7/1/22 Wine Access Weekly picks this Week: A Rosé Champagne that will blow your mind not your budget, from a winery that Dom Perignon and Krug get grapes from. A red from Bandol that’s a darling of Michelin restaurants that just might become your new Cabernet alternative. A white Italian wine for those crazy hot days that make you miss winter (it’s under $20 so grab a case).
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Champagne N.V. M Brugnon Selection Rosé
on sale for $38 get it here
In case you were wondering, like Hillary Clinton once did when dining at The Culinary Institute of America, N.V. does not stand for Nevada, it means Non-Vintage. Champagne can have a vintage in very special years, but for the most part, it’s more about the consistency so that every bottle (with the exception of the most special years) tastes the same. As a result it’s often a blend of vintages.
This wine makes the weekly wine picks list because M. Brugnon is a great producer and grower that sells some grapes to some of the most prestigious names out there (hemhem Dom P.). I often recommend this wine to clients because M. Brugnon is a great example of what classic and substantial Champagne is. It’s got verve, body, and structure that’s hugely underrated at this price point. And – WineAccess is the ONLY place you’ll find it because they have an exclusive deal to sell it.
Buy it for Tuesday night, or for a friend’s birthday. Either way you won’t be disappointed.
Red: 2017 Domaine De Terrebrune Bandol Rouge
$48 get it here
Mourvedre. Ever heard of it? While this wine is from southern France, Mourvedre actually originates in Spain (called Monastrell – check out versions from Jumilla or Yecla). Here in Southern France, it becomes a wine all it’s own that can compete with the best of the “big bold cabs” that so many people love.
You’ll often hear words like “robust” or “tight tannins” and “black fruit” when people talk about Mourvedre from Bandol. All true in this case, but there’s so much more to this bottle. The winery property was actually founded by a Sommelier. Furthermore, Thomas Keller’s Per Se Michelin restaurant features this wine on the list for 3x the price. Other Somms from Michelin restaurants adore this wine too, making it a contender for The Somm of The Year Set.
I love this wine because it satisfies the craving for a bold red while going beyond the typical and obvious Cabernet Sauvignon choices. Bandol is also such a unique area of the world, and I think more people should try it.
Buy it for a special weekend dinner, age it for a few years, or give it as a special gift.
White: Ca Dei Frati Lugana Lombardy
$18.99 get it here
Made from a unique grape called Turbiana that grows exclusively around Lake Garda, this wine is making a big splash in the wine world. The 2019 was Wine Access’ top sellers for Italian whites. The 2020 earned 91 points and the Editor’s Choice Award from Wine Enthusiast.
The Lombardy region is no stranger to exceptionally delicious wines (hello Franciacorta), and here’s another to add to the list.
If you love Sancerre or Chablis styles of wine, you’ll love this one! Best news of all – it’s under $20. I’ll be ordering a case just for me.
Buy it for today, tomorrow, and the rest of Summer.
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And those are the three for 7/1/22 Weekly Wine Picks! Try them out and let me know what you think. As always, I love to hear your feedback.
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