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SommSelect: Domaine Philippe Tessier, Cheverny Rouge Touraine, Loire Valley, France 2013 - SommSelect

$24

Buy 4 and we‘ll include shipping.*


Domaine Philippe Tessier, Cheverny Rouge Touraine, Loire Valley, France 2013


When I think about the years leading up to my Master Sommelier examination, I remember the difficult task of learning about the minute details of the Loire Valley in France. This enormous region is bursting with microclimates, soil complexity, and a vast array of grape varieties and winemaking styles—resulting in numerous styles of whites, reds, and rosé. While the Loire Valley was a challenge to learn about, it was an absolute pleasure getting to know and taste the range of remarkable wine produced from this region. Although there are many dirty, earthy and green-tasting red wines from the Loire Valley, this is not always the case. With today's offer, you too will get to experience the utter pleasure of tasting a young, fresh, fruit forward red without the funk which can often be found from the Loire Valley. The 2013 Cheverny Rouge from the passionate producer Philippe Tessier is dangerously drinkable, so if you plan on opening a bottle for a few friends, have a backup bottle close.


The small-production farmers in the Loire Valley are incredibly passionate about their land and the wine produced in this region absolutely reflects the unique terroir of each AOC. In Cheverny, where the Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Côt grapes are grown for the 2013 Cheverny Rouge, Philippe diligently tends to his vines organically before hand-picking the grapes during harvest. These valley floor vineyards are rooted in mostly sandy soils full of limestone and clay. When it comes time to make the wine, Philippe intently chooses only to use indigenous yeasts which contributes to the final, wine which is teeming with personality and complexity, while still full of fruit and youth. These wines are incredibly popular in France amongst the underground wine culture; these wines are not found in too many places outside of New York City in the US. We are extremely lucky to have gotten our hands on this wine and at $24, I think you will be astounded at the quality of this bottling.

The vibrant color of the 2013 Tessier Cheverny Rouge looks just like a bright ruby stone reflecting at all points in the glass. The aromas are pure and salivating, dominated by freshly-picked wild berries, freshly pressed pomegranate, flower petals, wet wild herbs, grape stems, wet leaves, limestone and exotic spices. On the palate, the wine is amazingly soft and full of fruit with flavors that remind me of the most delicious fresh strawberries imaginable; wild raspberries, red currants, white tea leaves and crushed stones intermingle beautifully. This wine shows best when freshly pulled out of the cellar, at about 55-60 degrees; no decanting is necessary. Simply pour the wine into a Burgundy stem and wait as the wine comes to life. If you don't have a wine cellar, you can put a room temperature bottle, about 72 degrees, into the freezer for about 10 minutes (set the timer) to reach roughly cellar temperature of 55F. This 17 degree swing makes a big difference in the personality of the wine. Everyone has their own temperature preference, and you will have your own as well. Food pairings options with a wine like this are limitless. I have recommended this recipe before, because it is the best of all time when done correctly.  If you have never cooked the Zuni Chicken recipe at home, pairing it with this wine will be the perfect opportunity.
The small-production farmers in the Loire Valley are incredibly passionate about their land and the wine produced in this region absolutely reflects the unique terroir of each AOC. In Cheverny, where the Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Côt grapes are grown for the 2013 Cheverny Rouge, Philippe diligently tends to his vines organically before hand-picking the grapes during harvest. These valley floor vineyards are rooted in mostly sandy soils full of limestone and clay. When it comes time to make the wine, Philippe intently chooses only to use indigenous yeasts which contributes to the final, wine which is teeming with personality and complexity, while still full of fruit and youth. These wines are incredibly popular in France amongst the underground wine culture; these wines are not found in too many places outside of New York City in the US. We are extremely lucky to have gotten our hands on this wine and at $24, I think you will be astounded at the quality of this bottling.

The vibrant color of the 2013 Tessier Cheverny Rouge looks just like a bright ruby stone reflecting at all points in the glass. The aromas are pure and salivating, dominated by freshly-picked wild berries, freshly pressed pomegranate, flower petals, wet wild herbs, grape stems, wet leaves, limestone and exotic spices. On the palate, the wine is amazingly soft and full of fruit with flavors that remind me of the most delicious fresh strawberries imaginable; wild raspberries, red currants, white tea leaves and crushed stones intermingle beautifully. This wine shows best when freshly pulled out of the cellar, at about 55-60 degrees; no decanting is necessary. Simply pour the wine into a Burgundy stem and wait as the wine comes to life. If you don't have a wine cellar, you can put a room temperature bottle, about 72 degrees, into the freezer for about 10 minutes (set the timer) to reach roughly cellar temperature of 55F. This 17 degree swing makes a big difference in the personality of the wine. Everyone has their own temperature preference, and you will have your own as well. Food pairings options with a wine like this are limitless. I have recommended this recipe before, because it is the best of all time when done correctly.  If you have never cooked the Zuni Chicken recipe at home, pairing it with this wine will be the perfect opportunity.





Country France
Region Loire Valley
Sub-Region Cheverny (Touraine)
Varietal Pinot Noir / Gamay / Côt
Production n/a
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak Neutral French Barrels and Stainless Steel
Soil Limestone, Clay and Sand
Farming Organic
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Country France
Region Loire Valley
Sub-Region Cheverny (Touraine)
Varietal Pinot Noir / Gamay / Côt
Production n/a
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak Neutral French Barrels and Stainless Steel
Soil Limestone, Clay and Sand
Farming Organic
SommSelect: Domaine Philippe Tessier, Cheverny Rouge Touraine, Loire Valley, France 2013 - SommSelect SommSelect: Domaine Philippe Tessier, Cheverny Rouge Touraine, Loire Valley, France 2013 - SommSelect

$24

Buy 4 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“If you plan on opening a bottle of this red for a few friends—have a backup bottle close by—because it will disappear quickly. ”

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