Domaine Bernard Defaix, Bourgogne Aligote 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
The Defaix family is a fourth generation of a family of vine-growers rich in personality. Bernard Defaix started the vineyard in 1959 with 2 ha. Vineyard holdings across the Chablis region of Burgundy have expanded to 27 ha including three Premier Cru vineyards (Côte de Léchet, Vaillons and Lys) and others in the Chablis and Petit Chablis appellations. Bernard’s sons Sylvain and Didier have been managing the domain for about twenty years, handling winemaking and vineyard operations, respectively. Didier’s wife, Helene, handles administration and sales. Although this is a small property – common in France – the Defaix family undertook an extensive study of their vineyard soils to better understand vine root systems and the impact of mechanized vineyard operations. From 2012, they have been producing organic wines.
Notice this wine does not have the Chablis classification like the other white wines of the Defaix family. This is made from the Aligoté variety, Burgundy's other major white wine grape. The vines are from the Auxerre area of Chablis. It is a fresh and lively style without any oak ageing, but does spend 8 months on its fine lees in stainless steel.
Guilhem et Jean-Hugues Goisot, Bourgogne Aligote 2018Regular price $22.00 Save $-22.00
Geographically speaking, Saint-Bris should be categorized as part of Chablis; but it was exiled from Chablis after phylloxera, ultimately shifting its main variety to Sauvignon Blanc. While the history of winemaking in Burgundy dates back centuries, Jean-Hugues Goisot was among Burgundy's earliest fathers of biodynamic viticulture. His son, Guillaume, maintains this rigorous commitment with the family today. They grow Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Aligoté in deep chalky soils just east of Chablis.
Domaine de Villaine, Bouzeron Aligote 2017Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
Aubert de Villaine deserves more than the praise he receives. He is a reluctant hero, an unlikely trait in a man of such esteem and intellect. Heir to one of the most enviable wine legacies of all time, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, he assumed his role in the 1960’s as co-director of DRC. In the 1970’s he moved to the Bouzeron where he could make his own wines without the demands of an international reputation. He is largely to thank for his advocacy of making Bouzeron its own AOC in 1997, upgraded by the INAO. Each wine he creates, whether it be Bouzeron, Rully, Mercurey, or regional Bourgogne, is a fruit of his talent and passion.
Victorine de Chastenay, Cremant de Bourgogne NVRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Pinot Noir, Gamay, Aligote, Chardonnay
A rare Crémant of pedigree made from the rolling hills of the Côte d’Or! A rare combination of incredible quality and exceptional value are found here in this mineral-laced sparkler. Aged 20 months on the less (well over the 12 month minimum for the appellation!), these bubbles are quite complex yet pleasantly fresh.