Dans la Neige Blanc – Made by Pierre Gaillard, the 2017 Dans La Neige Rhone White is a blend of 65% of Northern St. Joseph Roussanne and 35% Condrieu Viognier. Aged in all neutral oak barrels for 12 months, this elegant wine offers notes of acacia, honeysuckle, white peach and spice. Perfect for food pairing with its seamless texture, purity of fruit and clean finish.
Faillenc Corbieres Rose - The grapes, in this case 100% Syrah, go into a tank for a short period of time, usually overnight. After this short maceration period, the juice “bled” off has absorbed some color from the skins, but does not carry the dark purple hue that Syrah can produce. The fermentation is long and slow at controlled temperatures. Red cherry and berry scents lead the bouquet of this attractive wine, with secondary accents of melon and earthy, herbal spices. Medium-minus in weight, similar fruit flavors flesh out the palate, balanced by ample acidity and a lingering spiced-plum flavor on the close.
Chateaumar Cuvee Bastien Grenache - Grenache blends from the Rhone River Valley are easy to find, but 100% varietal examples are rather rare. This declassified Chateauneuf-du-Pape is an outrageous bargain. Producers in Chateauneuf are only allowed to produce a certain number of bottles labelled Chateauneuf-du-Pape each year, so Chateaumar releases some fantastic, 100% Grenache as regular Cotes-du-Rhone in some vintages. Gorgeous purple color with aromas of plum, violets, cinnamon and cherry. The palate follows through on the flavors promised by the nose and adds garrique, wet cement and boysenberry pie notes.
Tessellae Carignan - Want something even rarer than a 100% Grenache from Southern France? How about 100% Carignan. Often designated to blending grape status in most wine regions, Tessellae produces a 100% version that makes you wonder why you don't see it alone more often. "This full-bodied, ripe, sexy red has incredible purity of fruit, no hard edges and classic notes of blackberries, plums, spice and pepper. It’s a screaming deal. 92 points - Wine Advocate"
Courier Cotes du Catalanes – Maury used be known for only producing dessert style reds, but recently dry style wines have taken the lead. Hand crafted from two schist laden vineyards with extremely small yields (1/4 ton per acre), this limited 224 case production of 100 year old Carignan and 70 year old Grenache is aged in large barrels for 36 months to bring out the pure expression of the unique Maury terroir and its incredible microclimate. 93 points Jeb Dunnuck
Le Roc Folle Noire d'Ambat - The Côtes du Frontonnais winemaking region is located on the left bank of the Tarn River about 20 miles north of Toulouse. The subsoil is composed of ice age deposits, topped by alluvial soil and rouget, a material very rich in iron that evokes parallels to the character of the wines. The typical climate of the region is similar to that of Bordeaux: warm and dry in the summer, and mild and wet in the winter. The grape that sets Fronton apart from other winemaking regions in France is its principal cultivar, Negrette (also known Jurancon or Folle Noire) . Importer Charles Neal states: "This is vigneron Fredo Ribes' rendition of the varietal, which resembles Syrah with its dark berry and violet aromas and flavors. We call this one of the true French country wines, with its forward flavors, slight rusticity (in a good way, or course) and its ability to pair wonderfully with simple country cooking that has a little bit of fat around the edges."