From the Loire Valley comes the Saget La Piere Mulonniere L’effet Papillon, a beautiful Chenin Blanc from a family that’s been making wines since 1790 and bought this estate in 2003. The winery is now in its ninth generation. Pasternak Wine Imports introduced it to the U.S. market this past summer
The grapes are picked by hand once they’ve reached optimum ripeness. The wine is fermented and aged on the lees for 13 months and then ages further in French oak casks.
Hints of white fruits come through as you sip. Think quince, as well as peach, apricots and plums. There’s high acidity and a long finish with notes of oak, vanilla and licorice. The “butterfly effect” wine is 13.5% ABV. You’ll want to pair it with fish and shellfish meals. It’s a wine with complexity that also goes well with spicy curries. We enjoyed it as we moved from summer into early fall and suspect it will be a winner year-around!
The well drained soils and mild temperatures of New Zealand provide a great climate for winemaking. At Dashwood, a brand of Vavasour Wines created in 1989, the goal was to blend grapes from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough.
The Pinot Noir 2013 is a lighter red, ideal for those who don’t want to abandon red wines in the summer months. Elegant, with notes of blackberry, plum and cherry, it’s bold and well balanced with soft tannins and good structure. The fruits yield vibrant flavor. The wine, which is 13.5 percent ABV, makes the perfect complement to a variety of dishes from roasted chicken to salmon, duck and pastas.
Designed to be a “benchmark for elegance and finesse” in Chile, this beautiful Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2010 blends Cabernet Sauvignon with Carmenere, Syrah and Malbec for a rich bouquet of cherries, strawberries, blackberries, plums, and raspberries. Chile’s native Carmenere lends hints of bay leaves and pepper. Aged 12 months in oak barrels, 50 percent of them new, the wine is at its best when decanted for an hour before serving. Enjoy this expression of the best Chile has to offer in the very French style of Domaine Lafite Rothschild. Visit Pasternak Wine Imports to learn more.
May 16 is Sauvignon Blanc Day although we like to celebrate Sauvignon Blanc on warm Spring days, and also hot Summer days and through the Fall and Winter! These beautiful sippers include a range – from France’s Loire Valley to far away New Zealand, with aothers from Chile.
They are expressions of their winemakers’ approach to the grapes and each is lovely, crisp and delicious in its own way. In France, the Saget La Perriére wines come from a ninth generation owned and managed winery that seeks to explore the best expressions of the grape. Domaine de la Perriére Sancerre 2013 has no added yeast and is aged three months on fine lees, bottled and aged three more months.
In contrast, a ‘sister’ wine, La Petite Perriére Sauvignon Blanc has special yeasts chosen for their Sauvignon Blanc qualities added, ages on the lees and is bottled and sold for optimal freshness. All four are imported by Pasternak Wine.
The Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2013 comes from the Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite) estate in Chile in the Casablanca region where a cold spring and early summer led to a late harvest. The grapes were sorted before being chilled and macerated for several hours. To preserve aroma, they were fermented at low temperatures.
New Zealand is home to numerous Sauvignon Blanc producers and Dashwood creates wines that reflect the Marlborough region. The wines are certified as NZ Sustainable. Dashwood seeks to preserve the deep aromatic and sparkling structure of the wine, keeping the fruit as cool as possible to retain it bright, fresh flavors. Gentle crushing and cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks help retain those characteristics of the fruit.
Try all four – compare and contrast – they differ from one another but are all Sauvignon Blanc – let’s celebrate it!
Part of the Baron Rothschild group, Los Vascos has been making wines for a very long time, today offering moderately priced, well made options such as this fruity and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, well balanced with gentle tannins, a spicy finish, and dark berry fruits. Moderately priced, it makes a great introduction to French wines for the novice or a pleasant and affordable wine by the glass in a restaurant. It’a hard to argue with success and Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) has one with this Cab produced on one of Chile’s oldest wine estates. Visit Pasternak Wine Imports for more information.