"Domaine de Saint-Lannes spreads across the sprawling slopes so typical of the region. The surface under vine is 49 hectares with a clay and limestone soil which is an ideal site for the white grape varieties grown there. The south facing slopes ensure early ripening as well as perfect drainage. The continental climate, hot summers and cold winters, is beneficial for the healthy development of the vegetative cycle of the vines. The average age of the vines is 27 years.
Pale yellow with silvery glints and a youthful rim. Vibrant aromas of lively citrus and exotic fruit on the nose give way to a fresh, nicely balanced palate and long finish that is clean and aromatic."
This Cotes de Gascogne makes for a refreshing aperitif, or pairs well with salads, goat's cheese, charcuterie, fois gras, and delicate white fish.
"Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898, through five hardworking generations of the Delaille family. Today, all forty-two hectares of vineyards are farmed by the capable brother team of Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille, with help from their father Gilbert.
The Brothers Delaille must have chosen "Unique" because of its incredible taste and ridiculously low price. Clean, bright, and zesty, this little vin de pays is your perfect solution to just about everything you can possibly imagine." $16.99
"The wines of Gachot-Monot represent some of the best values in the Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant portfolio – not because they are the least expensive, but because they offer an outstanding price-to-quality ratio. Damien Gachot may work the vineyards of the lesser known Côtes de Nuits Villages appellation, but he works his vines as if they were premier cru fruit from Nuits-Saint-Georges. This fifth-generation vigneron and his Danish wife, Lise, farm twelve hectares in the village of Corgoloin, in between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune.
To get to the nitty gritty: you get a lot of Burgundian style, class, depth, and complexity for a great price."
"The lost hamlet of Blagny, up in the hills between Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault in the Côte d'Or in Burgundy, is home to Domaine Comtesse Bernard de Chérisey. You may have heard the name "Blagny" before, attached to a bottle of premier cru Meursault-Blagny, or perhaps even a bottle of the increasingly rare Blagny rouge. Monks were the first inhabitants, planting vines in the 14th century. This almost magical, lost-in-time corner of the world boasts a unique microclimate, with a slightly different average temperature, exposition and soil than the rest of Burgundy.
The de Chérisey Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru La Genelotte is from a vineyard just north of Blagny, on the Meursault side of course, high on the slope above the village. The wine is a powerful, classic, long-lived Meursault. The Genelotte vineyard is also a monopole meaning Laurent and Hélène are sole proprietors.
This has a lot of flesh for a Blagny, and a character more rustic than the Puligny's, as usual. And oh, those stones! You can taste and feel them."
"Régis Bouvier in Marsannay achieves a rare hat trick in Burgundy, the mastering of all three colors–red, white and rosé, through reasonable yields and high quality terroirs. Bouvier makes the best Burgundian rosé that we have ever tasted, his whites are delicious, with their own particular character completely unlike other Chardonnays from Burgundy, and his reds are his crowning achievement, managing to be wild and exciting while refined and elegant at the same time.
Profound aromas of spice, pepper, smoke, and small red fruits galore leap out of the glass. Deep, bold, and masculine, this wine will reward those who choose to cellar it for a few years."
"The Guillemot family has worked Savigny-lès-Beaune vines for eight generations (!) and produces wines with classic Burgundian finesse and balance, all while leaving us a reminder of Savigny's rustic character. Guillemot is one of the quintessential Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant producers, with wines that epitomize the local terroir and emphasize grace and elegance over power and structure.
Not dark in color, no, it doesn't even try to be dark, but then Pinot Noir from Burgundy is rarely noir. The perfume gets to me every time—it just screams Burgundy— classic in every sense."
Macon-Villages refers to a grouping of villages in south of Burgundy, once of France's most prestigious wine-growing areas. White wines in the Maconnais are made with Chardonnay.
"Henri Perrusset's vineyards and home are located in the small town of Farges-les-Mâcon, on the northernmost spur of the limestone subsoil that characterizes the appellation of Mâcon. Farges is not far away from the village named (believe it or not) Chardonnay. The limestone in Farges is more marly than the compact limestone farther south in Pouilly-Fuissé. It is hard and intensely white, but breaks apart into small pieces and it is loaded with quartz and marine fossils as well. This type of soil is easier to work despite all the stones, provides great drainage for the vines, and gives the wines their grainy minerality. Our Mâcon-Farges bottling comes uniquely from a parcel of old vines, while the Mâcon-Villages is a custom blend of all his other holdings around Farges. These are Chardonnays with the ripeness and intensity level of a Pouilly-Fuissé or even a Saint-Aubin, with the particular goût de terroir of Henri's corner of Mâcon."
"The Spreitzer estate, founded in 1641 and one of the oldest in the Rheingau, benefits from a long tradition in winemaking as well as the recent modern winemaking innovations of sons Andreas and Bernd Spreitzer who have controlled the estate since 1997. Bernd and Andreas were the Gault Millau's Discovery of the Year Award recipients in 2001."
"Follows the trend toward drier and drier Kabs, in this case correctly; you have apples instead of peaches and a raciness in place of a great gush of fruit. It's more Rheingau in character now. But still a fruit-driven Riesling rather than pebbles and scree."
This relatively dry Riesling will pair wonderfully with mild Indian curries, slightly spicy Thai noodles, sashimi and sushi, grilled and poached white fish, scallops, gravlax, roast pork with mustard sauce and ham. $21.00
The Acentor is made from Spain's Garnacha variety in the Calatayud region. Calatayud lays in the north-eastern corner of the country on the border with France.
"This wine is produced from old vines, aged 50 years and older which are trained en vaso. The vineyards are located between 750 and 1000 meters above sea level and have iron-rich clay soils with many large stones. Aromas of ripe blueberries with a spicy undercurrent and a fresh, medium-bodied character with soft tannins." $13.99
"5 European wines to try, at $15 and under. Spicy berry flavors are typical of good, inexpensive Spanish garnacha, and this wine delivers them, along with smoky earthiness for added interest. Not a particularly complex wine, just a really fun one."
- The Washington Post
￼88 points - International Wine Review Issue 39, Nov/Dec 2013
The Rueda wine-making region in Spain is a short distance form the capital city, Madrid, and is located in the northwest of the country. The white wines from this region are typically made with the Verdejo grape and are often fragrant, with fruity charactersitics and high levels of acidity. Whites from Rueda are perfect thirst-quenchers on hot Summer days.
"Light yellow-gold. Citrus fruits, melon and minerals on the perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering lively lemon and honeydew flavors that put on weight with air. Finishes smooth and spicy, with a hint of warmth and good cling."
88 points - Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar