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

Top Summer Sancerre Pick – Philippe Girard Cuvée Silex

The 2016 Philippe Girard Cuvée Silex is my top summer Sancerre pick, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Why you ask?  Because Sancerre pairs perfectly with summer.  It’s bright, it’s crisp, it’s refreshing, and it’s absolutely delicious.  In case you’re not familiar, Sancerre is one of the top Sauvignon Blanc zones in the world, and this reserve bottling from small grower Philippe Girard is about as good as it gets.  It possesses great acidity, super intense aromas and flavors, and you’re going to love it.  Not sure?  Stop by Saturday, August 12th any time between 2-5pm to give it a try.

2016 Philippe Girard Sancerre Cuvée Silex — On Sale Through Saturday, August 26th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay

2014 Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay

New Case of the Month Selection – One of the best Chardonnay values in the world — as low as $8.49/bottle through Tuesday, April 12th!!!  Much like our last Case of the Month (Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir), the Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay is one of my top white wine finds of 2016 thus far.  This is real-deal, estate grown Chardonnay from a 20+ year old, sustainably farmed vineyard just outside of Muscadet, in France’s Loire Valley.  Robert Parker said the wine “does a fine job of impersonating Chablis,” and I agree with him 100%.  Clean, fresh, and crisp, but with ample body, weight, and the tiniest kiss of oak, it’s the perfect white wine for just about anything.  It’s our new Case of the Month, and it is on sale through Tuesday, April 12th.  Here’s the deal:

2014 Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay

Regular Price: $10.99/bottle
Sale Price: $8.49/bottle on solid cases (over 20% off) or $9.34/bottle on solid 6-packs (15% off)

Domaine de Bernier is made by the Couillaud brothers, who also own and operate Château de la Ragotière in Muscadet.  Adjacent to their Muscadet vineyards, they own and farm a 20 year old Chardonnay vineyard composed of soil just like that in Muscadet — heavy clay and chalk.  It is this combination of soil along with the more Atlantic influenced vineyards of the region that contribute to this wine’s lovely freshness and bright acidity.

As noted above, Robert Parker and a host of other wine writers have compared this wine to good, entry level Chablis. Parker went on to say there “is enough Chardonnay character to please fans of that varietal, but the real hallmark of this wine is its crisp, elegant, steely, mineral, and citrusy personality. It is impossible to find a wine of this type from California, Australia, or South America. A refreshing, lively wine, it will drink beautifully with light fish dishes, or served as an aperitif.”  Again, I couldn’t agree with this description of the wine more.  This is a wine that delivers Chablis-like nuance and style at less than $10/bottle, a fraction of the price you would pay for solid entry-level Chablis!

That’s it folks — delicious, warm weather friendly Chardonnay for as low as $8.49/bottle.  Not sure about this one? Stop by the store this Friday, March 18th any time between 4:00 and 7:00 to try it for free along with some other delicious European values.  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!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588

Domaine Ricard Touraine Le Petiot, one of the great Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc values on the market.

2013 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc Le Petiot

White Wine of the Week – Extreme Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc Value!!!  Vincent Ricard is easily making some of the best Sauvignon Blancs in the Touraine AOC, one of the Loire Valley’s largest and most diverse. As importer Charles Neal puts it, “Touraine has never been rated as highly as Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Quincy or Menetou Salon.  But times change, demand soars in other regions and prices rise, leaving a void for well-priced, affordable wine.  With the increased prices of Sancerre, we saw interest in Menatou rise, then Quincy. Now Touraine is looked at as the value white wine of the Loire. However, with quality rising at frightening speed, who knows how long that can last?”  Thus, if you crave the flavors of Sancerre and other higher priced Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs but hate paying the price, this is the wine for you.  Ricard doesn’t make much wine, and we just bought the last 5 cases from our distributor. And with these aggressive discounts in place, it’s not going to last long.  Here’s the deal:

2013 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc Le Petiot

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Buy 12+ Bottles: $14.44/bottle (15% off)
Buy 6-11 Bottles: $15.29/bottle (10% off)

After earning his Degree in Enology and then working for several years at some of the premiere estates in the Loire Valley, Vincent Ricard returned home to his family’s vineyards in 1998.  He and his father immediately bought themselves out of their cooperative contract, and began converting all of their vineyards over to organics.  Today, all of the vineyards are organic, and the estate is now one of the most esteemed in the appellation.

The estate’s Le Petiot bottling is 100% Sauvignon Blanc that comes from hand harvested, 30 year old vineyards.  The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then allowed to age on its lees.  Vincent ages a small percentage of the wine (20%) in older French oak, and this process serves to enhance the texture of the wine.  The Wine Advocate described this one as  being “very precise and zesty on the palate, this is a pure and green-hearted Sauvignon. Best buy.” Translated, that means it’s nicely dry and fresh with notes of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime) and green herbs and it’s a great deal.  Delicious by itself on the porch or patio nicely chilled, this one also works incredibly well with fresh fish, shrimp, seafood, and vegetables.

With just 5 cases to sell, I repeat THIS ONE WILL NOT LAST LONG.  Stop by and pick some up or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll put some aside for you until you can make it by.