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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

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

2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone, a prototype Cotes du Rhone full of rich, spicy fruit.

2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone

Red Wine of the Week – A fresh and spicy Southern Rhone that loves anything off the grill!!  A good Cotes du Rhone is a necessity of life!  I think that’s what Jefferson meant to say, but whether he did or not, I’m sure he would agree with me.  Like a warm blanket on a cold night or your favorite pair of well worn jeans, this is the type of wine that brings simple pleasure, comfort, and delight, and the 2013 La Grange de Piaugier is prototype Cotes du Rhone.  This is the kind of wine that is hard to put down once the bottle is open, and you’ll definitely want to take at least two bottles if you’re bringing it to a party.  You’ll drink it with food (like barbecue and grilled meats), but you’ll be just as happy drinking it by itself with some bread and cheese.  Am I making my point clear?  The 2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone is our new Red Wine of the Week and placing your order is as simple as emailing us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  Here’s the deal:

2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone

Regular Price: $14.99/bottle

Buy 12 or more bottles: $12.74/bottle (15% off)
Buy 6-11 bottles: $13.49/bottle (10% off)

Domaine de Piaugier is situated in and around the village of Sablet, which stands proudly at the feet of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail in the Vaucluse department of the Southern Rhône.  Jean-Marc Autran is the fourth generation of his family to grow grapes, and he made his first wine in 1985 in the cellars built by his great-grandfather, Alphonse Vautour, in 1947.  The domaine’s diverse soils and old vines, along with the Autran’s commitment to quality over quantity, have resulted in wines that over-deliver in a big way.  All of their grapes are entirely hand-harvested, pressed and made into wine plot-by-plot, and all of the wines are made from whole bunches.  Leaves are removed but the bunches are not de-stemmed, and the wine is lightly fined and filtered.

The hand-crafted 2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone is a Rhône field-blend, with primarily Grenache, then Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan.  Fermentation takes place in cement (the old fashioned way) and the wine is way too easy to drink.  It sports a nose of spice and herb infused cherry, black cherry, and plum leading into a medium bodied, fresh and juicy palate of pure flavor.  It’s not too heavy, but it’s not too light, and the texture is fresh, but downright silky.  Trust me, this is a delicious red to drink all year long and you can easily drink on it over the next 2-3 years with no fear of it going bad.

Cotes du Rhone – The Perfect Winter Warmer Wine

Cotes du Rhone is a wine as well as a vast series of vineyeards that sit on either side of the Rhone River in the southeastern part of France.  For centuries, wines have been made here, but it really wasn’t until the latter part of the 20th century that these wines became popular in the United States.  Red wines are the most familiar to most wine consumers, but the region does produce its fair share of whites and dry rosés as well.  In our opinion, this is one of the world’s top zones for tremendous wine values and winter is the perfect season to drink them.  The reds are typically medium to full bodied with generous fruit, spice, and mineral and herbal notes.

Join us this Friday any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to sample three of our favorite Cotes du Rhones.  From easy-drinking and affordable to big, rich, and cellar worthy, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of the wines and the region.  Even better, if you like to save money, our week-end tastings are the perfect opportunity to do so.  We offer discounts of 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any 6 to 11 tasting wines, and 20% off if you mix any 12 or more tasting wines.  Taste, learn, and save every week-end at Table Wine!

The Wines
Prices range from $13 to $23

1. 2013 La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone – This proved itself to be a customer favorite over the holidays, and we’re glad to have it back in stock.  Domaine de Piaugier is situated in and around the village of Sablet, which stands proudly at the feet of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail in the Vaucluse department of the Southern Rhône.  Their La Grange de Piaugier is Rhône field-blend, with primarily Grenache, then Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan from 20+-year-old vines.  It is fermented in cement tank, with a seven-day fermentation period, and the resulting wine is a tremendous introduction to red Cotes du Rhone.  Medium weight and pure, with zesty fruit along with pepper and Provencal herbs on the nose and the palate, it’s an uncomplicated wine for drinking with or without food.

2. 2013 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages Signargue – This is the best selling wine in the history of the store!  The Amido Family are based in Lirac, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape, and their Cotes du Rhone Signargues comes from a number of villages throughout the Southern Rhone.  Produced from a blend of roughly 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.  It is fermented in cement to preserve the natural purity of the grapes, and the resulting wine shows more fruit intensity than its predecessor.  Full bodied, and packed with ripe raspberry, kirsch, and blueberry fruit, it finishes with just a whiff of earth and pepper.

3. 2012 Chateau de St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albion – Luis Barruol of Chateau de St. Cosme is one of the Rhone’s master winemakers and he’s been on a hot streak with all of his wines, from his basic Cotes du Rhones to his incredible Gigondas.  “A wine that comes all from estate vineyards (mostly Plan de Dieu and Cairanne) since 2008, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions is mostly Grenache and Syrah, yet also includes a tiny amount of Clairette and other permitted varieties. It exhibits knockout notes of dark fruits, chocolate, smoked meats and pepper. This is followed by a ripe, textured and beautifully pure effort that has both richness and freshness. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.”  Jeb Dunnuck (The Wine Advocate) – 91 points

Asheville's Best Free Wine Tasting!

