Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wine of the Week - Grochau Melon de Bourgogne

Yes, you read right! Melon de Bourgogne from Oregon! While not completely unheard of, we are truly excited to have this wine from Grochau in our portfolio. One of their newest additions, this varietal is usually grown in Loire and is also known as Muscadet. This wine is whole cluster pressed, with uninoculated fermentation in neutral French oak barriques. Aged sur lie for 7.5 months. No fining. With mouth watering acidity and fresh minerality this is the perfect white wine for shellfish, lightly aged cheeses, and white fish with fresh herbs. 

In the backyard of Portland, Oregon, the Willamette Valley is now one of the premier regions for United States Pinot Noir. Within the larger AVA lies Eola-Amity Hills, a more defined microclimate that has thinner soils with less water holding capacity and proximity to cooler winds. Specializing in Eola-Amity Hills wines, Grochau Cellars was founded in 2002 by John Grochau and is based on the principles of minimalism, only utilizing grapes from vineyards whose processes are organic and environmentally friendly. The main philosophy of Grochau Cellars is “Don’t Screw It Up,” believing that with minimal intervention, naturally healthy grapes can be given their best chance to shine. By maintaining this philosophy, Grochau Cellars represents the true flavors of Oregon: complex, pure, and satisfying.


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