Massimo Clerico [10/7]
- 2016 Costa della Sesia “Ca’ du Leria”: a Nebbiolo/Croatina/Vespolina blend from Lessona proper, whose sandy soils result in a wine of great elegance, freshness and precision.
- 2015 Sezzano: gutsy, spicy old-style Nebbiolo from this tiniest of Alto Piemonte appellations.
Nadir Cunéaz [10/7]
- 2018 “Les Gosses” Rosso Vallée d’Aoste: a lip-smacking, juicy, nervy Alpine blend of Vien de Nus, Petit Rouge and Vuillermin, from south-facing slopes in Chambave and Gressan.
- 2017 “Badebec” Rosso Vallée d’Aoste: black-fruited Petit Rouge from 100-year-old vines.
Ermes Pavese [10/7]
- 2019 Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle: Prié Blanc on ungrafted rootstock from the highest-altitude vineyards in continental Europe; a perennial favorite.
- 2016 “Tondo”: Prié Blanc vinified on its skins and aged in ceramic egg on its lees for 2 years.
- 2017 “Uno Percento”: a one-off release from a vintage in which Pavese harvested 1% of a normal crop; Prié Blanc fermented and aged on its skins for 9 months in cement—“like grandpa would have done it.
Château Chantecler [10/7] a chiseled, aristocratic, restrained blend of 50% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from this 1-hectare holdout sandwiched between Left Bank royalty.
Daniel-Etienne Defaix [10/7] We await the return of the 2005 Chablis 1er Cru “Les Lys”, the debut of the 2006 1er Cru “Vaillon” and “Côte de Lechet”, and a small lot of the rare 2017 Bourgogne Rouge—a lithe, brisk and beautifully pale Pinot Noir.
Georges Lignier [10/14] Benoît Stehly continues to improve his family’s offerings dramatically, and we will see a slew of new releases, including his 2017 Aligoté, 2018 Bourgogne Rouge “Champs de la Vigne”, and 2017 Marsannay Rouge.
Edmond Cornu [10/14] Alongside Pierre Cornu’s remarkably concentrated 2016s, we will see the outstanding 2017 Aligoté, 2018 Bourgogne Rouge “Les Barrigards”, and 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune.
Mickaël Boutin, 2017 Rasteau [10/14]:
From his two hectares, Mickaël produces elegant but ultra-honest Rasteau with nothing but a hand-cranked basket press and a few cement tanks; 60% Grenache, with 10% each Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault.
Bois de Boursan [10/14]
- 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc: as with his red wines, this is among the region’s brighter, fresher whites; Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Bourboulenc vinified and
- 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée des Félix – Sélection Jean-Paul Versino”: in vintages that merit it, Jean-Paul sets aside a few barrels of his oldest vines and gives them an additional 2 years of élevage.
Domaine Cheveau [10/28]
In addition to the usual range of Pouilly-Fuissé in 2018, we will see the debut of the Mâcon-Davayé “Les Belouzes”, plus the first vintages of Beaujolais Blanc “Les Pouliches” and Bourgogne Blanc (all 2018). Furthermore, 2018 marks the first vintage in which Nicolas refrained from sulfuring his gamay until just before bottling, giving his Beaujolais newfound suppleness and expressivity; the 2018 Beaujolais-Villages and 2018 Saint-Amour “La Villa Violette” are remarkable examples of this evolution of style.