Attention all lovers of the wines of Chateau D’or et des Gueules and Domaine de la Petite Cassagne: Winemaker Diane Puymorin will be vising us in early May! The exact dates have not yet been determined. We will be arranging a Winemaker Dinner with her when we have the details. If you would like to be kept up to date regarding information for this event, please contact us and we will keep you in the loop.
2003 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Costieres de Nimes Trassegum Rouge

Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Languedoc-Roussillon;

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When I accepted this assignment, all I was thinking was, “Hey, I’m going to go to Woodlands market, grab a Montreal rib-eye, and grill it up with frites and asparagus, and enjoy it all with the2003 Trassegum from Chateau D’or et des Gueules“. Yeah, that was the easy part. Now after cleaning up the leftovers for lunch today, I’m sadly left with only a memory. But a good one.

Valentine’s Day might not be a huge day for me personally, but it certainly is the most ceremonious day for love and lovers. And I do have a sappy side that I’m not going to let on about for any length of time here. I remember in first grade, I got a Valentine from every girl in my class. That was pretty cool. (Except for one from a girl named Summer who spelled my name “Beter”, but I forgive her, she probably spells really well now). Many years later, I became one of those guys who queues up at the florist, foolishly willing to pay a 300% surcharge for the privilege of buying roses in the second week of February. Sure, I’ve had some wonderful, romantic Valentine’s Day dinners as well, but that’s a pretty common thing. But now I’ve discovered Trassegum!

You see, in the local dialect in and around the Costieres de Nimes, Trassegum means love potion.I’ll vouch for it. First of all, it is made at Chateau D’or et des Gueules by superstar winemaker Diane Puymorin. It is from the 2003 vintage, which was marked by high temperatures and very dry conditions. This is her current release of this blend, as she holds the bottles back at her own expense until she feels the wine is ready to be released. It is a prestige cuvee of her best Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and old vine Carignane. In a word, the wine is luscious. Robert Parker has not reviewed this wine, but knowing what I know about his palate, he would have high praise for this beauty. Rich, medium purple fruit dominate the aromatics, they are braced by an earthy mineral and forest floor component. On the palate there is more of that rich fruit. It seems to coat the mouth with its viscosity, revealing sweet fruit, hints of spice, tea, and forest floor. The finish is harmonious and long. If this wine isn’t for lovers, than no wine is.

So we wish you all a happy upcoming Valentine’s Day. May we all share some tender moments with those we love. In these times, some of us are scaling back in our celebrations, but I can think of nothing more romantic (and fun) than whipping up a home cooked meal with that special someone, tasting many different things, including Chateau D’or et des Gueles cuvee Trassegum.

So yeah, flowers are nice, dining out is nice, but a case of love potion? Now that’s a Valentine’s Day treat that will last and last.Peter Zavialoff