Try some Jean Marc Lafage wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Jean Marc Lafage Wines

Saturday, February 11th from 2-5pm — Valentine’s Day comes early as we’ll share the “Lafage Love” with you with a tasting featuring 100% Jean-Marc Lafage wines!

Jean-Marc Lafage is regarded as on of the best winemakers in Southern France.  As Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate says, when “it comes to quality-to-price ratios, no one does it better than proprietor Jean Marc Lafage.”  Join us as we pour you a trio of 90+ pointers all crafted by Monsieur Lafage.  We’ll start with a new white wine that is a classic blend of Mediterranean varietals — highly aromatic, super attractive, and absolutely delicious, this one will have you dreaming about warm and sunny spring days. Up next is the new vintage of Jean-Marc’s old vine Carignan — it is simply one of the greatest red wine values on the planet.  Last, but not least, you’ll get to sample the new vintage of the Tessellae GSM — that means Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and this juicy, spicy, fruit forward red is performing incredibly well in this vintage.  Stop by, taste, learn and save on some incredible values this Saturday.

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 Lafage Miraflors Blanc (Roussillon, France) – “A blend of close to equal parts Vermentino, Viognier, Muscat and Grenache Gris that was raised all in tank (with plenty of lees contact), it offers exotic aromas and flavors of mint, citrus peel and lemon to go with a medium-bodied, bright, fresh style on the palate that’s ideal for a hot summer day.” — Jeb Dunnuck — The Wine Advocate — 90 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Roussillon, France) – One of Lafage’s greatest values, his old vine Carignan Cuvée comes from a 70 year old plot of vines in Maury, near the Spanish border.  Dunnuck calls it a “crazy value” and says “is one of the best examples of this variety from the Roussillon.”  He goes on to describe it as offering “tons of black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass.” — Jeb Dunnuck — The Wine Advocate – 92 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Domaine Lafage Tessellae GSM Vieilles Vignes (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – Can this man do no wrong?!  Here’s another highly rated wine that comes to you at an absurd price!  “A stunning bargain from Lafage is the 2014 Tessellae Old Vines, a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in concrete. A delicious, dense ruby wine with notes of red and black cherries, earth, spice, pepper and a touch of Provençal garrigue. Fresh vibrant acidity is also present, and the wine is uncomplicated, but rich, fleshy and very well balanced.” — Jeb Dunnuck — The Wine Advocate — 90 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

Neal Rosenthal Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Seated Wine Tasting – French Wines of Importer Neal Rosenthal

Tuesday, February 7th starting at 7:15 p.m. — Seated Wine Tasting featuring a great lineup of French wines from famed importer Neal Rosenthal in the comfort of the Table Wine Classroom with hors d’oeuvres provided by Local Provisions!  The cost is just $25/person ($20 for Grape Nuts) and pre-payment is required. Please call us at 828.505.8588 to pre-pay and reserve your seat today.

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If you are a fan of small production, carefully crafted, traditionally made wines from France, this is your tasting.  If there were an American Wine Hall of Fame, Neal Rosenthal would surely be one of its first inductees.  After leaving his job as a corporate and international attorney in the mid-1970’s, Neal Rosenthal opened a small retail store in New York City in 1977 focused entirely on small growers.  This was a risky endeavor.  At that time, most Americans weren’t even drinking wine and if they were, it was most likely pink and/or sweet.  Neal foresaw the future of wine in the United States and his hunch was right as American’s are drinking more wine today than ever before.  That little store at 1590 Lexington Avenue still stands, but the business model has greatly expanded to include importing and distribution.

Neal Rosenthal Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Importer Neal Rosenthal.

What you will always find in a wine selected by Neal is a sense of place (aka terroir) and tradition.  His producers’ wines aren’t typically flashy, flamboyant, or fruit-forward.  Instead, they are balanced wines with a perfect interplay between fruit and secondary characteristics like earth, spice, and mineral.  Welcome Southeastern US Sales Manager Josepeh Frederick and join us as we take you on a French wine adventure through the wines of Rosenthal.  From Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley to the Loire and the Languedoc, it’s guaranteed to be a fun ride!  The cost of entry gets you tastes of 9 different wines and lively discussion on each, light hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Justin Burdett and his team at Local Provisions,  and incredible discounts on all of the wines tasted.

****We can only take 24 for this limited seating event, and reservations and pre-payment are required.  Please plan to arrive at the store by 7:00, and we will get started promptly at 7:15.  Due to our planning needs, refunds can only be offered on cancellations made prior to Saturday, February 4th.

