On Thursday evening, September 25th I was delighted to host Sarah Mader of Chloe Wine Imports and Emily Welch of 55 Degrees distribution at Nicholas Roberts. The partnership between our companies is a natural union. We are each devoted to the promotion of hand-crafted wines fashioned in the spirit of tradition. It's always a pleasure working with like-minded professionals who share a passion for the art of wine - it lends a certain unique and genuine experience for our clients. It was certainly evident in the smiles of our guests during the evening. Spectacular wine always champions the cause.

Below are my thoughts on the wines in the progression they were tasted (consumed). Those that stayed for the majority of the evening experienced the evolution of the Capitain Gagnerot wines. It is always a pleasure to talk guests through the progression and evolution of the wines as they change over time. The clear favorite of the night was the 2010 Domaine du Prieure Savigny Les Beaune Blanc. Only 10% of the vineyards in Savigny Les Beaune are dedicated to chardonnay (about 95 acres). Very little of it is actually exported, so last night was a rare opportunity. Please note we have purchased all that was available. There are merely 4 cases remaining. Lastly, I'm in love with the polarizing opinions of the Olivier Dumaine Crozes Hermitage. Most recognize the quality in the wine, but you either love it or hate it. For the record, I love it.

2011 Capitain – Gagnerot Saint Romain Blanc - $50.00
Pale straw color that is bright and clean. Aromas are highlighted by baked pineapple, honey and white flowers with undertones of toast and marzipan. Medium bodied on the palate with a long pleasant finish highlighting mineral and tart apple. It needs some time to air out. A great wine for the decanting and will take some short-term cellaring.

2011 Capitain – Gagnerot Ladoix 1er Cru Les Grechons et Foutrieres - $64.00
Darker straw color here but still vibrant and clean. Fresh apple, Anjou pear and wet flint dominate the aromas. Wondefrully silky entry with a linear mid palate that leads to a long, toasty and clove filled finish. This evolved quite nicely over the course of an evening and is another great decanter wine. Long-term cellaring capability here.

2010 Domaine du Prieure Savigny Les Beaune Blanc - $26.00
Clearly the wine of the night. If you’re looking for a weekend white Burgundy that’s easy on the wallet you have found it. Baked apple, almond, hazelnut and honey are prevalent aromas that are soft and warming. Full bodied and mature palate with a long, round and polished finish. This is gorgeous, and limited.

2011 Domaine du Prieure Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Lavieres” - $38.00
This is textbook Savigny Les Beaune Rouge. The color of this 100% pinot noir highlights dark rose petal. Aromas of warm cherry, wet earth, violet and rose petal. The palate highlights velvety fruit that is lifted by high toned, balanced acidity that gives the wine a bright, sexy, spice filled finish. Be careful, it will entice you to drink more and more of it. Very seductive.

2010 Domaine de Couron Cote du Rhone Village - $16.00
Dark garnet color. Rich plumy and fig fruit aromas with spicy overtones. Simple but lush on the palate with nice fruit and a spice highlighted finish. It’s a bistro wine that one can afford to drink every night. Perfect Autumn wine.

2010 Olivier Dumaine Crozes Hermitage – $36.00
Purely diametric in nature this 100% syrah is either loved or hated. Because it is crafted in Crozes Hermitage, its soft feminine expression of syrah is not what many expect from the grape. It’s dried black cherry and fig fruit is supported by warm mineral and floral notes with lean, bright finish that lingers forever on the palate. Those looking for a broader, heftier style of syrah would be better served with a wine from Cornas. For the record, I love this wine.