It is always tempting to compare wines from the Languedoc to their better-known peers, made of similar blends, in Provence and the Rhône Valley. Doing this helps introduce wine drinkers who are familiar with Bandol, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Côte-Rôtie to bottles that bear similar traits but are made in the less documented and iconic region a few hundred miles away. It might be time to stop such comparisons, however, as the terroirs of the Languedoc continue to reveal their own awe-inspiring capabilities, and as the best vignerons there have proven themselves to be among the most progressive and conscientious farmers in all of France. In fact, in very few appellations throughout France and Italy do we import the wines of three or more domaines. Joining Bandol, Meursault, Morgon, and a few others in that short list is Pic Saint-Loup, situated forty-five minutes north of Montpellier. We are devout fans of this Languedocien AOC nestled at the foot of the dramatic formation by the same name, which rises out of the land like a massive, rocky shark fin. It doesn’t hurt that all three of our Pic Saint-Loup domaines follow organic and biodynamic practices in their vines. In this warm, southern climate, this approach, as well as the cooling influence of the nearby Cévennes mountains, makes all the difference, resulting in wines that are remarkably fresh and mouthwatering.
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Its intense aromatics brazenly translate the Pic’s rugged nature, and an almost chewable minerality brings to mind slabs of shattered limestone incarnated as energy, drive, and uncommon length on the palate.
In addition to Nicole Chanrion’s older bottlings, we’re pleased to offer more recent vintages straight from Guy Breton’s and Domaine Dupeuble’s cool cellars as well as a Brouilly from Alex Foillard with a little age. Like Chanrion’s Côte-de-Brouilly, these deliver further evidence that Beaujolais is not just for immediate enjoyment...
Of course, another reason to be cheerful is our annual Champagne Sale, always offered during this month of celebration, to help add POP to your revelry. Pour Champagne and share a moment of respite, a chance for all to say, “Life is good!” Champagne in your glass gives you a good reason to believe that.
Château Thivin has toiled tirelessly in defense of the region’s singular terroirs. Surrounding the elegant 14th century Château, twisted stumps of ancient Gamay dot the Côte de Brouilly’s perilous rubbly inclines like gnomes, creating a consummate marriage of grape and soil with absolutely nothing to envy of the great appellations of Burgundy or the Rhône.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
It’s as if the fossil-laden chalky soil running through Chablis has helped create a wine that is a visceral reminder of our amphibian past, with its bracing smell of waterfalls and oncoming rain, wet stone and coastal citrus groves. Briny, crisp, chiseled, and mouthwatering, it refreshes and invigorates.
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