2015 Jean Manciat Saint Veran - Table Wine - Asheville, North Carolina

2015 Jean Manciat Saint-Veran – Splendid White Burgundy Value

The 2015 Jean Manciat Saint-Veran is one of the best White Burgundy values I’ve ever tasted!  The glorious 2015 vintage has yielded a concentrated, complex, and stylish Chardonnay that will delight White Burgundy lovers.  Jean Manciat is one of the top small growers and producers in the Maconnais, and his Saint-Veran is his smallest production wine.  He makes 300 cases per year, only 5 cases made it to North Carolina, and his 2015 is delightful.  Oh yeah, I bought all 5 cases that made it to North Carolina.  Trust me, those won’t last through October 14th.  Here’s the deal:

2015 Jean Manciat Saint-Veran – On Sale Through October 14th if it doesn’t sell out first!

Regular Price: $29.99/bottle

Sale Price: $23.99/bottle – That’s 20% off by the bottle!

Jean Manciat owns just over an acre of vineyards in Saint-Veran, one of the top Chardonnay villages in the Maconnais, in Southern Burgundy.  His vines are mature and grow in a combination of sand and limestone, much like the soil type that is responsible for the prestigious and much more expensive Chardonnays of the Cotes de Beaune.  Manciat farms with integrated pest management to avoid using chemical sprays, he harvests by hand, and he ferments with whole clusters and native yeasts.  He ferments his Saint-Veran in used French oak barriques, ages on the lees with regular batonnage, and bottles with light fining and filtration.

This natural, slow, and traditional approach to farming and winemaking is what I look for in all of the special wines we stock at Table Wine. And this stuff is seriously special!  Possessing a classic White Burgundy nose of spiced pear, apple, flint, white flowers, and white truffle, this is full, rich, and highly stylish white wine.  It totally reminds me more of wines from the “higher rent” districts of Burgundy.  Drink this beauty over the next 5 or 6 years and make sure to enjoy at least one bottle with a meal.  I’m thinking hard seared scallops………..de-glaze your pan with a little bit of this wine, reduce, add a dollop of butter, and pour that pan sauce right over your scallops. Elegant, regal, refined, delicious — just like this wine!

As I said before, this will sell out quickly, and I can’t get any more.  Stop by the store and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold your wine for you for up to 2 weeks.  Cheers, happy drinking, and happy eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Julien Sunier Fleurie at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina

Rising Star of Beaujolais – 2016 Julien Sunier Fleurie

Talk about a hot wine!  The 2016 Julien Sunier Fleurie is our new Wine of the Week, and it’s one of those wines that is rarely seen outside of New York and San Francisco……..until now.  Some of you might remember Sunier’s Regnier from last Thanksgiving.  It came in about two weeks before the holiday, and many of you enjoyed it with your turkey and fixins’.  Many of you also returned to buy more, but unfortunately it was gone.  Julien Sunier’s wines are back and I’m a big fan of his 2016’s.  Laced with notes of bright red fruits, forest floor, spice and floral nuances, it’s a marvelous wine, but it won’t last long.  We were only able to get 7 cases of Sunier’s Fleurie, and it will go quick.

2016 Julien Sunier Fleurie – On Sale Through Saturday, September 23rd

Regular Price: $31.99/bottle

Sale Price: $27.99/bottle or $25.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack — that’s 20% off!

Julien Sunier’s story is riveting.  Unlike many of the small producers I love, Julien did not come from a wine family.  Originally from Dijon, he came to wine in a unique way.  His mom made her living cutting hair, and one of her regular clients happened to be Christophe Roumier. Yes, it’s that Roumier, the one who makes some of the world’s finest Chambolle-Musigny(s) in Burgundy.  After graduating high school, Julien had no direction, so he decided to work with Roumier to “see what this wine stuff was all about.”  He caught the wine bug and spent the next several years travelling around the world working harvests in both California and New Zealand.  Why California and New Zealand?  Because he could simultaneously surf and deepen his understanding of the vine in both hemispheres.  He returned home in the early 2000’s and worked alongside Nicolas Potel in Nuits Saint-Georges and Jean-Claude Rateau in Beaune, where he solidified a passion for organic and biodynamic viticulture.  After that, Julien managed a large Beaujolais negociant and worked with small growers in all 10 of the Cru Beaujolais Villages.

