Cote Chalonnaise, Macon, and Beaujolais

  • Here's the Burghound review: 'This has turned out to be noticeably better than I imagined that it would be with its extremely fresh nose of ripe and very pretty red pinot fruit aromas liberally laced with warm earth and underbrush notes that carry over to the moderately structured middle weight flavors that already display reasonably good depth and fine length on the beautifully balanced finish. This is finer than the '09 version if not quite as ripe. Definitely worth a look.' 91 points 'sweet spot' selection Perhaps one of the finest reds made in the Cote Chalonnaise in 2008.  This is simply a stunningly good value in Burgundy.
  • Wonderfully taut and mineral, this is a smashing cote chalonnaise success in '12 for team Perrotto.  Bravo. In stock.
  • From very old vines, some of which are over 100 years, we have our only wine offered from Brouilly. Some of Descombes parcels in Brouilly are of the steepest in all of Beaujolais. I am excited to check this one out myself! " Vivid ruby. Intensely perfumed red and blue fruit and floral aromas are complemented by vibrant spice and mineral flourishes that build in the glass. Sweet and penetrating, offering juicy boysenberry and raspberry flavors that show excellent clarity and palate-staining concentration. Rich yet lithe, with no excess weight. The strikingly long, sappy finish is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins." 92 points Josh Raynolds
  • Yields were down 30% here in '13, but i've managed to keep my allocation the same. The best of his negociant Rully 1ers, with the best grip and mineral teeth. An everyday house white Burgundy no-brainer. Last year, this one sold out fast, and folks came back knockin' for more once they got to taste it. Arrives early Fall '15.
  • "Vivid ruby. Intense blackberry, cherry and incense aromas are enlivened by hints of white pepper and smoky minerals. Juicy and concentrated, offering powerful dark berry and floral pastille flavors that open up and stretch out slowly with air. Shows real heft for the vintage and finishes sappy and long, with building spiciness and fine-grained tannins coming in late." 92 Josh Raynolds
  • Tasting notes from Thomas Calder: "Diaclase (about 800cs): from sandy granite soils. It will be available in the fall. Beautiful grainy black fruit, and a significant step up from the Chamodere (entry level wine not offered here). Real expression of terroir here. Nice crunch, Some spice notes. Structured and aerien. " In just his first vintage at the helm, Cédric Lecareux was chosen as the Discovery of the Vintage in the Revue du Vin de France from over one hundred of the top estates in Beaujolais, and dozens of newcomers : "Good-bye Languedoc, hello Beaujolais After having vinified gamay at the family domaine in the Auvergne, Cédric Lecareux, 37 years old, former technical director of Gertrand Bertrand in the Languedoc, wanted to produce in a region he holds dear. With his wife Catherine, like him an agricultural engineer, they bought 3.16 hectares in the lieu-dit La Plaigne, in the terroir of Régnié, which he is converting to organic viticulture. His children were responsible for finding the poetic names of his cuvées (Diaclase, Cossinelle...). The elevages in wood are exact, the juice is precise. The couple believes in Beaujolais; we believe in them. The bottled wines show as well as those still in elevage. The fruit is privileged. The silky matter is balanced by long digestible tannins. A promising vintage to discover in its youth. Domaine Les Capréoles (16-17 points/20) Diaclase: a cuvée with the aromas of a basket of fruit. Pretty silky tannins." - Revue du Vin de France
  • This year's En Guesnes is particularly lovely, sur le fruit, with a delicacy of texture not often achieved from this clay dominant site. Pure, tiny red fruited, digeste, and gone..... Arrives in late Fall '16.
  • The best of his negociant Rully 1ers, with the best grip and mineral teeth. An everyday house white Burgundy no-brainer. Last year, this one sold out fast, and folks came back knockin' for more once they got to taste it. Arrives late Fall '16.
  • Just lovely. Bright, citric, with good enrobing richness to harmonize with its driving, mouth watering acidity. If I could buy 10 cases of this, I would. Alas.... Arrives late Fall '16. Allan Meadows' review: "Here too there is enough wood to notice on the pretty nose that actually closely resembles that of the La Combe. The rich, round and utterly delicious middle weight flavors that possess both good volume and punch, all wrapped in a clean and dry finale. This is a quality Rully villages. 88/2018+"