Delicious Grenache-Based Wines of Southern France

The best way to learn about wine is to taste it, and we conduct one of Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tastings every Saturday from 2 to 5.  This week, it’s a Grenache Lovers dream tasting featuring a quartet of Grenache-based wines from the Rhone Valley and the Roussillon region of Southern France.  As you can see in the picture above, Grenache can grow where many other things can’t and it can keep growing for a long time. Surprisingly, the resulting wines don’t taste nearly as “rough” as these vineyards look.  The soul of Southern French wine(s), it comes in three different colors too!  We’ll taste them all and we’ll tell you more than you ever wanted to know about one of the most prolific grape varieties on the planet.  All you have to do is stop by!

First up, the 2013 Les Vignerons St. Hilaire D’Ozilhan Cotes du Rhone Blanc “Prestige Cuvée” has a very long and hard to pronounce name, but there’s nothing complicated about the wines .  Mainly Grenache Blanc, with smaller amounts of Viognier, Roussanne and Clairette, it’s a pretty, aromatic white wine laced with white peach, golden apple and delicate floral notes.  The second white, the 2012 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu.  Fuller, richer and more powerful than the first white, it offers up notes of peach, green fig, fennel and a saline edged minerality typically encountered in much more expensive wines.

Moving on to the reds, the 2011 Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from vineyards approaching 50 years of age.  A classic, medium bodied, bistro-styled red, it displays ripe berry fruits along with notions of roasted herb, pepper and earth.  To finish up, the 2012 Les Vignes de Bila Haut Rouge is a tank aged blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan.  Boasting deep aromas of blackberry, black cherry and peppery/spicy/herbal stuff, it’s a ton of wine for the money.  That’s all folks, the only left for you to do is stop by and “get your Grenache on.”

Tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix any six of them and 20% off if you mix twelve! 

The Wines
Prices range from $11 to $17

 1. 2013 Les Vignerons St. Hilaire D’Ozilhan Cotes du Rhone Blanc
(Southern Rhone Valley, France)

 2. 2012 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc
(Cotes du Roussillon, France)

 3. 2011 Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone
(Southern Rhone Valley, France)

 4. 2012 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rouge
(Cotes du Roussillon, France)

Table Wine Asheville: Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week: 2012 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages “Signargues”

On Sale Through 12/31/2013

We sold through our first big drop of this wine at a record pace, so why the heck am I discounting a wine that we can barely keep in stock?  Because we secured another 28 cases of this wine and because I’m cool like that!

Regular Price: $14.99 

Sale Price: $13.49/bottle or $11.99/bottle when you buy 6 or more.
That’s up to 20% off!

The Cotes du Rhone from the Amido family is one of those wines that qualify as a legitimate no-brainer.  It’s got a great story, it tastes great, and it doesn’t cost much.  Let me start by telling you the story.  The young Amandine Amido and her husband Antoine took over this bucolic estate when Amandine’s grandfather Christian passed away recently.  They make delicious dry rosé from holdings in Tavel (we carry this one as well) as well as a bold and spicy red wine from their vineyards in Lirac, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Their best value, however, is this Cotes du Rhone Villages, which they make with fruit from their holdings in Domazan, Estezargues, Rochefort-du-Gard, and Sazes in the southern Rhone Valley. These four municipalities make up one of the 17 geographical names that make up the AOC Cotes du Rhone Villages.  I had trouble finding what the exact blend was on the wine, but I think importer Charles Neal told me that the wine was primarily Grenache with smaller amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre, which is consistent with what I taste.

This is a very friendly, comforting Cotes du Rhone that opens with aromas of warm and ripe raspberry, black cherry and assorted herbs and spices.  It is a dark colored wine that looks like it might be a “bruiser”, but once on the palate, it is full, but soft, with flavors of ripe, sun baked dark cherry, wild strawberry and plum. It’s delicious right out of the bottle, but the wine definitely picks up more spice and Provencal herb notes as air gets to it.  I’ve enjoyed several bottles of this wine with friends and with food over the past couple of months, and it has always proven to be a winner.  Try it with lamb and white bean stew, roast chicken or turkey with root vegetables or with a roaring fire on a cool winter’s night.  Just try it!

Table Wine Asheville Classroom

Wine 101: Understanding Cotes du Rhones – Wednesday, April 3, 2013 – 7:00 to 8:00

The Cotes du Rhone AOC is a huge playing field of production that covers close to 100,000 acres of land supporting vineyards.  With such a large amount of acreage under vine, there is naturally a great variety of style, from light and fruity wines to richer, fuller ones with lovely dark fruit character.  We’d be remiss not to mention that the region also produces its fair share of dry whites and rosés as well.

Join us on a journey through the Rhone via her wines.  The price of admission includes a very skilled presenter of wines (aka Josh) along with tastes of 6 wines, bread and cheese.  We can take 24 for this seated tasting in the Table Wine “classroom”.  Call us at 828.505.8588 to reserve your spot.

$20/person…..$15 for Grape Nuts

Due to the advanced planning needs, we are unable to offer refunds with less than 72 hours notice for this event.

