03 Oct Best of France Tasting
Saturday, October 5
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
This Saturday we will be pouring wines from all over France, from Alsace in the north to Gigondas in the south! If you love French wines then is is an event not to be missed! We’ll have you saying ooh-la-la after the first sip!
Multi Vintage Claude Manciat Brut, Cremant de Bourgogne AOP
On Sale $16.99
This Crémant is 100% Chardonnay grown on 22 hectares of clay and limestone. It is fermented with native yeasts, and malolactic took place in stainless steel prior to bottling and secondary fermentation in bottle (Methode Champenois.) A stunning rosy, gold color, surprisingly copper hued. The bubbles are small pinpoints with aromas of hazelnut, brioche & lemon oil. The palate is both fruity and toasty, offering flavors of chestnut honey, citrus zest, and almonds on a wash of lime-y acidity. The finish is long and creamy. A stunning example of traditional method blanc de blancs from great dirt. Pair it with creamy cheeses, salty snacks, and charcuterie.
2018 Patrick Piuze Terroir Decouvertes, Chablis AOP
On Sale $29.99
Touching Vaulorent, on a northwest-facing site, this has a very crisp and composed feel with good weight, richness and succulent peaches. Delivers structure and weight.
91 points, James Suckling
2017 Château Pontey-Lamartine “Cuvée les Parcelles,” Graves AOP
On Sale $14.99
Attractive chamomile flowers and citrus fruits on offer here with a light, bright and peachy edge, leading to a fresh and gently fleshy palate. This has great freshness and cut at the finish. A blend of 60 per cent sauvignon blanc and 40 per cent semillon. Drink or hold.
92 points, James Suckling
2016 Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France
On Sale $14.99
The nose is fresh and delicate. Aromas of peach and apple are followed by white flowers and mineral notes. On the palate the wine is all about orchard fruit flavors and a dynamic, fresh acidity that props up the vibrant mineral flavor and gives a sense of tension. The light body and textured finish make this perfect for both day drinking and light appetizers. Even better, day drinking with light appetizers.
2017 Domaine Laurent Perrachon et Fils “Château de la Bottière,” Juliénas AOP
On Sale $13.99
The sweetly ripe berries are alluring on the nose, as are the fragrant, spicy nuances. The palate has a very fresh, zesty strawberry core and plenty of energy at the finish. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling
2016 Château Clos de Boüard, Montagne Saint-Emilion AOP
On Sale $29.99
Super rich and plush with ample dark plum, cocoa and graphite nuances, as well as some blueberries and cherries. The plate has a beautifully crafted bed of fine, plush and long tannins that carry effortless length and depth. Deep and fresh cabernet kick. Really impressive. 85 per cent merlot and 11 per cent cabernet franc and four per cent cabernet sauvignon. Try from 2023.
94 points, James Suckling
2017 Domaine de 3 Celliers “Le Sentiers des Terroirs,” Gigondas AOP
On Sales $24.99
Covering close to 35 acres across Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, this estate is run by the three Cellier brothers, Ludovics, Julien and Benoit. They release a number of cuvees, all of which are unique and on the pleasure bent side of things. This is a blend of 80% Grenache , 10% Syrah & 10% Mourvèdre. The Le Sentier des Terroirs is nicely textured and rich, with excellent aromas of white pepper, black cherry, spice box and dried flowers. A great finish from a wine that shines for its purity and elegance just as much for its richness and depth.