Chantepierre Cotes du Rhone

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  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

Monastrell Madness!!!

2003 Primitivo Quiles Raspay Reserva 

Many customers have spent a considerable amount of time staring at this bottle of wine at the store.  It has probably one of the most confusing labels in the history of wine labels, so I’m here today to de-mystify it and write about it. 

The name of the producer is Primitivo Quiles and the proprietary name of the wine is “Raspay Reserva”.  Don Primitivo Quiles started his bodega in Monovar (Alicante) in 1940, and today it is the oldest bodega in the region.  The family specialty is old vine Monastrell (aka Mourvedre), with many of their vines dating back to the mid 1800’s.  The hot, dry days along Spain’s eastern coast provide for fully ripe grapes, and the Quiles family actually let their grapes “hang out” a bit longer than most to concentrate the sugars and in certain years, the grapes actually become slightly raisinated on the vine.  After harvest, the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in large oak barrels and then left to age for extended periods in 6-10 year old American oak.

If you’re not interested yet, then stop reading right away.  This is one unique wine that opens up with aromas of earth, raisins, prunes, saddle leather and exotic spices.  With a little air, the wine begins to open up to reveal a soft and relatively round and mature wine with notes of savory berry, earth, and Indian spices.  It is a really unique wine from importer Jose Pastor, who some have proclaimed as the Joe Dressner of Spain.  At $24.99/bottle, it’s not an everyday wine, but for the adventurous wine drinker, it’s a must try!