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Morgan Truchetet, Nuits-Saint-Georges

Morgan and Julie Truchetet took over their father’s domaine in 2019, becoming the 6th generation to work this small estate in Prémeaux-Prissy. In addition to making wine with his viticulturalist sister, Morgan also produces a small collection of his own eponymous cuvées, each showcasing particular terroirs to which he has a special attachment. Morgan’s vineyards are all in the process of organic conversion, plowing is by horse, and the vines are all hand-harvested. The winery work is all natural, with indigenous yeasts, gravity-fed transfers, and minimal use of sulfur.

Wines:

Morgan Truchetet Nuits-Saint-George “Les Topons”

 

For more information visit: Morgan Truchetet

Chapuis & Chapuis, Ladoix

Brothers Romaine and Jean-Guillaume Chapuis come from a long line of vignerons in Aloxe-Corton and grew up among the vines there on the family domaine. Romaine honed his skills working at a number of estates around the world, most notably with Philippe Pacalet, then returned to Burgundy to found his own domaine with brother Jean-Guillaume in 2009. The brothers don’t own any vines themselves, but lease a number of tiny plots in the region, doing all their own farming (organic, of course), everything from pruning to harvest. The parcels and yields are minute, and the cuvées are necessarily mini to microscopic. As small as the quantities are, the quality is undeniable. As Ian Cauble commented, “My advice? Commit the producer to memory and hoard as much of today’s sensational, small-batch burgundy as humanly possible.”

Please note that these wines are very limited.

For more information visit: Chapuis & Chapuis

Alice & Olivier de Moor, Chablis

Alice and Olivier de Moor’s wines are among the most sought-after Chablis in the world. Absolutely unique among Chablis in their richness, and yet they are still amazingly energetic and terroir-driven.

The winery is located in Courgis, and most of their vines are located here and in Saint-Bris. The vines are old, with some well past the century mark. All work in the vines by Olivier is organic, with hand-harvesting into small bins. In the winery, Alice’s province, work is minimal-intervention, with gravity flow, little to no sulfur, fermentations are all natural and take place mainly in neutral oak, with some use of stainless and amphora.

The couple’s Les Vendangeurs Masqués project began after several frost-affected vintages. The Vendangeurs wines come from fruit, juice, and/or finished wines made by the de Moor’s friends throughout France, from regions as far-flung as Alsace and Roussillon.

Please note that these wines are extremely limited.

For more information visit: Louis/Dressner

Jérémy Arnaud, Chablis

The young scion of an old chablisienne family, Jérémy Arnaud struck out on his own before even finishing school at Beaune. By that point, Arnaud had spent his childhood among the vines at his family’s estate (Domaine La Marquise) and done stints with Vincent Girardin, at Clerc Milon in Bordeaux, at a Champagne house in Epernay, all while immersed in the rigors of viticultural school. In 2015 an opportunity arose to purchase a 0.48 hectare plot in the premier cru Vau de Vey. Jérémy jumped at the chance and has never looked back.

Wines:

Jérémy Arnaud Chablis Premier Cru Vau de Vey

Please note that these wines are very limited.

For more information visit: Domaine Jérémy Arnaud

Thevenet Père et Fils, Pierrclos

Jean-Claude Thevenet took over responsibility for this family domaine in 1971 when their holdings were a mere three hectares. The domaine has been expanded to thirty hectares, with vineyards centered on their village of Pierreclos at the heart of the Mâconnais. In addition to working their own vineyards, the Thevenet family, for three generations, has also conducted a successful nursery business producing fine quality grape vines for many family-owned domaines in Burgundy and also in the Champagne district. The vineyard holdings now extend throughout Pierreclos and into the neighboring villages of Serrieres, Prissé, Bussieres and Milly-Lamartine. Chardonnay is the dominant grape and Gamay and Pinot Noir produce the red wines of the estate.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Thevenet Mâcon Pierreclos Blanc

Thevenet Crémant de Bourgogne

Thevenet Bourgogne Rouge “Bussières – Le Clos”

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Jean Manciat, Mâcon Charnay

Some of the Mâconnais coops that dominate the American marketplace produce millions of bottles. In contrast, Jean Manciat’s vineyards can be toured on foot in a few minutes (5.5 hectares). When Manciat took over his family estate, he replanted extensively but kept as many of the old vines as possible. All the picking at this estate is done by hand – a tradition totally lost here except at the best Mâcon estates. Jean Manciat prunes his Chardonnay vines in the Côte d’Or fashion (taille Guyot), leaving a shorter cane that is less productive. Manciat experiments with various agricultural techniques, such as sowing particular varieties of grass between rows, to eliminate the use of herbicides and alleviate soil erosion. Mâcon-Charnay Franclieu is made in stainless-steel vats to express the fruity, floral aromas and flinty minerality that characterize the best Chardonnay in the region. A stony yellow apple and citrus nose and palate with richness and intensity. Minerality that comes forth as it opens in the glass.

