Sauvignon Blanc Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fumé 2015 $20
The appellation of Pouilly-Fumé sits across the river from the hills of Sancerre, in the eastern Loire Valley. Sauvignon Blanc grown here is characterized by an unmistakable smoky, flinty aroma—indeed, fumé means “smoked” in French. Long before “silex” was made into a brand name, it was simply the term used to describe the type of soil found in the best vineyards in the Loire. Since the early 1990's, Francis Blanchet has been bottling wine from his 80 year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines. The wine is crisp and light on the tongue, with flavors of lime and grapefruit, combined with the flinty aroma that makes Sauvignon Blanc here so special. Try this wine with Thai or Vietnamese!
Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend brick & mortar Vin Clair, Napa Valley 2016 $28
Vin Clair, 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay, is made with the same philosophy as producing a base wine for Champagne. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were harvested on the same day, pressed immediately and co-fermented into a crisp un-oaked white wine. This is a lovely white for summertime, and a great match for scallops, crab, and fresh cheeses. Delicious flavors from Chardonnay of yellow apple, quince and grapefruit are intertwined with creamy strawberry, and white cherry from the Pinot Noir. The wine is intriguingly aromatic with both floral, fresh citrus and chamomile, with a long, bright finish.
Gamay Domaine des Braves Regnie 2015 $20
Régnie is one of Beaujolais’ more elegant wines. From the “cru” or superior village in southern Burgundy, this Gamay combines floral perfumes with complex black-fruit and berries. Like so many French winemaking families, the Cinquins have passes the winemaking torch from father to son for four generations. Today it is the founder’s great-grandson Franck, who cares for the old-vine Gamay vineyard. The vineyards sit on a stony plateau, facing full south. Soils are sandy, with a mix of pink granite and limestone that is unique to the Beaujolais region. This combination results in wines that are supple and textured, with refined tannin. The 45 year old vines are farmed “lutte raisonée,” or according to organic practices, avoiding chemicals. Franck also is committed to “natural” or low-intervention winemaking in the cellar, and does not filter his wine or add excess sulfur.