August 2023

The Future of Burgundy Lies in Lesser-Known Areas: To Mitigate Climate Change, Boris Champy Is Convinced Higher Elevation and Vineyrad Orientation Hold Some of The Answers. (4-Bottle Pack $259)

“The best fertilizer is the winemaker’s shadow.” Nowhere does this aphorism hold truer than in Nantoux, Burgundy, where Boris Champy carries on an endless quest to reveal the soul of each vineyard plot, the spirit of each grape variety and…

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Posted on 2023.08.30 in Côte de Beaune, France, Burgundy, Wine-Aid Packages  |  Read more...

 

If It’s Still Champagne, Is It Still Champagne? Terroir-Focus, Climate Change and Rise of New-Wave Producers Ignite Excitement For Still Winemaking in Champagne. + Champagne Clandestin ‘Elegant Champagne With a Burgundian Accent.’

If it’s still Champagne, is it still Champagne? If the label says ‘Coteaux Champenois’, it most certainly is. This AOP, dedicated entirely to non-effervescent wine from Champagne, may be red, white or rosé, although the lion’s share is red—Bouzy rouge…

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Posted on 2023.08.19 in Coteaux Champenois, France, Champagne  |  Read more...

 

Cabernet vs Merlot: Varietal Character is Important, Of Course, But Affected by Vine’s Soil and Climate as Manifest in 13 Appellations Spanning Bordeaux Left & Right Banks (Left-Bank 7-Bottle Package $329) (Right-Bank 6-Bottle Package $269)

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the horse and carriage of the wine world—the sizzling synergetic symbol of Bordeaux where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The two grapes are half-siblings who share a common parent, Cabernet…

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Posted on 2023.08.10 in Graves, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Haut-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Moulis-en-Médoc, Pauillac, Fronsac, Saint-Estephe, Côtes de Bordeaux, Saint Julien, Margaux, Pessac-Léognan, France, Bordeaux, Wine-Aid Packages  |  Read more...

 

Appraising The Mâconnais: A Quartet of Elite Producers Show What Southern Burgundy is Capable of, and Deliver Cut and Tension in Warm Vintages. Four White Packages By Four Growers

The Mâconnais is sprawling (the largest white wine producing region in Burgundy); the Mâconnais is inclusive (red, white and rosé wines may all wear the Mâcon label); the Mâconnais is ancient (Mâcon was a major crossroads in Roman times, where…

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Posted on 2023.08.03 in Mâconnais, France, Wine-Aid Packages  |  Read more...

 

The Champagne Society August 2023 Selection: Champagne Pascal Lejeune

Champagne Pascal Lejeune’s Terroir Fundamentals Preserving a Place’s Details and a Vine’s Finger Print in a Single Premier Cru Village The Coteaux Sud d’Épernay Premier Cru Pierry In Two Bottles ($97) Champagne Pascal Lejeune ‘N°4 – OXYMORE’  Blanc de Noirs…

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Posted on 2023.08.01 in France, Saturday Sips Review Club, The Champagne Society, Champagne  |  Read more...

 


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