A Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the heart of Chianti Classico was a revelation! The idea of crafting a wine from this grape was not a decision Silvio made based on trends or market demand. These were vines he inherited from his father.
Dominique Belluard farms his vineyards biodynamically in the tiny village of Ayse, at the foot of the French Alps. On exceedingly steep, rocky terrain the Gringet (GRAN-jay) grape variety has been grown since the 14th or 15th century but had nearly gone extinct before Belluard began cultivating it; establishing himself as the only winemaker currently bottling Gringet commercially.
Few winemakers have ascended to stardom more quickly than Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. In the matter of a decade (a split second in Burgundian time), Pierre-Yves' wines have become some of the most sought-after, collectible and allocated in the world. Some call him the 'Magician of White Burgundy.'
A quartet of Spanish friends and schoolmates are making world-changing, earth-shatteringly beautiful wines on the Canary Islands! Formed back in 2005 in college, they set out to make wine with a focus on Coastal Atlantic vineyards. A truly unique and characterful white wine that is deliciously pithy, salty and smoky with refreshing acidity.
Let’s get the party started with what else but CHAMPAGNE! Not your average Champagne, these bubbles are grown way down South, in a region called the Aube. It's in this unique corner of Champange that Bertrand Gautherot crafts some of the most distinct and unique wines we have ever tasted.
The Jura, one of our favorite wine regions (right up there with Champagne, Burgundy, and Barolo too!). Tucked away in a sleepy corner of France, only an hour east of its more illustrious neighbor Burgundy. While the notoriety of Burgundy and the Jura couldn't be more opposite, their wines possess the same mesmerizing beauty
Make no mistake, every Monarch Exclusive is special. Each of these wines take extra effort to obtain. They are wines we believe in so strongly that we go the extra mile to bring them to you. However, this is a BIG ONE. We are proud to be the only retailer on EARTH to offer Raj Parr's 'Monday Club' Pet-Nat!
Oilvier Lejeune (as his name suggests) is a young and incredibly talented winemaker in France's Loire Valley, the ancestral home of Chenin Blanc. He has been mentored by the region's 2 most revered winemakers, Angeli and Leroy. These two names are revered by Chenin freaks (like me!).
We're partnering with a number of our friends from Grassroots, Avant Partir, Kellogg Selections and more to host a festive pre-Thanksgiving tasting! The entire Monarch community is invited to our 1st Annual Thanksgiving shindig! Join us for a walk-around tasting where bottles upon bottles will be popped! This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome the holiday season with your neighbors and taste a slew of SUPERB wines!
When a winery you've never heard of outshines some of the region's heaviest hitters, it makes a lasting impression and creates a mild obsession. Chandon de Briailles has long been synonymous with traditional, age-worthy Burgundy. Monarch is proud to offer the only bottles of Chandon de Briailles in South Carolina!
Wrapping up our Producer Profile series for our Legendary Winemakers tasting with Silvio Messana of Montesecondo, who has been redefining Chianti for nearly 20 years. Silvio is making uniquely pure Tuscan wines with character and freshness, breathing new life into a misunderstood region that, according to some, has lost its way.
We are back again with our Producer Profile series as we gear up for our Legendary Winemakers tasting! This week, Éric Texier! Texier, who has been growing grapes organically in the Northern Rhône for over 20 years, is a true trail-blazer of low-intervention wine. He consistently makes wines that are precise, approachable and drinkable. All result in true expressions of his land, his home: the mighty Rhône.
Our Producer Profile series continues. This week, Elisabetta Foradori, who has, since the age of 19, dedicated her life to championing the indigenous Teroldego. Considered one of the most influential female winemakers in the world, her philosophy is simple: trust and love the vines, make wines that are true reflections of indigenous grapes and their land.
In advance of our Legendary Winemakers tasting on October 23, we are thrilled to kick off our "Producer Profile" newsletter series. Kicking off with none other than Arianna Occhipiniti! An inspiring woman who has changed the course of Italian wine.
Those of you who know me or follow Monarch, even from a distance, can see my passion for Burgundy. Few wines match the purity, delicacy, and terroir transparency of those hallowed vineyards. You can imagine my sheer delight, my astoundment, when tasting Il Borghetto 'Bilaccio' for the first time. A Tuscan Sangiovese with unmatched grace. An ethereal red, from the heart of Chianti Classico.
In recent years, wines from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria are making a valiant comeback, and rightfully so. Boasting elegance, depth, complexity and energy, these wines are alluring and majestic and we are thrilled to have such a wide variety here in the shop!
Drop-in tasting with Legends! We're partnering with our friends at LOUIS/DRESSNER SELECTIONS to host some of our heroes:: Arianna Occhipinti | Elisabetta Foradori, Eric Texier, Silvio Messana of Montescondo, and Carlo Venturini of Monte dall'Ora. We are thrilled to be hosting these five legendary, natural wine makers, all of whom we are deeply inspired by.
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.
These last few days of Summer have been HOT, making us anticipate the combination of cooler nights and comforting reds. While we’ve loved the light and playful Summer reds enjoyed poolside (we've included one here!), Summer is coming to a close. Here's to a chill in the air and a heap of new wines on the shelves here at Monarch!
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.