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Athenais, Amphore Pinot Gris Rose 2019Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Pinot Gris
Athénaïs of Chateau de Beru is one of the most discussed producers in Burgundy today. Coming from a domain with 400 years in the making, she leads the current generation of this property. The chateau has certainly experienced its ups and downs. As phylloxera devastated the family’s vines, new ones were not planted for almost 100 years. The fruit was sold to other Chablis co-ops up until 2004 when the death of Athena’s father happened. She traveled back to the domaine to assist her mother, Laurence. It was then that she began incorporating all sorts of changes. The family began bottling their wine, converted agriculture over to biodynamic, and opted to intervene minimally in the winemaking. The reputation is only improving and Beru has become known for their Chablis wines. ‘Athenais’ is the name of her negociant project, though still intertwined with the family domain.
This bottle is a truly progressive style coming from the region of Chablis, which is anything but progressive. The Pinot Gris, which yields a naturally rosy hue, is left on its skins for one month. The aging is completed between old oak and twelve months in amphora clay. There is no added sulfur.
'A Vita, IGP Calabria Rosato 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Depending how you look at it, ‘A Vita can either be viewed as a lifetime or ‘from life.’ Either way you see it, this small winery is bringing a breath of fresh air to the most southerly region on the boot—Calabria. Dup Francesco and Laura de Franco farm in the DOC of Ciro, straddling the area between the Ionian sea and the Sila mountains. The area is known more so for its bulk wine, though ‘A Vita makes about 2000 cases in total. Their approach to farming and winemaking is minimal as they bring an overlooked region into the world spotlight.
The Gaglioppo fruit comes from a vineyard right near the Ionian Sea. The juice undergoes the saignee method after 12 hours on its skins yielding a darker rosato with a brickish hue. Its salty with a tannin kick, a fairly accurate representation of Mediterranean rose.
Maestracci, E Prove Rose 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Grenache
In an area of the coast of France is the isle of Corsica, though there it’s called Corse. In the northwestern quadrant of the isle is the appellation of Corse Calvi. It’s an area known for its vines, olives, its location next to the coastline and the ‘Prove,’ the name of local maritime winds that cool down the vines from the high exposure to sunshine. The domaine began in 1945 when a large olive oil press had been abandoned, and Roger built a winery inside the thick walls of the press. Camille, the daughter of his son-in-law, now makes the wines. The whites are made into fresh and ready to drink styles while the reds are aged longer. Regardless of type, the wines are extremely food friendly.
These particular vines are 45 years in age with most of the fruit growing together in the same vineyard. The wine simply ages in steel before it is released and gets its bottle name from the local wind ‘E Prove’ that blows through the vines.
Frank Cornelissen, Susucaru Rosato 2022Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Malvasia, Moscadella, Cattaratto, and Nerello Mascalese
Like many before him, Frank Cornelissen fell in love with wine in a romantic fashion. After getting his hands on the coveted DRC, he was naturally committed. After tasting and talking with others in the industry for about 20 years, he began to question the side of wine in a philosophical way. His quest led him to Sicily, where he began to farm in the northern slopes of Mt. Etna, the active volcano. He began to make wine of culture with an approach natural in character. His vines are unlike others in the area as they aren’t planted to high density; instead he has interplanted several forms of vegetation, including fruit trees and buckwheat, allowing the vines to thrive in a polycultural way. The expanse of his love for Etna is reflected in his estate wines, the single vineyard wines, and olive oils. The wines are extremely difficult to come by as they’re allocated; everyone wants these!
Using mostly white varieties as well as the trademark Nerello Mascalese of Etna, this is an aromatic rose, or a light red, whatever you prefer to call this one. Akin to the light reds of Jura, and rather food friendly, Susucaru rosato has a similar vein of intrigue as the other Cornelissen counterparts.
Ruvido, Mamma Vita Mia Vino Rosato 2021Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Matita is now known as Ruvido Wines.
Wine is often a shadow of the stories they’re derived from. The foundation of Matita is formed by two friends, Matias and Alessio. They were once opponents on the basketball court, became teammates, and then friends. Each had an interest in wine; Matias was a failed winemaker and Alessio, a sommelier as a pastime. With no history of winemaking in their families, no inheritance, and no land to their names, they decided to partner together and make wine. They have dubbed this their “non-history.” Everything done in the vineyards and winery is done by hand, from picking the grapes to destemming and crushing. Their aim is to make delicious natural wines in the name of their motto: “Raw and Funky.”
Presqu'ile Winery, Rose Santa Maria County 2022Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
According to Matt Murphy, co-founder, and president of Presqui’le winery, the greatest wineries are multigenerational family endeavors. In fact, the family is very close and loves doing things together, including his sister Anna, the enologist. Anna and Matt both grew up around the family’s farm in Louisiana, which was the forerunner for their interest in winemaking. Dieter Cronje, winemaker for Presqu’ile, has quite the prestigious resumé. While on a mission to gain a more global perspective, he did an exchange program with the University of Bordeaux and traveled extensively through Burgundy and Champagne in order gain more understanding of Pinot Noir. After working with Matt Murphy at the Ambullneo winery and sharing many late-night bottles of Burgundy, they realized they worked well together. Matt then decided that Dieter would be a great fit as winemaker for Presqu’ile.
