Éric Chevalier is out to prove that Muscadet is a versatile white, with countless purposes beyond washing down oysters. He boldly switched to organic farming and ditched his machine harvester for the tried-and-true two hands and a pair of pruning shears—sadly, both uncommon practices in the region. His cellar practices further differentiate him from the Muscadet masses, as he relies solely on indigenous yeasts for fermentation, uses tiny doses of sulfur, and filters minimally. The outcome? This utterly mouthwatering, lip-smacking Melon de Bourgogne is much more than a simple oyster wine, but that isn’t to say that a cold glass alongside shucked bivalves won’t land you in Melon heaven.
This is the only pure Cabernet Sauvignon bottling we consistently stock, and it is not even from the grape’s spiritual home of Bordeaux—it instead hails from the craggy hillsides of Pic Saint-Loup, a top appellation of the Languedoc. Compare the price tag to what’s available from Bordeaux or Napa. Now picture the aristocratic Cabernet Sauvignon at its summer home in the south—a place where it can ditch pretension, soak up the sun, let its hair down, and breathe in the fragrances of the Mediterranean countryside.
If you have enjoyed our Monferrato Rosso from Tenuta La Pergola, you already know how good this family domaine is at squeezing excellent quality and utter drinkability into a bottle for the price of a movie ticket. Tenuta La Pergola’s Il Goccetto—“little nip”—also offers outstanding value, but it differs quite a bit in profile. Unlike the Monferrato Rosso, which in 2017 was composed mostly of Barbera, the 2017 Goccetto is 95% Brachetto and 5% Barbera, making it softer, lighter, and more floral than its cousin. Following the most common approach to Brachetto in Piedmont, Alessandra Bodda of Tenuta La Pergola does craft sweet and sparkling red wine from the grape. This red, however, is still and dry. In a certain light, you might almost wonder if this weightless, aromatic quaffer is a dark rosato instead of a rosso. It is perfect for picnics, summer lunchtime, pizza night, and everything in between.
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