You asked for Sancerre so WE GAVE YOU SANCERRE! Seriously though, Sancerre gets talked about A LOT. Because of their crisp fruitiness, the whites of Sancerre are a common gateway drug for a lot of wine-drinkers. We included both a white and a red example from biodynamic winemaker Vincent Gaudry.
2014 Sancerre Blanc “Tournebride” – Sauvignon Blanc is known for being over-the-top fruity but here it has more of a mineral edge, which makes it easy to pair with a variety of different foods – creamy foods, spicy foods, peppery foods, GO WILD.
2014 Sancerre Rouge “Vincengetroix” – The red wines from the Sancerre region are exclusively made from Pinot Noir grapes. Just like their white wine counterparts, the reds can also be minerally and flinty. Gaudry’s “Vincengetroix” is soft and silky with tea-like tannins.
The Jura is a treasure trove for all wine-geeks. This small, isolated region that sits between Burgundy and Switzerland has a very wide range of styles. This month we picked traditional examples from biodynamic winery Domaine de la Pinte.
2012 ‘Fonteneille’ Chardonnay – Chardonnay expresses itself in many different forms. This one is intentionally oxidized and takes on a nutty, sherry-like character.
2012 ‘La Capitaine’ Rouge – This light and ethereal red is a blend of the 3 main grapes of the Jura region – Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir. It’s bright with a fresh acidity, perfect for those hot summer days when you still want to drink something red.
Gastronomist: Bordeaux vs. Napa Valley
This month we’re featuring reds from two very traditional wine regions – Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Bring out your inner wine geek, open both bottles at once and do a little compare and contrast.
2010 Chateau Moulin Canon Fronsac Rouge– This easy-drinking red is made from grapes sourced from two vineyards in Canon-Fronsac (Bordeaux). Primarily Merlot with a bit of Malbec, this wine has a soft, fruity character that will shine when paired with roasted meats and herbs from the garden.
2013 Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon – This is a sturdy, structured red that resembles what we love most about Bordeaux – that chewy, earthy mouthfeel with a light scent of tobacco. Ultraviolet is a project headed by Napa winemaker Samantha Poe. The wine is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with just a bit of Cabernet Franc.
Naturalist: Agnes and Rene Mosse
Agnes and Rene Mosse live and work in the Coteaux-du-Layon area of Anjou (Loire Valley, France). They’ve worked organically ever since they started making wines about 15 years ago. Their goal is to make delicious wine with the least manipulation possible.
2014 Anjou Blanc -This wine is made from young Chenin Blanc vines grown in clay, gravel and schist. It’s allowed a slow, spontaneous fermentation and aged in barrel for 12 months. A great wine for the table as it has a bright, refreshing acidity.
2013 Anjou Rouge – This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in schist, gravel and quartz. You can expect a fruity, spicy character that is so smashable you’ll wonder how it disappeared so quickly.