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2015 Domaines Schlumberger, Pinot Blanc 'Les Princes Abbés', Alsace

2015 Domaines Schlumberger, Pinot Blanc 'Les Princes Abbés', Alsace
$17.99

Les Princes Abbés is the family’s tribute to the Abbots who were first to sell wine from Guebwiller.  Schlumberger owns more than 300 acres in Guebwiller, and is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace.  All of their wines are estate grown on the dry, steep slopes of the area.  In fact, there is a  good portion of Grand Cru vineyards Saering and Spiegel that are included in this value priced Pinot Blanc!  The blend for this wine is 70% Auxerrois and 30% Pinot Blanc for a wine with exceptional fla

2015 Laroche Mas la Chevalière Chardonnay, Languedoc

2015 Laroche Mas la Chevalière Chardonnay, Languedoc
$13.99

Michel Laroche was a pioneer for the resurgence of quality winemaking in the Languedoc region.  In 1996 he started Mas la Chevalière with the goal of producing wines with a sense of place while remaining true to the grape variety.  The property is divided into two parcels: Peyroli and Roqua Blanca.  Peyroli was planted in the 1980’s on a clay-limestone site and yields top notch Chardonnay.  Roqua Blanca is divided into a number of small plots for the red grapes grown on the property.  Ample sunshine

2015 Gauthier Bourgueil Jour de Soif, Loire Valley

2015 Gauthier Bourgueil Jour de Soif, Loire Valley
$15.99

Tasting the Jour de Soif (Thirsty Day) recently was a fantastic surprise!  This remarkable Bourgueil is produced in a style that is approachable, yet has plenty of depth, complexity, and flavor.  The nose has loads of bright black cherries, boysenberries, chocolate, smoke, and turned earth mineral notes.  On the palate the wine is shockingly full and round, with balanced structure and plenty of depth to please even the most selective of wine drinkers.  This estate produces certified organic Cabernet Franc wines from

2014 Andre Brunel Grenache, VdP Vaucluse

2014 Andre Brunel Grenache, VdP Vaucluse
$8.99

André Brunel is a star producer in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is known for his outstanding “Les Cailloux” bottling. Yet, his simple Grenache from the Vaucluse continues to be a staff favorite and a wine worthy of a newsletter feature every year. As a Grenache specialist, Brunel applies the same care and attention to the production of his value Vaucluse wines as he does his top Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottlings.

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