Specialty Club – August 2007

2005 Boyer-Martenot, Meursault-Charmes
It’s no secret that Bear is a hard core Burg-hound. So when he selects a Burgundy to put in the Specialty Club, you know it’s got to be good. This Meursault comes from Yves Boyer, a top class Burdundian winemaker whose vineyards include some of Meursault’s finest parcels. Les Charmes is one of the top vineyards in Meursault producing some of the most forward and seductive wines in the region. Boyer-Martenot‘s wines come from very old vines with extremely low yields and exude the classic balance and minerality that Meursault is so revered for. This is Chardonnay like none other and, at $75.75, this is all we could get. 2005 was a vintage that produced some wonderfully big and voluptuous wines and this one could easily be enjoyed on its own, or paired with your next seafood feast.

2004 Scali, Pinotage
Yes, it’s true — we’ve probably never featured a Pinotage in this club before. It hasn’t typically been one of the more highly esteemed varietals in the great wine scheme of things. But the wine world is constantly evolving and we were thrilled to discover this exceptional Pinotage recently. It’s $25, very limited (only 11 barrels were produced in 2004), and extremely well-made. Scali is in its fifth generation meticulously crafting wines on their family farm Schoone Oord in South Africa. It is drinking well now, very balanced and refined, but it could easily age for another three to eight years. Decanting is recommended, as it is bottled unfined and unfiltered. While it is much smoother than most Pinotages, it is still a good candidate for meat dishes or other hearty fare.