La Cigale Tasting 3-23 – 4pm-8pm

La Cigale bases their efforts on the belief that many great wines come out of family vineyards where the owners toil in the fields and caves daily. At La Cigale they think the wines from these family producers are more likely to retain the sense of place that stamps them uniquely, and that the cost of enjoying them is more reasonable when the bottom line takes back seat to personal pride in producing the best wines.

Esprit Fruite Sauvignon Blanc 09 – 11.57 – Cotes de Gascogne – Super tart & cool after the golden apple nose. Surprising. Crazy tangy. I like it! (Sam, 9/2/11). Nice racy acidity in the 2009 Cotes de Gascogne wines that we are finding. Crisp & pool-side ready. Fresh & fruity citrus/

A. Jaume Ventoux 2010 – 12.57 – In the Jaume family, the generations have perpetuated the profession of winegrower since Mathieu JAUME decided, in 1826, to grow vines in CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE. The successions were assumed by Marius, Fernand and Roger. Slopes of clay and sand. Grenache noir 50% – Syrah 50%. Traditionnal vinification, cold maceration. Aging in vats. Bottling 6  months after harvest. Great nose of black fruits. Very aromatic and enjoyable young. Elegant tanins, soft, this is exactly the good definition of “vin de plaisir”. Drink it in aperitif  a little chilled  or for a whole meal.

Luccarelli Primitivo 2010 – 13.57 – 100% Primitivo grapes. Temperature controlled maceration and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Deep rich colour, refreshing acidity gives added lift to this rich and broad wine.Puglia, Terra di Sava – A pleasant wine reasonable value. Sweet cherry notes. 80 year old vines that are hand-picked. Ripe dark plum fruit and brambly berries. Nice earthy & rustic mineral. No oak. A classic Primitivo wine is high in both alcohol and tannins, intensely flavored, deeply colored (a dark brooding core with violet highlights towards the edges).

Bressy CDR Red 09 – 14.57 – The domain was founded by the grand father of Marie-France Masson. When her father Emile Bressy retired she took over. She is married to Thierry Masson. The next generation Paul Emile Masson helps his parents at the estate. The area with vines is 30 ha. Several cuvées of Cotes du Rhone Village Rasteau are made. The difference between them comes foremost from the age of the vines. Not all of the cuvées are made every year. It depends on the vintage. 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Aged for about 12 months in old barrels.