28 Feb Best of France Tasting
Saturday, March 2
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We’re opening bottles from all over France this Saturday! Many of the latest and greatest will be available to sample and we’ll be on hand to answer questions! Taste everything from cool climate Syrah from the uber-famous Domaine Chave to 2015 Burgundy! Festivities begin at noon, we hope to see you then!
2017 Domaine Laporte “Le Rochoy,” Sancerre AOP, Loire Valley
This wine, produced like all Laporte wines from organically grown grapes, is impressive in its ripe fruit and minerality from the flinty soil. Still young, it has a tight texture but its style and balance already shine. With powerful citrus, orange zest and lime juice flavors, the wine needs to age and fully integrate. Drink from 2020.
93 points, The Wine Enthusiast
2016 Albert Bichot Domaine Long-Depaquit “Vaucoupin,” 1er Cru Chablis AOP, Burgundy
On Sale $42.99
An opulent style, this white also has bright acidity for balance. This allows the peach, apple, lemon cake and fresh herb flavors to reveal themselves. Juicy and brisk on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 1,500 cases made.
91 points, The Wine Spectator
2015 Domaine Dublere “Les Planchots du Nord,” Savigny-les-Beaune AOP, Burgundy
On Sale $32.99
Discreet notes of wood and menthol set off earthy dark currant and forest floor scents. There is a slightly finer texture to the medium weight flavors that are at once rich but focused while offering just a bit more overall depth and length on the balanced and slightly firmer finale.
2107 Laurent Perrachon “Vieilles Vignes,” Fleurie AOP, Beaujolais
Sale Price $15.99
Forget the weaksauce, purple stuff you might have had around Thanksgiving years ago! This is CRU Beaujolais. Remember that…CRU Beaujolais. This is the serious stuff, arguably one of the most underrated regions in France. 13 villages make up the Cru map. The village of Fleurie is the most elegant, feminine and sexy of the lot. Fresh red and dark berries on the nose and palate. Fresh and precise, with sneaky vanilla and mineral qualities and a great finish. This wine opened up with air, but without any loss of fruit. Solid.
2013 J.L. Chave Selection “Farconnet,” Hermitage AOP, Northern Rhone Valley
On Sale $64.99
Aromas of dark roasted herbs with a peppery edge. A strong palate with really impressive dark plums, blackberries and dark chocolate. Rich and plush tannins, too. This is excellent! Drink or hold.
94 points, James Suckling
2016 Mas de Boislauzon, Cotes du Rhone Villages AOP, Southern Rhone Valley
On Sale $19.99
Readers looking for a good introduction into the style of the 2016 vintage should check out the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Villages from this great estate. Based on 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah and other varieties, it gives up a great perfume of blackberries, toasted spices, smoked earth, and licorice. It’s ripe, mouthfilling, and pleasure bent.
90 points, Jeb Dunnuck