We’re just back from an amazing week in Loire that began with Lise & Bertrand Jousset in Monlouis-sur-Loire. We ate, drank, danced and chased away the wild boars with song. Tasting our way through Salon St Jean, La Dive & Le Salon des Vins de Loire, we visited with our extended TEW family, and welcomed a few more who will be joining us in spring! Stay tuned! Bobo is happening! -K. Ulrich
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This year, I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite Burgundy producers at TEW, Domaine Tortochot, where Chantal Tortochot spoke about the threats to Burgundy as we know it, her use of oak, and her experience of the 2015 vintage in Gevrey-Chambertin. Thanks Chantal! -Karen Ulrich
Five years ago, geological maps were drawn in Gevrey-Chambertin. The result of soil studies, the maps here very much follow the Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village appellations that were initially drawn by the Cistercians. As Chantal Tortochot drew her finger along the map on the wall, she smiled, enchanted by the brilliance of Burgundy’s beginnings. “The monks wanted the best wines to attract the people to mass,” she said and laughed, “which led to the classifications.” Read more
Thanks Charles Hildreth for this reflection on Remelluri in Rioja.
La Rioja, the oldest DOCa in Spain, is a bit shy of 2,000 square miles. As of a 2015 report, it has 61,645ha (152,328 acres) planted to vines, 16,413 vineyards, and over 600 wineries. The three principal regions are Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja with each area producing its own unique expression of Rioja wine. La Rioja Alavesa and La Rioja Alta, located closer to mountains, are at slightly higher elevations and have a cooler climate. La Rioja Baja to the southeast is drier and warmer.
As a comparison, there are less than 30,000ha of vines planted to about 100 different AOCs in Burgundy, France. And yet that region is famous for its intricate system of village and vineyard designation. As we discovered, it takes a visit to Remelluri, near Ribas del Tereso in Labastida, to help intrepid oenophiles understand why the Rioja Denomination of Origin is misguided and sorely behind the times. Read more
Thank you Meghan Ivey for this post from Loire!
When we arrived at Sebastien David in St. Nicholas de Bourgueil the weather could not have been more beautiful. Spring had been a challenge for many all over France, and the Loire was no exception, with as much as 60-100 percent loss of certain parcels among producers in the area. Rain, hail, frost, you name it…they got it. Water was the issue. There was enough of it to cause problems with frost, but not enough of it to spray properly with copper. It would slide right off the grapes, and into the soil. Read more
With tears in my eyes, I must share with you all some very sad news.
We lost a loving brother, an eccentric, loyal and devoted family member last night Sept. 10, 2016.
He was phenomenally chaotic, brilliant, honest, dutiful and legendary in his generosity. Marc brought light to the core of T Edward.
Our history is filled with indelible Pichon moments, we’ll miss you. RIP Marc Pichon.
-T. Byrnes Read more
This week, JP Schultz reflects on his summer visit to Cascina Ca’Rossa in Roero, Piemonte:
We arrived in the Roero just a few days after the rain let up. Apparently, the tail-end of spring had brought both cold and wet weather, but now in the first days of summer there was a full swing in temperature and we were seeking shade under the 90 degree sun. Read more
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
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
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