Let’s just say he put his time in the old fashioned way.  He worked in the vineyards and the cellars with some of the best in the business, he studied the distinct terroirs of the respective regions in which he worked, and he finally decided it was time to do his own thing.  In 2008, he established his own domaine with the purchase of 3 hectares of prime, old-vine, hilltop vineyards in the Cru Villages of Fleurie, Morgon, and Regnie……….I’ve got a little bit of Morgon and Regnie too!  Currently, he is practicing organic, he harvests all of the grapes by hand, and he conducts whole cluster, indigneous yeast fermentation in concrete vats at low temperatures to preserve freshness, purity, and fine tannin structure.  After fermentation, he ages his wines for 11 months in older Burgundy barrels that he gets from his old buddy, Christophe Roumier.

His Fleurie comes from a hillside site that was planted in the early 1960’s.  Planted in rocky, rugged, granitic soils, the vineyard faces south capturing maximum sunshine.  The resulting wine is astounding!  Intense in aroma and flavor, yet beautifully pure and elegant, this is a very special bottle of wine.  Gorgeous aromas of fresh cherry, strawberry, dried leaf, brown spice and violet lead into a fresh and zesty palate. The tannin is quite fine, the acidity is bright and invigorating, and the finish long.  I am told that that these wines reward medium-term cellaring, but I seriously doubt I’ll delay the immediate gratification that this wine delivers.

With fall just around the corner and the leaves starting to fall, this is one of my top red wine picks.  Trust me, as good as it is drinking without food, it’s even better with classic fall fare such as roasted poultry or pork served alongside root vegetables and such.  If you can, save a bottle or 2 for Thanksgiving — you’ll thank me!  I said it once, and I’ll say it again, this one won’t last long!  Stop by the store and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll hold your order for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Philipppe Girard Sancerre Cuvee Silex at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Top Summer Sancerre Pick – Philippe Girard Cuvée Silex

The 2016 Philippe Girard Cuvée Silex is my top summer Sancerre pick, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Why you ask?  Because Sancerre pairs perfectly with summer.  It’s bright, it’s crisp, it’s refreshing, and it’s absolutely delicious.  In case you’re not familiar, Sancerre is one of the top Sauvignon Blanc zones in the world, and this reserve bottling from small grower Philippe Girard is about as good as it gets.  It possesses great acidity, super intense aromas and flavors, and you’re going to love it.

2016 Philippe Girard Sancerre Cuvée Silex — On Sale Through Saturday, September 2nd

Regular Price: $28.99/bottle — That’s a great price!

Sale Price: $24.99/bottle or $22.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack (Over 20% off!)

This estate has quite the track record.  The family was tending vines and making wines at the time of the French revolution, but they kept it all for themselves or allocated small amounts to good friends.  This all changed in the 1960’s when Marius Girard began bottling, marketing, and selling the family’s wines to top restaurants both near and far.  Today, the estate is still family owned and operated with 16 acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Located in the village of Verdigny, one of the top terroirs in Sancerre, the vines for Girard’s Cuvée Silex are located along the banks of the Loire River.

Part of what makes this wine so special is the dirt!  The best vineyards of Sancerre mix limestone, clay and silica to form a flint and sand mixture known as silex, and you can certainly taste it in this wine.  Fermented entirely in stainless steel and aged on its lees for 4 months, this is distinctively delicious Sauvignon Blanc that could come from no other place.  Pure, intense, and highly aromatic, it offers up a bevy of aromas and flavors.  Ripe and zesty, with lovely notes of gooseberry, lemon curd, citrus zest, flinty mineral, this is prototype Sancerre!  I could hang out with it for hours, smelling and sipping and then repeating over and over.

I recommend you do the same!  Enjoy this one during the dog days of summer as a cocktail/aperitif or pair it with flaky white fish in an herb-butter sauce.  You’ll thank me! Stop by the store to pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com with your order.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

World class French whites tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

World Class French Whites – Try Three for Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, August 12th from 2-5pm – Join us at Table Wine in South Asheville for a sampling of world class French whites.  It’s the best free wine tasting in Asheville, and you’re invited!

