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.

2016 Philippe Girard Sancerre Cuvée Silex — On Sale Through Saturday, September 2nd

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 with your order.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

World class French whites tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

World Class French Whites – Try Three for Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, August 12th from 2-5pm – Join us at Table Wine in South Asheville for a sampling of world class French whites.  It’s the best free wine tasting in Asheville, and you’re invited!

This is an incredible lineup of very special wines from some of the most distinct and unique terroirs of France.  With summer in full force, this is a great opportunity to taste some of our favorite new white wine arrivals.  We’ll start with our new Wine of the Week, a lovely and intense Sancerre from France’s Loire Valley.  Possessing intense aromas and flavors or ripe citrus, flinty mineral, and herb, it’s one of the best Sancerres in the store. Up next is a stunning, mineral-laced Chablis from Domaine Savary.  One of the great Chablis values on the market, the warmer conditions of the 2015 vintage resulted in a richer, bolder styled Chardonnay.  To finish, you’ll get to sample a drop dead gorgeous White Rhone from Michel Gassier.  Rich, exotic, decadent and beautifully balanced, this reminds me of White Chateauneuf du Pape at a fraction of the price.  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. 2016 Philippe Girard Sancerre Cuvée Silex (Loire Valley, France) – It’s our new Wine of the Week and it’s an absolutely stellar version of Sancerre, France’s most prized Sauvignon Blanc based wine.  Grown in flinty soils along the shores of the Loire River, this one just rocks my world.  Intense notes of gooseberry, lemon curd, mineral and green herbs, you won’t find a better Sancerre for the money.

2. 2015 Domaine Savary Chablis (Burgundy, France) – In 1990, Olivier Savary’s longtime friend and Chablis legend Jean-Marie Raveneau introduced Olivier to importer Kermit Lynch. I’m glad he did!  This is just classic, prototype Chablis with serious class and pedigree.  100% Chardonnay from 25+ year old vines, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged on its fine lies. Rich, yet pure and bordering on creamy, it flows with pretty notes of ripe pear, peach, apple and chalky minerality.

3. 2013 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Blanc “Lou Coucardie” (Southern Rhone, France) – This exotic, full bodied blend of 45% Viognier, 30% Roussanne and 25% Grenache Blanc is sensational. From old, organically farmed vineyards, the wine is raised in new and once used used large French oak barrels.  “Big, ripe and layered, with lots of honeyed apricot, ripe peach and butter citrus all soaring from the glass, it’s full-bodied, balanced and unctuously textured, yet never seems heavy or cumbersome in the least. It deserves a classy meal (anything with a cream sauce would be terrific) and should evolve nicely for 2-3 years (although there’s no need to delay gratification).” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine