Xavier Flouret (right), CEO and Founder of Cognac One, and Vincent Renault, Vice-Executive President, offered a great portfolio tasting today at Corkbuzz featuring some of their best producers and of course their Xavier Flouret line of high quality boutique wines from generations-old families around the world.
I liked them all, yet in my limited tasting time I really responded to the uQamata 2009 from Stellenbosch in South Africa, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot.
I was also pleased to meet David Quillin, the commercial export director for Cave de Tain who spoke excellent English and French and offered tastes of the incredible lineup which included an incredible 2005 Cornas and Hermitage Rouge. I was also surprised to find that I enjoyed the Marsanne Roussanne blend from Saint-Peray (Fleur de Roc 2009) more than the 100% Marsanne … the Roussanne gave it lift and higher acidity. This blend is a “special plot selection” with 60+ year old vines. The wine is partially fermented in oak barrels for 12 months, with traditional lees stirring.