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We are mildly amused by the reaction of most people to the thought of drinking a rosé or pink wine.  "Oh, no!  We don't want anything sweet!

Or: "We want real wine."

Years ago, in the late-1960s and early 1970s, the fashionable wines were Blue Nun Liebfraumilch, Mouton-Cadet from Bordeaux, a straw-covered bulb-shaped bottle from Tuscany and a pair of Portuguese pink wines.  Mateus came in a flagon, while Lancer's was put into a "crock" bottle.  From France came "Nectar-Rose," a Cabernet rosé from the Loire Valley.  Almaden, then a large winery in San Jose and Hollister, used to make a delightful Grenache Rosé.  Paul Masson made a fizzy rosé called "Crackling Rosé."  Naturally, these wines were sweet, relying on sugar for their character. 

In Mediterranean regions where people have been drinking wines for more than a few years, rosé wines are not uncommon.  In fact, they're embraced with tremendous enthusiasm! 

In Spain, for example, we found many restaurants with a dozen or two rosé wines, but a couple of whites and then the obligatory 30-50 red wines.  And the wines there are not sugary, sweet insipid excuses for wine.  They can be flavorful and stone, bone dry. 


France produces many wonderful rosé wines.  

The Rhone Valley's "Tavel" is famous and usually expensive.  The Tavel appellation is seen only on the pink wine; you won't find a white or red version of Tavel.  Grenache is "the" grape of this famed rosé.  

 

 

 

 


Provence also produces a wide array of pink wines, especially famous being those from Bandol.   In Provence, by the way, the wines with a more light orange/onion skin/pale salmon color are highly prized.  They don't care much for deep cherry red colored pink wines.  


Bordeaux even offers rosé, yet where are you likely to find that?  These wines, you see, never attain high numerical scores in the various journals because these are simply not fancy enough for wine geeks. 
 


California has been producing rosé wines for decades.  They were typically made when red grapes didn't achieve a sufficient degree of ripeness to make a big red wine.   Then, when growers planted tons of red grapes in the early 1970s, the market wanted fruity wines and wineries obliged making "white wines" (well, they were not red...some were pink or had the color of onion skins) from red grapes.  Some were not saleable as "rosé," but sold as Blanc de Noir, snobby wine drinkers would buy. 

In the early 1970s, almost every winery seemed to have a rosé!  Caymus called its rosé "Oeil de Perdrix" (Eye of the Partridge) and the wine was made of Pinot Noir.  



Robert Mondavi made a Gamay Rosé from Napa Valley fruit.  

Mirassou used to make a dynamite "Petite Sirah Rosé." 

Sebastiani had "Eye of the Swan." 

 



Mill Creek, in Sonoma's Healdsburg, made a Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
, as did Simi nearby.  The Kreck family (as in Mill Kreck) copyrighted the term "Blush" for its "Cabernet Blush."  Other wineries, finding this term to have marketing power, could call their pink wines "Blush" wines only if they paid a royalty fee to the Krecks!

David Bruce was one of the first to make a "Blanc de Noirs," produced from Zinfandel, if memory serves.  This was a brownish, onion-skin-colored wine.  

Bob Magnani at Grand Cru Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley made a "Nouveau"-styled wine, as well as a Blanc de Noirs.  Sutter Home, at that time a producer of "serious," big Zinfandels from Amador County fruit, made a "Blanc de Noirs."  This was a "White Zinfandel" and theirs was a bit sweet.   This turned into a massively popular wine and made the Trinchero family wealthy in no time!  They had struck gold!  


I was affiliated with a small winery in those ancient days.  This place made really good, bone dry rosé wines of Grignolino, Petite Sirah, Cabernet, etc.  I took these to a snobby, snooty San Francisco wine shop.  The owner or manager laughed when I presented these wines, not even wanting to taste them!   I was disheartened, but amused at the same time.  For, you see, right next to the sales counter was a stack of rosé wine!  But it was sold as a Blanc de Noirs table (still) wine.  It was from Domaine Chandon and called "Tâche Nature." 
So....a rosé by any other name..................

Today there is still a large sea of White Zinfandel.  Most of this is made from over-cropped vineyards in California's massive Central Valley.  The grapes have very little character, yet when made as a somewhat sweet wine, they manage to find a market for this.

