Bordeaux-ish 2 Pack
Semillon Pet-Nat "Splash!", Chateau Barouillet 2019 $26 (Monbazillac)Chateau Barouillet is currently run by 3 generations of the Alexis family- Vincent, his dad Gerard and his dad Yves, but this land has been officially in the family for at least 8 generations and probably longer. They are in Monbazillac, about an hour east of St. Emilion, where they work 45 hectares of vines biodynamically with incredibly small yields and make wines without any additions other than a little sulfur at bottling, if necessary. This is a Pet-Nat of Semillon from 30 year old vines planted on clay, fermented with native yeast at low temperatures in steel tanks for a month, then bottled just before fermentation was complete. They leave this undisgorged with no sulfur added. This is really clean with nice firm bubbles, ripe yellow fruit and citrus with a bright, dry finish. Perfect Pet-Nat.
Cotes du Marmandais "Le Vin Est Un Fete", Elian Da Ros 2017 $23 (Marmande)Moving about an hour directly south from Monbazillac is a tiny region in the woods called Marmande, where Elian Da Ros and his wife Sandrine are the only independent winemakers not selling their grapes to the co-op. They also work according to biodynamics and only use a little sulfur if needed and they specialize in a native grape called Abouriou, along with some usual suspects from Bordeaux. This is a blend of those with 40% Abouriou whole cluster carbonic, 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot both destemmed, then after 20 days everything is pressed off to tank for a year, then bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. This tastes like putting on your favorite sweatshirt for the first time of the year. Medium bodied with roasted red fruit and baking spice but juicy with silky tannins. Total crowd pleaser that can take a little chill or not. We are longtime fans of Elian and Sandrine and everything they make is delicious and special.
Get both for $40 and save $10! Both of these bottles are so good.