2011 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages

Wine of the Week – 2011 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages

Domaine Amido is exactly the type of wine producer we love to sell.  It’s family owned and run and all of the work in the vineyard and cellar is done with intention and attention to detail. Run for years by the chain smoking Christian Amido, the estate is now operated by Christian’s daughter and grand daughter, Nathalie and Amandine, with winemaking handled by Amandine’s fiancé Antoine.  Wines like this one are why I do what I do.  In the words of my friend Alison E. Smith, “it’s up to me and only me to make what I can of my life, I’m driven because I am so very thankful that I’m not sitting in a boring office pushing paper around just to please a boss or stock price, I’m able to help a far greater cause. By selling wine like I do I’m actually helping families – families who plant the vines, make the wines and create a product that needs to be sold to keep their world going. Fear of letting them all down, if I’m not doing my job well it means they don’t get paid…this gets me up in the morning”.

The late Christian Amido admidst his old Grenache plantings in Lirac.

The late Christian Amido admidst his old Grenache plantings in Lirac.

The family has substantial holdings in the region of Lirac, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape, and the vineyards here share many of the same characteristics as those found in Chateauneuf.  The vineyards here are studded with galets (rounded rocks) that stress the vine and hold heat well and the resulting wines tend to be full, spicy and robust.  The 2011 Cotes du Rhone Villages is exactly that, a full bodied red abounding in flavors and aromas of ripe cherry/black cherry, raspberry and strawberry with a good bit of peppery spice and grilled herb on the finish.  It offers great immediate gratification and will continue to do so for the next 3-4 years. 

Stop by our free tasting this Saturday to try this one out.  Sale pricing is good for 2 weeks!  Please mention that you saw the sale pricing via the newsletter or website to save!

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle 

Sale Pricing

$12.59 on 3-5 bottle purchases

$11.89 on 6-11 bottle purchases

$11.19 on 12+ bottle purchases 

Sale pricing good through 3/13.

 

Wines of the Week – Cotes du Rhones from Eric Texier

Eric Texier’s wines have been fixtures on our shelves since our inception, and there’s good reason for that.  Born in Bordeaux in 1961 (a great vintage), Eric came to wine later in his life after working for many years as a nuclear engineer.  His systematic and articulate approach to wine have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers and of wine drinkers all over the world.

Before making his first wine, Texier spent five years studying winemaking and viticulture with some of the top winemakers and producers in the world.  What he took away from his studies was that the best wines were made with healthy fruit from organically farmed vineyards made with minimal intervention – in a sense, he subscribes to the belief that good wines make themselves if you start with good, healthy fruit.  

We applaud his work and highly recommend his wines on a daily basis at the store.  The red wine comes from the fantastic 2010 vintage and garnered a 90 point score from Stephen Tanzer.  It  comes from a vineyard just south of Cornas and is composed of 100% Grenache – Texier believes that it is the most northern planting of Grenache in the Rhone Valley.  The cooler temperatures of this site results in a wine that is energetic, juicy and super pure with notes of zesty raspberry, cherry, roasted herbs and spices.   It is a wine that is comfortable served alongside lamb skewers, but it is equally delicious with roasted autumn root vegetables.

The white, from the 2011 vintage, came in with an 89 point score from Stephen Tanzer, and it is a blend of old vine Clairette (90%) rounded out with splashes of Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Like the red, the white is energetic and focused with a great balance between tartness and ripe fruit.  It displays a nice mix of tangy citrus counterbalanced by more exotic tropical notes along with a gentle spicy note on the finish.  Try it with a lemon roasted chicken served alongside an arugula, beet, goat cheese salad and experience a wine and food nirvana!

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Sale Price: $14.99/bottle……….$13.99/bottle if you buy a mixed six pack of these two
(through 10/2) 

The only rule is that you must mention that you saw this offer via the website or the e-newsletter to get the sale price. 

Wine of the Week – 2010 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone

Eric Texier is a Bordeaux native who came to wine later in life. He spent many hours reading about vineyards and winemaking, visited top winemakers around the world, and slowly refined his craft.  He doesn’t own any of his own vineyards, but he works with small growers up and down the Rhone Valley, sourcing grapes of impeccable quality and producing wines that make the drinker very, very happy. 

He is without a doubt one of my favorite producers in the Rhone, and he’s hit a home run with his 2010 Cotes du Rhone.  This was a very fine vintage throughout the south of France, and according to wine reviewer extraordinaire Stephen Tanzer, he crafted one of the finest “basic” Cote du Rhones of the vintage.

According to Stephen, this is 100% Grenache, all fermented in tank to preserve the natural freshness and complexity of flavor of the grape.  As with most of Texier’s wines, this is a wine that combines intensity with energy and freshness.  Ripe cherry and black raspberry meet spicecake, floral, pepper and anise aromas and flavors.  It is the perfect, all purpose, grilling wine that would work well with chicken or pork or a heavily peppered steak.  Yum!

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle 

On sale through June 19 at $14.99/bottle 

The only rule is that you must mention that you saw this in the newsletter to get the sale price.