Sylvain Morey’s Vivacious 2016 Burgundies
Since assuming control of his portion of his family’s vineyards, Sylvain—son of our legendary long-time partner Jean-Marc—has made wine of even greater expressiveness, crafting Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay of intense focus and dynamism. Frost hit him hard in 2016, and our pittance of wine will surely impress those who appreciate purity over flash.
The Debut of Château de Chaintres in Saumur-Champigny
Under the careful guidance of Jean-Philippe Louis, former cellar master for Philippe Gilbert, this clos in the prime fillet of Saumur-Champigny is now producing wines of great clarity. Biodynamic farming, spontaneous fermentations, aging in neutral vessels, and bottling with a bare minimum of sulfur dioxide; all these make for Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of exciting tension which more than do justice to this wonderful terroir.
Sebastien Dauvissat’s Impressive 2015 Chablis, Plus More 2008 Vaillons
We have witnessed a steady increase in quality at our stalwart Chablis domaine over the past half-dozen or so vintages, and these 2015s represent a new pinnacle for Sebastien, combining the vintage’s natural power with excellent acidity and site delineation. We await the 1er Cru Montmains, 1er Cru Sechets, 1er Cru Vaillons, the formidable Vaillons “Vieilles Vignes,” and the grand cru Preuses—as well as a last splash of the 2008 Vaillons library release.
Introducing Clos Petit-Corbin from Château Haut-Segottes
For nearly 40 years now we have imported the always-impressive Saint-Emilion Grand Cru from Danielle Meunier of Château Haut-Segottes; now, we are happy to introduce a wine that has only been available in France until now, a pure Merlot primarily from a single hectare of dark-sand soil and supplemented by a portion of her holdings in the great site Fortin. No new oak is employed, and the wine undergoes a slightly briefer maceration than Haut-Segottes, yielding a wine of delicious suaveness with earlier accessibility than the more classically structured cuvee we have loved for years.
Monsecco’s 2014 Gattinara “Osso”
Quality continues to skyrocket at our traditionally-minded Gattinara estate, with this representing their first single-vineyard bottling—from a recently acquired holding in the renowned high-altitude site Osso. Aged entirely in 30-hectoliter Slavonian botti for three years, the 2014 Gattinara “Osso” shows the vintage’s elegance in its spice-driven, suavely mineral profile, with a very pure, red-fruited nose of great expressiveness, and an open-knit, focused palate.
2016 Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Tradition”
Jean-Paul Versino continues to produce among the most steadfastly old-school Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the appellation, emphasizing the spice and complexity attainable here when one prizes balance and acidity over ultra-ripeness. With 80% whole clusters, the ’16 “Tradition” is gorgeously exotic, with a panoply of aromas ranging from dried flowers to white pepper to sandalwood, and a supple, plummy palate simultaneously concentrated and fresh.
Château Simone’s 2018 Rosé
This is among the most coveted rosés in all of France, and for excellent reason. Showing the formidable complexity of the estate’s legendary red wine, it is fermented spontaneously and aged in foudres—for far longer than most rosé one will encounter. We can never keep it around for long, so don’t out…