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Wine of the Week – Pouilly-Fuissé Solutré 2014

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.



Wine of the Week – Mas Janeil Le Petit Pas 2014

If you hate to abandon red wines in the summer, this fresh and lovely Le Petit Pas from Mas Janeil is fruity and rich but not exceedingly heavy. It’s a wine, the winemaker suggests, to sip with grilled meat or with tapas. We found it to be nicely structured and smooth with “delicate” spices. You’ll detect hints of licorice and a nose with fruit notes. It’s a Cótes Du Roussilon with 58 percent Grenache Noir, 22 percent Syrah, 18 percent Carignan and five percent Mourvédre. Go to www.capeclassics.com

A wine on the wings of a butterfly

From the Loire Valley comes the Saget La Piere Mulonniere L’effet Papillon, a beautiful Chenin Blanc from a family that’s been making wines since 1790 and bought this estate in 2003. The winery is now in its ninth generation. Pasternak Wine Imports introduced it to the U.S. market this past summer

The grapes are picked by hand once they’ve reached optimum ripeness. The wine is fermented and aged on the lees for 13 months and then ages further in French  oak casks.

Hints of white fruits come through as you sip. Think quince, as well as peach, apricots and plums. There’s high acidity and a long finish with notes  of oak, vanilla and licorice. The “butterfly effect”  wine is 13.5% ABV. You’ll want to pair it with fish and shellfish meals. It’s a wine with complexity that also goes well with spicy curries. We enjoyed it as we moved from summer into early fall and suspect it will be a winner year-around!

Baron de Rothschild offers new line of value wines

Légende, a new line of wines designed for everyday consumption and value from the legendary Baron des Rothschild, offers consumers what the winemaker calls “a little elegance every day.”

This group of wines was originally called “The Reserves,” created for family and friends’ everyday drinking. Today, the wines are described as “Légende, a little elegance every day.”

The Pauillac from Médoc comes from a terroir with “gravelly” hillsides on clay subsoil. The natural drainage allows the vines to develop deep roots. The wines are good quality offerings matured for three to nine months, 40 percent with oak.

The nose is expressive, refined and elegant, toasted and spicy and the wines offer good tannins and a fresh finish. They are classic Pauillac, 70 percent Cabernet and 30 percent Medoc.

Excellence, Baron de Rothschild declares, is at the heart of everything the estate produces. Since 1868, the estate’s offerings have been rooted, quite literally, in the soil of Bordeaux and a pioneering spirit that today, is in its fifth generation.

First created for family and friends, the wines, once known as the “Reserves,” are meant for every day consumption – classic offerings with “immediate charm.” They work well as value offerings on a wine by the glass list.

Wine of the Week – Pierre Dupond La Renjardiére

This winery’s roots go back to the 1860’s in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, with five generations making wines from their La Renjardiére vineyard north of Chateauneuf du Pape in an area known as La Renjarde and renamed La Renjardiére by Joanny Dupond who cleared the area and planted vines.
Today, the family makes beautifully structured Côte du Rhône from red fruit, largely Grenache, for an elegant, spicy wine. Adding complexity are 10 percent each Mourvédre and Cinsault along with 20 percent Syrah.
The result is a wine that is 13.5 percent alcohol content.
The wine comes from vines that average 40 years of age in soils of sand, clay and limestone, with small Gallet stones that act as a natural temperature regulator. Ripe and elegant, the wine is very worthy of a place at the table! Visit http://capeclassics.com