Friday Feature – January 8, 2010

Hello and Happy Friday!

What’s new at Perman Wine Selections in 2010?

– Check out the new website!  Share it with all your friends, so they too can become a fan of Perman Wine Selections.  There are links at the bottom to join me on Facebook and even follow me on Twitter.  These social networking tools will benefit you as they will provide tools to get even more wine information and events updates! www.permanwine.com

– I’m going AWOL!  Before I opened the store I was traveling to far off wineries to improve my knowledge and bring you information directly from the winemakers mouths.  I’m back at it this year with trips to Oregon, Italy and France planned.  To get things started, I will be going to Oregon next week from Thursday, January 14th, and returning on Wednesday, January 20th.  The store will be closed part of that time and I will have some guest stars filling in for me a couple of days.

–  Well maybe not new, but plan to attend more great tastings and events!  Next week I will announce an events calendar for the rest of January and early February.  I also have a beer dinner in the works for early March, which I’m very excited about!

– Mobile application for your cell phone!  Many of you are on the go all the time, and now when you have a few minutes on your train ride or in the airport you will be conveniently able to pull up newsletters to read.  I very excited about this mobile application…technology is pretty cool.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Best wishes,

Craig

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Friday Feature – January 8th, 2010 – A rising star in the Languedoc!

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2005 MAS BELLES EAUX “LES COTEAUX” LANGUEDOC

The year of the Languedoc?  Didn’t see that one on the Chinese New Year’s calendar, did you?

It is the year of the Languedoc at Perman Wine Selections for a few reasons.  It is time us as wine consumers really learned about the complex nuances of this large region, which is constantly emerging, little by little, as a top wine region of France.  To bring you all the necessary information I have started to plan a trip to the area at the end of May.  It is my job to continually bring you the best of the best and all the pertinent info from the wine world, and there is no better way to learn than to travel to the region!

In my quest for all of us to learn more, I have started tasting.  I know tough job, but someone has to do it.

Yesterday, I tasted this wonderful value from Mas Belles Eaux.  To get you situated, the estate is located in the Languedoc, but since it is so big it is helps to grab a map and see that the estate is located in the southwestern part of the Eastern Languedoc, and northwest of the village of Pézenas. (http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&rls=en&q=mas%20belles%20eaux&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl)

The well know French wine conglomerate AXA Millésimes, owners of wineries such as Château Pichon-Baron in Pauillac, Bordeaux and Quinta do Noval in Portugal was  looking at possible expansion.  Its director Christian Seely was visiting the Languedoc, having been interested in its wine potential and enjoying some of the top wines of the region for a few years.  In 2002 AXA purchased the Mas Belles Eaux estate, as well as its neighboring Sainte-Hélène vineyards.  In total the current estate is over 90 hecatares, planted to the four noble varieties of the area, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan.

As you would expect a range of wines are made at the estate, and from my tasting yesterday, the ’05 “Les Coteaux” was absolutely singing.  A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre from well-drained gravelly slopes.  Seely was adamant at lowering yields in the vineyards after taking over, and this has helped bring great depth to the grapes.  Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled concrete and stainless steel vats followed by 15 months aging in 1 to 3 year old French oak barrels.

A spice driven nose with hints of kirsch, blackberry and black licorice, lead into a medium to full-bodied palate, bursting with intense fruit flavors, hints at mineral and more spice.  This is very harmonious and should appeal to a wide range of palates.  Growing wine in a warm climate like this takes great skill to avoid baked fruit flavors and over the top wines.  The wine team at Mas Belles Eaux has done an excellent job to maintain freshness and produce a wine that is very fun to drink!  You can drink this on its own, but it would be terrific paired with your favorite preparation of duck breast.

This is a terrific value!  A great way to start the New Year!

$18.99 BTL. / $227.88 CASE

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