CellarBrowser Offerings - 6 Pack
Our first summer offer features a white wine, two rosé wines, and two red wines. It is the perfect combination of wines for the summer -- including wines that pair well with grilled meats.
THIS MONTH'S WINES
.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
Located between Angers and Nantes, this family-run estate in the petite village of La Pommeraye enjoys a particularly warm microclimate, which helps to push grapes to perfect ripeness, even in cooler years. Serge Roullier and Gilles Musset combined their family estates on the banks of the Loire River in 1994, benefiting from three generations of “savoir faire” on both sides. The Loire’s native Chenin Blanc has pride of place here. Wines are fermented and aged in tanks to preserve every bit of fresh, ripe fruit.
This white has aromas of acacia, almond, and lime blossoms; very floral and delicate. Fruity and fresh; finish clean and thirst-quenching. Works well as an aperitif or with delicate white fish or shellfish.
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
High up in the hills of southern France, above the Côte d’Azur and the crowds at Cannes, you’ll find the cool, terraced vineyards of Domaine du Dragon. While much of Provence is a patchwork of different terroirs, this corner near the town of Draguignan is unique in that it is almost exclusively limestone, more commonly found in places like Burgundy. Cooling winds whip through the forested valleys to moderate the southern sun, so grapes are not only perfectly ripe but also balanced. This symbiosis of soil and sun results in richly flavored, elegant wines.
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!
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.
Gris de Gris des Sables is a particular style of rosé wine made especially in the Camargue, a blend of southern red grapes like Grenache and Cinsault, pressed gently to extract a delicate, pale salmon color. For more than a century the Saumade family has tended vines on the sandy shores of the Camargue delta in the south of France. The sea is but 200 yards from the edge of their vineyards—and this influence, from the air’s moisture that keeps vines quenched to sea salt that keeps them healthy, is why organic viticulture here is as natural as the tides and the call of seabirds overhead.
‘Gris de Gris’ is also a rosé de pressurage; red grapes are pressed gently to extract the most delicate of pink color. It’s 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.
.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)
Winemakers Olivier and Bruno Bererd know that the secret to the finest Beaujolais wines is location. Their home village of Le Perréon shares much of the same mineral-rich soils, high-altitude vineyards and older, low-yielding vines as its Beaujolais cru neighbors. The results are exceptional: a “basic” Beaujolais that often bests the finest cru bottles (and ages tremendously) for a steal of a price.
This wine has aromas of raspberries, cherry blossoms, and minerals. It is tangy and juicy yet refined and silky, with flavors of red berries and baking spices. Pairs perfectly with roasted chicken or turkey, flavorful cheeses like Roquefort, or grilled pork sausage.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
The Maccan family couldn’t have found a more charmed spot to cultivate Friuli’s native grapes. Here along the banks of the Livenza river in the foothills of the Alps, the classic stones of Grave mix with limestone, giving a Burgundian finesse to Friulano and Refosco. With some 37 acres planted to Friuli’s native grapes, the Maccan family harvests their bounty by hand and crafts character-rich, single-varietal wines that effortlessly reflect the breathtaking beauty of this mountain refuge.
This dark-skinned grape, native to the region of Friuli, reaches its apogee in the foothills of the Alps. This tank-made Refosco is brimming with silky tannins and summer berries. It has aromas of bramble, herbs, warm earth, and light spice. This is the wine for grilled steak or game meat.
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
Representing the third generation of her family to have answered the siren call of northern Rhône Syrah, Christelle Betton’s vision is one of pure and refined fruit, inspired by the cool northern Mistral winds and stony personality of her family’s vineyards in La Roche de Glun. Christelle manages 15 acres of vines in Crozes-Hermitage and one-third acre in Hermitage. Today, Christelle farms her land organically, but is not certified; she prefers the flexibility of allowing the earth to tell her what it needs and when.
‘Espiègle’ means mischievous in French; this young-vine pure Syrah is certainly that. Fruity, teasing and lively, with a succulent core of red and black fruits. Aged in older French oak barrels for one year. Best served chill. Pairs well with French charcuterie or roasted chicken with herbs.
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