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This week we are taking a tour of four of France’s great wine producing areas: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone and the Loire. All the wines are under twenty dollars yet display the graceful art in which the French specialize. The art of winemaking is synonymous with the art of blending, and the examples we will taste this Saturday reflect this winemaking challenge.
2010 Joseph Drouhin Saint- Véran, Mâconnais, Burgundy
LIST PRICE 17.95; OUR PRICE 14.99
St. Véran is a wine that is stylistically close to Pouilly-Fuissé, with its golden hue, its greenish reflection and its refreshing taste. The aromas are reminiscent of the ripe Chardonnay grape, with its tendency towards the apple fruit. A pleasant roundness coats the palate resulting in a lovely apple-like finish. The wine is 100% unoaked Chardonnay.
2010 Ferraton Père & Fils Samorëns Blanc Côtes Du Rhône
LIST PRICE 12.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
Michel Ferraton and his father began crafting wines in 1946, but their collaboration with Chapoutier began in 1998. This Hermitage based winery produces a white blend that has a delightful citrus and apple flavor while inviting you with lovely white flower and peach aromatics. This is a lively white, with bright acidity and a crisp, dry finish. Try as a refreshing accompaniment to pork and applesauce, or grilled scallops.
2009 Ferraton Père & Fils Samorëns Rouge Côtes Du Rhône
LIST PRICE 12.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
This is a stylish Côtes Du Rhône that opens with aromas of small ripe fruit and spices. The palate is nicely structured with firm and meaty tannins and showcases a core of red and black cherry fruit caressed by lavender and warm stone notes on the tender finish.
2009 Domaine Rebourgeon-Mure Bourgogne
LIST PRICE 23.50; OUR PRICE 19.99
The vines for this100% Pinot Noir are next to the village of Pommard. The nose of this lovely wine shows rich aromas of raspberry, cherry and exotic spice, classic to the varietal. The palate is medium bodied with a replication of the elements in the bouquet. The finish is long and lovely. This is the perfect wine for duck, skirt steak, beef bourguignon or hard cheeses. It should cellar well until the end of the decade.
2010 Marc Bredif Chinon, Loire
LIST PRICE 25.00; OUR PRICE 19.95
Marc Bredif Chinon is a bright ruby red wine that has intense, refined and fruity aromas. Look for nuances of cherry, strawberry and spicy notes. In the mouth, it has a subtle attack and a fruity, light structure. The finish is fresh and aromatic with a lively balancing acid that makes this Cabernet Franc a perfect accompaniment for rare prime rib.
Wine and Spirit Magazine gave this bottling a “Best Buy” rating.
2008 Domaine de Courteillac, Bordeaux Superieur
LIST PRICE 19.95; OUR PRICE 15.99
As with other Bordeaux on the right bank of the Garonne River, such as Pomerol and St. Emilion, Courteillac is predominantly Merlot-based (70%). Merlot imparts a rotund plum character, velvety texture and genial drinkability. However, palates trained on California Merlot may require a touch of recalibration as they approach this wine. It is a bit more firm and lean than most Californians, but has the added components of pleasant herbaceous and mineral notes. It is forward, but fresh and balanced, with friendly, soft plum and blackberry fruit, followed by a nice hint of smoke and tobacco on the finish. 10% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon complete the blend.