Friday Sips

Today July 13 from 1:30 - 6:30
A Tour de Force of a Tour de France. Come celebrate French wines with the fabulous choices from the Rhone Valley, Savoie, Bordeaux, Beaujolais and Languedoc.

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One of France’s greatest producers, one has to wonder what if Domaine Carrel had land in and made Champagne?!?! Instead, they utilize the same method but in their home area of the Alpine, Savoie region and produce magnificent wines including this excellent bubbly.

Carrel’s Rose rocks but definitely doesn't possess a heart of stone. In fact, beneath its seriousness, this flirtatious and flavorful sparkling pink wine is almost too easy to drink. Made from 100% Gamay this sparkler is vivacious, adventurous and shimmering with gushing red berry fruits along with a touch of herb and biscuit. Following through to the mouth, this bubbly has teeth! Mouth-filling bubbles provide a vivid, elevated and electric texture that coats and refreshes all of your taste senses. Imminently slurpable and with no shortage of impact, it is joyful for drinking by itself and with roasted chicken or light seafood dishes.

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Domaine Puech-Haut is undeniably one of my favorite producers within Languedoc and their entire range of wines is utterly magical, especially their Prestige line. This particular directly pressed Rose is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault from the far western end of Languedoc’s Pic St-Loup area.

30-60 year old vines provide depth and complexity. Alluring, wide-open, crunchy cranberry and strawberry fruit that almost reflects the wine’s pale pink color. Tinges of white flowers and citrus arrive and add an extra layer of complexity. To quote the winery, they call it ‘greedy and thirst-quenching mouth. A pleasure wine for your moments of conviviality’. One to drink this summer and through the fall with grilled chicken or spot prawns as well as paella.

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Brouilly is a large appellation that surrounds Mont Brouilly. On the large, south side of the Mont, wines that are more “common” are produced. Terrière's vineyards for are located on the much smaller north side of the appellation where there are large amounts of red granite deposits. This area is widely regarded as one of the finest terroirs in all of Beaujolais.

After slamming back several bottles of this brilliant Gamay, I was amazed at the complexity and value of this wine. Significantly layered and mineral, one immediately recognizes the step-up from Beaujolais Villages to Cru Beaujolais. Creamy raspberry with underlying spicy tones of coriander and pepper shimmer from the glass and carry over to a texture that is agile, snappy and penetrating with a total eruption of persistent flavors and depth that cascade into a long finish. The versatility and pairing potential is endless. Drink it over the next 5-7 years with fresh morels or chanterelles over pasta, grilled chicken, smoked albacore, hell, I had it with a cheeseburger slathered with KC Barbecue sauce!

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There is a reason why Chateauneuf producers are crossing the river and investing in land here. When visiting Pascal Lafond a few years back, he took me out on a tour of the vineyards and in several of his parcels of Lirac, there were impressive large round stones that one associates with its more famous neighbor.

The 2015 is the absolute finest version I have seen since 2010 and we have been very pleased with what has been in between. Made with a prototype Rhône blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, this is a formidable mouthful of Red Rhone goodness Deep, broad and serious, a nose of lavender, thyme, hot rocks, blackberry, black licorice and pronounced rosemary notes follow through to rich, structured ripe flavors of kirsch and blueberry along with dusty earth undertones. Brilliantly focused with long expansive finish, enjoy this Lirac now over the next 7-8 years with hearty meals such as grilled rack of lamb.

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Situated in the heart of Bordeaux’s St-Estephe region and owned by the Cazes family who own Chateau Lynch-Bages, Les-Ormes-de-Pez is one of the most prestigious of all of the unclassified Chateaux in Bordeaux. Consistently, the pedigree of wines from this estate often will eclipse some of those in the region that have classification status.

2010 is a profound, serious business vintage for Bordeaux and one of hysterical excitement. Les-Ormes de Pez’s blend is classic left bank Bordeaux with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot. An intense ruby red that is best described as elegantly persuasive. Fine spice, cassis and blackberry shine against a backdrop of licorice and cocoa powder. The palate is exquisitely balanced, concentrated, yet still youthful and rambunctious. Ripe berries and briary tones kick in on the entry and give way to alluring chocolate and tobacco tones that spread out on the finish and follow through with pepper and vanilla. There is good appeal and charm to this wine now and will continue nto develop and drink well through 2025+.