We recently received a shipment containing wines from Alice and Olivier de Moor, Dominique Belluard, Champagne Piollot, Domaine Milan, Domaine Derain and Sextant (Julien Altaber), Jean-Pierre Robinot, the Mosse family and Domaine de la Garrelière. It substantially replenishes our depleted portfolio.
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De Moor – Burgundy
As always, the beautiful de Moor wines sold very quickly but we still have a small number of bottles of the delicious Le Vendangeur Masqué AOC Caravan 2017, which is made from Clairette, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Sauvignon Gris they have bought from friends, some from the south and some from Alsace, and some of their own Aligoté.
Milan – Provence
Most of the Domaine Milan wines are in very small quantities but we do have a good supply of the Nouveau 2018, which is a delicious wine designed to be drunk now (100% Mourvedre). There is also a good supply of Brut Nature Rosé 2017, a sparkling rosé made with Grenache, Mourvedre, and Alicante. It’s not a pet-nat – it’s Méthode Traditionelle, but without added sulphites or dosage. Everything else is very limited, including Luna & Gaïa, our first orange wine from Milan. It’s a blend of Rolle (mainly), Chardonnay, Roussanne, and Muscat à Petit Grain.
Dominique Belluard – Savoie
Thanks to a difficult 2017 we don’t have all the usual cuvées from Dominique. The biggest absence is Pur Jus, which he didn’t made. But that has allowed us to stock up on Les Alpes and Le Feu, both of which we should have for some time. There is also a good supply of Les Perles du Mont-Blanc 2015, one of our favourite sparkling wines.
Mosse – Loire
We usually get a couple of shipments from the Mosses each year and maybe this year there will be three. This one is predominantly Moussamoussettes 2018, this year a blend of Pineau d’Aunis and Grolleau Noir and maybe more drinkable that ever and Chenin 2017 (what used to be Anjou Blanc). We’re very pleased with the pricing for these wines. We also have very limited numbers of the 2017 single vineyard cuvées including Le Rouchefer, and Les Bonnes Blanches. And there is a special cuvée, Marie-Besnard, from 2015, which spent two years in barrel before bottling and then almost another two years in bottle. It’s one of the Bs that is usually in Initials BB (the other is Bonnes Blanches) but they thought it sufficiently special to keep it separate in 2015. “It’s not a wine for young people” according to René. That’s more what Nostromo is, made with 100% Carignan with grapes Sylvestre Mosse harvested in Corbières. It had a short 1 week maceration and is very juicy but not a driving wine.
Jean-Pierre Robinot – Loire
We have nine new cuvées of Jean-Pierre’s wines, including just-disgorged 2018 Fêtembulles, his Chenin Blanc pet-nat and 2017 Le Regard, a lovely light Pineau d’Aunis designed to be drunk young. We also have, more for keeping, Lumière des Sens and Nocturne 2017, also both made with Pineau d’Aunis. There is a reasonable amount of Bistrologie, the Chenin Blanc made from the younger vines, and also two vintages of Iris (2016 and 2017) and some Charmes 2017. They are all very limited.
Domaine de la Garrelière – Loire
The bulk of this shipment is everybody’s happy Gamay Gamay Sans Tra La La 2018, which we were lucky to get because it sold out so quickly.We also have some 2018 Rosé de la Cabane, which is 100% Cabernet Franc, a quite serious pet-nat Milliard d’Etoiles 2017 (Chenin Blanc and direct press Cabernet Franc) and some Cendrillon 2017, which is made from their oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines.
Domaine Derain and Sextant (Julien Altaber) – Burgundy
As always when we have wine from Julien Altaber (including now Domaine Derain, Dominique Derain’s former domaine which Julien and his partner Carole have bought) there are the classics and the wild and often unfamiliar ones. Most are from the 2017 vintage. You’ll find Julien’s classic-ish 2017 Bourgogne Blanc, Bourgogne Rouge and Bourgogne Aligoté.
You’ll find Derain’s 2017 Bourgogne Le Ban, Bourgogne La Combe, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly, and Gevrey-Chambertin En Vosne. The latter are definitely wines for cellaring. We also have the very fresh Allez Goutons Blanc from the 2018 vintage.
But then there are a whole host of more experimental wines to discover (all from 2017) including Skin Bull, macerated Aligoté made as a pet-nat and Po à Po which is a still macerated Aligoté (it used to be called Skin Contact), MaMaMia, which is macerated Pinot Gris, and Clin d’Oeil 2017, which is macerated Viognier with some direct press Gamay. Ecume is a pet-nat which is a blend of Aligoté and Gamay and Métisse is the fresh and juicy Gamay we receive each year. But the most unexpected wine is the Derain Las Nubes 2018, a Pinot Noir made by Dominique in Chile! It’s very light, almost rosé like to taste, not surprising as it’s a combination of a maceration of whole grapes, some destemmed and some whole bunch, with some run-off juice (saignée) allowed initially to ferment separately but then, added to finish its fermentation, with the juice after the macerated grapes were pressed.
Causse Marines – Gaillac
We’re very, very happy that Patrice and Virginie decided to make Graine de Folie (a sweet wine made with Mauzac) again in 2018 after indicating a couple of years ago that they were going to give it up. It’s not too sweet and in a 50cl bottle. We have Peyrouzelles 2018 and Les Greilles 2017.
Champagne Piollot – Champagne
Finally, there is the welcome return of the Piollot Reserve Champagne, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It’s a blend of the 2015 and 2016 vintage and the bottles were disgorged late last year. (There are also a few magnums disgorged in February this year.) We also have limited quantities of some special vintage cuvées, all of which are Non Dosage – Come des Tallants 2015 (Pinot Noir disgorged last November), Colas Robin 2014 (Pinot Blanc disgorged last July) and Champs Rayés 2012 (Chardonnay disgorged in December 2017)