The Armeniers, proprietors of Domaine de Marcoux, have been making wine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape since 1345CE! Sisters Sophie & Catherine now run the estate & were the first in the appellation to convert to biodynamic farming in 1990. The average age of their vines is 50 years. Fermented in concrete tanks, & then aged 18 months, mostly in concrete, but a small portion in 350L casks. Intense & dark, with heady aromas of flowers & blueberry liquer, the palate is dense, & elegant showing brilliant minerality, dark fruits, earth, & herbs.
"'Serradenari is a cru within the La Morra cru of Barolo, and is the highest point in the Barolo zone. It is also the name of Giulia's family estate, which she was just entrusted with in 2014 at the age of 24. Upon Giulia’s arrival at the helm of the estate, the modest cellar was filled with small Burgundian barriques. After tasting all around the Langhe and learning from some of Barolo’s most distinguished growers, it quickly became clear that large casks were key to preserving Nebbiolo’s tension and mystical energy. With the goal of maximizing an honest expression of terroir, she has gradually replaced the smaller barrels with botti grandi. Her artisanal approach and espousal of traditional production methods extends to sustainable viticulture, eschewal of commercial yeasts and other additives, harvesting by hand, minimizing filtration, and long but gentle macerations in the cellar. "La Tartufaia" is a blend of 80% La Morra Serradenari and 20% Brunate crus, Aged 24 months in 25hl Slavonian oak barrels, named after the truffle fields Giulia's grandfather planted on the property before her father replaced them with vineyards." --importer Kermit Lynch
"Lafarge, biodynamics, Gamay, granite – sounds like a match made in heaven n’est ce-pas? As if managing the Lafarge family’s iconic domaine in Volnay wasn’t enough, Frédéric and Chantal Lafarge decided in spring 2014 to embark on a new adventure a little further south. Still Burgundy but a new sector, a new grape variety and the inspiring Beaujolais Cru terroirs that come with it. What’s perhaps most beautiful about the new project is that the couple really wanted to invest in something together that would be entirely their own creation. This equal partnership is reflected in the inclusion of both of their names for the domaine’s title and on the label (Vial is Chantal’s maiden name)." -- importer Becky Wasserman
“Vauprin” is a vineyard located in the village of Lignorelles and is known for being one of the highest altitude parcels in Chablis. Fermented in stainless steel, 50% aged in 2 - 5 year old barrels, 50% in stainless steel." -importer Kermit Lynch