Charles Joguet, Chinon ‘Les Petites Roches’
Recognizing the potential of his family’s winery, Charles Joguet abandoned a promising art career and returned home to the Loire Valley. Charles knew the potential of the Joguet vineyards, recognizing their individuality. Instead of selling the grapes to some negociant for blending, he started making the wines himself, vinifying each vineyard site separately. This month we have a Cabernet Franc from Charles Joguet, representing just one of his many vineyard’s unique personalities. ‘Les Petites Roches,’ comes from the best areas around Joguet’s largest vineyard. These vines are selected for their density and complexity.
The Joguet winery puts their wines into two general categories, young but drinkable now, and wines meant for ageing. The ‘Petites Roches’ is in the former with the classic Cab Franc notes of wet earth, rose petal and red berries. Sticking to the ‘what goes together, grows together’ rule, try pairing with one of our fantastic goat cheeses from the Loire, such as Chabichou du Poitou or the ash rind St. Maure Touraine.
Domaine Reuilly Pinot Noir
Soil: Clay & Limestone
Place: Reuilly, Loire Valley,
France Inching towards the center of France, on an ‘island’ of it’s own in the Central Loire Valley of France, lies the Reuilly wine region. For a long time Reuilly was known as the “poor man’s Sancerre,” producing less successful wines made from Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. However, with producers like Denis Jamain from Domaine Reuilly, this reputation of lesser quality has faded significantly. With Jamain’s respect for the land and the rich, Kimmeridgian soils that extend down from the Northeastern Chablis, the wines produced at his Domaine demand respect. This Pinot Noir is biodynamically grown on clay and limestone soils. The 23 year old vines are harvested by hand.
Because this is a cool-climate Pinot Noir from limestone soils, this wine is lighter in body and texture, but heavy on the complexity. Bright red fruit, including red cherry and red currant abound, with a hearty belt of crisp acidity and a touch of earthy tannins. You could pair this wine with lots of different dishes from salmon to duck to polenta with mushrooms and goat cheese.
Catherine & Pierre Breton ‘La Dilettante’ Vouvray Sec
Soil: Clay & Limestone
Place: Vouvray, Loire Valley, France
Many of the Breton’s wines have graced the shelves of Dedalus over the years, and for good reason -- they make unbelievably delicious wine for the price. When you set out to make ‘natural’ wines as the Bretons do -- as pure as possible with virtually no additives -- you have to put in massive effort to ensure consistent quality in the wines. The Bretons continually achieve this and are known as some of the hardest working folks in the business. Pierre is the main cellar master but the ‘La Dillettante’ (or “the Dabbler”) Vouvray Sec is one Catherine’s pet projects. This is as pure as Chenin Blanc gets, with a freshness made for immediate consumption.
Catherine’s ‘La Dilettante’’ is 100% Chenin Blanc from 40-year-old vines, made with a short vinification in stainless steel. It’s crisp, delicate and has invigorating notes of tropical fruit, white flower blossom, and honeycomb. This wine is so fresh and bright, it will pair with just about anything. Get it nice and cold and pop it open as an aperitif and pair it with one of our Loire cheeses such as Selles Sur Cher, or Sage Farm Sterling from Stowe - both available in our market!