Domaine de la Chauvinière Muscadet 2017, Loire Valley ($11.99) Muscadet white wines are called “oyster wines” because of their pairing affinity with these briny shellfish. Domaine de la Chauvinière’s vineyards are unique, with shallow granite soils which are hot and well-drained, producing mineral-laden white wines with fully ripened fruit.
Reverdy Sancerre 2018, Loire Valley ($30.00). 2018 was a fantastic vintage in the Loire Valley, despite heavy rains in June. The weather was excellent outside of June, and growers are jubilant about the quality of fruit and the yields. Reverdy Sancerre is 100% Sauvignon Blanc grown on the special clay and Kimmeridgian soils that give Sancerre wines their remarkable weight and minerality. Reverdy is fermented with native yeasts and grown in vineyards that are not treated with pesticides. This wine shows a beautiful purity of fruit and freshness. Pair it with a cheese platter or seafood.
Château Saint Roch Chimères 2014, Roussillon ($15.99) Made from vines over 60 years old, and a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan grown on schist soils. 50% is aged in concrete tanks and 50% in French oak demi-muids. This hearty red offers up dark fruit and spicy minerality, along with great lift and balance. Excellent value!
Domaine Thierry Mortet Bourgogne Passetoutgrain 2017 ($24.99) AOC Passetoutgrain reds are a special style of red Burgundy, as they are a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. Thierry Mortet’s Passetoutgrain 2017 is 60% Gamay and 40% Pinot Noir, aged 10 months in neutral oak barrels. Fresh and lively, it offers up a touch of earth with silky tannins. Juicy and delicate, this is a quintessential bistro wine.