09 Nov October 2013 Newsletter
DiscoverVin October Newsletter
Thanks for opening our October newsletter. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our news, some recent reviews, upcoming events and this month’s special offer .
We are getting ready for the Christmas rush! Last year we shipped many gift packs. Of course we are able to ship anywhere in Australia so it is a no stress option for you! See below for more details.
We have some events coming up next month:
If you are in Brisbane, come along to Chalk and Cheese, 29 Florence Street in Teneriffe this Friday between 5 and 7pm to taste some affordable French!
And if you are in Melbourne get set for Paris to Provence at Como House November 22-24th. Come along for a glass of wine at the DiscoverVin stand. We would love to see you there.
Runout – odds and sods.
We have a few wines where we are down to small volumes and are ready to go to new vintages. Grab some bargains-
25% off while they last!
Stocks are very limited-order online or call 02 6020 6016 or 0414 596 395 to secure some bottles.
Click on the links to see more details (or you may already know these popular wines!)
Domaine du Crampilh Vignes Veilles 2006 ( 40 bottles only) $29.90 reduced to only $22.40
Tour des Gendres Moulin des Dames blanc(29 bottles) $49 reduced to only $36.75
Chateau de la Bouyere 2010 (39 bottles) $19.90 reduced to only $14.90
L’ancienne Cure Bergerac Rouge 2008(29 bottles) $29.90 reduced to only $22.40
Domaine Bellegarde Pierre Blanche 2006 (31 bottles) $29.99 reduced to only $22.50
Chateau Le Bouissel 2008 (10 bottles) $29.90 reduced to only $22.40
Get set for Spring/Summer – rosé pre-arrival offer
As the weather warms up so do the rosé sales take off. Pictured above is the fabulous Domaine de la Croix Irrésistible Rosé 2012 in this handsome looking bottle. But not only does it look good but it tastes great and has attracted reviews in Australia and internationally. From one of the handful of cru classé producers in Provence. It is excellent value at $29.90. We are awaiting the arrival of the 2012 vintage (expected November 20) we are taking pre-orders by phone or on-line and taking 15% off as a pre-arrival offer = $25.40 !!
Our best selling wine for 2012 was Chateau La Rayre Rosé. As suggested by the darker colour, this is a richer style than the Domaine de la Croix. It has “converted” many customers to the wonders of dry rosé. Excellent with pre-dinner nibbles, noodles, curries, bbq or just on its own. A new vintage 2012 has just arrived and is flying out the door. Great price $24.90
One other new wine has arrived this month…Chateau de la Bouyere Bordeaux Blanc 2012. A blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc. Crisp fruit and lovely soft mouth feel, excellent length and balance. Again one of our best sellers last summer $22.50.
2 wines reviewed this month:
Reviewed by Regan Drew in Vinonotebook October 2013 :“Showing the petticoats under the frock, there’s complex secondary aromas of older leather and tobacco and meat shadowing the black fruits, violets, tomato leaf and tobacco. The palate still long and exquisite. Class. Olives and blackcurrants and savoury lift given from dried herbs. Those rocks..those hot hot rocks under the vines, they’re there too, with a earthy/mineral quality that assists in the palate length. This is a very smart wine that is smack bang at the height of its power.” Region/Terroir: Haut-Médoc Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Franc (10%).
Regan Drew in Vinonotebook October 2014: “Smells like Bordeaux. Tobacco and sweet ripe black and red fruits. Chary pencil ash, more tobacco and a slight meaty pong. Love the dusty, savoury tannins that give textural grip. Palate Bordeaux class, savoury black olive and blackcurrants and plums. Beautifully weighted on the palate and finishing medium to long that suggests it could handle a little more time in the cellar. Good value Bordeaux from Graves!” Region/Terroir: Graves Grapes: Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and small amount Petit Verdot and Malbec
2 of our wines received excellent reviews last month:
Chateau Jolys Jurançon sec 2011– our best selling white – 92 points and best import from Huon Hooke and recently reviewed by Peter Healy – see panel below.
Producteurs Plaimont St Albert 2009 dessert wine – also 92 points and best import from Huon Hooke.
We were nominated for the FACCI (France-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) NSW Business Awards! We didn’t win but it was a great honour to be nominated.
Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events but in the meantime drink well!
Thanks to those who have already joined our wine club – hope that you are enjoying your August packs . Don’t forget you receive a 20% discount on any re-orders of wines from your pack.
We have some amazing wines lined up for the next couple of packs. We have sourced some parcels of wine from our suppliers in Bordeaux . Some older vintages and wines rarely if ever seen in Australia. (We cant wait to show them off!)
Bordeaux Bespoke is a great way to enjoy a selection of Bordeaux wines at a reasonable price. Every 3 months we will send a selection of wines for you to explore. Bespoke, meaning tailored, means you are in control of how many wines you receive. You can choose 3, 6 or 12 bottles and you can choose red or white or a mixture. Membership brings you many other benefits including discounts for re-orders, events and tastings! For more details and to sign-up click here!
Current Staff Favourite
Huon Hooke gave it 92 points and named it “Best Import” in Sydney Morning Herald June 2013 .
Recently sommelier Peter Healy reviewed it in his blog George the Grape : “I think Petit Manseng in particular is an exciting grape. Capable of developing high sugar levels without losing its crisp, refreshing acidity. When in balance it gives you a refreshing drink that ‘moves’ in your mouth like a spinning dancer. With an initial boof of amazing sweet tropical fruits counter balanced by a late flick of dry extract that keeps your palate on its toes. This wine offers such a diverse array of uses- great aperitif, wraps itself all over rich runny Brie style cheeses or keeps good pace with lightly spiced foods- Chicken Larb comes to mind.” $27.75
Gift packs :
We are getting ready for the Christmas rush! Last year we shipped many gift packs. Of course we are able to ship anywhere in Australia so it is a no stress option for you!
Just let us know what, where and when and we take care of the rest! You can choose from our pre-selected gift packs or make up your own. For further details click on this link or call us on 0260 206 016.
For those of you in the corporate world, we also specialise in corporate gift packs. A great bottle of wine or three is always a well received gift! We offer discounts on bulk orders. Please call for details .
All our gift packs are smartly packaged, can include a card and we include a gift voucher that enables a discount on a re-order.
Fifth anniversary Cocktail Party at Franck Provost Double Bay
Franck Provost Paris Hair is France’s number one salon and last night the Double Bay Salon was celebrating its 5th Anniversary. Amber Renae, the Franck Provost brand ambassador, VIP’s, members of the French Trade Commission and Alliance Francaise, bloggers, journalists, fashionistas and just about every French person living in Sydney was there! And DiscoverVin was invited to supply the wines- which went down a storm. So French, so chic!!
Chateau Haut-Vigneau 2009 (Pessac-Leognan) $38 – Typifies the silky tannins, minerals and structure of the wines of Pessac-Leognan on the outskirts of Bordeaux (drinking now but keep until 2020+).
Up coming Events
As usual we are busy planning events! Here are a few for your dairies – we will let you know as more are added.
Brisbane: free tasting Chalk and Cheese 29 Florence Street Teneriffe Friday 1st November 5-7pm
Melbourne: Paris to Provence Festival: Nov 22nd to 24th – Como House details here .
Melbourne: Food and Wine Festival Saturday 1st March 2014 Bordeaux lunch Comme, Alfred Place DETAILS SOON!