Yesterday, I attended the Return to Terroir Annual Portfolio Tasting at Republique in Los Angeles. The tasting featured wines from Return to Terroir’s producers in France, Italy, and the US. Overall, I thought the tasting was pretty impressive. The wines were unique, terroir-driven, and largely naturally produced. Here are a few of my favorite bottles from the tasting:
Charles Dufour Bulle de Comptoir #2 Champagne Extra Brut NV
Clean flavors of apple and pear with hints of yeast and minerals. Bright acidity and fine bubbles made this one of the best bottles of the day. If only I had a dozen oysters to pair with it!
55% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Blanc. Sulfur-free. $45
Sebastien Riffault 2009 Sancerre Blanc “Akmenine”
Sancerre with a little age on it…I was all over it and it was so darn good! Citrus, apples, golden raisins, and pears with herbs and minerals woven in between. Rich yet still lively! The tasting was self-serve so I just may have gone back for seconds (and perhaps thirds).
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Organic. $35
Domaine de la Bonne Tonne 2011 Morgon “Les Charmes”
This bottle showed well at a price point of under $20. A bright, earthy palate with smooth tastes of cherries and spice. Straight-forward and very enjoyable!
100% Gamay. Organic. $17