Les Bulles Pet Nat, Jean Pascal Aubron 2020 $19 (Loire, France) 100% Melon de Bourgogne from old vines planted on Gabbro, a green volcanic soil, in Muscadet. Made completely naturally, without any sulfur added. Easy and refreshing with juicy ripe lemons and sunshine.
Sauvignon Blanc Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean Aubron 2019 $15 (Loire, France)
Organic Sauvignon Blanc from 40+ year old vines grown on gabbro and volcanic soils, fermented in stainless, unfined, lightly filtered and barely sulfured. Grassy herbs on the nose, green apple peel, chalk dust, and honeydew melon on the palate. So clean and quaffable. Ideal for grilled seafood, soft cheeses, picnics, rooftops, etc.
Les Sables Fauves, Laballe 2018 $12 (Southwest, France) Moving directly south and staying in western France, specifically Landes, in Armagnac country, this is another old shop favorite made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Gros Manseng, and Chardonnay from biodynamic vineyards. Fresh, bright and easy with nice ripe citrus and stone fruit.
Costieres des Nimes Blanc, Maz Caz 2019 $17 (Rhone, France) Moving west to the border of southern Rhone and Provence and another one of our go-tos. This is organic Grenache Blanc and Roussanne from Michele d'Aprix, a winemaker we love who lives in NY but makes wine in Bordeaux, the Rhône, and Montsant. Medium bodied, dry, round, and pretty, with aromatic orchard fruits and meyer lemon.
Catarratto Bianco Non Filtrato, Fabrizio Vella 2020 $11 (Sicily, Italy)
Organic Catarratto from northern Sicily, hand harvested, wild fermented and made all in steel, then bottled unfiltered with almost no sulfur added. Easy drinking with bright citrus and white flowers. Drink with spicy barbecued shrimp.
Silvaner Liter, Stefan Meyer 2019 $18 (Pfalz, Germany) Organic Silvaner from Southern Pfalz. Medium-bodied and really pretty, with tropical fruit, lime zest, and a long dry finish. Bottled in a liter for good reason. Perfect day drinker.
Grecanico Dorato, Sikele 2019 $18 (Sicily, Italy)
100% Grecanico Dorado from organic vineyards in southern Sicily, fermented with native yeast and left on the skins for 13 hours , then aged in concrete for 6 months and bottled unfiltered with almost no sulfur. One of our favorite orange wines, with ripe orchard fruit, roasted citrus and spice. Total crowd pleaser made by two sisters working naturally near Siracusa.
Gamay Rosé "Elementerre", Emile Balland 2020 $17 (Loire, France) 100% Gamay from 20 year old vines in Touraine made all in tank. Crunchy, fresh raspberry and strawberry fruit upfront with a clean mineral finish and long, zippy acidity. It's bright enough for clams and oysters and also pairs nicely with grilled fish.
Malbec Rosé "Puro", Fabrice Durou 2020 $15 (Southwest, France) Back to the southwest, this time in Cahors, east of Bordeaux, this is 100% Malbec form 30+ year old vines hand harvested early in the morning, then made all in cement. Crisp and fresh with red berry fruit and wild flowers.
Méditerranée Rosé, Teres Antique 2020 $13 (Provence, France) Moving east to sunny Provence, this is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren from organic vineyards not far from St. Tropez, made all in steel. Classic light pink onion skin color with notes of green melon and berries with a beautiful wet stone finish.
Cinsault "Saint So", Francois Ducrot 2019 $18 (Languedoc) Francois Ducrot is working with small farmers growing organically in the hills of Aspiron, just west of Montpellier. This is 100% Cinsault from a single vineyard, destemmed and wild fermented in steel, where it ages for 6 months before getting lightly filtered and bottled with almost no sulfur. Another juicy one to serve with light chill and something spicy.
Cotes du Rhone Nouveau, Marcel Richaud 2020 $19 (Rhone, France) If ever there was a perfect BBQ red, this is it. This is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan fermented whole cluster carbonic for 6 days, then pressed off to tank for a few months, then bottled unfiltered with just a touch of sulfur. Juicy red and blue fruit with baking spice and a lipsmacking finish. Again, serve chilled, but not too cold.
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