Meyer-Fonne, Alsace Riesling Reserve 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has an evident instinct for his craft. He is the third generation in his family to be making wine since his grandfather founded the domaine in the late 19th century. The winery and family home is in the village of Katzenthal, known for its distinctive granite soils. All of Meyer’s bottlings are characterized by stunning aromatics, his signature minerality, and nerve. It’s all about the details at Meyer-Fonné, with an emphasis on tradition and respect for terroir. He endeavors in several bottlings creating all the classic styles for which Alsace is known.
This Riesling comes from two different vineyards, one of older vines from 1969 and another from vines planted in 2006. This Riesling is vinified into a dry style, which is common for this producer and for the Alsatian style.
Chateau Ducasse, Bordeaux Blanc 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle
Meeting owner and winemaker Hervé Dubourdieu is almost like meeting a surgeon. Dressed to perfection and walking with confidence, his estate is located in the southern end of the famed Bordeaux wine region in Haut Barsac, famous for white wine, and more famous for dessert wine made from the noble mold, botrytis. I remember walking around the winery and feeling that if I put on a white glove I would not find a spec of dust, let alone dirt, anywhere in the winery. This cleanliness shows up in the wines. Always pristine and focused, the aromatics are fresh and the palate clean. The dessert wines produced here are what many of the estates in Barsac and neighboring village of Sauternes focus on. When a vineyard does not obtain the noble rot and the airflow is just too much to create the famous mold, it is still perfect to produce dry, fresh white wine blended with Sémillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc. No oak is used in the winemaking, and flavors of citrus and grass come through. Due to the river emptying into the Atlantic and the humid air blowing inland down into the vineyards, the wines are incredible with light seafood salads or simple preparations that highlight lemon.
Dupeuble, Beaujolais 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
In the States, we talk about “The Deep South” and we are referencing the southern culture down by the gulf. The personalities coming from this part of the Country is unlike anything else. The hospitality is over the top yet sometimes slightly back country. This is very much the same for the regions where Dupeuble is from; this is the deep south of Beaujolais. Recently many of the Cru’s (towns) have become quite famous, but this part of the region is true farm country and has been for a long time. The Dupeuble Domaine dates back to 1512 and has produced wines with very little change in their methods.
The Dupeuble Beaujolais comes from vines ranging from 50-100 years old from clay, granite, and limestone soils. The juice ferments naturally via carbonic maceration and then ages in stainless steel. This bottle is an incredible value for what it represents; natural winemaking, old vines, and a traditional legendary winemaker to boot.
Tinel Blondelet, Sancerre Rouge Les Blancs Palets 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
What’s most impressive about Tinel-Blondelet is the fact that Annick represents the twelfth generation of winemaking; their family has been dutifully wine growing for more than 400 years in the Loire Valley. Ferdnand Blondelet, the previous generation, is to thank for much of the identity of the winery today. Fifty years ago, he had been endeavoring in farming in the area of Pouilly sur Loire when he decided to focus solely on viticulture. He later acquired more land in Sancerre, which gave the family another appellation in which to bottle their wine. Fernand then became the first of the Tinels to create a wine-tasting cellar. Today, Tinel continues the tradition of the family coupled with her authenticity; both traits exude themselves in the wines.
This is Pinot Noir from 40 year old vines of flint and limestone soils. The wine undergoes whole cluster fermentation to obtain the most extraction possible. The wine does not always undergo oak ageing; it will depend on the vintage.
Alain Voge, Saint-Joseph Les Cotes 2015Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
The wines of Domaine Alain Voge have helped to shape and evolve history of the northern Rhone appellation. Alain began working with his father at just seventeen years, deciding to remain in the Cornas region with his father’s vines. The wines were sold in barrels until the 50’s, then were transitioned to bottling in 1957-58. In the 60s, vineyards were lost due to new housing built; the Voge family then began renovating several higher parcels, which in turn proved as better conditions for vines. In an effort to learn more about other French wines, Alain would visit Leon every two weeks, meeting sommeliers and chefs who would introduce him to other regional wines. Doing this, he forged links with these professionals. Alain’s wines soon began appearing in some of the finest restaurants of Lyon and Paris. The domain became certified organic and biodynamic in 2016.
Until 2015, Alain Voge called his St. Joseph wine “Les Vinsonnes.” After 2015 it took on the name of the locality where it was grown “Les Cotes.” This is aged in large barrels for about 15-17 months depending on vintage.
Saint Gayan, Gigondas "Origine" 2015Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre
Domaine Saint Gayan is based in Gigondas where history dates back to Roman times. The Meffre family first planted vineyards in the 15th century; the same family continues this legacy while respecting the tradition six centuries later. The very high proportion of old vines (many up to 100 years) planted on poor clay, limestone soils results in lower yields and higher quality and concentration. Saint Gayan experiences a unique microclimate with no mist or mold due to “Le Mistral,” the haunting wind from the north that sweeps through the valleys at aggressive speeds. The climate is dry, yet reserves of water below ground compensate for lack of rain.
This is classic Gigondas blending Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre from vines about 45 years in age. “Origine” has a long ageing period before its release taking place in 600 liter oak barrels while the other 40% goes into concrete tanks. After its release, this wine can age very well for another 5-10 year.