Michael Rose of The Old Greenwich Wine Club has curated a special selection of summer wines now available at LiquorNMore in Wellfleet and Orleans. When you purchase a case from this collection 10% of the purchase price will benefit WHAT and assist us through the COVID-19 Pandemic.
To place you order contact Alec Leontie at LiquorNMore (508) 685-2003. Orders may be picked up at either their Wellfleet or Orleans locations.
Mixed case 1: $ 167.88 “Keep it simple”
6x Enoteca Bisson “Bianco delle Venezie” Vino Frizzante Trevigiana, IGT Veneto, Italia $19.99/ $15.99
6x 2019 Domaine Francois Chidaine, “Touraine Sauvignon, Clos De La Grange”, Touraine, Loire, France $14.99/ $11.99
Mixed case 2: $ 208.68 “Three of each”
3x Enoteca Bisson “Bianco delle Venezie” Vino Frizzante Trevigiana, IGT Veneto, Italia $19.99/ $15.99
3x 2019 Domaine Francois Chidaine, “Touraine Sauvignon, Clos De La Grange”, Touraine, Loire, France $14.99/ $11.99
3x 2018 Francois Chidaine “Les Tuffeaux” Montlouis Sur Loire, France $29.99/ $23.99
3x Château de L’Eperonnière “Crémant de Loire,” Coteaux du Layon, Loire France $21.99/ $17.59
Enoteca Bisson “Bianco delle Venezie” Vino Frizzante Trevigiana, IGT Veneto, Italia $19.99/$15.99
If you are tired of clunky Prosecco, please try this racy and vivid little number. Despite my suspicion, I actually wanted a second sip, then a second half pour! Oh, where have you been all my life! A bone dry offering with a low 11% alcohol that starts it’s show with the aromatics of green apple and lime zest. Clean, bright, and refreshing, it presents notes of white flowers atop a subtly mineral underlay. An explanation of what the Glera grape can be. Pair with all fresh summer foods. Made from declassified Glera grapes grown in Valdobbiadene (same place as DOCG Prosecco) without the cork; most producers talk about great terroir in Valdobbiadene and deliver average wine. This one is delicioso with ripe tomatoes drizzled in olive oil, salt and pepper. Or serve with simple appetizers like radishes, carrots and celery with humus or pesto or both. Nothing stronger than Nova Scotia style smoked salmon or Prosciutto.
2019 Domaine Francois Chidaine, “Touraine Sauvignon, Clos De La Grange”, Touraine, Loire, France $14.99/ $11.99
From an esteemed biodynamic producer of Vouvray comes a dense white that portrays what every Sauvignon Blanc should deliver (and what few can achieve, even with higher price tags). One of the reasons the varietal is great with seafood is Sauvignon’s strong, even ammonia character, which tussles well with Blue Fish or Sardines or even that stanky cesar salad. Unchecked the nose can be objectionable which is why I am done quaffing most Sauvignon; if that strong ammonia note is masked by pineapple and grapefruit as in NZ…no thank you, much worse. When grown to perfection, Sauvignon Blanc can be mineral, show austere fruit flavor, and have delightful crisp acids. Noted vigneron Francois Chidaine uses extended aging on the lees to produce a white with lush richness and a great acid structure. Clear notes of citrus and stonefruit on the nose, followed by lovely acid and dry mineral undertones on the palate. Awesome with a plate of Wellfleet oysters or vongole.
2018 Francois Chidaine “Les Tuffeaux” Montlouis Sur Loire, France $29.99/ $23.99
Francois and Manuela Chidaine are leaders of the Natural Wine movement and have farmed Organically and Biodynamically for decades in the Loire. Today they have evolved to highly progressive farming (referred to in the US as “Carbon Farming”), which involves implementing practices that are known to improve the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted into plant material and soil organic matter. As such, they no longer till the soils and encourage cover crops to co-exist with the vines without disturbing the underlying root systems (the mycorrhizal network). You can drink this off-dry, lush and rich wine with oysters Rockefeller, sauteed mussels or scallops or enjoy it on its own because it’s simply a gorgeous experience. Try with sushi or a Thai style steamed fish in coconut milk. Do not allow the off-dry to deter you, there are dozens of flavor points in this delicious Chenin Blanc. Pairs great with veal in cream sauce or Dover sole in a beurre blanc.
Château de L’Eperonnière “Crémant de Loire,” Coteaux du Layon, Loire France $21.99/ $17.59
An aromatic and expressive Crémant shows that a superb sparkling wine can be made from Chenin Blanc with ample aging sur lees in this case 3 years. The wine is a blend of 80% Chenin, 10% Chardonnay, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Showing fine mousse and notes of yellow apple and wisteria across the midpalate, this Cremant is nicely balanced with a scant 2 grams of dosage tempering the naturally high acidity of Chenin Blanc. The acid structure screams mineral precision while pushing the subtle fruit flavors forward; it also shrieks bargain (Champagne purveyors beware; the Loire can offer much better value!). The cognoscenti of the wine world often remark emphatically that Chenin Blanc is perhaps the greatest white grape varietal, and often suggest this is the white varietal Americans should explore more. This sparkler would be awesome with grilled oysters and is also terrific on its own. The fruit shows the limestone chalkiness that many Champagnes only write about and cannot deliver. Did you know that the Loire has a sparkling wine tradition that dates back possibly as long as that of the Champagne region?