In 2006, Thomas Morey decided to set up his own domaine with his wife Sylvie.Santenay Vieilles Vignes comes from vines in the lieu dit "Prorons dessus", a plot with excellent exposure, lying immediately below the famous "Clos de Tavannes", best of Santenay's 1er crus.The vines were planted in the late fifties. The Santenay village appellation comprises 180 ha of vines spread among various slopes surrounding the village at altitudes ranging from 220 to 400 metres. This cuvee has very perfumed nose, more like Chassagne than your typical rustic Santenay.
Germain took the risky approach of planting a small portion of his vineyard with own-rootstock vines, known in French as "franc de pied". These non-grafted Cabernet Franc vines were planted in sandy soil, which naturally resists the development of phylloxera, with a planting density of 10,000 vines/hectare and are pruned in gobelet en echalas (on stakes as in the ancient vineyards of Mt Etna). The soil is worked with a horse because at this density it is impossible to use mechanized equipment.Annual production 80 cases
"Thierry’s latest acquisition, the Clos de l'Echelier is a 2 ha clos on which Thierry had his eyes set since he arrived in Saumur. He finally bought it in 2011. L'Echelier is a limestone-rich vineyard that produces wonderful red wines and a small amount of distinctive whites. There is just 10 cm of top soil, a bit of sand and clay, then Turonian limestone; there is practically no soil to be seen, just rock. Olivier Poussier, the world’s top sommelier, called this cuvée the Chambolle-Musigny of the Loire. Only 1 gr of sulfites added at bottling." -- from the importer
"El Cadastro is a blend made from 4 parcels of older vines that were planted in the 1930s and 1950s. As was the custom at the time, these mainly tempranillo vineyards are co-planted with smaller percentages of other varieties (mostly Garnacha). Most of this cuvée comes from the sub-zone of La Tizona, which Olivier feels gives this wine its innate floral aromatics, to which he adds a portion of fruit from the sub-zones of La Mula, El Amesado and La Quemado – the high plateau considered by most to be the Grand cru of Covarrubias." --importer Eric Solomon
One of the greatest names in all of Piemonte, Cantine Giacomo Conterno was formed in 1908. Conterno's uncompromising commitment to quality does not stop with Barolo, as their Barbera is one of the most age-worthy and brilliant examples of this grape to be found in Piemonte. Like all of Conterno's wines, this Barbera under went extended maceration in large casks, aging for 21 months in large Slovanian barrels. Dark ruby red in color. It offers a delightful nose of red berries, black cherries, roses, anise, leather and mineral notes.
Domaine Ghislaine Barthod is a standard-bearer for Chambolle-Musigny, their holdings covering 5.86 hectares in the commune. Grapes are partially destemmed, only natural yeasts are used. Sourced from the lovely parcel 'Bons Batons' situated at the crossroads of Chambolle-Musigny and Gilly les Citeaux. --importer Neil Rosenthal