Domaine Loew Riesling Bruderbach 2014 ($25.50)
"The Bruderbach cuvee is a single vineyard Riesling cultivated on a south oriented slope. The yield is low and varies on the vintage, typically between 25 to 50/ha. The fermentation takes place during the winter and the wine ages on the lees until the bottling in September. This dry Riesling shows a 13% alcohol level and 4.4gr/l of residual sugar. 8,000 bottles are produced each vintage."
This Riesling is nearly bone dry and very aromatic, and the lees aging rounds out the mouth feel. It's a great example of Alsatian wine, having a distinct flavor profile and reflecting the unique microclimate and terroir of the area. It is certified organic and biodynamic. A nice pairing would be Asian cuisine, particularly spicier dishes.
Chateau Castenet Entre-Deux-Mers 2012 ($15.99)
"This white Bordeaux wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. This bright pale yellow wine is balanced on the nose between notes of yellow fruit and fresh citrus fruit. On the palate the wine is crisp, mineral with a balanced fruit intensity making it a great with lighter fish dishes and seafood. The Chateau Castenet Entre-Deux-Mers is a good example of how you can find pleasure in the white wines of Bordeaux."
Reasonably priced, high quality white Bordeaux is hard to find, so I was delighted that Thomas brought this one to me. It's a great alternative to the usual summer go-to wines, but it has all the crispness and light body that one wants when it's hot. This is a lovely wine.
Clos de l'Almandaie Chat Pitre Rose 2015 ($14.50)
"Chat Pitre is a pun that in French both means 'chapter' and 'clown cat.' It is a blend of 34% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 33% Cinsault. The vineyard is located near the village of Aumelas, a terroir benefiting from a cooler micro climate. The yield is low at 40hl/ha contributing to a nice aromatic concentration in the grapes. This Rose is made using the bleeding method (stacking up the grapes and letting the grapes' weight do the crushing), which explains the light salmon colour. The wine is aged for 6 months in tanks. Chat Pitre develops aromas of red berries (strawberries and respberries).
Anyone who knows me will know that I chose this wine for the cat face on the bottle. It also happens to be a fantastic organically produced wine that beautifully represents the style of Languedoc Rose. The fresh fruitiness of the Grenache blends perfectly with the perfume of the Cinsault and the savoriness of the Syrah. This wine is great as an aperitif or paired with Mediterranean foods, salads, or even pizza! If you've never had dry Rose, this is the one to try.
Vignoble Charmet Beaujolais Moulin La Blanche 2015 ($19.50)
"The Charmet Family is iconic in the South Beaujolais region. They have been producing Beaujolais wines since 1650 and been a leader for innovation and quality in the region. They, among other, invented the 'Charmet Cut' that is particularly adapted to prune the Gamay grape. Quality is the main driver behind every step of the wine making process: from the field to the cellar. Based 100% on the famous Beaujolais region grape, Gamay, this cuvee comes from a small plot in the southern part of the Beaujolais appellation. The vines grow on a soil with a dominance of shale and are over 50 years old. The low yield (40hl/ha) contributes to give this wine intense aromas and flavors as well as a deep length in the mouth. Only 5,000 bottles are produced on a yearly basis."
Beaujolais is a wonderful summer red, as it is lighter in body and quite easy to drink. This Beaujolais, though sharing those qualities is a bit more complex than one might expect from the style. It has a longer finish and is a bit bolder than other Beaujolais that I have had. It pairs well with deli and cured meats. It also pairs well with an empty glass. The winery practices sustainable agriculture and uses minimal chemical intervention.