Southern France Sampler #3 - The Best of Southern France
$235 Value For Just $193!
Great wines from the top spots in Southern France
Sampler includes 1 bottle each wine:
L'Or de Line Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc – Often the whites from an estate producer are less expensive than their red wines and this is usually do to supply and demand since most of the cost factors relatively the same. In Chateauneuf du Pape, most producers have much more vineyard land devoted to red wine production so the whites are much rarer. Lovers of rich and complex white wines prize the rare wines highly and therefore the prices are usually the same or even higher than an estate's reds. Our current favorite is L'Or de Line's whose winemaker notes: Every year, I vinify 3 different tanks : one of "full bodied wine" made of white grenache and roussane, one of "freshness" made with white picpoul (flavor of grapefruit) and white clairette ( flavor of honeysukkle) and one for the balance made of bourboulenc and picardan. In December, I taste the three tanks and blend them for making a wine that is at the same time powerful, yet with elegant aromas." A decadent and opulent wine, this white Chateauneuf has a fresh, tangy style with lots of lime, green plum, and melon notes followed by a stony finish.
Manissy Tavel Rose - Tavel is one of the few French winemaking regions known primarily for Rose, and they were in short supply for the 2020 vintage. Luckily the lengthy delay in getting our allocation of Manissy's fantastic bottling arrived just a few weeks ago and is still available for Southern French Wine Month. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Clairette, & 10% Syrah it is a powerful and deeply colored Rose (typical of the region), that has mineral-accented aromas of ripe red berries and citrus fruits, joined by a suave floral topnote that builds in the glass. Intense and concentrated on the palate, offering fresh raspberry, bitter cherry and blood orange flavors and a hint of honeysuckle. Finishes long and chewy yet precise on the palate, delivering a strong mineral cut and lingering florality.
Francois et Fils "Rozier" Cote Rotie - Cote Rotie is one of the Northern Rhone's classic wine styles that it copied by many producers around the world (but rarely equaled). The recipe for Cote Rotie is a base the region's main red varietal Syrah, blended with the areas most noted white varietal, Viognier (usually between 3 and 10%). "More plump and voluminous than the producer's standard Côte-Rôtie bottling, this Rozier offers intensely ripe cassis flavors accented by smoke, hazelnut skins and allspice. It's a lusciously textured Syrah framed by fine, chalky tannins and a lingering cocoa finish. Ready now it should improve through 2030. - 94pts Wine Enthusiast"
Clos Troteligotte K-Or Cahors - Cahor's is the "original" Malbec. Mendoza, Argentina may have taken the lead in production an fame for the varietal, South-West France is where the grape originated and still produces outstanding wines. Clos Trotelligote's owners really impressed us with their lineup a few years ago when they came by the shop. By the dirt under their busted up fingernails and leathery hands, you could easily tell that they were primarily farmers who hand crafted fantastic wines from their painstakingly maintained vineyards. A smooth, but dense wine with powerful black plum and berry fruits which are tinged with a herbaceous complexity. Concentrated and spicy, with great structure and a long, firm finish.
Bastide Miraflors Cotes du Roussillon – Domaine Lefage continues to astound us with the quality to price ratio of their wines. A Chateauneuf du Pape or Hermitage of this quality would cost you 3-5 times as much, but the Miraflors from the less famous Roussillon is an absolute steal. A blend of 74% Syrah and 26% Grenache that was brought in a mix of tank and used barrels, the 2018 Bastide Miraflors has a fabulous minerality as well as terrific kirsch, black raspberry, wild fennel, white pepper, and hints of black licorice aromas and flavors. Pure, medium to full-bodied, silky, and seamless on the palate, it's perfectly balanced, and way over-delivers. - 95 points Jeb Dunnuck
Henry de Floret - Chateauneuf du Pape is the Rhone River Valley's most famous appellation and wines like this are precisely why. Like most Rhone reds, Chateaueuf du Pape is a blend of different varietals, up to 18 different varietals are allowed as of 2009. Grenache is the most common and typically form the base of the wine for most producers. Henry de Floret Chateauneuf is a classic blend of a variety of grapes with a Grenache base but also including Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and more. The grapes were carefully sorted, crushed and fermented separately in temperature controlled tanks over a two week period. Aging was in the traditional large casks and the final blend lightly filtered before bottling. It shows deep color and a vibrant fruit-filled nose with raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, an herbal hint adds nuance, and a meatiness emerges on the mid-palate followed by some peppery spice. The full body is balanced by racy acidity and the finish lingers.
6 x 750ml