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2016 Live Auction

2016 Main Line Wine Gala Live Auction

wines available for this year's Main Line Wine Gala Live Auction come in cases of 12 bottles. Tasting notes (in quotes) are courtesy of Véronique Boss-Drouhin,
winemaker at Maison Joseph Drouhin.

Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune
          The vineyard of Chorey-les-Beaune was founded in 1237 by the Duke of Burgundy’s family. “Bright, clear red color. Aromas are surprising in their intensity and fruit. On the palate, a tender, supple, graceful, round body. Very flavorful in the aftertaste, with a hint of blackberry jam. When the wine gets older, wild blackberry is the dominant aroma. After 3 or 5 years, the wine takes on a distinctive smell of truffle and undergrowth evolving towards notes of venison.”

Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er
          “Fine lace and silk are the words most often associated with this wine. Bright, intense color and complex aromas evoking violet, black cherry and damp earth. According to the vintages, there are also notes of truffle and game. Refined tannins coat the palate. Good balance between texture and acidity. Long aftertaste, with notes of cherry and candied fruit.”

Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 1er Marquis de Laguiche
          “This is a wonderful occasion to savor a great wine. Admirable light golden color. Intense and elegant aromas come to the fore : hawthorn, apricot notes, evolving towards hints of blond tobacco. As the wine ages, there are nuances of dried fruit and rare spices. A silky texture and a subtle touch of tannin give a true personality to the wine. Remarkable aftertaste. A great white Burgundy!"

Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Rouge
          The wine has achieved mythical status for its elegance and finesse.  “An exceptional wine. Beautiful, deep-red ruby color, with the bright sheen of great Burgundies. Intense and fresh nose for the young wines. Primary notes of red fruit dominate, such as Morello cherry ("griotte", or wild cherry), raspberry, blackberry. There are hints of complexity with smoky flavors evolving towards licorice. When the wine is maturing, aromas of pepper, tobacco, humus and undergrowth appear. When drinking the wine, the first impression is always clear-cut and the texture fleshy. The body is firm without being rough, well meshed without being heavy. There is great freshness in the younger wines. With age, the wine gets rounder. It takes on ‘gras’ (velvety texture) and a more precise architecture, supported by silky tannins. It is lively and refined at the same time. There remains a final and most pleasing sensation of harmony, fullness and delicate tannins, as the wine lingers on the palate.”

Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouche 1er Blanc
          Beaune Clos des Mouche Blanc placed fifth in the Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976. "An outstanding wine. Pale yellow color. Complex floral nose of white lilac and white rose. Once open, fruity aromas come to the fore, evolving towards grilled hazelnut and almond. When the wine is more mature, the nose is surprisingly strong and fifteen minutes of aeration produce wonderful notes of white truffle, citron (cedrat), honey and nutmeg, elegantly meshed together. Very lively on the palate. Its rich texture is in evidence, but also its structure and minerality. It is round, but never heavy. Harmonious fullness in the aftertaste. This wine allies remarkably the complexity and elegance of a Bâtard-Montrachet with the power of a Corton-Charlemagne.”

Main Line Wine Gala Committee Wine Basket
          A selection of fine wines personally donated by the Main Line Wine Gala committee.

Trip for Eight to Domain Drouhin in Oregon: "French soul, oregon soil"

In 1979, Robert Drouhin set up a blind tasting of French Burgundies versus their American Pinot Noir counterparts.  At this now-famous Gault-Mileu tasting held in Paris, a 1959 Domaine Drouhin Chambolle- Musigny came in first, but David Lett’s 1975 The Eyrie Vineyards South Block Reserve took second. This impressed Robert, who was struck by the resemblance of the Willamette Valley to the Côte d’Or and the wines produced by Oregon’s pioneering Pinot Noir winemakers.
Robert initiated the purchase of 100 acres overlooking the town of Dundee by Maison Joseph Drouhin in 1987, making the Drouhin family the first Burgundian winemakers to invest in Oregon. Today the vineyard has been expanded to 225 acres situated atop the Dundee Hills. The Pinot Noir Bottlings are frequently awarded “Outstanding” scores from the Wine Spectator and Wine Advocates critics, and the Chardonnay was named “Best New World White Wine” by the UK’s influential Decanter magazine in 2003.

The trip to Domaine Drouhin Includes:
-          $2,000 Voucher for Accommodations and Travel
-          Private Transportation to Domaine Drouhin Oregon for 8 Guests
-          Private Tour of Domaine Drouhin for 8 Guests
-          Private Wine Tasting for 8 Guests
-          Experience Harvest (if booked at the appropriate time in October)