Chateau Simone, Palette Blanc 2014Regular price $70.00 Save $-70.00
Variety: Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc, and Muscat
It always amazes me that certain regions gain much more fame than others, even though there are some incredible wines off the beaten path or in many regions one would not associate quickly with quality. When I talk about Provence France, many people just think of fancy boats and stunning views. However, Chateau Simone—from the appellation Palette, just north of Aix-en-Provence and only miles from the water—creates world-class wines that deserve a place at the table with many of the great estates. The appellation is dominated by limestone soils that cover the vineyards of many famed regions. The weather allows for incredible vine age to happen. Disease doesn't happen often in this part of the wine world. The climate is perfect and it is the dream of many to retire and spend the remainder of their lives in this magical part of the world.
Domaine de Rieux, Cotes du Gascogne 2018Regular price $12.00 Save $-12.00
Variety: Ugni Blanc
The Domaine de Rieux vineyard sites have been managed by the Grassa family since 1912. In 1963 famous Armagnac producer Chateau de Tariquet purchased the property, just one year after the new generation of Grassas had taken over. Yves and Maite forecasted the drop in popularity for high end and expensive Armagnac and decided to focus their attention on the production of a dry, light, bright, and inexpensive white wine. Yves pioneered the conversion of these wines and was pleasantly greeted with tremendous appeal and accolades, even among some of the world’s finest wine consumers. He hired Denis Dubourdieu as a consultant in 1980 and thanks to his creative approach and meticulous attention to detail, his projection became an overnight success. Now their unique approach to winemaking is being copied all over Europe to improve the baseline standards of light, dry white wines.