A Little Something from Coteaux du Vendômois
Half of the Funday crew is here with a much adored special guest (and fellow Dandy), Meg McNeill!
Today, we’ve uncorked our newest Loire Valley Chenin Blanc: Lieu-Dit Cocagne Coteaux du Vendômois 2011
Coming from a cooperative of about a dozen wine makers, this Chenin Blanc is a welcome representative of the Vendômois AOC.
Like typical Loire valley whites, it’s crisp with refreshing melon and grass notes, yet has wonderfully controlled robustness and a beautifully long finish. Plus, it boasts a unique earthiness and perfect acidity. Like the unattended street urchins on the label, this wine at just $16 is inconceivable!
Happy Father’s Day!
Eureka! I think we’ve struck gold. The Chateau Tour Grise Zero Pointe arrived at the shop recently and ya’ll, it’s a reeealll treasure. An organic and bio-dynamic sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, Zero Pointe is the kind of cheerful, wholesome wine that just might cure all ailments and heal all wounds.
For one thing, it’s incredibly natural. The grapes are carefully nurtured, hand-harvested then fermented in stainless steel vats with only natural yeasts present. The wine undergoes no chaptalization, which is the method of adding sugar to the grape must after fermentation to raise the alcohol level. This, combined with an early bottling, leaves the wine at a healthy, happy 9.5% abv…
Besides all that good stuff, the wine’s totally beautiful and delicious. Zero Pointe is the prettiest hue of pale coral, and has the most delicate sweetness to it. However the Jurassic soils in which the grapes are grown also lend the wine a bracing acidity, preventing it from tasting saccharine in any way. Notes of cherry blossoms, candied apricots, and lemon zest make this the perfect bottle to drink on it’s own, or to start or finish a meal. Personally, I think it’s also an ideal wine for brunch… so I know what I’ll be drinking in the kitchen on Sunday! $17
BOIS-ROUGE means “drink red”, and that’s what I’ve been doing… I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized the entire bottle of BOIS-ROUGE was gone; I drank the whole bottle by myself! But it was so delicious. I think it went down so easily because it’s only 12.5% alcohol and I drank it slightly chilled which made the wine taste extra fresh and juicy.
BOIS-ROUGE is 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on vines 7 years young. This wine is a young, fresh, organic red from the Loire Valley; my favorite kind of wine to quaff while watching bad movies and eating pasta on the couch. I highly recommend it…$17.50
Better known for their white wines made from Chenin Blanc, Agnès and René Mosse live and work in the village of St-Lambert-du-Lattay, in the Coteaux-du-Layon area of Anjou. The Layon is a small tributary to the Loire that lazily digs its way through well-exposed and drained hills of schist and sandstone. Its micro-climate allows for a long hang-time, and when the mornings are foggy in the fall, with no rain, botrytis develops easily on the Chenin grapes.
We also carry their 2010 ANJOU Blanc which is a bit more expensive, but loaded with expressive notes of apples and pears and butter! It’s a beautiful, elegant example of Chenin Blanc. $26