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We have recently received a large number of new wines into our warehouse. We have tasted them and have been very pleased with the condition they have arrived in. So they are ready to go!
We have described them by region below.
Not far from Blois, most of Hervé Villemade’s wines are
in the Cheverny appellation. We have supplies of most of Hervé’s familiar
cuvées including the 2017 vintages of the Cheverny Rosé (one
of several rosés in this shipment), Sauvignon, Cheverny Rouge,
and Les Ardilles, which this year is 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Gamay,
all co-fermented. 15% was fermented in amphora and the rest in foudre. There
are only 48 bottles. We also have a new cuvée Les Souchettes Cheverny
Blanc 2016 which is 100% Menu Pineau. It has great freshness and
We rarely get to buy Magic of Juju, a white wine the Mosses make each year for early drinking. We take Moussamoussettes as soon as it is bottled, early in the new vintage, and it’s too early for Magic of Juju. By the time we get to order again it’s gone. But this year we were visiting in July, just after it was bottled and, most important, the labels had arrived. We felt it was a lucky break – we were meant to have it – so even though we had just received a shipment we ordered again immediately. This year’s vintage is predominantly Chenin Blanc with some Grolleau Gris. There are also a small number of magnums. There was an added incentive once we found they still had a little of the 2016 Travel Rosé, so we bought some more of that too.
Our previous order disappeared in about 3 weeks. We have kept the price the same as the previous shipment despite an uncomfortable increase in freight charges. We also have some 2017 Le Gros, a classic “glou glou” wine, made with Cot, Grolleau Gris, Gamay, and Grolleau Noir – perfect for the park or barbeque.
The last Mosse wine is a very silky wine called Cabernet-Franc, from the 2016 vintage. It’s 80% traditional macerated destemmed grapes and 20% carbonic maceration for almost a week. They were pressed separately but aged together. It was in bottle for one year before release, which has ensured the tannins are beautifully integrated. A Vin de France, this is made with grapes some of the vines that would have traditionally been in the Anjou Rouge. They have eschewed the appellation system now for almost all of their wines.
Le Raisin à Plume (Jacques Février)
The area where Jacques Février and La Paonnerie (see below) have their vines was perhaps most hard hit by the frosts of 2016 and 2017. For most of the Loire, 2017 was hard but not quite as devastating as 2016. In the area around the village of Ancenis, 2017 was like a repeat of 2016. Jacques produced almost no wine from his own vineyards. There is some though – a crunchy gamay without any added sulphites Patis des Rosiers 2017, which is a cuvee he usually makes, and a new cuvee (perhaps only temporary) called S-M des Humeaux Solidaire 2017. This contains the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris (called Malvoisie in this region) from Jacques’ Humeaux vineyard (these would usually be separate wines) together with a little Sauvignon Blanc from an organic vineyard owned by Rémy Sédes. (The “Solidaire” name as part of the wine is an indication that of the solidarity which helped make it possible, in this case having the grapes from another vigneron. This wine has a small amount of added sulphites. Similarly, Le Moulin Solidaire 2017 is made with Melon de Bourgogne from Jacques’ Moulin vineyard with some grapes from Johan Chasse from nearby Saint-Herblon. This wine has no added sulphites. The final wine, Elsass Connexion 2017, is made entirely with Sauvignon Blanc grown by Paul and Corinne Gillet from Les Maisons Brûlées in Touraine. Most of the wine were aged in fibreglass but this one was aged in 400 litre barrels. It’s called Elsass Connection because the Gillets came from Alsace.
This story of the 2017 vintage is similar to Jacques Février, unsurprisingly given they are almost neighbours – an almost complete loss from their own vines due to frost, the same situation as the previous year. Two of the wines we have from La Paonnerie bearing the name “de Clermont”, come from a vineyard from just east or Nantes. The grapes were donated to them and they were picked by friends. This is another “solidarity” project to help ensure they survive. From this vineyard of Gamay grapes they made Gamay de Clermont and Rosé de Clermont. Both are delicious, even more so knowing the story. We have two wines from their own vineyards. Voila la Groslot is a favourite. Made from Groslot Gris, it’s always tasted as if there was a little skin contact and this year there really is. It had one night of maceration prior to being pressed. With such a small quantity they used a beautiful old wooden-slatted vertical press. The other 2017 wine we have from the estate is Rien que Melon. This is, for us, the best vintage we have had of this wine. There’s an acidity to balance the mild sweetness of the Melon de Bourgogne that wasn’t in the 2015 vintage, the last one we had, that makes it quite compelling.
