Karen with The Wine Trust

All French beauties with beauteous Karen from The Wine Trust. 
 
2015 Domaine Agapé, Crémant d'Alsace ‘Emotion’ – Alsace ($24)
Agapé is derived from the Greek word for “love,” and the name aptly describes the relationship winemaker Vincent Sipp has with his land. The domaine consists of around 9 hectares of vines, with a third of them in Grands Crus in Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr. One of my favorite wine critics, Eric Asimov, details this Crémant in his 2010 article highlighting its “highly unusual with almost cider-like flavors of apples, flowers and spices.” Sound delicious? We think so too.
 
2014 Domaine Agapé Pinot Gris ‘Expression’ – Alsace ($20)
Another gem from Vincent Sipp. This Pinot Gris is texturally full-bodied and lush, with notes of tangerine and lemongrass and drinks dry with piercing acidity in the finish. Decadence in a bottle!
 
2010 Florent Rouve, Arboise Savagnin – Jura ($36)
In 1998, Mâconnais producer Jean Rijckaert started a domaine between Burgundy and the Swiss border in Arbois, an appellation within the Jura. Rijckaert has since passed the reins to his student, Florent Rouve. One review I read about this wine bluntly stated, “Some seriously delicious shit.” Savagnin is the major white grape of the Jura, which shows notes of ripe pears, quince and tangerine oil. These grapes are harvested from 60-year old vines, in 6-year-old barrels with natural fermentation, and Florent leaves the wine on its lees for 2 years. Talk about a mouthful! Also, only 250 cases were made of this 2010 vintage!
 
2013 Château Trillol, Corbières – Languedoc-Roussillon ($17)
Château Trillol sits high in the hills of southwestern France. The vineyard is located in between two of the Corbières terroirs: Termenès and Quéribus. The local grape varieties, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, are harvested by hand and blended to produce an authentic wine packed with intense color of regal purple, and a nose of redcurrant and some oak. The palate is silky with great finesse and balanced tannins.
 
2011 Château Lanessan, Les Calèches de Lanessan, Haut-Médoc – Bordeaux ($22)
Eight generations later, Chateau Lanessan remains in the hands of the Bouteiller family, who are direct descendants of the founder. Aside from their obvious passion for wine, Chateau Lanessan also has 20 hectares of parks for their horses! They have numerous stables, constructed at the same time as the chateau in the shape of a horseshoe! Okay, okay, about the wine. The 80 hectares of the Haut Medoc vineyard of Chateau Lanessan
 
2012 Denis Durantou, Saintayme Saint-Émilion, Grand Cru Classé – Bordeaux ($34)
Saintayme in St. Emilion is the property of Denis Durantou, who is best known for producing Pomerol wine. Durantou has expanded his holdings in the Right Bank and his Saintayme vines are in one single plot with terroir consisting of limestone, clay and gravel soils. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes dominate the vineyards, and are the blend of this silky cuvée. This St. Émilion is silky and robust with dark cherry notes and an oh-so-slight peppery finish.