The French government offered to buy a round for the house so we took them up on it. Stop by on Sunday and join the fun as we pour six wines from the Languedoc showcasing the variety of the region. And from 1 to 4 we’ll have a Languedocesse expert here to answer all your questions.
J. Laurens Cremant de Linoux $17
60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc, 5% Mauzac, 5% Pinot Noir
The Laurens has zingy lemon-lime flavors which evolve into fuller pineapple and citrus, and light, cardamom-like spice. Its rich yeasty character adds breadth and weight. 12% alcohol by volume.
2014 Mas de Daumas Gassac, Picpoul de Pinet $17
Gassac’s Picpoul is from five hectares of organically grown vines near the oyster beds on the Mediterranean Sea. The influence of limestone soils and Mediterranean Sea breezes is evident in the wine. Briny mineral notes in both the nose and mouth provide the perfect pairing for fish and shellfish. The palate is dominated by melon and citrus flavors and a crisp, zesty acidity that keeps you coming back for more. The weight and fruit concentration make this a more ample wine than most Picpouls.
2015 Château Jouclary, Cabardès Rosé $12
Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Cinsault
The Cabardès appellation is located just outside the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. One of France’s newest A.O.C.’s, it was established in 1998. Its climatic influences come from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and both “Atlantique” (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc) and “Mediterranean” (Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault) must be used in the wine. This is a crisp & refreshing rosé, the nose is full of fresh fruit, & the palate offers strawberry & raspberry flavors.
2014 Somail, Le un de Plume, Minervios $14
80% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah
Baby Bandol? Pretty close. This Mourvedre heavy red has lots of dark black fruit and spicy notes with a silky texture and full tannin finish.
2011 Chateau du Grand Caumont, Corbières $12
45% Carignan, 40% Syrah, 15% Grenache.
The Château du Grand Caumont, in the heart of the Corbières, produces wines from a terroir, know-how, a winemaking family for 3 generations. Intense & powerful with black berry fruits, violet & pepper aromas. The palate is dominated by dark berry fruit flavors; this wine is well balanced & structured with good length & a lingering finish.
2013 Château Massiac, Minervois $18
75% Syrah, 25% Carignan
The flagship wine from the Chateau. “Enticing notes of juniper, rosemary and thyme as well as the savory flavors of wild berries and a hint of the ‘animal'”.
Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day.