As we gather with family, friends and loved ones this holiday season we have so many reasons to bring good cheer. We are excited to share these special wines with you to toast the joyous occasions. Happy holidays to you and yours!
P. & E. Mullins
Premius Crémant de Bordeaux Brut
The Yvon Mau Domaine has been a major player in the Bordeaux region for 5 generations. Aristide Mau founded the company in 1897. Early in the next century, his son, Yvon, travelled around the vineyards on a bicycle in search of the finest lots in their vineyards. Just like a family heirloom, this spirit as a “discoverer” of wines was passed on to Michel, and then to current wine maker, Jean-François Mau. This crémant is made in the traditional champagne method, yet its style introduces us to something new. Made with traditional Bordeaux varietals that are most often used for blending; Semillon, Cabernet Franc and Muscadelle. These bubbles are pale yellow in the glass with hints of pale green. The nose has aromas of a fresh and elegant bouquet and notes of citrus. The mouth feel reveals a delicate and creamy, biscuit-like quality. The palate is fresh and fruity, with very fine bubbles. This a perfect wine to raise a glass for any of your celebrations this season.
2017 Domaine des Hates Chablis
In the Northern vineyards of Burgundy lies the vineyards of Chablis, like all fine White Burgundy it is 100% chardonnay. Although it stands apart and is completely unique to all other chardonnays in the World. Winemaker Pierrick Laroche grew up in Maligny, the northernmost village in the Chablis appellation. Following in his fathers’ footsteps he took on a future in wine. He received his enology degree from Beaune and interned with Villa Maria in New Zealand. When Pierrick took over the family winery, he changed many of their practices and design. He focused on more organic practices and redesigned the winemaking cave, building into the hillside to create a simple gravity operated winery. His first commercial vintage in 2010 (only 2300 bottles) wowed the masses, scoring three stars in France’s respected wine publication, the Guide Hachette. The limestone soil gives the wine bright mineral salinity which is so revealing of what a soil so far from the sea can influence on a wine. Aromas of citrus are bright. In the mouth, a precise structure and acidic backbone allow for a creamy mid palate and long dry finish.
2015 Chateau Canadel Rouge Bandol
Bandol is located on the Western coast of Provence region and was one of the first designated AOCs. The terraced vineyards face South so the vines are protected from the cold North winds. Known for its serious lush deep flavored wines, geographically, it creates the perfect nook for the dark-berried varietals of Bandol to ripen. Primarily Mourvèdre blended with Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah this full-bodied red embodies the essence of this quintessential Mediterranean red. Château Canadel is a small grower situated right in the heart of the Bandol vineyards. Canadel’s unique vineyards are planted on a geological anomaly; here older soil layers are above younger ones. The limestone and clay soils are particularly good for water retention in an otherwise arid region. The grapes are hand-harvested, the fermentation takes place in concrete tanks and the wine is aged in foudres (large wooden vats). This wine displays a deep ruby color in the glass with notes of ripened dark fruit and hints of limestone on the nose. The palate is bright and lively with fresh strawberry peeking through, the finish is long and lush with little tannin.