Le Grand Noir Chardonnay $13.00
A lovely blend from the south west of France. The Viognier brings a bright flower and apricot to the nose, a bit of French and American oak to bring some depth. Very well balanced, crisp and just a very good white at a great price. No its not Burgundy, no its not California, its a lovely blend of both styles.
How to explain this wine?? A style that's not allowed, a grape that's illegal in the D'Oc AOC, but really interesting and delicious. Heavy maceration, slight oxidation on Langedoc Sav Blanc. Love the sticker saying NOT IGP classification! Big acid, big body, big flavors of tangy apricot.
La Croix Belle $15.00
All Syrah from the up and coming Languedoc. Nice baked, black cherry with warm granite show on the nose with summer flowers and a bit of meaty character. Palate has some spice and is a touch rustic but that adds to the charm. Definitely miles away from Yellowtail Shiraz!
Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre take most of the shine in southern France. But this carignan from Languedoc carves out its own spot, rightfully so. Rich dark fruits with a background of floral, spice and minerality. Round, smooth tannins and oh so easy to drink.
A great value for Minervois. Rich, intensely scented, sweet, port like quality to nose. Generous brambly, black fruit, smoky oak flavors. Well crafted, balanced and just lovely.