Join the Wine and Unwind Wine Club! It consists of four bottles a month (a mix of reds and whites) at $79.99 based on different themes (e.g., by Country, by Varietal, Natural Wines, Old World vs. New World, etc.). We curate each month’s wines and include a description of the wines and why they were selected; a great way to enjoy and learn about wine. The wines selected will be priced at a minimum 10% discount to their retail price, so, in addition to the learnings, there’s cash savings with your wine club membership!
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Loire Valley and Rhone Valley
This month we curated a selection of classic French wines from the following regions: Loire Valley and Rhone Valley. These are two of the six main French wine regions; the other four regions are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and Alsace. There are many appellations within each region with distinctive varietals and wine styles. Below please see an overview of the wines selected and their attributes.
Andre Dezat, Pouilly-Fume (2018)
The most famous appellation in Loire Valley is Sancerre. You’ll see it by the glass in many bars and restaurants. White Sancerre is always 100% Sauvignon Blanc and is very delicious. I included a bottle of Pouilly-Fume instead as it is the second most famous (but arguably better) appellation in Loire Valley making Sauvignon Blanc white wines. You will get some grass notes on the nose, which is what distinguishes Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, but with Pouilly-Fume you will also find green fruit notes (i.e., lime and green apple) as well as crisp minerality. On the palate you’ll have a high amount of acidity and a nice long finish.
Domaine La Renaudie, Touraine Sauvignon (2018)
Touraine is another Loire Valley appellation that produces 100% Sauvignon Blanc white wine. This region is less well known than Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, but still produces very tasty wine. This particular bottle has a more pungent grassy nose than the Andre Dezat Pouilly-Fume and has nice bright acidity. It shows you that Loire Valley produces great Sauvignon Blanc wine outside of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.
Y. Alleno & M. Chapoutier, Cotes du Rhone (2017)
Rhone Valley is divided into Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone. Northern Rhone has some of the most famous appellations in Rhone, including Cote Rotie and Hermitage, and is focused on Syrah dominant red wines. Southern Rhone has well known appellations, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Vacqueyras, and is focused on Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre blends (known as GSM Blends). Cotes du Rhone is the largest wine classification region in Rhone Valley, with the grand majority of Cotes du Rhone coming from Southern Rhone. Therefore, Cotes du Rhone wine is usually Grenache dominant. This bottle, however, is a Syrah dominant Cotes du Rhone that is full bodied and robust. Similar to Northern Rhone wines, you will get some smokey and peppery notes on the nose and grippy tannins on the palate. If you enjoy this wine, then you like big, bold wines.
Domaine du Terme, Vacqueyras (2017)
As mentioned above, Vacqueyras is a well-known Southern Rhone appellation making Grenache dominant GSM Blend red wines. GSM Blends are rich, medium to full bodied and leathery, and are characterized by flavors of dark fruit and spice. This bottle has a nice bright acidity to it and is more approachable than the above Alleno & Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone; it is a nice representation of what GSM Blends should taste like. If you enjoy this bottle, then you will also enjoy Spanish reds as they feature a lot of GSM Blends.