Friday Sips

Tour De France/Bastille Week Wines
Gigondas, Chablis & Bordeaux

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Unlike others in Gigondas whose favorite conversation subject is themselves, Mathieu Boutiere prefers to let his wines and work do all of the speaking. Although they make small quantities of Vacqueyras and Cotes-du-Rhone, the Gigondas is the specialty of the house and Pesquier is easily a top-five performer in the appellation. Best of all is that in comparison with other top Gigondas Domaines, this is a steal versus others’ 35-and north pricing.

Le vrai Rhone and very gourmand, this full, round, yet exquisitely fresh Gigondas will go down as one of the finest to emerge from Mathieu Boutiere’s cellars. More whole cluster has allowed for strawberry and red currants to be intertwined with the classic blackberry, thyme, rosemary, black pepper and subtle anise that this wine is always known for. Creamy, dense old vine fruit penentrates deeply with grenadine, hot rock mineral following on the stupendous, pure, traditional finish. This is serious Southern Rhone soul from a Gigondas standard-bearer, enjoy over the next 12-15 years.

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$13.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine…Since today’s Tour de France stage passed by Chateau Haut-Rian, what the hell, let’s feature one! Starting with vintage 2019, Pauline Dietrich Lapierre is labeling this red wine with its proper appellation on the label, thus its origins from Cadillac are now front and center. Why is this important? Last year after spending a week with the Dietrich family, it was soon noted at how many of the young producers who are permitted to label as such have formed a consortium and proud and excited over their appellation status for their red wines.

Dazzling, debonair aromas of fill the glass with plum, red and purple flowers, fine herbs and sandalwood. Underlying spearmint and raspberry. Suave, smooth entry and attack that expands and unfolds extremely well with mineral and spice tones arriving on the earthy, dry, very Bordeaux finish that persists longer than any 14-dollar Bordeaux ever should. One of our most versatile red wines that we offer, many folks will ask what to pair it with and my answer is simple – have it with dinner.

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$25.99 BTL./$311.88 CASE

Here at The Cellar Door we don’t hide the fact that we adore Chablis, especially in its most pure form, that being unoaked. Jean-Marc Brocard is one of the famed names in Chablis, setting up shop in 1973. His son Julien has been in charge since 1997 and converted the Domaine’s vineyards to organic and biodynamic viticulture.

Pristine, classic Chablis aromas soar from the glass and feature gunsmoke, lemon, gentle hints of juniper and seashells. In the mouth it is precisely and brightly detailed, very delineated and with compact richness in the mid-palate. Wiry and finely tuned with minerally zip on the edges and on the energetic, long finish. Brocard's Chablis Sainte-Claire is nothing but the truth!