Thanks Paul Boyer for the post from Loire!
On July 7th we made our way through the low hills of Le Puy de Notre Dame in the Loire Valley. Towering above the vines on the central hills is the church’s central spire, where William the 9th is purported to have interred some of the Virgin Mary’s garments after the Crusades. We were greeted at the gate of Le Manoir de la Tete Rouge, an old self-sustaining farm and fortress dating back to 1649, by vigneron Guillaume Reynouard. Read more
Bertrand Jousset at Clos Renard
Danielle Hilty traveled to Loire, where she met up with Bertrand and Lise Jousset in Montlouis sur Loire.
I’ve always felt that a gregarious winemaker makes good wine, perhaps because he appreciates its true purpose is to be shared amongst friends. In my experience, a tall gregarious winemaker makes great wine. As if his wine was somehow his personality incarnate – like the antic that dogs resemble their owners – some winemakers possess the same gentle benevolence or nervous excitement that their wines exude. Bertrand Jousset is that tall winsome winemaker whose wines, like himself, are teeming with personality and flavor. They are both effervescent, and available in large format. Read more
Thank YOU to the amazing 150 vignerons who came to our Grand Tasting at the Public Theater on Tuesday. And thank YOU to the 800+ who attended. If anyone has ever questioned why we do what we do, or how we have gained our reputation in the market, the photos below will tell you all. But enough from us, let’s pass the mike to the people themselves. Read more
Domaine les Cantates
We are crazy about Savoie! Domaine les Cantates, Domaine Lupin and Domaine Delalex, all tucked between Jura, Switzerland and Bugey. Home to a range of mountains, lakes and rivers Savoie has three appellations and over 2100ha of vines spread across its alpine terrain. With steep-slopes, a mountainous topography and local varietals, Savoie produces 70% white wine with a palate that mirrors its Alpine surroundings: light in color, airy, clean and bright, and mineral driven. And while 95% of these wines were consumed locally until recently, it’s high time we shine a light on Savoie and its 17 crus. Read more
Chahut et Prodiges
Much has changed in the perception, production and market of naturally made wines over the past ten years. Of course we’ve had winegrowers such as Robert Sinskey who has been organic and Demeter certified for 25 years, and Pierre Frick who has farmed organically since 1970 and biodynamically since 1981, but ‘natural wines’? That’s another story. This week, we sat with Sebastien David, Gregory Leclerc of Chahut et Prodiges and his wife Anne Paillet of Dm Autour de L’Anne, to discuss organic and biodynamic wines in France and abroad. Read more
Siobhan Lowe is recently back from Loire with a few thoughts on Philippe Raimbault and Sancerre.
Sancerre has become a brand of wine, kind of like saying Kleenex as a catchall for tissue. So it may come as a surprise that the town of Sancerre is a sleepy, medieval hilltop town with a population of under 2,000. I asked some locals whether the town had become overrun in recent years with wine tourists and they shrugged, not really. Read more
John Coyle spend eight days with Patrick Burke in France. Read his thoughts here on Burgundy!
The journey began with a strike at the car rental place that bookended beautifully with a taxi strike the last day heading home to the airport….Viva la France.
When I think of great wines that I love, all roads lead to Burgundy. I was looking forward to meeting Pascal Arnoux, our new Savigny/Chorey producer, and tasting through his wines. Pascal is the real deal, hands of stone and five generations of wine DNA informing every little detail. He explained with great passion how they hand harvest all the grapes, the importance of vineyards that are sustainably farmed and the use of natural yeast. His obsession with precise temperature control, so that the wines keep their finesse, and his bottling by the lunar cycle is what makes these wines stand tall against his neighbors. Read more
Sainte Croix, Corbières
In 2004, when Jon and Elizabeth Bowen of Sainte Croix were looking for a property to call their own, Jon had a few prerequisites in mind. “Old Carignan, old Grenache and limestone,” he said. “And then we came across an area which I now know as Hautes Corbières, which I didn’t really know at all because like everyone else you either go down the coast, without getting too tied up in the geography, or you go way inland. There’s a zone between the two, which always gets bypassed, which is kind of cool because it’s the best bit,” he added and laughed. “The first time I saw that, I thought firstly, how do I not know about this and secondly, I think we can call the search off now.” Read more
Francesco Grosso of Marea, Pam Yung & José Ramirez-Ruiz of Semilla, Lee Campbell of Andrew Tarlow’s group, Sean Sant Amour of Blue Ribbon, Bill Fitch of Vinegar Hill House
2015 was an amazing year of great growth and change for us here at TEW! We added a number of new members to our family, both producers and in-house, and we wrote about a great many of our friends and supporters here in NYC. We thank you for an amazing year, as we look forward to sharing another vintage of peace, prosperity and great wine in 2016. Read more
Three Generations at Roger Perrin: Veronique, Xavier & Mme Perrin
“I really like what I do. I really like working with two generations of my family,” said Xavier Perrin, the 5th generation vintner at Roger Perrin. “I work with my mother and grandmother. She still helps. Each time she comes to the winery she asks what I’m doing. She tastes a little bit. My grandmother has something like 60 or 70 years of experience. She’s seen many different vintages. It’s very interesting for me with my limited experience.” Read more