Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine de Grisy 2019 $16 (Auxerre) This is an old shop favorite that many of you might recognize. 100% Chardonnay from Cotes d'Auxerre on the northern side of Chablis, grown sustainably and produced by Pascal Sornin, whose family has been working this land for 18 generations. Crisp, fresh and mineral driven, but enough fruit to round it out and put this on the lighter side of medium bodied.
Auxerrois, Pascal Henriot 2018 $20 (Franche-Comte) Due east of Auxerre is another Pascal in the tiny mountain village of Champlitte in Franche-Comte, just north of Jura. Pascal is the only independent producer here (the few other growers are part of the local co-op) and has been working naturally (organic vines, native yeast, low sulfur) since 1985. Pinot Auxerrois is usually seen in Alsatian blends, but this one is all on it's own and made in stainless steel showing high toned stone fruit, citrus and wild mountain flowers.
Cotteaux de Champlitte Blanc, Pascal Henriot 2018 $20 (Franche-Comte) Staying in Champlitte with Pascal, this is a blend of Pinot Gris and Gewurtztraminer, again made all in steel with really low sulfur just added at bottling. This shows some more exotic and fleshy notes, but just like the Auxerrois above, maintains that crisp mountain freshness. Great with stinky cheese or anything spicy.
Jacquere, Domaine Demeure-Pinet 2018 $15 (Savoy) Staying in the mountains and moving south to the other side of Jura, in Savoy, to another tiny village called Saint Genix-sur-Guiers where, like Pascal Henriot, Chrystele and Philippe Demeure-Pinet are the only independent winemakers. They grow mostly this one grape, Jacquere, which makes crisp, easy whites that sometimes have a little fizz and definitely belong to the patio pounder club.
Costieres de Nimes Blanc "Maz Caz", Michele D'Aprix 2018 $17 (Rhone) Moving out of the mountains of Savoy brings you to the border of southern Rhone and Provence in the area around the town of Nimes where our globe trotting friend Michele D'Aprix sources organic fruit to make her line of Maz Caz wines. This is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne made all in steel with native yeast and low sulfur. As the oyster shell on the label implies, this wine belongs to sea with ripe juicy citrus and salty minerality. You can also find her delicious Bordeaux wines below.
La Londe Blanc, Chateau Les Valentines 2018 $18 (Provence) This is a blend of 50% Rolle (aka Vermentino), 30% Ugni Blanc and 20% Clairette all from 60-80 year old organic vines just inland from St. Tropez made by the Pons-Massenot family in their 100 year old farmhouse. Bottled sunshine.