Markus Altenburger Chardonnay vom Kalk Burgenland 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Neusiedlersee-Hügelland is a sub-region of Burgenland, in Western Austria, and features a low mountain range to the west of Lake Neusiedl known as the Leithaberg. This area is unique for its mix of marine limestone and mica schist soils. Markus Altenburger's family has been in the region for over 500 years, originally farming a mix of animals, agricultural crops, and wine. In the 1990s, Markus’s father moved the entire production to wine and Markus joined the family winery in 2006 and began conversion to organic practices. That lovely chalk-rich soil shines through in this chardonnay, which is focused and precise with green orchard fruit aromas. An invigorating palate of more green apple, pineapple, and quince melds into a dry, mineral-driven finish. As versatile an early autumn wine as you could ask for, pair this with everything from shrimp tacos to roast chicken! Certified organic.
Domaine Philémon 'Croix d'Azal' Gauillac AOC 2017
Country: FRANCE / Region: GAILLAC / Appellation: GAILLAC AOC / Varietal(s): BRAUCOL --- Domaine Philémon is located in Villeneuve-sur-Vère, a small village on the Vère river in the Gaillac appellation of southwest France. The Vieules family grows organic wheat, sunflowers, and grapes in Villeneuve, as they have since since 1804. “Croix d’Azal” comes from a one hectare plot of braucol grapes planted by Mathieu Vieules in 2003. Braucol is the name used in Gaillac for the fer servadou grape. Although it translates as “bull”, this is no raging animal, but rather one who prefers to hang out peacefully in a grassy, floral pasture! 100% braucol, this cuvée highlights the delightful spicy, floral, woodsy character of this lesser-known grape: just perfect for fall sipping! It has a balanced acidity and tannin structure that make it a wonderful match for braised meat dishes, perfect for this week of gloomy weather.