Situated on the hillside of Carriane, Ingrid and Jean-Philippe Bouchet work close to 40 hectares of vines, creating diverse reds, crisp whites and delicate rosés. All farmed by hand and with out chemical intervention. The couple have instilled their love of land and vines to their children, who help with the day to day operations at the winery.
Those of you who had a chance to meet Eric Texier at the Louis/Dressner tasting last year probably learned quickly that he doesn't mince words. Eric is as direct and forthright with his opinions as they come. It's no surprise then, that this is exactly how he makes his wines.
These are wines I adore. They left their mark on me, as I can still remember the first bottle I ever tasted. These are not only some of the best Côtes du Rhônes, but some of the best red wines in all of France.
Trois Chardonnay is sourced from the Johan Vineyards on the coastal edge of the Willamette Valley. Biodynamically grown on marine sediment over granite bedrock. Native yeast fermented in a combination of used and one new French oak barrel
These steep, granitic vineyards are some of the most labor intensive anywhere in the world. To make wine anywhere is a challenge, but here it is back-breaking. These wines transport you to their rugged landscape with one with whiff.
Certain wines made me fall in love with wine. They were wines that dilated my pupils and took my breath away. They showed me wine was so much more than just a beverage. I couldn't help it, I needed to know more! Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet was one of those wines. These are wines with a clear and direct link to place. Wines of pure terroir.
Undoubtably one of the most exciting, young winemakers in the Loire. The speed at which he has garnered so much praise speaks to the remarkable quality of his wines. Originally from Bordeaux, Thibaud refined his craft while working for Burgundy's historic Domaine Charlopin. In 2009 he landed in the Loire and eventually started making wine under his own name from a tiny 3.5 hectares of Chenin Blanc.
We were first introduced to Les Dolomies by Rajat Parr over a casual dinner with friends at Bibi Ji, his restaurant in Santa Barbara. There were some incredible wines shared that evening. But one stood out, striking like a bolt of lightning. That wine was from the tiny estate of Les Dolomies.
Eleni & Edouard Vocoret have been generating buzz overseas since 2012, but their wines are finally hitting our shores. These are classically styled Chablis, all vitality and balance. But there is a youthful energy to these wines that I can't get enough of.
All spring we've been tasting rosés in every style, shape and hue culminating in todays' delightful 4-pack of our favorites! These are the most refreshing pink (and red!) pet-nats we have had to date. Crisp, delicate and light, these all feature a thirst-quenching acidity sure to cool you to the core!
Lucky for us, we have managed to lock down an outstanding allocation from Burgundy's rising stars, the Bret Brothers. Working with a mere 8 hectares (19 acres) of old vine plots, they produce top-notch, terroir-driven, biodynamic wine.
Since 2002, Sébastien has produced vintage after vintage of astounding wines. Capturing a liveliness and energy mimicked in his vineyards. It's the depth and concentration of fruit that makes his Sancerre some of the most alluring of all the land. Invigorating, thought provoking and pristine, these immaculate wines are the Loire Valley's best kept secret.
With only 20,000 bottles produced each year, these are some of the most exclusive, highly allocated and hard-to-find bottles in the world. Jean-Pierre has reached cult status in the world of natural wine, his magical bottles becoming somewhat of a Holy Grail. These are pure, honest and transformative wines to be sure.
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.
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.