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In the Cellar

Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot NV Tradition  130

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Biodynamic Champagne from an 8th generation winery in the slopes of Montagne de Reims.  

Creamy mouth coating texture with apple, apricot and orange zest.  Minerality imparted from the chalky soils and uplifting acidity demonstrate how terroir-driven this wine really is.

Champagne Solemme 2015 Premier Cru 'Ambre de Solemme"  150

100% Pinot Meunier

Catherine and Olivier Langlais took over this family vineyard in 2006.  Their sensitivity to the natural environment led them to change their winemaking techniques to fully organic in 2010.  This 100% Pinot Meunier is zero dosage (no sugar), crisp with fruit on the front with a sleek, tight bubbled mouth feel.  

Roger & Christophe Moreux 2021 Sancerre Les Monts Damnés 90

Sauvignon Blanc

Les Monts Damnés or "the damn mountains"- sustainable Sauvignon blanc coming from one of the greatest appellation sites in Sancerre.  a rounder, fuller expression of Sauvignon Blanc, yet crisp and citrusy all at the same time.  Orchard and tropical fruits, citrus and balancing minerality.

Domaine Gilles Noblet 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé La Collonge  75

Chardonnay

Sustainable Chardonnay out of the heart of the southern Maconnais.  Gilles Noblet uses meticulous winemaking to show their vineyard characteristics with a touch of oak.  This Pouilly-Fuissé is a high quality expression of what beautifully oaked Chardonnay can be.  Pear, honey and acacia flowers, a touch of spice, lemon zest and a round finish that is not to be missed.

Jean-Philippe Fichet 2020 Bourgogne Côte D'Or  80

Chardonnay

This practicing Organic winery uses no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.  Grapes are hand-harvested and fermentations go through malolactic fermentation in barrel, and stainless steel tanks.  His grapes come from 6 parcels in the village of Mersault with clay and limestone soils.  Bright minerality cuts through the weight of the fruit and the oak, creating a balanced, white Burgundy to remember.

François Pinon 2018 Vouvray Silex Noir  75

Chenin Blanc

Silex Noir, named for the rare, black-flint soils of these vines.  Lees aging for 5 months with a variety of oak aging after spontaneous fermentation that stops naturally in Pinon's cold cellar carved into the tuffeau hillside.  Orchard fruits, baked apples and pears with bright uplifting acidity make this Vouvray perfect for the chillier weather.

Domaine de L'Octavin 2018 Roi des Cepages 90

Skin Contact Riesling

Orange Riesling from the Arbois region of Jura, France?  Sign me up.  Alice Bouvot owns several small plots in the region, and is Demeter Biodynamic certified.  Wild grass, weeds, insects and animals all thrive on her land, creating its own lively ecosystem.  This Riesling has 60% of the grapes macerate on the skins for 8 weeks before being pressed to join the other 40% that were direct pressed into the tank.  This creates a pleasant orange wine, with lnotes of deep stone fruits and citrus zest.  Soft, pleasant tannins and beautiful acidity round out this beauty.

René Bouvier 2019 Marsannay Clos du Roy  100

Pinot Noir

This family run winery seeks to capture what the grapes give naturally, without forcing the potential of the terroir- just letting it happen.  This beautiful Pinot is one such wine.  Black cherry on the nose with notes of iris, violet and pepper spices.  Mineral intensity bursts to the palate with a persistent and saline finish.

Domaine Henri Delagrange 2018 Clos Des Chênes Volnay Premier Cru  150

Pinot Noir

In 2017, Alexis Delagrange, the eldest son of the family lineage of Domaine Delagrange took over the helm of the winery.  Inspired by his education in the New World, and while also attached to his roots, Alexis brings a new perspective of modernity and tradition to this winery, one of progress and respect for the land.  Clos des Chênes is one of the most notable Vineyards in Volnay.  This Pinot is delicate, with scents of violets, followed by red berries and cherries and sweet spices.  Silky and velvety tannins round out this bottle that'll leave you talking about it the rest of the evening.

Armand Heitz 2020 Juliénas Cru Beaujolais 70

Gamay

This estate dates all the way back to 1857, and their appellations extend from Beaune to Chasssagne-Montrachet.  In 2011, Armand Heitz took over the winery and in 2018, he set out to conquer Beaujolais, Juliénas, one of Beaujolais Crus no less.  Using environmental sustainability to run his farms and regenerative agriculture and permaculture as well, This vineyard truly makes wine as close to nature as possible.  Silky and inviting with notes of black cherry, violets and wild herbs.

Thibault Ducroux 2020 Fleurie  90

Gamay

Thibault Ducroux is the son of a Beaujolais grower and became passionate about doing the same at a young age.  The game changer to how he approached winemaking came when he discovered the world of Jules Chauvet, the father of the French natural wine movement.  The 2020 is his first ever vintage of Fleurie Cru Beaujolais!  Floral and fresh with bright fruit up front and a vivid, lasting finish.

Château Pradeaux 2017 Bandol Rouge 85

Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault

Château Pradeaux is situated on the Mediterranean Ocean between Toulon and Marseilles.  The Portalis family has owned this since before the French Revolution, cultivating their grapes in as natural a manner as possible, using organic methods. The Bandol Rouge is a blend of their younger plantings of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault.  Two years in large oak casks aging harmonizes the fruit and the earth beautifully.  It's juicy, with hints of leather and black fruit.  It's serious and seriously delicious.

Domaine de Montvac 2019 'Adage' Gigondas 85

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

Founded in 1860, Domaine de Montvac has been a mother daughter project for the past three generations, Cécile Dusserre is the current winemaker.  Certified Organic, the cooler temps help keep the vines free of humidity and disease, while concentrating them at the same time.  She is a classical ballet dancer (hence the names of the wines), and prefers a lighter touch in the winemaking process- not crushing the fruit but destemming the clusters, with spontaneous fermentations. Céciles 'Adage' blends together the ample ripeness of her fruit with allspice, clove and pepper.  It's fuller bodied and rich with a lingering finish that feels velvety all the way down.

Château Saint-Goerges 2018 Bordeaux  110

Right Bank- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Once a walled fortress, this Château sits atop a prominent hillside overlooking St. Emilion and Montagne.  Their grapes planted in 1950 have thrived there, producing rich, ripe wines that are supple and fruity yet well-structured.  This Right Bank Bordeaux is well balanced with silky tannins, black and red fruits, plum cassis and cedar.  Beautifully balanced and not too heavy.

Château Laroque 2016 Margaux  120

Left Bank- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

This Château is one of the few independent Châteax left in Margaux as many properties have been bought by larger classified ones.  It is a small property producing highly finessed wines.  Plum and black currants start you off on this wine, with tobacco and earthy undertones to follow.  full-bodied, spicy, savory and fruity all balanced into one delicious glass.