Making a flavorful, good quality pink wine, call it rosé, blush, vin gris or anything else you like, is a tricky piece of work.

To achieve the right color, most winemakers macerate the grape skins, which offer color, tannin, flavor and fragrance, for some modest amount of time.  Too short a period and the wine lacks color and flavor.  Too long a maceration period and the wine becomes too dark and perhaps even a bit astringent (from the tannin). 

Large, behemoth factories would make rosé wine by merely "coloring" a tank of white wine with some very dark red.   If you add a few gallons of inky, dark Alicante Bouschet to a tank of Colombard or Thompson Seedless white  wine:   Voilà!  Rosé (or the terrible term :  "Blush Chablis").   Ferment the wine until it is bone dry.  Then add grape concentrate or unfermented or partially-fermented juice to achieve the exact amount of sweetness desired.

Today many California winemakers 'bleed' off liquid from their fermentation tanks full of juice and grape skins.  This allows them to have a greater skin-to-juice ratio and make, perhaps, a bigger red wine.  In doing so, they end up making small amounts of pink wine.
Since these grapes cost a fortune, many vintners feel obliged to charge a high price.

Keep in mind, though, producers whose first interest is "rosé" wine are making theirs from fruit picked at a modest sugar level.  This is rather different from these California winemakers who are picking grapes at a potential alcohol level of 15% or more.  Rosé wines with elevated alcohols simply miss the mark...


Okay.  That's the scoop on rosé and pink wine.


SOME ROSÉS WE LIKE:

 

UMATHUM 2014 "ROSA"  $18.99
One of the top, elite winemakers of Austria is a guy named Josef Umathum.  His beautiful cellar is located in the Burgenland and you'll need an hour and a half, typically to drive there from Vienna.

We were so delighted by his 2012 Rose, that I trekked to the cellar last year to pay homage to this fellow and to taste his other wines!

If you would have told us that the 2012 Rose from an Austrian vintner would be our best-selling pink wine last year, I'd have suggested you have your head examined.
Seriously?  Are you nuts?
Or as young folks say today, "WTF?"

But, I kid you not...this wine was so well received, we were shocked.  People who had never bought Rose wines were returning to buy 6 or 12 bottles of this!

The 2014 is a tad better, we think, than the 2013.  It's a blend of three varieties which are relatively unknown in these parts:  Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and Saint Laurent.  This has some nice red fruit notes to it...raspberries...cherries...it's dry and even has a suggestion of tannin, adding to its 'dry' character.  The color is  light red and certainly youthful.  

Umathum does not use a screw-cap for this wine, nor does he use a cork.  Instead, this comes in a special proprietary bottle and it's sealed with a glass stopper.  All you need is a thumb to open this and based upon consumer reaction, this is worthy of a "thumbs up"!!!


Winemaker Josef "Pepi" Umathum in his new cellar...he makes a lot of red wine, so there's an impressive room full of small oak barrels.
The Rosa wine is not aged in oak, however.

ARCA NOVA

If you've  been looking for a dynamite example of Rose made from the Espadeiro grape, here you go!

This is a gorgeous example of Vinho Verde and it even has a classic hint of fizz to it.

The wine is beautifully cherryish in color, but it also displays cherry and raspberry notes on the nose and palate.

It's quite crisp and nicely zesty and the wine seems to be quite dry.

 

 

 

Currently in stock:  ARCA NOVA 2014 VINHO VERDE ROSE  $9.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DOMAINE AMIDO 2014 TAVEL ROSÉ $14.99
With some 30 hectares spread out between Tavel and Lirac in the Southern Rhône Valley, Christian Amido has been at the helm of this estate for nearly 25 years!   They built a new facility in 2001.

"Grandpa" Armand Maby was involved in the various family enterprises and he showed us around the Tavel and Lirac appellations the first time we visited a few years ago...sadly, he passed away, but the kids still run the place.


The recipe is a good one, the wine having a subtle spice note and a touch of berry fruit without being a fruit bomb.  Of course, it's dry.  The blend is 85% Grenache, 15% Cinsault--some vintages have had a bit of Syrah and Clairette, but the 2014 is made from but two varieties.  Amido leaves the skins in contact with the juice for a day-and-a-half, enough to extract a bit of color, but not enough to pick up astringency in the wine.

