We’re featuring two classically styled French blends as our featured wines this month. White Bordeaux and Red Côtes-du-Rhone have always represented fuller-bodied, versatile wines that go well with lots of different types of food, and these are a particularly nice value.
2015 Jean Marc Barthez Bordeaux Blanc – $14
Grapes: 95% Sauvignon Blanc; 5% Semillon
Region: Entre Deux Mers, Bordeaux, France
Terroir/Tech: Sustainably grown, light filtration, indigenous yeasts, 1 year in stainless steel
Jean Marc Barthez is the president of the Cooperative Monségur, founded in 1935 by a handful of Bordeaux growers who wanted to pool their resources to make better wine. Today, Barthez and his family have carried on in a traditional winemaking style that shows both purity of fruit and aspects of the earth with zesty mineral notes in a crisp, medium-light bodied wine. This is a slightly richer style Sauvignon Blanc that is rounded out with the Semillon, yet it retains nice acidity.
2014 Domaine Terre Davau Côtes du Rhone – $15
Grapes: 45% Grenache; 45% Syrah; 10% Cinsault
Region: La Roque Sur Cèze, Gard, France
Terroir/Tech: 35 year vines, clay soil, biodynamic, native yeast
Florian André makes this spicy red blend with grapes grown organically by his mother near the town of Tavel. This wine’s full-bodied nature comes from roasting in the hills of Provence, ripe and herbal fruit that reflects both the sun and the plants thriving among the vines. Côtes du Rhone Rouge is a natural fit with the meats at the Butcher Counter, whether steak, pork or particularly, lamb (try first basting with olive oil and Herbes de Provence before grilling or roasting for a perfect pairing).