This is an incredible lineup of very special wines from some of the most distinct and unique terroirs of France.  With summer in full force, this is a great opportunity to taste some of our favorite new white wine arrivals.  We’ll start with our new Wine of the Week, a lovely and intense Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley.  Possessing intense aromas and flavors or ripe citrus, flinty mineral, and herb, it’s one of the best Sancerres in the store. Up next is a stunning, mineral-laced Chablis from Domaine Savary.  One of the great Chablis values on the market, the warmer conditions of the 2015 vintage resulted in a richer, bolder styled Chardonnay.  To finish, you’ll get to sample a drop dead gorgeous White Rhone from Michel Gassier.  Rich, exotic, decadent and beautifully balanced, this reminds me of White Chateauneuf du Pape at a fraction of the price.  Seriously, don’t miss this tasting!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured tastings wines.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Philippe Girard Sancerre Cuvée Silex (Loire Valley, France) – It’s our new Wine of the Week and it’s an absolutely stellar version of Sancerre, France’s most prized Sauvignon Blanc based wine.  Grown in flinty soils along the shores of the Loire River, this one just rocks my world.  Intense notes of gooseberry, lemon curd, mineral and green herbs, you won’t find a better Sancerre for the money.

2. 2015 Domaine Savary Chablis (Burgundy, France) – In 1990, Olivier Savary’s longtime friend and Chablis legend Jean-Marie Raveneau introduced Olivier to importer Kermit Lynch. I’m glad he did!  This is just classic, prototype Chablis with serious class and pedigree.  100% Chardonnay from 25+ year old vines, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged on its fine lies. Rich, yet pure and bordering on creamy, it flows with pretty notes of ripe pear, peach, apple and chalky minerality.

3. 2013 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Blanc “Lou Coucardie” (Southern Rhone, France) – This exotic, full bodied blend of 45% Viognier, 30% Roussanne and 25% Grenache Blanc is sensational. From old, organically farmed vineyards, the wine is raised in new and once used used large French oak barrels.  “Big, ripe and layered, with lots of honeyed apricot, ripe peach and butter citrus all soaring from the glass, it’s full-bodied, balanced and unctuously textured, yet never seems heavy or cumbersome in the least. It deserves a classy meal (anything with a cream sauce would be terrific) and should evolve nicely for 2-3 years (although there’s no need to delay gratification).” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone

Serious Cotes du Rhone Value – Domaine de Chantepierre

The 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre is a serious Cotes du Rhone Value and one of the best red wine deals I’ve encountered this year!  I tasted this one with Henri Gabriel, owner Advintage Distributing, about a month ago while in Charleston.  From the first sniff, I knew I was going to buy this wine.  Why?  Because it literally lit up every olfactory receptor in my being. Lovely warm and ripe berry fruits, a whiff of pepper and herbes de Provence just exploded out of the glass.  I took a sip.  Wow!  Concentrated and mouth-filling, yet supple and soft, I knew I had found the new Case of the Month.  It’s the 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone Rouge, it is scrumptious, and it can be yours for less than $10/bottle!  Join us this Saturday, June 24th any time between 2-5 p.m. to taste this one along with 9 other wines at our Super Saturday Wine Tasting!  Here’s the deal:

2016 Domaine de Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone Rouge – On Sale Through Saturday, July 22nd

Regular Price: $12.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!!!

If you know me, you know I love me some Cotes du Rhone and this is one of the best I’ve ever found for the money.  One of the most versatile red wines out there, it’s ideal for sipping solo or for pairing with all sorts of different dishes.  From grilled meats and stews to burgers and sausages, it just makes everything taste better.  A classic blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, this one is fermented entirely in stainless steel to preserve purity and freshness. Upon pouring, the wine shows a nice deep color and the nose is rich and decadent with notes of kirsch, cassis, plum, spice and rosemary.  The palates shows a similar flavor profile, but it’s the texture of the wine that most impressed me.  Possessing ripe and fine grained tannin and relatively low acidity, this Cote du Rhone value glides across the palate seamlessly.

