Summer 2020 CRUx6 Quarterly Whites
This might be one of my most favorite six-pack of Quarterly whites ever. Dialed up and ready for summer. Three new wines from Italy, a pair from France, and a re-visit of an old friend from Portugal make up the mix. There's not a one that you won't enjoy right away with spring and summer fare. Here they are:
Chateau de Brau Pure Viognier Languedoc 2019--I adore what the Tari' are doing in their little corner of the south of France. Carcassonne is only 15 minutes away, the Pyrenées and the Montagne Noir loom in the distance. Their home is equidistant from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. In fact, their appellation, Cabardès (KAH-bahr-dez), lies on almost a continental divide, or fall line between the seas. Neat stuff. This 100% Viognier is a remarkable deal considering the northward pricing trajectory on this variety elsewhere in the world. Wonderful perfume of wild flowers, lanolin, and exotic fruits. Plus, a nice rich mouthfeel without the oaky sweetness!
Claouset Bordeaux Blanc 2019--David Siozard and his brother Laurent are twin brothers and the owners of two wineries that you may recognize--the Chateau Lapinesse in Graves and the Domaine du Claouset in Entre-Deux-Mers. I love everything they make and I really don't see the need to continue looking for many more Bordeaux wineries. You all might agree. Their wines have been really popular since we began offering them. They give us exactly what we need - including this nervy, dry, stunningly delicious and refreshing white Bordeaux. A lovely mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and a splash of Sauvignon Gris.
La Camarette Armonia Blanc 2019--I ate a meal at Camarette recently and started with a glass of their appropriately named Armonia, a truly lovely white wine that whet the appetite, and wakened my tastebuds. It's a true kitchen sink white crafted from Ugni Blanc, Rolle, Grenache Blanc and a splash of Viognier. If there's a white in this quarter's mix that is meant as an everyday, crank-it-down, whatever reason bottle--this one is it! And don't be fooled by the low price tag on this wine. It was made in small quantity, handcrafted, and drinks more like a far more stylish French white wine than the Ventoux typically offers.
Les Hautes Noelles Muscadet Les Parcelles 2019--There is more than a faint whiff of the sea in this wine. For sure, only a 30 minute dry to the Atlantic can explain this, but the oyster shell and minerally sea salt sensation in this beautifully dry Muscadet is enough to get the salivary glands into overdrive! Oh well, go buy some shrimp and oysters and have a ball with this limpid, tense, bone dry, super-fine white wine from one of Muscadet's best!
Terra Remota Ales Blanques 2019--Situated on the outskirts of the villages of Capmany and Sant Climent Sescebes, at the heart of a forested area, the estate is protected from the northern tramuntana wind by the Albera Massif. It lies some 15 km from the Mediterranean sea, at a height of 140 metres above sea level. Ales Blanques is the winery's 'welcome mat' white wine, a gorgeous rendition of young vine Grenache Blanc that really shows what is possible with white wine in this part of the wine world. You'll want to carry this one to the beach!
Adega Monte Branco Alento Branco 2019--We'll go back again and again to Monte Branco but for now maybe you'll settle for this welcome mat white wine, a fresh bottling from 2019 made from local and native Portugeuese grape varieties. Okay, okay...if you must know it is blended from 50% Arinto, 40% Antão Vaz, and 10% Roupeiro. (for what all that's worth). It is built to drink young, while it's nice and primary and refreshing. I love the citrine color and the super fruit aromatics that leap from the glass. A wine to keep by the caseful at home.
Ready, set, go!