The 2014 is, as usual, a delight.  Dry, fruity, floral and thoroughly enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOMAINE PETIT AOÛT

Here's a wine from a well-below-the-radar area in France and it's made of a grape few wine drinkers have heard of and which fewer have ever tasted!

The Domaine Petit Août is located in the town of Theus, a few miles from the "big city" of Gap.  If you were in Aix-en-Provence, getting in the car you'd drive an hour and a half north and a bit east to get to this remote enological outpost.  

Yann De Agostini (sounds Italian, no?  Well, the Italian city of Turin is about 3 hours away) cultivates a few hectares of a grape known as Mollard.  Now the Spanish will tell you they grow the Mollard grape, but their variety is actually said to be Carignan, while this variety from the Hautes-Alps is said to not be the same thing.

It's thought that this Mollard is a descendant of the Gouais grape.

De Agostini started with all of two hectares of vineyards in his first vintage, 2009.  These days the property comprises maybe 4 or 5 hectares.

We tasted his 2014 Rose and found it to be quite good.  No oak.  Dry.   Nice acidity, but not too tart.  It's a splendid and refreshing wine and one that you friends will have never heard of or tasted.

 

 

 

 

 

CHATEAU LA CANORGUE

From the Cotes du Luberon we have this splendid dry Rose from Jean-Pierre Margan's Chateau La Canorgue.

This beautiful property was the filming location for the Russell Crowe movie, A Good Year.  The property is so nice, we understand someone from the Rockefeller family presented Jean-Pierre with a blank check, saying "fill in the amount and leave."  He told them "merci, but non merci!"


Jean-Pierre has long been farming with an eye towards organic viticulture.  In fact, he's farming biodynamically.

The 2014 Rose is a delight...pale in color with sort of an onion skin tone, the wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre...dry and fresh, with some berry and spice notes.

Currently in stock:  2014 CHATEAU LA CANORGUE LUBERON ROSE  $16.99

 

 

 

 



 

CHÂTEAU MAUPAGUE

The story of Château Maupague is one of a family with a long history in wines and vines.  

Today the Sumeire family owns three properties in Provence.  

This one, Château Maupague, is located a few miles east of Aix-en-Provence and they're making a dynamite and classic Provençal Rosé, light in color (as you can see) and crisp, fruity and mildly stony.  

Grenache is the main grape with Cinsault and a touch of Syrah.  

We like the aromatics of this beauty and it's a refreshing, dry Rose.

 

Currently in stock:  2014 CHÂTEAU MAUPAGUE  $19.99

 

 

 

CHATEAU DE CAMPUGET 2014 COSTIERES DE NÎMES  SALE $10.99

 

This 160 hectare estate is situated between Arles and the town of Nimes and it's owned by the Dalle family.  Jean-Lin Dalle is assisted by his son, Franck-Lin (Jean-Lin's a history buff and has an appreciation for American founding father Benjamin Franklin).  We don't know if they follow basketball and are fans of Jeremy Lin.

We've found their recipe for Rose to be rather good and the wine arrived at an attractive price, too.

The 2014 is 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache Noir.  Lots of berryish fruit and the wine is nice and dry.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ELIZABETH ROSE's ROSÉ  $17.99

This is a brand coming from the Napa Wine Company...they have several labels and this one is for their "good value" wines.  Their winery in Oakville also is the source of wines vinified for numerous brands who rent space at the Pelissa family cellars.

We found this 2014 vintage to be quite good.  It's a blend of Rhone varieties, with the Syrah coming from their estate vineyards in Yountville.  There's Grenache and Cinsault in the blend, too.  

This is dry, nicely balanced and light (well under 14% alcohol according to the winery tech sheet).  We like the bright fruit of this wine...some berry notes and perhaps a hint of ripe, fresh pear or melon.   

And it's one of the few California Rosé wines that's balanced and sensibly priced.

 

 

 


CASAL GARCIA  VINHO VERDE ROSE  $6.99
This is a remarkably good, dry pink wine from Portugal...it's from a winery a few miles outside of Oporto and they're famous for their Vinho Verde.

If you've been searching for a rose made from
30% Vinhao, 35% Azal Tinto, and 35% Borracal, here's your wine.

It's fresh, strawberryish and close to dry, with a faint spritz to it.

