Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

2015 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc – Perfect Sunny Day Sipper

Yep, it’s another Domaine Lafage wine on sale!  I love Jean-Marc’s wines and if you have not tried the dazzling 2015 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc, it’s time to change that!  This is one of the freshest, most exotic, and aromatically pleasing white wines in the store at the moment, and like the Miraflors Rose, it tastes just as good as it looks!  Stop by and pick some up or join us Saturday, March 18th to try this one first.  Here’s the deal:

2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc – On Sale Through Saturday, April 1st

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle 

Sale Price: $14.44/bottle (15% off) or $13.59/bottle (20% off) on your solid 6-pack

If you liked the Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose (our last Wine of the Week), you’re going to love Jean-Marc’s white wine.  A blend of 7 classic Mediterranean white grapes – Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Muscat, Viognier, Vermentino, Roussanne, and Sauvignon Blanc to be exact – it is one of those white wines that just makes you smile when you smell it.  From organically farmed, 35 year old vineyards located near the Mediterranean, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged on its fine lees for 4 months.  Exploding out of the glass with notes of white peach, creamy lemon, honeysuckle, mint, and citrus peel, there is a lot going on here.  On the palate, the wine is dry, yet nicely fruited with terrific brightness and freshness.  Trust me, a couple bottles of this, some good friends, a warm and sunny day, and a porch or patio equals smiles all-around!

A quintessential white wine for sipping outside or for serving alongside fish curries, spicy Thai food, or grilled vegetables, this is going to fly out of the store quickly.  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold it for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville, NC.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Southern French free wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Southern French Wine Values

Saturday, March 18th from 2-5 pm — Stop by the store (directions here) for a festive and free wine tasting featuring a trio of stunning Southern French  wine values!  Free to the public and you can drop by any time between 2 and 5 pm.

Southern France is home to some of the greatest wine values on the planet.  The warm and sunny, Mediterranean-influenced conditions are ideal for the vine, and the resulting wines are richly fruited and often marked by spicy nuances.  Join us as we pour you 3 of our favorites!  We’ll start with the Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc, our current Wine of the Week and a wine that literally tastes like spring in a bottle.  Up next, we’ll pour you a hearty and rustic little red from the Southern Rhone.  To finish, we’ll pour the new vintage (2015) of one of our favorite Cotes du Rhones — the exceptional 2015 vintage has yielded an excellent wine that sells for a song.  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 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 Grenache Blanc, 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
Special Wine of the Week Price: $14.44/bottle (15% off) or $13.59/bottle (20% off) on your solid 6-pack!

2. 2015 Isle Saint-Pierre Rouge (Rhone Valley, France) – This obscure, but delicious and juicy blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Arinarnoa, and Petit Verdot comes from an island in the middle of the Rhone River.  It is medium bodied, fresh, spicy and low in tannin red makin git a great one to have with or without food.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

3. 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.  Talk about a chuggable red…….
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

Sample some delicious new wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Quintessential House Wines

Friday, March 24th from 4-7 pm – Join us at the store (directions here) for a free wine tasting featuring a trio of quintessential house wines.  From a little Southern French operation called Le Ballon, this is your chance to try their white, rosé, and red.  Trust us, the wines are delicious, affordable, and perfect for spring and summer parties and casual sipping.

Call them house wines, table wines, or vin de table…….we don’t care what you call them!  The new Le Ballon wines from the Languedoc are some of the most honest and easy drinking French wines of all time!  Part of the Vignerons de Nature portfolio imported to North Carolina by local importer/distributor Sour Grapes, the Le Ballon wines are ridiculous values in highly quaffable organic wines.  We’ll start with the white, a fresh and zesty, tank fermented blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino.  Up next, the dry rosé is simply sensational — 50% Grenache and 50% Cinsault, this is about as chuggable as wine can get.  To finish, the grill-ready red combines Grenache with little bits of Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon — juicy, spicy, and easygoing, this is the perfect mid-weight red for warmer weather drinking.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save on all of the featured tasting 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. 2016 Le Ballon Blanc (Languedoc, France) – This is exactly the kind of white wine you want to have around the house for pretty much any sort of drinking occasion.  A blend of equal parts Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel, it offers up crisp notes of peach, apple, citrus and white flowers.  Uncomplicated, but way too easy to drink, this is a lot of white wine for the money.
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Le Ballon Rosé (Languedoc, France) – After one sniff of this wine, we knew we were going to buy it.  Talk about a wine that smells like sunny fruit!  Tart strawberry, cherry, white peach, honeysuckle and more.  We guarantee you can’t have just 1 glass!
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases

3. 2016 Le Ballon Rouge (Languedoc, France) – A combination of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from organically cultivated vineyards, this stainless steel fermented red is full of charm and sheer drinkability.  Stock up on this one for cookouts and bbq!
Tasting Price: $8.99 on mixed 3-packs | $8.49 on mixed 6-packs | $7.99 on mixed cases

Buy Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Best Selling Dry Rose Is Back – 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose

Our best selling dry rose of 2016 is back and better than ever!  The 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé arrived last week, Ben and I popped a bottle, and we are both convinced that this year’s version is even better than last year’s.  I know it’s still February, but this is one of those wines that tastes just as good as it looks no matter what time of year it is.  The only think I have left to say is come and get it!

