Novellum Chardonnay 2016

2016 Novellum Chardonnay – Case of the Month

When I saw the review on the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay, I nearly lost it!  92 points from the Wine Advocate, compared to Sonoma’s famed and very hard-to-get Aubert Chardonnay, and I can get it down to $9.99/bottle for you.  SOLD!  I’ve carried every vintage of this wine since the store opened, but the 2016 is really special.  The talented Jean-Marc Lafage crafts this wine from 30 year old, organically cultivated vines — that’s old for Chardonnay!  Run, don’t walk, to the store to get some of this.  It’s the Chardonnay deal of the year, and you’re gonna’ love it.

2016 Novellum Chardonnay – On Sale Through Saturday, November 4th

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — That’s over 25% off!!!
$11.19/bottle on your solid 6-pack — That’s 20% off!

Trust me, this is no one-hit-wonder.  The 2015 scored 90 points, the 2014 scored 89 points, and the 2013 scored 92 points — all with the Wine Advocate.  Importer Eric Solomon works with Team Lafage to make this wine, and it’s made in a unique fashion. Those old vines yield intensely flavored grapes, and the wine is fermented in stainless steel.  After fermentation is complete, it is aged in tank (70%) and older French oak barrels (30%) on the lees of Viognier.  The resulting wine is beautiful — rich, yet clean, and full bodied, but snappy.

Here’s the review from Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate: “A sensational wine that will compete with wines five times the price, the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay is the real deal and actually reminded me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in California’s Sonoma County. White peach, crushed rocks, spice and brioche notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has depth, layered texture and length. Buy it.”

FYI, good luck getting your hands on a bottle of Aubert Chardonnay.  That’s one of Robert Parker’s favorite Chardonnay producers, and the entry-level wine fetches $100+.  Buy this instead!  Stop by this Saturday, October 7th any time between 2-5pm to taste this one along with a couple of others, or you can email me at, and I’ll put some aside for you. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

European Cellars Eric Solomon Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Epic Eric Solomon Selections – Super Saturday Wine Tasting

Saturday, August 26th from 2-5 pm – Our next Super Saturday Wine Tasting features an epic lineup of French and Spanish wines from importer Eric Solomon!  Many of you know and love Eric’s selections — we’ll be breaking out some old favorites as well as some new finds.  Just $5/person to sample 10 wines — free for Grape Nuts.

Charlotte-based importer Eric Solomon is one of the best in the business.  His French and Spanish wines always garner high marks from The Wine Advocate as well as other trade periodicals (see below) — they are quite deserving of the praise.  Join us for an extensive tasting guided by Mike Kolker and Peg Laurita of Freedom Beverage, the North Carolina distributor of Eric’s wines.  They’ll pour you some incredible values along with some more “choice” selections from some of the warmer and sunnier parts of France and Spain.  From crisp and aromatic Verdejo and Grenache Blanc to rich and spicy Monastrell, Grenache Rouge and Syrah, we’re bringing out some serious heat for this tasting.

For fans of lush, polished, and distinctive European wines, this is one of the best wine tastings of the summer.  Prices range from $12 to $30+ on the wines — there’s something for every palate and every budget!  Check out the lineup below, and I think you’ll agree that this is an impressive lineup.  And at just $5 to try all 10 wines, it’s a great deal!  Oh yeah, all of the tasting wines will be aggressively discounted.  Stop by, taste, learn, stock up and save big on a bunch of awesome wines.  No RSVP is required – all you have to do is stop by, grab a glass and a tasting/sales sheet, and have a good 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. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca (Terra Alta, Spain) – 89 points The Wine Advocate

2. Menade Verdejo (Rueda, Spain)

3. 2016 Domaine Lafage Cote Est (Roussillon, France) – 88 points The Wine Advocate

4. 2015 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Roussillon, France) – 90 points The Wine Advocate

5. 2015 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire (Roussillon, France) – 92 points The Wine Advocate

6. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negre (Terra Alta, Spain)

