Dear Wine Lover,
A really cool trio from a really cool trio!
Get to know the three talented young vignerons behind Les Roches Seches, Julien Delrieu, Thibaut Ducleux, and Jean-Marie Brousset. These budding stars studied together, and after going their separate ways after graduation, put the band back together in 2009. In 2010 they realized on their collective dream when they purchased a domaine in the heart of the Anjou region of the Loire. 15 hectares of vineyards, planted with all the usual and not-so-usual Loire varieties, on the banks of the river Lys, a tributary of the Layon River.
We came to know these three musketeers by way of a recommendation from our good friend Mathieu Vallee at Chateau Yvonne. Like Mathieu, everything at Les Roches Seches is done organically, and has been since 2010. The philosophy behind Les Roches Seches is to make each wine from a single variety from a single terroir. What this has spawned is a number of different cuvees as Julien, Thibaut and Jean-Marie work tirelessly to determine what works best, where. While we weren’t takers on every cuvée they make, the quality was high across the board. No surprise considering the strong terroir, the low yields from their organic practices and their limited use of oak for aging. Clarity, purity, intensity all wrapped up.
What we did land on are three really exciting wines from two of their sites. We have Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay from Les Varrens and Grolleau from Les Essards. There’s a lot more info about each of these wines if you click on the labels above or the links below. We didn’t want to bog you down here with the details, but it’s worth a click through to get a feel for how meticulous and natural these guys are. Not to mention, you may not have a full grasp of the Grolleau grape (tongue firmly in cheek).
No pretense, no flash, no ego, just honest, exciting, interesting wines. While I feel like a broken record saying it again because it’s true of all of our wines, the level at which these wines play, far exceeds their price. The most expensive wine in the threesome is $23 before any discounts. Sometimes I wonder if we shouldn’t raise our prices because of the perception certain wine drinkers may have that an inexpensive wine can’t be great. Let us know if it would make you feel better about our wines if they cost you more and we’d be happy to accommodate you.
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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