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Wine tasting & Jazz

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On Saturday the 15th of November, the Jazz & Dine event of Napoleon wine bar was back, and this time with an extra twist! wanderwine was present to add a tasting flavor to the evening, with wine tasting flights specially crafted for the occasion.

Clients were able to choose from 3 flights, “The White Tour de France”, “The Rivalry of Bordeaux” and “The Champagne Legacy”, and enjoy an intimate wine tasting lead by one of our wine experts!

Experience an intimate wine tasting with our wine experts

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The Rivalry of Bordeaux

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The rivalry of Bordeaux flight started with the Rosé wine from famous Saint-Emilion Château Canon-la-Gaffelière 2013 from the Von Niepperg family, followed by the second wine of the Château Chasse-Spleen, the Haut Médoc l’Héritage de Chasse-Spleen 2012. Staying on the same bank of the river, the tasting took us to Saint-Julien, and the gorgeously tannic, full bodied Sarget of Gruaud Larose 2006. Swimming across the river a final time, the tasting was concluded with a perfectly balanced and fleshy Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château Grand Corbin Despagne 2007, of which the neighboring vineyard is the one of infamous first growth Château Cheval Blanc.

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The White Tour De France

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We started the White Tour De France with the “R” de Rieussec 2012, produced on the Château Rieussec estate, a Sauternes Premier Cru Classé that had a lovely expression of white peach, with citrus aromas accompanied by more exotic notes. Heading north, we reached burgundy with a Pouilly Fuissé Domaine Carette 2011 that held beautiful acacia, buttered and mineral notes. Taking the road south again towards the Rhône Valley, the Condrieu Les larmes de Cesar 2010 delighted us with aromas of white peach, citrus, crushed stone and lovely smokey hints. Our Tour de France reached it’s final destination in Alsace with a Riesling Domaine Ginglinger 2011. The Ginglinger family has owned the vineyards since 1610, an impressive 400 years. Our final stop was taut and tight on the palate, with hints of citrus and a crisp fruit, all backed by a great freshness.

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The Champagne Legacy

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The Champagne legacy gave us the opportunity to explore the variation across the champagne method and usage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We started with a Crémant Henri-Mugnier NV. While not per-say Champagne, these happy winemakers work the land with passion and humility and make their Crémant from Burgundy with the traditional method. We pushed forward with a Champagne Laurent Perrier NV, a Champagne still dominated by the Chardonnay grape that gives finesse and gorgeous stone fruits aromas on the palate. Then came a Champagne Closquinet Brut, a festive Champagne from a boutique winemaker that is balanced between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that results in more roudness and fresh fruits on the palate. Finishing with a Champagne Lanson Black Label, the wine was dominated by ripe fruits and honey, notably because of the Pinot noir dominance, and because Lanson is one of the very few Champagne Houses not practicing malolactic fermentation.

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