NEW AND CLASSIC FRENCH FAVORITES!
Clotilde Davenne Saint-Bris Sauvignon 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY/ Appellation: SAINT-BRIS AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Although situated on the same Kimmeridgian soils as Chablis in Burgundy, the sauvignon blanc-based wines of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux take their stylistic cues from Sancerre, just one and a half hours to the West. Clotilde Davenne planted her first vines in 1989 and has grown her domaine to over 18 hectares of small plots in three different appellations (Chablis, Irancy and Saint-Bris). Her sauvignon blanc is mechanically harvested and fermented in stainless steel, with no malolactic fermentation, which preserves a lovely green apple tartness. The wine is racked and bottled after spending four months on the lees for textural depth. Her 2015 Saint-Bris showcases the great qualities of this aromatic white grape: zesty citrus fruit with a mineral-driven, seashell core. A nose filled with lemon curd and tart green apple provides the opening salvo, giving way to a palate full of juicy white fruits, more invigorating citrus, and chiseled minerality with a crisp but significant mouthfeel that still remains bright and lively. Just the thing to refresh your palate through the summer doldrums, this is a gorgeous choice to open with a summer vegetable tart of zucchini, yellow squash, shallot and a lot of goat cheese.
Yves Cuilleron Marsanne Collines Rhodaniennes IGP 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHONE VALLEY / Appellation: COLLINES RHODANIENNES IGP / Varietal(s): MARSANNE --- The Cuilleron domaine was founded in 1920 and has been home to several generations of winemakers since. Located in the hamlet of Verlieu, part of the town of Chavanay, Yves Cuilleron took over ownership of the domaine in 1987 and has focused on modernization, building a brand new facility and acquiring additional vineyard property, where he practices mostly organic vineyard techniques. Yields are rigorously controlled, and grapes are harvested by hand, as most of the vineyards are heavily terraced, making mechanization impossible. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel using native yeasts. The wine is racked after malolactic fermentation is completed, then spends six months in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels before bottling. This 100% marsanne is clean and vibrant, with tantalizing aromas of white flowers and honey. The palate is full-bodied, yet delicate and complex, with white peach, pear, and tropical fruit flavors melding with honey, nuts, and spiced orchard fruit. The finish is flowery and yeasty with a slight thirst-quenching bitterness. Perfect with an assortment of cheese, particularly alpine-style!
Martin Texier "La Boutanche" Cinsault Vin de France 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHONE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- Martin Texier, son of famous Northern Rhône natural winemaker Eric, began his own winemaking ventures in 2014. After studying economics at university, he ventured into music (he is an accomplished DJ) and also spent time in New York City learning about the wine trade before returning to the vineyards to follow in his father's footsteps. He now has five hectares in and around St.-Julien-en-St.-Alban, planted to classic Rhône varieties, both red and white. Martin’s passion is to revive the local traditions of working the natural way, both in the vines and in the cellar (native yeast fermentation, no sulfur). The results he has been getting this early in his career are quickly building a reputation for him as a winemaking prodigy. The La Boutanche line seeks to make natural, drinkable wines accessible and affordable for everyday consumption. For this cinsault, Martin uses a technique he calls "infusion", where he essentially makes a red wine in the manner typically used for whites. It yields a delicately structured red with gorgeous, soaring aromatics, juicy dark fruit of berries, currants, and plum, and fine tannins! Feel free to add a slight chill. A natural wine under $20 (in a liter bottle too!)- what could be finer?