Join the lovely, friendly and knowledgeable Jessica H. of Cellar to Table and the usual crew at Oak and Barrel for a well curated, exceptional selection of French favorites from several highly regarded appellation to make your Saturday night even more special. This trio of fine wines are a can’t miss lineup.
Domaine La Taste Gascogne Blanc ($12.99): A blend of local (to Gascogne) grapes, Colombard, Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc and Ugni Blanc, (often used in Cognac and Armagnac production), this medium-bodied yet fresh and lively white sees no oak treatment and is fruit-forward, well-balanced, and makes an extremely refreshing aperitif.
Chateau de Roquebrune Lalande-de-Pomerol ($25.99): Ripe Merlot has pushed up the alcohol in this wine while adding body and luscious texture. It gives a rich, opulent texture of blackberry jam flavors that are well balanced by the acidity and perfumed character. The broad, generous mouthfeel gets a fresh lift from the bright finish. This wine is 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from a small Bordeaux vineyard. Ready to drink now but will hold for another 5-10 years.
Jeannin Naltet Mercurey Vielle Vignes ($26.99): With a few years of bottle age, this old-vine cuvée drinks like it has substantially more age. Brick red in color, with notes of forest floor, underbrush, spicy tobacco and cocoa beans. On the palate, it is plush and full-bodied with dried cherry, dried strawberry, raspberry and ripe pomegranate flavors. Particularly suited for mushroom risotto, it is also at home with lean cuts of beef, stews, roasted pork and lamb along with your favorite mild cheeses.