Louis Boillot Paired Dinner – 1/17

January 17, 2017
7:00 pm
$99 per person

This will be the inaugural of what we hope to be an annual event: The Winter Burgundy Dinner at Rue Cler. The dinner will be hosted by Rue Cler owner and Burgundy collector, Nathan Vandergrift. For our first year, we are going to feature the wines of Domaine Louis Boillot. We will be tasting some older vintages, as well as a couple of wines from the heralded 2015 vintage. Everything sampled will be made available for purchase, at special pricing, for that evening (although there will be only a few bottles of some of the wines.)

We have been big supporters of Louis Boillot since we purchased Rue Cler in 2013, and are responsible for the wines being available in the state of North Carolina. This started with our love for the wines of Ghislaine Barthod, who is married to Louis, and through whom we were first introduced to his wines. This is a rare opportunity to try before you buy, and we hope to see you there.

The line-up of wines, to be paired with Chef Todd Whitney’s 5 course menu:


Boillot, Louis Volnay “Les Grands Poisots” 2014
Boillot, Louis Volnay “Les Grands Poisots” 2015
Boillot, Louis Volnay 1er Cru “Les Brouillards” 2005
Boillot, Louis Volnay 1er Cru “Les Brouillards” 2015
Boillot, Louis Gevrey-Chambertin 2015
Boillot, Louis Gevrey-Chambertin “Evocelles” 2008
Boillot, Louis Pommard 1er Cru “Les Fremiers” 2008
Boillot, Louis Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Champonnets” 2008

As ever, seating is limited. Please call us today at 919-682-8844 to reserve yours!


Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Bourgogne Rouge

This week, we’re featuring Domaine Bachelet-Monnot’s 2015 Bourgogne Rouge.

Here is one of our first wines from the heralded 2015 vintage. You get the fruit that we would expect from such a stellar vintage, but with the finesse and class that we’ve come to expect from Marc and Alexandre Bachelet at Domain Bachelet-Monnot. A quarter of the fruit comes from Maranges, a quarter from Santenay, and half from the commune of Puligny. Fermented with 15-20% whole cluster, raised in older barrels for ten months, and then racked into concrete vats for six to eight more months. Have this with our Poulet Rôti and you’ll be in heaven!

Regular price: $65
Discounted price: $52

Paired Dinner With Noel Sherr of Bonhomie Imports – Tuesday, November 14

The people have spoken, their hero has returned.

At every wine dinner we host, former customers of Cave Taureau always ask about Noel Sherr. Well, guess what? He’s doing great! Noel is now the National Sales Manager for Bonhomie Imports, a small importer based in New York. Bonhomie doesn’t do trends. Their book represents artisanal winemaking by family growers who attempt to transmit the terroir to the bottle, without artifice. Their book ranges from Champagne in the North, to Southern Italy, Spain and Portugal, with carefully chosen producers at each stop.

Come and enjoy an evening with Noel tasting some great wines, with a paired menu designed by Chef Todd Whitney. The wines will be available for sale at special pricing that evening, some for the first (and maybe only) time in NC.

The featured wines will be:

Jean Velut Champagne Blanc de Blancs “Lumiere et Craie” NV
Moissenet-Bonnard Bourgogne Blanc “Les Chazots” 2014
Domaine Petitot Ladoix “Vielles Vignes” 2015
Plani Arche Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011
Az. Ag. Viviani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

The dinner will begin at 7pm, and will be priced at $69 per person. As always, seating is limited and will go quickly. Call the restaurant today at 919-682-8844 to reserve your place at the table!

Domaine Lucien Muzard – Santenay “Les Gravières”

This week, we’re featuring Domaine Lucien Muzard’s 2014 Santenay 1er Cru “Les Gravières.”

In 1995 Lucien Muzard handed over the reins to his sons Claude and Hervé, who immediately began domain bottling their wine rather than selling it in bulk to négociants. Subsequently, in 2003 they purchased small bins for harvesting to keep crushing to a minimum. That same year they acquired a new temperature-controlled fermentation facility and stocked it with wooden fermentation vats, a new press, sorting table, and conveyor belt to carry grapes to vat without pumping— all enabling great care to be taken during fermentation and ageing. In 2005 they went organic in their vineyards, and then in 2008 they began the conversion to biodynamics, attaining certification with the 2011 vintage.

The largest premier cru in the northern tenderloin, named after its gravel content. Indeed, much of the north side of the village is defined by one geographical fault, and the vineyards here share many characteristics, with their wines being notable for complexity and length along with the lovely dark cherry fruit. The domain’s holding is 1.34 hectares (3.31 acres) and the vines average 50 years of age.

Regular price: $73

Discounted price: $58

Weekly Wine Feature 10/3

Joseph Voillot Volnay 1er Cru “Les Fremiets” 2011

Jean-Pierre came up steeped in Burgundian culture when he took over for Joseph Voillot, he moved the domain to sustainable farming. In the cellar, he did away with fermenting with a percentage of stems because he liked the essence of fruit. Jean-Pierre has also shied more and more away from new oak, moving from around 30% new barrels for the premier crus to today using 10-20%. He lowered the sulfur additions. These are considered “insiders” Burgundies by those in the know.

This wine is from 1.5 acres whose pinot noir vines date from 1932, 1950, and 1978. This parcel is up slope, and the wine is very calcaire (reminiscent of limestone, calcaire is French for limestone). You definitely taste the stone over the top of the red fruits and earth in this elegant, intensely perfumed wine. The 2011s are showing very well right now with the perfume coming to the front and the tannins receding. Is there anything better than a red Burgundy and roast chicken?