2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé – On Sale Through Thursday, March 9th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle 

Sale Price: $15.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $14.39/bottle (20% off) on your solid 6-pack

I’m not going to go into depth about Domaine Lafage, Jean-Marc and his wife Eliane, and the incredible wines they make.  If you’ve shopped here, you’ve heard the in-depth story.  I will simply say that they make some of the best wines in France’s Roussillon region, and their Miraflors Rosé is always a standout.  A blend of organically cultivated Grenache Gris (80+ year old vines) and Mourvedre, this is literally springtime in a bottle.  Ripe and silky, yet elegant and energetic, it tastes even better than the bottle looks.  And yes, that is one of the best-looking bottles of wine we stock!  Laced with aromas and flavors of red berries (think strawberry, cherry, and raspberry) with hints of floral infused white peach, the wine is decidedly dry yet silky smooth.

Buy it and save it for the next 70 degree day or turn up the heat and drink it liberally.  You’ll thank me.  This is always one of the first dry rosés to arrive and thus one of the first to disappear.  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold it for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville, NC.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Try some world class French white wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – World Class French White Wines

Saturday, February 18th from 2-5pm — For fans of French white wines, this is the tasting you don’t want to miss.  We’ll pour a trio of truly classy and stylish wines from the Loire and Burgundy, two of France’s top white wine zones.

This is an incredible lineup of very special wines from some of the most distinct and special terroirs of France.  With spring just around the corner (hopefully), this is a great opportunity to taste some of our favorite new white wine arrivals.  We’ll start with a crispy and crunchy Chardonnay from Muscadet, in France’s Loire Valley.  Possessing bright flavors of fresh apple, pear, citrus and mineral, it’s a perennial staff and customer favorite.  Up next is a stunning, mineral-laced Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly Fumé, also in France’s Loire Valley.  This one is already flying out of the store and shows the more restrained and complex side of Sauvignon Blanc.  To finish, you’ll get to sample a drop dead gorgeous version of White Burgundy from the oft-overlooked village of Montagny.  Super stylish, moderately rich, and beautifully balanced, this Premier Cru is shows a whole different side of Chardonnay.  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. 2015 Eric Chevalier Chardonnay (Loire Valley, France) – Eric Chevalier’s family has owned vineyards just south of Nantes in the western part of the Loire Valley for four generations.  He was the first to estate bottle wines from their unique terroir that is composed of rocky, quartz-rich soils.  The resulting wine possesses flinty minerality along with notions of bright fruit and zero oak.  It’s always great, but the warm and sunny 2015 vintage has yielded a wine with a little more richness and intensity.
Tasting Price: $16.19 on mixed 3-packs | $15.29 on mixed 6-packs | $14.39 on mixed cases

2. 2015 Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé “Vieilles Vignes” (Loire Valley, France) – This is easily the best Pouilly Fumé we’ve ever stocked!  Just across the river from Sancerre, this is 100% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in stainless steel and aged the lees for 6 months.  The Kermit Lynch website says, “You couldn’t ask for a cleaner, fresher, flintier, or truer expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Its mouth-watering acidity, depth of flavor, and fleshy texture will have you racing back for more.”  We concur 100%!
Tasting Price: $22.49 on mixed 3-packs | $21.24 on mixed 6-packs | $19.99 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot Montagny 1er Cru (Burgundy, France) – Prior to making his own wines, Jean-Marc Boillot was the winemaker at Olivier Leflaive.  In addition, his grandmother was Burgundy’s famed Etienne Sauzet.  Talk about a guy with Burgundy running through his veins!  The style here is rich, ripe, and highly attractive and his Montagny 1er Cru is one of the great values in super high quality White Burgundy.  From the highly esteemed 2015 vintage, this one shows lovely notes of poached pear, spiced apple, carmelized citrus and judicious oak.
Tasting Price: $31.49 on mixed 3-packs | $29.74 on mixed 6-packs | $27.99 on mixed cases

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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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The Table Wine “Classroom”

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