“Poirer’s Picks”

Announcing our June wine box collaborator, Matt Poirier. Owner of some of our favorites places to ‘wine and dine’, and I’m sure yours too! Matt owns Sneak and Dawdle in downtown Opelika and The Hound and The Depot in downtown Auburn. Matt is an amazing restauranteur with a specialty of going into historical properties and breathing new life into them. Our community is so fortunate that he and his wife, Jana decided to make Auburn their home and chose to invest into our community.

Matt’s selections are perfect for these hot summer days we have started having. Starting with a sparkling wine, this Albert Bichot Cremant de Burgogne Brut Reserve has fine bubbles, a clean nose of lime and grapefruit, and is simply delightful! Next is a Chablis that is fresh and vibrant with notes of citrus, fine acidity, and a clean finish. Delicious. Also, with a name like Jean-Marc, how could it be bad? Following this up is a Sancerrre! Yes, a Sancerre! The perfect summer wine (or year around for some of you Sancerre lovers). A beautiful Sauvignon Blanc from 40 year old vines. And last, but not least, a rosé. This Txakolina is produced by a seventh generation wine maker in the coastal town of Getaria on the Bay of Biscay.

More detailed tasting notes are below and also a link to reserve your case today!

Each case (12 bottles; 3 of each selection) is $260 + tax.

OR a 4- pack (1 bottle of each) $115 + tax. **Please indicate in your request if want to go with this option.**

Auburn: Orders due by NOON, 6/23 with pickup the following day, 6/24 at Charred Oak Premium Spirits.

Alexander City: Orders due by NOON, 6/23, with pickup the following day, 6/24 at Grain & Leaf.

Dadeville: Orders due by NOON, 6/23, with pickup the following day, 6/24 at 34 Market.

Dothan: Orders due by NOON, 6/20, with pickup the following day, 6/21 at KBC.

Enterprise: Orders due by NOON, 6/21, with pickup the following day, 6/22 at Corks and Cattle.

Albert Bichot Cremant de Bougogne Brut Reserve NV- The first traces to the Bichot family date back to 1214. They settled in Burgundy in 1350. In 1831, Bernard Bichot founded a wine trading business. The family business has been handed down for 5 generations, and in the second half of the 20th century 4 brothers; Albert, Bernard, Benigne, and Jean-Marc started a new era of expansion that began with the construction of a large aging cellar, a new bottling facility and winery producing wines that are available worldwide. In 1996, another generation took the reins of the family business, Alberic. The company’s vineyards now total 6 estates that cover Burgundy from North to South. This wine is comprised of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay brings tension, white flowers and minerality, and the Pinot Noir brings fruit and density. It has fine, even bubbles, a nose of lime and grapefruit, and is clean, precise, and fresh on the palate.

2020 Jean-Marc Brocard Domaine Sainte Claire Chablis Jean-Marc Brocard has been making wine in Chablis since 1973. He now operates a family estate in the heart of Chablis that cultivates their vines organically and biodynamically. This wine is sourced from a single vineyard of 30 year old Chardonnay vines. It has a ripe nose showing notes of apple, pear, citrus, and a touch of gunpowder. On the palate, it is fresh and vibrant with bright notes of citrus, fine acidity, a touch of salinity, and a dry, clean finish.

2021 Jean-Marie Reverdy Sancerre Wine courses through the Reverdy family’s veins. For four generations, the family has been inspired by the same values: a hereditary attachment to the Loire Valley, an instinctive passion for the terroirs and an innate respect for people and their work. Passion, integrity and precision are the estate’s guiding principles. Today, Jean-Marie Reverdy is following his calling and runs the estate with his wife Catherine and his two sons, Guillaume and Baptiste. The cellars are situated right in the middle of the vineyards. This unique location offers a breathtaking view of the famous Sancerre hill and its vineyards. This Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes from vines that average 40 years in age. It is clear, light yellow in color. The nose is expressive, combining floral aromas with white peaches and tropical fruit. The palate combines with freshness and tension followed by a long powerful finish, bringing out a beautiful minerality. 

2021 Ameztoi ‘Rubentis’ Txakolina Rose Ignacio Ameztoi is the seventh-generation winemaker at Ameztoi, located in the beautiful coastal town of Getaria on the Bay of Biscay. Over the rolling sea-side hills, Ameztoi has over 50 acres of vines in the ground that are all grown sustainably, some of which are pergola trained — a technique used to promote good airflow in humid regions. The sea breeze can better infiltrate the bunches, leaving a distinct character in the grapes and finished wine. The “Rubentis” is the racy, high-toned blend of the native white grape hondarribi zuri and its red counterpart, hondarribi beltza. The Ameztoi family has taken great pride in these ancient Basque grapes and they are the only two that they grow, making a white, a red, and this rosé. The grapes are co-fermented for about three weeks in stainless steel tanks before being bottled and chilled to 32° F to preserve some of the residual carbonic acid. This production method gives txakolina its charmingly light effervescence and electric acidity. A beautiful pink color in the glass, Rubentis shows notes of blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, crushed green herbs, and white pepper, which mix with seaspray, salty citrus, and streaks of chalky minerality.

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