Country: France Region: Côtes de Gascogne IGP Varietal: Colombard Vintage: 2013 Body: med-full Alcohol: 11.5% cotes de gascogne
100% Colombard from southwestern France, the vineyards enjoy sunny days and cool nights (which sounds about perfect). On the nose, we get pretty notes of fresh hay and raw honeycomb with earthy spice. On the palate stony minerality is backed by nice fruit pear and mango with orange zest citrus. Good acidity leads to a clean dry finish. Enjoy with a fruit salad or good company… or bad company (we won’t judge).
try it with: Seafood, seafood, seafood! Also roasted vegetable tacos, prosciutto wrapped melon, classic Caesar salad, pesto
Laurent Charrier and mother run this estate which has been certified organic since 1997. The family vineyards are a bit spread out with small holdings in Anjou and Coteaux du Layon in addition to their primary vineyard in Saumur. There is tart apple and pear on the nose with light stony minerality and lemon rind. On the palate the acidity adds structures with lemon and apple leading the flavors. A clean, pure finish makes this a classy pairing. try it with: White wine beurre blanc with peas and smoked salmon over pasta, pierogi topped with fontina, roasted turkey, mulligatawny
Country: France Region: Saint Pourçain (Loire) Varietal: Blend: 20% Tressalier 80% Chardonnay Vintage: 2011 Body: medium Alcohol: 13% saint pourcain
For centuries, the most important local grape was Tressallier. Historical records show that it flourished in Saint-Pourçain as nowhere else, but has since been eclipsed by Chardonnay. Denis Barbara has revived Tressallier, making it one of his signature grapes. In this Chardonnay-dominated blend we get raw honey, lavender, tart apple and apricot. But don’t be fooled—this wine is dry. A bracing acidity balances all that lovely fruit, coming through on the palate with a stony, chalky minerality. The slightly creepy label makes this one especially memorable.
Country: France Region: Costières de Nîmes AOP (Rhône) Varietal: Blend Vintage: 2013 Body: medium Alcohol: 13.5% Chateau l'Ermitage Costieres de Nimes Rhone
This is the third and fourth generation of the Castillon family to own and operate Château l’Ermitage, now lead by Michel and his son Jérôme. The vineyards, which sit on deep sandstone soil overlooking the Camargue, are certified “Terra Vitis”, recognising the Catillon family’s eco-responsible approach to growing and winemaking. This 60% Roussane, 20% Viognier, and 20% Grenache Blanc blend has melon and touches of floral and spice on the nose. Three months of lees aging (spent yeast) adds nice weight to the palate with good acidity to balance, with a touch of spice, ripe apple and pear with honey suckle, and earthy minerality on the finish.
The Dopff & Irion vineyards cover 68 acres, and the grapes are all hand-harvested and individually sorted. That’s pretty mind blowing to those of us who have trouble separating whites from darks for a single load of laundry. This dry blend of 90% Sylvaner and 10% Pinot Blanc is aged on their lees for four weeks and matured 6 months in tanks before bottling. The result is pretty, round white peach and pear fruit with good refreshing acidity on the finish. Would be lovely with a variety appetizers and meals.
This property, owned by the Boissonneau family since 1839, is situated in the Entre Deux Mers region. Since 2007, the vineyard has been farmed organically, and it’s been certified organic since 2011.
This white is made from a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, and 5% Muscadelle. The Sauvignon Blanc undergoes a “maceration pelliculaire”, i.e. contact between the skins and the free-run juice (juice that is obtained without pressing). The different varieties are vinified separately and fermented in stainless steel, creating a crisp white with weight, ripe apple notes, and big minerality lingering on the finish.
Country: France Region: Pays d'Oc IGP (Languedoc) Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Vintage: 2013 Body: med- light Alcohol: 12%
This southern France Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards with stony soil and Mediterranean breezes. If your mouth has started to water, we understand. And, to give fair warning (and protect your dignity), the description could cause a slight drool. This Sauvignon Blanc is packed with citrus fruit and wet stone aromas. On the palate, we get juicy ripe grapefruit and stone fruits with stony minerality and good acidity that gives it a clean, dry refreshing finish. try it with: Salad with warm goat cheese, French tomato tart with mustard, roasted shrimp and garlic, fish tacos
Although relatively unknown, Aligoté is the #2 white grape in Burgundy (Chardonnay being #1). Planted in the poorer vineyard sites, this grape gets the last laugh, producing lovely light wines with food-friendly acidity. It is also traditionally used for the cocktail Kir (Crème de Cassis blended with white wine). While this white has lots of acidity, it also has the weight and balance to pull it off. Apple and pear fruit mingle with stony minerality that lends nice complexity. Whether used for a cocktail or sipped on its own, this wine is definitely worth the price.
Ahhh….Chenin Blanc from Vouvray. The aromas scream springtime. Fresh new green growth, melon and a touch of that wonderful smell you get right after it rains on a cool day. The flavors don’t disappoint with honeydew, a bit of mineral and refreshing lime zest. Like a spring day, this wine will make you want to open your windows and pour a glass. Which, even in the middle of winter, sounds pretty good.