Oh yeah, what about the producer Josh?  In case you didn’t know, we specialize in wines from family-run wineries, and this is certainly one of those.  Domaine de Chantepierre has belonged to Christian Paly’s family for over 500 years!  That’s all?  In all seriousness, this passing down of the land and the vineyards from generation to generation is the primary reason that this estate makes consistently great wines.  The family knows the land, the grapes, the climate, and how to overcome the many challenges encountered by grape farmers.  They certainly figured it out in this vintage!

That’a about all I’ve got to say about this one.  One more reminder — stop by this Saturday any time between 2-5 p.m. and try this stuff.  Hopefully, you’ll be as blown away as me!  Can’t make it, but want to buy some because you trust me?  Just stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Asheville best free wine tasting Table Wine

Sensational Southern French Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, May 26 from 4-7 pm — Get your weekend off to a great start with a free wine tasting starring some sensational Southern French wines.  You’ll get to try a crisp and aromatic white, an award winning and highly rated dry rosé, and plush and juicy red from a rising star producer.  

I continue to be amazed with the incredible wine values that come out of Southern France.  The Rhone Valley, Provence, and the Languedoc-Roussillon typically experience warm and sunny growing seasons, and you can certainly taste those attributes in the wines.  Join us as we introduce you to 3 great values perfect for spring and summer.  Up first, it’s a fresh and exotic white blend from Isle Saint-Pierre, an island in the middle of the Rhone River.  I love sipping on this refreshing little wine while sunbathing by the beach or the pool — you will too.  After that, it’s a dramatically delicious dry rosé from Chateau Puech-Haut, arguably the top producer in the region.  A blend of Grenache and Cinsault, the new vintage just received 92 points from The Wine Advocate.  That’s one of the highest scoring rosés of the vintage!  To finish, we’ll pour you one of my personal new favorites, a sumptous red from the Ventoux. A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, I love this one with burgers, bbq, or lamb.  Sound good?  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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The Wines
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2016 Isle Saint-Pierre Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhône river just 10 miles inland from the Mediterranean. This close proximity to the sea ensures a cooling influence resulting in fresh, easy drinking, “bistro-styled” wines for everyday consumption.  The white is made up of 70% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat and is fermented entirely in stainless steel.  Offering up lovely notes of pear, apple, mixed citrus and honeysuckle, it is a white wine for all palates.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rosé (Languedoc) – I’ve drunk a lot of  Puech-Haut wines over the years, and I tend to agree with Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate who called it “easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc.”  The new release of their rosé is another winner that I could drink for days. Primarily Grenache with a dollop of Cinsault, all of the grapes come from 30-60 year old, biodynamically farmed vineyards.  Quite pale in color but intensely aromatic with notes of white flowers, strawberry and white peach, it’s just straight up gorgeous.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in a mixed six pack | $17.59 in a mixed case

3. 2015 Domaine Terrasses d’Eole Ventoux Rouge (Southern Rhone Valley) – I love happy stories like the one involving this small domaine.  For years, the family just grew grapes and sold them off to the local cooperative.  In 1998, son Stephane Saurel convinced his parents to start bottling their own wines………..the rest is history as this small, family run domaine is really clicking on all cylinders.  The red combines 65% Grenache with 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.  Fermentation occurs in concrete and the resulting wine is simply delicious with notes of ripe cherry, blueberry, peppery spice and herb.  
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in a mixed six pack | $11.99 in a mixed case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Buy M & S Bouchet Cabernet Franc at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc ‘Le Sylphe’ – Josh’s Freakout Wine

Wine of the Week – I might be jumping the gun here, but I’m going to go ahead and call this one of my favorite wines of 2017.  From a tiny, family run, biodynamic domaine in France’s Loire Valley, the 2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc is everything I look for in a red wine and more.  I love how it balances freshness and total “chuggability” with more “serious,” savory and complex nuances.  I love that it comes from 80+ year old vineyards that see zero chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or additives.  I also love that the wine has 5 years of age on it and that less than 100 cases make it to the United States.  And finally, I love the fact that we bought it all!  For fans of lighter, fresher, spicier red wines (think Beaujolais) that you can serve with a little chill, I promise you’re going to love this natural wine from France’s Loire Valley.

