Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wine of the Week - Maire-Pierre Manciat Crémant de Bourgogne

For the last Wine of the Week of 2016, a Crémant de Bourgogne was chosen. Made in the same method as Champagne, or methode traditionnelle, Maire-Pierre Maciat's sparkling wine is made from 100% Chardonnay and has received 91 pts from Wine Advocate. A perfect pairing for a festive New Year's Eve celebration!

Marie-Pierre Manciat was born into a family of vignerons that have been making wine since 1871. From a very young age, she spent her school vacations in the cellars and vineyards, soaking up knowledge and experience, all of which helped her when she took over the reins of her family’s estate in 2002 and became a sixth-generation winemaker. Her family has instilled in her a strong sense of tradition, time-honored winemaking practices, and the value of quality over quantity. She now maintains 22 hectares with every bit of the passion she began with, and each year it is reaffirmed with the birth of a new vintage. As she says, this job teaches you to be humble every day—winemakers simply help develop what nature gives them.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Shiverick team celebrating Winter Solstice in New York with what else but Rosé! #roseallday #roseallnight #winewednesday #rocim #portugal #portugesewine #blog

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Wine of the Week: Domaine Jean Fournier Marsannay "Es Chezots"

This week's featured wine is Jean Fournier's "Es Chezots". True to his non-interventionist style, Laurent Fournier utilized one-third whole bunches during fermentation of the current 2014 vintage. The resulting wine is medium bodied, full of floral and red berry notes. Crisp with an edge of chalkiness.  

Marsannay, the Côte de Nuit’s northernmost winegrowing region, is unique in Burgundy for having AOC status for red, white, and rosé wines. Domaine Jean Fournier dates back to the reign of Louis 13th in the early 17th century, making it one of the oldest properties in Marsannay. Today the Domaine’s 16 hectares are helmed by the dynamic young Laurent Fournier, son of Jean, who crafts wines with integrity in a non-interventionist style. He has converted the vineyards to organic agriculture and has been Ecocert certified since 2008. Old vines can be found throughout the Domaine, contributing to the immense purity and finesse Fournier’s wines are known for.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wine of the Week: Bernard Remy "Carte Blanche"

This week's featured wine is Bernard Remy's "Carte Blanche". With only 800 cases produced, this grower champagne is the ideal sparkling wine for the final holidays of the season. Made from 60% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Meunier and grown in Clay-Limestone soil, the Carte Blanche is clean, fresh, with classic notes of grapefruit and lemon curd with a slight salinity. 

Capitalizing on the recent upswing in attention for grower Champagne, smaller houses that have been overshadowed by the large grands marques are now gaining more recognition. Bernard Rémy is one such producer. Founded in 1968 in the southerly village of Allemant in the heart of the Cotes des Blancs, Champagne Bernard Rémy debuted on the domestic market in France in the early 70’s. Bernard’s son Rudy began working under the tutelage of his father in 1996, and completely took the helm at Champagne Bernard Rémy in 2008. Still though Bernard is never too far from sight. This father-son collaboration now offers a fine range of local, Grand Cru, vintage, and rosé Champagnes. The sophistication of the wines and approachable price points highlight Champagne Bernard Rémy’s persistent quest for perfection in each aspect of their product.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jean Fournier's 2014 Bourgogne Chapitre Vieilles Vignes named one of the best of 2016!

Jean Fournier has once again impressed top wine reviewers, this time making Robert Parker's list as one of the three best Burgundies of the year! Grapes used for the Chapitre Vieilles Vignes are on par with Fournier's top Crus: Echezots, Clos du Roy, and Longeroies; being vinified in a similar manner as well. It's no wonder Neal Martin raves about this hidden gem of Marsannay, stating that while it's "virtually within the Dijon suburbs, Laurent Fournier proves you don't need a fancy Premier or Grand Cru to fashion delicious Pinot Noir".    

Martin reviewed the 2014 Bourgogne Chapitre Vieilles Vignes last December after visiting the domaine. His tasting notes read:

"The 2014 Bourgogne Chapitre Vieilles Vignes comes from two parcels in the vineyard (although not on the same soils or altitude as Sylvain Pataille's Chaptire). It is aged in 1one-third new oak albeit in 600-liter barrels. Despite a touch of reduction, there are some lovely ripe raspberry and wild strawberry fruit here interlaced with mineral tones. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp acidity, very focused and supple with a fresh, pure finish that is an absolute delight. Anyone buying this bottle should slip it into a flight of bigger names and change a few opinions. This wine makes a mockery of the Burgundy hierarchy."

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The first reviews are in for Max Ferd. Richter's 2015 vintage!

Wine Spectator's Kim Marcus is among the first to review Max Ferd. Richter's stellar 2015 vintage. Dirk Richter has again set the bar for Mosel Riesling, with his current vintage showing the exquisite complexity and balance Richer is known for.       

The estate of Max Ferd. Richter has been passed down from father to son for the past 300 years. The current reins are held by Dr. Dirk Richter, the 9th generation, and will eventually be passed down to his son Constantin. The estate produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. The terroir of their steep vineyard sites is generally grey slate with different compositions of ferruginous (Brauneberg), mineral quartz (Veldenz) or clay (Graach, Wehlen, Mülheim) soils; those deeply influence character and flavor of the wines. Strict attention to quality and detail is paid to all vines from the QBAs on up through the Eisweins. Through the entire line of wines, their hallmark balance is evident in every glass.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wine of the Week: Château Perray Jouannet "Les Menus Clos" Bonnezeaux

Bonnezeaux, the highly respected dessert wine appellation of the Anjou region, produces some of the best examples of Chenin Blanc known for their beautiful complexity and almost infinite aging potential. Bonnezeaux wines are hand harvested over the span of a few days and only the ripest grapes, touched perfectly by the 'noble' rot botrytis, are selected. Château Perray Jouannet Bonnezeaux “Les Menus Clos” has a golden hue, rich stone fruit and spice on the nose. Opulent and full bodied, with a lively acidity. 

The prestigious appellation of Bonnezeaux lies in the heart of the Loire Valley’s Chenin Blanc region and is spread over three hills that overlook the Layon River. The AOC sits on approximately 110 hectares of land within the Coteaux de Layon. Within this area Pascal Laffourcade has launched the second arm of his ambitious project to create wines from the three most prestigious Chenin crus of the Anjou region: Quarts de Chaume, Bonnezeaux, and Savennières. Chenin for the Le Menu Clos Bonnezeaux is harvested from 2.5 hectares of clay and sand soils. Average age of vines is 20 years on south/southwest facing slopes. Grapes are hand-picked then fermented in barrel for 6 months with no added yeast. Wines are filtered before bottling. Aging potential: 15-20 years.

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