SECOND SATURDAY: FANTASTIC MOSTLY FRENCH FEATURES!
Les Têtes "Tète au Bois Dormant" Pétillant Naturel Vin de France NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC+ CHARDONNAY --- Founded and run collaboratively by four friends, Nicolas, Philippe, Baptiste, and Vivien, Les Têtes ("The Heads") is about making wine to be drunk with friends, using natural techniques that won't be hard on your head the day after! They are located in the village of Le Pressoir in Touraine Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley. Les Tètes focuses on fresh, drinkable, competitively priced wines that are grown organically and fermented with native yeasts and with minimal sulfur added. This natural bubbly is a great summer sipper! Made from organically grown chenin blanc and chardonnay, this has a delightfully chalky minerality and racy acidity on a palate that bursts with juicy peach and apple fruit. Lively bubbles make this under-$25 sparkler a festive and refreshing hot weather quaff that's easy on your head and your wallet! A great way to elevate your next picnic!
Y. Rousseau Colombard Russian River Valley 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY / Varietal(s): COLOMBARD --- Yannick Rousseau was born in the Gascony region of Southwest France (near the border with Spain), home to some of France's best-known wine regions. In 1998, Yannick earned a Master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture from the University of Paul Sabatier in Toulouse and worked for several years in the local wine industry, before heading to the US in 1999 for a short term position in Napa that turned into something much more! Starting at Newton Vineyard, he then spent 6 years on Mt. Veeder with Château Potelle. Upon the sale of Château Potelle, Yannick decided to create his own label and Y. Rousseau Wines was born, which he now runs in partnership with his wife Susan. Gascony is also the home of the colombard grape, and it was serendipitous that Yannick discovered several old plots of colombard in the Russian River Valley – a rare and lucky find! Made in old-school Gascony style, this dry, bright white makes a fabulous alternative to sauvignon blanc. A nose of white and yellow flowers and orchard fruit yields to a tart, refreshing palate of pear, peach, and gooseberry. A zesty, textured lingering finish makes this a great aperitif or partner to grilled or fried fish.
Patrick Piuze Chablis AOC "Terroir de Chablis" 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: CHABLIS AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Patrick Piuze burst onto the US wine scene with his fabulous 2008 vintage wines. A Montreal native, he has since become somewhat of a rock star in Chablis since he arrived about a decade ago, working for Jean-Marc Brocard and Jean-Marie Guffens before starting his own label. Piuze works with purchased fruit, and his relationships with the growers of Chablis have allowed him access to choice parcels in all of the great sites, and he harvests by hand, yet another contributing factor to his spectacular wines. This is perfectly crisp and saline in style. Nuances of delicate apple fruit play with the acidity and mineral notes. This is perfect for a seafood celebration or kicking off an elegant garden party!
Anthony Thenevet Morgon AOC Côtes du Py Vieilles Vignes 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: MORGON AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- 29-year-old vigneron Anthony Thevenet enjoys the rare fortune of working with vines in Morgon that are approaching 150 years old. After an apprenticeship with Georges Descombes, he currently works in the cellar of Jean-Marc Foillard, using his spare time to build up production from his family's estate. Raised among his grandfather's vineyards, he inherited 3 hectares of vines upon his grandfather's passing, including a parcel in Côte du Py in 2014. In the vineyard he follows the principles of the natural wine movement, working the soils by hand without herbicides or pesticides. Morgon is one of the most esteemed cru names in Beaujolais, renowned for its sandy and rocky soils, which provide a particular structure and richness unique to the region. In addition, the volcanic soils of the famous hill of Côte du Py produce among the most powerful examples of Beaujolais – the James Bond of wines! With just a touch of funk on the nose, this dark, dangerously delicious gamay expertly walks the tightrope of acid and earthy structure. Silky dark cherry fruit melds elegantly with hints of smoke and savory gaminess. Open this for a fabulous match with lamb burgers with blue cheese, pear, and tomato chutney.