Michèle Aubèry-Laurent put tremendous care into the natural wines she produces in the Southern Rhone. Her “Poignée de Raisins” is 100% Grenache, resulting in a smooth, lighter style Cotes du Rhone with notes of stewed strawberry and funk you get from growing in clay and limestone.
The combination of the altitude and the persistent mistral wind flowing from the mountains in an otherwise warm, Mediterranean region allow for the creation of this big, burly Grenache-based wine that retains ample acidity, and drinks with elegance.
After losing her husband, Michèle Aubèry-Laurent was faced with the challenge of managing the vineyard and a winery while raising three children. She boldly rose to the occasion and has catapulted the winery into cult status. Michèle works with her son, Maxime François, to produce fresh & intoxicating expressions of Southern Rhone terroir while incorporating biodynamic practices into their everyday lives.
There are only a few vignerons in the small fishing town of Cassis who are fortunate to produce certified wine of this appellation & Clos Sainte Magdeleine is one of them. Producing in very limited quantities, his rosé is just the best. This bottle is crisp with notes of wild strawberries & terrific acidity.
The Sagesse is a beautiful expression of Grenache from Côtes du Rhône. Notes of black raspberry, thyme & black currant give lift to this wine, while it’s year old vines provide depth. Michèle Aubery-Laurent does not use sulfur during fermentation. If you want natural wine at it’s best, start here.
This nod to Cote Rotie is mostly Syrah with a hint of Viognier, lending some elegance and lighthearted floral aromatics. This wine is five years old, and only starting to develop subtle hints of maturity, with vibrant notes of blueberry, roasted herbs, and earth. The tannins are silky and well-integrated, with ample acidity and freshness.
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.
Not your grandma’s rosé. Sebastien Chatillon is a sommelier and a wineshop owner in the South of France in addition to making fabulous, low intervention wines in the Rhone. This is a blend of indigenous Southern Rhone varieties and is bright, juicy, and funky on the palate.
At Domaine Leon Barral, crafting beautiful wine and cultivating a living breathing ecosystem within the vineyard go hand in hand. Didier Barral is one of the most holistic and detail-oriented vignerons out there. His wines are immensely powerful, age-worthy, and complex.
Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau 2017 1.5L
From one of Châteauneuf’s most lauded vineyard sites, this cuvée of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Clairette is crafted by masters of the region’s rocky, wind-whipped terroir. This wine is positively classic, with notes of garrigue, chalky minerals, and bright red cherry. A gem for the cellar.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.