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Giraudon Bourgogne Aligoté AOC 2017
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ AOC / Varietal(s): ALIGOTÉ --- As the name suggests, Chitry-Le-Fort was once a fortified town. Marcel Giraudon draws upon centuries of family winemaking history in Chitry, using traditional methods to produce this enticing cuvée. Giraudon's vineyards are located on hillsides of Kimmeridgian chalky marl (also found in Grand Cru Chablis); yields are kept modest and harvesting is done by hand. Fermentation is done in stainless steel, and the wine goes through malolactic fermentation which adds a lovely textured middle palate to its vibrant fruit and mineral character. Although it often takes a back seat to chardonnay, the aligoté grape has been planted in Burgundy for generations, and is often blended with chardonnay in the sparkling wines of the region. It’s also the grape of choice to mix with cassis to make a classic Kir. This crisp, minerally white wine is great to sip with oysters or by itself as a palate cleanser. Light to medium-bodied with fantastic minerality and hints of creamy green apple flavor, it’s delicate enough to drink on its own and elegant enough to pair with shellfish or whitefish dishes.
Weingut Stefan Meyer "Ein Liter Rhodt" Pfalz 2016 - Organically Grown
Country: GERMANY / Region: PFALZ / Appellation: PFALZ / Varietal(s): PORTUGIESER+DORNFELDER+ST. LAURENT --- This liter of "rot" (red) is a cheeky play-on-words, referencing winemaker Stefan Meyer's hometown of Rhodt unter Rietburg. The Meyer family has lived in Rhodt, a village in the Pfalz region of Germany, since the Middle Ages, although it wasn't until 1950 that Karl Hermann Meyer founded the family winery when he first began bottling his own wine. Today, Stefan Meyer is the third generation to run this 8-hectare estate. The Meyer vineyards are located in Rhodt unter Reitburg, a village situated next to the Palatinate Forest. All work in the vineyard is organic, and all of Stefan's wines are spontaneously fermented for maximum complexity. Made from a blend of equal parts portugieser, Saint Laurent and dornfelder, this wine is full of juicy bright red fruit, soft tannins and a refreshing acidity. These grapes are notoriously difficult to achieve the perfect level of ripeness, so making a wine that's simple yet still clean and harmonious is quite a feat! Enjoy lightly chilled with spaetzle or throw some bratwursts on the grill! This red also plays well with spicy foods.