From the Vine

August 2017 Urban Sampler

‘Roussillon and Beyond!’

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

This August’s sampler takes you on walk on the wild side, through France’s most untamed and untouched regions where ambitious winemakers have spawned an exciting boom in quality. Your languishing summer voyage begins in the sun-drenched Languedoc-Roussillon with a delightful Picpoul-de-Pinet, then embarks on a rosé rendezvous taking you across the Mediterranean arc to the sleepy hillsides of the Luberon, then circling back for a seductive red from Minervois. Sud de France here we come!

2016 Domaine Saint-Peyre, Picpoul de Pinet (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) *1W*

The region of Picpoul-de-Pinet is situated on the banks of the Thau lake, between the scrubland and the sea. Here you’ll find the ancient, high-acid Picpoul grape (French for lip-stinger), where sea breezes coming off the Mediterranean help maintain the wine’s bright, fresh flavors. Notes of citrus, pear, white flowers and a streak of saline minerality makes this a choice pairing for oysters served with a sweet mignonette.

2016 Château de Flaugergues, Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Château de Flaugergues is situated in one of the twelve terroirs found in the Côteaux du Languedoc known as ‘La Mejanelle’, where Romans cultivated vines and olives over 2000 years ago. This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault produces a light, delicate rosé with fruity citrus and raspberry aromas. Match this up with grilled chicken tacos with citrus pico de gallo!

2016 Domaine Le Novi, Luberon Côté Levant Rosé (Rhône, France)

Tucked under the hem of the Southern Rhône,  Domaine Le Novi organically farms 30 hectares of hillsides approximately 20 miles north of Aix-en-Provence. The rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Vermentino, and Cinsault with aromas of intense peach and strawberry with mineral tones. The refreshing citrus profile makes this a great match for lemony stuffed Quahogs!

2015 Les Chemins de Félines, Minervois (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) *5R*

Located due east of the magnificent medieval town of Carcassonne, Minervois is part of a swath of herb-riddled scrub bush and sun-baked vineyards where red grapes dominate. This Syrah / Grenache blend undergoes carbonic maceration, a traditional technique in Minervois, that results in a potently aromatic wine with soft tannins. Here, a fruity black cherry nose is balanced with violet, blackcurrant, black olives, and black pepper. Pair it up with a side of Carolina Ribs!