7. 2015 Casa Castillo Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain) – 90 points The Wine Advocate

8. 2014 Domaine Lafage Narassa (Roussillon, France) – 93 points The Wine Advocate

9. 2015 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec (Roussillon, France) – 94 points The Wine Advocate

10. 2013 Saint Jean du Barroux L’Argile (Ventoux, France) – 92 points The Wine Advocate

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

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

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 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

Asheville's Best Free Wine Tasting

Mediterranean Wines from Importer Eric Solomon

Join us for Asheville’s best free wine tasting this Saturday, July 9th from 2-5 p.m.!  We’ll pour an all-star batch of Mediterranean wines from importer Eric Solomon including our new Wine of the Week, the 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio.  When it comes to Mediterranean varietals, specifically Grenache and Syrah, Charlotte-based importer Eric Solomon can do no wrong.  His portfolio includes top flight producers from the Rhone, the Languedoc-Roussillon, and Spanish Catalunya, and we’re going to let you taste some of his all time greats. Stop by, taste some classic Mediterranean wines, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

The Wines
On all tasting wines, save 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix six of them, or 20% off when you mix a case or more of them!

1. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca (Terra Alta, Spain) – The beautiful Nuria Altes comes from a long line of grape growers in Terra Alta, one of the largest DO’s in Spain’s Catalunya region.  After years of selling the family’s grapes to larger operations, Nuria started estate bottling her own wines in 2010 and we’re glad she did!  Her White Grenache comes from vineyards that range in age from 25 to 100+ years old, and the resulting wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete eggs.  Fresh, dry, and expressing lovely old vine character in the form of lemon, pear and complex mineral notes, this is a year in and year out great value.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra (Terra Alta, Spain) – The red wine from Herencia Altes is 100% Grenache (Garnatxa is the Catalan name) from old vines planted in sandy clay limestone soils. Fermented entirely in concrete tank, it is a wonderfully pure version of Grenache that shows the grapes true essence.  Ripe cherry, raspberry, white pepper, and subtle mineral notes inform the nose and palate of this soft and supple, medium bodied red wine.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch “Kerbuccio” Maury Sec (Roussillon, France) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it’s one of the best red wines we’ve ever encountered from this appellation.  A somewhat mysterious blend of classic Southern French/Mediterranean varietals, it is nonetheless a stunning example of how good Southern French wine can be when made by an expert like Jean-Marc Lafage.  Eric Solomon’s website lists the blend as being Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre, but Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate says its Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.  Whatever the case, it is a rich, sumptuous, and silky red wine flowing with ripe blueberry, cassis, dark raspberry and a host of other yummy notes.  Click here to read more.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc

Case of the Month – 2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc

Wine of the Week #2 – A White Wine That Will Make You Say Wow! – 2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc – Need a great white wine for all seasons and all palates?  I’ve found it for you!  I’ve been working with the wines from Michel Gassier for five years now, and I’m comfortable with going on the record and stating that this is the best Cercius Blanc we’ve ever tasted.  A blend of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Sauvignon Blanc from 25 year old, organically farmed vineyards scattered throughout the Southern Rhone, we’re going to continue the sale on this one through the end of the year or until our distributor runs out.

2014 Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc – On sale through the end of the year!

Regular Price: $15.99/bottle

Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on solid cases (over 30% off) or $12.79/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% 0ff)

Michel Gassier grew up in the Costieres de Nimes/Southern Rhone region of France, and his family has been growing grapes here for four generations.  He and his wife Tina have helped to raise the bar of quality in this region through a unique combination of organic farming, promoting biodiversity, and championing native grapes while being open minded enough to try new things.  The Cercius wines are a joint venture between the Gassiers, importer Eric Solomon, and consultant Philippe Cambie, and this all-star team has produced a stunning white wine in the 2014 vintage.

The 2014 Cercius Blanc is only entitled to the designation of Vin de France because of the inclusion of Sauvignon Blanc, a grape that is not “approved” by any of the Southern Rhone AOC’s.  This renegade spirit and willingness to take chances at the cost of a familiar label is one of the things that makes us respect Monsieur Gassier even more.  It works too!  The 2012 vintage of this wine scored 93 points from Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate and we predict that this wine will receive similar marks.

