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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

 

Château Simone

Located just south of Aix-en-Provence, Château Simone is set on twenty hectares of vineyards on limestone terroir. The special microclimate of this appellation is influenced by the encircling pine forests, the mass of Mont Sainte-Victoire, and the Arc River. The vineyards were reconstituted after the invasion of phylloxera and many vines are over a century old. The Rougiers maintain the particular vinification methods developed and cherished over many decades.

All of the grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, lightly pressed and fermented for 15 to 20 days in small wooden vats with only wild yeast, then put into small foudre to rest on the lees. The white is predominantly Clairette, with small amounts of Grenache Blanc and Ugni Blanc, and a dash of Bourboulenc, Muscat Blanc, Picpoul, Furmint and Sémillon. Fermentation takes place at a relatively warm 68 degrees and aged for one year in 20–30 hl casks then one year in older barrels. The red is an elegant wine of great depth composed of Grenache and Mourvèdre and small additions of Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castet, Manosquin, Théoulier, Tibouren, Picpoul Noir and Muscat de Hambourg. The rosé is the exact same blend.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Château Simone Pallette Blanc

Château Simone Pallette Rosé

Château Simone Pallette Rouge

For More Information Visit: Rosenthal Wine Merchant

 

Domaine Girard, Sancerre

The Girard family tends 12 hectares of vines in total, sell some cuvées to négoçants and bottle only a portion of their production under their own name. Their La Garenne cuvée comes from a 2.5-hectare vineyard of that name, a plot on a steep east-facing slope with a very rocky limestone soil. The chalky soil brings out the characteristic flinty, mineral and green notes of Sauvignon Blanc. On La Garenne’s well-drained, warm slopes, the grapes achieve exceptional ripeness and fruit.

The Girards have an impeccable cuverie and vinify with modern technology: a pneumatic press, stainless-steel vats, a temperature control system during fermentation, and an air-conditioned space for aging in vats and stocking bottles. They counterbalance technology by practicing old-fashioned vineyard work, where herbicides and treatments are used sparingly, and by never adding commercial yeasts to induce fermentation or add flavors.

 

Wines:

Domaine Girard “La Garenne” Sancerre

 

Domaine de Bellivière, Jasnières

Eric Nicolas, a city kid without any roots in either the region or in agriculture, developed a passion for vines and wines, and after studying oenology, he looked in the Loire to acquire vineyards, mainly because he had met several passionate winemakers there. Eric and his wife Christine found an estate with some vines, but mostly grazing fields, trees and grains. They nurtured the existing old vines and did a lot of planting, to get to their current 14 hectares, scattered over the territory of 6 villages. They now use sélection massale (cuttings from old vines) rather than clones, and plant at a density of 9,300 vines per hectare.

Located about 30 miles north of the city of Tours, the Jasnières and Coteaux-du-Loir AOC’s (37 and 48 hectares respectively) are isolated at the edges of three provinces: Maine, Anjou and Touraine. They are also the most northern viticultural areas in the west of France (in the east, only Chablis, Champagne and Alsace are further north).

Wines (note that these can be very limited):

Domaine de Bellivière Les Rosiers Jasnières

Domaine de Belliviere Confluence Blanc

VDFDomaine de Belliviere Castor Rouge VDF

 

 

Les Matheny

Born and bred in the Jura, Elise and Emeric Foléat began Les Matheny in 2007, and their holdings today encompass three and a half hectares of vines spread among Arbois, Montigny-les-Arsures, and Poligny. In the rustic old farmhouse they converted into a winery, thoughtful experimentation rooted in local tradition is their operative philosophy. Giving concession neither to easy marketability nor to the notion of a “product line,” the Foléats take each harvest as it comes, vinifying and aging certain parcels separately if the notion strikes them, keeping a cask or two under voile for an extra-long time if the underlying material proves worthy, and topping up their barrels occasionally, partially, and based purely on taste and instinct. While both enologist and marketer alike may consider Les Matheny a baffling operation, those who value character in wine will find a deep well of authenticity and beauty here.

 

These wines are very limited. Please inquire.

For More Information Visit: Rosenthal Wine Merchant

 

Domaine Pêcheur

Domaine Pecheur began producing wine in 1976 from a single hectare of vineyards. Located in Darbonnay, in the Cotes du Jura appellation. The domaine now extends over eight hectares with vineyards primarily situated on the hillside slopes of the villages of Darbonnay and Passenans with an extension into the fabled town of Voiteur for the production of Chateau Chalon.

The vineyards are planted to the classic Jura mix of grape types: Chardonnay, Savagnin, Ploussard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir. The average age of the vineyards varies from between 35 to 50 years. The grapes destined to produce the Crémant and the still white wines, aside from the Vin Jaune and the Chateau Chalon, are planted to rocky, pebbly soil rich in dolomite. The red grape varieties are planted on soil of “marne rouges” (red marlstone). The Savagnin harvested for purposes of production of Vin Jaune and Chateau-Chalon is planted to the classic and required “marne bleu”.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Pêcheur Cremant du Jura Blanc NV

Pêcheur Côtes du Jura Poulsard

Pêcheur Côtes du Jura “Cuvée des Trois Cépages”

For More Information Visit: Rosenthal Wine Merchant

 

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