Hello Wine Lover,
Superb 2014 Beaujolais-Villages Gamay from Clotaire Michal! We are really excited about what is coming from this tiny property in Beaujolais. These are wines of perfect ripeness, cutting edge acidity, and ideal Beaujolais alcohol levels at 12%. Monumental Beaujolais that are about brilliant ruby color, perfume, and texture. 2014 as a vintage is shaping up as a classic, with wines that are lively, medium-bodied, food friendly and call you back for another sip. Both of today’s wines go for under $25 before any case discount. I strongly suggest you buy a case or two.
Clotaire has over a decade of winemaking under his belt. Five of those years were under the tutelage of extraordinary Cornas winemaker Theirry Allemand. Theirry remains a great friend and source of inspiration for Clotaire. From 2008 until 2012 Clotaire was also making his own wine in the Northern Rhone in St. Joseph. His wines were well regarded, but he wasn’t enamored with his terroir. Because the cost of more vaunted Northern Rhone sites left Clotaire wanting, he picked up and decided to look further afield. After an eight-month period of reflection and exploration that took him to places like the Jura and Perpignan, he found what he was looking for in Beaujolais. A magnificent site with just over three hectares of old, older and oldest vineyards.
Clotaire’s vineyards, set on a classic mix of pink granite, sand and quartz, are a mere stones throw from the Beaujolais Cru of Brouilly, just east of the town of St. Etienne la Varenne. Perfectly exposed, south facing and boasting vines of 40 to 80 years old, with a small plot of 100 year old vines that provide the fruit for the micro-production cuvee, aptly named, Vignes Centenaires.
Don’t overlook what’s here simply because these wines are labeled Beajuolais-Villages, and don’t sport a Cru designation. These are serious, and seriously good, wines that don’t come with a serious price tag. No herbicides, no pesticides, no fungicides, hand harvested, natural yeasts, never chaptalized, never fined, never filtered.
Chris & Michael
In the words of David Schildknecht from Vinous, “Austria’s 2013 Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners display exceptionally bright acidity, clear flavor definition and uncanny complexity.” 2013 has given us the stunning combination of healthy, ripe grapes that remain light on their feet as the alcohol levels stayed in check, married with focused, tense acidity.
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