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French Turkey Day Wines with MISE

Jackson returns from MISE for an epic all French Turkey Day wine tasting! À votre santé!

2015 Domaine Cabotte, Côtes du Rhône Blanc - Rhône Valley ($16)
An off-dry wine from the d'Ardhuy family (their biodynamic farm and winery looks absolutely divine, I want to transport there); think white peach in the nose with major apricot. Slight salinity and great minerality leads to a clean, long finish. A great white to sip while basting the turkey.  

2015 Domaine Rietsch 'Quand le chat n'est pas là' Pinot Gris - Alsace ($27)
"Quand le chat n'est pas là", or when the cat is not around. we eat cheese and drink wine. And lots of it. This is the first wine we're carrying from Domaine Rietsch and we are so excited about it! In 2009, Domaine Rietsch converted their farm in Mittelbergheim to organics. Mittelbergheim is a commune in the Bas-Rhin area of Alsace in northeastern France. This wine is peachy in color from the Pinot Gris skins and the aroma is pretty-in-pink with melons and warm apple crisp. The palate is slightly tannic, spicy, and fresh. Come and get it, but leave the cat at home. 

2014 Antoine Sunier Régnié AOC - Burgundy ($29)
Brothers with fellow winemaker Julien Sunier, Antoine debuted his first vintage in Beaujolais with two wines, one from the Régnié Cru, and one from Morgon. The Sunier’s father was a barber from Dijon, so the two brothers started completely from scratch in Burgundy. The Régnié we'll open is from 2.7 hectares of 45 year old vines. Antoine uses just a little sulfur dioxide at bottling and the result of his Gamay shows floral violets and black cherries in the nose. In the mouth you taste bright raspberries and cherries with a slight chewiness, however lean and bright. 

2015 Paul Barre 'Leeloo' Vignoble - Bordeaux ($25)
Paul Barre's blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc goes against the classical Bordeaux, which is one of the reasons it's so special and unique. Think driving acidity, cranberry tartness, and a beautiful, lingering vivacity on the finish. We loved the 2014 and can't wait to experience the 2015 with you!

2014 Domaine Jean David, Côtes du Rhône - Rhône Valley ($19)
Jean and Martine David run their 17-hectare organic completely biodynamically and their wines are fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts and no de-stemming; bottling is completed without fining or filtration with the addition of minimal sulfur. This purple-tinted red has lovely notes of red cherries, blackberry pie, and earthy clove spice.