Taste some top selling French wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Best Selling French Wines

Friday, January 27th from 4-7pm – Get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville.  We’ll pour some of our best selling French wines for you to sample and purchase at discounted prices!

If you love delicious and affordable French wines from small family wineries, this is your tasting!  Join us as we pour you a trio of all-time best sellers this Friday!  We’ll start with a new Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc that has been flying off the shelves since we picked it up late last year.  Up next, you’ll taste a medium bodied, juicy and spicy Cotes du Rhone that is both a staff and customer favorite.  To finish up, we’ll pour you a splash of our best selling wine of all time.  It’s guaranteed to be a fun and delicious tasting and you’re all invited.  Taste, learn, and save every Friday 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 Paul Buisse Touraine Blanc (Loire Valley) – This is an absolutely exceptional example of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc.  Racy, yet delicate and restrained, this one offers up crisp notes of herbs, green apple, citrus and a hint of white pepper.
Regular Price: $13.99/bottle
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

2. 2014 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) – I would venture to guess that at least six of my mortgage payments have been “assisted” by our sales of various Cotes du Rhones.  This one is a great example of why so many love the red wines of Southern France.  Mainly Grenache, with smaller portions of Syrah, Mourvedre, and a few others, it’s medium bodied, juicy, and spicy with moderate earthy complexity.
Regular Price: $12.99/bottle
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages “Signargues” (Rhone Valley, France) – It’s our best selling wine of all time and Domaine Amido’s Cotes du Rhone is simply delicious!  A blend of Grenache and Syrah fermented in stainless steel, it is full bodied and luscious with loads of warm and ripe cherry, raspberry and plum fruit.  With soft tannin and mild acidity, it is smooth, seamless and a tremendous value.
Regular Price: $14.99/bottle
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

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

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – 90+ Point Rated French Wines

Stop by Table Wine Saturday to sample a trio of great value, 90+ point rated French wines from importer Eric Solomon!  Saturday, January 14th from 2-5pm.

Importer Eric Solomon has a tremendous talent for finding delicious, value priced, pleasure-bent wines from Southern France.  Year in and year out, his roster of small family producers turn out impeccable wines that are beloved by many.  Join us Saturday as we treat you to 3 perfect reds for the cold, wintry weather of January.  Up first, we’ll pour you a gorgeous Syrah-based red blend from the Roussillon in Southern France.  Made by the talented Jean-Marc Lafage, it is ton of wine for the money.  Next up and one of the all-time great values of Southern France is the new vintage from Chateau Pesquié.  A blend of Grenache and Syrah from France’s Ventoux zone, it tastes like Chateauneuf du Pape but costs way less.  To finish up, you’ll get to try the dramatically delicious new release of Kerbuccio from Chateau Saint-Roch.  Yet another fabulous wine made by Jean-Marc Lafage in the hot new Maury Sec AOC, it combines the richness and opulence of Chateauneuf du Pape with the minerality and spice of Priorat.  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. 2014 Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes (Roussillon, France) – A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache from organically farmed vineyards in French Catalonia, this is about as good as red wine can get for less than $15.  “It is deep, ruby/plum/purple, with fresh notes of blackcurrants, plums, Provençal herbs as well as licorice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with amazing fruit, the purity, authenticity and Mediterranean upbringing of this wine are obvious.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points
Tasting Price: $14.39 on mixed 3-packs | $13.59 on mixed 6-packs | $12.79 on mixed cases
Special One Day Sale Price: $11.99/bottle if you buy a solid 6-pack

2. 2014 Chateau Pesquié Ventoux “Cuvée des Terrasses” (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – This well run family winery has been in the Eric Solomon portfolio since 1990……..that’s the year Eric started importing!  The wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from older, organically farmed vineyards in the foothills of Mont Ventoux.  “Always a terrific value, the 2014 Ventoux Terrasses is no exception and offers complex, classic southern Rhone notes of dried garrigue, pepper, spice-box, licorice and sweet cherry fruit.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 91 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Maury Sec “Kerbuccio” (Roussillon, France) – Jean-Marc Lafage grew up near the village of Maury, a rugged, sheltered and warm part of the Roussillon marked by its black schist soils.  Lafage purchased this estate about 10 years ago and the quality of the wines skyrocketed.  We turned many of our regulars on to the 2013 version of this wine, and we’re deeply impressed by the 2014.  “A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Carignan that was aged in 50% new demi-muids, the 2014 Kerbuccio Maury Sec has an inky color to go with lots of upfront black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like aromas and flavors.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 93 points 
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases
Special One Day Sale Price: $15.99/bottle if you buy a solid 6-pack

4. Surprise Wine – It’s one of the best we’ve tried in 6 months, it’s a 93 pointer, and it’s less than $20.  You’ll have to stop by to check it out or you can email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Buy 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Wine of the Week – 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure

For fans of Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure is a must try wine!  A Table Wine Exclusive in Western North Carolina, this hearty red wine is eerily redolent of its more famous neighbor to the west, but it costs a fraction of the price.

