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This Week's Tasting

BBQ Wines
August 1, 2018

A sextet of wines for your summer grill this week. They will be accompanied by bits of home hickory-smoked pork butt so you can taste the pairings with your mouth's tongue rather than your mind's eye.

Chateau Sainte Roseline

Viognier's lime-and-almond notes make it great company for lemony fish on the grill. But it is a three bears grape; many versions are either too soft and flabby or too thin and acid.Julian Pilon a young micro negociant in the northern Rhône got the grape right in 2016. The wine has the zest of the vintage with some of the tactile oiliness of the grape. It is named in homage to his father, who knew well how to turn lemons into lemonade. Julian proves himself as adept in turning viognier into something like a lighter Condrieu the grape's best region.

. One good Arbois Chardonnay that we tasted a couple of weeks ago deserves another. This week a tiny single-vineyard version from high-altitude rocky soils that very nicely melds a modern style fruit with the traditional mineral-laden style of the region. We loved this wine on first taste. You'll find it personal and powerful.

Château Sainte Roseline is one of the prestigious estates in all of the Côtes de Provence with vineyards created by Pope Jean XXII in the 14th century. Pilgrims visit its chapel to view the body of Roseline a 14th century saint. Its history and clay and limestone terroirs make it one of only 20 officially classified estates in Provence.   

The 2017 Cotes de Provence Cru Classé is the château's best wine, made from carefully selected grapes. Clairette gives it spice, the rare Tibouren grape richness and depth. We are able to offer it at a reduced price because it is a direct import for us. Just over three cases left.

Last April I tasted through the largest salon tasting of estate Beaujolais wines. One that stood out among the 200 wines on offer was Domaine Vissoux Beaujolais Origine. Pierre Marie Chermette has been making some of the top estate Beaujolais for two decades now. His 2017 is lush and forward, a joy to drink. Have it lightly chilled one of these hot summer days.

The highlands of the Terrasses du Larzac, not far from Montpellier in the southern France, are, IMHO, the region of the future of Languedoc red. There older vines of Grenache, Carignane and Syrah make for wines with a breed like that of its cousins in the Southern Rhone. Vignes Oubliees , a partnership of accomplished Languedoc winemakers, seeks out forgotten older vineyards, Their 2012 Les Vignes Oubliees Terrases de Larzac  got rave reviews from Jeb Dunnock on this side of the Atlantic and the RVF and Bettane Desseauve on the European side. Fans of mature wines will love the burnished patina that bottle age gives to its aroma. 

Carmenere, Chile's forgotten Bordeaux grape can have the spice and intensity to stand up to the strongest rubs. 2016 Clos de Luz, a small Family Vineyard in the cooler Rapel Valley, makes a Carmenere that is Bordelais in structure but has a kind of wild intensity that will stand up to stronger foods. Whether it is inspired winemaking or that the vineyards were planted over 70 years ago, it is a great wine at its price. 



2016 Julien Pilon Viognier Mon Grand Pere Etait Limonadier; Aroma: fresh clean light pretty, rather limey acidity, ; Mouth: juicy ripe fleshy bright acid clean nicely herbal, lively firm; Very Good Plus 27.99; Mixed Case, 25.19; Case, 23.79

2016 Domaine de la Touraize Arbois Chardonnay En Flandre - Organic; Aroma: very fresh rounded nice depth, deep a hint of anise, light green herb; Mouth: smooth rather rich textured, firm, dry, very dense, stone fruit, apple, very clean rounded finish; Very Good Plus 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94


2017 Ch. Ste. Roseline Cotes de Provence Cru Classé Rose; Aroma: very heady very dense, concentrated, rather firm, very heady spice; Mouth: dense sweet fruit, tactile, dense heavy very full, spicy, lifted and dimensional, saline, thick, firm; Very Good - Excellent was 29.99 Special 24.99 ; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24, 3 cases only


2017 Chermette Pierre Marie Beaujolais Origine; Color: Medium red black; Aroma: Heady rather deep full, very dense; Mouth: Ripe very rich very concentrated, clean firm; Very Good Plus 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2012 Les Vignes Oubliees Terrases de Larzac; Color: medium red black brown tint on edge; Aroma: lightly spicy evocative, rose-plum with a spicy edge, notes of maturity; Mouth: medium bodied, clean racy acidity, thinning spicy and acidity, rather long; Very Good Plus Was $35,Now 21.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.69, 3 cases only

2016 Clos de Luz Carmenere Massal 1945 - Organic; Aroma: heady rather dense spicy, clean, nice intensity, good drive, pretty, rather direct; Mouth: clean lightly fresh, juicy, very pretty fruit, spicy, very good spicy acid length; Very Good Plus 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24


8-1 BBQ Case Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $249 (20.75)

Instore only 8-1 BBQ Case Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $135 (22.50)

 May incur delivery charge

Or you can mix

 Any six - 11 bottles of the above for a 10% discount

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount


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           - Len Rothenberg