At the time of the Roman Empire, due to the growth of the number of vineyards in Gaule and a general overproduction, it was decided that half of Gaule’s vine stocks must be removed. The Emperor Probus demanded that a single hillside must be preserved, his “Cherished” hillside, overlooking the Rhone Valley, producing an extraordinary wine. Condrieu “Chery”, from that famed slope, balances elegance with strength. Its strong nature comes from the exceptional exposure of the hillside and the age of the vines. A legendary wine.
The 6-hectare clos (a vineyard surrounded by stone walls), is located on the first slopes above the church in Vouvray. The rather thin soil, only about one metre in depth, lies in direct contact with the non-active limestone. Le Clos du Bourg produces a powerful and well-structured wine.
2 months skin-contact, followed by 5 months in amphora. No sulfites at all, unfined, unfiltered.
Opens up first on amphora high notes and a bit of VA, but unfolds into mellow chenin tones framed by a high-tension skin-contact framework, in a decidedly natural-wine style.
Recommend decanting, or opening 3-4 hour in advance. Enjoy cool.
Grand Clos Rousseau is the most southerly parcel of Santenay's 1er crus and lies next door to the Maranges vineyards.The wine is always well-rounded. The colour is brilliant and dark, almost black. Its aromas are of violets, gooseberry, black cherry and stewed fruit, reflected in a complex palate with a smooth, intense and well-built attack. In the mouth, dense and concentrated notes of ripe fruit are highly present in the finish, suggesting a similarity to the wines of the Cote de Nuits.
"A strong opponent of globalization in the wine industry, he refuses to see his wines be drowned in mass production. Each plot is unique and should receive treatment tailored to its needs. "La Marginale" is crafted only in good vintages and comes from the single-vineyard 'les Poyeux'. Its identity is well expressed, with aromas of red fruit and flowers together with young and round tannins." --KLWM
Emmerich Knoll III, an exhuberent spokesperson for the Wachau region, farms the family’s 15 hectares of land and crafts wines that clearly express the terroir where some of Austria's most famous vineyards live. This family-run winery is a treasure that has been estate-owned and operated for over three generations.
Having always dreamed of being a winemaker Sylvain Pataille realized his ambition in 1999. He began in his childhood village of Marsannay-la-Cote with only 1 hectare. Today the estate has 14 hectares. Sylvain is a true rising star of the Cote de Nuits. In 2013 Patialle first experimented with releasing his Aligote Dore vineyards unblended, into four different cuvees. Becky Wasserman says about the Champ Forey: "Vineyard: 0.3 hectares of 55-year-old vines, soils with lots of small limestone rocks. Pure, delicate and briny nose. The attack is salty, the mid-palate is direct and linear, and the finish incredibly detailed and complex. A classic Aligoté Doré, with the limestone scree beautifully displaying the variety’s Chablis-like, oyster-shell saltiness."