2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure – On sale through Wednesday, December 15th

Regular Price: $21.99/bottle

Sale Price: $19.79/bottle or $17.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack

I recently went to the big city to attend some trade tastings with my favorite importers, and this was easily my top find of the trip.  From the portfolio of legendary New York City based importer Neal Rosenthal, I tasted this one at about 10:30 in the morning with Neal’s “right hand man” Jeremy Sells at the Mad Rose warehouse on the outskirts of Brooklyn.  We had tasted about 20 other super wines before this one was poured in my glass………I took a sniff, I took a sip, and I immediately knew that this wine would find a new home at Table Wine.

Chateau Valcombe is a small, family run, certified organic estate based in the foothills of Mont Ventoux.  Husband and wife Luc and Cendrine Guénard run the show these days, and they work with old vine Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault to make their red wines.  The average age of the vines is 50 years old, but some of the Grenache and Carignan were planted back in 1936.  The soils are essentially limestone and are covered with the famous “galets” of that area, large round rocks worn smooth by the movement of the Rhone River.  These are the same rocky soils you’ll find in Chateauneuf du Pape, and it is these soils combined with the age of the vines that give this wine its unique character.

I almost forgot to mention the vintage!  Vintage 2012 was considered a really good one in the Southern Rhone — Wine Spectator rated the vintage 93 points describing the wines as “fine-grained and lengthy, with deliciously ripe flavors; well-balanced and should cellar well.”  Chateau Valcombe’s wine has been resting comfortably in the temperature controlled comfort of the Mad Rose warehouse for a couple of years now, and the wine has had time to “relax” and come together.  The wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan and fermentation occurs in cement tanks followed by aging in a combination of cement tanks and larger barrels.  In the glass it shows a deep, dark color and the bouquet offers up enticing notes of ripe blueberry, blackberry, kirsch, pepper and Provencal herbs.  The palate is full bodied and relatively sumptuous, but there is still some firm, yet fine grained tannin present suggesting that this is a wine that will continue to improve if cellared.

Enjoy this robust red wine with fall and winter stews, roasted meats, and root vegetables or cellar for another 5 to 7 years and be rewarded.  We only have 5 cases of this impressive red to sell so either stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to make sure you get some.  Cheers, happy drinking, and happy eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Taste some hearty French red wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Hearty French Red Wines

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting this Saturday showcasing some full bodied and hearty French red wines.  Saturday, December 3rd from 2-5pm.

If you are a fan of full bodied, rich, and earthy red wines, you should be drinking French reds!  We’ll give you a chance this Saturday to try before you buy 3 perfect options.  We’ll start with a richly fruited, spicy, Syrah-driven blend from Minervois before we pour you our new Wine of the Week, a dazzling Chateauneuf du Pape lookalike from the Southern Rhone.  To finish, you’ll get to try a super classy and refined Bordeaux from the Left Bank.  Drop in, taste, learn, and save big on all of the tasting wines this 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. 2014 Chateau Massiac Minervois “Cuvee Sentinelle” (Languedoc, France) – One of the great red wine values of Southern France, Chateau Massiac’s Cuvee Sentinelle is a blend of Syrah and Carignan.  Ripe, open knit, and packed with plummy dark fruit, spice, and smoky mineral notes, it is ideal for consuming solo or with roasted meats, stews, or chili.
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases

2. 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge “Epicure” (Southern Rhone, France) – As the “Epicure” in the name suggests, this is the perfect lamb or beef stew wine!  It’s our new Wine of the Week, and this blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan from old vineyards in the Ventoux region tastes like Chateauneuf du Pape but costs a fraction of the price.  Robust and hearty, it offers up notes of ripe dark fruit, kirsch, peppery spice, and Provencal herbs.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $19.79 on mixed 3-packs | $18.69 on mixed 6-packs | $17.59 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $19.79/bottle or $17.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack

