Domaine Schoech: 2018 Côtes d’Ammerschwihr, 2018 Auxerrois, and 2017 crus
The Schoech family produces beautifully classic and precise wines from their enviable and certified-organically farmed holdings in the heart of Alsace. We will receive the following new releases the first week of December: the terrific-value 2018 Côtes d’Ammerschwihr (98% Pinot Blanc, 2% Muscat; 3 g/L residual sugar); the luscious 2018 Pinot Auxerrois “Vieilles Vignes” (40-year-old vines; 7 g/L RS); the super-concentrated 2017 Riesling Sonnenberg (4 g/L RS); the salty, granitic 2017 Riesling Grand Cru Kaefferkopf (6 g/L RS); the energetic and fine 2017 Riesling Grand Cru Furstentum (5 g/L RS); the flinty and ultra-long 2017 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Mambourg (25 g/L RS); the magisterial, spicy 2017 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Schlossberg (15 g/L RS); and the incomparable Rangen de Thann co-plantation 2017 “Harmonie R” (60% Pinot Gris, 35% Riesling, 5% Gewurztraminer; 6 g/L RS).
The 2018 Macon-Loché from Clos des Rocs, plus a trio of Pouilly-Loché 2017s
It has been a joy to see the momentum for Olivier Giroux’s masterful white Burgundies mounting over the past several years. The Maconnais remains one of the last great sources for value-driven white Burgundy, and Olivier’s rigorous, careful organic vineyard work and extreme-low-intervention approach in the cellar yields wines of ravishing texture and powerful mineral expression. We will welcome the first week of December: the 2018 Macon-Loché “En Près Forêt” (100% stainless steel); the 2017 Pouilly-Loché “Les Quatre Saisons” (50% stainless steel, 50% used barrels); the single-cru 2017 Pouilly-Loché “Les Barres” (100% used barrels); and the single-cru 2017 Pouilly-Loché “En Chantone” (100% used barrels).
The broad but chiseled Pouilly-Fumé 2018s from Marc Deschamps
The 2018 vintage in the eastern Loire was relentlessly warm and dry, stressing the vines immensely. Our stalwart vigneron in Pouilly-Fumé Marc Deschamps produced wines that capture the vintage’s generosity but without sacrificing his trademark ultra-chiseled style; these are wines of palate-staining limestone intensity and terrific cut despite their ample flesh. We will receive the usual trio of single-vineyard Pouilly-Fumé from Marc, plus a splash of the singular 2018 “Vinéalis”—a selection of some of the top parcels in his best site “Champs de Cri” fermented and aged in well-used 225-liter barrels.
Value-Bordeaux replenishments: 2018 Tellus Vinea and 2017 La Fleur Garderose
Rising-star Christophe Pueyo is crafting some of the most rivetingly expressive Bordeaux in the entire region, both for his family’s historical property Château Belregard-Figeac and under his La Fleur Garderose label. Demand has understandably been skyrocketing lately, particularly for this pair of shockingly excellent values, and we will welcome shipments of the 2018 Tellus Vinea and 2017 La Fleur Garderose Bordeaux Rouge around mid-December, after a notable outage. Made from certified-organically farmed vineyards wholly owned and operated by the Pueyo family, and vinified and aged naturally with the barest minimum of sulfur, these wines tower above the ocean of insipid inexpensive Bordeaux perpetually flooding the market.