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.
Arpepe, "Il Pettirosso " Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2016Regular price $68.00 Save $-68.00
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.
Domaine de Fa, Saint-Veran Les Crais 2020Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
The brothers Antoine and Maxime were in hot pursuit of new challenges beyond the Rhone valley due likely to their love for the Gamay grape. They purchased a five hectare plot in northern Beaujolais near the appellations of Saint-Amour and Julienas in 2013. And so began their new endeavor as a force to be reckoned with in a region currently experiencing viticultural renaissance. The brothers are making all the appropriate decisions in keeping their grapes organic, the vineyards biodynamic, and the winery itself sustainable.
This is the first vintage of the Graillot’s Chardonnay from their vines in the Saint Veran appellation, lying in southern Burgundy. The vines are relatively close to their other Beaujolais vines. The wine spends some time in oak, and drinks true to the character of the wines from this region: minerally, juicy, and plenty of acidity.