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Free Wine Tasting - Saturday

ELEGANT SELECTIONS FROM FRANCE!
Today the spotlight is back on France, with a white, a rosé, and a red Bordeaux: whatever you're cooking up, one of these wines will likely suit! First is a classic, elegant Muscadet from the daughter of one of the oldest winemaking families in the region, aged sur lie for added complexity and enhanced aromatics. This is followed by a delicate rosé, salmon-pink in color and evoking the ocean with hints of stone and brine, and light fruit notes. Finally, a full-bodied red from Lussac Saint-Emilion provides a great value in the excellent 2010 vintage, bursting with flavors of dark fruit and earth!
 
Château du Coing de Saint-Fiacre Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC "Comte de Saint-Hubert" Vieilles Vignes 2000
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE AOC / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- Véronique Chéreau-Günther left the Chéreau Carre family business and took with her the famed 40 hectare Cháteau Côing de Saint Fiacre estate. Old-time negociants who owned several of the appellation’s most respected châteaux for over 200 years, the Chéreau family were legends in Muscadet. Côing is an ancient rendition of “coin” or “corner”, and refers to the corner or angle where the Sèvre and Maine rivers meet and flow into the Loire, where the vineyards lie. Melon de Bourgogne grapes were first established in the Nantes area after the winter freeze of 1709 that destroyed all vines. This traditionally Burgundian grape variety has adapted marvelously to the Nantes terroir, where it is aged sur lie, a process that involves aging white wines on the solids formed during fermentation. Normally filtered or fined out afterwards, when allowed to remain in contact with their lees for an extended time, wines develop greater aromatic qualities, stronger structure, and enhanced richness. As the wines are not racked, they also develop a small amount of CO2 that results in an elegant effervescence much in demand by enthusiasts. Hand harvested from 100+ year old vines, this wine is yellow in color with a slight golden hue. Aromas of white flowers, peach, and apple make for a beautifully expressive nose, which evolves into dried fruit and honey flavors with a touch of minerality on the palate for a subtle, elegant finish. A beautiful companion to shrimp and other crustaceans!
Regular Price: $21.99     Tasting Sale Price: $19.79
 
Domaine Lafage Rosé Côtes du Roussillon AOP "Miraflors" 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: ROUSSILLON / Appellation: COTES DU ROUSSILLON AOP / Varietal(s): MOURVEDRE+GRENACHE GRIS --- The Roussillon region is just a stone's throw from Spain. Jean-Marc Lafage, in fact, makes wines in both countries. He is young and energetic, having completely updated the vineyards and cellar of his father while making numerous wines. His French wines seem to evoke the modern, polished flavors of Spain while focusing on the indigenous grapes cultivated throughout history. This lovely rosé is a blend of mainstays mourvèdre and grenache gris. This salmon-hued wine is reminiscent of the nearby ocean, with salty, stony notes and delicate fruit flavors. Enjoy this with all manner of shellfish or couscous tossed with quickly cooked vegetables.
Regular Price: $17.99     Tasting Sale Price: $16.19 
 
Château Petit Bois Lussac Saint-Emilion AOC 2010
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: LUSSAC SAINT-EMILION AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC --- The multiple classifications of Saint-Emilion can make it a confusing (and expensive) region to understand. On the outskirts of Saint-Emilion proper, there are several satellite areas where unclassified yet excellent wines are made, and it’s here that some real values can be found. Lussac Saint-Emilion is the northernmost of these, and the second largest in size and production, with winemaking roots dating back to Roman times. Château Petit Bois is a quality-focused winery in Lussac that produces this elegant blend of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc. Merlot is the dominant varietal of the region, with the cabernet franc adding enhanced depth and structure, resulting in a wine with character and earthiness. This great 2010 vintage is deep purple in color, full bodied and dry. An expressive nose of dark fruit, violets, and licorice is followed by blackberries, plums, and currants in the mouth, with good tannin structure on the finish. A great partner for roasted chicken, eggplant lasagna or grilled lamb chops. Best decanted!
Regular Price: $17.99     Tasting Sale Price: $16.19

Earlier Event: June 5
Free Wine Tasting - Friday
Later Event: June 12
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