Jean Foillard Beaujolais Villages 2016
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Jean and Agnès Foillard took over Jean's father’s domaine in 1980. Most of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon and the pride of Morgon. These granite and schist soils sit on an alluvial fan at the highest point above the town and impart great complexity. However, great real estate is not the only key to Foillard’s success. Early on, Jean began to follow the teachings of Jules Chauvet, a traditionalist who defied everything that the more commercial brands were touting in the region. Jean and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton, soon joined in on the movement. This Gang of Four, as Kermit christened them, called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration. The end result allows Beaujolais to express itself naturally, as it should be without the bubblegum and banana aromas of others available today. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Beaujolais is all about.
This estate comprises nearly fourteen hectares. Foillard’s wines are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. Jean raises his wines in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.
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Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2003 375mlChâteau d'Yquem is the the most sought after sweet wine in the world ... Planted to 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon, this legendary First Growth estate is located in the heart of the Sauternes region, and sits atop a small hill overlooking its neighbors. Although much Yquem is enjoyed at a very young age while fresh and lightly sweet, the wine remarkably has the ability to age for 50-75+ years.
Domaine Allary Haut Brion Pessac Léognan 2008Domaine Allary Haut-Brion (which used to be called Domaine de la Passion Haut-Brion) is a 1.5-hectare parcel of vines situated in the heart of First Growth Haut-Brion's vineyard. From 1954 to 1978, the property bottled under its own name, but for the past 30 years, the grapes have been going into Haut Brion wines under a cropshare agreement. Planted to 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, Allary Haut-Brion is owned by Dr. Michel Allary who decided once again produce a domaine wine at the property and 2008 is the first vintage under the new label. His daughter and grandson ensure a family-owned and managed future. Today the wine is made by celebrated Bordeaux consultant, Stéphane Derenoncourt, who is known for being somewhat modern in his approach, late harvesting and using a fair amount of new wood, to give the wines softer, sweeter tannins; but in other ways, this wine is very traditional. The new generation of Allarys work the gravel and sandy clay vineyard by hand or using horses. There are no tractors. Next year biodynamic viticulture will be introduced. ROBERT PARKER REPORTS : 'This is a tiny jewel of a vineyard (just over three acres) right in the heart of the Haut Brion vineyard. Not surprisingly, the wine is stunning. Made from 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Stephane Derenoncourt as the consultant, as one might expect, this beauty has some of the character of the surrounding historic estate of Haut Brion.'
Chateau Belair Monange Saint Emilion 2009Formerly known as Chateau Belair, the Belair Monange estate has made world class wines for hundreds of years. In fact, their history can be traced back as far as the 14th century, and the late Bernard Ginestet called Belair, 'the Lafite Rothschild among the hillsides of St.-Emilion.' Chateau Belair-Monange is the immediate neighbor of Chateau Ausone, located on the southernmost slope of Saint-Emilion know as the "Côte", with a magnificent view over the valley of the Dordogne. This iconic vineyard is 6.2 acres in size, with a great diversity of soils, predominantly limestone. The limestone cap-rock is responsible for the excellent drainage. The vineyard has a south and east exposure. It is divided into twelve sub-plots, each with its own terroir characteristics. The vineyard is planted to 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Robert Parker reports : 'Formerly known as Chateau Belair, 2008 was the first vintage in which Christian Moueix, his son, Edouard, and new oenologist, Eric Murisasco, had 100% control at Belair-Monange, and they have admirably demonstrated just what this great terroir is capable of producing. Cropped at an unreal 18 hectoliters per hectare, it appears ready to compete with its near-by neighbor, Ausone.' This 2009 is even better!!!