2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc ‘Le Sylphe’ – On Sale Through Saturday, May 13

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle or just $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack

Matthieu and Sylvanie Bouchet took over the family domaine in 1990.  Located in Montreuil-Bellay, just south of Saumur, the husband and wife farm 15 acres of vines according to the strictest principles of biodynamics.  This isn’t a new phenomenon here — Matthieu’s father Francois started farming this way back in 1962.  In fact, Francois wrote the seminal book on how to use biodynamic principles in the vineyard, and he consulted for the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Leflaive (to name a few) when they decided to make the conversion to this integrated system of organic agriculture.  Matthieu and Sylvanie chose to follow in Francois’ footsteps and the estate is now Demeter-certified organic and biodynamic.

Matthieu and Sylvanie Bouchet Cabernet Franc at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

                                             Matthieu et Sylvanie Bouchet

That’s all fine and dandy and healthy for the planet, but what’s the wine like?  Trust me folks, this stuff isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for the body too! I can testify to this fact.  After consuming the better part of a bottle last week, I felt great and I woke up the next morning feeling even better. The Bouchet’s put a ton of TLC into this wine, and you can certainly sense it.  The estate’s Cabernet Franc vines are some of the oldest in the region at 80+ years of age.  In addition to using no synthetic chemicals in their vineyards, the couple ferment with native yeasts.  They add minimal sulfur and do not fine or filter before bottling.  They then age this one for a full 2 years in neutral French oak before bottling.  This hand’s off approach in the vineyards and the cellar is all done in an effort to showcase the beauty and purity of these old vines.

The Bouchet’s are succeeding in this effort!  ‘Le Sylphe’ is an aptly chosen name for this wine —  translated into English, it me means a slender, graceful woman. The wine definitely has its similarities – it is beyond alive here with classic, sweet spices and black pepper. There is a silky, tobacco quality that combines well with all of the explosive black fruit. The wine tastes even better on day two when the tannin relaxes and all that is left is the exposed, raw richness of red/black/blue fruit that comes to the center weaving in and out with perfect acidity on a solid structure. It’s a delicious wine that will compete with the best Cru Beaujolais’ any day.

Enjoy this one with grilled sausages, lighter game, or just about anything off the grill this spring and summer.  Like I said, I bought all 15 cases that made it to Western North Carolina, and it’s going to go fast.  Stop by our French Farmers Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 29th (2-5pm) to give this one a try or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to put some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Super Saturday Wine Tasting with Sour Grapes at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Super Saturday Wine Tasting – Tour de France with Sour Grapes

Saturday, April 29th from 2-5 p.m. – Super Saturday Wine Tasting!  We’re taking you on a Tour de France with special guests Daniel Lukin-Beck and Katerina Dordelman of Asheville’s own Sour Grapes — sample 9 awesome small grower/producer, organic and biodynamic French wines for just $5 — free if you’re a Grape Nut!

Our next Super Saturday adventure will give you the chance to try some incredible French wines from local distributor/importer Sour Grapes.  Led by the passionate Devon Price and the cool and calm Daniel Lukin-Beck, Sour Grapes has established itself as one of our top sources of high quality, estate grown, organic and biodynamic French wines.  For this tasting, we’ll focus on the wines of Vignerons de Nature, a small group of independent growers and producers committed to organic and biodynamic viticultural practices.  We’re talking farmers with dirt under their fingernails, folks who know that good wine is made in the vineyard, real wines from real people!  Sour Grapes direct imports these wines and they are some of our favorite French wines in the store.

