July 2011 Wine of the Month- 2009 Domaine de la Petite Cassagne Blanc

The snooze button. I hit it. We all do. Usually more than once.  We silence the noise and happily go back to slumberland until the “urgent” buzzer kicks in as if to shout at us Hey sleepyhead! Get outta bed before it’s too late! Well, consider this a (much more fun) snooze alarm proclaiming LAST CALL! on TWH‘s Wine of the month (Can you believe it’s almost August already?? Oy vey!). 

If you’ve had the wines of Diane Puymorin then you know why she’s one of our all-time favorite winemakers in the Costieres de Nimes (not to mention all of France). If not, you’re in for a treat. Diane’s wines under both the Domaine de la Petite Cassagne and Chateau d’Or et de Gueules labels have acquired a huge following over the years, customers and staff alike. Diane purchased the Petite Cassagne property in the village of St. Gilles back in 1998 and has been making limited parcels of both red and white wines under its label each year.


Moreover, have you seen what good quality white Rhone wines go for these days??! It’s almost unheard of to find one under $20. Aside from being downright delicious, the 2009 Petite Cassagne Blanc is one of those gems that epitomizes what we here at TWH do best… Find great wines for phenomenal prices. For this cuvee, Diane blended 60% Grenache Blanc with 40% Rolle (Italian wine lovers know this varietal as Vermentino). The fruit is farmed with 100% organic methods, pressed immediately after picking, and put into temperature-controlled tanks for fermentation. The result is pure White Rhone magic. Think bright, fresh citrus blossoms with hints of wind-swept herbs and a lively acidity that holds up through the finish. It has enough fruit to please as an aperitif, when a warm evening just calls for a glass of something crisp and cool. However (and I’m not intentionally trying to make you hungry here, but…) the Petite Cassagne will shine like the sun if you serve it alongside a crab salad, herb-laden rotisserie chicken, or pan-seared halibut with a squeeze of lemon. No matter what your end-of-July schedule, don’t forget to include a bottle of this.

Happy Fin de Juillet ~ Emily Crichton

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