This Brut Cuvee “T” 2014 from Domaine Vincent Careme was made using the traditional sparkling wine method with a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine, made and bottled by Tania and Vincent Careme, is made with Chenin Blanc grapes.
Fresh and delicious, it’s a perfect wine for summer sipping. The winery began in 1999 and is located on 37 acres which are home to trellished bush vines, an average of 35 years old. The soil consists of clay and flint. The cellar is described as a “traditional 16th century troglodytic cave” carved in limestone rock.
The wine, with 12 percent ABV, gets a second fermentation for one month in the bottle with no added sugar. Notes of citrus and apple are prevalent and the wine is effervescent and fresh with what the winery’s owners, Vincent and Tania, call “racy” acidity. It is distributed by Cape Classics.
Les Hauts de Janeil Syrah-Grenache 2015
This charming Syrah-Grenache from the Languedoc-Roussilon region of France delivers spicy hints of cinnamon and vanilla along with black cherry. The winemaker, Francois Lorton, represents his family’s fifth generation in winemaking since 1897. The Mas Janeil vineyards comprise 59 acres in Maury in the Roussilon region on the Meriterranean coast. The Rhone red blend offers notes of black fruit and licorice with strong tannins. It’s 80 percent Syrah and 20 percent Grenache, with 13.5 percent ABV. Spicy, peppery and elegant, it’s imported by Cape Classics.
B – Black Bream Pinot Noir, 2015
B Vintners Black Bream Pinot Noir comes from Walker Bay on South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. The name, bream, comes from that of the country’s national fish, the galleon, found in inaccessible shallow areas of the coastline. It’s made by cousins Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer Slabbert and reflects its red and black fruit along with hints, its makers note, of crushed oyster shells which deliver a “distinctive saline character.” The wine celebrates its heritage and terroir – soils rich in limestone – and is aged for 12 to 14 months in old French oak barrels.
Both of these wines offer value to both restaurateurs’ wine lists and diners who select them. We love wine and wine by the glass lists that offer wines that aren’t “the usual suspects”! Exploration makes for an educational and often, delicious outcome.
Travel to France and discover beautiful wines from hillside vineyards! For example, there’s Chateaux Recougne’s Bordeaux Superieur from one near Fronsac and Pomerol – the wine is vinified in temperature-regulated tanks and macerated for three weeks before being aged in tanks and oak barrels. The result is a rich, deep garnet colored wine with a red fruit nose, tannins of roasted coffee, and a palate described by the winemaker as “licorice on attack”!
It’s a concentrated, balanced vintage with 77 percent Merlot, 14 percent Cabernet Franc and nine percent Cabernet Sauvignon.
We discovered the wine at the autumn Goldmine of Planet Bordeaux wines this Fall in Boston at Troquet where Michael Madrigale, the group’s ambassador, presented a wonderful selection of red and white wines, noting that the region is in “the golden age of Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Superior AOC,” with high quality, beautifully expressed sense of the terroir and reasonable pricing.
Since 2009 when it received 88 points from Wine Spectator, it’s been receiving acclaim, winning gold, silver and bronze medals for its 2010, 2011, ’12, ’13, ’14 and ’15 vintages at a number of European wine events. Visit https://www.planete-bordeaux.fr/en/
Planet Bordeaux, the U.S. marketing program of the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur AOCs Winemakers’ Association, represents all wines produced in the regional appellations.
This lovely Pouilly-Fuissé from Vins Auvigue comes from fifth generation winemakers Jean-Pierre and Michel Auvigue in Maconnais, Burgundy. Their grandfather was one of the first in France to commence domaine bottling in the 1940s.
This wine has good minerality and spice, and you’ll detect scents of fruit (apples and peaches), citrus notes, white flowers and even hazelnuts. The winery uses only organic products. The vines are planted on heights above the village on former pastures with poor soil.
The wine is rich and “round” and will be good through 2020. Wine Spectator gives it 91 points. The suggested retail price is $36.99. Visit http://www.auvigue.fr/our_wines-ct7-cp55.html.