Sunday, January 31, 2016

Steven Tanzer on 2014 Burgundies & Domaine de la Pousse d’Or

Steven Tanzer, writing for Vinous, gives an in depth breakdown of the 2014 vintage, writing: 

“Two thousand fourteen is a delicious midweight vintage with alluring fruit, juicy supporting
acidity, expressive terroir character, supple tannins and considerable early appeal. Best of all,
the wines display an attractive natural balance and elegance, and should offer at least medium-term
ageability.”

He also reviews the wines of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or. Read the rest of the vintage analysis here.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wine Advocate Reviews Marc Colin

In the latest issue Neal Martin declares:

“Okay, I’m going to say it. Shoot me if I’m wrong. Domaine Marc Colin are currently making some of the greatest whites in Burgundy.”

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Read the rest of the writeup here and get all the 2014 reviews here.

Monday, January 18, 2016





The snow begins to fall as the Shiverick team visits David’s wine in Maury.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016





Amélie from Vignoble des 2 Lunes @wholefoods Downtown Los Angeles #winewall #alsace #biodynamicwine (at Whole Foods Market DTLA)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or as reviewed by Neal Martin

Writing for the Wine Advocate, Neal Martin says: 

“Personally, I find much to like here. There is preponderance of black
rather than red fruit on these wines that are perhaps a little modern in
style, occasionally reminiscent of Domaine Perrot-Minot up in Morey-Saint-Denis,
that convey an almost “vitamin-like” purity.”

Read the rest of the writeup here and get all the 2014 reviews here.

What is Château-Chalon?

The Wine Advocate has selected Domaine Jean Macle’s 2007 vintage of Château-Chalon as one of its top 50 wines of the year. Reviewer Luis Gutierrez rated the wine 98 points and says, “the nose is explosive and complex with strong aromas of morilles, green walnuts and perhaps a rancid touch; there are also spices, curry and cardamom. The palate is both sharp and has volume, is full with great acidity, makes you salivate and leaves a salty tasty on your lips.” This is Vin Jaune, described as no other wine in the world could be. What is this extraordinary wine, and what makes it so special?

The short answer is voile. Often compared to Sherry’s layer of flor, this is a layer of yeast that naturally forms over the surface of the wine when it isn’t topped up while in barrel (as most wines are).  Voile, unique to this part of France in the Jura, also thrives in a lower alcohol environment, isn’t as thick as flor, and also takes two to three years to develop properly, during which time the wine acquires its signature oxidation. Vin Jaune must be aged for a minimum of six years and three months, making it one of the longest aging requirements in the wine world. Only after this amount of time does the wine take on its distinctive nutty flavor and deep color.

Though Vin Jaune can be produced in several appellations, Château-Chalon is its spiritual home and the residence of the most prestigious wines. The brix level requirement at harvest is higher in Château-Chalon, and the grapes, while picked late, are never botrytized. The winemakers of the appellation are notoriously quality-driven, and will not produce Vin Jaune in sub-par vintages.

The resulting wine is often paired with local cuisine, most notably chicken with morels (where is it used in the recipe) and Comté cheese. In addition to our Château-Chalon from Domaine Macle, Langdon Shiverick’s other Jura producer, Les Chais du Vieux Bourg, has also acquired land in the appellation and will begin exporting Vin Jaune, bringing even more of this singular wine to the U.S. market.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin on Domaine Jean Fournier

Neal Martin revisits Domaine Jean Fournier in Issue #220 of the Wine Advocate, saying:

“I cannot recommend these wines highly enough. I think they are undervalued by cognoscenti and they continue to represent fantastic value.”

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Read the full writeup here and see the reviews for Fournier’s 2014 vintage here.