This month, our Head Sackologist, Devin Cox, had the opportunity to head across the pond to the south of France. Naturally, wine tastings were incorporated into the itinerary. So today, we have a few fan favorites and new discoveries to share with you all!
Chateau de la Gardine
Our first stop was in the world famous wine region of Chateauneuf de Pape. Right off the bat we noticed how different the vines look from those of Napa. France’s vines are shorter and gnarlier, your first hint that they’re a bit older than those of California. The soil also varies, from red and rocky to soft and sandy.
The Brunel family has been making wine since the 17th century, and they acquired this estate in 1945. Chateau de la Gardine also has a very unique bottle.
We were able to taste several wines including their two white varietals and the traditional red. But our favorite by far the Gaston Philippe – named after two of the Brunel family and delicious!
Chateau de Berne
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because of the massively popular Impatience rosé with the noticeable square bottle. But the wine doesn’t stop there.
Not only was the property beautiful – if you’re looking for a resort-style hotel in Provence, there is where to stay – but they’ve done an incredible job of incorporation of the history of the area into their brand. We won’t give away the symbolism behind their logo, but it’s a true testament to Provencial wine.
Here we taste four different rosé wines, all four of which are available in the US. They range in complexity, starting with your easy drinking, pool-side rosé and progressing to a more intricate wine that you’d want to pair with a nice meal.
By the way, Impatience has now been renamed as Inspiration. So keep an eye out when shopping!
Fabre en Provence
A true family business, Henri Fabre started the brand in 1920 and his children and grandchildren are still running it today. Their rosé is also known as one of the best, with 112 out of 550 hectares receiving the illustrious title of “Cru Classé.” They also produce olive oil and mineral water!
We visited Chateau de l’Aumerade – where the family still lives – and received a tour of their production facilities. Two really interesting things about this winery: they use concrete tanks to ferment their wine AND they bottle their own wine onsite. Cool, right?
In addition to the two rosé wines that are available in the US, we were able to taste their Bandol red and the delicious Marie Christine rosé, named after Henri’s daughter (pictured below).
Overall, it was an incredible adventure through one of the most famous wine countries in the world. A huge thanks our hosts!
For all of you: keep an eye out for new arrivals in the store. Au revoir and santé!