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.
Bernard Baudry is undoubtably one of Chinon’s most outstanding producers, and one of the greatest cultivators of Cabernet Franc. Founded in 1975 with just two hectares, Bernard has grown his estate to its current size of 32. Upon retirement, he allowed his son Matthieu, who began working by his side in 2000, to assume the lead role and together they continue to make wines which set THE standard in Chinon.
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.
It's a special thing to drink a wine with age. Amongst its countless compelling facets, wine's ability to evolve with time may be its most magical quality. A small category of wines only truly reveal themselves with time.
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.
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.
Imagine your dream is to make world-class wine from the planet's most tradition-bound, insular region, but you're a young couple with no inheritance and no historic bloodline. But that's just what Matt Chittick and Camille Thiriet did. Only in its third vintage! Sourced from a 50-year-old, organically farmed vines. This is Pinot at its purest.
A Morgon made by one of Beaujolais' rising stars. I'm thrilled to offer the only case of Kevin Descombes, Morgon 'Vieilles Vignes' 2016 in South Carolina. True old-vine Gamay grown on steep granitic slopes. Classic Beaujolais winemaking and extended aging in used Burgundy barrels. A rare, late release Morgon.
Proprietress Principessa Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa and her husband first bought the property in 1968. To this day she crafts some of the most traditional, classic and elegant wines anywhere in the world: soulful, distinctive, long-lived, and delicious. Proof that Sangiovese can rise to greatness when grown in the right place.