Boasting a medium to full body and a knockout bouquet of peach, tropical fruits, honeysuckle, and mineral, it is rich and beautifully textured with amazing purity, class, and pedigree.  It’s one of those white wines that will work with all sorts of palates as it combines richness with freshness.  In a nutshell, it’s just plain good and your wine guy says you should go ahead and buy a case.

So there you go, one of our best white wine deals of the year and we’ve got plenty!  Stop by and pick some up or email us at if you’d like us to put some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Free French Wine Tasting

Free Fun and Funky French Wine Tasting

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Friday, July 10th from 2-7 p.m. – Ever heard of the term terroir?  It’s the French term for “sense of place” or the way that a wine tastes and smells like the place from which it came.  For instance, take a wine like Heitz “Martha’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, wine from a single vineyard surrounded by eucalyptus trees.  Guess what it smells like?  You guessed it, minty eucalyptus!  This same premise applies in vineyards throughout France where you have some of the most complex soil types and micro-climates in the world. If this all sounds crazy to you, stop by this Friday for our “Free, Fun, and Funky French Wine Tasting.”  You’ll leave a believer!  Taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines every Friday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2012 Domaine Bru-Baché Jurancon Sec (Southwestern France) – Imported by the incomparable Kermit Lynch, this is 100% Gros Manseng from biodynamically farmed vineyards grown on clay and limestone soils.  Vines are in the 15 to 75 year age range, so the terroir really shines through in this soulful, thought provoking white that smells and tastes of golden apple, pear, flowers, and honeyed mineral.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres (Languedoc, France) – This one also comes from Kermit Lynch’s portfolio and it is year in and year out one of the great French red wine values.  From older vineyards positioned in rocky, gravelly soils, the blend on this one is mainly Carignan with smaller splashes of Grenache and Syrah.  Aromas of fresh berries, hot rocks, peppery spice, and herbs de Provence show up on the nose and the medium bodied palate of this sensational Southern French red.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

3. 2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Roussillon, France) – Poor old Carignan! Long regarded as a lower class grape that was relegated to jug wine production, many of the quality producers of Southern France are making remarkable versions these days.  Old vines and low yields are the keys to success, and Jean-Marc Lafage has the magic touch with the varietal.  From 70+ year old vineyards grown in the rocky, schist soils of Maury, this smells of liquid mineral, ripe berries, spices and dark chocolate leading into a palate of ripe and smooth dark fruits, anise, and mineral.  94 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $12.99/bottle on solid case purchases — that’s over 20% off!

2014 Lafage Tessellae Vieilles Vignes

2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes

Wine of the Week – A 94 point rated red for as low as $12.99/bottle – We hate to lead off a special offer on a special wine with the words “supplies are very limited,” but that’s the case with this one.  Jean-Marc Lafage, one of the most skilled proprietors and winemakers in Southern France has put together another absolutely stunning red wine that Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate rated 94 points.  It’s 100% old vine Carignan, we’ve got less than seven cases, and it’s going to go fast.  Stop by or email us at to secure yourself some of this one today.  Here’s the deal:

2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes
Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

On Sale Through Tuesday, July 21st unless we run out first
$12.99/bottle on solid case purchases — over 20% off!
$14.44/bottle on six pack purchases — 15% off
$15.29/bottle when you buy three bottles — 10% off

If you shop at Table Wine with any frequency, you’ve probably had a wine crafted by Jean-Marc Lafage and his wife Eliane.  They are the same team behind the Bastide Miraflors red and dry rose, the Novellum Chardonnay, and the Cuvée Centenaire.  This wine is a custom cuvée made in conjunction with importer Eric Solomon, and it is composed entirely of 70+ year old Carignan from in the Cotes Catalanes, near the Spanish border.

