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Retour à l'école française: Jackson from MISE Wines

It's Back to School time for all the kids, so that means it's Wine Time for all the hard working parents out there. Come relax while learning about French wine from the charming Jackson. Chenin Blanc two ways, a funky Côtes du Rhône, and a new blend from one of our favorite lady winemakers, France Crispeels. Oh, and the Zin Zin is back! We fell in love with Philippe Badea's perfect-party-Grenache last year. Put that homework away and come by for a glass!

2004 Château La Tour Grise, Saumur Méthode Traditionnelle Brut Non Dosé, $26
Phillipe and Francoise Gourdon farm 20 acres biodynamically in Le Puy-Notre-Dame, an area in Saumur located near the heart of the Loire River. In 2004 Phillipe created sparkling wine from a plot of Chenin Blanc grapes. He left the wine to rest on its lees during fermentation for a full decade, more than three times longer than the minimum aging time for vintage Champagne! Platinum yellow in glass. Mineral stone, dried honey aromas. Yeasty brioche and Granny smith apple skins. Bone-dry palate of minerality and a brisk saline on the finish.
 
2014 Château La Tour Grise, Les Amandiers, $29
Another Gourdon masterpiece, this still Chenin expresses the grape with a roundness and complexity that is the perfect accompaniment to rich pasta dishes, scallops, goat cheese, but also delicate enough to enjoy as an apéritif. Mineral-driven due to tuffeau, the local shale of the Loire Valley, characterized by chalky and fine-grained limestone. Fermentation is completed with natural yeasts and then transferred to huge concrete eggs.
 
2014 Philippe Badea, La Foulée des ZinZins, $17
Philippe makes this ever-friendly Grenache rom their "young" 30-70 year-old vines. All harvested by hand and tread by foot with the help of his crazy friends and family while playing musical instruments! This is literally the "La foulée des Zinszins" as illustrated on the party-down label. Fermentation is traditional: indigenous yeasts only with no added enzymes, acids, salts, no fining or filtering. This was a fall favorite last year, and it’s back for all your ZinZin followers!
 
2014 Domaine Jean David, Côtes du Rhône, $19
Jean and Martine David have run this 17 hectare organic farm since 1987 within the medieval walls of the town, Seguret, located north of Gigondas. Vineyard work is done entirely by hand. They make every effort to create a flourishing biodiversity on their land with various flora and fauna planted within the rows of the vineyards, which are grown over beds of clay and limestone soils. Their wines are fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts and no de-stemming, and bottling is completed without fining or filtering and minimal sulfur is added. This purple-tinted red has lovely notes of cherries and blackberries, with just the right balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. Classic Jean David. 
 
2014 Domaine Réveille, Elan, $33
Domaine Réveille is the lifelong dream of France Crispeels, a devotee of Loire legend Nicolas Joly and natural winemaking. Vignoble Réveille translates to ‘waking vineyard’ conveying the vitality of the wines and France’s desire to make her wines in a pure, lively expression of terrior and earth. All wines are certified Organic by Ecocert. Elan is a blend of Syrah, Carignan, and Grenache. A few months back we sold through her 2013 Domaine Reveille Cote Catalanes Rouge "Franc Tireur" and trying the “Elan” was like meeting an old friend. Robust, fruit-forward, earth-driven and chic. Like that leather jacket you always go back to. Looks (tastes) good with everything, from the most casual ensemble to a fancy night out. 

Earlier Event: September 30
1643 Meadery with Dan
Later Event: October 7
Spanish Cider Tasting with Ken