Domaine de la Bastide "Figue" Blanc Côtes du Rhône AOC 2018
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER+ROUSSANNE+CLAIRETTE+ BOURBOULENC --- Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan is surrounded by remnants of winemaking history dating back to feudal times. Vincent's family resides in a fortified farmhouse built by Templar knights in the Middle Ages. An order of Christian crusaders who rose to great prominence and wealth in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Templars established many farms and vineyards. After time as a Benedictine, then Dominican monastery, the Bastide property continues the winegrowing tradition today. Vincent has followed in his father's winemaking footsteps, and together with Stephanie, also a trained enologist, they carry the domaine forward with innovation and focus. Their goal is to make the farm fully organic in the near future. Often playing second fiddle to the region's famed red blends, the white wines from the Rhône are not to be overlooked. As soon as you open the bottle, get ready for aromatics that will send you right to tropical fruit nirvana! This cuvée is refreshing and medium-bodied, with notes of guava, passion fruit, and pineapple. Light citrus notes, touches of honeysuckle, and delicate acidity make this a versatile match with an incredible array of foods.
Château Puech Redon "Apparente Rouge" Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN+LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- Eric Texier made the unusual leap from nuclear engineer to winemaker in the early 1990s. Although his passion for wine first stemmed from the wines of Burgundy, he was soon inspired by an older generation of Rhône producers and decided to follow in the footsteps of vignerons like Marius Gentaz and Pouchoulin, becoming among the most respected winemakers in the Northern Rhône. Drawing on their methods of only using natural yeasts and leaving the bunches intact, he developed some of his own techniques as well. “Apparente” is made by Eric to help his friend Cyril Cueche, who owns Château Puech-Redon, a large 200 ha organic grain farm in the Languedoc that also has about 50 ha of vines interspersed throughout. The property had been farmed conventionally under his father for 30 years, but he saw the potential to go organic to prioritize biodiversity of such a large area. 100% cinsault, this is bright and crunchy, with mouthwatering acidity, juicy tart berry flavors, and no sulfur added! Filtered for clarity, natural wine lovers will be thrilled with this bottle, while those looking to dip a toe in the natural wine scene will enjoy it as well. Lightly chill and break out the grill! Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.