2013 The Royal Chenin Blanc, $9.99
As the unofficial drink of South Africas Riebeek Valley, Chenin Blanc is the perfect everyday wine that offers uncomplicated quality for the novice and connoisseur alike. Packed with upfront melon fruit, the nose charms with an abundance of guava and gooseberries as well as the signature hint of honey. The palate follows through with fruit flavors balanced by a crisp acid to ensure a fresh and fruity style of wine. Enjoy well-chilled as a lovely crisp glass on its own but ideal for al fresco dining and with light summer fare. Beautiful with salads, anti pasti and seafood. Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate.
2012 Moillard “Les Violettes” Blanc, $14.99
Moillard doesn’t actually own property in Rhone; they purchase grapes from some of the most reputable growers in this region, but one would never know because the wines are absolutely top quality, just as if the grapes were cared for by their own proprietor. Moillard uses newer technology to produce their wines, such as cool fermentation, in combination with the traditional Burgundian maturation in new and old oak. The technology allows good extraction of fruit and bouquet, while the tradition produces more depth and complexity.
2011 Chateau D’Eau Pinot Noir, $14.99
In the beginning of the 20th century, these vineyards were part of a huge estate of 300 hectares (750 acres) belonging to the family of Henry de Montfreid, famous writer and adventurer. This domain is situated in the villages of Lespignan and Colombiers in the south of France. Positioned on a gentle slope, this beautiful vineyard benefits from a good exposure. Although planted as one unit, it is divided into several parcels of land where different grape varieties are grown. Made with organically grown grapes, this Pinot scents of red and black fruits (blackcurrants, cherries, blackberries).
2011 Chateau de Segries Cotes-du-Rhone, $14.99
Made from 50 percent Grenache, 30 percent Syrah, 10 percent Cinsault and 10 percent Carignan sourced from 30-year-old-vines. The juice spends eight days on the skins in temperature-controlled vats. It’s then aged in combination of tank (90 percent) and barrel. The wine is ripe, rich and round, with black raspberry, white pepper and spice flavors. True Côtes du Rhône in a Bistro style.
2010 Chateau de Segries Lirac, $24.00
The vines in this blend of 50 percent Grenache, 30 percent Syrah, 10 percent Cinsault, 5 percent Mourvèdre and 5 percent Carignan are more than 40 years old. Deep blueberry and forest aromas precede the very long flavors of black cherry, bramble and black pepper. Muscular and packed, it finishes with drying tannins. A great value.