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Domaine Lombard Grand Chêne Côtes du Rhône

Braised Impulse

Domaine Lombard 2014 “Grand Chêne” Côtes du Rhône Brézème, France

Fellow wine lovers, within the Southern Rhone Valley of France there lies a specific village known as Brézème. It’s name is derived from the French word for “braise”, in reference to the area’s baking warm weather. Brézème bears the soils of the Southern Rhone (where Grenache blends are the standard), but the climate of the Northern Rhone (where single varietal Syrah wines are the norm). This unique confluence of climate and soil makes the village one of few places in the Southern Rhone from which you can grab a 100% Syrah wine, such as those of Domaine Lombard.

Domaine Lombard 2014 “Grand Chêne” Côtes du Rhône Brézème $22.99

Decades ago, the wines of this village were nearly made extinct by phylloxera, a bug that likes to eat the vines and their roots. Sylvette Lombard was a key contributing in helping to restore Brézème, ensuring that it doesn’t disappear from the wine map for good- while also establishing Domaine Lombard’s place in winemaking history.

Domaine Lombard’s “Grand Chêne” Côtes du Rhône is sourced exclusively from the Les Chassis Vineyard, within the village of Brézème, and is 100% Syrah. It’s fairly nimble on its feet, not overly heavy, making a great red wine for warmer weather and backyard entertaining. It sees no oak treatment, rather it’s aged for 12 months in large concrete vessels, to help soften its structure and build depth of character. The nose has hints of violets, hickory, and freshly steeped tea leaves, while the smooth and medium bodied palate offers notes of cured meats and dark cherries, with a bit of blood orange and sandalwood chiming in on the background. A well balanced and classically styled Rhone red- right up my alley!

Domaine Lombard 2014 “Grand Chêne” Côtes du Rhône Brézème

Domaine Lombard 2014 “Grand Chêne” Côtes du Rhône Brézème

Click here to order the Domaine Lombard Côtes du Rhône Brézème

Region: Côtes du Rhône AOC, Southern Rhone Valley, France

Vineyard(s): Les Chassis Vineyard. Elevations as High as 900 ft, Vines as Old as 20 Years

Grape(s): 100% Syrah

Aging: 12 Months in Concrete Tanks

Drinkability: Now through 2020

Body: Medium

Drink This if you Like: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Food Pairing: Rack of Lamb


Burgundy Impulse

Gandines 2012 Mâcon, White Burgundy

Domaine des Gandines 2012 Mâcon-Péronne

Domaine des Gandines 2012 Mâcon-Péronne

Fellow wine lovers, when I first got into wine while I was a student at the UW, I would go to the local wine steward and ask for the best values he could offer. One day, a friend told me of a wine worth trying, called “White Burgundy”, so I made certain to inquire about it the next time I was at the store. When I asked my wine steward, he pointed me toward Macon, knowing that I was looking for good value. Back then I had no idea what any of it meant, White Burgundy, Macon, etc… I was just a junior in college.

Today I still love a good bottle of Macon, which comes from the Mâconnais district, in the southern half of France’s Burgundy region. Unlike their high priced cousins of Montrachet, these wines present exceptional value while still maintaining the essence of what can make a bottle of White Burgundy so wonderful.

Domaine des Gandines 2012 Mâcon-Péronne $14.99 (Regularly $17)

The Domaine des Gandines comes specifically from Péronne, a small village of roughly 500 people within the greater Mâconnais district; this is one of very few Péronne designated wines I’ve seen available. Here they source Chardonnay grapes (the standard grape of White Burgundy), which are organically grown and hand-harvested from vines as old as 90 years. The fruit is then fermented in large format 3000 liter neutral oak vats which serve to mellow out the wine without making for a particularly oaky Chardonnay. Additionally, the wine is aged for 6 months on fine lees to inspire additional complexities.

The nose is driven by classic Mâconnais minerality, slight flinty notes, and fresh citrus- subtle and refined. The palate is light-medium bodied with brisk acidity, and notes of yellow apple, a squeeze of lemon, and white grapefruit skins, accompanied by hints of hazelnuts and a nuance of caramel on the finish.

A very compelling bottle of White Burgundy, and an especially impressive value. Something I personally keep around as an everyday drinking wine, or for bringing to parties.

Click here to order the Domaine des Gandines Macon.

Region: Mâcon-Péronne Protegee AOC, Burgundy, France
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: Large Format, 3000 Liter Oak Barrels for 10 Months, 6 months on lees
Drinkability: Now through 2016
Body: Light-Medium
Drink This if you LIke: White Burgundy, Oregon Chardonnay
Press: 90 points Wine Advocate
Food Pairings: Shellfish, Chevre, Turkey