Tasting notes, June 10, 2023; Wines of the Southern Rhone

                     Southern Rhône Valley

2021 Pasquiers Sablet Blanc
$21.99 / Case Price $17.60
Sablet / Côtes-du-Rhône Villages / France
20% Clairette, 40% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne
The village of Sablet is named for the densely packed sand which dominates the soil in the area. Pasquiers Blanc is aromatic while being richly textured, a full bodied white to enjoy alongside shellfish.
2020 Mas Boislauzon Châteauneuf Blanc
$59.99 / Case Price $48
Châteauneuf-du-Pape/ Southern Rhône Valley / France
25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 25% Roussanne, 25% Bourboulenc
Exotically aromatic, Boislauzon’s Châteauneuf Blanc is sourced from a small two acre vineyard. The wine is fermented and aged in a combination of wood, stainless steel, and concrete.
2022 Mordoree Tavel “Dame Rousse”
$32.99 / Case Price $26.40
Tavel / Southern Rhône Valley / France
60% Grenache, 10% Clairette, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault
The Tavel appellation is one of the few producing only Rose wine in France. This is a powerful Rose not without charm, a wine well suited as an aperitif or matched with a hearty meal of the grill.
2017 Simian Jocundaz
$27.99 / Case Price $20
Massif d’Uchaux / Southern Rhône Valley / France
70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
This is a Côtes-du-Rhône in classic proportions: 2 parts ripe fruit, 1 part roasted herbs and 1 part savory earth/smoked meat. It is perfect for drinking today and over the next 2-3 years.
2019 Montirius Vacqueyras Rouge
$31.99 / Case Price $25.60
Vacqueyras / Southern Rhône Valley / France
70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
Younger vines contribute to this freshly styled Vacqueyras. The vineyards at Montirius are farmed biodynamically, the intention of the domaine is clearly to showcase regionality rather than winery craft.
2015 Feraud Rouge
On Sale for $55.99
Châteauneuf-du-Pape / Southern Rhône Valley / France
Primarily: Grenache; Secondarily: Syrah, Mourvedre; Also: Terret, Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarese
Sourced from vineyards featuring sand and pebbles, the 2015 Feraud is an elegant, savory Chateauneuf. Notably spicy and silky textured, the wine is perfectly mature today and should hold for several more years.