Tis the season everyone! It’s that time of year where we act on our good conscience and give back to those in need. December I am ALL about giving you what you need; bubbles and red blends! In both clubs you will find Daniel Brunier, a standout Southern Rhone producer whose old vine Grenache-heavy blends will pair great with any holiday meal. For all those California red blend lovers I give you a sexy and smooth wine known as The Pessimist from Dauo Vineyards and finally, for my sparkling lovers, I gift you the Champagne Lallier and Patrick Piuze from Chablis. Happy Holidays!!
Daniel Brunier Pigeoulet
Fans of Chateauneuf du Pape but cringe at the price tag? This is a great wine at more than half the price! The Brunier brothers are fourth generation wine makers from the Southern Rhone Valley who are continuing the legacy of their fathers by showing off the unique terroir this region has to offer. Mostly Grenache with a little Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault the Pigeoulet comes from twenty-five year old vines sourced from Cotes du Rhone and Ventoux (SE Rhone Valley) and showcases the different terroirs of the Brunier holdings. The grapes are harvested by hand to ensure only the best grapes go into the juice, and destemmed to provide pure fruit flavor.
Dauo Vienyards The Pessimist
Here is the wine everyone wants from Cru Cellars and we are finally giving it to you! We find ourselves in Paso Robles with another set of brothers. Daniel and George Daou own this high elevation vineyard estate where their primary focus is on Bordeaux varietals and also Zinfandel and Rhone blends. The vineyards are mostly made up of calcareous, limestone soils and influenced by the cool night and sunny days which provides the perfect remedy for a well-balanced wine. The Pessimist is a blend of all your favorites including Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Grenache, and just a touch of Mourvedre. Will every swirl you will find aromas of seductive dark fruits, including ripe blackberry, boysenberry, and vanilla.
Patrick Piuze Val de Mer Non Dose
Winemaker Patrick Piuze has an interesting story. Born in Quebec Patrick started traveling the world in pursuit of his wine career. In 2000 he left Canada for the last time and moved to Burgundy. After working at Leflaive, Brocard, and Verget Piuze started his own winery in 2008. He made the decision early on to not produce his own fruit and rather purchase from the best climats across Chablis. Patrick’s latest project is Val de Mer, which loosely means “Valley of the Sea” and also brings us to our wine here. These wines focus on the ripeness of the fruit while maintaining the distinct Kimmeridgien that can only be Chablis. This sparkler is bone dry, toasty yeast notes, and a firm finish!