3. 2012 Chateau Aney Haut-Medoc (Bordeaux, France) – Château Aney was built in 1850 by the family that gave it its name, and today, their holdings are  located between Margaux and Saint Julien on the Left Bank of Bordeaux.  A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot with bits of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine sees 12 months of aging in French oak.  Classically styled with notes of dark currant, crisp black cherry, earth and spice box, this is the wine to serve with your Christmas standing rib roast.
Tasting Price: $26.99 on mixed 3-packs | $25.49 on mixed 6-packs | $23.99 on mixed cases

Southern Rhone Wine Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Southern Rhone Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, September 30th from 4-7 p.m. featuring some delicious new Southern Rhone Wines!  Get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville.  This Friday, we’ll open some delicious new wines from sunny Southern France, one of our favorite regions for incredible wine values.  We’ll start with a fresh and aromatic, stainless steel fermented blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat from the Southern Rhone.  Next up and a new staff favorite is a fresh and savory Cinsault-driven red from France’s Ardeche region.  We’ll finish up with a rich, full bodied and powerful Grenache-based wine from Beaumes de Venise, one of the top villages in the Cotes du Rhone.  Taste, learn and save every Friday at Table Wine!

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

1. 2015 Isle Saint-Pierre Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – 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. 2014 Chateau de la Selve Palissaire (Coteaux de l’Ardeche, France) – This wine blew us away when we tasted it a few weeks back!  We brought in a good bit of it and think you will enjoy it too!  La Selve is a certified organic estate in France’s Ardeche region.  Technically part of the Rhone Valley, it sits in between the Northern and Southern Rhone Valleys and is positioned further west.  Geography aside, this medium bodied blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Merlot overdelivers in a big way.  Juicy cherry, raspberry, earth and spice notes galore. Enjoy!!
Tasting Price: $11.69 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 on mixed 6-packs | $10.39 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine de Durban Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – Vintage 2015 in the Southern Rhone is being called a great one by the producers of the region.  After tasting this wine, we tend to agree.  A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from 50+ year old vines, it is very reminiscent of Vacqueyras or Gigondas.  Notes of dark cherry, plum, pepper and Provencal herbs flow out of the glass of this full bodied, yet charming red.  Drink now through 2022.
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

 

Meet and Taste with Importer Charles Neal.

Meet Importer Charles Neal

Meet Importer Charles Neal and taste some of his incredible French wines!  Join us on Wednesday, October 5th any time between 5 and 7 p.m. for a free wine tasting featuring selections from one of our favorite importers.  I met Charles Neal about 4 years ago in San Francisco over beers at a German restaurant in San Francisco.  I was already buying a lot of his wines and they were already becoming best sellers at the store.  Meeting him helped me understand why his wines were so original and unique………he’s original and unique.

After college in North Carolina, he moved to London and wrote a book on the underground music of the early 1980’s.  Today, “Tape Delay” is considered one of the most important works on the subject out there. After that, he moved to Madrid and wrote another novel and met a girl.  He followed her to France and eventually married her.  Living above a restaurant in Southwestern France, he developed a love and passion for the wines and the Cognacs of the region.  Fast forward to today, and Charles now lives in San Francisco and is considered one of the foremost authorities on Cognac and Armagnac (he wrote a book on those too).  In addition, his portfolio of small grower/producer wines from all corners of France is outstanding.

Much like the wines imported by legends like Kermit Lynch and Neal Rosenthal, Charles’ wines are unique, distinctive, and reflective of the land they come from and the people who make them.  Join us as we welcome Charles to Asheville for the first time and take advantage of the opportunity to taste his wines and learn about the people who make them.

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

1. 2015 Domaine Daulny Sancerre (Loire Valley, France)

2. 2015 Domaine Duffour Cotes de Gascogne (Southwestern France)

3. 2014 André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé “Les Pierres Blanches” (Burgundy, France)

4. 2014 Domaine de Colette Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais, France)

5. 2014 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone (Southern Rhone Valley, France)

6. 2013 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Vacqueyras (Southern Rhone Valley, France)

7. 2013 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas (Southern Rhone Valley, France)

 

2015 Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir

2015 Domaine Brunet Chardonnay

Case of the Month – An amazing Chardonnay value from Southern France – For Table Wine regulars, you will remember the Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir, a previous Case of the Month selection and a huge success.  The estate’s Chardonnay is brand new to the US market, and we are psyched to be the first retailer in the country to feature this wine.  Trust us folks, this is an absurd value in high quality, beautifully balanced Chardonnay, and we challenge you to find a better version of this grape for this price.  It’s the 2015 Domaine Brunet Chardonnay, and it’s our new Case of the Month.  Here’s the deal:

2015 Domaine Brunet Chardonnay – On Sale Through Wednesday, September 21st

Regular Price: $11.99/bottle

Sale Price: $8.99/bottle on solid cases (over 20% off) or $9.59/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off)

Domaine Brunet is located in France’s Limoux region, in the southern part of the country.  Unlike many of the warmer, Mediterranean influenced  wine zones of France’s Languedoc, Limoux enjoys a cooler, more Atlantic influenced climate that is perfectly suited for cultivating Chardonnay.  In fact, most experts and insiders agree that this zone is the best spot in France to grow the grape outside of Burgundy.

