Wine Tasting Event with Scott Neville
I was lucky that my path crossed Scott Neville’s in the very early days of The Local Drop. Never having met him before, he asked me if he could show me some of the wines that he has been importing from France. Of course, I said – and the following week Scott showed his wines to me around the kitchen table.
It was clear that Scott was on a considered mission of sourcing excellent wines of great value from across France. He works with producers that often invest so much of themselves in the land that little time is left to share their story and their wines, especially overseas.
Over the years most members of The Local Drop would have enjoyed one of his wines and we are excited to welcome him to a tasting in Melbourne on Thursday 26 July at 6pm. We look forward to welcoming you to hear Scott’s story and try these spectacular unique wines.
For those of you not in Melbourne or simply unable to join us, below as some notes on the wines we are pouring.
If you would like a private 1-to-1 wine tasting, wish to buy a specific wine or the entire Scott Neville Collection (1 of each) please complete the form here, or call / text me on 0431 611 474.
- WHEN: Thursday July 26, 6pm
- WHERE: The Local Drop HQ
30 Victoria Street, Brunswick East
To reserve your place please RSVP to Jag: firstname.lastname@example.org or call / text me on 0431 611 474.
Wines being showcased at this free event:
- 2015 Domaine Merieau Methode Traditionelle $42
Enjoy this on arrival. A family vineyard since 1886 this sparkling wine from Touraine is a blend of Chenin and Chardonnay. Fresh, floral and the perfect aperitif.
- 2016 Bonnet Huteau Muscadet $24
Brothers Jean-Jacques and Remi run Domaine Bonnet-Huteau, 10km North of Clisson. Family owned for over 150 years, they are certified organic and practicing biodynamic – ploughing, organic fertilization and natural stimulant plant preparations are just some elements of their vineyard ecosystem. They vinify different soil types separately to allow expression of individual terroirs. Fermentations in concrete and stainless steel tanks are by indigenous yeast, and the wines are left with the yeast cells for 6-10 months (‘sur lie’) before release.
- 2014 Domaine Paget ‘Opus’ Chenin Blanc $40
The ‘Opus’ Chenin Blanc is made from select bunches that have optimum ripeness at harvest time; with a little more flavour development built around a typical Chenin acidity. Wild yeast ferment slowly in 10 year old barrels, contributing a complexity that is hard to pin down. The aroma is rich yet possessing a tangerine peel freshness, the palate has weight and a gorgeous waxy ‘Chenin’ texture, finishing clean and dry.
- 2015 Domaine Paget ‘Jajavanaise’ Gamay blend $28
Jajavanaise is a Touraine rouge from one of the region’s most progressive vignerons. With organic vineyards producing Gamay, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, each is vinified separately before contributing to the blend. By use of the same low-intervention wine making that the domaineis renowned for, Jajavanaise is made in a fresh, lively style to showcase the approachability of the area and its wines.
- 2015 Domaine Paget ‘Les Quinquenays’ Chinon Cabernet Franc $44
Hewn into the rock faces along the Loire Valley, 12th century dwellings and caves benefit from the low temperatures underground. Nicolas Paget, the 5th generation of his family to craft wines here, has a cellar in one such cave. Fermentations in old barrels are kept cool by the ambient temperature. Nicolas works organically, with sites in Chinon and Touraine AOC. With minimal handling and intervention, the Domaine Paget wines show a seldom seen elegance and refinement.
- 2015 Chateau Guibot La Fourvielle Puisseguin St Emilion $60
Crafting superb wines on the terroirs of Puisseguin Saint Emilion and Castillon, Chateau Guibeau has been family owned and run for over 100 years. In working alongside the natural resources of the soil and vineyard elements, their wines express a unique sense of place. Their progressive approach combines with a classic Bordeaux terroir to produce elegant, characterful wines.