Jay’s Picks for July: Clos del Gos and Domaine Champalou

Clos del Gos and Domaine Champalou

Cellers Grifoll Declara 2010


Cellers Grifoll Declara
Clos del Gos 2010

This is a delicious full bodied red for Summer time! A great wine to go with your steak or burger or chops but inexpensive enough to use for an afternoon sangria. Clos del Gos hails from Montsant, a DO (Denominacion de Origen) in Catalonia, north-east Spain. Montsant wines are generally blended and offer some similarity to those of the neighboring Priorat at a fraction of the cost. Clos del Gos is a blend of Grenache, Samso (a Catalan word for Carignan), and Syrah, and the wine spends 4 months in French Oak. Like similar blends from the South of France, this wine is fruit driven with flavors of black currant, strawberries, clove, and cinnamon, and a little vanilla and tobacco from the oak barrels. This wine is plush with fruit but not heavy. Great for summer time and is also great when slightly chilled.

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Domaine Champalou 2010

Domaine Champalou
Vouvray 2010

Vouvray is a village within France’s Loire Valley located near Tours.  White wines from this region are made from Chenin Blanc, one of the world’s most commonly planted grapes, and, so, offers a great illustration of the concept of ‘terroir’ (the idea that specific location, weather, and soil dictates the ultimate character of a given wine).  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray will be totally unique compared to those from California, South Africa or China. Didier and Catherine Champalou have been making top-notch Vouvray since 1983. This 2010 dry white shows a wonderful blend of citrus, floral notes, and peaches.  It has a fresh, summery fruit up front, and clean and tart finish.  This is great with seafood, chicken, or a wide range of cheeses.

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