October Mix Six

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Newsletters, Wine Blog | 0 comments

2011 Chat-en-Oeuf Blanc, Boutinot, France
$9.99/bottle     $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Some thirty years ago, the search began for a range of interesting, high quality, well priced wines with a story. Wines made by mavericks, wines with soul and character, wines that would make you reach for the bottle and ask … WOW! What the heck was that?
This search was inspired by Paul Boutinot, the son of a successful restaurateur, whose passion for food and wine is in his blood. Paul became disillusioned by the inferior wines available to the restaurant trade at this time, so he headed off to France to purchase quality house wines for his parent’s restaurant. Word soon spread as restaurants in the north west of England asked Paul to supply wines for their own restaurants. This was the very beginning of what was to become a thriving international wine business. While Boutinot is a huge wine business each of their wines is made with care.
Chat-en-Oeuf Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Vermentino, which mirrors Châteauneuf Blanc (save the Vermentino). The playful label features a cat sitting on an egg (literally “Chat en Oeuf).
Drink with cheeses or antipasto platters.

Atmospheres Brut-Landron, Domaine de Louvetrie, La Haye-Fouassière, Loire, France
$16.99/bottle     $13.59/bottle (mix six $)
Jo Landron is a brilliant winemaker from the Loire Valley. He looks like a combination of Leroy Neiman and Geraldo Rivera with big handlebar moustache. Predominately a Muscadet producer, Landron makes this sparkling wine from Pinot Noir 80% and Folle Blanche 20%. It is vinified in the traditional (champagne) method.
Perfect celebratory bubbly for before the meal and with raw oysters.

2010 Bourgogne Blanc “Terroirs Cote d’Or”, Verget, Burgundy, France
$19.99/bottle     $15.99/bottle (mix six $)
In 1991, Jean-Marie Guffens had his first vintage as a ‘negociant’. In French, negociant means merchant. Within the wine industry the translation is quite loose. Some negociants are simply merchants, buying wine and putting their own labels on someone else’s product. Others will purchase fermented wine in tanks, blend it with other wines that the negociant possesses and market the product.
In Guffen’s case, he works closely with all his growers, visiting their vineyards many times during the season and consulting on the harvest. The results are negociant wines that regularly show as well or better than domain bottlings at twice the price. The grapes come from various sites in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet.
Great for salads and grilled chicken.

2009 Zinfandel, Klinker Brick, Lodi, California
$19.99/bottle $15.99/bottle (mix six $)
Produced from vines with an average age of 85 years, this delicious wine exhibits a bright bouquet of wild strawberry and Satsuma plum, intermingled with cedar shavings. Filling the palate with flavors of black cherry and vanilla, supple tannins support good structure. The finish is smooth and long. This wine was aged 14 months in American Oak prior to bottling.
“Medium deep ruby color; ripe berry aroma, intense and fine, excellent depth; medium bodied, firm and pleasing; ripe berry flavors; lingering finish.” 91 PTS. WILFRED WONG-SF Chronicle
Great with roasted meats and birds.

Merlot, LampLighter, California
$9.99/bottle     $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
The LampLighter California Merlot offers a classic merlot profile of bright cherries, ripe plums, red currants and vanilla oak with hints of cassis and spice on the finish. A touch of cabernet franc enhances the berry flavors while keeping the tannins elegant and the mouth feel balanced. This is an incredibly enjoyable Merlot delivering a classic California fruit forwardness with a sophisticated and well-layered character not found in wines at this price. This wine is a blend 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Syrah.
Great for burgers.

2010 Cotes du Rhone Les Sablieres, Domaine de Escaravailles, Rhone, France
$16.99/bottle     $13.59/bottle (mix six $)
The tasty, spicy 2010 Cotes du Rhone Les Sabliers (a blend of 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre) exhibits a seductive style filled with black cherry and strawberry fruit intermixed with Provencal herb and earth notes. Medium-bodied, deliciously fruity, pure and well-made, it should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
Great with roasted game birds and root vegetables.

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