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Domaine Delalex Marin Clos de Pont 2014
100% Chasselas, Single Vineyard
Savoie is in the foothills of the Alps south of Lake Geneva near the border with Switzerland. Marin is a sub-appelation of the Savoie region. The Chasselas grape is thought to originate there. Chasselas produces a dry clean, acidic wine. These wines are known for there age-ability and this wine in particular is held at least a year before it’s released. I found a few quotes from Chasselas producers “It’s not easy to make a very light wine, but it is a wine that has something to say”, “unique freshness and elegance, and it is very delicate. It doesn’t make you tired when you drink it”, “expresses the minerality of the soils where it comes from, and the microclimate”. Look for deep but subtle complexity in this wine. It will be great with light to medium cheeses, almost any fresh lightly seasoned seafood, and perfect with or as a base for Fondue, Enjoy!
Descendientes de Jose Palacios “Petalos” 2015 Bierzo, Spain
This wine is made mostly from a grape called Mencia, which we believe originates in Portugal. Bierzo is in the upper left of Spain just above Portugal, it may be indigenous to the region. read the “Wine Advocate” review below for more info on the blend:
92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The entry level 2015 Pétalos del Bierzo, their regional wine, in the new official category that will start working in the appellation from the 2017 vintage, a blend of many different vineyards planted with field blends, where the breakdown might come to some 5% white varieties (Valenciana/Doña Blanca, Godello and Palomino/Jerez) and around 1% other reds (Pan y Carne, Negrada and Gran Negro), all from vines ranging between 40 and 90 years of age on slopes (half of the grapes around the village of Corullón and the remainder in the rest of Bierzo). It’s a showy, approachable, aromatic and open version of Pétalos, and as I tasted it later on in the season, it felt more polished and round, with a lush texture. It’s extremely aromatic, in a way similar to the 2012. This is always one of the best values not only of Bierzo but for the whole of Spain. (LG) 92+”
So yes, a field blend of mostly Mencia and a few other grapes, all old vines, but more importantly, what’s in the glass is absolutely delicious!, A little hint of lavender and cocao in the nose, with a palette of big, lush, velvety, dark fruit leading to a little “cigarbox” and substantial but not overpowering tannins. This wine will age well! We enjoyed it with grilled steak and it shone brightly! Yum!