Mâcon-Fuissé Domaine Cheveau “Les Grandes Bruyeres” (Burgundy) ’13
The Domaine was started by André Cheveau in 1950, and has been carried on by his two sons. The vineyard holdings are predominantly located in and around Solutré-Pouilly, but has been extended in to Maconnais and in Beaujolais. The Chardonnay vineyards are composed of clay and limestone. This wine comes from 40 year old vines, and approximately 6000 bottles are produced. These vineyards produce a rich, generous style wine, with ripe tropical notes, and hints of vanilla.
Chorey-Les-Beaune Joseph Drouhin (Burgundy) ’13
This is a small appellation around the tiny village of Chorey, at the hill of Corton. The vineyard was founded in 1237 by Edouard de Froment, the Duke of Burgundy’s step-nephew. The wine is often sold under Côte-de-Beaune Village, however Drouhin owns vineyards in Chorey (pronounced “Sho-Ray”). This wine boast flavors of blackberry jam, wild raspberries, and has a round body.
We always believed that the California wine industry should return to the heyday of pioneers like Joe Heitz, Andre Tchelistcheff, Chuck Carpy and others who made wine their way. One could clearly taste the difference between their varietals and there was no overt effort to “create” a wine with a high score. Here are two such throw back examples, one from a relatively new producer, and one from a renown winemaker, and character, that are worth showcasing at our Saturday tasting event
Chardonnay Liquid Farm, “La Hermana” (Santa Maria) ’13
This is a young winery, the first vintage was in 2009. The team is comprised of young aggressive winemakers that want to make a difference in California wine making. They decided on Chardonnay and Santa Rita hills (besides this wine) because of the cooler climates and the mineral drivenness of the grape. The name Liquid Farms was to create awareness of what happens above and below the ground. The philosophy is that wine is a product of the earth and the human touch. This is the first time they decided to go out side of Santa Rita Hills. The cool climate of Santa Maria creates a wine that is zesty, has bright minerality, fresh herbs, and is super delicious.
Pinot Noir Au Bon Climate (Santa Barbara County) ’13
Jim Clendenen has been making wine since 1982. He is truly been a pioneer in super bright clean wines coming out of California. Jim discovered wine in Burgundy and Champagne in 1974. Rather than continue law school he decided to work the harvest of 1978, where he was the assistant winemaker for Zaca Mesa winery. In 1981 he traveled abroad to work harvest in Australia and France. After that year he decided to start a winery dedicated to Burgundian varietals. Which he then started Au Bon Climate (which means a well exposed vineyard). This wine is such a great value, as beautiful aromas of strawberries, raspberries, with an intense yet delightful mouth fill.