Jean-Louis Chave, L'Hermitage Blanc 2016Regular price $315.00 Save $-315.00
Variety: Marsanne and Roussanne
Let’s just state that the Chave family has passed the vineyards and winemaking traditions down generation to generation since 1481, so, yeah, nothing else needs to be said. Jean-Louis is now the 16th generation winemaker and the family has more holdings on the famed hill of Hermitage than any other producer. But for the last 15 years the family has been rebuilding old terraces on the banks of the Rhone in the nearby region of Saint-Joseph. They are working to bring back a vineyard site that dates to the early 1900’s. This site expresses the soil mixture of granite and clay, and shows the “wildness” of the terroir.
Hubert Lamy, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Chaumees Blanc 2017Regular price $173.00 Save $-173.00
Produced by a family with a history dating back to 1640, this wine has quite the story. Today, Olivier Lamy guides the family estate into the limelight with the hand of a winemaker who has been trained by tradition to produce world-class wines every year. Before taking the reins of the family estate from his father Hubert in 1996, Olivier learned from his family while also spending time with Méo-Camuzet, a sought-after name by many collectors. Olivier stopped selling fruit to local négociants in 1997, choosing instead to divest underperforming sites and focus only on his best parcels. This decision left 16.5 hectares in the estate’s holdings today, and the quality is the best it has ever been.
Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Caillerets 2018Regular price $165.00 Save $-165.00
The family is an old cooperage, barrel-making family that has 13 hectares of vines. Jean-Baptiste Pillot, the founder, decided to work full-time in the vines instead. Four generations later, Thierry, the newest family member to take over the estate, is a dynamic personality that is pushing quality higher and higher. Most of Thierry’s time is spent in the vineyards, as he is a non-interventionist in the cellar, though he does use a discrete amount of new wood. The family are artists in the cellar when it comes to oak usage; it is very well integrated into the wines.
This site is one of the top Premier Cru sites in Chassagne. The vines are 60+ years old and has a very rocky topsoil. This is aged in large barrels, 10% of which is new, for one year followed by six months in tank.
Remi Jobard, Meursault 1er Cru Le Poruzot-Dessus 2018Regular price $155.00 Save $-155.00
This property Valerie and I visited for the first time in 2010 and we have been drinking the wines ever since. The Jobard name is a powerful one in Meursault, and Remi took full control of this estate in 1996 from his father. When this transition took place, he found himself taking over Meursault and Puligny-based Bourgogne Blancs. The domaine has not used herbicides or pesticides since 1994; they are certified organic. Tasting these wines are a "sensual tour of rock and vine."
This Premier Cru plot is just half a hectare located in the upper 'Dessus' portion of Poruzots. These vines are more than 60 years old and have more limestone in this section of the parcel. The wine is aged in 50% barrique, 20% of which is new, and 50% in large older foudre.