Now here is the real deal. I've had many independently fantastic winemakers in Burgundy refer to Jean-Marc as one of the best winegrowers in all of Burgundy. Attention to detail is extreme here, with serious care given to harvesting the highest quality of fruit. Sourced from a small parcel in Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean-Marc nails the balance between precision and decadence in his whites. This superb 2018 gives up notes of lemon curd, Granny Smith apple, and oyster shell. Pair this up with a roast chicken. Trust me.
Domaine Larue strikes a magical balance of producing wine in a modern style, while drawing on their family’s 75 years of experience in winemaking. Their wine is direct, consistent & major value from Burgundy & their ‘En Remilly’ is no different. It’s toasty, creamy & downright beautiful.
Vincenzo de Meo, also called Enzo, makes jewel-toned natural wines in Abruzzo, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The Vento D’ Estate is made of 100% Passerina grapes, which is part of what makes Enzo’s bottling so interesting; Abruzzo doesn’t often stray from its core varieties, Montepulciano and Trebbiano. Passerina is a white grape that’s been attracting more attention recently, but that can still qualify as a hidden gem.
Monsieur Monier produces biodynamic wine that captures his contentment with life as a vigneron. His wines are recognized as pure, authentic expressions of the grapes he tends on just 5 hectares. This Roussanne is complexly aromatic, with balanced citrus notes, minerality, and structure.
Cascina degli Ulivi continuously produces surprising, purely biodynamic, and downright delicious Piedmontese wines, and this “Semplicemente” made with Cortese grapes is no exception. A departure from their highly structured, age-worthy bottles, this wine is fresh, fun, and ready to drink now, with notes of crisp fruit and sea breezy minerality.
Vignerons Ardèchois is one of the most well known cooperatives in southeastern France, hosting over 1,000 families. Sitting between the Cévennes foothills and the Rhône river, this microclimate produces a particularly fresh wine since the grapes are grown at a higher altitude. Enjoy this mouthwatering chardonnay with shrimp or salmon.
While Burgundy is known for its chardonnay, Aligote is a go-to for locals for anything from weeknight dinners to summer picnics. Bright and lush with notes of citrus, green fruit, and that famous Bugundian minerality, this bottle is a natural with seafood (we suggest oysters!).
It’s always a treat to have white Burgundy grace our tables, and this generous offering from Olivier Morin is almost outrageous at its price point. From the village of Chitry, this bottle expresses the best of what the chalk and limestone of Burgundy have to offer: rich green apple underlined with refreshing minerality.
We are big fans of Ostertag around here, and this punchy riesling is no exception. Volcanic sediment and pink sandstone make up the soil in the Muenchberg parcel, imparting a steep minerality that cuts nicely through the slight sweetness in this bottle. Try with roast pork or meaty fish for a treat.
This is the wine to bring to the vegetable garden! It has a beautiful rich mineral palate while still maintaining the light spring freshness you crave on a hot summer day. Like any proper Languedoc blend you should chill this one down and enjoy it outside in the sunshine.
This experimental Sylvaner cuvée is the result of a single parcel picked ripe, yet with loads of acidity still present, and left to ferment slowly but surely for the next eighteen months on its lees. The wine is raw, unusual, unrefined, with high acidity and richness all at once. For those who like to explore, it offers a nice foray off the beaten path for Sylvaner.
Marsanne/Roussanne blends from the Southern Rhône are currently in a Renaissance. Producers like Lionel Faury are firmly rebuking the dull and overweight style this wine was infamous for, and are crafting wines that are fresher, beautifully perfumed, and less oak-influenced.
Le Clos des Grives Côtes du Jura Chardonnay La Musicienne 2017
In the cellar, this non-oxidative wine is fermented naturally and aged in a mixture of old oak barrels and stainless steel tank. Both vessels are topped off regularly to ensure freshness. The resulting wine is fresh, high in acid, and generous, with notes of quince, salty minerals, and granny smith apple.
Jean-Marc Vincent may farm some of the Côte d’Or’s more humble vineyards, but make no mistake, he is one of the top tier winemakers in Burgundy, bar none. You might mistake his stunning Auxey Duresses for Premier Cru Meursault as we often do. It is top tier Burgundian juice with flair and class that usually demand twice the price as this gem.
The Binner family have been making wine since the late 1700s. Their vineyard sites are located on steep slopes and surrounded by wild nature. They farm without chemical additives and they don’t fine or filter their wines. This blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Auxerrois is aromatic and refreshing.
Pair nearly century-old Chardonnay vines in the heart of the most cherished Mâconnais terroir with star winemaker Robert Denogent and you’ve got a recipe for incredible wine. ‘La Croix’ is voluminous and rich, yet with a degree of finesse and elegance that would give many a Meursault a run for their money.
Hand-picked, organically grown Chenin Blanc grapes shine precisely in this bottle from Thierry Germain. The bone dry wine’s laser sharp acidity and bright, citrusy energy capture the best of a Saumur Blanc and give tribute to the Silex soil from which it comes.
Saint Aubin is most known for its red wines, but here is Chardonnay from incredibly old vines. Vines so old, in fact, they are getting ripped out in 2021 and replanted with new Chardonnay. This fruit is, therefore, incredibly concentrated in flavor and incredibly high in quality.
Blagny is often characterized by richness and this example is no exception. It is a full wine, with depth and structure, allowing it to age for quite a while. The wine is bone dry, yet exudes a honeycomb aroma, that when combined with the stony minerality in the glass, creates something of perfect harmony.
Genevrières is a magical little vineyard within Meursault. It produces wines of opulence, with exotic, lush fruit character, spicier than neighboring vineyards. This famed vineyard site is in the best of hands here with winemaker Antoine Jobard.
The official appellation at the domaine is Bourgogne AOC, but the Domaine de la Cras is the sole producer allowed to use the designation Coteaux de Dijon. Winemaker Marc Soyard was chosen for his affinity towards hands-off winemaking and ability to make incredible complex, mineral-driven wines.
Do not pass up this supreme value in top-tier White Burgundy. Jean-Marc exclusively works terroir that is considered “lesser” than those in Puligny & Meursault, but is considered by many to be one of the best winegrowers in Burgundy. This Montagny Blanc will make you a believer. Enjoy with roast chicken.
These biodynamically-farmed vines date back to 1975, producing an enchanting wine filled with aromas of linden blossoms, Meyer lemon peel, and a bit of dusty chalk. This will drink fabulously with roast chicken tonight, or hide it away for a few years and it will only get better.
Domaine Larue strikes a balance in producing modern wines that also draw on their family’s 75 years of experience in winemaking. Direct & consistent - expect a powerful wine that expresses the unique & beautiful style of Saint-Aubin. You’ll want to drink this with pasta, cured meat & soft cheeses.
We love Robert Denogent because he is a champion of oft-overlooked Burgundy appellations. With this bottling he’s working in Saint Véran, an appellation that lays claim to some of the most cellar-worthy Chardonnay in the Mâcconais. Sprightly in its youth, down-right stunning with age.
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