Tessier winemaker Kristie Tacey came to wine from an accomplished career in microbiology, where she studied life in its most intricate and minute manifestations. This bottle is power with a wild grace, an aromatic expedition with notes of lavender that echo the purple-strewn fields of Provence.
Tessier El Dorado Cabernet Franc Camino Alto Vineyard 2019
Kristie, and other California winemakers, only narrowly beat the wildfires that swept the American west in 2019. Lucky for us, because this Cabernet Franc is the thirst-quenching bottle we didn’t know we needed. Kristie’s touch is decidedly European; she opts for a slow-and-steady approach to aging in new oak to take this Loire transplant from outsider to outgoing.
Born in Champagne, Anne Sophie Dubois understands the vine. She’s part of a new generation of Beaujolais winemakers looking to become a part of the always increasing reputation of the region. This wine is energetic, high-toned, with bright acidity.
Jean-Pierre Monier & Phillipe Perréol formed a Rhone “Super Group” when they left their local co-ops and started this project. While this fruit comes exclusively from Monier’s holdings, their combined knowhow really shines here. Brooding dark fruit is enlivened by a radiant acidity. Brisket fresh out of the smoker, anyone?
Monteraponi Chianti Classico Riserva Il Campitello 2018
Monteraponi is known for making classic, elegant expressions of Chianti Classico. Their ‘Il Campitello’ is primarily Sangiovese & ready for some cellar time, but opens up after an hour or so of decanting. It’s a wine with nerve & can take on whatever slab of beef you want to pair it with.
Jean-Pierre Monier is well known for producing delicious, sought after wine in the Northern Rhône. With his ‘Terre Blanche’, you’ll get notes of spice, dark berries & violets that are balanced with fresh acidity & integrated tannins.
Widely known as “The Queen of Beaujolais” the Cru of Fleurie is set on the steep slopes at the foot of La Madone. 90% of the soil here is pink granitic, which is dry & acidic and creates these wonderfully lifted wines that are elegantly floral and still ripe and juicy. Breton has done it again.
Marco Bernava, Italian, and Ruth Fullat, Catalan, came from different countries and spoke different languages when they first met at the age of 18. For years after a chance meeting on the beach, they exchanged letters and learned each other's languages. Now, they make wines in the Terra Alta region of Catalonia that reflect both their heritage, their commitment to each other.
Ardoisieres IGP St Pierre de Soucy Cuvee Argile Rouge 2019
You know the gang by now–Lapierre, Foillard, and Breton. These guys banded up in their twenties to (help) change the world of French wine, natural wine, and Beaujolais forever. But the name Thévenet, the fourth gang of Four member, rarely gets mentioned. That's partially because Jean-Paul makes far less wine than the others. The single wine he makes, perhaps the most elegant and long-lived expression of Morgon I've ever tasted is a true study on that lovely village. It is high-toned, zesty, and lightly funk in its youth, and can age like great Burgundy–if, unlike me, you have the patience to wait. I've gone through chilled bottle after chilled bottle this summer. If you love Beaujolais and haven't yet experienced Thévenet's rendition, now's the time to do it!
There are few grape varietals that enthrall wine lovers more than Nebbiolo. With gorgeous notes of cherry & rose petal, it’s delicate and finessed yet structured and age worthy. Year after year, Benevelli crafts a downright beautiful Langhe Nebbiolo geared toward everyday enjoyment.
As much fun to drink as it is to say, Chiroubles (SHI-roob) is a serious underdog Cru in Beaujolais. Chiroubles stands out because it contains some of the highest elevation plots in all of Beaujolais, which translates to cooler nighttime temps and a freshness of flavor unmatched in the region. Bright and quaffable.
The Clusel family is one to know about in the Northern Rhône, as pioneers of organic farming in their region. Nestled in the Côte Rôtie, they farm overwhelmingly beautiful vineyards on clifflike granite hillsides. Their Rouge “Serine” is a muscular wine, with pronounced dark fruit. It’s rich and amazing.
Bertrand comes from a lineage of winemakers in Fleurie and is coming up with the new generation of Beaujolais makers. “Les Bambins” translates to “the kids” (bambinos) in reference to him becoming a father in 2017. Blue volcanic rock and volcanic schist make this bottling a study in terroir of Cru Beaujolais.
Coming from a family of vignerons, Yann Bertrand is bringing a fresh take on the great wines of cru Beaujolais. He may be young, but with the guidance of the masters, he’s rising to the top of the new generation of Beaujolais producers at lightning speed.
Ancestral traditions passed down from as far back as the 1930s, Domaine Diochon represents classically styled Moulin-à-Vent. Muscle without bulk, tannin without astringency, juicy-ripe fruit without flab, and the ability to drink now or age gracefully in the cellar.