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New Vintage of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Finest Terroir + A Poundable Côtes-du-Rhône

Situated in the heart of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the vineyard Clos Saint Patrice has an unhindered view of the famous Château of the popes which has dominated the village and its vineyards for almost 800 years. But…

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Posted on 2020.02.06 in France, Saturday Sips, Southern Rhone  |  Read more...

 

Mas des Caprices — Genuine & Full-flavored Organic Red Wine from Mediterranean France

Fitou, a wild and remote subzone on the Languedoc-Roussillon border, is the very first granted appellation in that region. It consists of two small enclaves within Corbières: Fitou Maritime, a clay-limestone band around the saltwater lagoons on the coast, and…

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Posted on 2020.01.23 in France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Saturday Sips  |  Read more...

 

Coume del Mas – Among the Best Dry and Fortified Wines in Southern France’s Côte du Roussillon

The Côte Vermeille (vermillion coast) is a 13 mile long stretch of beaches, small bays, creeks, and coves nested along the coastline of southern France on the border of Catalunya. This romantic yet rugged land is where the Massif des…

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Posted on 2020.01.16 in France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Saturday Sips  |  Read more...

 

New Vintage of A Favorite Corbières

Maxime Magnon Rozeta (Corbières 2016) RED Special 6-pack Price: $205 (~$34/bottle) We’ve been bringing in young star winemaker Maxime Magnon‘s gorgeous expressions of Corbières from reclaimed old-vine plots in high-altitude vineyards for several years now. A native of the Burgundy…

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Posted on 2020.01.03 in France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Saturday Sips  |  Read more...

 

Another Rising Star and Another Gem of a Red Wine from Southern France

The River Hérault rises out of the Cévennes mountain range, carving a path through limestone before flowing south across the fertile plain west of Montpellier and finally emptying into the Mediterranean. It cuts through the heart of the winemaking region…

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Posted on 2019.12.05 in France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Saturday Sips  |  Read more...

 

Power and Silkiness, Red Wines from Domaine du Gros ‘Noré in Bandol — the Grand Cru of Provence

Do a little digging into the work of Alain Pascal of Domaine du Gros ‘Noré and the first thing the wine pundits want you to know is how much of an outsized character he is. While it is…

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Posted on 2019.11.14 in France, Provence, Saturday Sips  |  Read more...

 

Closing Chapter for the Portuguese Estate Quinta do Centro, Deeply Reduced Prices on the Last of the Red Wines from Sonho Lusitano

We’ve gone through many vintages of the wines of Sonho Lusitano Vinhos and even had owner Richard Mayson host a dinner party here in Birmingham a few years ago. After 12 harvests, this Portuguese project has come to an end…

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Posted on 2019.10.24 in Alentejo, Portugal, Saturday Sips  |  Read more...

 

Old Vines Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes-du-Rhône from a Top Estate in Southern France

The roots of Domaine Saint Préfert can be traced back almost a century. Founded in the 1920s, it quickly earned renown for superior quality, and even became one of the first wines exported from southern Rhône into the…

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Posted on 2019.09.05 in France, Saturday Sips, Southern Rhone  |  Read more...

 

Heady Southern Rhône Red — 2016 Gigondas from Top Producer in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Domaine Les Pallières “Racines” (Gigondas 2016) Special Price: $232/6-pack (~$39/bottle) The next best thing to a great Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a less expensive, yet superb Gigondas (pronounced jhee-gohn-dahss) from celebrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers. Brothers and fourth generation winemakers Frédéric and Daniel Brunier are…

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Posted on 2019.06.20 in France, Saturday Sips, Southern Rhone  |  Read more...

 

Sunny Provence — Domaine de la Tour du Bon and All the Colors of Bandol

Although relatively small, Bandol is easily Provence’s most recognized appellation. It’s sun-soaked southerly terraces brushed with Medditerranean breezes are ideal for cultivating Mourvèdre. Mourvèdre is a grape variety with one of the longest growing cycles, but when fully ripened has…

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Posted on 2019.06.06 in France, Provence, Saturday Sips  |  Read more...

 


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