2013 Les Hérétiques Vin de Pays de l’Hérault

I have been sipping Les Hérétiques Vin de Pays de l’Hérault for the last few vintages.  While it has always been a great mid-week wine, I have to say, the 2013 is an outstanding value.  The wine is 100% Carignan from 40+ years old vines in the Languedoc region of France.  Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections, it is relatively easy to find at specialty wine shops.

2013 les heretiques pays d'herault
2013 les heretiques pays d’herault

The nose has abundant aromas of dark fruit with hints of earth and spice.  The palate is incredibly rich with juicy acidity and smooth tastes of blackberries, violets, earth, and minerals.  Straightforward yet very quaffable and full of flavor.  A perfect companion for a casual meal…I will most definitely pick up a case soon! (13% alcohol, $10)

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2014 Moulin de Gassac “Guilhem” Vin de Pays d’Hérault Rosé

It is definitely Rosé season!  My inbox is full of new release emails from wineries and every wine shop is stocked full of 2014 Rosés.  One of the first bottles I reached for this year is 2014 Moulin de Gassac “Guilhem” Vin de Pays d’Hérault Rosé.  Each and every year, this fairly priced Rosé exceeds my expectations.  This year, the wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah from the Languedoc region of France.  With a price of $9-10 a bottle, it is hard to pass up!

2014 Moulin de Gassac "Guilhem" Vin de Pays d'Hérault Rosé
2014 Moulin de Gassac “Guilhem” Vin de Pays d’Hérault Rosé

The nose of this salmon-colored Rosé offers

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Maison Angelot Bugey Mondeuse 2011

I love when I get to try a grape for the first time.  Maison Angelot Bugey Mondeuse allowed me the opportunity to do just that.  Mondeuse is commonly grown in Savoie and Bugey yet very little is grown outside of the region.  The grape is characterized by being low in alcohol and also a bit tannic if not grown in optimum conditions.

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Maison Angelot Bugey Mondeuse

Technical Stuff

100% Mondeuse from the Bugey wine region in France.  Unoaked and undergoing 100% carbonic maceration.  12% alcohol and a retail price of around $14.

Tasting Notes

The nose of this wine is captivating with aromas of earth, licorice, and hints of minerals.  The palate is fairly straight-forward but definitely unique.  The are tastes of black cherries and licorice with noticeable tannins and a bit of black pepper.  The wine is lighter in body but very present in taste.  A great first experience with Mondeuse!

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Wine and Oysters – Eric Chevalier 2012 Muscadet Cotes De Grand Lieu Sur Lie

One of my favorite ways to kick off the weekend is with a couple dozen oysters and a bottle of great wine.  There are plenty of delicious wines to pair with oysters, but one of my all-time favorite pairings that gives a lot of bang for your buck is Eric Chevalier 2012 Muscadet Cotes De Grand Lieu Sur Lie.   Imported by Kermit Lynch, this refreshing wine is generally priced under $15.  It is the perfect complement to oysters, whether they are raw, steamed, or even fried.

Eric Chevalier 2012 Muscadet Cotes De Grand Lieu Sur Lie
Eric Chevalier 2012 Muscadet Cotes De Grand Lieu Sur Lie

Technical Stuff

Eric Chevalier 2012 Muscadet Cotes De Grand Lieu Sur Lie is naturally fermented with indigenous yeasts and is unfiltered.  11.5% alcohol with a retail price of around $14/bottle.  For more info, visit Kermit Lynch.

Tasting Notes

This wine is golden in color with noticeable hues of green.  The nose is floral with hints of pineapple and lemon.  A first sip, your mouth will be met with tons of vibrant citrus flavors.  With zippy acidity and a clean finish, this wine was made to pair with oysters.  So, what are you waiting for?  Uncork a bottle, shuck some oysters, and enjoy!

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A Great Everyday Bordeaux – 2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Rouge

It is inevitable that I will have a glass of wine or two with dinner during the week.  It’s really nice when my mid-week wine is delicious, food-friendly, and priced under $15.  This is exactly the case with 2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux.  Chateau La Rame is among the oldest and most renowned properties in the Sainte Croix du Mont appellation of Bordeaux.  The vineyards for this bottle are at the base of the hillside vineyards and are composed of sand, limestone, and clay.

2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux
2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux

Technical Stuff

A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet from Bordeaux.  13% alcohol and retailing for around $13.  For more info, visit the importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant.

Tasting Notes

Pouring a dark ruby color in the glass, this Bordeaux begins with earthy aromas of red cherries, tobacco, and spice.  The palate is medium-bodied, smooth, and offers straight-forward tastes of red fruit and spice.  An easy drinking, mid-week wine that will definitely help you make it to Friday!

