Southern France Sampler #1 - Classic Values & Styles
$98 Value For Just $73!
Provence Rose, Cotes du Rhone Rouge, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc Chardonnay Corbieres Red, & Cahors Malbec
Sampler includes 1 bottle each wine:
Laurent Miquel "Solas" Chardonnay – From France's Languedoc region, 100% Chardonnay picked at 13.0% alcohol for a perfect balance of freshness and ripe, generous, flavors and made in 50% stainless steel to keep things crisp and clean and 50% used French oak for complexity and spice. Aromas and flavors feature stone fruit, green apple and yellow pear with a crisp, lime-like, acidity to make your mouth water and keep the pear and apple flavors lingering with just a dash of vanilla.
Font Mars Picpoul de Pinet - Picpoul is a varietal of southern France known for it's vibrant acidity (the name translates to "lip stinger"). The best examples live Font-Mars tame the mouth watering acidity with sur-lis ageing and harvesting at the peak of ripeness. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and lime citrus fruit with lychee and briny minerality.
Cote Mas Rose Aurore - “Rosé all day” season doesn’t end with the close of summer anymore and is super easy with this 1 liter bottle from Languedoc wine-maker and grape grower, Jean-Claude Mas. A blend of Grenach, Cinsault, and Syrah, each variety is vinified separately, grapes are gently pressed and only free-run juice is used, often called “noble juice” because of its exceptional quality. A perfectly pale pink color offering upfront aromas of iris, lavender and laurel that complement the raspberry and strawberry-hull core. The fruity palate is bright and refreshing, with ample acidity and just a hint of orange blossom on the finish.
Domaine Pontbriand Vaucluse - This fabulous red is from the southern Franch region of Vaucluse and is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Caladoc, Syrah 10%, Marselan 10%. Crafted from the estate’s thirty-five years old vines, they are traditionally vinified to produce a wine which is immediate in its impact: Sumptuous fruit abounds from start to finish, from heady aromas, tinged with violets, to the flavors engraved with a plump generosity, lasting all the way to a smooth and savory finish.
Puro Cot du Lot Malbec – This ancient, 17th century château located about an hour from the city of Cahors is making some fantastic and well-priced cuvées. Their 37 hectares of vineyards, aged between 30 and 120 years old, are planted on southeast-facing gravel slopes for maximum exposure, with grass between the rows to force the vines to work harder. Grapes are sorted both in the vineyard and at the winery. The end results are very elegant but very “Cahors” wines, with beautiful black fruit balanced by lovely acidity and long length. The Puro Malbec comes from the domaine’s youngest vines: 40+ year old Malbec grown on steep rocky hillsides covered in clay and gravel using environmentally conscious methods. No chemicals are used in the field, grapes are hand-harvested, native yeast fermented in stainless and cement tanks, then bottled unfined and slightly filtered with a drop of SO2 for stability. This is a young savory Malbec from the vineyards around Cahors, know as Cot du Lot. It is soft, packed with black fruits and with layers of spicy acidity and just a tannic touch.
Chateau Croix d'Aumedes Corbieres - The vast Corbières zone in the Languedoc contains a little bit of everything, from classic warmth and generosity on the outskirts of Narbonne to wild mountain wines in the hinterland and concentrated, stony wines up on the border with the Agly Valley and the Roussillon. In a way, this blend of Carignan (a great Corbières speciality) with Syrah and Grenache brings all three styles together: flowers and fruit in the billowing, sweet-scented aromas and both generous fruits and something more stony and driving in the finely constructed palate. The tannins are present but unintimidating, and the acidity is unobtrusive and ripe. So easy to drink that you almost overlook those complexities -- but they'll keep you coming back for more. 97 points Decanter Magazine
6 x 750ml