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Can’t make it to Paris in the spring! Well, come experience a taste of Springtime in Paris on our Tasting Bar with Matthew & European Cellars!
We’ve had Matthew in previously and pulled several cool, unique, and fun wines out of European Cellars’ portfolio. The wines from European Cellars are about “place over process” and are wines borne of struggle because hardship produces purity. Fruit comes easy in wine, it is the result of sunny days and plenty of water. Purity comes from a vine’s struggle to survive, its fight against the rocks it is planted on, its fight against the plants that surround it, and its fight against the conditions of its vineyard. Many of these wines are organic, practicing organic, or biodynamic, they harvest by hand, and ferment using indigenous yeast. Vinifying with minimal intervention, they are farmers as much as they are winemakers.
- Louis de Grenelle Saumur Corail Brut Rosé NV: Deep under the streets of the Loire Valley town of Saumur, miles and miles of caves wind their way through the soft limestone that was used to build so many Loire châteaux. Carved centuries ago, many were dug with prison labor (often by men caught for smuggling salt) under the direction of the king of France. There are so many “streets” underground that they outnumber the actual streets in this beautiful town. One of the last remaining family-owned sparkling wine houses in Saumur, Louis de Grenelle, owns about 2 kilometers of these caves. This is not sparkling wine made by “leftover” juice as is unfortunately the case in many Loire sparkling houses. The fruit for these bottlings is harvested by hand and yields are quite low. 100% Cabernet Franc from vineyards just outside of Saumur. Fermented and aged in tank, this is produced using the Méthode Champenoise. Very low dosage to protect the aromas and flavor of the varietal. Bright, crisp, and delicious sparkling rosé.
- Le Paradou Côtes de Provence Rosé 2017: A joint project between the brothers Alex and Fred Chaudière of Château Pesquié and Eric Solomon, Le Paradou Côtes de Provence Rosé, is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Vermentino from a vineyard located in the
heart of Provence, in the shadow of Sainte-Victoire, the picturesque peak immortalized by Paul Cézanne in more than 70 paintings. This classic blend is made from grapes that are sustainably farmed on rocky limestone and sandy clay soils. At harvest the grapes are picked by hand in the early morning, cooled at the cellar and pressed whole-cluster to extract the lightest color possible. The wine is then fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks before bottling. The Cinsault provides this wine’s delicate fruit flavors reminiscent of raspberries and strawberries, the Grenache its color and spice, and the Vermentino its freshness and acidity. Enjoy this gorgeous bottle of wine today with your friends on a patio and pretend that you are where the mountains embrace the Mediterranean, where France meets Italy and where the coastal and cosmopolitan cities of Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez give way to remote and rural villages, that is Provence!
- Cercius Blanc 2016: With encyclopedic knowledge of the wines and terroirs of the Rhône as well as his native Costières de Nîmes, Michel Gassier is a restless and innovative vigneron. Usually inquisitive personalities like Michel start as outsiders, enfants terribles, iconoclasts. Such is not the case with Michel, whose family has owned vineyards in the Costières de Nîmes for four generations. Together with his wife Tina, they are helping to establish a new level of quality for Costières de Nîmes without forsaking the uniqueness of their terroir. They have achieved this through nurturing their land, farming organically, promoting biodiversity, and are proponents of indigenous varieties. Cercius is the Latin name for the winds that originate in the mountainous Massif Central to the northwest of the Costières de Nîmes. Cercius Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc (hence the Vin de France designation), which is fermented in concrete tanks and aged for a few month before release.
- Château Pesquié Les Terrasses Rouge 2015: The Chaudière family has been part of European Cellars since their founding in 1990 when the Rhône Valley wasn’t really on anyone’s radar let alone the Ventoux. How things have changed! Paul and Edith have turned things over to their sons Alex and Fred, and the Ventoux is no longer viewed at a satellite of the Rhône but a very important appellation in its own right. Fred and Alex farm their 100 hectares of vines organically and manually. Only organic treatments and composts are used in the vineyard. Weed control is done by turning over the soil, and harvesting is done by hand. All of these steps ensure that only the best grapes reach the cellar. This blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah is sourced from vineyards scattered around the foothills of Mont Ventoux. These protected microclimates are warm during the day and cool at night. Due to their elevation, these sites are protected from stray summer storms that can devastate other parts of the Rhône valley.