Wines:

Manciat Mâcon-Charnay “Franclieu”

For More Information Visit: Louis Dressner Selections

 

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Domaine Cheveau, Solutré

The cellars of the Domaine Cheveau are situated in the hamlet of Solutré-Pouilly in the heart of the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé. The domaine was established by André Cheveau in 1950. His efforts were followed by his son, Michel, and now Michel’s two sons, Nicolas and Julien are actively running this fourteen (14) hectare estate. The vineyard holdings are predominantly located in and around Solutré-Pouilly but extend as well into Davayé in the Maconnais and Saint Amour in the Beaujolais. The vineyards dedicated to Chardonnay are composed of the classic clay – limestone composition that provides the perfect ambience to produce the grand wines of Burgundy. The Gamay in the vineyards in Saint Amour, this famed cru in the Beaujolais, is planted essentially in sand, schist and granite. All harvesting at the Domaine Cheveau is done by hand and the wines are fermented and vinified parcel-by-parcel. Fermentation and aging is done either in barrel or stainless steel tank depending on the particular terroir of each site. Overall production is approximately 60,000 bottles per annum.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Cheveau Beaujolais Villages “Or Rouge”

Cheveau Pouilly-Fuissé “Les Trois Terroirs”

Cheveau Mâcon-Fuissé “Les Grandes Bruyeres”

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Meix-Foulot, Mercurey

The Domaine du Meix-Foulot has been in the hands of the de Launay family for multiple generations. Paul de Launay took the reins during the 1960s; his daughter Agnes joined the domaine and is now solely responsible for this exceptionally beautiful and historic estate. This is one of the most picturesque of Burgundian domaines, situated high on a hill overlooking the entirety of Mercurey and surrounded by the gently sloping vineyards of the estate. Meix-Foulot is also one of the most important domaines in Mercurey, in terms both of size and excellence, with an imposing collection of vineyards that capture the full range of this under-appreciated appellation.There are 20 hectares of vineyards, all sited within the confines of Mercurey. Ninety percent of the vines are planted to Pinot Noir, with the remainder is planted to Chardonnay.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Domaine du Meix-Foulot Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru

Domaine du Meix-Foulot Mercurey 1er Cru “Les Veleys”

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Hubert Lignier, Morey St. Denis

The Domaine Hubert Lignier is known for the concentration, depth and structure of their wines. Hubert’s son, Laurent, is the next generation of this proud estate and is following his father’s traditional practices to ensure the treasures coming from the family’s impressive vineyard holdings continue to exhibit the best of their appellations. The domaine owns 8.30 hectares principally in the villages of Morey Saint Denis (where their home and the cellars are located), Gevrey Chambertin and Chambolle Musigny. Recently, the Ligniers have expanded their holdings to include parcels in the appellations of Nuits Saint Georges and Pommard. The Ligniers follow the principles of “lutte raisonnée” (sensible combat) in their viticulture, using only organic compost when necessary and tilling the vineyard to obviate the use of herbicides. The thin, clay and limestone soil on the slopes is not conducive to vigorous growth, limiting the crop naturally. Sélection massale is the only method used to propagate vines, a tradition that gives an extra touch of complexity and character to the resulting wines. Traditional vinification practices are the core of their work: grapes are destemmed and fermentation takes place in open-top cement tanks that allow manual pigéage. Only natural yeasts are used. Laurent uses an extended cold soak maceration period prior to fermentation to allow greater extraction (contrary to his father who believes that the best extraction takes place during the alcoholic fermentation). Fermentation is rather long and generally lasts 15 to 20 days following the 5-day cold soak. The use of new oak for the élevage is carefully restrained. The wines of the village appellations usually spend 18 months in barrel while the Premier and Grand Crus remain in cask for 20 to 24 months before being bottled, all without fining or filtration.

These wines are generally very limited. Please inquire.

For More Information Visit: Rosenthal Wine Merchant

 

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Georges Lignier, Morey St-Denis

Georges Lignier is a cousin of Hubert, and while the two estates are clearly separate operations, they do share some of the greatest vineyards in and around Morey-Saint-Denis. That may be where the similarities end, as the delicate, subtle and seductive qualities of Domaine Georges Lignier are a fascinating contrast to the more intense and structured wines of Hubert Lignier.

The domaine is led by Benoit Stehly, nephew of Georges Lignier, who worked at the domaine for a decade alongside his uncle, before assuming control of the work in both the vineyard and the cellar in 2008. His approach is very traditional, as he seeks to achieve maximum aromatic concentration, above nearly all other characteristics, including structural or color concentration. To achieve this, techniques such as a slightly later harvest and 80% destemming are employed. At the Villages level, the wines are raised in older barrels, while the 1er Crus see 30% new oak, and the Grand Crus 50% new oak. A vein of seductive elegance runs throughout the full range of wines, inviting a complex and beautiful conversation with each glass. The sensitive palate will thoroughly enjoy this approach, a statement of respect for the grandest of traditions in Burgundy and a sublime expression of the terroir underlying some of the most renowned sites in the Cote de Nuits. Since 2010 the wines are neither fined nor filtered.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Georges Lignier Chambolle Musigny

Georges Lignier Gevrey Chambertin

Georges Lignier Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru “Clos des Ormes”

Georges Lignier Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Combottes”

For More Information Visit: Rosenthal Wine Merchant

 

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