Château-Calon-Ségur Saint Estèphe 2011'The great Madame Denise Gasqueton, a Bordeaux icon whom I always visited early in the morning (8:15 a.m. for nearly 20 consecutive years), passed away on the first day of the 2011 harvest. The 2011 Calon-Segur is a fitting tribute to her extraordinary passion and love for this fabulous estate in the northern sector of St.-Estephe. A very strong effort, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as surprisingly sweet tannin and abundant quantities of black cherry, black currant and dusty, loamy scents. Medium to full-bodied with beautifully integrated tannins and sensational purity and length, this super effort is a wonderful homage to the memory of Madame Gasqueton. Moreover, it is potentially one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage and should drink well for 25 or more years.' reported Robert Parker April 2012 This historic 3rd Growth estate in Saint Estephe dates back to Roman times, and has enjoyed an excellent reputation for over 500 years. In the 18th century Calon Segur was part of the great Segur estate which included Lafite, Latour and Mouton. During this time, the owner, Marquis de Ségur, was fond of saying "I make my wine at Lafite and Latour but my heart is in Calon" - a quote which explains the heart motifs that are dotted all around Calon-Ségur - on walls, fireplaces and even the wine label itself. Calon Segur is situated on a bed of sandy gravel and iron-enriched limestone in the northernmost part of St.-Estephe and has vines averaging 35 years. Planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the estate produces three red wines from its vineyard.
Acre Merlot 2012ACRE produces classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel exclusively from organically farmed vineyards (for over 20 years) within the AVA’s of Oakville and Yountville. ACRE wines enhance the fine dining experience with their distinctive fruit characteristics, structure and complexity. The 2012 ACRE Merlot is a great vintage of this wine. From the moment you pour it into your glass it compels you with its aroma, which is a complex interplay of both fruity and earthy elements. The flavor is equally fascinating with impressions of plum and black cherry, interwoven with earthy and spicy notes with hints of mocha, cinnamon and anise. The tannins are bold, but not astringent, rather they are textural providing substance and expression across the palate. This complexity and structure demonstrate what a satisfying wine Merlot is when grown in the ideal soil and climate. Completely dry with lively acidity this Acre Merlot just calls out for a sizzling lamb chop, a grilled steak or roasted duck or other poultry. . The ACRE story begins in 2002 with just one acre of Cabernet Sauvignon planted and nurtured to maturity almost solely by ACRE winemaker and co-founder David Becker at his family home in the Oak Knoll region of Napa Valley. Dave’s one acre “Home” vineyard soon led to production from two more similar sized plantings. The first was his next door neighbor Ann Kraemer’s head trained, Zinfandel vineyard. Ann planted her vineyard about the same time as Dave’s home vineyard with three clones of Zinfandel made famous by Ridge Vineyards. Then, in 2011 Dave planted identical Bordeaux clones from his home vineyard to a one acre site in Yountville just north of Stags Leap, allowing an interesting vineyard comparison with identical varietal, clones, spacing and orientation and location the only variable.
Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas La Geynale 2013' An up and coming superstar of Cornas, Vincent Paris manages his roughly 20-acre estate to produce three Cornas; the Granit 30, which comes from younger vines located lower on the slope, in the lieu-dit Mazards; the Granite 60, which includes the older vines of the estate (and comes from steeper, higher elevation slopes); and the La Geynale, which comes from a single plot of 100-year-old vines located mostly in the Renard lieu-dit (it is also the only wine to not see any destemming). Vincent's offerings are some of the top wines in the appellation and readers need to get on this young vigneron’s bandwagon!' Wine Advocate
Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 2013Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir. The Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin AC is sourced from multiple parcels spread throughout the appellation. Soils are made up primarily of clay and limestone and exposures tend to be east/ southeast. Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. Following a 18-20 day maceration the must undergoes primary fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and wooden vats followed by tasting and a blending of the cuvees. The young wine is aged in 30% lightly toasted new oak barrels for 14 to 16 months.
