Redefining California wine as we know it, Methode Sauvage was created as an effort to celebrate California Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc. Driven by a passion for natural farming and making wines with a true sense of place, this group of friends is putting out some of the most exciting and unprecedented wines from our West Coast.
Experiencing the wines of Danilo Marcucci for the first time is unforgettable. There is an energy at the core of each bottle that resonates inside of you, making your hair stand on end! His wines are at once distinct, fresh and wild, without any unbalance or loss of their vineyard origins.
I am pleased to offer the only case of Dard et Ribo 2016 Saint-Joseph in South Carolina. The wine is exuberant and effusive, delivering all the savory animale and tenacity of Syrah but with a playful and beguiling texture reminiscent of the best Beaujolais.
Enter Domaine des Ardoisières, a minuscule winery tucked in the shadow of Mt. Blanc. Here, in the far reaches of the French Alps come wines with light, bright and refreshing frames. They posses a purity of fruit coupled with high elevation acidity lending these wines a distinct subtly not dissimilar to the great wines of Burgundy. Cool and refreshing, like a mountain stream.
Last week we jumped on a Zoom call with Matt. It was our first time 'meeting' him. Like his wines, he is thoughtful, articulate, and subtle. The conversation veered from farming to winemaking to his inspirations. At every turn, Matt was engaging and detailed, quick to turn the discussion away from him and towards his vines.
Long-time Monarch favorite, Olivier Lemasson's 2019s have finally arrived! It was the first sips of his wines, way back in the early aughts, that helped ignite our passion for natural wine. We had never tasted anything like them, they were so bright, so fresh, so tasty, so ALIVE!
I am so proud and excited to share today's offer with you! So many things I love packed into one bottle. A red wine made by legendary Burgundian winemaker, Guillaume d'Angerville, from vines planted by one of the Jura's greatest, Jacques Puffeney - retired since 2014.
Noëlla has trained with and worked alongside some of the great names of the Loire. A couple of years with Agnès and René Mosse in Anjou led to her becoming the vineyard manager at Les Bois Lucas, then onto renting parcels of the aforementioned Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. She now makes wine with fruit from a mixture of owned and rented parcels at her beautiful cellar carved out of the hillside.
For me to really fall for a wine it must be true, genuine, authentic, REAL. The wines of Fabio Gea are ALL of these things. Some are traditional, while others novel and fresh. But they are always true to the Piedmont vineyards from which they're grown.
Dominique Lafon is not one to rest on his laurels. His day job is making wine for his family's estate in Meursault at Domaine des Comtes Lafon. The Domaine ranks amongst Burgundy's elite, producing wines that will age for decades.
Why feature Tuscany's signature red wine in the dog days of Summer? The simple reason: tomatoes. Late August is peak tomato season, and there's simply no greater match than Sangiovese and this deceptively humble veg. The grape's signature acidity and dusty, earthy tannins can take a simple pasta pomodoro, caprese salad or classic BLT to soaring culinary heights.
These three new arrivals caught us off guard. Not only are they delicious–eye-widening, "WOW" delicious–but each one deviates from their stylistic norm. In short, these are wines you would't expect. But we're VERY pleasantly surprised, and you will be too!