We think the experts are right about that, but this doesn’t really remind us of French Chardonnay, it reminds us more of good Central Coast California Chardonnay!  Fermented in a mix of oak (30%) and stainless steel (70%) with battonage (lees stirring), it pours a gorgeous, deep straw color and the bouquet is rich, yet fresh and inviting.  The palate is rich, yet lively, with notes of tropical fruits (pineapple and tangerine), golden apple, white flowers, spice and a hint of spicy oak. Trust us, you will not find a better Chardonnay value anywhere in the market.  Drink this delicious wine over the next couple of years as an aperitif or serve it with salmon or roast chicken to your guests — they will thank you.

There you go — really, really good French Chardonnay for as low as $8.99/bottle!  I know some of you will be skeptical so I invite you to stop by the store this Friday, August 26th any time between 2:00 and 7:00 to sample it along with some other great value wines from Europe.  Otherwise, stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll be glad to hold your wine for up to two weeks. Many thanks and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Chateau Saint-Roch Maury Sec Kerbuccio

2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio – 93 points The Wine Advocate

Jean-Marc Lafage is one of the most talented and ambitious winemakers in Southern France, and his 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec is one of his best efforts of the year!  It is a somewhat mysterious blend of Southern French grapes, as importer Eric Solomon’s website lists the wine as being primarily Grenache with smaller amounts of Carignan and Mourvedre while Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate says it is 50% Syrah, 30% Carignan and 20% Syrah.  Whatever the case, this is a wine that could easily pass for a top flight Priorat or Chateauneuf du Pape, and it is one of the best under-$20 wines I’ve tasted this year.  Come taste it this Saturday, July 9th for yourself!  Rated 93 points by Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate, it is the 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Here’s the deal:

2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec – On Sale Through Wednesday, July 20th

Regular Price: $21.99/bottle

Sale Price: $18.99/bottle, $17.59/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off) or $16.99/bottle on solid cases (over 20% off)

So what is this stuff Josh?  Kerbuccio?  Maury Sec?  Huh?  It’s really not that difficult but it does require further explanation.  Maury is a village and an appellation in the Roussillon zone of Southwestern France, and the AOC has long been heralded for sweet, fortified, Grenache-based wines.  For years, top producers have been making dry (in French, dry is “sec”) red wines from old vineyards in Maury, but these wines were relegated to the somewhat generic Cotes du Roussillon-Villages status as there was no recognized zone for dry wines.  After years of lobbying the INAO (the organization charged with regulating French agricultural products) by top producers and personalities of the region, Maury Sec gained it’s own AOC in 2011.  Finally, “Kerbuccio” is the Latin translation for the castle of Queribus, built by the Cathars, which sits at the top of the Corbieres Mountain overlooking the vineyards from the north.

Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio

Old vines and black schist soils at Chateau Saint-Roch.

So there you go, technical information out of the way.  What’s the wine like?  As Master of Wine Andrew Jeffords of Decanter Magazine said, “I would say that this extraordinary zone in the central Agly valley has the potential to be one of the rare ‘grands crus’ of the South of France.  Or, if you prefer, to produce the greatest red wines of Northern Catalonia, wines which deserve to be tasted and judged alongside those of the ‘grand cru’ of Southern Catalonia: Priorat.”  After tasting the new vintage of the Kerbuccio, I would say I have to agree with Mr. Jeffords.  Much like great Priorat and Chateauneuf du Pape, the wine possesses a complex mineral nuance that comes forth in the form of hot rock and soil.  This non-fruity characteristic is what wine lovers pay the big bucks for, and it comes no doubt as a result of the black schist soils of the region.  Combine this with a sexy and supple nose and palate of “black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like” notes according to Mr. Dunnuck, and you have a wine that smells, drinks, and reads like Chateauneuf du Pape and Priorat but costs a fraction of the price.

Sound too good to be true?  Don’t listen to me, come try it this Saturday any time between 2 and 5 p.m.  Alternatively, listen to me and email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com or stop by the store and pick some up before the sale ends! Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com