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2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

Always a happy day when I get the call from Pike & Western Wine that the latest Domaine Tempier Bandol rosé has arrived. A Summer Wine Wednesday would not be complete without a mention of my all-time favorite rosé. It the benchmark which I hold all other rosé. A Kermit Lynch import, this wine is so sought after that it gets snatched up quite quickly. It is distributed quite widely, so it is available in most regions. Double the price of most bottles of rosé I typically write about, it is always a huge treat when we enjoy a bottle, so worth every penny. My tip for special bottles you savor–buy 6 bottles or a case. Almost always the price drops as most wine merchants give you a volume discount when you buy 6 or more bottles. If you see this on a wine list menu or on your wine shop shelves, I promise you are in for a treat.



 

 

Domaine Daulny 2016 Sancerre

Wine Wednesday is recommended to us by Micheal Teer at Pike & Western Wine. Every so often at the end of my work week, which typically finishes up at my Market shop, I will enjoy a glass of wine with some of my 86 Pine framily–Peg, Camilla & Emily. This was a ‘you fly, I buy’ bottle Cam picked up for us at the end of a busy day, knowing I love crisp white wine. A glass was perfect then, without food, and I enjoyed a glass last evening with dinner. Around 20 bucks it is pretty darn perfect and has quite a bit going on.

From my Google searching, as you all know I prefer to leave the ‘wine speak’ to the experts: The classique cuvée from Etienne Daulny is made with grapes coming from his fifty or so parcels around Verdigny including some in Perriers, Mont Damnés and Chaudenay. Aged purely in stainless-steel tanks, this is bright and pure–just the way we like our sauvignon blanc, with grassy notes, citrus fruits, and hints of blackcurrant bud. Those who favor nervy, taut Sauvignon Blanc will love this tangy version. The palate is crisp and fresh with beautiful minerality.