Grosjean [1/6]: We will debut the lovely “Montmary” Rosé Extra-Brut, a bright, strawberry-inflected blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay aged 15 months on the lees. Replenishments of 2019 Gamay, 2019 Torrette, and 2019 Pinot Noir will reach us, along with the first drops of 2019 Prëmetta and 2018 Cornalin “Vigne Rovettaz.”
Deschamps [1/13]: Marc’s core trio of 2017s will reach us: Les Porcheronnes, Les Vignes de Berge, and Les Champs de Cri. Despite the challenging hydric stress of the 2017 vintage in the eastern Loire, Deschamps produced house-typical wines of precision and brisk acidity which have developed depth with a couple of years in bottle.
Guy Larmandier [1/20]: After an unexpectedly robust end-of-year Champagne rush which depleted nearly all our supplies, we will see much-needed reloads of Larmandier’s core duo, the Vertus Brut 1er Cru and the Cramant Grand Cru (both in their Brut-Zero form), plus a last splash of the 2009 “Cuvée Signe Francois – Vieilles Vignes” Grand Cru.
Roger Coulon [1/20]: Coulon’s stunning solera-based “Heri-Hodie” sold out with alacrity this holiday season, and a new disgorgement will reach us this month, alongside more of the flagship “L’Hommée”, plus the last drops of the 2012 Blanc de Noirs (based on old own-rooted Pinot Meunier, and easily one of the greatest Champagnes we have ever imported) and “Héritage” (a Chardonnay-based cuvée from the “Les Champs Chevalier” vineyard in Vrigny, aged over a decade on the lees). It has been a great pleasure to witness the Coulon family’s deeply characterful, indigenous-yeast-fermented, unfiltered, long-lees-aged Champagnes begin to take off among our clientele, and with the preternaturally talented young Edgar gradually taking on more responsibilities, the future here is thrilling.
Pascal Granger [1/27]: Our stalwart partner in the Beaujolais continues to evolve his style toward greater suppleness and expressivity, and his collection of 2017s is perhaps his finest yet: the Chénas “Aux Pierres”, Juliénas “Clos des Poulettes”, and Moulin-à-Vent “Les Chassignols” are all single-vineyard cuvées raised in a well-measured combination of stainless steel and neutral oak casks; and the Juliénas “Cuvée Spéciale”—produced only in certain vintages—comes from 70-year-old vines and is aged exclusively in barrels.
Christophe Pueyo [1/27]: Rising Bordeaux star Christophe continues to impress us with his ever-improving cuvées under both the Château Belregard-Figeac and the La Fleur Garderose labels. In addition to replenishments of the 2017 Tellus Vinea Bordeaux Rouge, 2017 Belregard-Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, and 2017 La Fleur Garderose Bordeaux Rouge, we will receive the singular 2017 “Hellebore” Blanc—pure Sémillon fermented and aged on its skins in terra-cotta and bottled with only 20 milligrams per liter of total sulfur, and a wine that explores heretofore untapped possibilities in this often risk-averse region.
La Manarine [1/27]: 2017 marks the third vintage for Gilles Gasq’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Pied de Baud”, a pure-Grenache cuvée from old vines in the sandy northeastern sector of the appellation, which yields a wine of bright red fruits, refreshing acidity, and lip-smacking minerality. Aged in a combination of non-thermoregulated steel and large neutral foudres, the 2017 displays Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s infrequently seen elegant side.