December 17, 2017

Tinnell’s Current and Past Wine of the Month Club Selections

November 2017:

We’re featuring two French wines in November: Pont De Gassac Blanc and a red, Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages.

About the wines:

Pont De Gassac Blanc

Mas de Daumas Gassac

From the Herault’s most famous Estate Mas de Dumas Gassac is often referred to as ‘the Lafite or First Growth of the Languedoc’. Pont de Gassac Blanc is the Domaine’s reserve wine that comes exclusively from their vineyards high up in the Gassac valley. It is a beautifully fresh and vibrant blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Clairette – a cross between the best of white from the Rhone & Bordeaux. At 1/3 of the price of their first wine, it is a real treat and a bargain at this price.

Tasting notes:
A beautifully full and fresh bouquet of citrus fruit gives way to a richly textured and full bodied wine with great minerality from these vineyards that have never seen chemicals. Very well made and delicious by itself and even better with fish, spices and white meats. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Clairette, Sauvignon Blanc from the  Appellation Pays d’Herault. It has an alcohol content of 12.5 percent.
 
The remarkable story of Mas de Daumas Gassac, begins in 1971 when Parisian glove-maker Aimé Guibert bought an isolated farmhouse high up in the valley of a stream called the Gassac..

The Guiberts had no previous knowledge of wine and there were no vines on the Estate. A friend from the University of Bordeaux specializing in vineyard geology realised that Daumas Gassac sat upon the best possible combination of soil for winemaking, with superb drainage and its own unique microclimate. The proximity to the sea keeps the vineyards air-conditioned and the cellars, chilled by the waters of the stream, remain wonderfully cool even in the height of summer.

The Guiberts hired the best wine brains available, including Professor Emile Peynaud – a great oenologist associated with Bordeaux. Peynaud advised them exactly which vines to plant and how. Though cabernet sauvignon was the grape variety planted for the first vintages, the idea was not to mimic Bordeaux, even though one commentator called the 1982 vintage the ‘Lafite of the Languedoc’ which caused initially slow sales to rocket. The wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac have a degree of natural austerity that is more akin to the great wines of Bordeaux or the Loire than the Languedoc.

Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages

Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages

Common practice in the Côtes du Rhône is to bottle the best cuvées as a single named village wine and the rest as basic Rhône Villages. Boutinot’s philosophy, on the other hand, is to start with the intention of making the very best Côtes du Rhône Villages possible by sourcing wine from the vineyards of named villages and enriching them with a small proportion of barrel-aged wine fromSéguret & Cairanne. Boutinot Les Coteaux is therefore a selection of the best from some of the17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages. The 2009 vintage is mostly Grenache Noir with some Syrah. Eric Monnin sources wine from a number of growers with exceptional terroir allowing him the flexibility to select only the very best fruit each vintage and reject parcels which do not meet our high standards. We source Grenache Noir and Syrah grapes from vineyards encompassed within named villages of the southern Rhône valley.

 

Tasting notes
Instantly impressive this wine reveals its class right from the start. An exuberantly fruity nose with high notes of complexity and depth is followed by intense lashings of flavour on the palate. The finish is smooth and satisfying with depth and persistence – simply stunning!Food Recommendations: A delicious accompaniment to grilled meats and heart-warming casseroles.

 

Don’t miss out on the wonderful wines! And come by on Friday to taste them!

Some of our past offerings for the Wine of the Month Club have included:

