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Wines: French Summer Gems Continued

WHITES:

2011 Pierre Henri Gadais Muscadet Sevre Et Maine “G’’ Sur Lie (Loire) $11.99

100% Saint Fiacre fruit the island between two rivers and the very heart of Muscadet. Three vineyards, “La Boulaire” planted in 1968, “La Vieille Cure” planted in 1954 and “Les Menardieres” dating from 1929. Raised in subterranean, enamel-lined concrete vats, bottled August 2012. Robust, sea salt, ocean spray, and minerality, all with flavor and length. Labeled with the original white “Saint-Fiacre” label that Frank Schoonmaker used in 1956. Perfect warm weather white wine. Clean and crisp!

2011 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Bourgogne Blanc Aligote (Burgundy) $14.99

Christine Dubreuil’s finesse is apparent in this bone dry example of single-vineyard Aligoté. This is none other than Aligoté Doré, the most prized strain that is planted along the same hillside where Dubreuil’s “Île de Vergelesses” Pinot Noir grows. Pale yellow in the glass, with aromas of lime peel, lemongrass, and a slight floral note. It’s delicious and will make you swear you jumped back in time. Pair with lapin pâté with cornichon and Dijon mustard.

2011 Trenel Macon Villages (Burgundy) $14.99

As a champion of small farmers and sites of individuality, we are proud to carry this Macon from Trénel. Claude-Henri Trénel established the firm that bears his name in the late 1920’s. After World War II, his son André took the foundation provided him and began a long career seeking to enlighten people about the delightful wines of Beaujolais and Mâcon, Burgundy’s most southerly point. 100% Chardonnay from two villages: Farges and Solutré. Vinified in neutral barrel and cement. With the richness of Chardonnay and the mineral purity of limestone soil, this cuvée redefines Mâcon Chardonnay.

2011 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Bourgogne Blanc “Les Crenilles” (Burgundy) $21.99

Les Crenilles dates to 1802 and is found in Pommard. All stainless steel, no malolactic fermentation, and all character. Lemon pudding, almonds, and mineral oil: pure Chardonnay. contrôlée rules, you have here a one of a kind beauty. The wine is beautiful in the glass: golden yellow, generous aromatics, yet totally dry. Zero malolactic keeps that coveted acidity in full force. No oak here, just a gorgeous song of minerality accompanied by whispers of citrus, fresh almonds and hazelnut. In short, personality.

2011 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Bourgogne “La Chapelle Notre Dame” (Burgundy) $21.99

Handpicked Pinot Noir and destemmed, the fruit starts out in stainless steel at a cool temperature and then some 40% is given three-year barrel, bottled unfiltered. The color just beams Pinot Noir and in the glass it seduces with fresh fruit aromas, rich red currants and spice on the palate, all tied together with pefect dryness and acidity. This is Pinot Noir of charm and distinction that anyone would love to drink.

2011 Georges Roblin et Fils Sancerre Blanc “Enclos de Maimbray” (Loire) $24.99

The “enclos” is centered on three significant lieu-dits (vineyards) with vines averaging 35 years: Montée de Saint-Romble, Cotelin and Carpillon-Bonardelle. Here the soil is rich with fossilized seabed remains and ample-sized rock debris, giving it a slightly darker cast than elsewhere in Sancerre and imparting the pit-fruit-like, peach “DNA” to their Sauvignon. Ancient fossils and rocky clay soil contribute fleshy white peach, minerality, and acidity to this classic unoaked Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre.

2011 Chateau La Rabotine-Alban Roblin Sancerre Blanc (Loire) $24.99

Alban Roblin is the youngest grandson of Georges Roblin, the “Maestro” of the venerable districts of Maimbray and Sury-en-Vaux. Alban’s father is none other than Jean-Marie Roblin, George’s oldest son, long an advocate for sustainable farming and low yields. Alban’s Sauvignon Blanc vineyards have a high abundance active limestone with flecks of flint. His wines exude white flowers, citrus and smoky flintiness with cut and definition. Crisp and elegant, this is the raison d’être of the region and Alban’s “La Rabotine” Sancerre is about as classic as it gets.

2011 Domaine Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph Blanc Les Oliviers (Rhone) $48.99

“(80% marsanne and 20% roussanne): Pale yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of pear skin, peach, quinine and white flowers. Bright and incisive, offering tangy lemon and deeper pit fruit flavors and a touch of anise. Shows a strong mineral quality on the clinging, spicy finish. Pierre Gonon told me that this wine had only recently been bottled and that it should be putting on weight through the coming spring.”- Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 91 Points

REDS:

2010 Edmond Burle Cotes du Rhone (Rhone) $13.99

“The 2010 opens with a dense black-plum color and notes of licorice, kirsch, plums, stony terroir, violets and herbal garrigue. The wine then transitions to deep, soulful expressions of ripe dried plums, black cherries and cassis framed by plentiful chewy tannins and lovely lingering notes of eucalyptus, black pepper and juniper. Tarry black fruit, licorice and juniper-driven herbal garrigue mark the wine’s long, authentic finish. This 2010 Cotes du Rhône is reference- standard and a superb value.”