The combination of sunny, warm days and rocky, schisty soils seriously stress these low yielding vines, and the resulting wine is really quite amazing considering the price.  It is fermented in concrete tanks and neutral oak to preserve the natural purity and complexity of fruit, mineral, and spice inherent in old vines.  If included in a blind tasting of Southern French reds, it could easily pass for one that sells for a lot more.  Deep in color and possessing a wonderful nose of warm raspberry, dark cherry, chocolate, and mineral, it opens up even more on the palate with rounded, rich, and ripe notes of pure raspberry, dark cherry, hot rock, peppery spice, and creamy milk chocolate.

Those are our tasting notes.  Here’s what Mr. Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate had to say: “A custom cuvee and joint venture with importer Eric Solomon, the 2013 Tessellae Vieilles Vignes is 100% Carignan and comes from 70-year-old vines and the schist soils of Maury and Les Aspres. It is an off-the-charts value that offers up thrilling notes of black raspberry, chocolate, graphite, tar and licorice to go with a voluptuous, decadent, yet seamless and gorgeously pure feel on the palate. Seriously, this wine is smoking good and should thrill for 4-5 years, if not longer. Just pretend you paid more for it.”

Sound good?  We know it’s good, but we also know that many of you like to “try before you buy,” especially in bulk. Thus, we’ll have this one open to try this Friday, July 10th at our free wine tasting………if don’t sell it all first!  If you trust us, just stop by, email us at, or call us at 828.505.8588 and we’ll be glad to put some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Eric Solomon European Cellars Wine Tasting

Eric Solomon European Cellars Wine Tasting

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Eric Solomon European Cellars Wine Tasting – Saturday, May 30th from 2-5 p.m. – Charlotte, NC based importer Eric Solomon has made a name for himself as one of the best in the business when it comes to finding great wines at great prices.  Specializing in wines from small, family owned and operated estates throughout France and Spain, Eric works with producers who emphasize “place over process.”  Stop by the store this Saturday for an expanded lineup of his highly rated, hard to resist wines.  Taste, learn, and save up to 20% every Saturday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2013 Burgans Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain): While Eric deals mainly in estate wines, this is one of the exceptions.  Burgans is a custom cuvée made for European Cellars by Martin Codax, the largest cooperative in Rías-Baixas.  It is consistently recognized by the wine press as one of the best value Albarinos produced, and the 2013 is no exception.  From 20+ year old vineyards, it is fermented in stainless steel, and then aged on the lees (with regular stirring) for three months.  “A custom cuvee put together by Eric Solomon, it offers crisp, fresh, lively honeysuckle, white peach and apricot notes, medium-bodied, dry flavors, and lots of fruit and perfume. It is a perfect foil for all types of seafood.” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 89 points
$14.39/bottle | $13.59 in mixed six packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire (Roussillon, France): This one is our Wine of the Weeks (it’s on sale through Tuesday, June 9th), and you can read all about it by clicking here.  “With beautiful minerality, stone fruits, saltiness and citrus blossom, the 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Centenaire Blanc (80% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne) is medium-bodied, fresh, crisp and pure. It’s a year in, year out, spectacular value that should not be missed.” – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate – 91 points
$15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Weeks Price: $12.99/bottle by the solid case!

3. 2012 Chateau Pesquié Cotes du Ventoux “Cuvée Terrasses” (Rhone Valley, France): Chateau Pesquié is one of the leading producers in the Ventoux in France’s Southern Rhone Valley.  Brothers Alexandere and Frederic Chaudiere craft this unforgettable blend of Grenache (70% from 60+ year old vines) and Syrah (30% from 30+ year old vines) that consistently ranks as one of the best red wine values in the world.   “It offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass.” – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate – 92 points
$14.39/bottle | $13.59 in mixed six packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

