August 16, 2019
Chateau du Grand Bos Graves Blanc 2017
Chateau du Grand Bos is an 18.5 hectare estate on the left bank of Bordeaux. It’s located in the appellation of Graves, in an area where vineyards were first established by the Romans 2,000 years ago. The estate has been around since 1771, and was once a leader in its region, but ceased being cultivated in the 1950s, after being damaged by the phylloxera epidemic. It lay neglected until 1988, when the current proprietor, M. André Vincent, bought the property. M. Vincent had just sold his property in St. Estephe, with the intention of retiring, but instead found himself replanting and restoring the vineyards of Chateau du Grand Bos. In 2005, the 17th century cellar where wells had been dug was transformed into a barrel room, where the natural humidity offered the perfect aging environment.
Graves is so-named for its gravelly terrain, and is the only one of Bordeaux’s regions famous for both red and white wines. The reds here are Cabernet Sauvignon dominant and are known for their elegant, mineral-scented expressions of the terroir.
M. Vincent keeps his yields extremely low, and doesn’t use any pesticides or herbicides in his vineyards.
This Graves Blanc is from 3½ hectares are planted to 60% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, and 10% Muscadelle. The wine is fermented in barrel (50% new wood) and remains on its lees with frequent stirring for eight months. Fewer than 1,000 cases are produced.
Domaine de la Touraize Arbois Blanc “En Flandre” 2016
The domain takes its name from a small parcel of vines on a steep hillside called “La Touraize”. This was the only parcel of vines that André-Jean’s grandfather kept after World War 1. André-Jean’s father expanded the family’s vineyards and continued his father’s practice of selling his grapes to the local cooperative. In 2010 André-Jean “La Touraize” decided to begin estate bottling his production, and built a small winery on the edge of town. Each year, he produces more wine in bottle, with the goal of bottling 100% of his production. André-Jean’s 12 hectares are divided into parcels in many “lieux-dits” that surround the village of Arbois, including La Touraize, Les Corvées, En Flandre, and Les Petits Curoulets. André-Jean began farming organically in 2016 and is in conversion to gain certification. With the exception of some young Savagnin vines, all of the vineyards are hand harvested. All wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts and the total SO2 in the wines ranges from 2g to 6g.
En Flandre is 100% Chardonnay that’s fermented in 350l barrels and aged on the lees for 12 months. It’s fresh and fruity on the nose. Lively in the mouth with citrus overtones and more mineral on the finish.
Domaine Philemon Croix de la Bouscarié Rouge 2017, Gaillac
Domaine Philémon is located in Villeneuve-sur-Vere, a small village on the Vere river in between Albi and Cordes in the northeast quadrant of the Gaillac appellation. The Vieules family have had a vineyard in Villeneuve since 1804. Today the vineyard is run by Mathieu Vieules who grows wheat, sunflowers, and grapes in equal proportions. All of his land is farmed organically with the vineyard being certified in 2013. Mathieu has twenty hectares of vines in production along the Cordes plateau on south facing slopes with a calcerous soil. They are planted almost entirely to the traditional Gaillac grape varieties: Loin de L’oeil, Mauzac, and Muscadelle for the whites, and Braucol (Fer Servadou), Duras, and Jurancon Noir for the reds. A good proportion of the vines are more than fifty years old. The vines are trained in the gobelet fashion meaning that they are head pruned and yields are kept exceedingly low; 40 hl/h for the whites and 30hl/h for the reds. The harvest is done entirely by hand.
This wine is 100% Duras fermented in concrete vats. It’s an intriguing little wine, bright, woodsy, spicy, and peppery.
Verdier-Logel “Les Gourmets” 2018, Côtes du Forez
Côtes du Forez is located between the Loire and Allier rivers in the center of France, on a geological fault formed in the Tertiary Period when Africa pushed into Europe and formed the Alps. There are up to 105 volcanoes in the greater area of AOC Volcanique Du Massif Central; thirty of them are in Côtes du Forez.
Domaine Verdier-Logel is the leading estate of this small and obscure appellation where vineyards are few and far between. The Côtes du Forez hillsides are foothills of the volcanic mountains of the Massif Central and have soils of granite and volcanic composition. Due to the difficult climate only parcels with the best exposition and soils are planted to grapevines. The appellation’s laws mandate Gamay as the sole grape to be used and Verdier-Logel produces separate wines from volcanic soils, “Volcanique”, and granite soils, “Cuvée des Gourmets“. These soils impart a rich earthy fragrance to the wines which combines well with the elegant fruitiness of the Gamay grape.
Saturday, August 17th, 3-6PM: Wild Tonic Hard Jun Kombucha Tasting