Our annual May Wine Blitz kicks off today and runs through this Sunday. We’re so excited, it’s almost like Christmas in summer! We hope you’ve been making your blitz-list and checking it twice because 20% off 12 bottles or more is amazingly nice. But just in case you need a little help figuring out which bottles to snag, here are a few of our favorites for the summer.
The AOC of Menetou-Salon lies directly to the west of the famed AOCs of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. While Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé have become famous for their beautiful and mineral-driven Sauvignon Blancs, the region of Menetou-Salon has remained lesser-known despite housing some amazing producers. Domaine Pellé is a third-generation producer that has been making wines in the small village of Morogue since the early 20th century. Their organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc is everything you’d expect from a great Sancerre but without the price tag. Clear aromas of citrus and white flowers lead to crisp melon and grapefruit flavors and a long mineral finish. This is a great pairing for all those summer grilled vegetables or some fresh goat cheese!
Domaine Robert Sérol is located in the Loire Valley, in a newer appellation called Côte Roannaise. One of France’s newest AOCs, this area is dedicated entirely to the Gamay grape. The estate has been passed down through five generations and they first started bottling and selling their wines in the 1970s. They are certified biodynamic producers and produce a wide range of gamay styles. The “Les Vieilles Vignes” comes from 35+ year old vines. Bright raspberry and pomegranate aromas lead to fresh red fruit flavors with a subtle spicy minerality. Serve this lightly chilled for a perfect summer sipping red.
Clos Marie is considered one of the top producers in the Languedoc and the Domaine has been farmed using biodynamic principles since 2000. Their 2007 “l’Olivette” is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre. We can’t believe how amazing this wine is for the price. The nose smells of juicy blackberries and dried herbs. The texture is lush and elegant with flavors of dark fruits, licorice, and spice. Medium body, savory flavors, and great acidity make this the perfect wine to have on hand for all those impromptu summer barbecues!