- Paul Durdilly Beaujolais Les Grandes Coasses 2012 Product #27893 (In Stock)
Domaine Durdilly is a small family-run estate located in the southern part of the Beaujolais region, in the village of Le Chassagne. Paul Durdilly's holdings are among the highest altitude sites in the area, and boasts some of the whitest, purest chalk soils in the entire region. This hand crafted single-vineyard Gamay bursts with crunchy red and blue fruit supported by juicy acidity and a nice streak of granite minerality. Especially delicious when served a bit cool.
- Dom Pascal Berthier Saint Amour Vv 2010 Product #25820 (In Stock)
Local lore suggest that this rarely seen Cru was named after a Roman soldier (St. Amateur) who converted to Christianity after escaping death and established a mission near the area. Often more elegant and spicy than Morgon or Moulin-à-Vent, they just as successful in cellar. Pascal Bertier’s Saint-Amour vines average 45 years age and sit on a gentle south/southwestern slope at about 230 meters. His 2009 was a tad closed when it arrived last April but was a sensation when we offered it around Thanksgiving.
The 2010 is built to follow the same path. Give it a short decant (30 minutes is plenty) now and it’s racy, juicy, stony fun with pure tart cherry fruit and red raspberry juice spiced with notes of wet stones and violets. The aromas get stronger and more complex the longer it’s open, and this will be fun to drink now with something like fruited chicken salad or couscous. And, just like last year, by Fall additional layers of fruit and complexity will emerge just in time for Thanksgiving!
- Dom Thevenet Morgon VV 2011 Product #26958 (In Stock)
Part of the "Gang of Four," a nickname given by importer Kermit Lynch to this group of trailblazing producers, Jean-Paul Thevenet is one of a small handful of winemakers who began to turn the tide against the glut of mass-produced wine coming out of the region.
This Morgon, from the small estate's older vines, is a great example of the signatures of this particular Cru. On the nose, red fruits, a hint of violets, and that iron-like earthiness reminiscent of Pinot Noir that Morgon is known for invite you to take a sip.
On the palate, it has the perfect balance of acidity, lip-smacking tannins, and perfectly ripe fruit flavors to go with summer favorites from cheeses and charcuterie to burgers. Serve a bit chilled, and imagine that you're in a trendy Parisian café where all the food is organic, all the wines are just left of center, and all the waiters have effortlessly cool facial hair.
"Pure, clear and focused with complex, savory mineral and fruit flavors." Eric Asimov, The New York Times, 'Best Value,' 3-1/2 stars