Charles Ellner was a professional Champagne riddler who slowly began purchasing vineyards and making his own Champagne for family and friends. Now, this is his full time gig, both using estate grown fruit and sourcing from neighboring vineyards. This Champagne comes from all estate grown chardonnay and pinot noir. The chardonnay spent a few months in large old oak barrels before blending and bottling in 2003. This is a beautiful vintage with a slight bit of caramel, vanilla, and hazelnut on the nose and palate, a rich and creamy mousse and round acidity. This is truly how we want to celebrate the season! Winemaking Details: no MLF, 10 years on lees
Domaine Durdilly is a small family estate in southern Beaujolais. In a region full of negociants, Durdilly stands out, producing one of the few 100% estate-bottled Beaujolais wines that make it to the US. Beaujolais Nouveau is bottled within 8 weeks of harvest, which allows for a playful, low tannin, fruit forward wine. With a slight chill, this wine will ease you through those family gatherings. Winemaking Details: native yeasts
Domaine Micholet is one of the star producer's in Burgundy's Meursault region. The estate has been in the family for 6 generations, so they know what they are doing and they do it well. This classic wine is elegant with green apple and a bit of dill on the nose with a richness on the palate with toasted hazelnut, lively citrus, flint and a touch of oak.
After 10 years of winemaking in Chablis and in New Zealand, Arnaud Combier returned to his home region to take over his grandfather's vines and work towards a more natural way of winemaking, a difficult task considering the close set vineyards of Burgundy. Overshadowed by the dominating and highly prized chardonnay, aligote can be neutral and overly acidic which is why this truly shines. Floral on the nose with ripe stone fruits on the palate, this wine is full and creamy from extended aging on its lees.
Just a young couple in 1990, Isabelle and Denis decided to take over 2 hectares of the family land to produce their own wine. It took a few years to get it down right, releasing the first vintage in 1994. Now, the estate has grown to 16 hectares with vineyards in 3 Chablis premier crus appellations. The estate is entirely organic and mostly hand harvested, which is rare in the region. This Chablis is dominated by white flowers and stone fruit on the nose and palate, with bright acidity and clean mineral character.
Effet Papillon or "butterfly effect" in French, is a lovely wine hailing from south France's Roussillon appellation. Just imagine you buy a bottle of this amazingly priced wine to bring it to a fête. You pop it open and share with a handsome man/ gorgeous woman who just happened into the room at that moment. He/she is intrigued by its seductive aromas of white flowers, pears, and melon. Upon tasting, they realize the delicate notes of exotic citrus and minerality could be cupid's arrow and they've been hit. True love ensues and you go on to live happily ever after.
This is a unique and more savory Cotes du Rhone than you may be used to drinking. Right across the Rhone River from Chateauneuf-du-Pape is Ardeche where the Pommier family tends to their certified organic vineyards. This blend has an interesting nose of vegetal green peas overtop deep plum and blackberry with a touch of pepper. Its lush on the palate with black fruits, savory spices, and mint. In a sea of Cotes du Rhone, this wine stood out and is soon to be your new favorite.
In the mood for Champagne, but trying to keep within your budget? This is a beautiful alternative from southern France – elegantly dry with persistent, creamy bubbles and notes of green apple, pear, a touch of vanilla. There's no need for a special occasion. With this wine, finishing a long day at work or catching up on last week's episode of Breaking Bad is reason enough to celebrate. Winemaking Details: Methode Traditionnelle
About 40 km northwest of Montpelier in Nebian is where Lionel Maurel grows and makes his wines using organic farming practices and natural winemaking techniques, creating quite the following of natural wine enthusiasts. This blend is dark purple in the glass with aromas of cooking spices, black berries, plums, and a bit of barnyard. Big and ripe, this wine manages to balance its earthiness and fruitiness with soft tannins and cleansing acidity. Winemaking Details: indigenous yeast, 60% tank and 40% barrel aging for a year, low added SO2
This traditional Bordeaux blanc is made from organicially grown 15 year old vines on clay-limestone soils, giving this wine a great deal of minerality as well freshly cut grass and bright fruit notes of grapefruit, lemon, and passionfruit. This is a great everyday wine to sip by itself or pair with some indulgent, buttery French foods.