Wine List Business Memo
To: General Management
From: John Upward (Wine and Bev.)
Re: Updated Wine List
I have finally conducted the research regarding the new updated wine list. I have taken into consideration the establishments high end menu and have hand selected wines that will compliment the menu year round. We have a variety of reds, whites, rose, and sparkling. From these catergories have condensed it down to what our customers have purchased most frequently. Per example Pinot noir and Merlot were two of the highest profitable wine categories from last year which is why we have placed them first on the list as well as balanced variety.
As far as the pricing of the wines goes, many of the selections are import wines. This was simply due to the fact that many of our dishes here are European influenced fusion items. I have selected wines that would leave our customers feeling satisfied based off the entrée prices we have here at Chateau Blanc. The prices per glass, have been based off the overall bottle prices and have been marketed in way that will maximize profit. For instance if a bottle cost is 60 dollars and per glass is 16 dollars, customers are more likely to purchase the full bottle. If we were to look at the reverse spectrum where if a bottle costs a 100 dollars we must increase the percentage glass price simply due to the fact that most individuals will opt for a glass.
Please take the time to review the list and if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I am more than willing to make adjustments to the list and we can even take a look into purchasing from local vineyards seasonally for restaurant specials. I will also set aside time to speak with Chef Willis to ensure he feels the wine list will compliment his kitchen creations. Thank you once again.
Director of Wine and Bev.
Chateau Blanc Wine List
2005 Lechthaler Trentino Pinot Nero 21bottle 6glass
The founders of Lechthaler moved from western Austria to what is now Italy’s Trentino region in the late 1800s and began supplying wines to many of the area’s best restaurants and hotels like this light-bodied Pinot full of dried-cherry notes.
2005 Beck Burgenland Pinot Noir 55bottle 17glass
This small, ambitious estate in Austria’s Burgenland region, run by winemaker Judith Beck, focuses on red wines, like this cherry-and-violet-scented Pinot
2006 Toulouse Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 39bottle 9glass
Herbal spice and buoyant raspberry fruit characterize this red from a 17-acre vineyard in California’s Anderson Valley
Mt. Brave 2008 Merlot (Mount Veeder) 60bottle 19glass
This Merlot bears an uncanny resemblance to Cardinale in the dramatically ripe, sweet fruit and superb, tannin-based structure. It’s 100% Merlot, with hefty yet balanced alcohol, and the wine easily handles the 85% new French oak in which it was aged for 22 months.
Fattoria Petrolo 2008 Galatrona Merlot (Toscana) 134bottle 25glass
This is a soft and beautifully decadent wine with plush and perfectly ripe aromas of black cherry, light spice, chocolate and tobacco. The smoothness, richness and persistency is simply unbeatable.
Ledson 2003 Merlot (Alexander Valley) 40bottle 9glass
Exhibits really fine structure, with firm but soft tannins and good acidity framing blackberry, cherry, cola and sandalwood flavors that are just on the verge of turning complex in the way of old wines.
Trefethen 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oak Knoll) 100bottle 19glass
The flavors of blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate, buttered toast and cedar flood the mouth, tightly controlled by firm tannins and good acidity.
Coup de Foudre 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) 75bottle 21glass
Contains 12% Syrah. It shows stunning levels of blackberry and chocolate fruit enhanced with waves of smoky oak. This one teases with richness, then pulls back under a velvety cover of tannin.
Betz Family 2005 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA) 55bottle 9glass
The fragrance is almost otherworldly; sweet, dense and lightly lifted. This is a sinewy wine, that begins with compact power and focused, tart red fruits—predominantly raspberry and currant.
Château Saint-Maur 2014 Clos Capelune Rosé (Côtes de Provence) 60bottle 15glass
The wine has a fresh, cool character with lively acidity layered with berry and currant fruits. It is crisp, tight and as complex as a Provence rosé can be.
Domaine Saint-André de Figuière 2014 Confidentielle Rosé (Côtes de Provence) 33bottle 6glass
Orange peel combines with red berries to give a full while fresh wine.
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2009 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace) 74bottle 20glass
This ultrarich, opulent wine has such purity of fruit. With its pepper and spice flavors layered over mango and ripe nectarine, it is a straight line of pure flavor, rich and complex.
Aubichon Cellars 2012 Vista Hills Pinot Gris (Dundee Hills) 30bottle 6glass
Distinctive, artisanal and sourced from a spectacular site, this was fermented in oak and barrel aged. The hock bottle indicates the Alsatian style, and the wine inside is both powerful and sturdy, with supple, generous flavors of stone fruits running into light tropicality.
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Pinot Gris (Alsace Grand Cru) 105bottle 23glass
This luscious, rich, sweet wine shows both power and intensity without losing any sense of structure.
Domaine Weinbach 2008 Cuvée Ste Catherine Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru) 51bottle 16glass
From one of the best recent Alsace vintages, this is a superb wine, now approaching its apogee. It has a wonderful line in mature, steely and aromatic flavors that are merging into a wine that is lightly toasty
Bründlmayer 2010 Zöbinger Heiligenstein Erste Lage Alte Reben Reserve Riesling (Kamptal) 80bottle 18glass
The wine is concentrated, very rich, beautifully balanced between considerable acidity and sweet white fruits and mandarin oranges.
Trisaetum 2014 Wichmann Dundee Estate Riesling (Dundee Hills) 28bottle 6glass
Details of tea leaf, peach skin and pear introduce a wine with tremendous texture and length. The off-dry sweetness is counterbalanced by tart acidity, creating perfect tension and continuing into a lingering, satisfying finish.
Failla 2010 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) 44bottle 8glass
Shows classic, full-throttle notes of tropical and citrus fruits, pears and sweet green apples, combined with strong minerality and complex layers of buttered toast, honey and creamy lees.
Domaine Pinson 2012 Cuvée Authentique Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis) 95bottle 18glass
The wood is there to smell and taste, but it is the rich fruit that speaks. Yellow fruits are given weight by the mineral backdrop, while layers of acidity instill freshness.
Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée Brut Sparkling (Champagne) 130bottle 25glass
An exceptional wine, not quite dry and with a tinge of softness, but so elegant and balanced.
Louis Roederer 2007 Vintage Brut Sparkling (Champagne) 79bottle 12glass
It is a great blend of mature yellow fruits, with a pure line of tangy orange zest. Tightly txtured, with bright acidity and steely minerality