We recognise that we are all setting foot into an unforeseen period of uncertainty. Outside the home our habits will be changing, and we’ll undoubtedly be living at a slower pace. However, none of this means you should miss out on new wine discoveries, quite the contrary! Indeed, with the limits imposed on moving around for most of us, a trip out via some of the best cuvées made might do us some good! Here’s a look at some of the new bottles that we’ve welcomed into our cellar.
Let’s start with Burgundy, an emblematic region where wine-making excellence reigns. Sylvain Pataille is a winemaker who carries out particularly meticulous work, and the cuvées he produces in Marsannay are ones you must try. For the quality of these wines, the prices are temptingly affordable. Since this is a region overflowing with exceptional appellations at attractive prices, you’ll also find Givry premier cru from Domaine Joblot, Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes from Marc Colin & Fils, and Vosne-Romanée from Domaine Arlaud. More of a fan of white? Domain des Comtes Lafon produces some sumptuous cuvées in Meursault, certified organic since 1998.
If you’re looking for something bigger, how about a magnum of Crozes-Hermitage from Aléofane, a domain in the Rhône Valley where Natacha Chave works in a totally environmentally-friendly way. Also from the Rhône region are names like Chapoutier with their excellent Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph, as well as Jamet, Thierry Allemand, Gramenon and Auguste Clape. If you’re after a true regional icon, Guigal is a name that might mean something to you…the famous trio of La Landonne, La Turque and La Mouline are available in this fixed-price sale, with other bottles from the magnificent terroirs of this domain.
Summer is still quite far away, but in the meantime what would you say to the warmth and southern hints of a bottle from Grange des Pères? This Languedoc domain has seen enormous success on the market in recent times. Roc des Anges is another domain that evoked the sunny south of France – it was created in 2001 in Roussillon, and has delighted us with its Côtes du Roussillon and Côtes Catalanes cuvées, both in very recent vintages. Also from this beautiful part of the country are Clos des Fées, Domaine Triennes, Trévallon, and Arretxea. The latter is found at the heart of the Basque Country, and its name means ‘house of stone’ – many of the wines here are made from uncommon grape varieties, making this perhaps an opportunity to try a different kind of cuvée!
And for those staying up to date with the new wave of organic, biodynamic, and natural wines, here are a few pointers. Domaine Tissot is at the top of its game in the Jura, having followed a long evolution towards biodynamic and natural production that make the cuvées a pure expression of their terroir. Domaine Huet in the Loire Valley has a vineyard grown entirely biodynamically. With a range of sparkling, dry, and sweet white wines, there’s something for all tastes! Domaine des Roches Neuves, Hiyu Farm in the US, and Domaine Guiberteau also practice organic methods in order to put the best of their soils and grape varieties on show. With all the benefits of low-intervention vinification, it is high time you discovered this flourishing universe!
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