Friday, September 24, 2010

Drinking The Koolaid

The aforementioned Provence journeys included many, many wines of note. The challenge is in narrowing down the accolades to only a few. And even more challenging, finding the wines in the U.S. market. Most major cities offer up the famous producers like Domaine Ott, Chateau D'Esclans and Domaine Tempier. But like most of France's wine regions, Provence harbors hundreds of winemakers whose juice never leaves the country.

Here are a few standouts among several intense days of tasting:

Chateau des Annibals - Owner and winemaker Nathalie Coquelle

Across the board, Nathalie's organic wines are multi-layered, sophisticated wines. Her export volume is very small but if you are in the area be sure to visit. She's outside Brignole at a very welcoming property.

Chateau Margui Especially search out the Syrah/Cabernet blend. It is an intense black fruit, coffee bean, truffle-nosed red. And there are several U.S. importers. This is another organic producer

Chateau Vignelaure Best known for their notable red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Grenache.

Chateau Ferry Lacombe Their Cascai series from their oldest vines is especially good.

Chateau Sainte Marguerite and also Chateau Hermitage Saint-Martin from famille Fayard father and son team, certified organic

Chateau Les Valentines The white, 50% Ugni Blanc, 30% Vermentino and 20% Clairette is both crisp and lush at the same time.

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