"Corsicans are proud defenders of their traditions and environment, and with Abbatucci they indulge guilt-free. His wines are certified biodynamic, and he believes in following even the most far-out biodynamic practices to the letter. On his large estate south of Ajaccio he keeps a pristine poly-culture ecosystem in place, complete with herds of sheep foraging through his vines, groves of olive trees on ancient terraces, and large swaths of untouched forests.
The Collection wines all come from a single parcel planted in the early 1960's. At the time, several villages farmed old vines of indigenous varieties that were left abandoned as the population left. To save these varieties from extinction, Abbatucci took cuttings of each threatened vineyard he came across and planted the cuttings on his estate near Ajaccio, in a single plot of granite soil. Racy and fresh, with lemon curd, honeysuckle, white peach and shortbread notes backed by lemon pulp and citrus oil hints on the finish." --importer Kermit Lynch
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.
Inspired by Josko Gravner, Podvsersic turned in the late 1990s from being a successful conventional modernist winemaker to low-interventionist production of beautiful orange wines. He says about this Malvasia: "By getting the glass near to the nose, we discover the shy characteristic of the semi aromatic Malvasia Istriana. All of her beauty get released from the first until the last sip in a succession of spicy and herbal aromas as green pepper and tomato leaf. The maceration begin in big barrels of oak for 60 to 90 days. Finished the fermentation it gets aged in 20 or 30 hl barrels for 3 years and rest for 1 year in the bottles. The presence of sedements is essential to keep the wine alive and to conserve it. We recommend to serve the wine with service temperature at 15°C (59°F)."
Marjorie Gallet is the young woman behind Domaine Le Roc des Anges and she brings real commitment and passion to this far south west corner of France. She has about 22 ha/54 acres around the village of Montner in the upper Agly valley, a very special corner of schist around Maury. This white (Vielles Vignes)is a blend of old Grenache Gris and Macabeu vines fermented in foudres. The nose picks up notes of white and yellow flowers, the fruit flavours are particular and delicate, the finish mineral and persistent.
Domaine Parent is based in Pommard (Burgundy, France) and was founded in 1803. Today it is headed by two sisters, Anne & Catherine Parent, who continue the family tradition of winegrowers that originated in the 17th century. The Domaine consists of 10 hectares that produce mostly red wines from the Cote de Beaune.
from the importer: "Les Choisilles is a cuvée, usually blended from old vines in the vineyards of Les Epinais, La Taille aux Loups and Clos au Renard. It’s named after a type of black flint called (you guessed it) choisille. Les Choisilles is a concentrated, focused dry wine that often needs several years to develop."