Louis Jadot Beaune 153rd Anniversary Cuvee 2012The year 2012 was the 153rd anniversary of the renowned house of Louis Jadot as well as the most celebrated red Burgundy vintage in the last 20+ years. In celebration of this momentous occasion, the winery created a special bottling with 100% premier cru Pinot Noir fruit from the vineyards of Beaune. As the epicenter of Burgundy, the village of Beaune has a long and important history. The wines from Beaune are fragrant and sophisticated, complex and caressing on the palate. Made with traditional Burgundy winemaking methods, this 2012 Beaune Premier Cru was aged on the lees in 33% new French oak barrels for 18 months. This exceptional cuvée has the potential to age for 25 years or more. Serve with lamb, filet mignon, duck and cornish hen dishes alongside delicate mushrooms and grains with nut & dried red fruits.
Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage 2014Made by famed Crozes-Hermitage pioneer Alain Graillot, this is exuberant and expressive, showing the complexity of the appellation. Alain does not de-stem using whole bunches in a traditional way and ages his wines in used Burgundy barrels. Made of 100% Syrah, this is an amazing match for grilled meats, aged cheeses, dark olives and breads. Alain Graillot founded his domaine in Crozes-Hermitage in 1985, and rapidly became one of the most in-demand producers in the Northern Rhône for his robust, and multi-layered Syrah-based wines. Alain owns 50 acres of 30-year-old Crozes-Hermitage vines on the flat alluvial plain between the Rhône and Isère rivers, in well-draining soils of sand, gravel, and stones. He also has two tiny parcels in St. Joseph, from which he makes a slightly fresher, more early-drinking wine than the remarkable Crozes-Hermitage that constitutes the majority of his production. Alain harvests by hand and works organically, employing whole-cluster fermentation and aging the wines primarily in 1-to-3 year old barrels purchased from some of the top estates in Burgundy. In great years, he makes tiny quantities of a barrel selection knows as “La Guiraude,” a rare and spectacular wine. Graillot’s wines are structured, but still very appealing and approachable in their youth, and their longevity is truly remarkable… These are must-haves for any serious Northern Rhône fan.
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2014In 1870 Jacob Beringer arrived in California from his homeland in Germany to pursue his dream of making fine wine to rival the best wines of Europe. Today the winery is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley and the winemaking program is managed by California-veteran winemaker Ed Sbragia and California-native winemaker Laurie Hook. Beringer's northernmost Chardonnay vineyard and the primary source of Private Reserve Chardonnay, Gamble Ranch, is located near the town of Yountville where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, winemaker Laurie Hook fermented the juice in French oak barrels (76% new) to enhance the natural richness in the wine. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance. All of the wines were put through malolactic fermentation to encourage a lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, Laurie chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.
Johnson Harriss Cuvée Wentz 2014Johnson Harriss was born to Edward Harriss II and Mary “Polly” Johnson in Charlotte County, Virginia, on 28 December 1769. He grew up in colonial America as a farmer, and was the backbone of winemaker John Livingston's family in the early years of American life. Johnson moved his family from Virginia to North Carolina to South Carolina to Tennessee and finally to southern Illinois…where Livingston grew up. “Old Grand-father Harriss”, according to the DuQuoin Weekly Tribune on the occasion of his death, survived both the Revolutionary War and the U.S. Civil War and lived to age 99. This wine is a dedication to his life and family. For the second vintage of the Johnson Harriss project, John Livs discovered some amazing fruit from the mighty Pacific Northwest. He had rare access to some of the best cellars in Washington State to create the blend, and believes the end result is outstanding and emulates the great wines of Bordeaux's Right Bank. The final assemblage consisted of 50% Merlot, 26% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. The majority of the fruit came from the Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Columbia Valley. This vineyard is on the Royal Slope in the Frenchman Hills, which is climatically diurnal (hot afternoon/cool evening), giving the wine high levels of phenolic ripeness while retaining acidity. About 20% of the Merlot came from the Conner Lee Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope in Columbia Valley giving the wine excellent freshness. The Cabernet Franc and Syrah came from the Dineen Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, northern, cooler region, adding more structure and floral aromas. Winemaker Tasting Notes: The blend reminds me of Right Bank Bordeaux. It is structured and fresh, a serious wine, not flabby. Yet, at the same time, it is incredibly enjoyable now. The profile is loaded with dark red fruits with blueberry tones, spice, cedar box. The body is plush, rich and long, yet still drives down the middle with acidity and freshness. Winemaker Pairing Notes: From a pairing perspective, you will want to match with anything from the grill, red meat, and cured meats. But this is delicious on it’s own too. From a cheese perspective, attack some aged Cheddar, Comté aged Gruyère, aged Gouda or Manchego. And, of course, kettle-cooked potato chips fit the bill nicely.
