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91 points Vinous: "Dark ruby. Bright and energetic on the nose and the palate, displaying intense red fruit and floral pastille qualities and a hint of smoky minerality. Sappy and precise, picking up hints of licorice and succulent herbs as the wine opens up. Dusty tannins build slowly on a very long, penetrating finish that emphatically echoes the mineral note." (8/2016) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Floral and peach aromas line the ripe strawberry and cherry flavors in this concentrated, harmonious red. Backed by plenty of spice and juicy acidity, this eases into a lingering, spice- and mineral-infused ...Read More »
Wine is due July 2016. From the Cru Beaujolais region of Morgon, the Domaine Lapierres's Morgon vineyard is planted in soils of decomposed rocks and crumbly schist. Owned and run by Marcel and Mathieu Lapierre, the vines are raised without the use of artificial fertilizers or herbicides, and the father-son team have also been experimenting with biodynamics on some of their older vines. This natural wine is full of red fruit, with a lushness and freshness that set it apart from many Beaujolais. If you haven't tried a Cru Beaujolais before, this gem is a g... Read More »
Long regarded as the top domaine in the Côte de Brouilly, Château Thivin is also the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly, built on an ancient volcano back in the fifteenth century. Run by the third generation of the Geoffray family, who have been farming the estate since 1977, the current proprietors--Claude, his wife Evelyne and their son Claude-Edouard--practice lutte raisonnée, planting herbs and flowers between the rows of 50-plus-year-old vines, plowing regularly and using natural composts to keep their vines healthy. The Côte de Brouilly comes from Gama... Read More »
This 100% Gamay is the domaine's most ageworthy Beaujolais, from vines grown on steep granite slopes. Aged in foudre, it's said to be a favorite at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thus the name"Cuvée des Ambassades." The familiar label design is shared with Chateau Thivin. However, after the initial fermentation, in epoxy-lined concrete tanks, this is racked into very large, very old wood barrels (some dating back the 150+ years the domaine has been in existence) to round the tannins a bit, without imparting any new oak notes. The combination of ... Read More »
Praise from Wine Advocate: "If you are seeking traditionally crafted Beaujolais without perhaps the airs and graces you sometimes find in northern Beaujolais, then this is the place to come. Perhaps most impressive of all was just how well both their whites and reds age. Their 2009 Beaujolais Blanc, their first to be imported into the US by Kermit Lynch, continues to sing a merry tune with freshness and complexity. Perhaps it is a shame that much of their production will not be cellared, but I certainly recommend tucking away one or two bottles. I look f... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Supple-textured, with juicy acidity, this sports plum, peach and muddled blackberry flavors. Light, dusty tannins line the spice, earth and herb accents on the finish. (Web-2016)"
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Fleurie “Les Moriers” has more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the 2013, with ebullient red cherries and vibrant strawberry scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy opening. There is good depth here, a fine line of acidity with quite a solid, tannic finish that really shows the terroir. Readers should look forward to this Beaujolais once in bottle. (NM)" (6/2015) 92 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Ripe raspberry and lavender pastille scents, with a zesty mineral quality and a hint of white pepper lending vivacity. Juicy red and dark berry flavors are giv ...Read More »
90 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Spice-accented, incisive red currant and cherry aromas show musky earth and floral nuances. Juicy and focused, offering bitter cherry and lavender pastille flavors that stretch out slowly on the back half. Shows firm, nervy cut on the finish, which lingers with very good, youthfully tannic persistence." (7/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Juliénas from Stephane Aviron has a pleasing mulberry and pomegranate-scented nose that is nicely defined and has a bit of "guts" to it. It has more attack than the Moulin-à-Vent. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy blackcurr ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Raisins Gaulois is a Vin de France that Mathieu made from the juice of vines that were damaged by hail. It has a light bubblegum-tinged, easy bouquet. The palate is balanced easy-drinking with sweet red cherries on the juicy finish. (NM)" (6/2015) Wine Spectator: "A crisp, light-bodied red, with a distinctive profile of fresh earth, raspberry, dried herb and licorice drop notes lined with a tangy edge. Zesty, mineral-laced finish. For fans of the style. (Web-2016) (GS)"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Morgon Côte de Py Vieilles Vignes has a straight-forward blackcurrant and raspberry-scented bouquet with just a faint touch of banana skin. The palate follows in a similar vein, not complicated, but balanced and easy drinking. I might have wanted something more cerebral from a Côte de Py, but it has an easy-going charm and should drink well over the next four or five years, even if I have no qualms about uncorking a bottle now. (NM)" (6/2015) Wine Spectator: "Juicy, ripe cherry and blackberry flavors are accented with dried herb, smoke and anise notes in this ligh ...Read More »
About the producer: "The Perraud family has been farming vineyards in Beaujolais for six generations. Bruno & Isabelle took over the family vineyards in 1988 and after a decade of conventional farming, they realized they were out of sync with mother nature. They converted to organic and became certified in 2002 while also extending this focus to the cellar. No additions of any kind. Only indigenous yeast used and the result is some of the most exciting Beaujolais Cru one can find! All wines are organic."
