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Domaine Lafage Rosé Côtes du Roussillon AOP "Miraflors” 2015 - 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.

Lucien Crochet Sancerre AOC 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SANCERRE AOC/ Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Crisp, complex, elegant: Sancerre is a long-standing classic, and for good reason! Lucien Crochet is among the top sauvignon blanc producers in the world, and this wine is a perfect example of his distinctive style. Grapes come from vineyards in the village of Bue (primarily the "Clos du Chene Marchand") that are planted uniquely to clay-limestone soils, known as “caillottes and griottes" which yield wine of particularly fine quality and exceptional length. Often harvested a bit earlier than other cuvées because of the excellent exposure of the vines to the sun, this maintains an elegant acidity in balance with the ripe fruit from these well-situated vines. The resulting wine is a gem: perfectly poised on a highwire of racy acidity without sacrificing richness. Remarkably intense and concentrated, it remains crisp, clean, and distinctively mineral, with a bright splash of citrus. Zesty and refreshing, with elements of lemon, lime, and minerals evolving into a peachy ripeness, this is a gorgeous choice to open with a spring vegetable tart of asparagus, scallion, and goat cheese.
 
Domaine L'Abbé Dîne Côtes du Rhône AOC 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHONE VALLEY/ Appellation: COTES DU RHONE AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE --- The Reynaud family has been farming in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for five generations, and for several decades they have owned a small lieu dit (vineyard plot), named l'Abbe Dîne, which means "The Abbot's Dinner." For years they farmed the land for a local cooperative, until Nathalie Reynaud convinced her father to begin making their own estate wines, bucking a male-dominated tradition as the first daughter in her family to become a winemaker. Nathalie studied estate management and worked at several estates, including Vieux Telegraphe, and when ready to begin producing her own wines, called in the legendary consultant Philippe Cambie. Together they settled on a very traditional approach, using no wood whatsoever in order to really let the unique characteristics of the terroir come through. Each vineyard parcel, most of which are on the sandy soils of the region, are vinified separately, as are the different grapes, and fermentation takes place in steel, and aging in cement before bottling. Several of the family's vineyards are outside the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, so the domaine also makes Côtes-du-Rhône wines as well, such as this one. The sandy soils of the area translate into a bright floral intensity in the wines, adding charm and a distinct regional identity. Deep garnet in the glass, with aromas of red berry and crushed green herbs, this wine is delicately crisp in the mouth. Succulent flavors of red and black cherry, currants, and black pepper are supported by mouthwatering acidity and a mineral core. Delicious with grilled pork chops and spring vegetables, firm cheeses, or French onion soup.