2016 Domaine du Carrou Dominique Roger Sancerre $25
100% Sauvignon Blanc from 30+ year old vines that are never sprayed with pesticide or herbicide. The vineyards are located in a higher altitude region in Sancerre near village of Bue that boasts all three of the regions famed soil types: terres blanches, caillotes, and silex. The grapes are hand harvested and ferment with their indigenous yeast. They ferment and age in stainless tank to preserve their mineral cut. Consistently rated one of top producers of Sancerre by La revue du vin de france and other French publications.
2015 Jacky Blot Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Chenin Blanc $36
Jacky Blot is a pioneer of single vineyard, terroir driven Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. His commitment to natural farming practices and non-interventinist winemaking is unmatched in Montlouis since he first purchased his property in 1988. He “allows each wine to sing” without sugar, battonage or malo interfering with the wines intrinsic properties, and uses minimal so2 and filtration. His whites challenge the greats of Burgundy for precision, length, complexity and ageability.
This wine is made from 30-50 year old vines, uses indigenous yeasts, and is aged in barrel (20% new, 80% 1-4 year old barrels)
Nigl brut de brut $32
Method champenois sparkling wine from one of our favorite Austrian producers. Mostly chardonnay with some gruner veltliner. Extra brut with 3g/l residual sugar.
Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez
Hailing from Bierzo in northwest Spain, Raul Perez makes wine near the village of Valtuille de Abajo, where his family has lived and worked for generations. He makes the two wines listed below.
- 2016 Ultreia Saint Jacques $20
80-100 year old vines on Clay from the village of valutille de abajo. Mostly Mencia with Bastardo (trousseau) and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante boushet) . 80 % whole cluster ferment in large oak vats with maceration for 2-5 months followed by aging in various large oak and cement vessels. Bottled without fining or ferentation.
- 2014 Ultra $35
80-100 year old vines on clay and slate from the villages of valtuille de abajo (30%) and Valdecanada (70%). Mostly Mencia with Bastardo (Trousseau), Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante boushet), Dona Blanca and Palomino. 100% whole-cluster fermentation in large oak vats with 60 day macerations. Aged in 228-l neutral barrels and bottled without fining or filtration.
2016 Castell D’Age Garnacha (Grenache) $21
This wine is 100% Grenache and uses 0% sulphur dioxide in the winemaking process, which is a common preservative. You might recognize Castell D’Age as one of our favorite Cava producers. They are a woman-run estate that pioneered organic agriculture in Penedes (just outside of Barcelona) and are now completely biodynamic!
2016 Filipa Pato Baga $18
“Vinhos Autenticos Sem Maquilagem” is the moto of woman winemaker Filipa Pato, which translates to “Authentic Wines without Makeup.” She practices biodynamic farming and minimal intervention winemaking to produce beautiful wines like this Baga, a lesser known Portugese varietal. This wine comes from the coastal region of Bairrada and is more similar to Pinot Noir than the commonly known full bodied red blends from Portugal that originate further inland. The wine is made with very brief skin contact in order to not extract too much tannin. Fruit forward with a chalky, mineral finish. Great value!