Dec 6 2021


Our wine team at Avennia often looks toward the robust winemaking traditions of France for inspiration and guidance. While we have fully embraced the New World terroir here in Washington State, we love tasting examples from the Old World in order to compare, discover, and celebrate what makes both regions incredible for winemaking. For our holiday release, we found some great French offerings to pour alongside three of our wines so that you can share in this experience. Enjoy!

Welcome Wine- 2019 Avennia Oliane Sauvignon Blanc

First Comparison- White Rhône-Style Blend

2018 Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Peray “la Belle de Mai”
- 60% Roussanne, 40% Marsanne
- 10% new French oak for 12 months, 6 months on the lees

2019 Avennia La Perle
- 72% Roussanne, 28% Marsanne
- 28% new French oak, 33% concrete, 14 months on the lees

Second Comparison- Cabernet Franc

2018 Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil “Nuits d’Ivresse”
- 100% Cabernet Franc (biodynamic)
- Vinified in barriques, aged for 12 months, minimal sulfur (natural winemaking)

2019 Avennia Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Franc
- 100% Cabernet Franc
- Mix of once-used and older French oak for 20 months

Third Comparison- Bordeaux-Style Blend

2018 Château les Barraillots Margaux Cru Artisan
- 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot
- 25% new French oak for 15-18 months

2019 Avennia Gravura
- 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
- 50% new French oak for 20 months