Some very good Châteauneuf-du-Papes, standouts included Domaine Font de Michelle, the Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Les Cailloux Centenaire.
The 06 wines from Domaine Albert Morot were a pleasure to taste, especially the 1er Cru Teurons and the 1er Cru Aigrots. Other Burgundy standouts included the Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 2006 and the Xavier Monnot 1er Cru Clos des Chênes 2006.
Kacher imports more good French rosé than just about anyone. Highlights at the tasting included:
– Mas de Bressades
– Mas Carlot
– Domaine des Corbillieres
– Domaine de Gournier
– Mas de Guiot
– Domaine de la Petite Cassagne
As is usually the case, I really liked his wines from Costières de Nîmes, especially the Mas des Bressades Viognier-Roussanne (previously reviewed), though I was surprisingly not very fond of their Grenache-Syrah. I also was impressed with some of the wines from Mas Carlot (especially the “Les Enfants Terribles) and Mas des Guiot. These wines are well made and not over-handled and a great value as well.
From the Loire, the Domaine des Corbillieres and Domaine Thomas et Fils (especially the Ultimus) Sauvigon Blanc. They also poured a delightful Muscadet from Domaine de la Quilla.
Finally, there was an Argentine producer, Furque, that was pouring a very approachable Syrah (priced at about $8-12 a bottle) and I thought their Malbec Roble and Syrah Roble were wines I would seek out.
I didn’t get to as many wines as I had hoped, it was very well attended — and I tend to have enough at these types of events after about 90 minutes. There are always plenty of gracious, polite and charming people — but it always seems like there are a handful that really are quite obnoxious. I decided I had enough when a woman in a black suit with gold chains and too much perfume muscled me out of the way for the third time.
Robert Kacher was there and made himself available — he seemed to be enjoying himself and was a welcome opportunity to meet him. All of the staff were also extremely friendly, both at the event and when registering. I was also impressed with the food, I had already had lunch so I didn’t eat anything, but they really hit all the marks in making it feel like a special event.
Robert Kacher really is deserving of more recognition and appreciation — and you can be pretty confident you are getting a really good wine and a good value when you see Kacher listed as the importer.