions.
2014 Chateau Moulin a Vent Couvent de Thorins, Burgundy, France
Gamay :: $28 Sale $25
GAMAY! If you have not tried gamy before now is your chance—it is also great turkey wine. This wine is all about red berries and fresh cherries. Some tannins and an earthy edge to the palate add complexity.
2005 Chateau Simard, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Merlot/Cabernet Franc :: $64 Sale $50
Chateau Simard is a historic producer who’s history goes back 300-plus years. Along with history comes terroir. Château Simard produces only one wine. It is classically elegant, with a refined style resulting not only from the excellent vineyard location but also from traditional winemaking methods employed at the château. Winemaking at Château Simard includes fermentation in concrete vats and an extended maceration period. During aging, the wine is racked using traditional methods. It is bottled and aged in the cellar, allowing the fragrance and flavors to develop complexity, nuance and finesse. The 2005 is absolutely one of the most-important reference points for Bordeaux. From the standpoint of concentration, alcohol, tannins and acidity, all are harmoniously balanced. These wines can be enjoyed now and over the next 10 years.
2014 Mas La Chevaliere, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Pinot Noir :: $18 Sale $15
“La Chevalière,” or “the knight’s lady,” is a reference to “Mas La Chevalière” which is literally the “farmhouse of the knight’s lady,” the Laroche winery in southern France where this wine is produced. The 2014 vintage in the Languedoc produced fresh and elegant wines which are well balanced and which feature outstanding complexity. Ripe and pulpy cherry aromas with a juicy mouthfeel combined with supple, velvety tannins.
2014 Tardieu-Laurent “Les Becs Fins,” Rhone, France
Grenache/Syrah :: $24 Sale $21
Les Becs Fins: A term used in southern France for a demanding palate or gourmand. This wine is harmonious with beams of raspberry and boysenberry confiture flavors with subtle tannins.
Wines will be featured through Tuesday, November 22nd.
This Saturday we bring you Fort Collins Brewery, an outfit which opened in 2003 and which began as a German lager house. From three beers they’ve built their line out to 50 offerings. These guys are fast growing and have both tripled space and added a bottling line. Get in here Saturday to see what all the fuss is about!
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it!
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