- 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 De Bel-air Fleurie 2012 Product #27762 (In Stock)
Wines like this are why Beaujolais is such an underappreciated category. Aromas of fresh raspberries and violets invite you to take a sip. On the palate, it's filled with ripe berry fruit, vibrant acidity, and just enough tannin to hold the whole thing together. Fresh and juicy, yet sophisticated enough for a dinner party, it's a wine that will make you smile.
- 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
"Jean-Paul Thevenet’s June bottling for the U.S. of 2011 Morgon Vieilles Vignes – which received his usual seemingly virtually homeopathic dosing of sulfur – brims with ripe blackberry and plum accented by intimations of shrubs and hedge flowers. Savory, marrow-rich beef stock underlies a silken palate, with hints of red licorice adding interest to an understated but persistent finish. Enjoy this through at least 2017. (Tasted alongside, the corresponding 2009 performed almost as well as it had when reviewed for Issue 190. But Thevenet now opines that it should be enjoyed over the next couple of years, and slight hints of game and rusticity of tannin in this still terrifically complex and inspiring libation reinforce a tendency to take his word for it.)"Wine Advocate 90 points