Tag Archives: France

Deux Montille Auxey-Duresses Blanc, 2007, Burgundy, France

16 Jan

DSC03222Love some good white Burgundy with some bottle age on it? Do your tastes run to Meursault rather than Chablis? Auxey-Duresses lies just west-northwest of the more famous Meursault AOC, and this wine leans that full, beautiful, hazelnutty direction. Made by a brother and sister, this wine is sourced from two vineyard parcels abutting Meursault’s Les Luchets vineyard. Supple, aromatically rich Chardonnay that’s beginning to show its true strengths. $29

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Bruno Clair Marsannay Blanc, 2010, Burgundy, France

16 Jan

DSC03221As the grandson of the founder of Burgundy’s famed Domaine Clair-Dau, Bruno Clair has winemaking in his blood. His Marsannay white is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Blanc grown in very fine clay soil. The tropical fruit aromas of Chardonnay translate to the palate, while the Pinot brings roundness and meatiness before the long, bold finish. Enjoy with classic, minimalist roast chicken. $42

Damien Laureau “Le Bel Ouvrage” Savennières, 2011, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03220Ever had a Chenin Blanc that changed your life? Wanna try one? This is intensely mineral Chenin Blanc from a tiny Loire Valley appellation. Cellar-worthy, with an aging potential of 15-20 years. Extensive lees aging fleshes out the palate, which echoes the bouquet of apple, apricot and floral notes. Grab some fresh salmon, some stinky washed-rind cheese, and get down to the business of rearranging everything you thought you knew about life and the living of it. $52

Château de Montfaucon “Les Gardettes” Rouge, 2011, Gard, France

16 Jan

DSC03218The best values in French wine come from the southern part of the country, and this is really fun wine for the money. 50% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 15% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache. A sandalwood note weaves through red cherry and currant fruit, backed by mineral and garrigue hints on the finish. $12

Domaine des Pères de l’Église “Le Calice de Saint Pierre” Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2010, Rhône Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC032172010 was an amazing vintage in the Rhône, and this is an extraordinary value! Traditional CDP made by fourth-generation family winemakers. Complex aromas of cooked red fruits with hints of leather and tobacco. Pleasantly weighty on the palate, with fruit amplified by earth, spice and silky tannins. $38

Paul Garaudet “Cuvée Paul” Monthélie Rouge, 2010, Burgundy, France

16 Jan

DSC03216Beautiful French Pinot Noir from a fourth-generation winemaker in Monthélie, part of Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune. Lovingly crafted with a focus on tradition and sustainability, showing great minerality underneath bright cherry fruit. Perfect for any festive meal, as Pinot Noir is the best food wine around. $45

Château Moncontour Brut Rosé Crémant de Loire, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03215100% Cabernet Franc from the clay soils of the Moncontour estate. Produced in the méthode Champenoise, this pink sparkler is bright and minerally on the palate, with delicate perlage. $15

Château Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray Brut, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03213100% Chenin Blanc vinified dry in the méthode traditionelle, just like it’s done in Champagne. The limestone soils of the estate express themselves in beautiful minerality underlining notes of apricot and peach. The vibrant mousse dances across the palate, making this ideal wine for most cuisines. $18

Mas Caranove Montpeyroux, 2010, Languedoc, France

14 Jan

DSC03192The warm Mediterranean climate of France’s Languedoc region makes it perfect for producing intense, richly concentrated red wines. Mas Caranove is equal parts Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cinsault—a classic blend in southern France. Expressive, complex aromas of dark berry and spice carry through to the robust, deeply fruited palate. Great wine for winter barbecues. $8

Château Trocard “Les Chapelles” Bordeaux Supérieur, 2009, Bordeaux, France

12 Jan

DSC03187Great value Bordeaux from a fantastic vintage! A Merlot-driven blend from France’s Bordeaux Supérieur AOC. The aromatic palette is flush with ripe plums and blueberries. Silky on the palate, with supple tannins, dark fruit and mocha notes. Try this one with rich, creamy chicken tikka masala. $16