  • AUGUST 2014: Boeger Pinot Gris – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Boeger Estate Zinfandel – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • JULY 2014: Barth Rene Pinot Blanc – $13.99 for members – $15.99; La Mascaronne Rose – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • JUNE 2014: LZ Rioja – $14.49 for members – $16.49; Basa Blanco – $13.49 for members – $15.49
  • MAY 2014: Sawtooth Chardonnay – $11.99 for members – $13.99; Sawtooth Skyline Red – $11.99 for members – $13.99
  • APRIL 2014: False Bay Chenin Blanc – $10.99 for members – $12.99; False Bay Pinotage – $10.99 for members – $12.99
  • MARCH 2014: Tselepos Mantinia – $14.99 for members – $16.99; Strofilia Katogi  – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • FEBRUARY 2014: Aloja Blanc – $14.99 for members – $16.99; Aloja Negre  – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • JANUARY 2014: Stronghold Mandala White – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Stronghold Mandala Red – $12.99 for members – $14.99
  • DECEMBER 2013: McPherson Les Copains – $14.99 for members – $17.99; Casa Vinicola “F” Malbec – $14.99 for members – $17.99
  • NOVEMBER 2013: Andre Brunel Cuvee Sabrine CDR Blanc – $14.99 for members – $16.99; Andre Brunel Dom. De la Becassone CDR Rouge – $13.99 for members – $15.99
  • OCTOBER 2013:  Tarara “Almost” Unoaked Chardonnay – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Tarara Long Bomb – $12.99 for members – $14.99
  • SEPTEMBER 2013:  Veleta Vijiriega – $12.49 for members – $14.49; Veleta Nolados – $14.49 for members – $16.49
  • AUGUST 2013:  Pietra Santa Twin Terraces – $11.99 for members – $13.99; Pietra Santa Pinot Noir – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • JULY 2013:  Henri Lagarde Chardonnay – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Renacer Punto Final Malbec Riserva – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • JUNE 2013:  Suavia Soave – $14.49 for members – $16.49; Roso Del Golfo Primitivo – $12.99 for members – $14.99
  • MAY 2013:  Verget du Sud Viognier – $10.99 for members – $12.99; Lafage Bastide Miraflors – $13.99 for members – $15.99
  • APRIL 2013:  Tierras Guindas Verdejo – $10.99 for members – $12.99; Tierras Guindas Tempranillo – $10.99 for members – $12.99
  • MARCH 2013:  The Ned Pinot Gris – $9.99 for members – $11.99; Oliverhill Winery Red Silk Shiraz – $14.49 for members – $16.49
  • FEBRUARY 2013:  Balletto Teresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay – $14.49 for members – $16.49; Highway 12 Sonoma Blend – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • JANUARY 2013:  Vina Chocalan Sauvignon Blanc – $10.99 for members – $12.99; Vina Chocalan Carmenere – $10.99 for members – $12.99
  • DECEMBER 2012:  L’Ecole Semillon – $14.99 for members – $17.99; Benegas Estate Malbec – $14.99 for members – $17.99
  • NOVEMBER 2012:  Takutai Riesling – $13.99 for members – $15.99; Tobiano Pinot Noir – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • OCTOBER 2012:  Virginia Wineworks Viognier – $13.99 for members – $15.99; Virginia Wineworks Merlot/Malbec – $13.99 for members – $15.99
  • SEPTEMBER 2012:  Bokisch Albarino – $14.99 for members – $16.99; Bokisch Graciano – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • AUGUST 2012:  Terredora di Paolo Falanghina – $13.99 for members – $15.99; Terredora di Paolo Aglianico – $13.99 for members – $15.99
  • JULY 2012:  Incognito White – $14.99 for members – $16.99; Incognito Red – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • JUNE 2012:  Spirit of the Andes Sparkling Torrontes – $13.99 for members – $15.99; Manos Negros Pinot Noir – $13.99 for members – $15.99
  • MAY 2012:  Alvarez de Toledo 2010 Godello – $9.99 for members – $11.99; Alvarez de Toledo 2008 Mencia Roble – $9.99 for members – $11.99
  • APRIL 2012:  Domaine Sorin 2011 Rosé Terra Amata – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Domaine de Fontsainte 2009 Corbières Rouge – $11.99 for members – $13.99
  • MARCH 2012:  Josh Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – $11.99 for members – $13.99; Josh Cellars 2009 Chardonnay – $11.99 for members – $13.99
  • FEBRUARY 2012:  Henry Lagarde 2010 Viognier – $13.99 for members – $15.99; Bodega Calle “Alberti 154” 2010 Tempranillo – $12.49 for members – $14.49
  • JANUARY 2012:  Talmonti 2010 “Trabocchetto” Pecorino – $11.99 for members – $13.99; Tramonti 2009 “ModA’” Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo – $8.99 for members – $10.99
  • DECEMBER 2011:  Waimea 2009 Chardonnay – $14.99 for members – $17.99; Altocedro 2010 Malbec – $14.99 for members – $17.99
  • NOVEMBER 2011:  Yamhill Valley 2009 Estate Riesling – $14.99 for members – $16.99; Yamhill Valley 2008 Estate Pinot Noir – $14.99 for members – $16.99
  • OCTOBER 2011:  Veritas Vineyards 2010 Saddleback Chardonnay – $12.49 for members – $14.49; Veritas Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc – $12.49 for members – $14.49
  • SEPTEMBER 2011:  Chateau Petit Moulin 2009 Bordeaux Blanc – $11.99 for members – $13.99; Chateau Lestrille 2007 Bordeaux Superieur – $12.99 for members – $14.99
  • AUGUST 2011:  La Puerta 2010 Torrontés – $10.99 for members – $12.99; Tierra Brissa 2010 Malbec – $10.99 for members – $12.99
  • JULY 2011:  X Winery 2009 White X – Winemaker’s Blend – $12.99 for members – $14.99; X Winery 2008 Red X – Winemaker’s Blend – $12.99 for members – $14.99
  • JUNE 2011:  Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Dry Riesling – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Columbia Crest Winery 2008 Grand Estates Amitage – $13.99 for members – $15.99
  • MAY 2011:  Jose Antonio Mokoroa 2010 Txakoli – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Finca la Emperatriz 2009 Tempranillo – $11.99 for members – $13.99
  • APRIL 2011:  Raymond Vineyards “R” 2009 Chardonnay – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Raymond Vineyards “R” 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – $12.99 for members – $14.99
  • MARCH 2011:  Fattoria il Palagio 2008 Toscano Rosso – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Via Veneto 2009 la corona – $10.99 for members – $12.99
  • FEBRUARY 2011:  Silver Ridge 2008 Chardonnay – $12.99 for members – $14.99; Silver Ridge 2009 Merlot – $12.99 for members – $14.99