La Croix de Chaintres, Saumur-Champigny 2018Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Hailing from the central Loire Valley comes the small standout appellation of Saumur Champigny. Named for the city of Saumur and the village of Champigny, it’s nestled between Bourgueil, Chinon, and Anjou. This is an area famed for its Cabernet Franc, but Saumur Champigny is an exception to the typical style. The wines are less rustic and tannic, more light and fresh. Instead of ageing in concrete, this Cabernet Franc ages in stainless steel tanks. The screw-cap closure allows the wine to retain its freshness, instilling its drink-me-now mentality. The history of the La Crois de Chaintres began four generations ago; father Paul and son Frédrik built up this estate to where it is today. Frédrik continues to steer the winery in a more natural direction; he employs sustainable farming and has converted more than half of the vines to organic practices.
Maxime Magnon, Corbieres Rozeta Rouge 2017Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Carignan, Grenache, and Cinsault
Maxime is truly one of the movers and shakers in the wine world today. Pushing the natural wine movement forward and producing wines with integrity and personality. His property is in the South Eastern appellation of Corbiéres in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Maxime understands that learning from the greats of the wine world gives you an unprecedented knowledge of the vineyard and winemaking, hence his time spent training with the famed Jean Foillard in Morgon. Truly a naturalist at heart, his wines show the terrior -- pure rock and garrigue, wild herbs and shrubs -- that covers this part of France.
Magnon’s studies in Beaujolais come across clearly in this Carignan forward field blend. In a region where the climate, weather, and rock are apt to produce wines that are cloying, whole cluster carbonic maceration, a technique borrowed from the aforementioned realm of Gamay, lends lift and freshness. Pair that with the quintessential southern savory herbiness, another nod to the north with ageing in old Chassagne-Montrachet barrels, and you’ve got an enigmatic winner.