Sour Grapes Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

If you’ve had bad luck with organic wines in the past, you obviously haven’t tried the right ones — these are the right ones!  We’ll pour you samples from a variety of famed French wine regions with an emphasis on the vineyards and producers of Southern France.  This guarantees to be a great chance to taste, learn, and save big on some great wines from some wonderful small growers/producers.  No RSVP is required and you do not have to be a Grape Nut to attend — just pay $5 before you begin the tasting and have a great time.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Le Ballon Vin Blanc (Languedoc) –Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino from organic vineyards in Southern France. Stainless steel fermentation results in a fresh, dry, crisp white wine perfect for sunny spring and summer days.
Tasting Price: $8.99 in mixed 3-packs | $8.49 in mixed 6-packs | $7.99 in mixed cases 

2. 2014 Francois le Saint Sancerre “Calcaire” (Loire Valley)– Pure Sauvignon Blanc from calcareous soils farmed organically. Tiny production and a stunning example of mineral-rich, racy and restrained Sancerre.  Did anyone bring goat cheese?
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases 

3. 2015 Chateau de la Selve Viognier (Rhone Valley) –From biodynamically cultivated vineyards in the lesser known Ardeche section of the Rhone Valley. Fermented with native yeasts in neutral oak.  Super aromatic, full bodied, yet fresh Viognier.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases 

4. 2016 Chateau de la Selve Rosé “Maguelonne (Rhone Valley) – Lovely expression of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah from biodynamic and organic vineyards fermented with native yeasts. Dry, perfumed, red and white fruits, flowers. Delicious!
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

5. 2015 Le Ballon Vin Rouge (Languedoc) – The perfect house red! A blend of organically cultivated Grenache, Cinsault, and Cabernet Sauvignon, all fermented in steel. Medium bodied, fresh, spicy.  Great with bbq chicken, great with friends.
Tasting Price: $8.99 in mixed 3-packs | $8.49 in mixed six packs | $7.99 in mixed cases

6. 2015 Domaine de L’R Chinon (Loire Valley) –Full on NATURAL WINE! No junk in the trunk here folks.  Just pure, certified organic, Cabernet Franc from older vines fermented with native yeasts.  Unfined and unfiltered and bottled with very low sulfur addition.  Earthy, spicy, mineralic, funky good.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases 

7. 2012 M. & S. Bouchet Cabernet Franc (Loire Valley) –Just 100 cases of this wine make it to the US each year……..most of it goes to Parisian bistros. We got 15 of those case.  85 year old, biodynamically farmed Cabernet Franc with serious soul!  Aged for 2 years in neutral oak and bottled without fining or filtration and minimal sulfur.  Josh’s current freakout wine!
Tasting Price: $21.99 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases
Wine of the Week Price: Just $21.99/bottle or $18.99/bottle if you buy a solid 6-pack! 

9. 2015 Domaine Duseigneur Cotes du Rhone “La Chapelle” (Rhone Valley) – One of the leading biodynamic estates in the Southern Rhone, this is a prime example of how clean farming results in great tasting wines. Equal parts Grenache and Syrah result in an explosive, rich, decadent red wine. Serve with barbeque please!
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 in mixed cases 

9. 2015 Chateau les Croisille Cahors “Silice” (Southwestern France) – Organic Malbec from old vines in France’s top Malbec appellation. 12 months aging in French oak results in a boisterous, full bodied, warming red. Enjoy with lamb, beef and such.
Tasting Price: $16.19 in mixed 3-packs | $15.29 in mixed 6-packs | $14.39 in mixed cases           

10. 2012 Domaine Duseigneur Lirac “Antares” (Rhone Valley) – Chateauneuf du Pape like flavor and style at a fraction of the price! Old vine Grenache and Mourvedre combine to create a sumptuous, heady red wine with ripe notes of plum, blackberry, spice and oh so much more. One of the best wines for the money in the store.  Lamb chops, medium rare, please. Yep!
Tasting Price: $24.29 in mixed 3-packs | $22.94 in mixed 6-packs | $21.59 in mixed cases                

 

French Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Fantastic French Wines

