Having tucked away more wine than any single human could possibly consume in a lifetime, we take pleasure in unearthing some of these treasures to share with our community. Selected based on what we’ve found has been drinking well in our own cellars, these vintages are currently at the peak of their arc from their respective appellations. Some highlights include a trio of old magnums from Gombaude-Guillot, a small château whose wines provide a rare taste of classic, elegant Bordeaux crafted from organically farmed Merlot in one of Pomerol’s top sites. This is old-school Bordeaux for the connoisseur that has slowly evolved in large format, so there is more cheer to spread around! Our love for Corsican wines extends beyond the wild energy of young cuvées to the surprising complexity and finesse you’ll find in bottles up to a decade old. The petrol notes in an aged Vermentinu or the savory, gamey qualities in a mature Patrimonio rouge are not to be missed by curious palates: novel flavors abound that demonstrate the class of these island terroirs and the mastery of its best vignerons. The Brunier family of Vieux Télégraphe and Les Pallières needs no introduction. You’ll find a series of mature vintages from both properties offering something for all tastes, from the stony precision of the 2010 La Crau to the big mouthful of black licorice and garrigue in the 2007 Terrasse du Diable. In addition, we invite you to browse bottles from top growers in Burgundy, Provence, and Italy. May they add a bit of special flair to your end-of-year festivities.
It’s twenty-eight degrees in Beaune tonight, that damp, Burgundian kind of cold that reflects off the stone streets and walls and doesn’t care how many layers you have on. The town is decked out in its Christmas best and as charming as it is to walk around among the lights and decorations, what I really want to do in this weather is head to one of our vignerons’ homes, where a roaring fire, a glass of wine, and the aromas of the most perfectly prepared Burgundian meal will warm my bones...
Gingerbread cookies, yule logs, pumpkin pies... Sauternes, Banyuls, Muscat—whether you prefer your treats baked or fermented, no holiday feast is complete without the final flourish of dessert. Now through the end of December, 20% off per bottle!
Just across the Loire River from Chinon, Bourgueil not only has comparable soils and climate to Chinon, but, like its neighbor, it also is home to some of the world’s greatest sites for Cabernet Franc. But because Bourgueil is hard to say (“Boor-goy” comes close), you might never know it unless you tasted its most beautiful wines, like those below from the Boucard family of Domaine de la Chanteleuserie...
I have a serious problem: I can’t remember people’s names for the life of me. It’s in one ear and out the other, and that’s why you can find me hiding by the hors d’œuvres station at parties instead of socializing.
Olivier Savary was not always destined to make wine. Even though many of his relatives around the Chablisien village of Maligny did, a string of challenging harvests had discouraged Olivier’s parents from joining the family business.
Here you will discover twelve examples from Italian and French vignerons who have resisted the tendency to globalize their vineyards, honorably sustaining the varieties native to their respective terroirs.
Even the most renowned vignerons in Villié-Morgon tend to be laid back and unassuming despite the monumental Gamays they produce—perhaps none more so than Jean Foillard. One of Morgon’s “Gang of Four” Kermit first championed thirty years ago, Jean farms some of the cru’s most celebrated vineyards and his translation of these schist, granite, and sandstone terroirs is never anything short of breathtaking.
When the esteemed French wine artist Michel Tolmer created beautiful artwork for our 50th anniversary, we knew right away that we had to feature it on a few select items of merch. After spending maybe a little too much time researching the options, we landed on a classy, leather-strap cap, a comfortable t-shirt made from 100% cotton, and a tote made with incredibly sturdy, fair-trade, and organic cotton by a certified B corp that invests in the livelihoods of women and farmers of India, featuring three wine sleeves and two other compartments for all of your other needs!