Notable Arrivals
Notable Arrivals

September 2020

Château Massiac [9/16]

  • 2018 Syrah “Cuvée Espérance”: pure Syrah from this Minervois grower’s best parcel aged in used Saint-Joseph barrels; remarkably poised for Languedoc Syrah, with lovely smoky depth and excellent tension.

Domaine de Montbourgeau [9/16]

  • Crémant du Jura: a perennial favorite; all Chardonnay from the 2018 vintage with zero dosage; organic.
  • 2016 L’Étoile Savagnin: vinified and aged in used barrels with no topping up; virtually a baby Vin Jaune.

Les Matheny [9/16]

  • 2018 Arbois Poulsard: rambunctious, concentrated, unfettered Poulsard from this Puffeney protégé.
  • 2018 Arbois Trousseau: Trousseau of depth and power, aged in large old foudres and minimally sulfured.

Overnoy-Crinquand [9/16]

  • 2018 Arbois-Pupillin Poulsard: from old vines that have never seen chemicals; light, funky, and pretty.
  • 2018 Arbois-Pupillin Trousseau: deeper than the Poulsard above, but with a similar lithe-savory vibe.

Sandrine Caloz [9/16]

  • 2018 Petite Arvine “La Mourzière” Valais: a stunning expression of this indigenous Alpine variety that rivals the greatest Riesling in the world in its combination of textural breadth and razor-sharp acidity.
  • 2018 Heida-Paien “Les Bernunes” Valais: Swiss Savagnin bursting with pit fruits and intense stoniness.
  • 2018 Syrah “Les Bernunes” Valais: lifted yet properly meaty Syrah from the “real” Northern Rhône.

Bitouzet-Prieur [9/23]

  • 2017 Bourgogne Blanc: Meursault in miniature; no new oak; a perennial top-of-its-class Bourgogne.
  • 2017 Meursault “Les Corbins”: Bitouzet’s workhorse Meursault in the fresh and delightful ’17 vintage.
  • 2017 Volnay: Francois’s precise touch is on full display with this wide-open but poised young Volnay.

Jean Chauvenet [9/23]

  • 2017 Bourgogne Rouge “Noyer de Pendu”: from 40-year-old vines in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
  • 2016 Vosne-Romanée: an exemplary Vosne given extra dimension by Christophe’s powerful style.

Château de l’Eperonnière [9/23]

  • 2017 Crémant de Loire: Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay with nearly three years of lees contact and an extra-brut level of dosage.
  • 2018 Savennières “Croix Picot”: rigorous, powerful Chenin Blanc aged in used barrels from this great schistous site in very close proximity to the Loire itself.

Château de Chaintres [9/23]

  • 2019 Saumur Blanc “Terres de Brézé”: biodynamic Chenin Blanc from a top terroir for the variety; aged in steel, and showing salty cling on the palate; in biodynamic conversion.
  • 2019 Saumur-Champigny “Les Sables”: fresh, luscious Cabernet Franc; raised in steel and cement.

Domaine de la Petite Mairie [9/23]

  • 2018 Bourgueil “Les Galluches”: ripe but classic Bourgueil from extremely gravelly south-facing parcels.