4. 2012 Tikves Bela Voda Red Blend (Macedonia): How often do you get the chance to try a 94 point rated Macedonian red wine?  We’ll go ahead and answer that for you………rarely!  Coming from Macedonia and under the guidance of French wine consulting guru Philippe Cambie, Tikves continues to produce high quality, value priced wines that over deliver.   “The 2012 Bela Voda tastes like a top-quality Zinfandel from California with its briar, plum, licorice and underbrush-driven aromas and flavors. A blend of 50% Vranac and 50% Plavac that spent 15 months in 30% concrete tanks and 70% in new and 1-year-old barrels, enjoy this full-bodied, beautifully balanced and silky red over the coming 3-5 years. Although, in this case, I’d be shocked to see this not still going strong at age ten. At 23 bucks, it’s a smoking value.” – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate – 92 t0 94 points
$20.69/bottle | $19.54 in mixed six packs | $18.39 in mixed cases

5. 2012 Black Slate Priorat “La Vieilla Alta” (Priorat, Spain): The Black Slate line of Priorats are a joint venture between Eric Solomon and some of his top Priorat estates.  The goal is to show the drinker/consumer the different terroirs of Priorat, one of Spain’s most significant wine regions.  This one comes from Bodegas Mas Alta, and is made with fruit from vineyards at 1,000+ feet of elevation and from old vines. “Copious notes of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with subtle spice, vanillin, crushed rock and spring flowers are found in this medium-bodied, elegant, stylish 2012. A blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Carignan and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it was aged 12 months in French oak, of which 60% was new. It should drink well for 3-6 years.” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 90 points
$20.69/bottle | $19.54 in mixed six packs | $18.39 in mixed cases

Wine of the Week: 2014 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire

We find a lot of great wines for the money, but occasionally, we find one that just rocks our worlds.  Jean-Marc Lafage, one of the most sought after and prolific winemakers in all of Southern France, has absolutely knocked it out of the park with his 2014 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire.  Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate sums it up pretty well saying “it’s a year in, year out, spectacular value that should not be missed.”  

Through Tuesday, June 9th, we’re dealing deep on this one.  The Wine Advocate suggested retail is $20, but we’re way below that price!  How about $15.29 by the bottle, $14.44/bottle by the six pack, or $12.99/bottle by the case?  That’s a great deal on one of the world’s great white wine values.

Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm roughly 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan.  The warm and dry climate of the region allows them to farm organically and make everything from rich, lively whites to rugged, full bodied reds.  The crazy thing is that they make roughly 10 different wines, and all of them are honestly delicious and dramatically affordable.

The terroir of Domaine Lafage's vineyards in the Roussillon.

The terroir of Domaine Lafage’s vineyards in the Roussillon. 

Another quote from Jeb Dunnuck, one of our favorite Wine Advocate contributors, that sums up the wines made by Jean-Marc and Eliane: “I struggle to think of another portfolio that encompasses anywhere close to this level of value, and the average quality to price (QPR) for these wines is just hard to believe.”  Ok, that’s the last time I’ll quote Jeb!

In 2014, Lafage’s Cuvée Centenaire is comprised of 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne.  All of the grapes come from vineyards that are at least 100 years old, thus the name “Centenaire.”  Really old vines like these contribute intensity, depth, and complexity of flavor; and one sip of this and you’ll immediately get that. Fermented in tank, the wine is then aged for four months on the lees in stainless steel and a small percentage is aged in French oak.

The resulting wine possesses that perfect balance of yin and yang.  There’s a richness and complexity to the wine that comes through in aromas and flavors of white peach, citrus oil, and rocky mineral that will remind some of a really good White Burgundy.  Yet, there’s also a freshness and zing to the wine that shows itself in the form of lemon curd, citrus blossom, and sea salt notes.  All in all, it’s just a rocking white wine that over delivers the goods on so many different levels.  As Robert Parker said, it possesses “a character that could easily be mistaken as a serious white Hermitage from the northern Rhone.”  Bold statement!

To make sure you get some of this one, you can either stop by the store and pick some up or you can call us or email us at and we’ll put some aside for you.  Not sure about this one?  Stop by this Saturday, May 30th any time between 2-5 p.m. and taste it for free along with four other delicious wines from importer Eric Solomon’s portfolio.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!


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