Tasting notes: August 4, 2018

Domaine Servin Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru 2016

Regular price: $37.99

Sale Price: $29.99

This a classic example from one of the finest Premier Cru sites in Chablis. All stainless steel fermentation and aging of the fruit of 35 year old uncloned Chardonnay vines yields a rich and expressive wine that will likely age remarkably well.

 

Nanclares ‘Dandelion’ Albarino, Rias Baixas 2017

Regular Price $24.99

Sale price $19.99

Alberto Nanclares makes tiny amounts of wine from his small holdings in the seaside village of Castrelo. This, his everyday wine, is frankly delicious in its simplicity. The rich stone fruit flavors vie with the brisk acidity and fresh salinity to produce an Albarino that works beautifully with fish and shellfish

 

Maison Philippe Viallet Savoie Rosé 2017

Regular Price $16.99

Sale price $12.99

Made from 100% Gamay, this is a fresh, bright and fruity (NOT SWEET!) Rosé from the eastern edge of France, abutting Switzerland. It’s a great aperitif that works brilliantly with goat and double creme cheeses and lighter foods

 

La Rocaliere Tavel Rosé 2017

Regular Price $22.99

Sale price $17.99

Tavel is just across the Rhone River from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and you’ll find the same grapes and similar soils but there, the commonalities stop, There is no Rosé made in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, whereas in Tavel, Rosé is the only allowable wine. The wines of Tavel have been praised throughout its history (the popes of Avignon were said to be fans) and have set the standard for full-bodied, rich, tannic and ageworthy Rosé. This wine of 60% Grenache with Cinsault and Syrah, is intense and lush.

Château de Haut-Serre Cahors 2014

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Sale price $19.99

Someone recently told me that Malbec from France just isn’t very good. I laughed. This wine of 90% Malbec with Merlot and Tannat suggests that Malbec from outside of France are lacking. Full and bold, after a long maceration and 1 year in oak, the wine is structured and complex.

 

Bussola ‘Ca ‘del Laito’ Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2014

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Sale price $19.99

In the 80’s, Tommaso Bussola was hailed as the future of Valpolicella. In the 90’s, Bussola’s energetic style of boldly fruit driven wines was acclaimed as the revolutionary. Now, after 35 years among the vines, this former stonemason continues to make rich, structured and bold wines from among the best sites in Valpolicella.

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