It's a Taste Off! 

Bordeaux vs Provence - explore a white and red from each region.

With Special Guest Danny DeMartini from The Source Imports

We are exploring the regions of Bordeaux and Provence with a head to head taste off. Your flight of 4 wines contains a white and red from each region.

The inspiration for this tasting came while Lillian Lim was tasting through some wines with Danny DeMartini.  At the end of the tasting, Lillian looked over her notes to see which wines were her favorites. She saw that 2 wineries (producers) each had wines she loved AND the wines she loved from each were a white and a red.  One of the producers was from Bordeaux and the other from Provence and the idea to have a tasting of Bordeaux vs. Provence, comparing whites and reds, a taste-off so to speak came to life!

Which one will you like better?


2016 Val de Caire, Blanc, Provence


2016 Cantelaudette, Graves de Vayres Blanc, Traditionelle, Bordeaux


2016 Val de Caire, Rouge, Provence


2014 Cantelaudette, Graves de Vayres, Prestige, Bordeaux


Bordeaux: Producer Chateau Cantelaudette

Chateau Cantelaudette is located in the Graves de Vayres region of Bordeaux.  The estate was established by the Chatelier family in 1870.  The Graves de Vayres appellation gets its name from the soils which are predominantly gravel or a mix of sand and gravel.  The soils and microclimate of the region are well-suited for Merlot, which not so coincidentally is most of what they plant for reds, along with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon (3 of the 6 typical red grape varieties in Bordeaux).  For whites, the majority of their plantings are Semillon, with some Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle (the typical white grape varieties in Bordeaux).

White: 2016 Chateau Cantelaudette, Graves de Vayres Blanc, Traditionelle, Bordeaux – 90% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc.  Soils: gravelly soils on top of silty loamy clay.  Aged on it’s lees for 6 months.  Tasting notes: mineral driven with delicate aromas of melon and citrus and a faint hint of wood

Red: 2014 Chateau Cantelaudette, Graves de Vayres, Prestige, Bordeaux – 100% Merlot.  Soils: sandy clay.  Tasting notes: Red fruits, predominantly strawberry, bright acidity with some dusty tannins.

Provence: Producer Val de Caire

Guillame Reynier began his wine career in 2003, purchasing small vineyard plots north of Aix-en-Provence.  Employing organic farming from the very beginning, he applied for certification in 2010.  The vineyards are surrounded by oak trees, bramble and garrigue (low growing brush of juniper, thyme, rosemary and lavender altogether which impart their floral, herbal and savory aromas into wine).

White: 2016 Val de Caire, Blanc, Provence – 48% Vermentino, 48% Ugni Blanc, remaining 2% a mix of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.  Soils: limestone and ferrous soil.  Tasting notes: White pepper, somewhat flinty and chalky, nice salinity and crisp acidity.  In Provence, Vermentino is also known and Rolle and you will find it blended in many of the region’s rosé wines.

Red: 2016 Val de Caire, Rouge, Provence – Syrah, Grenache.  Soils: limestone.  Tasting notes: Earthy and peppery with red and black fruits.

About The Source Imports 

The Source Imports is a European Fine Wine Import Company that specializes in wine made with minimal additives to preserve the sense of terroir.  Their standard protocol before beginning to work with a producer is a visit to their vineyards.  According to them: “At The Source we love our dirt and rocks, and the diversity of the soils…”  Having attended their seminars on how soils affect wine taught by their on-staff geologist, I can tell you that they are serious when it comes to terroir.

About Danny DeMartini

Tasting wine with Danny is such a learning experience.  Danny will talk about a wine and all the factors that affect it –  the soil types, the plot of land where the vines are planted, the sun and climate conditons, and how it may differ from the next plot over.