Freshness, acidity and a minerality characterise Marc Pesnot’s 2017 Folle Blanche, a wine that’s going to be a great match with seafood, especially oysters. These are old vines, all more than 60 years old and planted by Marc’s father. We also have La Bohême Extra Large, his most popular wine, made with his younger vines of Melon de Bourgogne. This is a special cuvée made with a blend of 2015, 2016 and 2017 juice. (It’s too complicated he says to explain the proportions but it’s a consequence of two devastating harvests in 2016 and 2017 because of late autumn frosts). Miss Terre 2017 (also Melon de Bourgogne) is from older vines is richer and more complex. 50% has 24 hours of carbonic maceration and the rest is direct pressed but slowly over 2 hours. And all of Nuitage 2016, the final Melon de Bourgogne, the most complex, has a night (18 hours) of carbonic maceration. After pressing this wine is aged in an underground tank.
All the Opi d’Aqui wines except the NV Fatal are from the 2017 vintage, and all made without added sulphites. Finally we have some Orangeade, a wine we’ve been trying to buy since we started working with Philippe Formentin, who is in the Languedoc, not far from Montpellier. This wine is always sold out before the remaining wines from the vintage are ready to ship but this year we made sure we reserved a small quantity, which he held for us until everything else was ready. It’s a blend of 60% Clairette, which was destemmed and macerated for 3 weeks, and 40% direct pressed Picpoul, which he added for freshness. It’s only lightly orange and holds up well over a couple of days.
We have two other new cuvées from Philippe. L'Éléphant Blanc is 100% Vermentino. The vines are young, only 5 years old, and the wine was briefly aged in old wood barrels. If you can lust after vines then Philippe has lusted after these ever since they were planted, partly because he spent quite a lot of time making wine in Corsica and loves this grape. The vines are actually owned by the same person who grows exclusively for him the Grenache used to make Massale and les Cliquets.
Fatal is in one litre bottles. Unlike all the other wines, it does not have organic certification but is from an organic vineyard. It’s had a complicated creation. It’s 50% Carignan from the 2013 vintage and 50% Grenache from 2014. Both had some carbonic maceration and the 2013 particularly proved quite difficult for many years. Patience has paid off. This is a fun wine. It’s light (12%) and juicy with just a touch of VA and is absolutely delicious, especially when served chilled. This is definitely a “park wine” and in these times of increasing prices great value considering it is a litre. We also have new vintages of his two light reds Massale (made with Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc) and Les Cliquets (Grenache Noir) and Mars Âne, which is 100% Marsanne and very fresh!
We have two wines from Julien this year both from the 2017 vintage. His Rosé Bohême is a particular favourite and last year we were able to buy so little it didn’t ever make it to our website. It’s a blend of Grenache (40%), Syrah 40%), and Mourvèdre (20%), uncompromisingly savoury, with plenty of texture and made with no added sulphites. Yum! Séraphin 2017, which is 100% Grenache, is also fresh and crunchy. Destemmed, like all Julien’s wines, it had only 2 weeks of maceration, making for a fresh wine that’s ready to drink. It would be a good substitute for anyone who missed out on ordering Sylvain Bock’s Neck this year, a wine which came and went in a couple of weeks.
With this list we’re also releasing three wines from Samuel Boulay in the Ardèche. Samuel may be the most lo-fi winemaker we work with. He even pumps without using electricity. And he lets his vineyards run almost wild, preferring not to plough and even seeing value in the blackberries growing at the edge of the vineyard (in addition to their eating qualities) because of the beneficial insects they attract. Needless to say all wines are made without added sulphites. We have three new wines from the 2016 vintage which have been bottled and rested for some time. Rappapéo is a blend of Roussanne and Viognier (50% each) and named after a wild plant which grows amongst the vines. It was bottled in July 2017 and was only recently shipped to us. Fricheti is a melange. The word refers to what you have when collect everything you might have in the fridge to make an impromptu picnic and this wine has Syrah, Alicante, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and Roussanne. It’s delicious served chilled but despite the presence of the white juice is more red than light red. The last one is Spigao, a very savoury red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, both of which were aged separately in tank prior to blending for bottling.
WHAT’S COMING NEXT MONTH
Early next month we will be receiving new wines from Le Temps des Cerises (Axel Prufer) and Alsace winemaker Jean Ginglinger as well as ciders from Julien Fremont. That’s it for the year. Early next year we’ll have vinegar from acclaimed La Guinelle, including one made with some barrels of Philippe Bornard’s oxidative Savagnin and after that a BIG shipment from most of our Jura producers.
October 2018 Newsletter Edition Now Available
The October Edition has lots of news for your entertainment. We have news about wines that have just arrived and more that are about to arrive in our next shipment, seven special packs including our popular sale pack and even a premium sale pack. We also have a story about some developments in the French appellation system, a story about what we are reading, watching and listening to about natural wines and the last in the series about natural wines and gut health.
To download the full edition of the October newsletter click on the link below:
Wine Talk Newsletter No 79
We have commenced the task of reviewing wine books that we find interesting. They are often about topics that impinge on natural wines such as terroir, healthy soils, winemaking techniques, appellations, the sense of taste and smell and related topics.
You can read these reviews by clicking on the link below:Wine Books
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