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Cheese & Wine with Chantal Plasse


(posted 6/23/2009)

ArtisanVineyard.com's Larry Colbeck meets with Chantal Plasse at Great Ciao. They focus on five cheeses to taste with wine. On the cutting board is Pecurinu Brebis, Comte, Petit Vougeot, Bucheron, and fresh Chevre. Her profession as an affineur gives Chantal great insight to the unique qualities of her cheese. Watch this movie and learn which type of wine she likes to drink with fresh cheeses.

Featured Wines


Baumard Savennières 2007 
Characteristics: Chenin blanc fooled me for years; ubiquitous cheap Vouvray wine or pabulum from California, complete yawners. When I first tasted Coulee de Serrant, it was incredulous that this ethereal wine was made from Chenin blanc wine. It took several more slaps along side the head for me to finally profess a deep admiration for the potential of this grape. It can range from sublime sweet wines such as Quartes de Chaume, or Moelleux Vovray to divinely dry Savennieres. Beyond the varying sweetness the flavours can be apple, melon, pear even honey.
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $23.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Blanchet Pouilly-Fume Vieille Vignes 2008 
Characteristics: As a year has made quite a difference, I am revisiting this with a new note to convey how this lovely Pouilly Fume has really progressed. It is just as much alive and dynamic as it was when it came bursting out of the gate but the pulsating acids are now ameliorated by a body/mouthfeel that has rounded out. A penetrating citric lime and mineral bedrock is as compelling as it is lastingly impressive.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, April 2011

Pale golden-green in color. The nose develops a subtle floral and earthy aromas. Notes of stony minerals and lemon give the wine a beautiful structure balanced by a fruity roundness, with a finish marked by hints of citrus fruits.
- wine tasting notes by KS, July 2010

From 80 year old vines on Blanchet's calcareous holdings comes this definitive Pouilly Fumé replete with minerality, nettles, a touch of herbs, zippy and ripe citric fruit and the verdant fragrance of ferns. At once both alert and composed, this is just the sort of wine that pulls people across the river from Sancerre to see what heck is going on in the mineral laden vineyards of Pouilly Fumé. Vinified in stainless steel, nothing at all detracts from the story told by old vines –a focused and compelling tale of place and the Sauvignon Blanc that suits it best.
Tasting note by Nicholas D. Livingston, February 2010
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $192.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Francois Cotat Chavignol Rose Sancerre 2018 
Characteristics: Wow, what a superb wine! The fruit is all grapefruit, pummelo and lemon torte. BUT, it is a shame that tasting note etiquette dictates that fruit should be written before mineral. In the case of Cotat, this makes absolutely zero sense. The fruit is all secondary. What really makes this a stunner is all of that mineral –rock salt, sea spray, pulverized limestone and shell-fish (in fact oyster-shooter is appropriate.) It also tastes much like tears –and we should all be crying; crying because not all Sauvignon Blanc tastes like this. 13% alc. –BH
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: B
Price: $300.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Guigal Côte-Rotie Château d'Ampuis 2005 
Characteristics: Where else but from Côte Rôtie is one to marvel at such beguiling fragrances as every sort of dark fruit, all kinds of heady flowers, and an abundance of exotic aromas? Taste spiced almost peppered notes through the finish? Be moved to collect these wines obsessively and drink them with only those you know will adore them? This appellation is celebrated by name for its “roasted slopes” and thanks to them Syrah becomes the variety it was meant to be: rich, full, both dense and ethereal, Côte Rôtie is compelling for its fragrance, its longevity, its lasting depth, penetrating breadth, and consuming allure. To try Côte Rôtie is to be cured of ennui, uplifted from sorrow, inspired to loftier goals, and set upon a lifelong pilgrimage to your next glass. You will remain earnest to glean why it is this wine from this privileged place is so extraordinary and thrilled at every taste you can get.
Origin: France - Rhone
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $175.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 6
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