Week of July 15th
2016 Paolo Bea “Santa Chiara” Umbria Bianco: Maceration maestro Giampiero Bea’s 2016 “Santa Chiara” cuts an impressive figure: amply fruited (dried apricots, peach nectar), unapologetically tannic yet lip-smackingly so, and with a delicious complicating note of chicken bouillon. There’s nothing shy about this wine, but it manages to be as drinkable as it is thought-provoking and complex.
Week of July 22nd
New Vintages from Château du Petit Thouars [Chinon]: We debuted this up-and-coming Chinon estate last September to great success, and for good reason: the wines offer typicity, harmony, and accessibility, at prices that are almost shockingly reasonable. We await the arrival of the 2018 Chinon Blanc “Le Clos” (succulent but balanced at 13.4% alcohol; zero residual sugar; aged one year in four-year-old white Bordeaux barrels), the 2017 Chinon Rouge “Les Georges” (all free-run Cabernet Franc aged in stainless steel; a riper, richer vintage than ’16 but with great balance and tons of spice), and the 2016 Chinon Rouge “L’Epée” (a reload; two-thirds free-run and one-third press juice; deeper and longer than “Les Georges”).
Week of July 29th
Jean-Marc Pillot: Jean-Marc Pillot’s Brand-New Rully Blanc Duo – It’s not every day that we get to debut new wines from one of our most beloved producers of white Burgundy… Beginning with the 2017 vintage, however, our stalwart Chassagne-Montrachet star Jean-Marc Pillot gained access to two parcels in the Côte Chalonnaise village of Rully, whose best wines rival those of the more illustrious villages of the Côte de Beaune at significantly lower prices. Vinified and aged in the same serious fashion as his top Chassagne-Montrachet crus (12 months in barrels followed by six months in stainless steel), the 2017 Rully Blanc “Les Gaudoirs” and the 2017 Rully Blanc 1er Cru “Les Raclots” both present Jean-Marc’s signature combination of intense salinity, pure, nervy acidity, and well-measured oak, with the Raclots offering greater length and intensity as befits its premier cru status.
Overnoy-Crinquand, Joseph Dorbon, and Les Matheny: Jura Reds from Overnoy-Crinquand, Joseph Dorbon, and Les Matheny Our sizable and diverse portfolio of Jura producers is the most thorough in the industry, and there is never enough red wine to satisfy eager fans. Thankfully, we will soon receive new vintages from a trio of growers there… With vineyards that have never seen chemicals and foudres up to a century old, Overnoy-Crinquand produces wild, spicy, pure red wines that show no signs of sculpting; we will receive the 2016 Ploussard and the 2017 Trousseau, alongside their spectacular zero-dosage Crémant du Jura Rosé. Horse-plowing, technology-eschewing Joseph Dorbon produces reds of immense deliciousness and impressive density; we await his 2016 “Les Bernardines” (Poulsard and Pinot Noir aged two years in old barrels), his 2017 Trousseau (aged in stainless steel with no added sulfur), and his 2016 Trousseau “Vieilles Vignes” (aged an extra year). And our newest addition, former Puffeney protégé Emeric Foléat of Les Matheny, crafts concentrated, unabashedly wild red wines in the vein of his former mentor, but with an even more sauvage character; we will see his 2017 Pinot-Poulsard and his 2017 Trousseau (both aged in ancient barrels of various sizes), plus the kaleidoscopic 2014 Chardonnay (partially topped-up) and 2012 Vin Jaune (an utterly explosive salt bomb).