Laherte Freres, Brut Nature Blanc de Blanc Champagne NVRegular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
The Laherte brothers, Thierry and Christian, are sixth generation winemakers in the Valle de la Marne of Champagne. Aurelien Laherte represents the seventh generation and has been taking the winery to a new dimension, while still following in the footsteps of his family. They have 75 different plots across Epernay, Vallée de la Marne, and the Cotes des Blancs. The mantra with the family is to let the terroir speak for itself with a deep lamb respect for tradition, heritage, and land. Each example of Laherte Fréres is more stunning than the last, from the Ultradition Extra Brut, a return to basics, or perhaps their Rosé de Meunier, a deep yet refreshing example of artistry.
This is the wine that was the discovery of Laherte for us. All the fruit comes from 35-year-old vines from the best parcels in Epernay. Half of the blend is reserve wine from previous vintages. It gets aging on fine lees and in barrels. No dosage is added for this dry and fresh Champagne.
Roches Neuves, Cuvee Domaine 2020Regular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
The small image that appears on most of Thierry Germain’s labels is a silhouette of the man himself; he is walking, casting a long shadow that transitions into two tall grape vines. This image is the perfect metaphor to imply the large shadow Thierry casts in life; affecting the vines around him through his ability to produce healthy grapes and practice biodynamic farming. While other vignerons in Saumur are pumping as much synthetic fertilizer into the vineyards as possible, Thierry is using compost when necessary, forcing the grapes to suffer, resulting in lower yields and complex pure wines.
“Cuvee Domaine” is Thierry Germain’s flagship wine, representing what he can do. This Cabernet Franc from Saumur comes from vines ranging from 4 to 70 years in age! All the grapes are completely destemmed, allowing for a more fresh and fruity wine. It is aged mostly in stainless, with a little bit of little exposure to small wooden tanks for 3 to 4 months. There is no added sulfur.
Pietracupa, Greco di Tufo 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Winemaker Sabino Loffredo has swiftly created a reputation within and beyond Italy for some of the most exquisite Greco and Fiano wines in Avellino of Campania in the south of Italy. Pietracupa was founded in 1993 by his family, starting as just 3 hectares of vineyards. The vines were chosen with the intent of showcasing the mountainous terrain of Avellino to the world. He produces limited amounts of Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, and Aglianico coming from some of the finest vines in Avellino. Both wine and winemaker share a similar mantra; staying original and faithful to the land with elegance, depth, and minerality. Due to the southern climate of Campania, the wines benefit from longer time on the vine. These coastal wines crave seafood and olive oil based dishes.
Arpepe, "Il Pettirosso " Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2016Regular price $56.00 Save $-56.00
In conversation with Italian winemakers, or vignaoioli if you will, Arpepe is arguably the best of the best. Wine publications don’t seem to disagree; the awards are countless. No wonder, given the amount of work and care that must go into the vines, grown on precariously-stacked terraces on the slopes of Valtellina, two hours north of Milan toward the Swiss border. Here, at these heights, Nebbiolo is known by another name, Chiavennasca. It grows in villages that might bring to mind Rosemary’s Baby – Sassella, Grumello, Inferno! The high-altitude, cool weather climate transforms the grape into something quite different than what you might find in neighboring Piemonte. While Barolo may be king, Valtellina is a wizard.
Nature has a way of making its voice heard when needed. Meaning “red-breasted robin,” one such bird flew into the cellar, landing on a barrel as if in warning. Upon tasting the wine, the family realized it was ready and didn’t need further ageing; thus, the dawn of wines that weren’t made into a Riserva. Made in special vintages, the wine ages in small barrels for 12 months, then ages in bottle for 24 months before release.