From our friends the Bretons comes this delicate sparkling Vouvray, ready and waiting to bring the party. It’s elegant and unfussy, with notes of honey and pear, meaning you can drink it with dinner, lunch, breakfast, or on its own. We’re going to pair a bottle with tonight’s roast chicken and another with tomorrow morning’s pancakes.
Clos Sainte Magdeleine Cotes de Provence Rose 2020
There are only a few vignerons in the small fishing town of Cassis who are fortunate to produce certified wine of this appellation & Clos Sainte Magdeleine is one of them. This wine is produced in very limited quantities. The grapes are sourced from a vineyard site located roughly between Cassis and Bandol. It is crisp with notes of wild strawberries & terrific acidity.
As the fourth generation to farm his family’s domaine, Eric Chevalier is nothing short of a rising star winemaker in the Loire Valley. His Val de Loire cuvee accentuates classic notes of Cabernet Franc, with aromas of tobacco & green pepper, with tart red berry all over the palate.
Make sure to take a photo of this bottle--otherwise, after drinking it, you’ll constantly be asking yourself, “What WAS that?” What it is: a gorgeous little Cabernet-Franc-based rosé from winemaker Kevin Fontaine. Like strawberry lemonade became a very delicious savory wine. Pair with sunshine and a smile.
Located in Bouzy, Champagne Paul Bara uses only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand Cru rated vineyards. This bottle offers great complexity on the nose and palate, it’s both full in the mouth and crisp with a very refined mousse, bright acid and a lengthy finish.
Ask any sommelier, and they will tell you Chenin Blanc on Schist soil is an absolute dream come true. Here in Anjou, that’s exactly what we’re working with. The mild climate and Maritime influence of Anjou, paired with the mouth watering acidity and gorgeous orchard fruited characters of Chenin Blanc deliver way above its price point.
From Eastern Corsica, Domaine de Santa Giulietta has been owned by the Stefani family for several generations. Their grapes are grown in clay and gravel soil, giving their wines a distinct mineral quality. Being so close to the mountains also gives their wines a refreshing acidity, making it delicious and gluggable.
Well known for producing profound Chenin Blanc, Chateau D’Épiré also harnesses the Anjou region as Cabernet Franc territory, bringing us this lively & herbaceous cuveé. It’s velvety, mouthwatering & downright intoxicating with notes of white pepper, eucalyptus & salty olives.
This is the wine to bring to the vegetable garden! It has a beautiful rich mineral palate while still maintaining the light spring freshness you crave on a hot summer day. Like any proper Languedoc blend you should chill this one down and enjoy it outside in the sunshine.
Vignerons Ardèchois is a collective of farmers committed to representing the rustic qualities of the Southern Rhône. Rich and full, this cabernet sauvignon is sure to impress at a dinner party. Notes of earth and dark plum highlight this French classic.
This wine is proof fantastic Bordeaux doesn’t need to break the bank. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is savory, bright, and balanced. Without excess oak or extraction, Vincent is committed to accessible expressions, representing the side of BDX that is affordable, approachable, and delicious.
Chanteleuserie Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Irene 2019
Domaine de Chanteleuserie really set themselves apart stylistically in Bourgueil. They put in extra effort to preserve freshness and acidity in their wine, resulting in clean, spicy, herbal Cabernet Franc with no tannic harshness. For quality, affordable Cab Franc, Chanteleuserie is as good as they come.
Silex is a rare soil type only found in the Loire that wine geeks will nerd out about forever. Brunet farms the Chenin Blanc for this cuvee on Silex, imparting incredible minerality, structure, and earthiness to this gorgeous pet nat.
In the world of upper echelon rosé, there is no question. Bandol is king. This seaside Provençal village, known for its particularly moving expressions of Mourvèdre, gives us one of the most serious, complex renditions of rosé in the world. Gros Noré's iteration is among the best, with a perfect balance between body and acidity.
Edi Kante produces wines that are brimming with the character of his grapes and the stark limestone soil of Carso. A blend of Chardonnay and Malvasia Istriana, bottled with zero dosage. Dry, chalky, and just the right combination of fleshy and lean. A shop favorite, these are some serious bubbles.
Philippe’s red Cahors wines are known for their deep, earthy fruit and longevity in the cellar. His rosé is the polar opposite–fresh, elegant, and seriously drinkable for hot summer days. With bright pink fruit and notes of spicy black pepper, you won’t find a better deal on small-production pink wine.
A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 10% Muscat de Hambourg (Black Muscat) grapes. The winemaker’s minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar, plus the unique limestone and red clay soils, deliver revealing wines. The Muscat gives this a touch of sweet fruit, but by no means is this a sweet wine.
Fred Savart is a rock star in the world of Champagne. Walk down to his cellar, peek at the walls packed with some of the world's finest empties, and you may agree. “L’Ouverture” is Fred’s entry-level cuvée, but it’s toasty aromas, mineral-laden structure, and exacting precision suggest a Champagne of greater prestige.
Champagne Paul Bara is arguably the most renowned grower Champagne producer in the village of Bouzy and has been since the 1860s. Paul's eldest daughter Chantal is keeping the family tradition on track. Everything is done by hand, using only selected grapes from mature, low yielding vines that are grown on the estate. This stunner is loaded with intense fruit expressions, tremendous mineral complexity, 100% memorable and truly worthy of Grand Cru status. There is a reason why this estate is considered legendary.
Despite the domaine’s proximity to the Alps, these vineyards in the Savoie enjoy a surprisingly warm microclimate with southern sun exposure. This brings ripeness to the Gamay vines, along with freshness and brightness and we just cannot stop drinking it.
Some neighboring winemakers use a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon to give their wine more body, but this wine is made entirely from Cabernet Franc. Chanteleuserie is trying to show the best example of the terroir and chalky limestone soil of the area. This is a very well-balanced, versatile wine.
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