The Hedonistic Taster: French-Style Season #Winophiles

The Hedonistic Taster

French-Style Season

LM Archer Tastevin

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne + Champagne Master Level

The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for sharing industry trade sample tasting notes with you.

Please enjoy this December French #Winophiles edition, showcasing “French-Style Season” Wines offered this holiday by Vignobles & Signatures and Michèle Piron of Vinconnexion.

Note: The French #Winophiles is a virtual tasting group composed of food and wine media and influencers that explores French Food & Wine Pairings on the third Saturday of every month. 

Please feel free to join the conversation on Saturday, 15 January 2018 8 am PST on Twitter: #winophiles or follow me @lmarcherml. Santé!

Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.

Champagne Drappier Brut Nature comprises a cuvée of Pinot Noir grapes sourced from the Côte des Bar region in southern Champagne.

Wine:  Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Zero Dosage

Vintage: N/V

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 37

Robe: Soft copper-infused gold robe. Ultra-fine beading.

Nose: Toasty aromas infused with ripe stone fruit and citrus.

Bouche:  Delicate mousse, perfectly poised acids. A finely wrought fizz that captivates the palate, from pleasing first impression to filigreed finish. 

Zero dosage means no added sugar during secondary fermentation, leading to more abrupt flavor profiles. Champagne Drappier Brut Nature walks a tensile tightrope without tilting towards tartness, favoring instead a chiseled tautness.

Find out more about Champagne Drappier here.

Loire Valley's Château de Tracy 2017 Pouilly Fumé Sauvignon Blanc is a fine example of the region's flinty minerality.

Wine: Château de Tracy Pouilly Fumé

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 24

Robe:  Pale gold-flecked yellow robe.

Nose:  Fleurs blanches, almond, with a slight back-note of Riesling-like petrol.

Bouche:  Yellow and white stone fruit on the attack, giving way to ripe pear and delicious, smokey, herbaceous notes mid-palate that lingers through to the finish. Light-to-medium body, well-balanced acids, scintillating finish.

More about Château de Tracy here.

Coume del Mas Quadratur Collioure Rouge is produced from manually harvested Grenchance, Mourvèdre and Carignan grapes grown on schist soils.

Wine:  Coume Del Mas Quadratur Collioure Rouge

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  14.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 27

Robe:  Deep, garnet-rimmed purple hue.

Nose:  Dark red fruit and pronounced minerality on the nose.

Bouche:  Dusty flint and rocky red fruit (cranberry and pomegranate) yield to woody, earthy notes mid-palate, with a muscular, bitter espresso-like finish.

Medium body, balanced acids, tannins that will refine with age. 

More about Coume Del Mas here.

Château Haut Selve is the only vineyard planted in Bordeaux in the 20th century, and celebrated it's 20th anniversary in 2015.

Wine:  Château Haut Selve Rouge Anniversary Vintage 

Vintage: 2015 

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

Robe: Deep garnet robe.

Nose: A savory bouquet of red currant, licorice, tomato leaf,  and leather. 

Bouche:  Notes of red cherry up front carries through to more hints of tomato leaf with a hint of pencil lead on the finish. Light-to-medium body, well-composed acids, finely tooled tannins, resonant finish. 

More about Château Haut Selve here.

Please enjoy more of the December French #Winophiles edition here:

  • Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla whips up “A French #Winophiles Fête: Fois Gras, Pain d’Épices & Champagne Drappier”
  • Jill shares from L’OCCASION shares “How To Bring French Holiday Traditions Home”
  • Gwen at WinePredator has “Season’s Greetings French-Style”
  • Wendy at A Day In The Life On The Farm gives us “A Holiday Gathering with French Foods and Wines”
  • Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog  shares “A Taste of French Inspired Holiday Food and Wine”
  • Deanna from Asian Test Kitchen tells writes about “Ants Climb a Tree with French Wine”
  • Lauren at The Swirling Dervish tells us about “Parisian Holiday: A Few of My Favorite Things”
  • Michelle of Rockin Red Blog writes about “A French-Inspired Holiday Alsatian Style”
  • Kat from Bacchus Travel and Tours writes about “Noel en Provence
  • Jeff from foodwineclick discusses “What is French-Style Season?”
  • Payal writes at Keep The Peas shares “Bonnes Fêtes à la #winophiles”
  • Robin at Crushed Grape Chronicles entices us with “Un repas de Noël pour les fêtes de fin d’année (A Christmas Dinner for the end of the year celebrations)…with wine #Winophiles”
  • David Crowley from Cooking Chat shares “Festive Pairings for Pouilly-Fumé and Other Special French Wine #winophiles
  • Lyn writes at L.M. Archer  tells us about “The Hedonistic Taster: French-Style Season Edition”
  • Jane cooks things up at Always Ravenous shares “A French Inspired Winter Dinner”
  • Nicole from Somms Table shares “Crocus l’Atelier Malbec de Cahors with Château Mercuès Saffron Chicken Soup
  • Liz froWhat’s In That Bottle tells us how to “Frenchify Your Festivities with Fun Wines
  • Rupal from Journeys of a Syrah Queen shares “French Inspired Holiday Wines”


More The Hedonistic Taster here.

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  1. I’ve only tasted the Drappier in your line up. Curious what nibbles you enjoyed / will enjoy with it? This particular bottle was my intro to brut nature and after tasting several since, remains a favorite. Holiday cheers to you Lyn!

    1. Thanks, Robin! Happy holidays – hope you can find some Drappier to help celebrate – it’s exceptional! Cheers 🥂

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