1977-07 July Classic Newsletter
July 1977 Selection of California Wines
CHARDONNAY 1975 THE MONTEREY VINEYARD
Chardonnay is one of the great varietals of the world. In Montrachet, France, it produces what is generally considered to be the world's finest and most famous dry white wine. California chardonnays from Napa and Sonoma Valleys have made news in the last few years in rivaling some of the famous French chardonnays. Monterey County is an area we think will be carving a place for itself in the wine world.
This 1975 Chardonnay from the Monterey Vineyards is the best yet. Wine maker Dr. Dick Peterson has achieved this in the 3 years they have been making wine.
The wine has a fruity bouquet reminiscent of white sage. It is dry, crisp and very typically varietal. It will age well and develop some complexities that will complement the Limousin Oak it was aged in. Service at cellar temperatures with white meats. Enjoy!
June 1977 Selection of Imported Wine
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 1974, DE LUZE
The most-celebrated area of the Rhone, situated in a southeast corner of France almost to Marseilles, Chateauneuf du Pape gets its name from the castle, now a ruin, which was the summer home of the 14th century Avignon popes.
The vineyards are planted on an extraordinary, high, stony tableland which at first glance looks impossible to grow anything on. However, this soil condition is what gives the Rhone wines their sturdy robust charm.
Our selection, from one of France's most reliable shippers, is a perfect blend of almost 15 grape varieties, principally Syrah and Grenache, producing a well-balanced, fruity wine which is ready to drink now but will improve with another 2-3 years of bottle age. Generally the price range of Chateauneuf du Pape is in the $6 to $7 range. Our wine this month was a find at this price. We recommend that you decant this wine before serving so that the full flavor and richness open up. Serve with robust dishes.
Here are this months finds. Every wine offered is personally tasted and evaluated by our wine managers for value versus quality. These prices are net prices.
CHATEAU MARGAUX 1971
One of the classics of French Wines. An excellent year. A velvety, exquisite wine with a rich, haunting bouquet. Buy 3 & put 2 away!!! Limited quantity.
REG. $31.95/fifth SALE $15.95/fifth
GRAND VIN DE CHATEAU LATOUR 1967
Another first growth classic. It is robust, deep and full bodied. Is developing well.
REG. $24.95/fifth SALE $18.55/fifth
CHATEAU PONTET-CANET 1972
This fifth growth Bordeaux wine can be drunk now, however, aging will improve it.
REG. $5.95/fifth SALE $4.95/fifth
WILHELM SCHROEDER LIEBFRAUMILCH 1975
A buy as Liebfraumilch prices go. It is light and fruity.
REG. $2.99/fifth SALE $1.85/fifth
IS 43 YOUR NUMBER?
Whether it's your age, anniversary, golf handicap or nothing at all, what better way to celebrate (even if you don't need a reason) than with a bottle of 1934 Echezeaux from Henri de Villamont?
We were fortunate enough to obtain a very short supply of one of the greatest of all Burgundies from a fantastic year. For many this will be the finest wine they will ever taste. First of all it was produced before 1939. Many experts suggest that Burgundy became greedy that year and decided to produce a little more wine of a little less quality and haven't regained their former stature yet.
Here is one of the biggest Burgundies available before 1939. So big in fact, that even after 43 years in the bottle it exhibits all the charm, breed and varietal character of many fine bottles many years its junior. The color is a very deep garnet with an aroma and bouquet that fills an entire room. The taste is that silky softness that comes with age and style and is everything a great Burgundy was or will be.
Considering that 10 and 15-year old bottles are selling for $80 and $90, this offering at $110.00 can be considered a superb value. Because of its age and the very fine sediment that has developed, we recommend that you stand the...
The Holiday Inn in Torrance, (on Hawthorne Blvd. across from the Del Amo Fashion Square), is our new location. The move from the Plush Horse was triggered by a 300% increase in rent, but the new location offers improved lighting, spacious rooms, and improved parking.
The Palos Verdes and Manhattan Beach Chapters will continue to share hosting of the events planned.
The new schedule is:
Meursaults July 29, 77
Pinot Noirs September
Monterey Wines November 11
Chardonnays January, 78
Cabernets I March
Cabernets II April
Highlighting the new season is the study of the great White Burgundies (Meursaults, Montrachets, and Chablis)! By May, when the third of these events has been completed, South Bay LADV members will have had a rare opportunity to taste the best of the currently available French White Burgundies.
Our November event also promises to be very special. Owner and wine maker of Monterey Vineyard, Dr. Dick Peterson, will present freshly picked grapes and corresponding wines, to illustrate "The intense varietal characteristics of Monterey Wines." Don't miss this unique presentation.