2014 Berger Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria
This is a father and son estate on roughly 18 hectares of mostly south-facing vineyards. According to the producer, this Gruner grows on steep loess terraces which emphasize terroir and characterize the landscape of the eastern part of the Kremstal. These terraces store heat during the day and reflect it onto the vines at night producing wines with unique fruity, fresh and bright flavors. They use stainless steel and cultured yeasts in order to get slow fermentation and to preserve CO2; this further ensures the fresh, fruity, and clean flavors we’ve come to expect and love from this producer.
2013 Jean Manciat Macon Charnay Franclieu
The Mâconnais, in southern Burgundy, has been well known as a region for cooperatives and négociants, but back in 1986, this producer was the catalyst for one of our favorite importers to go out in search of comparable wines from other regions in France. Jean Manciat took over this 5.5 hectare estate from his grandfather. He immediately embraced biodiversity in the vineyards by planting different types of grasses between rows, keeping down the need for weeding while avoiding herbicides and soil erosion. He planted new vines from old Pouilly Fuissé rootstock, but also kept as much of the (at the time) 50+ year old vines as possible. He prunes his vines to be up to 50% less productive than others in the Mâconnais, producing wines that are more concentrated, evocative and nuanced than high yielding vines. While Manciat does appreciate wines fermented and aged in oak, he only uses stainless steel in the Franclieu, to best express the “fruity, floral aromas and flinty minerality that characterize the best Chardonnay in the region.”
2011 Chateau de Parenchere Bordeaux Superieur Rouge
This sustainably farmed estate is situated in the eastern edge of the Bordeaux wine growing area, on the borders of the Dordogne and the Lot et Garonne departments. The soil here has a very high clay content, which is unusual for this area and is thought to contribute to the strength and intensity of the wines produced.
This is a large estate of 159 hectares, 63 of which are vineyards. The breakdown of the vines is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon (on the most exposed plots), 9% Cabernet Franc & 1% Malbec. The vines are densely planted and average between 25 and 50 years old.
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