This Saturday we are featuring five French wines that are green as well as being delicious. These wines are all organic, biodynamic and created with respect for the environment. They also taste great otherwise we wouldn’t bother. The cork pops on the Champagne at 2pm.
Liebart-Regnier, Champagne Brut $42
70% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
Liebart-Regnier is a small grower Champagne founded in 1960. The estate is a designated HVE grower (High Environmental Value), they use a diverse strategy in the vineyards to avoid chemicals and pesticides. The brut spends 3 years on the lees and has 8 grams dosage. With its lively mousse, this is a bright wine, fruity and stylish. Citrus dominates, along with pink grapefruit that is shot through with lime. There is just a light, more mineral, texture with a dry, crisp aftertaste.
2015 Domaine le Croisille, Croizillon Cahors $14
Chateau les Croisille began on 30 hectares of abandoned land that was cleared by Cecile and Bernard Croisille in 1979. Joined by their two sons, the property takes advantage of the sandy, red clay soils to grow the regions famed Malbec. The estate is certified organic and biodynamic. The wine offers aromas of black fruit with hints of violet, licorice and incense. It finishes with dry mineral tannins.
2015 Domaine de l’Olivette, Coteaux de la Cabrerisse Rouge $13
40% Grenache, 40% Merlot, 20% Syrah
This estate is located in the heart of the French “Midi” near Carcassonne and about 20 miles from the Mediterranean Sea at a height of 100-180 meters and surrounded by 500 hectares of scrubland, which lets them organically farm its 82 hectares within its own ecosystem of flora and fauna, without risk of drift or disease from neighboring properties. The wine has fresh fruit of raspberry and blackberries with a touch of licorice.
2015 Domaine Turenne, Cuvee Bastien $16
50% Mouvedre, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah
This Organic and biodynamic estate in Provence is handpicked, spontaneous fermented, and bottled with no filtration. Like a baby Bandol the wine shows a lot of character and structure. Aromas of black berries and spices lead to complex roasted notes of cocoa, coffee and animal character.
2015 Domaine Melody, Crozes Hermitage “Premier Regard $29
Until 2010 Denis Larivière sold these grapes to Cave de Tain. Since then no herbicides have been applied to the vineyards. The wine has a tangy nose of red and black fruits with a vanilla oak touch and spice undertones. The delicate attack leads into a lush, rich, structured palate delivering more tight knit black berry fruits and broad and fluid tannins that are emphasized towards the 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 from 11-5.