2013 Damien Laureau, Savennières "Le Bel Ouvrage"
Loire Valley, France
That is another jam from Damien Laureau… When you love Savenniéres as much as we do it’s hard to stop. Bel Ouvrage is made from a blend of three terroirs located in eastern part of Savennières near the village of Épiré. These are grey schist and rhyolite terroirs including one that is adjacent to the Coulée de Serrant. More backward and slower to evolve than Les Genêts, Bel Ouvrage is aged for 12 months in neutral French oak then 6 months in tank before bottling.
Champagne Jacquesson 738 Extra-Brut
61% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Meunier, 18% Pinot Noir
Dizzy, Champagne, France
What is the cuvée 700 and why the odd name?
Our Cuvée 700 is the only blended wine we produce; it is meant to be the expression of a year and thus each year offers a different identity which we recognize by numbering the cuvée.
How do the cuvées 700 differ from the “non-vintage” Champagnes that one sees everywhere?
The Cuvée 700 concept is unique in Champagne and is the opposite of a non-vintage wine! We seek excellence rather than homogeneity, respect for the character of the vintage rather than its denial, and the preference to strive to produce a great wine rather than maintain a “house style”. The addition of reserve wines is designed to reinforce the complexity of the wine without hiding the character of the base year. Once we had set out on this path, it quickly became apparent to us that we could not also make a blended vintage wine because this could only harm the quality and purity of the Cuvée 700.
The cuvée 738
2010 Winter and spring were cold and dry, early summer was relatively fine but the end of the season was cool and wet. After sorting, the grapes presented were in good condition and produced fine, elegant, fresh wines especially in the Chardonnays.
Nose: Buns, citrus, touch of smoke, nice and long final
Taste: Ample with a nice mineral tension, fresh
Barone Pizzini Franciacorta "Animante"
78% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Nero, 4% Pinot Bianco
This is the first organic farming Franciacorta made, this winery is taking it to another level. If you are not familiar with Franciacorta Barone Pizzini is the one to taste. Animate is a blend of 25 vineyard located at the foothills of the alps. Franciacorta’s layered geological formations boast complex microclimates. Wines are defined by both a sub-Alpine and Mediterranean-type climate due to the proximity of Lake Iseo. Summers are tolerably hot and dry, while winters remain milder, contributing to freshness and complex aromas. Morainic soils are conducive to stone fruit flavors, spice and florality. Franciacorta’s moderate to high acidity makes it admirably versatile at the table. Animante Brut offers a zesty texture, a vein of minerality and vibrant acidity that cuts through a creamy risotto or pasta. For a delightful contrast, match to foods rich in umami such as mushrooms, cured meats or shellfish, flavors that will act as a balancing agent to the full stone fruit notes.
$29.99 ( June Special) Regular $35.99
2013 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-pape La Crau
65% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, Clairette, etc.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley, France
This chateauneuf-du-pape will make anyone fell in love for this beautiful appellation. One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as La Crau for over one hundred years. The wines of Vieux Télégraphe evoke the concept of terroir in its purest form: they reflect their dramatic climate, the rough terrain that defines the soil, their full sun exposure at a higher altitude, the typicity of the varietals with an emphasis on Grenache, and of course, the influence of their caretakers, the Brunier family. For many, La Crau is Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s grandest cru.
The grapes sourced from La Crau, the lieu-dit that is known for the galet roulés, or rounded stones, that cover the vineyard as far as the eye can see. The wine rests in cement tank for 10 months, and then ages for another 12 months in foudres it is bottled unfiltered, after 22 months of aging
$64.99 ( June Special) Regular $79.99