Frederic Savart, Extra Brut 'Cuvee Ephemere 016' Rose Champagne, NVRegular price $84.00 Save $-84.00
Variety: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay
A cap on his head and mud on his boots has made us instantly fall in love with Freddie Savart, a jolly former football (soccer) player turned world-class winemaker. Freddie’s wild creativity and experimentation is crafting Champagne that has the entire wine world talking. Savart champions Pinot Noir based Champagnes grown in the mineral rich soils of Montagne de Reims. He’s a force to be reckoned with and celebrates the romance of wine. His wines are for the thrill seekers, the wine geeks, and of course, the Champagne lovers.
Ephemere changes with each vintage; no two wines are the same. This one is a collab with Maison Dremont. The fruit comes from both 2015 and 2016 and ages for five years on its lees before release.
Colston Biblio, Spot Lite Grenache Rose 2022Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
From Cincinnati native, Matty Colston, this wine, hailing from Oregon is the perfect juicy summer rose! After two decades of working in fine dining and wine focused establishments, Matty decided to extend his passion for wine into the world of winemaking, moving to Oregon in 2018.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from a small grower in Yakima Valley, Washington. The fruit was brought to a friend’s crush pad in Oregon where Matty made a fresh drinkable rose that’s ready to drink right now.
Egly Ouriet, Champagne Extra Brut Rose Grand Cru NVRegular price $240.00 Save $-240.00
Variety: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier
Right after WWII, the Egly-Ouriet house was born. Francis Egly’s grandfather married Madame Ouriet with just 3 hectares of land to start from the Grand Cru area of Ambonnay. After taking over from his father, Francis Egly immediately converted the domaine to 100% estate bottling. In the process, he became one of the original pioneers of the grower Champagne movement, growing his name to be one of the top Champagne producers. He organically farms Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both being 50 years old on average. Francis implements varied barrel aging from 1 to 5 years of age, letting every terroir express itself. Wine writer Peter Liem states, “If there are any Champagnes that fit the often-used description of “Burgundy with bubbles,” Egly-Ouriet would be the leading candidate.”
This rose blends both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is an interesting practice where 5% of Coteaux Champenois is also blended in. The vintages used are 2015-2017. The winemaking takes place in mostly used barrels and lees aging takes place for four years.
Tempier, Bandol Rose 2021 1.5LRegular price $130.00 Save $-130.00
Variety: Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
According to importer Kermit Lynch, no other winemaker stands more in the defense of terroir than the Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier. When Lulu Tempier married Lucien Peyraud, her father gave them the domaine, an active farm that had been in the family for 100 years. After tasting a pre-phylloxera bottle of Tempier Bandol, Lucien was inspired to research the terroir. Up until then, old vineyards planted with Mourvèdre had been regularly replanted to higher-yielding varieties. More research not only showed its historical roots to the area, but the grape proved to be more resistant to oxidation. Lucien worked with neighboring winemakers and the I.N.A.O. to establish Bandol as its own AOC. Replanting of Mourvèdre began; Bandol now requires a fifty percent minimum in all reds. Lucien has been paraded as the godfather of Bandol, but also as the man who revived Mourvédre to its former glory.
Tempier rosé is considered the greatest rosé by many collectors. The wine ages well for a rosé, though tricky to find. The demand is high and the allocations are low. The blend is about half Mourvèdre, and the rest divided between Grenache and Cinsault.
Mas de Daumas, Gassac Rose FrizantRegular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, Petit Manseng & Muscat
Véronique and Aimé Guibert purchased this property back in 1970 in the south of France in the Languedoc region. While they didn’t have any intention to plant vines when they bought the property, their love for the beauty of the Gassac Valley continued to grow. After a Bordeaux specialist visited the property, it became clear that Cabernet Sauvignon would thrive in the e soils there. Cuttings were brought from the village of Margaux in Bordeaux and planted in the soils that had never been affected by chemical fertilizers. This valley was always worked by hand as this is traditional to the region.
Ilarria Irouleguy Rose 2022Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Variety: Tannat and Cabernet Franc
Domaine Ilarria, whose name derives from Iri (site) larria (land) in the local Euskara (an ancient language spoken exclusively in this region), takes respect for terroir to the next level. Isolated from the rest of the world by the Pyrenees mountains. Peio inherited the land from his parents who inherited it from their vigneron parents, and has winemaking in his blood. Before taking over the family estate in 1988, winemaker Peio Espil did stints in Bordeaux and Jurancon, but could not stay away from the Irouleguy region for long. Upon his return, he painstakingly terraced the limestone rich hills in order to better make use of the steep terrain.
This rose has some weight and is often compared to other roses from the south of France, like the world famous style of Tavel. Eric Asimov of the New York Times often calls out this bottle for both its value and its versatility.