Domaine Mongeard Mugneret Echezeaux 2013The Mongeard family arrived in Vosne-Romanée in the 18th century, and records show a Mongeard working as vigneron for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 1786. In 1945, Jean Mongeard, whose mother was a Mugneret, found himself making wine at the age of 16. His father had died five years before, and there was no one left to do the job. The entire 1945 crop was purchased by Baron le Roy, Marquis d'Angerville and Henri Gouges. Gouges instructed the young Mongeard to personally bottle the wines, rather than sell in barrel, because of the exceptional quality of the family's wines. Robert Parker describes the wines of the domaine: 'The style of winemaking seems to extract rich, supple, concentrated fruit from the grapes...The wines always seem to show well young, but also age nicely for 10-15 years.' Since 1997, Vincent Mongeard, Jean's son, has been responsible for viticulture and vinification of the domaine's wines. He persuaded his father to return to the traditional method of bottling, without filtration, filtering only with certain vintages. Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret today covers a total area of more than 25 hectares, divided into 22 appellations. Their vineyards are 45-50 years old on average, and are grafted with superior Pinot Noir clones. All of the wines are 100% de-stemmed with the exception of Richebourg, for which they include 1/3 stems for more tannic structure. The Echezeaux is made from the climats of Echézeaux du Dessus and Les Treux and aged in 75% new oak.
Domaine-Humbert-Frères Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2015During the 2015 Burgundy Barrel Tasting for Frederick Wildman, we tasted through Domaine Humbert's offerings with Emmanuel Humbert. This was the best vintage we have ever tasted from him and a highlight of the entire portfolio that day. Emmanuel and his brother Frédéric are fourth generation vignerons of this family estate. They took over the domaine from their parents in 1989 and have been turning out exceptional Gevrey-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Fixin and Bourgogne rouge ever since. The exuberant Emmanuel (friends & family call him 'Manu') has been the family's winemaker for over 20 years. He focuses upon manual methods in the vineyard, with organic-leaning practices and emphasizes low yields. 50% new oak is used for the village and Premier Cru's , 100% new oak is used on the Grand Cru's . His 2015 old vine Gevrey here is positively beautiful. Wild cherries, black plums, violets, raspberries and licorice abound in the nose and on the palate. So rich and complex, we suggest cellaring this beauty for a few years and then serving it with juicy lamb chops alongside quinoa or cous cous with nuts and dried cherries; or with wild salmon simmered in fresh herbs, olive oil and pomegranate juice. Burghound reports: "If you're not familiar with the Humbert wines, the style is one that many readers will definitely like. There is a purity to the wines that is really lovely and while there is a nod toward the modern, some of the wines are also made with a significant percentage of stems. Overall, the wines are at once stylish and beautifully rendered with outstanding transparency."