Regular price: $137
Discounted price: $89

Weekly Wine Feature 9/19

Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Montagny 1er Cru “Les Gouresses” 2014

Jean-Marc Pillot is the fourth generation of his branch of the Pillot family to tend vineyards in Chassagne Montrachet. He joined his father, Jean, in 1985 to learn the craft of “vigneron”. The vines in most parcels are between 25 and 50 years old; some vines are considerably older, reaching the 100 year mark in Clos Saint Jean and Clos Saint Marc (within the cru of Vergers). Traditional viticultural practices are used in the vineyards: the vineyards are plowed, no herbicides are used and planting is at high density (10,000 vines per hectare on the village level; 12,000 vines per hectare on the 1er Cru level). The Montagny 1er Cru Les Gouresses is the furtherest from the domaine, in the Cote Chalonnaise, but Jean-Marc applies the same attention and Chassagne tradition to this wine. The grapes are harvested from a parcel of very old vines (in excess of sixty years) and the resulting concentration and finesse that Montagny rarely achieves. Pillot’s Montagny is an intense wine that still manages to reflect the cut and stoniness typical of this appellation. It is a pale, bright yellow with minerals, menthol and a whiff of almond on the nose. The palate is densely packed and crunchy, framed by rocky calcaire. The finish is thick and stony, with a hint of pear. Only two barrels (fifty cases) find their way to the States each year. This would be ideal with any of our NC fish dishes or even the Chatham rabbit.

Regular price: $66

Discounted price: $53


Weekly Wine Feature, 9/5

This week’s wine feature is Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence Rosé “Tibouren Cuvée Tradition” 2015

The property of Clos Cibonne dates back to 1797 when the Roux Family purchased it from Jean Baptiste de Cibon, captain of the royal marines of Louis XVI. In 1930, André Roux modernized the winery in order to pursue his goal of producing top quality wines at the estate. The estate’s 15 hectares of vineyards are located a mere 800 meters from the coast and are surrounded by hillsides in the base of a bowl that faces the sea. This topography creates air circulation that allows for perfect maturation of the grapes and helps to reduce vintage variation. After harvest, the wines are fermented in stainless steel and then aged under fleurette (a thin veil of yeast) in 100-year-old, 500L foudres. Clos Cibonne crafts a wine that is completely its own through combining a rare grape with a unique aging process. There is no other wine quite like this!

Brilliant orange-pink. A perfumed, mineral-accented bouquet evokes dried red berries, orange pith, lavender and jasmine, along with a suggestion of peach pit in the background. Silky and broad on entry and then more taut in the middle, offering juicy red currant and blood orange flavors and a hint of anise. Shows a suave blend of depth and energy and finishes long and seamless, leaving behind floral, mineral and red berry notes.

Regular price: $55
Discounted price: $44

Rosenthal Wine Merchant Paired Dinner 9/12

We are pleased to announce the next of our wine dinners, to be held at 7pm on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. We will be joined by Joseph Frederick of Rosenthal Wine Merchants.

Neal Rosenthal has been bringing artisanal wine from France and Italy into the United States for more than 30 years. Many of our favorite wines are part of the Rosenthal portfolio, and the wines all share a fidelity to place and tradition above all else. Maybe that’s why, as trends come and go, Rosenthal Wine Merchant stays at the top of everyone’s list of the very best wine importers.

We got together with the local distributor and Chef Whitney to select the five wines and discuss menu pairing. If you have been to one of these dinners in the past, you know that there is a great meal with great wine waiting for you. Some of the treats this time include a sparkling wine from the Jura that is brand new to these shores, as well as a highly allocated red Burgundy. It would be a real shame to miss out on this event!

Wines to be served:

Dom. Pecheur Crémant du Jura Blanc NV
Dom. Jean-Marc Pillot Montagny 1er Cru “Les Gouresses” 2014
Dom. Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin “Vielles Vignes” 2014
Château Le Puy Francs Cotes de Bordeaux “Emilien” 2012
Cru d’Arche Pugneau Sauternes 2011

The dinner will be priced at $79 per person. As always, seating is limited and will go quickly. To reserve yours, please call Rue Cler at 919-682-8844.

Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon

This week’s featured wine is Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon 2016.

It’s back! Enjoy Alpine meadows in a glass! The vineyards here are hard to detect driving around. They consist of little patches here and there on steep slopes looking southeast or southwest, lost in the midst of fields with grazing cows, and dense forests. The total Bugey acreage in vineyards is 170 hectares. Alain and his son Elie make their Cerdon from Gamay and Poulsard, and follow the technique called “ancestral method” where the bubbles occur naturally in the bottle. At Renardat-Fâche the grapes are picked by hand, pressed and fermented in cold vats until the alcohol reaches about 6 degrees then it is bottled and continues its fermentation in the bottle until it reaches about 7.5 or 8 percent alcohol.

The wine is fresh and bright with scents of berries and flowers freshly crushed on a rock in an Alpine meadow. It tastes like Spring feels. The only problem is that before you know it, the bottle is gone! That’s OK, it’s on special, have another one! While this is the perfect brunch wine, it’s also a great way to start a meal with your first course of soup or salad, or just as a treat.

Regular price: $49
Discounted price: $39