Château Cantelaudette Graves de Vayres AOC 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: GRAVES DE VAYRES AOC / Varietal(s): SEMILLON --- Château Cantelaudette is part of the Bordeaux holdings of the Chatelier family who also own Château d'Arveyres (formerly know as Chateau Fantin). Established by the family in 1870, the estate is located in the appellation of Graves de Vayres, set between the cities of Bordeaux and Libourne in the northern part of the Entre Deux Mers region on a plateau overlooking the Dordogne River. The proximity to both the river and the ocean brings a moderating influence to the local climate that helps to fully ripen the grapes. The Graves de Vayres appellation was officially founded in 1936, and is named for the gravelly, sandy soils of the area. Especially suited to merlot production, the region also yields some delicious whites that turn out to be exceptional values as well. This unique 100% semillon wine is a perfect example: mineral-driven with delicate aromas of melon and citrus, supple fruit on the palate and a subtle hint of wood. A great match with sushi, cold soba noodle salad, or hard cheeses such as Gruyère or aged cheddar.
Domaine de Pierredon Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC "Signargues" 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+MOURVÈDRE --- Located near the town of Estézargues in the Côtes du Rhône, Pierredon is an old family operation with 70 hectares of vines managed today by Miryam and Christian Granier. In 2012, the domaine began the organic certification process and became fully certified organic with this, the 2015 vintage. The Graniers are one of ten primary members of the Estézargues co-op, renowned for its uncompromising approach and natural winemaking ethic. Since 1995, the co-op has made specific cuvées entirely from the best grapes of a given primary member, and named the cuvée after the specific domaine. In addition, no yeast or enzymes are added, no fining or filtration is done, and addition of sulfur is only allowed at bottling. The Côtes du Rhône Villages designation is more strictly controlled, with lower yielding vines grown in better sites, than the simpler Côtes du Rhône designation. The Signargues cuvée (pronounced see-nargues) refers to the Plateau de Signargues, created by the same forces that created the nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape plateau. 50% grenache, 50% mourvèdre, this is a fantastic value: the grenache contributes fresh raspberry and strawberry flavors with subtle white pepper hints, while the mourvèdre provides tannic structure, and notes of tobacco and spice, all tied together with the earthiness and crushed herbal character the Rhône is known for. Try it with bison burgers topped with grilled onions or with potato and leek gratin.