2010 Domaine de la Damase Mourvedre Vin de Pays de Vaucluse (Rhone) $14.99

This is a smallish family-run domaine in the town of Violes in the southern Rhône. A young California winemaker, Kenny Likitprakong, befriended the Latour family and now imports a small quantity of their wines. He’s had some input as to the production and blending of a few things and we found a couple of interesting wines in the portfolio. Winemaker Kenny Likitprakong also makes wines under his “Hobo” label in California and he’s imported some terrific wines from the Domaine de la Damase. I like to call this wine “baby Bandol”. Hints of red and black fruit with a touch of spice and earth. Good juiciness and lushness with a round and soft texture. What a great summer BBQ wine at a great price. Also try their 2011 Domaine de la Damase Cotes du Rhone at $11.99

2010 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Cotes du Rhone Lieu Dit Clavin (Rhone) $24.99

“These 80+-year old vines were cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare, resulting in a dense purple-colored 2010 with lots of blueberry, black raspberry, kirsch, smoked herb, lead pencil shavings and spring flower notes. This full-bodied Cotes du Rhone is more similar to a Chateauneuf du Pape than most wines from this humble appellation.”- Robert Parker 90 Points

2010 J.L. Chave Selection Crozes Hermitage “Silene” Rouge (Rhone) $24.99

“Bright ruby. Heady aromas of blueberry, olive and incense, with a bright mineral topnote. Elegant, seamless and precise, offering tangy black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of peppery spices. Finishes with good back-end lift, gentle tannins and lingering sweetness. Shows a finer grain and more finesse than the Offerus today…” - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 92 Points

2011 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Pernand Vergelesses “Clos Berthet” Monopole (Burgundy) $34.99

Adjacent to the Chardonnay vines in this vineyard are Pinot Noir vines growing in the same remarkable soil of iron-rich limestone. If ever there was a petite Grand Cru Corton Rouge, this is it. From the site, it is a great hike to the summit of Corton and anyone visiting should undertake to see the beautiful expanse of the Côte de Beaune to the south. Highly perfumed Pinot Noir with a core of ripe raspberry, red flowers and fresh earth. Drinks well now and has great potential for aging. Exceptional Pinot from this unique monopole vineyard.

2006 Beau-Sejour-Becot St Emilion (Bordeaux) $39.99, Was $64.99. Lowest Price in the Country!

“This forty-acre vineyard, primarily on the limestone plateau of St.-Emilion, has turned out a very successful wine, which one expects from the Becot family, who have always been committed to quality. A blend of 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is deep ruby/purple with a sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, black currant and black cherry fruit. It has an attractive, subtle smokiness, nicely restrained new oak, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and outstanding concentration and length. This is a complete St.-Emilion that should be at is best between 2012 and 2025.”- Robert Parker 91 Points

2009 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas les Chailles (N. Rhone) $39.99

91 Points Robert Parker: “The 2009 Cornas Les Chailles’s inky purple color is followed by notes of sweet fruits, a sexy (a term I rarely use for Cornas) style, low acidity, silky tannins, full body and layer upon layer of black fruits, licorice and barbecue smoke. It should drink well for 15+ years.”

2011 Domaine Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph (Rhone) $44.99

“Bright ruby. Fresh raspberry and cherry on the nose and in the mouth. Spicy, mineral-driven and precise, with a sexy floral nuance emerging with air. The finish shows very good clarity and features silky, harmonious tannins. This wine was slated to be bottled in mid-February of 2013 according to Gonon.”- Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 90-92 Points

2010 Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Ampodium (Rhone) $78.99

“The 2010 Cote Rotie Ampodium is performing much better from bottle than it did last year. Fashioned from a dozen separate terroirs in Cote Rotie, it exhibits tell-tale notes of licorice, tapenade, black currants and black raspberries with a floral component in the background. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, rich and opulent, this superb Cote Rotie can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.”- Robert Parker 94 Points

2010 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape les Hauts Lieux (Rhone) $99.99

“There are only 6,000 bottles of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hauts Lieux, which comes from pure limestone soils. It boasts an impressive purple color in addition to lots of mineral-laced, crushed rock, blueberry, boysenberry and raspberry notes. The stunning purity, full-bodied mouthfeel and voluptuous, long finish make for a potentially legendary Chateauneuf du Pape.”- Robert Parker 93+ Points

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