CELLARBROWSER SELECTIONS

Roughly every 4 weeks, the team at CellarBrowser puts together specially curated offerings of terrific wines from talented purveyors. 

 

This month, a 6 pack is $139.99, and we will donate 10% of your purchase to one of our 3 selected charities (listed below). A 12 pack is $269.99, and we will donate 15% to the charity of your choice. Both offers include free shipping.

 

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MAY'S SELECTION

Our first summer offer features a white wine, two rosé wines, and three red wines. It is the perfect combination of wines for the summer -- including wines that pair well with grilled meats.

 

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2020 Domaine du Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé ‘Grande Cuvée’ (rosé)

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Region: FRANCE • Provence • Draguignan
Blend: 36% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 23% Cinsault, 18% Mourvédre
Vineyard: Much of the estate’s vineyard terraces were replanted in the 1990s to improve clonal selection, vine density, and the mix of grape varieties. Soils are rich in gravel and limestone—part of the Triassac plateau of the Haut Pays—unusually mineral terroir for the region. Vines are an average of 20 years old.
Winemaker: Aurelien Fournier

The DRAGON! I had to offer this wine because it is the wine I drank the most over the past year (outside of Due Santi, of course). For those who really want to up their rosé game, the Dragon is simply sublime. The 2020 version is maybe even better than the 2019 wine. Why did we put two rosé wines on this list? It is a “summer starter” offer! Summer does not work without the pink stuff. And my pink list begins with this brilliant offering from Provence (just a few kilometers from that villa in the story below). More crushed red fruit and laser-focused acidity, this wine is refreshing and requires a slight pause to consider all it offers. This wine could be the best rosé on earth for the money. And that is saying something.

This is a heady, medium-bodied blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cinsault, suitable for spicy foods as well as rich barbecue. Crafted as a rosé de pressurage (red grapes are pressed, extracting from the grapes’ skins a delicate blush color) with aromas of wild garrigue and summer berries. It has a delicate pink color -- truly the perfect wine for sipping on a patio this summer!

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2020 Domaine de Figueirasse Vin des Sables ‘Gris de Gris’ (rosé)

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Region: FRANCE • Provence • Mudaison
Blend: Grenache noir, Grenache gris, Grenache blanc, Cinsault (field blend)
Vineyard: Just 200 yards from the Mediterranean coastline, estate vineyards are influenced by the sea. Humidity keeps the vines from suffering hydric stress; sea salt, acting as a natural antiseptic, keeps rootstock healthy. Soils are sandy, poor in nutrients, yet well-draining. Grain is planted between rows in the winter to help prevent erosion, and is plowed under in the spring as natural compost. Vines are 10-20 years old.

Summer is defined by joyful experiences during long warm days. We like to make sure those experiences are fueled by great Rosé. One summer, I was in France and staying at a gorgeous villa in the south of France (not on my dime). We played petanque all night into the wee hours. Typically, we drank red wine post-dinner and throughout the first rounds of the game (like Bocce), but eventually, the warm nights and humidity screamed for rehydration. And that is when we coined the term Rosé Rehydration. We would begin popping rosé until the wee hours, and the following day, we would go to the local filling station and buy several more cases (not kidding) for the following evening's competition. It was one of the most extraordinary summer experiences of my life and fueled by Rosé. This is the kind of wine we drank on those nights, only much better and more memorable unto itself. It'll still rehydrate, but less wine is needed.

This particular Rosé is dry, lively, and refreshing with aromas and flavors of tangy red cherries, pomegranate, fresh ginger, and white pepper. It’s the perfect aperitif but also pairs well with light, Mediterranean-inspired food.

 

2019 Domaine Musset-Roullier Anjou Blanc Le Moulin de Chateaupanne (white)

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Region: FRANCE • Loire Valley • La Pommeraye
Blend:  100% Chenin Blanc
Vineyard: A selection of older vines from two parcels, with mixed soils: sand, limestone, schist and marl. Vines are 25-35 years old.
Winemaker: Serge Roullier and Gilles Musset
 

Musset

 

100% Chenin Blanc and drinks like a much more expensive wine from Savennières. For the uninitiated, Chenin Blanc is like a mineral popsicle. Waxy fruit (star fruit, dried pineapple), flinty, and full of that lovely rockiness that only comes from the Loire Valley, this is a cerebral white wine. I drank it over two full days, and on day 2, it blew me away. Wines of this caliber generally cost upwards of $50. This one rings the prize bell for the price to quality ratio. 

I would think that this wine would be the dream pairing for grilled chicken (particularly with some French herbs) and shellfish cooked over a fire. Or you could just throw some olive oil, herbs, and salt on pasta and go to town.

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2019 Domaine de la Madone Beaujolais-Villages ‘Le Perréon’ (red)

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Region: FRANCE • Beaujolais • Le Perréon
Blend: 100% Gamay
Vineyard: Estate vineyards cling to very steep hillsides some 1,600 to 2,000 feet above sea level, some of the highest in the region. Soils are mostly pink decomposed granite, similar to cru Fleurie. Vines are typically 40-60 years old.
Winemaker: Olivier and Bruno Bererd (brothers)

Perhaps no other grape has benefitted by the warmer climate than Gamay. This wine and all Beaujolais reds are produced only with this noble grape. Over the past few vintages, these wines have become more rich, fleshy (viscous), and delicious. In essence, this is a wine for all foods. 

We pair this with grilled meat, heavy salads, and even enchiladas and fajitas. It is easy to give this wine a bit of a chill (but please, not too cold). It is just as easy as pie.

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2018 Societa Agricola Villa Varda Friuli Grave Refosco (red)

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Region: ITALY • Friuli • Prata di Pordenone
Blend: 100% Refosco
Vineyard: Estate vineyards are planted on clay- and limestone-rich soils, unique to the region, with topsoils of gravel, the classic terroir of Grave. Vines are 35 years old.
Winemaker: Giovanni Ruzzene

Oh my, this is a big wine. We were not expecting such a weighty beast when we opened this bottle. It is from a cool place, near a rushing river. Yet, it is a mouthful of delicious and potent fruit. Blackberry is here. So is cherry. Did I hear you say cranberry? Yep, it's got it all. For the money, this crushes many other Italian reds. 

Serve this wooly monster with a thick ribeye and lots of buttered potatoes.

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2018 Domaine Christelle Betton Crozes-Hermitage Rouge ‘Espiègle’ (red)

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Region: FRANCE • Rhône Valley • La Roche de Glun
Blend: 100% Syrah
Vineyard: Soils are alluvial, with many “galets roulés” commonly found along the Rhône River valley (especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape). The area is dry; the family plows their land by hand, to train the vines’ roots to dig deep in the rocky soils for nutrients and moisture. Vines are 10-20 years old.
Winemaker: Christelle Betton
 

 

The best red wine we have offered to date (outside of our beloved Due Santi Rosso, of course). This is 100% Syrah and absolutely dynamite. 2018 is a big vintage in this part of France. I just spent the weekend drinking wines that cost 5x this beautiful creature. And they simply did not deliver this exceptional price to quality ratio. This may be considered the little sibling of Hermitage, but it has a much stronger arm than its brother and maybe can bench an extra few plates. This is a muscular and glorious specimen of the variety and what you need right now with all of that summer grilled meat. 

While I usually steer clear of too much BBQ sauce with French wine, this bottle dares one to pour it on thick. So, show us what you are working with (share photos of what you cook on our Instagram page @CellarBrowser) and let the good times roll.

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