This is a delightful wine, flavorful and low in alcohol.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 




 
Domaines Ott Rosé "Chateau de Selle"  (List $48!)  Coming July 31st

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The fancy bottle was designed in the 1930s and the Ott family makes one of France's most esteemed rosé wines in Provence.
The family owns three estates: 
Clos Mireille,  producing Côtes de Provence white wine.
Château Romassan, a Bandol property where they make red, white and rosé.

Château de Selle, their original and oldest holding in the Côtes de Provence where they make rosé, red and white. 

We usually have the Château de Selle Rosé (as well as their Clos Mireille white), a pink wine vinified from Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Cinsault.  I think this wine is best served with Provençal-styled cuisine.  Bouillabaisse wouldn't be a bad idea.   Nor would something incorporating saffron.

 

 

 

 

 


CLOS CIBONNE
This little property is located about an hours' drive east of Marseille and about an hour and a half west of Nice.  You'd need about half an hour, driving east, from Bandol.  And like Bandol, it's within view of the little harbor of Toulon, where you'd catch a boat to Corsica.

The domaine takes its name from a sailor who was a captain in Louis The 16th's navy who owned the place in the late 1700s.  Captain Jean-Baptiste de Cibon died in 1797 and the estate was sold to the Roux family.  
Andre Roux, who passed away in 1989, had planted a lot of the Tibouren grape on the property before World War II.  

This variety is rather obscure, but if you drive a couple of hours into Italy, you may find the same grape which is called Rossese di Dolceacqua.  Some theories postulate this grape originated in the Middle East or Greece.  

The Roux family still cultivates Tibouren and it's a specialty of this domaine.  

But this is not a fruity, care-free little wine that's bottled a few months after the harvest...instead they ferment it in stainless steel, temperature controlled tanks for about ten days and then it's racked in ancient cooperage, foudres which are a century old. They typically blend a small amount of Grenache into the final cuvee. The wine then remains in those old wooden vats for about a year before it's bottled. 

It's a mildly minerally Rose, with an orange-hue to its coloring.  The wine pairs nicely with a classic seafood stew, though the winery web site claims it's ideal paired with red mullet or a lamb curry.  

Currently in stock:  2012 CLOS CIBONNE Tibouren Rose  Sold Out Temporarily

 

 

 


 

 

 

RIVE SUD  2014 PINOT NOIR ROSE from FRANCE $9.99
 
We've now had several vintages of this delightful, simple Pinot Noir Rose from a fairly large producer in the town of Limoux.

That region is located in the vast Languedoc area and they're a short drive south of the city of Carcassonne.  

Limoux is more noted for a sparkling wine, but this little Rose is a pleasant surprise and it's well-priced at a mere ten bucks.

The wine takes the appellation of Vin de Pays d'Oc...and it's from high elevation Pinot Noir vineyards.  Hand picked, too!

It's a delicious, mildly cherryish Rose...we've especially liked this with ham or smoked pork.


 

 

 

 

 

AVANIEL 2014 Tempranillo Rosado  $12.99

The Monteabellon winery in Spain's Ribera del Duero has had a dynamite "recipe" for making a thoroughly delicious Rosado.

Of course in the Navarra region of Spain, you'll find some well-regarded pink wines and those are typically made of Garnacha.

But in the Ribera del Duero region, famous for big reds, comes a rosado made entirely of Tempranillo.

Monteabellon has some younger vineyards and they source the fruit for their Rosado from those parcels.  Clearly this is cold-fermented and they bottle it when it's young and fresh...very fruity.  Its fragrance reminds of a fruit basket full of raspberries and strawberries.

The wine is dry.  We wish it had a shade more acidity on the palate, but serving it thoroughly chilled helps give this a bit more of an edge.

We had a bottle recently at a restaurant, pairing it with some Gumbo to start and some ribs to finish...it stood up nicely to the ribs, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





DOMAINE De L'HORTUS 2014 (List $15) SALE $12.99 
The Orliac family owns this modest domaine, one of the quality leaders in the Pic St. Loup appellation in the Languedoc.  

The photo on the right shows young François Orliac in their rocky vineyards.
This is the eighth or ninth vintage of their Rosé that we've had in the shop.  It used to be made of juice bled off their red wine production, but for the 2014, they've done a direct pressing of the grapes. 

