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Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm – 8pm

Domaine Cheveau Macon Solutre-Pouilly “Sur Le Mont” 2014

Domaine Cheveau was established in 1950 by André Cheveau; today his two grandsons run the estate, which is situated on 14 hectares around Solutré-Pouilly, and extends into Davayé in the Maconnais and Saint Amour in the Beaujolais. No fertilizers are used and all harvesting is done by hand; the wines are fermented and vinified parcel by parcel. Total estate production is fewer than 5,000 cases.

This wine is from a plot of vines just over 20 years old. There’s no oak but it’s left on its lees for about 8 months, creating a gorgeous texture that rounds out as the wine opens up. Clean rockiness mingles with light apple and peach notes; this is an elegant wine and a go-to for fans of French Chardonnay.

Chateau L’Eperonniere Rosé de Loire 2015

Mathieu Tijou, son of Pierre-Yves and Brigitte Tijou of Chateau Soucherie, launched his career as an independent vigneron at Chateau L’Eperonniere with the 2007 vintage. The family had owned the larger Chateau Soucherie for generations, and effectively traded it for this smaller one, just down the road. The vineyards are situated on both sides of the Loire, overlooking the Layon. Mathieu now owns the “Croix Picot” vineyard in the Savennieres appellation, and the remaining vineyards are in the Anjou & Coteaux du Layon appellations.

This dry Rosé is mostly Cabernet Franc with a touch of Grolleau. We had it last year and loved it, so we grabbed it again from a presell. It just arrived, we haven’t had the chance to taste it!

Chateau D’Oupia, Minervois 2013

Since the death of her father André in 2007, Marie-Pierre Iché has been running this large, old-vine estate, complete with 13th century castle. André was never a member of the village co-op, choosing instead to tend his own vines and make his own wine. However, he sold his wine in bulk to local negociants until a visiting Burgundian winemaker convinced him to sell them under his own name. He made quite an impression with his wines, which were deep and savory and full of ripe fruit character, but priced for everyday drinking. This producer continues to be a go-to for value and quality. This wine is a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah from 50 year old vines.

Domaine Rollin Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2013

Domaine Rollin is a 4th generation estate across five separate communes: Pernand Vergelesses, Savigny les Beaune, Echevronne, Aloxe Corton and Chorey les Beaune. In 1955, Maurice Rollin, who had beed a vineyard worker like his father before him, decided to start bottling and selling wine from the family vineyard holdings. He mostly sold to a small group of private clients, but he garnered enough success to purchase a parcel in the “Ile des Vergelesses”, one of the top vineyards of Pernand. By the mid 80s the family had accumulated 10 hectares and stopped selling any holdings to negociants. The estate is now 12 hectares and produces about 5,000 cases in total per year. While not certified organic, treatments in the vineyard are avoided unless absolutely necessary; grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation is with indigenous yeasts. Since 2003, Maurice’s grandson Simon has been winemaker here, after taking over from his father Remi.

This Hautes Cote de Beaune Rouge is from vineyards in Pernand Vergelesses and Echevronne. It’s spicy and earthy, floral and aromatic. It’s aged in small old barrels and bottled a few months earlier than other reds of the domaine to preserve freshness and fruitiness. Only about 300 cases come into the US annually.

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5PM-8PM

2013 Schloss Schönborn “Not Normal” Riesling, Rheingau, Germany

We love Riesling, but bring us one called “Not Normal” and you really have our attention! This might need to be our wine mascot! The Schönborn family traces its roots back 27 generations on this estate, to 1349, though family documents put them their as early as the 13th century. This is the oldest estate in Germany, and one of the oldest in Europe. Farming practices have remained pretty much the same since the beginning; though not certified organic, they avoid chemicals and call themselves sustainable and manage their vineyards “in tune with nature”. Over 90% of their 50 hectares of vineyards are planted to Riesling.

“Not Normal” is named as such because it undergoes malolactic fermentation and has extended lees contact, which is…not normal, for Riesling anyway. And after making wine for nearly 700 years, you get to call your wine whatever the hell you want. This is a pretty cool wine. The texture is rich and full (due to the malo & lees) but there’s a deep, rocky mineral quality here, along with flowers and orchard fruit. It’s balanced, bright & pretty darned delightful.

2014 Chateau L’Eperonniere Rosé de Loire

Mathieu Tijou, son of Pierre-Yves and Brigitte Tijou of Chateau Soucherie, launched his career as an independent vigneron at Chateau L’Eperonniere with the 2007 vintage. The family had owned the larger Chateau Soucherie for generations, and effectively traded it for this smaller one, just down the road. The vineyards are situated on both sides of the Loire, overlooking the Layon. Mathieu now owns the “Croix Picot” vineyard in the Savennieres appellation, and the remaining vineyards are in the Anjou & Coteaux du Layon appellations.

This dry Rosé is mostly Cabernet Franc with a touch of Grolleau. It just arrived today, so we’ll try it together!

2013 Chateau Cambon Beaujolais

Chateau Cambon is a cult-Beaujolais baby; it’s the creation of three of the most well-known names in the region: (the late) Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Claude Chanudet (w/wife Genevieve) and Joseph Chamonard.

This 13 hectare biodynamic estate sits between Morgon and Brouilly. The three parcels that make up the estate were planted in 1914, upon soils that are a mix of argile-granite and calcerous sand. After fermentation with wild yeasts, the wines rest in 200 year old oak foudres and are bottled with little or no SO2. This is pure Gamay. Fresh and juicy cherries and strawberries, tempered by an earthy streak. The old vines add depth and minerality. Have it with coq au vin, as a seafood red, with lightly spicy foods, or all on its own.

2013 Domaine Matin Calme “Mano a Mano” Roussillon

Domaine Matin Calme was established by Véronique Souloy and Anthony Guix in 2006. The Carignan and Grenache Noir vines here are more than 100 years old, planted on soils of granite, schist and gneiss. Because the domaine is situated at such high elevation (over 1500 feet above sea level) they are able to grow fully mature grapes without high alcohol levels.

Matin Calme is certified organic and no SO2 is used in the fermentation process, and usually none at bottling. The yields are tiny, only 20 hl/ha, and the wines are never filtered or fined. Mano a Mano is 60% Grenache/40% Carignan, made via semi-carbonic maceration in stainless steel.