Recently, the intersection of 53rd and 5th has become a regular stop. Today the trade had the tchance to discover and taste over 70 wines that were awarded top scores by esteemed critics so look for them in your wine shop or favorite restaurant soon.
As some of you know I spent three weeks in the region last year and was so impressed by the wine and the region. Today I had the chance to really only get to know two wineries, one was Domaien de la Coste Moynier, represented by Arnaud Moynier the very tall new head of the family winery. I would like to think I dazzled him by blind tasting the Domaine de la Coste rose and stating it was cinsault with a bit of grenache. Of course, the salmon color gave away the majority of Cinsault. It was a delicious wine, curiously with a hint of chilled cantaloupe.
I also met Gontran Dondain of Chateau Cabezac, and tasted three of his excellent wines. I think he liked the Chateau de Cabezac La Garrigue the best from Minervois and it was very good, yet I liked Le Petit Arthur, which was a GSM (grenache, syrah, mourvedre) with carignan.
I was also able to catch up with my tasting buddy Chip who was pouring for Gerard Bertrand – more fab wines!