It's 20% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre and 50% Grenache this vintage... You'll find a lot of raspberryish notes in this wine and it's perfect for taming spicy foods.  It's a great picnic wine, too.

 
 
 

 

 

ANTICHI VIGNETI DI CANTALUPO "Il Mimo" Rosato  $15.99

The Arlunno family has been making wine in "the other Piemonte" since the 1969 vintage.  Ghemme is their claim to fame and they're a leading light in producing Nebbiolo in that appellation.

But they've dabbled in making a charming little Rosato which they call "Mimo" (mime).  The label features a mask which was found in the area and is thought to be Roman.  

The Nebbiolo grapes are crushed and left with the skins overnight or for a day, depending upon the vintage.  The wine is cold fermented until it's dry and then they work to clarify it before bottling.

The resulting wine is nicely dry and has a slight 'bite' from the tannin of the Nebbiolo.  Pairing this with food makes it taste smoother.

 

Don't ask for this by name...just come in quietly, amble over to the rosé rack and point.  We'll understand.
 

 

 

 
 


LE ROC ROSÉ  2014 (FRONTON) $10.99
Château Le Roc is the leading estate in the Fronton region near Toulouse.

The Ribes brothers make some terrific wines, using the Negrette grape (we call it Pinot Saint George here in California).  In addition to the Negrette, there's 35% Syrah and 5% Cabernet.

Their 2014 Rosé is berryish and dry with a touch of spice.  Good value.
Remarkably balanced, too...


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEITZ 2014 Napa Valley GRIGNOLINO ROSÉ  $22.99


A sure sign of Summer is the arrival of Heitz old-fashioned, dry, Napa Valley rosé made of the Italian Grignolino variety.

This is light and dry and it offers a wonderfully floral perfume.

There's nothing like it and most California vintners have no clue as to how to produce a good pink wine.
Most are more skilled at affixing a high price tag to the bottle than they are to vinifying the wine.  

The Heitz family has been making this since the 1960s...

We enjoy this at some of the local dim sum parlors.  We've shared bottles with a number of Piemontese vintners and the wine (and dim sum) have been a delight.

 


Elisa Scavino of the Paolo Scavino winery in Castiglione Falletto.


Izzy Oddero of the Oddero winery in La Morra.


 



 

 

BIRICHINO 2014 VIN GRIS  $13.99

The term "Birichino" is an Italian word referring to someone who's a bit of a rascal or someone who might be described as "impish" or "puckish."

A couple of cool fellows who had been affiliated with the Bonny Doon Vineyard (once upon a time) have their own little wine production now and it's called Birichino.

We've had a dynamite white wine made of Malvasia Bianca and they produce a lovely, elegant Grenache for a red wine.

And they also have a terrific "pink wine," a Vin Gris.

Having been instrumental in producing Bonny Doon's Vin Gris de Cigare, these two rascals have a pretty good idea of how to make this wine.

Grenache is the base and they get fruit from a high elevation, Sierra Foothills site and combine it with some Santa Clara County fruit.  There's Cinsault and Mourvedre along with the white grape called Rolle.  The wine ends up being nicely fragrant and brightly aromatic.  It's light and dry, yet flavorful, showing berryish fruit.

If you're serving salty olives, tapenade on some crostini, flatbread, pizza, charcuterie or salumi, asparagus wrapped with Prosciutto, here's a good accompaniment!


 

 

 

 

Domaine Saint-André de Figuière "Magali" Rose   Sold Out

We loved the 2013, but the sales rep for the Magali importer has been too busy to come to Burlingame and show us this year's wine.
We asked him to stop by and he set a date to do so, then canceled.  Oh well.  Sorry...but all is not lost.

We found, though, a fabulous replacement!  Chateau Maupague 2014.  Very fine and classic Provencal Rose!
 
This smallish domaine is run by Alain Combard and his family.  He's born in Provence, but spent many years working in the Chablis winery of Domaine Laroche before coming home


The vineyards and cellar are situated in La Londe-les-Maures which is roughly half way between Marseille and Cannes.  The estate comprises some 70 hectares, or which 45 are devoted to grapes.


The wine, as you can see by the color, is classically Provencal.
It's a 2013 Côtes de Provence Rose with the name of one of Combard's kids, Magali, on the label.  The "kids", by the way, are all adults.  Magali is married and has two kids of her own...she's the public relations specialist for the company.  And what better calling card from Provence than a dynamite dry rose?

