Fun French Wines for the Grill

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Fun French Wines for the Grill

Time to start those grills folks. Piles of charred, juicy meat need the proper wine and we have found a bunch of fun new things to accompany those dishes! Easy drinking yet still full and hearty enough for big hunks of seared meats or thick slabs of grilled mushrooms. Fire up those grills, pop the corks and get ready for summer!

RHONE VALLEY

2017 Yves Cuilleron Syrah

Rhone Valley

Yves Cuilleron is known for his amazing Viognier from Condrieu in Northern Rhone but we were spellbound by this terrifically drinkable and juicy Syrah from Yves. Dark ruby in the glass with a deep purple rim, aromas of violets and flowering herbs as well as crushed berries and a touch of flint. Silky in the mouth but not clumsy or thick, here you get density with finesse in the same sip. Fun to just drink but brilliant with grilled meats.

$21.99 per bottle

 

2017 Verzier Chante-Perdrix Syrah

Rhone Valley

One of our most beloved Norther Rhone Producers! We are absolutely smitten with this super value Syrah. Pure black fruit on the nose with cracked pepper and a hint of roasted coffee. Light on the palate with exceptional purity of fruit and that, “Come back for another sip” thing that makes this one of those crave inspiring wines.

$16.99 per bottle

 

2015 Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Hermitage

Rhone Valley

A classic Crozes-Hermitage from Ferraton. Leaning much more to the savory flavor profile of Syrah here, smells like those cured black olives, all briny and meaty. On the palate there is a nice freshness and fine tannins. Lean and complex with a fun little salty note on the finish.

$27.99 per bottle

 

2017 Domaine Faury L’ Art Zele Syrah

Rhone Valley

Grown on steep slopes not far from Cote-Rotie this is an extremely extracted and rich Syrah. Brooding with a big curvy body and cooked black fruits so exuberant  that it seems as if the glass has a difficult time constraining it. Nearly black in the glass with a shimmering purple rim. Big body and big grip on the finish. This wine wants lamb or grilled steaks so badly. Delicious.

$33.99 per bottle

 

2017 Sebastien Blachon Nom De Bleu Syrah

Rhone Valley

Young Sebastien Blachon established his winery in 2013 and has hit the ground running with his gorgeous Syrahs. Blachon is self-taught and farms 5 terraced hectares in the prized terroirs of the Saint Joseph appellation in the northern Rhone Valley. This is northern Rhone without question. Savory, blue fruits, cracked pepper and black olives. Not your inky or super extracted style of Syrah, this is a restrained and leaner wine but one packed with succulent cool climate Syrah flavor.

$20.99 per bottle

 

2017 Domaine Gour De Chaule Cotes Du Rhone

Rhone Valley

One of the most regal Cotes du Rhone you will ever find. The winery is located in Gigondas and the vineyards and winemaking are tended to by Stephanie Fumoso, an incredibly talented female winemaker. Made of mostly Grenache and produced with a minimalist approach to winemaking, let the grapes and stems speak for themselves. There is an elegance here that seems to elevate this wine above the simple Cotes du Rhone label. Astounding purity of fruit that is densely packed into the medium frame of this wine along with a firm but fine tannin. Simply put, this wine is gorgeous.

$18.99 per bottle

 

2016 Elisabeth Chambellan Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Rhone Valley

A blend of all 13 permitted Chateauneuf-du-Pape varieties this is as classic as they come, and with an old school price tag to boot! Very ripe and forward with plenty of dense, well structured fruit along with dried herbs and hints of black olives. Racy and ripe at the same time on the palate with a perfecting bite of tannin on the finish. Screaming value.

$38.99 per bottle

 

BURGUNDY

2017 Aegerter Hautes-Cotes-De-Nuits

It’s getting harder and harder to find affordable red Burgundy as the elements have given those poor growers nothing but heartache for several vintages in a row now. Loss of large percentages of their crop has forced them to raise their prices, just enough to keep their business going for another vintage. So when we find a screaming deal like this Hautes-Cotes-De-Nuits we pounce on it! Such pretty black cherry and suggestions of damp mushroom on the nose, the palate shows more cherry but also some dried flowers and smoke. Very pure. Very fresh and insanely easy to drink.

$24.99 per bottle

 

SOUTHWEST FRANCE

2015 Chateau St Didier-Parnac Cahors

This grippy little red is made from 70% Malbec and 30% Merlot and is super dense with dark fruit. Meaty, full and rich aromatically, you get almost sweet or jammy smelling fruit but on the palate there is staining extraction and power. Big wine for this price point. The regional dish of Cahors is cassoulet, a hearty dish of beans, sausages, duck and herbs, not something we make here everyday in Southern California, but grilled sausages, hearty beef and pork dishes, they can surely hold up to this meaty wine.

$15.99 per bottle

 

BORDEAUX

2016 Chateau Put Rigaud Montagne Saint-Emilion

So, you think Merlot is wimpy huh? I dare you to drink this Montagne Saint-Emilion and say that. Rich, full, jam packed with cigar box, vanilla, and stewed berries. Juicy and hearty in the mouth with plenty of grip on the finish. Drinks like a wine that costs at least twice as much.

$16.99 per bottle

 

2015 Chateau Hyot Castillon Cotes De Bordeaux

 Screaming deal alert!!! This Bordeaux, comprised of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, is amazingly forward and tremendously easy to drink. So easy in fact we suggest you buy at least two. A big meaty wine with full tannin but equally full cooked red fruits and smoky, almost bacon like flavors. I would suggest opening a bit before you plan on devouring it. That or splash in the glass or a decanter to soften the tannin and wake up that saucy fruit.

$15.99 per bottle

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