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Wine 1: Michel Lynch Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc
Wine with this much history deserves an explanation.
Who is Michel Lynch?
In short, a tremendous wine producer who dedicated his life toward improving the wine of Château Lynch-Bages, and the elevation of Bordeaux wines, the effects of which we are still reaping the benefits of over 250 years later. Michel Lynch was born in 1754 and was Mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution. He was also a knight and owned the Château Lynch-Bages as mentioned above. He was a key element of the viticultural advances in winemaking at the time, including de-stemming stalks and pips from picked bunches before fermentation, a process that is now widely adopted in the Médoc.
Wine 2: L’Ostal Cazes Estibals Minervois 2013
Let’s begin by decoding the name of our wine number 2.
L’Ostal Cazes is the name of the Domaine. Domaine l’Ostal Cazes. The domaine is located in Minervois, at the foothills of the Montagne Noir. If the name of the wine is vaguely ringing a bell, it’s because the very same Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, is the founder of this domaine in the Languedoc. He spent years hunting for great terroir in the south of France, and eventually stumbled upon this area on the foothills of the Montagne Noir. The technical name for this region is Minervois La Livinière, and is now known for producing the finest vineyards in the Minervois. With help from his son, Jean-Charles, they created the name for this domaine. “L’ostal” means both “house” and “family group” in the ancient Occitan language (incidentally, ‘Languedoc’ translates to “language of Oc” referring to its Occitanian origins and the name of the language spoken there (“Oc” also means “yes”), and is now the name of the wine making region from whence the language came). All that to say, the name of the wine comes back to mean that it’s from the house of Cazes.
Wine 3: Rive Droite Rive Gauche Côte du Rhône 2015
Let’s begin again with the name of the wine.
The name of a wine doesn’t always have much to do with what’s in the bottle, but it can give the reader an indication on its history, winemaking lineage, and the personality of the wine in the bottle. “Rive Droite, Rive Gauche,” translates to “Right Bank, Left Bank,” and is aptly named because the grape varietals that make up this wine are sourced from both the right and left bank of the Rhône River.
Who makes this wine?
Les Vignerons D’Estézargues. They are a small co-operative winery located in, you guessed it, Estézargues. Estézargues is a small town near Avignon, just a bit southeast of Lirac and Tavel. The co-operative is comprised of just 10 growers, and is unique from many co-operatives. Most co-op wine are produced in bulk, with grapes from many different vineyards all grouped together. Les Vignerons D’Estézargues is unique because the growers produce their own wine separately, and make cuvées from the best plots. Even crazier, they are one of the only co-ops in the world to practice natural winemaking practices.