25 Apr Best of France Tasting!
Saturday, April 27
12 to 4 pm
In our Event Space
The Wine Merchant has always been a France-heavy shop because, well, we just love the wines of France. There’s so much quality and character and variety packed into a country that is smaller than the state of Texas. So we’re taking you on a virtual tour of French wine this Saturday, pouring wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the Southern Rhone Valley. This is going to be an amazing opportunity to sample some of the finest France has to offer!
2016 Domaine Clos Noly “Sainte Juste,” Macon-Charnay AOP
On Sale $12.99
From a village not far from Pouilly, this Mâcon-Charnay is rich and round, with lots of texture. On the palate, a white peach character is lifted by a floral note on the nose. It’s juicy and on the elegant side, showing good intensity and spicy cut to its flavors of stone fruits, flowers, and spices. It concludes with a wonderful, long finish. The “Sainte Juste” is aged 100% in stainless steel.
2017 Aubert Lefas Bourgogne Blanc “Les Grandes Carelles”
On Sale $19.99
50% barrel (10% new oak) 50% tank. 90% whole cluster fermentation; sourced from Pommard; Big, juicy, fruit cherry nose with loads of forest floor, grilled meats and earth. The mouth is bright and concentrated with cherry, mushroom, underbrush and smoked herbs and a long finish.
2014 Domaine Vincent Ledy “Les Porets Saint-Georges” Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru AOP
On Sale $62.99
From the “young” vines parcel planted 30+ years ago. A fantastic umami (stop being so pretentious Kyle) aroma just exploding on the nose. So savory, with asian spices. Dense and compact. This will be stunning in a few years, but is already starting to come around.
2016 Chateau Guiot “Paulinette,” Costières de Nîmes AOP
On Sale $17.99
A blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, the 2016 Costieres de Nimes Chateau Guiot Paulinette is a lovely, silky wine. Garrigue and plum notes mark the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate flows easily, delivering mixed berries, herbs and a long, mouthwatering finish.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate
2017 Domaine Palon Gigondas
On Sale $24.99
This domaine seems to be on the upswing. The 2017 Gigondas, a blend of 79% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 6% Mourvèdre, is full-bodied, supple and rich, with chewy but ripe tannins balanced by cherries and stone fruit. Hints of mocha and vanilla add a modern nuance (the Syrah and Mourvèdre are aged in wood). Balanced, long and intense, this looks to be a potential star of the vintage.
94-96 Points, The Wine Advocate
2016 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape AOC
On Sale $42.99
Loaded with scents of roses and exotic spices, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a super entry-level effort. It’s 85% Grenache aged in concrete, with the balance Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah that’s aged in demi-muids. Full-bodied, velvety and long, it delivers opulent black raspberry fruit framed by silky tannins.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Chateau Clos Floridene Blanc Grand Vin de Graves
On Sale $24.99
The 2015 Clos Floridene Blanc from Denis and Florience Dubourdieu has a subtle but complex bouquet with scents of white peach, citrus fruit and a touch of patisserie. The palate is very well balanced and quite phenolic in the mouth, some lovely extract here imparting a slightly waxy texture. The acidity is keen and there is impressive tension and energy on the finish. It will drink young as usual, however, such is its complexity that I am more intrigued to discover how it will age. Do as you will.
90-92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Chateau Malescot St. Exupery “La Dame deMalescot,” Margaux
On sale $36.99
Ripe blackberry and dark plums with a wealth of violets and raspberries. This has a very plush palate with slick, smooth and ripe tannins that carry raspberry and red-plum flavors. Quite approachable. Try from 2020.
92 Points, James Suckling
2015 Chateau Soleil “Croix du Rival,” Lussac Saint-Emilion
On Sale $16.99
This is a true sleeper of a wine from the legendary Stephan von Neipperg, who’s Bordeaux estates include La Mondotte & Canon-La-Gaffelier. A classic Right Bank blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything is done to let the terroir express itself and to respect the original quality of the fruit. In the RIVAL vineyards, two small parcels of very old Merlot lead to an exceptional wine. This Burgundian approach produces a rare cuvée whose power and elegance can compete with the finest wines of the region. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of kirsch, black currants, earth, spice, and mineral. Its oak component is well-concealed by the wine’s good freshness, precision, power, and richness. A real stunner.
2015 Chateau La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol
On Sale $36.99
Incredible depth of fruit with blackberry and blueberry character as well as walnut shell and chocolate. Full body, balanced. Very long finish. Best ever? 100% merlot.
95-96 Points, James Suckling