Nestled between Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône, this small yet mighty appellation is one to explore. Patrick Bottex, along with his wife and son, farm the rocky limestone slopes of Bugey to produce a beautiful sparkling rosé. Predominantly Gamay, this slightly sweet bottling shows bright fruit and refreshing acidity.
Thank heavens that producers like Monteraponi continue to make classic, elegant expressions of Chianti Classico. This blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo is bright with notes of fresh cherry, leather, and dried herbs. Pair with everything from pizza to roast lamb and enjoy this Tuscan beauty.
Lionel Faury captures all the complexity that this Northern Rhone appellation has to offer. This St. Joseph is deep and spicy with healthy tannin, black pepper, and bright fruit. A savory wine that would pair beautifully with herbed lamb or a rustic stew.
Ellison Estate Vineyards are located right in Stowe, producing some of our favorite local wines at the moment. Bright, tart, and rustic, this lightly effervescent pet-nat is made from 100% marquette grapes, adapted perfectly for the cold Vermont climate. But don’t worry, this fun and fizzy wine is perfect for drinking in hot Vermont summers as well!
Guy Breton’s expertise started in his hometown of Morgon, but extends to the glorious, volcanic Côte de Brouilly appellation with a recent acquisition. Guy picks earlier than most, favoring freshness and elegance in his Beaujolais. This wine is floral, earthy, and oh so drinkable–yet with the complexity of truly fine wine. Enjoy it cool.
Located in Bouzy, Champagne Paul Bara uses only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand Cru rated vineyards. This bottle offers great complexity on the nose and palate, it’s both full in the mouth and crisp with a very refined mousse, bright acid and a lengthy finish.
You simply cannot get a better bottle of Burgundy for under a hundred bucks than the Guillemot’s family best cuvèe from the Serpentières vineyard. Young or old, it always delivers everything we love about Burgundy, no more, no less. It’s fresh and youthful today, but will live for decades in the cellar.
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Marcel Lapierre helped launch the natural wine movement with his quest to produce delicious, highly drinkable Gamay without sulphur or chemicals. The estate has since set the standard for proper natural wine. The winemaking is now done by his son Mathieu & remains lively, fresh, and exuberant.
Romain Taupenot is a low-intervention winemaker purely by circumstance; his family has acquired Premier Cru plots that don’t need meddling to show their quality, including the lesser known Bel Air in Gevrey Chambertin. This Pinot Noir is nuanced and powerful with notes of black pepper and cooked red fruit.
When devastating frost hit Valentin Montanet’s vineyards in Burgundy, he headed south looking for organic grapes to fill his empty cellar. The result is a happy accident–crunch, endlessly elegant Gamay made by a talented Burgundian. This is low-key Gang of Four quality juice at a great price.
Giulia Negri is someone you should be familiarizing your self with in Barolo. She has been carving out her identity as a one of the strongest wine makers in Barolo and is just starting out. This Barolo delivers powerful fruit and has all the beautiful aromatics to back it up.
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