When a fellow lawyer reaches out and says, “Hey, do you want to try my VineBox?” you say, “Yea I do!” VineBox is a monthly wine by the glass subscription. It comes in a sweet box with three glass vials, each holding one perfectly measured glass of wine. The box I tried had three French offerings, one white and two reds.
I started with the white. The elegant La Dame Blanche is a 2014 Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc made by Château du Taillan. Green grass, peach and minerals on the nose. Just a touch on the sweet side. Nice mouth feel, not too light, not too heavy. The color of pale straw. I had it refrigerated but it sat out for about 20 minutes, and that was the perfect temperature. The flavors were really allowed to come through. This would be excellent with some ripe cantaloupe, maybe even wrapped in prosciutto.
Next up was the 2009 Château Suau Rouge, a Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. There’s that typical Bordeaux nose, heavy flowers and wood. Lighter than I expected, almost soft but there’s definitely tannins on the finish. Oak and black currant, this would definitely pair well with some meat, maybe a duck confit, or maybe just some pâté. Very drinkable, I’d love a bottle.
The third selection was the 2013 Castelmaure Cuvee N°3. This blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre hailed from Corbières, France, an Appellation d’origine contrôlée in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France. Pepper on the nose, and spicy all around. Nice mouth feel, slight tannins on the finish. This is a big wine that would do well with some strong, salty French cheese.
Now that I’m hungry, I’m going to leave you. If you haven’t already, check out VineBox and give it a whirl. Use coupon code SPRING10 for $10 off your first box! There’s nothing better than coming home to a fun wine night in a box.
Until the next glass, Cheers!
 How appropriate. #FancyinFrancey
 La Dames Blanches are mythical women in French folklore. Thomas Keightley was a 19th century author whose book Fairy Mythology (published in 1828), described them as follows: “They lurk in narrow places such as ravines, fords, and on bridges, and try to attract passerby attention. They may require one to join in her dance or assist her in order to pass. If assisted she makes him many courtesies, and then vanishes.” Sounds like some fun broads.
 That somebody else is going to have to cut.