1. Maison Saint AIX, AIX Provence Rosé 2018
Cooper’s Price $17.99
AIX rosé is the top blend of Maison Saint Aix. The domain was founded in 1880 as a truffle orchard and was converted into a vineyard in the early 1900’s. The domain is one of the largest domains in Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence area.
The cellars are renovated with one sole purpose: producing the best rosé in the world. AIX rosé has been awarded many times with a gold medal at the Concours Agricole in Paris and was elected best rosé by the club of oenologues of the French senate.
Wine Education –The Concours General Agricole Paris (CGA) is a French agricultural show funded and organized by the French ministries of agriculture, food, fisheries and rural affairs.
Kevin’s Notes – This is the best rose I have tasted from AIX in the four years I have bought this wine. It continues to be dry with great acidity, but the fruit is more pronounced.
2. Roger Naudet Domaine des Buissonnes Sancerre, Loire, France 2017
Tasting Price $23.99
This is a small family estate consisting of some 33 acres with 24 acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc and 9 acres to Pinot Noir. The family farms the vineyards which are mostly located in the valleys of the village Sury en Vaux. The wine making here is very natural.
Wine Education– Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, famous for its crisp, aromatic white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. It is also known for its high-quality goat cheeses, which are an excellent match for the local wine. The vineyards here surround the eponymous town, which sits atop a bean-shaped hill overlooking the river Loire
Kevin’s Notes- Sancere sales in our store have always been very strong for obvious reasons. The wines are brilliant with their aromatics of citrus and minerality. This Sancere gas been our best seller for years, but realized we have never tasted this wine so I bought extra cases. You’re going to love this.
3. Trivento, Malbec Golden Reserve Luján de Cuyo
Cooper’s Price $18.99
Trivento, was started in the mid-1990s by Concha y Toro. This wine region exemplifies the advantages of high-altitude viticulture. Here, significant differences in day and night temperatures minimize the risk of pests and disease. Vineyards that receive barely 8 inches of rainfall a year are irrigated with natural snow melt from the Andes.
However, wind is the primary agent of change when it comes to growth and nurturing of vines in this region. Thus, the name “ Trivento” (Three Winds), was given to the winery.
Wine Education: The first wind, is an icy Polar wind in winter (June-August) that forces sap deep within the vines. It is succeeded by the Zonda, which races in from the Andes, its warmth rousing dormant sap to generate new spring growth. In the summer months a third wind, the Sudestada, provides a welcome respite from the searing sun and helps to temper ripening. This is BIGGER Malbec than most that over-delivers.
4. Matteo Correggia Anthos Dry Brachetto, Roero in Piedmont, Italy – Organic
Cooper’s Price 21.99
The Roero district is located in the lower-altitude of north-west Piedmont where young Nebbiolo and Barbera from this region have a particularly fresh and lively character.
In 2001, Matteo Correggia tragically passed away just as he entered Piedmont’s winemaking elite. With the help of Giorgio Rivetti (of the famous La Spinetta estate), Matteo’s wife Ornella took over the estate, carrying on her husband’s passionate desire to expand the reputation of the Roero. Their son is now the winemaker.
The Anthos vineyard sits at a 300 meter elevation, on an east/south-east facing slope. Fermentation in large steel vats lasts two to four days, with frequent pumping over. After fermentation is complete, the wine is racked to a large stainless steel tanks for eight months before bottling. Only 330 cases a year are produced.
Kevin’s Notes: This is one of the most fascinating wines I have tasted. The grape is Brachetto and as a wine it is usually sweet, but this wine is dry and very exciting to the senses. It is truly another one-of-a-kind. I can’t wait to share it with you. It will give you goose bumps of satisfaction. It’s extraordinary!!!