Stop by on Saturday and try a few samples from the King and Queen of French viticulture.
Jaillance, Cremant de Bordeaux Cuveé de l’Abbaye Brut Rosé $14
A sparkling Rosé from the predominate grape of Bordeaux. The Jaillance has delicate, earthy aromas and flavors of wild strawberries and white mulberries, sautéed almonds, with a silky, vibrant bubbles and an engaging sour cherry, herbal honey, and chalk finish.
2016 Chateau Lamothe de Haux Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux Blanc $15
40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, 20% Muscadelle
This 4th generation family run Bordeaux estate sits on limestone soil (its cellars being dug out of the rock.) The Blanc boasts floral and fruity aromas and is fresh and round on the palate with a crisp, dry finish.
2012 Olivier Morin, Bourgogne Chitry $15
Between Auxerre and Chablis, nestling in a vineyard lined valley is Chitry-le-Fort where Olivier Morin organically cultivates 12 hectares. This Chitry is a great deal on a Bourgogne Rouge. It has a fresh nose with notes of cherries and roses. It is light and supple with balanced tannic structure, evolving on notes of spices and red fruits. Was $18 now $15
2014 Domaine Regis Rossignol, Changarnier $27
Régis Rossignol’s first harvest was 1950 and he completed his 62nd in 2011 on his 7 hectare estate. Régis’ winemaking philosophy is very much to craft ‘vins de terroir’, and as such he has retained most of the traditions handed down to him by his father. The Changarnier is a beautiful wine with pretty strawberry and crisp red cherry fruit on the nose. Dry, with plenty of ripe fruit on the finish. The wine is no shrinking violet and has fine tannins and high acidity.
2014 Chateau Angludet, Reserve d’Angludet Margaux $35
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Surrounded as it is by Grand Cru Classé properties, Château Angludet would almost certainly have been included in the famous 1855 Classification, had the property not been broken up as part of an inheritance settlement. The Sichel family bought the estate in 1961. Since then, they have worked to restore and improve the vineyard and cellars, giving Angludet back the reputation its exceptional terroir deserves. The Reserve is Fragrant and alluring, with classy, ripe, slightly spicy aromas and a palate that is rich, supple and loaded with exotic flavors of sweet blackcurrant, licorice and pencil shavings. It has elegance, aromatic finesse and their exceptional ageing potential.
Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.