Wine of the Day: Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rose 2015 7-20-16

Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Cuvee Tradition Rose, Provence 2015 750ML ($21.95) Buy Now: $18

The Mas de Gourgonnier Rosé comes from a happy childhood. Grown organically, its grapes enjoy the hot, dry days of Provence in the company of olive trees, which the domaine also cultivates. Hand-harvested and estate-bottled by a family with several generations of ownership, this fine little rosé even wears a charming label. Bone dry, its deep pink/orange hue prompts a nose of candied orange peel and jasmine, followed by fresh strawberries and orange blossoms on the palate. The 2015 comes from 60% Grenache, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cinsault, and 4% Syrah. This is a rosé to stock up on, ahead of the Indian Summer.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Domaine de Montille Beaune Greves & Pommard Pezerolles 7-19-16

burgonedoiiiiThe Côte de Beaune hardly hosts a better-known name than de Montille. It’s as if the family of archetypical Burgundian vignerons arose from the earth of Volnay centuries ago. The late Hubert de Montille helped make the domaine famous for its classic style of age-worthy Burgundy, but now his son and daughter make the wines. Low yields and partial whole-cluster fermentation remain the norm, but the modern de Montille reds have softer tannins, are more aromatic, and they don’t require as much cellar time as before. Few other wines from Beaune, Pommard, and Volnay speak of their terroir and of Burgundian culture like de Montille wines do. The 2007 Greves will drink nicely now, while the 2009’s could be decanted today or kept in cellar another handful of years.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Domaine Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Chambaudiere, Loire 2014 7-18-16

Domaine Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Chambaudiere, Loire 2014 750ML ($17.95) Buy Now: $14 special

Fresh and light like a North Atlantic summer breeze, Muscadet wines seem to have evolved with the sea. The Sèvre et Maine region lies where the Loire meets the Atlantic, and the wines’ minerality carries a saline note. What better pairing, then, for shellfish? A sip of Bruno Cormerais 2014 Chambaudière rides smooth across the palate like a gaviotte. The fresh bouquet of lime, white fruit and flowers rises like a wave and keeps surging after the wine has rinsed down a mussel. Not excessively acidic, this Muscadet harbors food, but can also sail on its own, on a sultry summer evening. – DanielRead the rest

Wine of the Day: Vincent Paris Selection Syrah VdP Collines Rhodaniennes 2014 7-17-16

Vincent Paris Selection Syrah VdP Collines Rhodaniennes 2014 750ML ($19.95) Buy Now: $16 special

Cornas, Hermitage, Côte-Rotie… Syrah grows at home along the Rhône River. Succulent, dark in color and fruit, it makes some of France’s (and the world’s) best wines. But too often Syrah needs bottle time to soften and expand. Enter the 2014 Syrah from Vincent Paris. The grapes of young Crozes-Hermitage vines, made by the talented young Mr. Paris, sees no oak, only 9 months in stainless steel. Red fruit fills the palate, the tannins are fine, the body is medium, and acidity is light, making for a very drinkable Syrah to enjoy while the big village wines take their time in the cellar. – DanielRead the rest

Wine of the Day: Domaine Philippe Tessier Cheverny Rose 2015 750ML 7-16-16

Domaine Philippe Tessier Cheverny Rose 2015 750ML ($21.95) Buy Now: $18 special

TESSIER ROSEPrecisely the type of rose one ought to reach for this time of year – energetic, dry but fruit-forward, and affordable to boot! Philippe Tessier’s wines are an ideal expression of the Loire – higher acids, lower alcohols, and supreme drinkability. This rose of Pinot and Gamay from young vines is reared in stainless steel from native yeasts and goes through spontaneous primary and malolactic fermentations. Notes of tangy citrus and summer flowers abound on this delicious, electric-orange rose! – TylerRead the rest