White Burgundy Value:
2018 Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Blanc (Sale Price $32.99)
While Dureuil-Janthial is located in the Chalonnaise, the domaine owns a small parcel just outside of Puligny-Montrachet. This vineyard is the source for the property’s Bourgogne Blanc which is aged for 16 months in 25% and 75% used French oak. This well balanced bottling offers mineral tones and yellow fruit characters backed by refreshing acidity.
NV Lambert de Seyssel Petit Royal Vin Mousseux (Sale Price $19.99)
Light, bright and perfectly effervescent, the Petit Royal is a Savoie speciality created from the local varietals Molette and Altesse. This wines exuberant floral aromas and subtle orchard fruit flavors combined with its fine bubbles make for quite the complete sparkler.
New Rose Arrivals:
2020 Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina Rose (Sale Price $19.99)
Created from a co-fermented blend of Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, the prickly Rubentis offers all of the energy found in standard Txakoli embellished with fresh red fruit flavors. Ameztoi was one of the first producers to introduce the Rose style to the region and remains the benchmark for the category.
2020 Chateau les Mesclances “Romane” Cotes de Provence Rose (Sale Price $19.99)
Mostly Grenache (70%) along with Mourvedre and Cinsault, the Mesclances Romane is sourced from vineyards located very near the Mediterranean Sea. Bright strawberry notes mingle with a hint of salty sea air in this classic Provence Rose.
2019 Domaine Moulin-la-Viguerie Tavel (Sale Price $19.99)
This dense, weighty Rose has benefited from an extra year of bottle age and currently shows round, rich red fruit and roasted herb flavors. Tavel is often thought of as a “red wine drinkers Rose”, but perhaps its most endearing trait is its ability to pair with grilled fare whether it be salmon or steak. The blend here features 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, and 10% of a combination of Mourvedre, Bourboulenc and Clairette.
New Bordeaux Arrivals:
We continue to find interesting, well priced offerings from the much sought after 2015 and 2016 vintages in Bordeaux. Below you will find a trio of left bank selections along with a new St-Emilion.
2016 Chateau Beaumont Haut-Medoc (Sale Price $24.99)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot planted in vineyards featuring deep gravel soils located between St Julien and Margaux, the 2016 Beaumont was aged for 12 months in French oak including 33% first use.
2016 Chateau Cambon la Pelouse Haut-Medoc (Sale Price $29.99)
The Grand Vin of Cambon la Pelouse is produced from 35 year-old vines of Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (15%) located between the properties of Giscours (Margaux) and Cantemerle (Haut-Medoc). Featuring a silky texture and forward ripe fruit, this is a bottling to enjoy now and over the next 2-3 years.
2015 Chateau Poujeaux Moulis-en-Medoc (Regular $59.99)
One of only nine properties to be granted Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Poujeaux finds itself ranked just outside the Classed Growth classification. The vineyards are located to the east of Margaux and planted on gentle slopes, the vines being 30 years of age. There are 173 acres planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot in predominantly gravel-based soils.
2016 Chateau Fombrauge Saint-Emilion Grand Cru (Regular $51.99)
The largest Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion, Fombrauge is unique for its variety of soils and exposures. The blend for the 2016 is roughly 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new French oak. This is a mouth filling Bordeaux with an abundance of dark red fruit and toasty wood flavors. For those that argue Merlot is the lighter, softer cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon, Fombrauge and its proprietor Bernard Margrez beg to differ.