Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s elusive Marc de Bourgogne popped up at Wine Ark Alexandria.
Marc (pronounced mahr, rhymes with car) is identical to the grappa except in one respect: unlike grappa, it is aged in wood, taking on a rich, tawny color.
A spirit made from pressing the skins, pulp, and seeds that are left over after the grapes are vinified. It is then distilled and aged in oak barrels for over a decade before being bottled
Best enjoyed as a decadent way to end a special meal, and sometimes found in early morning coffees!
Thoroughly enjoyable and educational evening last night with Quentin and Marco from Chapoutier along with Peter Bourne. Amazing insight into the philosophy and history of this iconic brand. Wine of the night, from the people in the room, was the 2007 Ermitage Le Meal. Personally, I dug the whites.. @chapoutieraus @m_chapoutier #rhone#rhonevalley#chapoutier#mchapoutier
We love big bottles here at Wine Ark. One of our discerning storage clients is the proud new custodian of this @tyrrellswines 4 Acres 3L, one of only 20 produced. Needless to say It will be resting for a while!
A dry white wine made from two-thirds Semillon and one-third Sauvignon from the vineyards of Yquem, Ygrec (pronounced "ee-grek" in French) was first introduced in 1959, and around 1,000 cases are produced each year. "Y" comes from the same exceptional terroir and vines as Yquem's famous sweet wines and was formerly made at the end of the harvest, with the last bunches left on the vines. These grapes, affected to varying degrees by Botrytis.
It was decided in 2004 to make Y every year. It is a deliberate choice that they now harvest certain plots of Sauvignon Blanc at the beginning of the vintage, making sure to pick perfectly ripe bunches. These are completed by Semillon grapes picked when botrytis has just appeared. Iconic logo and pretty cool large format!