It's a blend of Cinsault, Cabernet, Grenache and Syrah.  Beautifully fruity and nicely dry, it's fresh and easy-drinkin'!  

 

 

 

 

DOMAINE LE CLOS DES LUMIÈRES

This is a modest-sized estate in the Southern Rhone Valley, but they make a brilliant Grenache Rose from vineyards situated just outside the Cotes du Rhone appellation.

It's a dry Rose and there's plenty of fresh fruit on the nose and on the palate.

And you can't beat the price (keep in mind, this gets our 12 bottle discount, 10% or 15%, depending upon the sale).  

 

Currently in stock: 2014 LE CLOS DES LUMIÈRES GRENACHE ROSE  Sold Out Presently

 

 

 

 

 

 

WALDGRIES SANTA MAGDALENER $22.99

Okay...this is NOT a pink wine and it's not a Rose.

But it's one of the most marvelous chillable red wines you could ever hope to taste.

Waldgries is a small winery in Bolzano, the "Sudtirol" region of Italy.  People there speak German before they learn Italian.

But you don't have to be a linguistics expert to enjoy this wine...it speaks eloquently and it's easy to understand.

The main grape is called Schiava (or Vernatsch in German) and it's blended with a small percentage of Lagrein.  

This is wonderfully aromatic!  Imagine the perfume of a beautifully fragrant French Beaujolais.  Then double it!  

You can serve this with all kinds of foods...it's magnificently strawberryish in aroma and flavor.  And it's dry, of course.  Don't miss it.

 

 

 


BUBBLY ROSE WINES

And of course we have a number of top Brut Rose wines in the shop...
Billecart-Salmon, Schramsberg, Laurent Perrier, Rene Geoffroy, Bollinger and Allimant Laugner's Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose.

A new addition is Vitteaut Alberti's Brut Rose ($19.99!), a Cremant from Burgundy.  It's made entirely of Pinot Noir and is nicely dry and yet retaining a touch of fruit.

NOSTALGIA WINES

LANCER'S
We get numerous requests for Lancer's Rosé and are happy to special order it for our customers.
It currently goes for $6.99 before the 12 bottle case discount.

If you're interested in a case, please call us to place your order.

 

 

This is what it used to look like:  

 

This is how it looks these days: 

 

 



MATEUS

This goes for $7.49 a bottle.   I bought one to taste it just to check it out.

It's pale pink, sort of onion skin color.  Sweet...not much fruit on the nose...

And it still comes in its flagon-shaped bottle.  We actually have a few bottles in stock...

 



BLUE NUN
Back in the early 1970s, Blue Nun was "the" German wine.  It took the mystery out of buying a bottle of Riesling...you did not have to know hard-to-pronounce names such as "Weingut Reichsrat Von Buhl  Forster Kirchenstuck  Riesling Spätlese trocken Grosses Gewächs."

Blue Nun won't be winning any blind-tastings of German wine, but it is still available for those customers who have a case of nostalgia and want a case of Blue Nun.

 

 

MOUTON CADET
This wine is purportedly from Bordeaux.

It sort of tastes like a Bordeaux, but we wouldn't be surprised if other wines were blended with Bordeaux to create Mouton Cadet.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, chic wine drinkers knew this brand as being a symbol of good taste and sophistication.  I think today the same people (or their offspring) buy wines such as California's Far Niente or Cakebread to demonstrate their status as bon vivants.  

The white wine equivalent of Mouton Cadet came from the Burgundy firm of Louis Jadot.  (See below...)






 

 

 

 

LOUIS JADOT
You have to give the people credit who would come into a shop or restaurant and try to pronounce the name of this wine.

"Do you have any Lou-ee Jar-dott Polly-Foos?"

"Where's the Louis Jadot Pussy Fussee?"

It was a sign of sophistication, to be sure, to be able to order a bottle of this wine in a restaurant.  Your guests knew you were a sharp, well-heeled individual.  The waiter knew and so did the bus boy.

I think yesterday's Pouilly-Fuissé drinker is today's buyer of Far Niente or Cakebread Chardonnay.  

If you want some bottles of Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé  or their perfectly ordinary Macon Villages, let me know and we'll special order these for you.  

 

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