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
Posts from the ‘France’ Category
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
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
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
“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
This past Tuesday we uncorked some amazing bottles for our Taste History event, because as every buyer knows, it’s OND. October-November-December, when spirits are high and hearts and wallets are open. We splurge on our loved ones and ourselves. We dine and wine and welcome opportunities to share bottles of Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart 2002, Passopisciaro Contrada Porcaria 2011, Amiot-Servelle Chambolle-Musigny 2013, Vineyard 29 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate 2012 and Eric Artiguelongue Armagnac 1974. However, since every buyer has a different aesthetic and approach, we spoke to a few friends to learn more about how they stock the cellar and shelves as the holiday season nears. Read more
“It’s humans making things with the earth,” said Bill Fitch on wine, “trying to preserve the beauty of the earth, the diversity of the ecosystem and creating a new aesthetic that’s based on ethical ideas. It doesn’t matter how pretty something is. Good aesthetics are rooted in good ethics, and I think that’s a wonderful idea that isn’t talked about because no one wants to talk about that kind of thing.” Spending his time between New York and Paris, two thirsty cities with opposing views on the consumption of wine, Bill has been responsible for the wine list at Vinegar Hill House since its inception in 2008. Read more
Thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday to A Year in Wine at Lafayette! It’s been quite a year since our 20th Anniversary Tasting in 2015. Keeping things fresh, we opted to pour only items that had joined our book since then, including 34 estates and 6 new craft distilleries, totaling over 200 additions to our portfolio! We’ve been busy! We hope you had a chance to taste through everything, from Domaine Arnoux to Xavier Benier and Nicolas Badel. Bodegas RE, Hudson Vineyards, Vodopivec, Pfluger and High Wire Distilling. We also saw new additions from Matthiasson, Forlorn Hope, Teutonic, Rio Maggio and Pierre Frick. Big thanks to our friends André Tamers at De Maison Selections, Bill and Byron at Goatboy Selections, Emily Kunhardt of Craft Distillers and Roberto Ijalba of Bodegas Santalba. We hope to see you all again soon! Read more