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Weekly Pairing 3/4/2013

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Domaine Monier
"Terre Blanche"

Domaine Monier was founded in 2001 by Jean-Pierre Monier, making it a very young Domaine by French standards. Though his family had tended the same vines for a few generations, the fruit had been sold off to co-operatives prior to 2001. Jean-Pierre has viognier, marsanne and syrah planted for his current bottling. For the appellation of Saint-Joseph, we will focus on his syrah which is excellent. It is full-bodied, brooding yet elegant on the palate. The wine tastes almost effortless and goes down smoothly, something unique in an appellation know for hard wines.

Certified bio-dynamic since 2006, Jean-Pierre’s 5 hectares are farmed with the utmost respect for his land and his vines. He is even a selected member of a group of Northern Rhone producers know as STGT (soil to glass transfer) a group that is picked out for the ability to display terroir in their wines.

I would drink Monier's Saint-Joseph with syrah-friendly foods like roasted leg of lamb or grilled lamb tenderloin and, as always, with a little cheese.

Le Puits d'Astier

Le Puits d'Astier is a unique cheese from the Auvergne region of France. Puits comes from a word meaning well or hole, for its donut shape. This sheep’s milk cheese is aged on straw mats for 2-3 months before release. Enjoy it after dinner with some leftover Saint-Joseph.

Some of the items below require overnight shipping (marked with *)

  Domaine Monier Saint-Joseph "Terre Blanche" 2009 $38.00 (currently out of stock)

  1 lb Le Puits d'Astier $40.00*


  1/2 lb Le Puits d'Astier $20.00*


  1/4lb Le Puits d'Astier $10.00*




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