Translated as ‘the found’ Les Trouves is a brilliant side project winery by superstar winemaker, Chris Peterson and Marty Taucher. This is a negotiant style project that was first started in 2015. The idea is to over-deliver in the bottle in terms of quality to price. While the Avennia wines are remarkable, both Chris and Marty wanted to create wines that afforded every-day consumption. The new wines are both truly outstanding values. The 2016 Les Trouves White Wine (WWB, 91) is a simply outstanding wine for the price, that shows wonderful range and layers. This gorgeous new release will continue to evolve over the next few years but is impossible to resist right now. Learn more about this great project at avennia.com Here are the two great new wines by Les Trouves.
2016 Les Trouves White Wine- 2016 Les Trouves White Wine is a compelling blend of 44% Viognier with 37% Marsanne and 19% Viognier. This golden hued wine starts off with a nose of honeysuckle, white rose and cantaloupe. Fat and round on the mouth, the wine shows a wonderful tension with rich poached pear, starfruit, kiwi and Key lime cream flavors. This dazzling wine is a stellar value. Drink 2018-2022- 91
2016 Les Trouves Red Wine- Straight out of the gate this largely Grenache based red wine exudes class once in the glass. Cigar ash, black cherry compote, and wild thyme aromas impress. The palate shows good freshness and evokes dark and red fruit flavors that sit alongside some nice tension. Bright and nicely balanced, I cannot help thinking how well this would pair with some wold class BBQ. Drink 2018-2024- 90