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The Palmetto Wine Sellers’ tasting room on Devine Street is now open! We look forward to hosting private wine consultations by appointment as well as scheduled bi-monthly wine tastings, the first of which will be Thursday March 1st. The topic will be "Wines of the Loire Valley". We will taste three white wines and three red wines. Space will be limited, and registration requested. The cost will be $10.00 per participant, which can be used as a credit toward your purchase of six or more bottles. Please keep an eye on the Palmetto Wine Seller blog and newsletter for future announcements about upcoming events.

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We will host our first annual Rosé Soirée on Sunday April 22nd! This will be a fun open house where five of the state's premier wholesalers will each be offering three rosé wines to taste. All wines offered for tasting will be available for purchase at a special 10% case price discount during the event.

 

Featured Bottle

 

Sure to become a staple in your everyday collection, "Little James' Basket Press" is a red southern Rhone blend rich in flavor. With a great label and priced under $15, this is a great bottle to open on a weekday or to give as a gift.

The well-respected St. Cosme [vintners] in Gigondas produce this 100% Grenache wine using the solera method of blending newer and older vintages, delivering a wine of unusual complexity at the price point.

 

Featured Producer

 

This week I want to talk about the wines from Mas de Daumas Gassac. These wines are produced in the Gassac Valley near the village of Aniane in the Languedoc region of France. Some of the comments about these wines from well-known wine authorities:

  • "The Only Grand Crus of the Midi" (Hugh Johnson)
  • "A Lafite in Languedoc" (Gault & Millau)
  • "One of the 10 best wines in the world" (Michael Broadbent)
  • "Exceptional" (Robert Parker)
  • "Two major Grand Crus" (Oz Clark)
  • "Unique" (Decanter)

Comparable to that of the Côte d'Or in Burgundy, the terroir is what make their wines unique. The Mas de Daumas Gassac wines have achieved the rare exclusive status of cult wines in less than 40 years. Their Grand Cru red and white wines will easily keep their freshness and youth after ten, twenty and even thirty years, making them an excellent investment for any collector.

The Mas de Daumas Gassac rouge is a blend of a number of grapes but is 75% uncloned and ancient Cabernet Sauvignon. Their vinification process includes long fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks, followed by maturation and ageing in burgundy barrels.

Using a large number of estate farmed varieties, the Mas de Daumas Gassac blanc is primarily a blend of Viognier, Petit Manseng, Chenin and Chardonnay.

In addition to their Grand Cru selections, Daumas Gassac also bottles a delicious rosé sparkling wine, while their Moulin de Gassac Collection includes red, white, and still rosé varietals.

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In addition to our website, please feel free to call me or come by for more about these outstanding wines.

 

Cheers!

The Wine Guy

 

Register Here for our March 1st Tasting! 

 


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