92 points Vinous: "Bright violet. Pungent dark berries, violet and a hint of candied licorice on the highly perfumed nose. Sweet and penetrating, offering intense blackberry and cherry flavors that unfold and pick up a spicy element with air. Powerful yet lithe, showing strong closing thrust and smooth, even tannins that build slowly and add shape. I suspect that this wine will enjoy a long, steady curve at maturity. (JR)" (8/2016)
Robert Parker writes: "Thevenet is one of the region’s best known biodynamic practitioners. Their old vines naturally produced low yields that are hand-harvested, whole cluster fermented and aged in old Burgundy barrels with no fining or filtration."
Inventory: San Francisco
Praise from Wine Advocate: "I met young Cédric Chignard when I visited Château Thivin this year. He told me that he commenced working at the estate from 1998, initially working alongside his father Michel up until 2007. Located in Fleurie with a majority of the vines located in “Les Moriers,” four generations of the family have tended vines that cover around seven hectares. There is also a plot in Juliénas in the “Beauvernay” that was inherited from his grandmother on the maternal side of the family. Cédric picks his fruit by hand and practices a traditi... Read More »
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Domaine Guy Breton was founded in 1935 and has consistently produced 90+ point wines from Morgon with organic farming and an annual production of just 3000 cases. Guy Breton is one of the benchmark producers in the region, who, along with Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, was dubbed the Gang of Four by Kermit Lynch, honoring them for blazing the trail with high-quality, natural wines during a time when Beaujolais' reputation was flagging. According to Kermit Lynch: "Guy’s Beaujolais Villages “Marylou” is sourced from the St-Joseph a... Read More »
Having grown up among the vines of Domaine de Vissoux, in the Saint Vérand region of France, Pierre-Marie Chermette has endeavored to continue his family's winemaking tradition, expanding and improving upon it with the help of his wife, Martine. Among the first in the region to use sustainable agricultural practice, the wines of Domaine de Vissoux are fermented using native yeasts and bottled with minimal filtration.
92 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Powerful aromas of cherry and raspberry liqueur are joined by vanilla and succulent herb nuances that build in the glass. Round, fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering juicy red fruit flavors that show very good depth as well as energy. The vanilla quality repeats on a long, smooth finish given shape by soft, even tannins. (JR)" (8/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Moulin-à-Vent les Trois Roches was matured in 1- to 5-year-old half-tuns. Some attractive undergrowth/woodland scents permeate the dark berry fruit, a touch of cold black tea in the background. The pala ...Read More »
90-92 points Vinous: "Plump, juicy and resonant in the glass, the 2012 Moulin-à-Vent Les Rouchaux stands out for its purity of fruit and open, supple personality. Dark red cherry and plum notes ring out in a beautifully expressive and generous Moulin a Vent with tons of near-term appeal. (AG)" (1/2014) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Moulin-a-Vent Les Rochaux comes from 70-year-old vines on blue granite soil. It has a succulent bouquet with scents of wild strawberry and iodine, hints of violet emerging with time. The palate is crisp and stony on the entry with a fine citric edge and hints of seaweed ...Read More »
91-93 points Vinous: "An array of red-toned fruit, slate, crushed rocks and flowers inform the 2012 Moulin-à-Vent La Roche. Energetic and focused to the core, the 2012 impresses for its pure energy, focus and cut. The lifted, chalky style of the 2012 is hugely attractive. Today, the 2012 is tense and wiry, but it should start softening a bit over the next year or two. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)" (1/2014) 89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Moulin-a-Vents La Roche comes from the titular single vineyard. It has a deep broody bouquet with scents of mulberry and strawberry, touches of apple-blossom ...Read More »
From importer Kermit Lynch: " In 2007 Michel turned the management of the family domaine over to his son Cédric, who is carrying on this philosophy with great pride and has already managed to prove himself in his first few vintages... Their eight hectares of vineyards are over sixty years old, keeping yields naturally low. These old-vine root systems also run very deep, accessing minerals from the granite subsoil and giving Chignard’s Fleurie a trademark goût de terroir and great freshness. While many critics attribute Michel’s success to the soil, Kermi... Read More »