Domaine Prunier Bonheur Auxey Duresses Les Crais Blanc 2015Pascal Prunier is the 5th generation in a family of Burgundian vignerons. He decided to launch his own domaine with his wife, Christine Bonheur, in 1983, with a mere 3 hectares of rented vines. Today, the domaine comprises 8 hectares of vines, scattered throughout the Côte de Beaune, from Saint Romain to Beaune. Production is equal parts white and red wine, and the cellars are located on the road between Meursault and Auxey-Duresses. (He lives around the corner from Jean-Marc Roulot.) The whites beam with energy. The white bunches are transported to the cuverie and pneumatically pressed as rapidly as possible. Indigenous yeast alcoholic fermentation takes place in barrel and then are aged 11 to 15 months in barrel. The reds have a rather extraordinary Zen-like calm and great purity. Very lightly extracted, their attack is soft, delicately fruity, happy. It’s only when you start focusing on the back palate, especially in Auxey and Monthelie, where you notice the underpinnings of serious structure. This white is from Pascal's Les Crais parcel which was planted in the 1950s on the north side of the appellation and deep in the valley, where there is a high content of active limestone. This is a powerful terroir, with assertive stoniness and serious acidity, and Pascal’s translation of it is a wine as potently energetic as the first cup of coffee in the morning. We tasted and positively loved this 2015. In a ripe, full-flavored white Burgundy vintage, Pascal's essence of energy in the wine was perfectly balanced by the fruit ... yummy!!!
Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015Since 1670, the Féraud family has cultivated vines in the south of France, in the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. Paul Féraud and his daughter Laurence continue the tradition today, focusing upon old vines and low yields. Made of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 10% local varieties, this beautiful 2015 is a classic example from the region. Serve with braised beef, Coq au Vin, stews, charcuterie, pâté, sausages and cheeses, especially Comté Gruyere and Delice de Bourgogne.
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Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2013Owned by the Mori family since 1974, Il Marroneto is today run by Alessandro Mori, who makes the wine and does so with great love, care and passion; from picking to bottling he follows it day after day as if it was his child, and this can be understood in a moment, by watching him slowly tasting his Brunello or hearing him talking about it with great passion and enthusiasm. He only grows Sangiovese and works in purity. He does not intervene much on the vines, he does not use any type of herbicide or special products for the protection of the plant. Of his wine, he loves the ability it has to express the fruit aromas and flavors, to rest four years in wood – years that the specification of Brunello imposes – and after all this time to remain authentic, delicate and elegant. Today, Il Marroneto, after more than 30 years is regarded as one of the ten historic companies in Montalcino (Siena). All this has been possible thanks to the long-term commitment and passion that Mori has always devoted to his work. Il Marroneto the Brunello is a traditional wine, aged in large oak barrels from Allier and Slovenia, vinified according to the traditional systems of Montalcino; the result is a very elegant wine, rich in aromas, classic in style and wonderful for aging.
Cascina Castlet Dry Rosato 2017WELCOME BACK!!! We are so excited that a new importer has come on board to bring us the ‘Vespa’ Barbera Rosato. Made by a small, traditional estate in Piedmont, Mariuccia Borio is a Barbera specialist who hand picks all the fruit and makes elegant classic wines (that’s her as a girl in the pink dress in the 1950’s---love it!). This is her Castlèt Rosé, which she calls 'La vie en rose. A scent you catch with your eyes closed, but only if you know how to listen from the bottom of your heart will the music of a far-off band reach your ears. It’s a country dance with the women who scent of lavender and fleurs-de-lis, and the young men are clean-shaven and wear freshly laundered shirts. The girls on the Vespa are growing up to be women. Their looks and bows are still the same as when they were little girls, but the rose-pink is changing them. There’s a promise and there’s a hope in their still shy eyes. Pink is happiness, pink is like dawn turning to day. I’ve left the deep red of my Barbera grapes behind in the press. I’m the fruit of the soft pressing of the bunches. I spring surprises by subtraction. I have no rules and I love people who look to the future...' Serve with pork, chicken, pasta with tomato-based sauces, salmon, tuna or fine cheeses.
Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017This Beaujolais made of 100% Gamay is perhaps the purest expression of this region's wines we have ever tasted. Made by the late Marcel Lapierre's son Mathieu, Domaine Lapierre Morgon is made from meticulously hand harvested grapes, with gentle and natural winemaking methods, and oak aging in Burgundy barrels from Domaine Prieure-Roch in Vosne Romanee. 3rd generation farmer Marcel Lapierre had been farming with biodynamic methods for close to 30 years and eschewing full carbonic maceration. With his tragic passing last year at the age of 60, Marcel's son Mathieu took full charge of the winemaking and continued his father's legacy. Wine Advocate reports: 'Mathieu Lapierre believes that the prolonged, relatively cool carbonic maceration he favors promotes natural antioxidants so that a wine like this has impressive stability from the open bottle despite its absence of sulfur. If you have a cold cellar, try to save a portion of this for 4-6 years. The irreplaceable and virtually irrepressible Marcel Lapierre passed away just after the 2010 harvest was completed and will be sorely missed among us. His son Mathieu - who had been assuming an increasingly important role at the domaine in recent years - has admirably advanced their labors in this vintage, resulting in wines that display the levity and "digestabilite" as well as textural caress and subtle complexity that one has long associated with the crafts of this domaine. Lapierre picked from September 20 through the first week in October and achieved normal crop levels. Mathieu Lapierre might refine his father's methods but it seems unlikely that he will deviate from them in fundamental ways, and he believes that "we in Beaujolais are in danger of losing our vinous identity" thanks in part to the ambitions of growers who take their inspiration and methods from the Cote d'Or.'
La Ferme de Gicon Grenache Blanc 2017We discovered this charming little white while in search of dry Rosé from the south of France. Made by Château de Gicon located next to the Rhône River, La Ferme de Gicon produce local grapes with classic French style. The Grenache Blanc variety yields aromas and flavors of Asian pear, apricot skin, tangerine, honey blossom, hibiscus & spices with a clean, thirst quenching palate. Serve as an aperitif or with seafood, white meats and fine French cheeses.
Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2016Organic since 1995, grower Simone Santini is such a passionate Tuscan winemaker…we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to his estate in San Gimignano in May 2018. We were so impressed with both his Vernaccia whites and Chianti reds; they were ripe, pure, energetic and utterly charming, just like the winemaker! Le Calcinaie is composed of 30 acres covered with vines with perfect exposure, beautifully tended, and olive trees. This Chianti has fresh, happy aromas and flavors of plums, cherries, violets, rosemary, figs and more. Serve with pesto ravioli, pasta pomodoro, artisan pizza, cured meats, meat pâté and cheeses. “Tenuta le Calcinaie is a breakout winery in this report. Their Vernaccia-based wines all performed beautifully. I look forward to tasting more from this small estate in the future.” –Wine Advocate
La Ferme de Gicon Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016La Ferme de Gicon in the Rhône Valley is produced by a group of small family farms, who blend their grapes to produce classic wines in the region. This is their local Côtes-du-Rhône white, made in a crisp, dry, lively style, with apricot skin, peach, minerals and flowers in the nose and on the palate. An ideal summer white for its elegance and versatility, serve with salads, appetizers, seafood, white pizza, pickled carrots & cheeses. This is a total winner and a great price!
Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau 2018This Kermit Lynch exclusive is one of our favorite producers of Beaujolais. Located in the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, Domaine Dupeuble has been running almost continuously since 1512. The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919. Anna’s son Paul, and her grand children Ghislaine and Stéphane Dupeuble, manage the domaine. Kermit first met Ghislaine and Stéphane’s father, Damien, for lunch in Paris in the late 1980s, and thus began the annual tradition of blending the KLWM Beaujolais Nouveau. Tradition runs deep in the family, but each generation has also managed to add something new, including increasing the property. Today it is comprised of one hundred hectares, about forty percent of which is consecrated to vineyards. Strong advocates of the lutte raisonnée approach to vineyard work, they tend their vines without the use of any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. The vineyards, planted primarily to Gamay, face Southeast, South, and Southwest, and about two thirds of the property is on granite-based soil. The grapes are harvested manually and vinified completely without SO2. The wines are not chaptalized, filtered, or degassed and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation. The wines of Dupeuble represent some of the best values in the Beaujolais today and are widely regarded for their very high quality and eminently reasonable price.