Join us on Saturday as we join in the celebration with an independent line up of French wines from our friends at Barrique distributing. Viva la France!
2014 Grand Fief Cormeraie Muscadet $15
Melon de Bourgogne
The Grand Fief de la Cormeraie, an ancient commanderie, was split up during the French revolution. The manor of the Cormeraie used to be surrounded by a moat and had a private chapel. The 5-hectare vineyard has clay & schist soils and 65+ Melon de Bourgogne vines. It is bright, refreshing, and impressively concentrated, with oyster shell and sea spray notes on the nose that in turn inflect fresh lime, grapefruit, fine acidity & a wet slate-like clean minerality on the palate.
2015 Nature de Roubie, Rose $12
From the Languedoc, these organically and bio dynamically grown Syrah and Grenache vines sit right near the oyster beds of the Mediterranean. The blend is fresh and pleasantly vigorous with red fruit aromas mingled with a perfect touch of mineral notes.
2011 Maison Lou Dumont Savigney lès Beaune $37
Driven by a passion for Burgundy and the dream of making wine, Japanese Sommelier Koji Nakada left his native Tokyo in 1996 and moved to Beaune to study oenology at the prestigious CFPPA. During Koji’s studies, and his subsequent internships in Bordeaux, Champagne and Alsace, he formed Maison Lou Dumont with the intent to produce pure, honest, regionally correct Burgundy of minimal manipulation from organically farmed grapes. Their Savigney lès Beaune is a full, rich, aromatic Pinot.
2013 Domaine des Amphores, Saint Joseph $27
Saint Joseph has a unique terroir. Situated at the western banks of the Rhone its limestone substrate under a sandy loam is perfect Soil for Norther Rhone Syrah The Amphores is from organic grapes aged 12 months in neutral barrels. The 2013 Cuvee Rouge is an extremely aromatic wine with notes of violet, strawberries, cassis and spices. The mouth is full, complex and lively.
2012 Domaine Labranche Laffont, Madiran $20
70 % Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Madiran is an apellation in the Southwest of France in Gascony where Tannat rules as the main grape. Madiran is known as the healthiest of red wines due to high levels of procyanidins. This is said to be good for reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and encouraging healthy blood clotting. The Labranche Laffont is made in a combo of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. The wine has spicy notes and black fruits with subtle aromas of forest and earth, firm tannins and an ample texture that ends in a persistent finish.
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.