Back in April, Carpe Vino was fortunate enough to have Gwenael Laroche (co-owner of Domaine Laroche – the greatest Chablis houses in all of France) join us for an intimate evening in Carpe Vino’s wine mine. The night consisted of tasting five Laroche wines accompanied by several dishes prepared by Chef Alexander and his team. Gwenael was here to promote her winery throughout Northern California but her specific stopping point was the annual “Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival.” Gwenael definitely at her share of outstanding bites during her stay so the greatest compliment we received came via email on her return to France. Gwenael wrote, “The chef did such a good job. I really did appreciate what he made/work on. It was stunning! I was in SF last night having dinner at Luce talking about your place with Keith -the sommelier- told him it was the best food this week!!”
When promoting the Laroche event, the subject line read: Once-A-Decade Tasting Opportunity – Evening with Gwenael Laroche direct from France!!! Thing is, we did such a great job that evening that the importer (who represents Laroche) decided it would be a great venue to host another French winery when stateside. So, this week we found out that on Thursday, August 3rd, Nicole Rolet (co-owner) of Chene Bleu from the Rhone Valley will be visiting the Sacramento market and wanted to partner with Carpe Vino in an event like Domaine Laroche. UM…YES PLEASE!!! Nicole will be tasting through the current vintage on all four wines they produced. Again…this event will be limited to ONLY 20 TICKETS.
The Night –
Starts @6pm Sharp! Taste all four wines produced by Chene Bleu which three have been rated 93+ Points by The Wine Advocate. All wines will be paired with family style appetizers excellently created by Chef Eric Alexander! Wines included:
Chene Bleu Rose of Grenache/Syrah 2016 – $24.95/btl (Not Yet Rated – 2015 rated 91pts – WA)
Chene Bleu “Aliot Blanc” (Rousanne/Grenache Blanc/Marsanne) 2011 – $89.95/btl (93pts – WA / 92pts – WS)
Chene Bleu “Abelard” Red Wine (Grenache/Syrah) 2009 – $105/btl (95pts – WA / 91pts – WS)
Chene Bleu “Heloise” Red Wine (Syrah/Grenache/Viognier) 2009 – $105/btl (94pts – WA 92pts – WS)
What makes this event so special is the limited quantities of wine being produced and/or imported to the United States. In regard to the 2011 Aliot Blanc – there were only 250 CASES PRODUCED!!! For both the Abelard & Heloise red blends, only 250 cases were imported into the United States. With most of these wines going directly to restaurants – you would be one of only a handful of lucky souls to place Chene Bleu in your personal cellar!!!
We just tasted these wines last night and sent the rest of the bottles home with Chef Alexander so he could “lock down” another round of stunning dishes to compliment these beautiful Rhone wines. I don’t have a menu to share yet but I am sure you know that the ingredients, preparation, parings and execution will be nothing short of spectacular. As Gwenal Laroche said, “The Chefs food that night was Laroche” and we expect the same for Chene Bleu!
For this event we’re using a “ticket” system to prepay for reservations: $85/person, includes event cost, tax and tip inclusive. Seating is very limited, so click here to sign up today!
Tables are not reserved; seating is open.
Because this is a “ticketed” event, cancellations will not be refunded.