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Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas visit Chanticleer in Nantucket. This seafood restaurant was originally opened as a small tea house at the turn of the century, and the New England culture informs the ambience. The Rose garden is a delightful place to spend a leisurely lunch. They offer an extensive wine list features some of the finest wines in the world.

Including fine French wines featuring a number of small producers. Michaela discovers a few hidden gems, a beautiful Burgundy, and a must-try from the Loire Valley. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • Naveran, Brut Rose, Cava from Catalonia, Spain
  • 2018 Paul Garaudet Bourgogne Blanc
  • 2019 Serge Laporte Cuvee MAGES Sauvignon Blanc
Transcript: The Chanticleer

The Chanticleer:

RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where, in each episode, we will review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier.

Hello Michaela, it’s great to be back together for another episode.

MQ: Hi Robert!

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules.

We created CorkRules to demystify wine lists because we know from experience, that sometimes when we get that  list handed to us, well… it can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, or value wines or that special bottle that will take your dining experience over the top.

RT: So, sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list.

RT: Today we are talking about Chanticleer. Deemed one of the most romantic restaurants on Nantucket, this restaurant features an extensive wine list, local seafood, and room to host any special occasion.

Michaela, I can’t wait to hear what do you think of their wine list?

MQ: Chanticleer features an incredible, French dominant wine list featuring a number of small producers. We have several standouts for you today to enjoy in their luxurious dining room or fragrant rose garden.

RT: That’s really great, as you looked at the list did you see anything jump out at you?

MQ: If you are celebrating in the Rose Garden, a wonderful way to begin your experience at Chanticleer would be with the Naveran, Brut Rose, Cava from Catalonia, Spain. This dry, sparkling rose is a blend of organic pinot noir and Parellada featuring aromas and flavors of citrus, strawberry, a hint of watermelon, and bright acidity. A wonderful companion to cheeses, and shellfish.

RT: That is for sure unique. Did you find any others that caught your eye right away?

MQ:A beautiful white Burgundy to consider to pair with salmon and lobster would be the 2018 Paul Garaudet Bourgogne Blanc. Paul Garaudet is a 4th generation winemaker where he produces spectacular pinot noir and chardonnay in the heart of Cote de Beaune. This elegant chardonnay showcases citrus, green apple, minerality, and a touch of vanilla on the finish.

RT: So Michaela, their list seems to have lots of range but was there anything that you would say is a “must-try”?

MQ: A must-try would be the 2019 Serge Laporte Cuvee MAGES Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. This isn’t just any Sancerre, this is Laporte’s limited, top cuvee which can age up to 9 years. MAGES is an acronym for the members of the family (Marylise, Alexandre, Guillaume, Elizabeth, and Serge). This Sauvignon Blanc features aromas and flavors of white flowers, lime zest, grapefruit, and fresh acidity. This would make a wonderful companion to fish and cream sauces.

RT: These are some great calls.

So you know I’m getting thirsty and will need to order a bottle with my dinner, where would you guide us?

MQ: Of course! Another stand out to consider for the table would be the 2017 Domaine Serene “Evanstad Reserve” Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. I have had the pleasure of visiting Domaine Serene, and it is aptly named! Spectacular views of the vineyard and the most breathtaking sunsets. Their “Evanstad Reserve” is their flagship pinot noir which showcases aromas and flavors of ripe, red cherries, blackberries, spice, and earth. This pinot noir would pair beautifully with a number of seafood dishes and sauced proteins.

RT: Ooh, Terrific.

Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind.  any other great value wines you’d point us to? 

MQ: The first consideration would be the 2018 Jena-Pierre Large, Beaujolais Cru from Burgundy. The red grape in this rich Beaujolais is the Gamay grape and is quite robust compared to other Beaujolais wines. It features aromas and flavors of plumb, ripe, red cherries, blackberries, spice, and a touch of vanilla on the finish, all at an excellent price.

RT: That sounds great. Any other values on the list?

MQ: another favorite, quality and value wine would be the 2018 Couly Dutheil Chanteaux from the Loire Valley. Couly Dutheil is one of the most famous producers in Loire, and this limited production Chenin Blanc is truly a can’t miss. This Chenin Blanc features aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, pineapple, melon, and bright acidity. This wine would pair well with cheeses, tuna, salmon, and lighter proteins.

RT: Now Michaela, what if I have a big client dinner or special occasion where I want to take it up a notch?

MQ: Of course. You will notice Chanticleer features an extensive list of wines from producer Henri Boillot. He is a 5th generation winemaker who is truly unparalleled in both his winemaking skills and his superior vineyard locations in Burgundy. One to consider to add to your celebration or special occasion would be the 2020 Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet. This white Burgundy has earned 95 points from Decanter Magazine and features aromas and flavors of citrus, green apple, peach, almond, minerality, and a touch of smoke. A legendary wine from a legendary producer to accompany any event.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Chanticleer’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try them myself. 

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.

If you would like us to review one of your favorite restaurants, please send us email to: Info@CorkRules.Com or visit our web website where we have a request form available and we will do our best to get it in the queue as quickly as possible.

We are looking forward to being with you on another CorkRules episode soon. In the meantime, please check out our website for other episodes of your favorite restaurant wine lists. 

And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly.

Thank you.








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