This week we try three tasty new wines from three famous regions of France.
- Gerard Bertrand Chardonnay Reserve, Languedoc – This former rugby player who took over his family’s 13 wine estates has made a name for both himself and his wines – being awarded Winemaker of the Year and raising international awareness of French Mediterranean wines. His white reserve made from 100% Chard is another elegant example: harvested at night to preserve the bright fruit flavors with only the lightest touch of oak and malolactic fermentation resulting in a round, bright white tasting of ripe red and green apples, lemon cream and hints of minerality and white floral notes. $15 btl, $7 btg
- Le Cour de la Reine, Loire Valley – This juicy red made from 100% old-vine Gamay is hand-harvested and undergoes carbonic maceration — a winemaking technique that deprives the grapes of oxygen so that they ferment from the inside out. The result? Burst of bright berry aromas and ripe red fruit flavors (strawberry and raspberry) finish with a hint of spice. (Tastes best slightly chilled). $14 btl, $7 btg
- Chateau de Costis Bordeaux Rouge, Bordeaux – This Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” comes from a 100-year-old family estate in the heart of the Right Bank. A balanced blend of Merlot (40%), Cab Franc (35%) and Cab Sav (25%) makes for an elegant red tasting of blackberry and black raspberry with a touch of dusty earth and dryness on the finish. $13 btl, $6 btg
Paired with: Prosciutto, Fig and Gorgonzola Flatbread - $8
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