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Our March Wine Selections
2016 Domaine de la Côte Valréas Côtes du Rhône Villages
Rhône, France · $14.99 | Sale $10.99
The Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation consists of a group of villages that are considered to have the potential to produce wines superior to the basic Côtes du Rhône. Valréas is considered one of the finest villages of the appellation and this is where the Domaine de la Côte is located. The consulting winemaker is Philippe Cambie. Cambie is one of the most influential consultants in the Rhône Valley and has a bevy of highly esteemed estates as his clients from both Châteauneuf-du-Pape and surrounding regions. In 2010 he was named Oenologist of the Year by Robert Parker. This blend of equal amounts Grenache and Syrah from the great 2016 vintage features flavors of red and black berries with Mediterranean spices and a touch of earthiness from the Syrah. The depth of flavor here is outstanding for the price.
2014 Lou Coucardié Blanc
Costières de Nîmes, France · $19.99 | Sale $12.99
Michel Gassier is one of the great names in organic farming and natural wines. His estate is located in Costières de Nîmes at the southern edge of the Rhône Valley in southern France. Located on the Mediterranean, vineyards in the area are considered some of the oldest in France dating back to the time of Julius Caesar and before. Gassier is the leading proponent of organic farming in the region and uses minimal sulfur only at bottling, not during fermentation as is commonly done with more commercial wines. We are fortunate to have been able to get his 2014 Lou Coucardié Blanc at a phenomenal price. It is a blend of 50% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Viognier that is aged in large neutral oak barrels. Unlike some southern Rhône whites the emphasis here is not on voluptuous fruit but on minerality and structure. “Tasting like a top flight Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc with its buttered citrus, citrus oil, white flowers and apple blossom aromas and flavors, it’s medium-bodied has bright acidity and a tight, fresh profile. Michel is unquestionably one of the most driven, hardworking and talented vignerons out there.”
91+ Points | Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
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