The Cellar: French Values
Saturday, October 27, 2012
One of the best white wine values in the current market place is the wines from Muscadet. If you are into light, crisp and refreshing white wines and are looking for something different, and often cheaper, than
The folks at Chateau du Poyet located in the Sevre et Maine sub-region of Muscadet only make two wines, their entry-level Muscadet and a ‘Grand Clos’ Muscadet. I recently had their $10 entry-level example and what a medium-bodied treat it was, displaying ripe peaches, zesty lemon juice, alongside great minerality.
2008 Chapelle-St-Arnoux Côtes Du Rhône Séguret, France
If you are an avid wine drinker I am sure you have had your fair share of red wine labeled Côtes du Rhône. I like these everyday wines as most of them fall in that comfortable $10-$20 range and are fairly easy
Côtes du Rhônes come at different quality levels. Most of what we consume here in the US is simply labeled Côtes du Rhône. The wines from this generic AOC can come from (or can be a blend of) an area that cover more 200,000 vineyard acres and stretches over 170 towns and villages. Should you ever want to know what the step up tastes like try to ask your wine merchant for a Côtes du Rhône-Villages. A Côtes du Rhône-Villages is a wine made from grapes sourced from one or more of 95 specific villages known for growing grapes of higher quality. It's a step up in quality and you’ll find Côtes du Rhônes that display the Villages name on the label. This level is reserved for about 20 villages that cover a combined 16,000 acres of vineyards. The grapes and wine must have been grown and bottled in the village under which it is labeled. The rules and regulations for making these wines are even stricter. This makes for denser and more concentrated wines. Séguret is one of those villages with topnotch winemaking conditions that has been making great wines for centuries.
Steffen Rasch CSW is ready to answer any wine-related questions, comments or concerns you may have. Feel free to email him at [email protected]. And as always, don’t forget to follow GoLocalProv’s Wine Cellar on Facebook and sign up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.
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