RARE, LIMITED, ALLOCATED WINES
These wines can be drunk now or aged further. We only have a few bottles, and we’re selling them off at really low prices, so get them while you can!
NV Champagne Georges Laval Garennes Extra Brut
(average retail $80.00)
Georges Laval is a deep-rooted family Champagne house, with documented vineyard-growing activity by the family as far as 1694. This is a small domaine with only 2,5 hectares, and it is organicly farmed since 1971 (it's even in byodynamy for a while), and given the record in this regard elsewhere in Champagne (and the difficult weather conditions), that is quite exceptional. Before that time, the family was selling the grapes to the négoce.
This Champagne is a new product from Georges Laval. 90% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir, a fairly atypical blend. The Meunier is from the 2015 vintage, harvested from Chambrecy. The Pinot Noir comes from Chambrecy and Cumieres.
Fermentation and refining occurs in French oak. Only 1 g/L of sugar in the dosage.
2014 Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens 'Les Clous' - Loire, France
(average retail $18.00)
For Thierry Michon, the gregarious force behind one of the Loire's best-kept secrets, Domaine Saint Nicolas, it's all about the soil. Working on schist and silex a stone's throw away from the Atlantic, Thierry is the prophet of biodynamics in this tiny viticultural area. His vineyards never see a non-organic product. He has slowly purchased buffer zones all around his property to prevent chemical products from other winemakers from seeping into his parcels. For him, biodynamics isn't a pragmatic consideration, it's a religion.
"Lovely powdered ginger and cardamom notes lead the way, followed by salted butter, blanched almond and nectarine flavors. The long, stylish finish has nice, latent minerality. Very fine." - Wine Spectator
2015 Antica Terra 'Coriolis' Pinot Noir - Willamette, Oregon
(average retail $52.00)
Antica Terra is an 11 acre vineyard located on a rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The first vines were planted here in 1989 in a clearing within the oak savannah. Winemaker Maggie Harrison worked for nine wonderful and life-changing vintages at the iconic winery Sine Qua Non. In 2004, she started her own Syrah project in Santa Barbara called Lillian.
In 2005, Maggie was asked to offer her opinion about the qualities of the Antica Terra vineyards site. Twenty-six seconds after arriving among the oaks, fossils, and stunted vines, she found herself hunched beneath one of the trees, phone in hand, explaining to her husband that they would be moving to Oregon.
Coriolis offers high toned red and black berry scents are complemented by notes of cola, white pepper and cocoa nib. Silky and supple, offering spicy black raspberry, cherry and strawberry flavors that open up slowly with air. Finishes with silky, harmonious tannins and excellent persistence.