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Louis-Claude Desvignes

Claude-Emmanuelle Desvignes took over the estate from her father, Louis-Claude, in 2001. Together with her brother, Louis-Benoît, she has since converted the vineyards completely to organic viticulture. Representing the 8th generation of Desvignes to grow wine in Morgon, the two own 13 hectares of vines in the district, with an average vine age of 70 years. All of their vineyards are in Morgon, with 3 hectares in the Côte du Py and a parcel of Jarvenières at the foot of the Côte du Py.

Wines :

Louis-Claude Desvignes Morgon La Vôute Saint-Vincent

Louis-Claude Desvignes Morgon Javernières

For More Information Visit: Louis Dressner

 

Gravner

Wine lovers understandably zoom in on Josko Gravner’s use of Georgian amphorae and the months-long macerations that his white wines receive. Often forgotten is the fact that the specific methods Gravner uses in his cellar are only one part of the story. After all, Gravner was a very highly-regarded vigneron well before his 2001 conversion to traditional Friulian/Slovenian methods.

As with all great wines, the heart of every Gravner wine is in the vineyards, not the winery. These are steep, terraced sites with clay, sandstone, and marine sediment terroir. The vineyards are not merely tended by hand, the entire environment in and around the vines has been carefully managed to coexist harmoniously with nature. Roughly half of the property remains forested, trees (everything from olives to apples to cypress) are even dispersed among the vines, and ponds have been dug among the largest plots. Josko recognizes that viticulture is by necessity monoculture, and so he tries to correct that imbalance by bringing nature directly to the vineyards.

In the winery, of course, there are Gravner’s famous terra cotta amphorae, buried in the ground and sealed with beeswax. The whites receive long macerations (usually 5-7 months), even longer aging in large neutral oak (6 or more years), and then a further year or more in bottle. Naturally, only indigenous yeast is used, and sulfur is the only rare addition.

These are special, extraordinary, and often very challenging wines. They are also very limited.

Wines:

“Bianco Breg”

Ribolla Gialla

“Rosso Breg”

“Rosso Rujno”

For More Information Visit: Rosenthal Wine Merchant

 

Thistledown Wines

Thistledown was founded by Fergal Tynan and Giles Cooke, two Masters of Wine intent on seeking out the best cooler climate, old-vine vineyards they could find in Australia. They settled on building the winery in the Adelaide Hills appellation, but source fruit from other regions as well, principally Barossa and McLaren Vale. With an emphasis on 125+ year-old Grenache vines, these two MWs, along with winemaker Peter Leske, are now producing some of the most profound, terroir-focused wines Down Under.

Wines:

Thistledown “Thorny Devil” Grenache

Thistledown “The Cunning Plan” Shiraz

Thistledown “The Vagabond” Grenache

 

For More Information Visit: Thistledown Wines

 

Slavček, Vipava

From Franc Vodopivec’s family estate, which has be producing wine on the same property for more than 200 years. Originally named Slavčevih, nightingale in Slovenian, the estate is set principally on the marl terroir of the Vipava Valley. The vineyards are managed organically (not certified), with an emphasis on integrating the land into the natural environment with as minimal an impact as possible.

Wines:

Slavček Sivi Pinot (Pinot Grigio)

Slavček “Cuvée Belo”

For More Information Visit: Indie Wineries

 

Galena (Domini de la Cartoixa)

Clos Galena was founded by Merche Dalmau and her late husband, Miguel Pérez. From the outset, the estate has been managed organically (certified) and sustainably, with every potential impact examined carefully and mitigated wherever possible. The estate has 11 hectares of vines and was originally established by the monks of Scala Dei in the Middle Ages. The vines are set on Priorat’s classic llicorella terroir, on hillsides and terraces, depending on varietal.

Wines:

Cartoixa “Formiga de Galena” Priorat

Cartoixa “Galena” Priorat

For More Information Visit: Clos Galena

 

Bodegas Estefanía (Tilenus)

Bodegas Estefanía is made up of approximately 40 hectares of 100+ year-old vineyards, with the vast majority planted with bush vine Mencia varietal on steep south facing slopes. The property is a spectacular natural biosphere, with every type of bird, as well as rabbits and wild boar roaming freely.

Winemaker Raúl Pérez, who is from Bierzo, cut his teeth on Tilenus. Since then he has become acclaimed as one of the finest winemakers in Spain. But Bodegas Estefanía remains one of his favorite projects, and he returns every year to blend the wine from each of the vineyards that he has know since he was a young man.

Wines:

Tilenus Bierzo Mencia Roble

Tilenus Bierzo Mencia “Ecologico”

For More Information Visit: MG Wines Group

 

Fermí Bohigas

The Bohigas family can trace its roots at the same site in Catalonia to the 13th century. The latest chapter of the story really began in the 1930s when the great-uncle of the current owner began making cava at the estate. This state of the art, gravity fed winery sits at Òdena, in the Anoia river valley. about 50 km northwest of Barcelona. The current owner, Jordi Casanovas Bohigas tends to 110 acres of vines planted with 10 varieties.

Wines:

Bohigas Cava Brut Reserva NV

Bohigas Cava Brut Rosat NV

Bohigas Xarel-lo

For More Information Visit: Fermí Bohigas

 

Danila Pisano

Danila Pisano works from less than a hectare of vines, a figure that seems tiny (and it is) until you look at the steepness of the hill that her terraced vineyard is set upon. With just one or two rows of old vines per terrace, it is a monumental task to take care of the site, but Danila and her boyfriend Tino manage it mostly on their own. The vines here vary in age, as they’ve been re-planted piecemeal over the years, but the oldest date to the early 1930s. Danila has worked organically since founding the estate in 1990, it was certified in 1996.

Wines:

Danila Pisano Rossese di Dolceaqua

Danila Pisano Rossese di Dolceaqua “Vigneto Savoia”

For More Information Visit: Louis/Dressner

 

Château Combel-la-Serre, Cahors

Julien Ilbert is one of the young guns busy redefining Cahors. Growing from 25 hectares of vines and making his own wine since 2005, Julien has made his mark on the appellation. His vineyards are organic certified and planted exclusively to Auxerrois (aka Malbec), with no use of Bordeaux varietals. These are extraordinary wines with youthful verve and freshness, while still honoring the depth and power that are traditionally the signatures of Cahors.

 

Core Wines (others may be available, please inquire):

Combel-La-Serre Cahors “Pur Fruit du Causse”

Combel-La-Serre Cahors “Chateau Cuvée”

For More Information Visit: Louis/Dressner

 

Domaine Lionnet

This tiny domaine is owned by Ludovic Izerable, and his wife Corinne Lionnet, whose family has been growing grapes in the village of Cornas since 1575. Corinne took control of the domaine in 2003 when her father, Pierre, retired and she and Ludovic now run the show.

The domaine is only 2.2 hectares, and the vineyards are organically farmed and are certified by “Ecocert”. The vineyards are divided into four separate parcels across four distinct lieu-dits: Mazards, Combes, Chaillot and Brugeres. The vines are all between the ages of 40 and 100 years, with each parcel harvested and vinified separately.

 

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Lionnet Cornas “Terre Brulée”

For More Information Visit: Rosenthal Wine Merchant

 

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