February Featured Wines – 2017 Marcel Dubois Vouvray & 2016 Bourgueil Alouettes Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley, France

February’s wines come from the Loire Valley. We have featured wines from this region before but we like to offer varietals produced by different winemakers from different parts of the region. The Loire Valley wine region is divided into 3 parts – Upper, Middle and Lower. In each section different varietals dominate. Both of February’s wines come from the Upper Region where Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are dominant grapes. 2017 Marcel Dubois Vouvray is 100% Chenin Blanc. 2016 Bourgueil Alouette produced by Domaine de las Chanteleuserie is 100% Cabernet Franc. These wines are grown in vineyards within 30 miles in the Upper Region along the Loire River.

Marcel Dubois Vouvray ($14) is 100% Chenin Blanc which makes it a light yellow straw color. It is medium bodied with aromas of fresh apples and pears. This is well-balanced with good acidity and a crisp finish. Serve with chicken, pork, salmon or a simple mushroom risotto for a great pairing. Alcohol: 11.5%
Bourgueil Alouettes Cabernet Franc ($15) uses “Cuvée Alouettes,” to refer to the name of the domaine where sandier soil tends to soften the tannins and defines the wine as fresh, supple, fruity. Wild berries with a twist of pepper make this is a red wine that is ready to be drunk young. Alcohol: 13%

Wines of the Month – 2012 Domaine Pichot Vouvray, Loire Valley & 2011 Terrassess du Frigoulet, Languedoc-Roussillon

Featured Wines for October – 2012 Domaine Pichot Vouvray, Loire Valley & 2011 Terrasses du Frigoulet, Languedoc-Rousillon

label on Pichot Vouvray

2012 Domaine Pichot Vouvray, Loire Valley  $17

Vouvray wines are unique and have quite unparalleled qualities. In fact, very few appellations in the world are made from a single, quite rare grape variety as is the case here with the Chenin Blanc grape also referred to as Pineau de la Loire. This 2012 Vouvray is known as Le Peu de la Moriette. This is a  semi-dry wine with perfect balance between dry and sweet which makes this a perfect choice for seafood or poultry prepared with creamy or citrus sauces. It combines freshness and roundness on the palate so it works well as a appertif then carries all the way through a meal. Expect prices on Vouvray to rise due to summer storm damage in the region. Hail storms destroyed this year’s grapes and did a great deal of damage to vines.

label on 2011 red blend Terrasses du Frigoulet featured at Bishop's Stock

2011 Terrasses du Frigoulet, Languedoc-Rousillon   $11

Terrasses du Frigoulet is a blend made from hand harvested, de-stemmed fruit. The blend for the 2011 vintage is 35% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre from 100% estate bottled fruit.  Wine Spectator gave this wine a 90 and describes it as a big  powerful red with concentrated mulberry, dark plum, blackberry and baked cherry flavors. The finish offers a taste of chocolate. This is a “country style” wine that is great with stews, hearty soups and roasted meats.