From Italy to Spain along the coast of France you will find a wine making history tied to the Romans. These warm areas are home to ripe fruit forward reds and some of the most popular rose in the world. This week we are featuring a few wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon to the west and Provence to the east. Visit us this Friday to experience some of the Mediterranean coast.
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2017 Le Jamelles Chardonnay – Languedoc-Roussillon, France; $11.99
This Chardonnay comes from one of the warmest parts of France. The Languedoc-Roussillon DOC stretches from the Rhone Valley to the edge of Spain right along the coast. That warmer growing region makes a much richer and rounder style of Chardonnay, but it is still produced in a much more Burgundian style. This see no malolactic fermentation which is what gives many California Chardonnays their buttery quality. Instead this is aged 9 months in mainly used barrels to soften the wine, but retain more of a crisp green apple flavor.
“...aromas of apricots, pears and green apples, notes of walnuts and hazelnuts, a hint of white flowers, and a slightly creamy finish. It has a subtle and well-integrated notes of vanilla oak, combined with a slightly lemony note.” - $1.25 Sample
2018 Chateau de Roquefort “Corail” Cotes de Provence Rose – Provence, France; $18.99
35% Syrah / 27% Grenache / 24% Carignan / 8% Cinsault / 6% Clairette
Provence lies on the other side of the Rhone Valley and stretches to the edge of Italy. Chateau de Roquefort is a 25 hectare estate located on the edge of Bandol. Built in the 1730s, this neglected estate was purchase by Raimond de Villeneuve who renovated the winery and celebrated his first harvest in 1995. The winery produces a number of easy drinking light reds, but these days the biggest focus is on rose. The Corail shows lots of those classic Provencal characteristics. A very delicate spicy nose of citrus, with a lively palate with notes of white fruits, citrus and a hint of fennel - $1.25 Sample
2016 Domaine Faillenc Saint Marie Corbieres Rouge – Languedoc-Roussillon, France; $16.99
Corbieres is located smack dab in the center of Languedoc-Roussillon and has wine making history dating back to the Romans. This Domaine, in its present form was founded during the reign of Louis XIV in the late 1600s. In 1991 Dominique Gibert together with his wife Marie-Therese took over the historic property. Today their son Jean-Baptiste has taken over operations. Their flagship rouge here is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault that is completely un-oaked. It shows really nice fresh blackberries, some stewed plums and black currant on the nose. Good density with balanced soft tannins.- $1.25 Sample
2016 Les Baux de Provence Mas de Gourgonnier Rouge – Provence, France; $18.99
35% Syrah / 23% Carignan / 22% Cabernet Sauvignon / 20% Grenache
This s a gorgeous property in the Alpilles mountains of south eastern France. Luc and Lucienne Cartier run this historic estate focusing on rich and powerful expressions of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre and Carignan along with making some of the best Olive Oil in France. The estate was originally certified organic in 1975! Certainly not following the trends. This red is very rich with warm spice aromas and plush red and black fruits. The Cabernet brings a bit more structure, but the wine shows great balance. - $1.25 Sample