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In the Cellar

Champagne Laherte Freres NV 'Nature de Craie' Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru 165

Sparkling Chardonnay | Vallée de la Marne- Champagne, France

Founded in 1889, Jean-Baptiste Laherte set up their family estate planting most of the vines himself in Chavot.  The estate has grown over generations and it is now run by the 6th and 7th generations.  They work as naturally as possible in the vineyard and winery, and spend their year fully dedicated to observing, feeling, tasting, listening and touching their vines, carefully monitoring their development.  Chalky soils, hand harvested and malolactic fermentation, this wine is everything you want and more from a blanc de blancs.

Champagne Solemme 2015 Premier Cru 'Ambre de Solemme"  150

Sparkling Pinot Meunier | Montagne de Reims- Champagne, France

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.  

Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot NV Tradition  130

Sparkling Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay | Montagne de Reims- Champagne, France

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.

Jean Pascal Aubron 2019 Muscadet Cuvée Elégance 60

Melon | Muscadet Sèvre et Maine- Loire Valley, France

Grown on a crumbly type of granite known as Gabbro, the roots for these vines dig deep.  Fermented in stainless steel then in glass-lined underground tanks for 6-10  months on the lees.  Flowery and briny, this wine is the definition of terroir-driven.  Seafood wine, indeed, with an intense minerality and striking acidity to balance it all out perfectly.

Francine Bachelier 2019 Chablis Réserve Du Sanglier  80

Chardonnay | Chablis- Burgundy, France

Domaine Francine Bachelier is home to some of the most outstanding vineyards in the heart of Chablis.  Chablis is unoaked Chardonnay that aims to reflect the chalk and kimmeridgian soils as well as the style itself of the appellation.  apple blossoms and green herbs for days.  Mouth coating texture balanced by its high acid.  Absolutely beautiful expression of Chablis.

Domaine Gilles Noblet 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé La Collonge  75

Chardonnay | Mâconnais- Burgundy, France

Sustainable Chardonnay out of the heart of the southern Mâconnais.  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, lasting finish.

Jean-Philippe Fichet 2020 Bourgogne Côte D'Or  80

Chardonnay | Côte D'Or- Burgundy, France

This practicing Organic winery uses no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.  Grapes are hand-harvested and go through malolactic fermentation in barrel as well as 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 | Touraine- Loire Valley, France

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 | Alsace, France

Orange Riesling from the Arbois region of Jura, France?  Sign us 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 notes of deep stone fruits and citrus zest.  Soft, pleasant tannins and beautiful acidity round out this beauty.

Domaine Henri Delagrange 2018 Clos Des Chênes Volnay Premier Cru  150

Pinot Noir | Volnay- Burgundy, France

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 | Juliénas- Beaujolais, France

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 | Fleurie- Beaujolais, France

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 | Bandol- Provence, France

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 Viret 2016 'Renaissance' Rouge 70

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan | Southern Rhône- Rhône, France

Organic and biodynamic wine growers, the Viret family uses 'cosmoculture' to make natural wines throughout their estate.  Everything is organized so that both vines and wines are able to draw on their own natural defenses.  This Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan blend ferments naturally in concrete and undergoes a 45 day long maceration.  After that it spends nearly four years in concrete with no added sulfites.  Ripe and fully controlled fruits unfurling onto a vibrant and spicy palate.  This is an extremely terroir driven, beautiful wine.

Château Kirwan 2018 3ème Grand Cru Classé 120

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot | Margaux- Bordeaux, France

A challenging year with lots of rain in the winter through early summer and dry, hot weather the rest of the season.  This led to early harvest to keep the grapes at their ripest, and an extremely beautiful, luxurious vintage.  A Classified 3rd Growth, this Margaux is hand harvested and sorted (it took them 3 weeks because of the challenging weather and an abundance of grapes), and aged for 19 months in 65% new oak casks.  Elegant and rich with black cherry, blackberry, spicy aromas of sweet pepper and cinnamon.  Smooth and creamy with subtle notes of vanilla from the aging.

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