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A Fantastic Rosé – Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris

It has been really warm in SoCal over the last few weeks and I have been constantly sipping Rosé.  I recently picked up a bottle of 2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris from a local wine shop and was blown away by what I tasted.  This is my favorite Rosé of the season for under $20 by a landslide!

Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris
Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris

Technical Stuff

A blend of 70% Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir; 10% Mourvèdre; 10% Carignan; 10% Cinsault from Corbieres.  This wine undergoes no malolactic fermentation and is made with minimal intervention in the winemaking process.  12.5% alcohol and a retail price of around $14.

Tasting Notes

The beautiful salmon color of Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris is really striking.  The nose has fresh aromas of watermelon, raspberries, and strawberries  The palate is lively and refreshing.  There are tastes of red cherries and strawberries along with hints of citrus.  The finish is crisp and will keep you reaching for more.  A fantastic tasting and well-made wine at a great price!

For more info, visit Domaine de Fontsainte.

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Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé

I am rounding out my Crémant d’Alsace tasting with Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé.  Lucien Albrecht is one of the pioneering wineries in Alsace with its history dating back to 1425.  This Rose is a little less complex than the Gustave Lorentz Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rosé yet still is really enjoyable (and priced a little less)!

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé
Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé

Technical Stuff

100% Pinot Noir from the Alsace region in France. Vinified according to the “Methode Champenoise”. 12% alcohol and an SRP of $19.99.

Tasting Notes

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé pours a beautiful salmon color in the glass.  The nose draws you in with aromas of bright red fruit and minerals with hints of yeast.  The creamy palate has flavors of strawberries, cherries, and minerals.  With balanced acidity, this sparkler is super easy to sip. Refreshing, food-friendly, and delicious!

*Media Sample

 

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Whole Foods Wine Pick – 2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge

In continuing with some great wine finds currently available at Whole Foods in SoCal, I want to highlight 2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge.  The winemaker, Yves Laboucarié, comes from a family that has been making wine since the 17th century.  He is continually seeking innovation in the winemaking process (new cuvees, whole-cluster fermentation, temperature controlled steel vats, etc.) without stepping away from core values of sustainable farming and minimal treatments.  I have enjoyed his Gris de Gris Rosé many times in the past, but this is the first chance I had to try the Rouge.  

2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge
2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge

Technical Stuff

A blend of Carginan, Grenache, and Syrah from the Corbières region of Languedoc-Roussillon in France. 13.5% alcohol and a retail price at Whole Foods of $14.99.

Tasting Notes

2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge begins with aromas of cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and spice.  The palate is balanced with smooth, integrated tannins.  There are tastes of blueberries and raspberries with hints of earth and licorice.  Smooth, delicious, and super easy to drink!  Pair with burgers, steak, or duck.

For more info, visit Domaine de Fontsainte.

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Whole Foods Wine Pick – Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge 2012

While I normally like to buy wine directly from wineries or at local wine shops, lately I have been noticing that Whole Foods has been stocking their shelves with some really nice selections.   The wines that have recently peaked my interest hail from California, France, and Italy.  I am going to feature a few of my Whole Foods wine picks over the next couple of weeks and want to start off with a great value that is currently on sale in the LA area.  Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge 2012 is on sale for $10.99 and is a great companion with grilled lamb or chicken.

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge 2012
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge 2012

Technical Stuff 

A blend of 40% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 15% Carignan from the Languedoc region of Southern France.  Organically farmed.  13% alcohol.  Retails for $11.99 at Whole Foods in Southern California.

Tasting Notes

The nose of Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge has aromas of earth and red berries.  The palate is light with tastes of red fruit, cedar, and spice.  There are also some floral notes along with moderate acidity.  Definitely straight-forward but, if you like delicate wines, this is one of the better finds at this price point from Whole Foods!

For more info, visit Moulin de Gassac

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Les Terrasses d’Eole 2012 Ventoux

Want a rich and delicious Rhone blend to pair with your summer BBQ for under $12?  If so, look no farther than Les Terrasses d’Eole 2012 Ventoux.  Domaine Terrasses d’Eole is located in the heart of Provence, along the path of the Tour de France.  The family run winery produces some excellent values, with Les Terrasses d’Eole Ventoux being one of them.

Les Terrasses d'Eole 2012 Ventoux
Les Terrasses d’Eole 2012 Ventoux

Technical Stuff

A blend of Grenache and Syrah from the Ventoux region on Rhone. 14.5% alcohol. Retails for around $11.

Tasting Notes

Pouring an inky, dark purple in the glass, Les Terrasses d’Eole 2012 Ventoux begins with aromas of dark fruit, violets, and minerals. The palate is rich with indulgent flavors of blackberries, violets, and anise. The palate also offers earthy undertones that balance the ripeness of the fruit. Smooth, fruit-forward, and full of flavor! Pair with roasted duck or grilled beef.

For more info, visit Les Terrasses d’Eole.

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