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Xavier Weisskopf Le Rocher des Violettes Montlouis Petillant Originel 2015 750ml
Bracing, elegant and food-friendly, the ’15 Petillant Originel holds its white-flesh fruits in an acidic grip that’s sprinkled with citrus zest and topped with flower petals and smoke. Fine perlage tickles the tongue as this wine dances to a lingering, mineral-laden finish that cleanses, refreshes and hugs the palate. Deriving from 40-year-old Chenin vines that are organically grown in limestone-rich soil, grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine is then bottled and rests on the lees for two years before the first disgorgement, after which the wine is disgorged every two months for a total of six disgorgements. Petillant Originel is a tiny sparkling wine appellation that stipulates extremely low yields, excludes the addition of yeast or dosage, and requires the grapes have a potential alcohol level of 11.5%; the resulting wines are pure, unadulterated joy!
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rose 2016 750ml
Showing the crisp, tart and refreshing side of Pinot Noir, this ’16 Rosé frames its red berries, juicy watermelon, and succulent stone fruits with wildflowers, fresh-cut herbs, and fresh loam. Juicy, aromatic and brightly acidic, the wine screams for seafood, sausages, salad or young cheeses. This mono-varietal Pinot Noir derives from several parcels and represents a mix of Kimmerdgian and Oxfordian soils. Coming from Lucien Crochet, one of Sancerre’s most dedicated producers, Gilles Crochet, who assumed control of the estate after his father Lucien stepped down, chooses whole bunch fermentation for this wine, macerating on the skins briefly and then fermenting with only natural yeasts, and aging in stainless steel and barriques. Deeply delicious and fresh, this classic rosé will please any serious wine-lover.
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rose 2017 750ml
Crisp red fruits, warm spices, fresh loam, pressed violet petals, and a touch of minerals mingle in this open-knit, charming Pinot Noir Rosé. This highly quaffable wine shows exquisite balance, terrific energy and a harmonious, resonant, food-friendly finish. Deriving from several parcels sporting a mix of Kimmerdgian and Oxfordian soils, the Pinot Noir grapes ferment in whole bunches with only natural yeasts, macerating on the skins briefly, and the wine ages in a blend of stainless steel and barriques. Deeply delicious and fresh, this classic rosé will please any serious wine-lover.
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rose 2018 750ml
2018 saw a sere, hot growing season in the Loire, and Lucien Crochet’s Sancerre Rosé floods the senses with dizzying aromas, intense dry extract, and terrific minerality. Textured and fruit-laden, this ’18 Pinot Noir Rosé lays its cherry and orchard fruits on a framework of citrus fruits, peppery spices, crushed rocks, and touches of underbrush, herbs, and smoke. This wine is fleshy yet animated, marrying its intensity with an almost nervy acidity in a transfixing dance of tension. Deriving from several parcels sporting a mix of Kimmeridgian and Oxfordian soils, the Pinot Noir grapes ferment in whole bunches with only natural yeasts, macerating on the skins briefly, and the wine ages in a blend of stainless steel and barriques. Deeply delicious and fresh, this classic rosé will please any serious wine-lover.
Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge La Moussiere 2009 750ml
Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume 2011 750ml
Flinty minerals, bright citrus, white flowers, fresh-cut herbs and a kiss of radish dance in this very energetic, vibrant and exotic ‘11 Pouilly-Fumé. This is Didier Dagueneau’s calling card wine, and as you’d expect from this exacting producer, it surpasses all expectations. Deriving from younger vines and ones not located on the estate’s prized Saint Andelain hill, this Fumé de Pouilly nonetheless pleases the discerning Sauvignon drinker with its cheek-piquing minerals, precise citrus and wafting smokiness. This wine is a testament to the enduring legacy of the late, great Didier--and an unmistakable value.
Dagueneau Didier Pouilly Fume Buisson Renard 2011 750ml
Succulent orchard and bright citrus fruits are framed by bitter greens, crushed river rocks, white flowers, and almonds in this flinty yet textured ’11 Pouilly-Fumé. The product of a warm year, this wine’s richness is kept in check by its vibrant acidity and piquant mineral core. This cru comes from one perfect clay-and-flint parcel located mid-slope on the southwest side of Saint Andelain, the highest village in the Pouilly-Fume appellation, and the only one to possess soil containing the perfect balance of clay and flint; this wine is barrel fermented and aged in mostly neutral 450 and 600 liter barrels, offering a rich, opulent wine that still maintains a classic mineral core with a firm backbone.
Dagueneau Didier Pouilly Fume Silex 2011 750ml
Citrus-laden melons cavort with minerals and crushed white flowers in the concentrated, precise and altogether delightful ’11 Pouilly-Fumé Silex. Named after the flint and the other hard rocks found in this vineyard site, the Silex is the signature bottling of the house. With proper age, and aeration, the Silex offers great concentration, depth and flavors, and it has the rare ability to provide ripe fruit with finesse and layers of complexity and nuances that linger. Deriving from high plots with a lower clay content, this wine tends to be more austere in its youth than the Pur Sang, but those familiar with older vintages of Silex will aver that if given the time in bottle, it will always rise above the rest.
Didier Dagueneau Les Jardins de Babylone 2010 500ml
This extremely rare, very low production sweet wine was Didier Dagueneau’s passion project, and since his death in 2008, his children have carried on the tradition. This ’10 bottling marries bright acidity with honeyed tropical fruits, sweet citrus, white wildflowers, toasted nuts and spice, creating a dizzying, decadent experience that defies description. Weighty yet never cloying, Les Jardins de Babylone dances across the palate with vibrant acidity, and in 2010, this is an especially racy, thrilling wine. Dagueneau’s dessert wine, this sweet mono-varietal Petit Manseng derives from a vineyard located in a natural amphitheater at the foot of the Pyrenees; the grapes ferment in barrel, and the wine ages in standard barrels as well as cigar-shaped barrels designed by Didier Dagueneau.