Your Francophile Fix with Susan

A recent trip to France ignited a major French fix in us and tomorrow we're opening some new French wines from producers that inspire us. We'll have French cheese and French snacks and we'll share special stories from France. So come get all French with us. Allor et bien à demain! 

NV Lingot Martin Bugey-Cerdon Sec ($19)
Region: Bugey; Grape: Gamay
Bugey earned its AOC status in 2009 making it one of the world’s best kept wine secrets. This tiny Alpine hamlet in eastern France is halfway between Lyon and Geneva, Switzerland, and its wines are known for their elegance, high-acid, aromatics and low-alcohol wines. This sparkling Gamay is just that. Pretty in pink, slightly off dry, with only 8% ABV.
 
2015 Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac Blanc Sec ($14)
Region: Southwest; Grapes: 70% Len de L’ehl, 20% Mauzac, 10% Sauvignon Blanc
Brigitte et Alain Cazottes make organic wine in the Gaillac appellation of the Occitanie region in southwest France. Domaine des Terrisses has been the property of the Cazottes family since 1750. The vineyard is situated along the “Premiere Cotes” of Gaillac, the hillsides facing south-southwest toward the Tarn river. The vineyard is planted almost entirely with the traditional grape varieties of the region; Mauzac and Len de L’ehl for the whites and Braucol and Duras for the reds. This happy white wine is mineral driven, crisp, and bright – it puts a smile on your face!
 
2013 Vin des Fossiles “En Saute-Lièvre” Blanc ($25)
Region: Burgundy; Grape: Chardonnay
Jean-Claude Berthillot bought a house in the region in the 1980s, seeking a place to settle in the country. Passionate about wine, and seeing potential in the area, he built a cellar beneath his house and began making his own wine, following his vision of elegant, age-worthy, mineral-driven wines. Jean-Claude has 8 hectares in total, spread across 5 parcels. Jean-Claude vinifies by soil type – either calcareous clay or flint. In the vineyard, he works entirely organically with certification. In the cellar, only indigenous yeast is used and there is no new wood, but only stainless steel and old barrels of various sizes. His excellent Chardonnay has aromas of lemon curd and a touch of smoke. It is full-bodied, lush, with raring acidity and pronounced minerality in the finish.
 
2014 Thillardon Chenas 'Les Carrieres' ($23)
Region: Beaujolais (Burgundy); Grape: Gamay
Paul-Henri and Charles Thillardon are making awesome biodynamic Beaujolais in the region’s smallest cru, Chénas. In 2009 Paul-Henri met Fleurie winemaker Jean-Louis Dutraive, a master of the Fleurie cru natural winemaking scene, and gradually Paul’s winemaking began to align with his natural winemaking mentors. This Beaujolais is bright red with lively floral notes and a hint of kitchen spice. A bit of orange pith and pepper in the finish, as well as great mineral drive. This one is your new favorite Beaujolais Cru you’ve been looking for in the midst of winter.
 
2014 Domaine Benjamin Taillandier 'Viti Vini Bibi' Minervois ($22)
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon; Grapes: Carignan, Syrah
Located in Caunnes-Minervois, winemaker Benjamin Taillandier produces natural wine from the Languedoc with very low intervention – use of natural yeasts and a low addition of sulfur. Benjamin began his love story with natural wines at the famous organic winery, Domaine Jean-Baptiste Senat. His wine philosophy is minimizing the manual operation of the grapes. The most important part of winemaking are the grapes - everything else is secondary. Benjamin is dedicated to making wines that are lighter, fresher and lower in alcohol than most wines from the Languedoc. Spicy notes with black cherry, blueberry and juicy acidity. Full-bodied, long finish and still fresh. It’s an anomalous delight!