Saturday, April 8th from 2-5 p.m. – For fans of French wines, do yourself a favor and stop by Table Wine this Saturday.  We’ll have a trio of classics open for you try before you buy, and we’ll talk you through them. Up first, it’s a lovely little Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre superstar Domaine Fournier.  Dry and crisp and perfect for spring drinking, this one will have you wanting for fresh chevre!  Up next, it’s a stunning bargain in high quality Red Burgundy from Nicolas Potel’s new operation.  Medium bodied, savory and complex, this is about as good as Pinot Noir from these hallowed grounds gets.  To finish, it’s one of our all-time favorite French country wines.  The new vintage of Domaine du Cros’ Marcillac is 100% Fer Servadou (the grape), and it’s full of hearty, earthy, and spicy nuances………truly one of a kind!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Saturday at Table Wine.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Domaine Fournier Sauvignon Blanc  (Loire Valley, France) – This old Sancerre estate crafts this wine with fruit purchased from friends and neighbors in Touraine and Anjou.  Just like their top Sancerres, the wine is fermented entirely in stainless steel and bottled soon thereafter.  Completely dry, crisp, and exhibiting aromas and flavors of passion fruit, lime, kiwi, and mineral, this is the perfect wine for Sancerre lovers on a budget.
Tasting Price: $14.39 in mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in mixed 6-packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge “Vieilles Vignes” (Burgundy, France) – This is Burgundy superstar winemaker Nicolas Potel’s new winery, and it is already garnering great press far and wide.  His “entry level” red wine is made with grapes from 40 to 60 year old Pinot Noir vineyards in both the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits.  Possessing pure and enticing notes of red fruits and surprising earthy complexity, it is lively, fresh, and aromatic.  For less than $20, this offers amazing nuance, class, and pedigree.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine du Cros Marcillac “Lo Sang del Pais” (Marcillac, France) – We’re getting off of the beaten path with this one!  Marcillac is a small AOC in southwest France, and Domaine du Cros is arguably the top producer here.  The specialty of the region is the native grape Fer Servadou (aka Mansois) grown in the iron-rich soils of the region.  With bright acidity, fine tannins, and plenty of good funk, this is as versatile a food wine as some of the finest Cru Beaujolais’.  Trust us, try it with grilled sausages, and your head will spin!
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

Taste Michel Gassier wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Focus on Michel Gassier

Saturday, April 1st from 2-5 pm – Join us for a free wine tasting (click here for directions) featuring new vintages of Michel Gassier’s award winning Southern Rhones!  Yep, the Cercius and the Nostre Pais reds and whites are back, and Table Wine is the only place in Asheville to get them!

We spend a lot of time talking about the wines of Michel Gassier.  Why?  Because they represent some of the best values of the Southern Rhone every single year.  Michel Gassier was born in Costieres de Nimes, the southernmost part of the Rhone Valley, and he knows the land, the grapes, the climate, and the soil. This knowledge is highly evident in his wines.  You all know the Cercius wines are rock solid, but we think the real values are his Nostre Pais wines.  These might best be described as his “Cercius Reserve” wines.  Made with fruit from Gassier’s home turf of Costieres de Nimes, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape, these wines offer up Chateauneuf like style, flavor, and press at a fraction of the price.  Sound good? All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured wines.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – This enchanting blend of Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is the best selling white wine in the store.  Offering loads of ripe fruit flavors, great texture, and plenty of balancing acidity, it’s what Josh calls “the perfect white wine.”
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc (Costieres de Nimes)
– This brilliant white wine would put many White Chateauneuf du Papes to bed!  A blend of 52% Grenache Blanc, 22% Roussanne, 17% Viognier, and dollops of Clairette and Bourbolenc, this is fresh, bright, exotic and delicious.  Offering up gorgeous notes of white peach, citrus blossom, white flowers, and zesty acidity, it offer immediate gratification.
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Michel Gassier Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes “Cercius” (Southern Rhone Valley) – The Cercius Cotes du Rhone is one of the best selling wines in the history of the store, and Vintage 2015 produced another incredible wine.  A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, all from 80+ year old vineyards, it is fat, plush, and decadent with notes of ripe kirsch, raspberry, lavender and Provencal herbs.  Full bodied, yet seamless and smooth, this is guaranteed to blow some minds.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Michel Gassier Nostre Pais Rouge (Costieres de Nimes) –  We’ll let Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate tell you about this one!  “One of the bigger, richer versions of this cuvee, the 2014 Nostre Païs Costières de Nîmes (35% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault) was fermented with one-third whole clusters and aged in equal parts 500-liter barrels and concrete tanks. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by terrific notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted herbs and licorice. It has serious mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and present, yet ripe tannin, all suggesting it will evolve gracefully for at least 4-6 years.” – 91 points
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases