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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

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
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Free Wine Tasting - Sauvignon Blanc Showdown

Sauvignon Blanc Showdown

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday, July 15th from 2-7 p.m. — It’s a Sauvignon Blanc Showdown for this Friday’s free tasting!  Stop by and get your weekend off to a good start with one of the best free wine tastings in Asheville.  With the dog days of summer upon us, there’s nothing quite like a good glass of super crisp, tart and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to cool off.  Our friend and sales rep Ryan Brazell of Proof Wine and Spirits will join us to pour a trio of Sauvignon Blancs including two from France’s Loire Valley and another from one of our favorite new California producers.  This is a great opportunity to sample and learn about the diversity of styles of Sauvignon Blanc out there — trust us, they don’t all taste the same!  Stop by, taste, learn and save 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 Domaine Thomas-Labaille Sancerre “L’Authentique” (Loire Valley, France) – Sancerre is France’s most famous region for Sauvignon Blanc, and this family run domaine owns some of the best and oldest vineyards in Chavignol, one of the key villages in Sancerre.  This is prototype Sancerre — crisp, concentrated and minerally, yet restrained and elegant.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $23.39/bottle | $22.09 in mixed six packs | $20.79 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Smith Story Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County, California) – This is destined to become one of California’s benchmark Sauvignon Blancs.   Antonio Galloni says it “is made in a fresh, reductive style that shows the brighter, stonier side of Sauvignon. Even with all of its freshness, the Sauvignon shows plenty of depth and an attractive element of phenolic weight that adds complexity.”  We agree wholeheartedly!  Vinous Media 89 points
Tasting Price: $22.49 on mixed 3-packs | $21.24 on mixed 6-packs | $19.99 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc “Le Petiot” (Loire Valley, France) – Mark our words, Vincent Ricard is a legend in the making, and he’s currently making some of the best and most intriguing Sauvignon Blancs in the Touraine AOC.  His entry level “Le Petiot” bottling is comprised entirely of Sauvignon Blanc from hand harvested, 40 year old vines.  Bright, refreshing, and possessing rich, exotic and exuberant tropical fruit, herb, and mineral notes, this is a terrific value in Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

South Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting

We’ll have a special guest with us this Saturday, May 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. for our free tasting.  John McCarthy will be in town from Chapel Hill to pour some really great white wines that are sure to make you take notice.  He’s a good friend, he has a great palate and he just recently started his own distribution company which is heavy on really tasty, small family estate European wines.  Join us from 2 to 5 to taste some delicious white wines and one really super-duper red.  Here’s the lineup:

1. Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso – This one liter bottling of pure joy comes from the far northern reaches of Italy, in the Alpine foothills.  The Orsolani family has taken great efforts to keep this indigenous Italian varietal from going extinct and we thank them for that.  This wine is crystalline pure, with fresh notes of pear, lemon, green melon and limestone mineral.  It is best served ice cold for a garden or patio party and drunk with reckless abandon.

2. Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso “La Rustia” – This was the wine of the week last week, but it appears that few of your noticed or were too scared to try it.  Join us this Saturday to “try before you buy” the very first Erbaluce to receive the coveted “Tre Bicchieri” award from Italy’s Gambero Rosso – this is Italy’s top wine reviewing journal and a Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award is the highest honor they bestow upon a wine, the equivalent of a 95 to 100 point score from Parker or Wine Spectator.  It is pure magic in a bottle!

3. Vincent Ricard Touraine Blanc “Le Petiot” –  Vincent Ricard just started estate bottling his wines about 8 years ago, and he’s all ready climbing the ranks.  Biodynamic farming, hand harvesting, extended aging on the lies and all that good stuff result in truly expressive wines.  This is what Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc is all about.  Deeply aromatic and exotic with notes of tropical fruits, flint and wild herbs, this wine is nicely textured and rich as well.  Try it with sushi or aged goat cheeses.

4. Domaine Daulny Sancerre – We will step it up a notch with Etienne Daulny’s Sancerre, another Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc that makes my head spin.  Many wine lovers, me included, believe that the best Sauvignon Blanc on the planet is made in Sancerre in the eastern part of France’s Loire River Valley.  This is not a grapefruit bomb, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but instead boasts more mineral-driven notes of gunflint and smoke along with green pea and green apple notes.

5. Pirro Varone Primitivo di Manduri “Casa Vecchia” – From one of the master producers of Primitivo (Italian Zinfandel) and based in Puglia, this is a wonderfully pure and heady taste of southern Italy in a glass.  Velvety smooth and full, this wine is packed with ripe blueberry and plum fruit accented by clove and other baking spices.  It would make a great companion to dry spice rubbed pork or chicken.