Listrac Médoc Cuvée Robin Château Reverdi 2008 - Château Reverdi lies in Listrac, the smallest of six communes in the Médoc which give their names to their wines. Of special interest is that 15% of the vineyard is planted to Petit Verdot, the rare, thick skinned, low pH variety which contributes racy aromatic complexity, freshness, and longevity, and is admired for the role it plays in some of the greatest wines of Margaux. No doubt Château Reverdi would be better known if the wine were sold on the Place de Bordeaux. But Mathieu Thomas and his sister Audrey, who took charge of the family estate in 2002, have seen how the lives of their friends in Burgundy, Alsace, and the Loire have been enriched by their personal relationships with their customers.This cuvée is a rich blend of ripe Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot, which was raised in barrel for 24 motnhs before bottling. The wine is filled with aromatic intensity (cassis and cocoa), and a broad mouthfeel with refined, polished tannins. This is a cuvée was created in celebration of the birth of Audrey Thomas’ son, Robin. EMAIL SPECIAL $29 (REGULAR PRICE $35)
Chinon Rosé Domaine Fabrice Gasnier 2015 - When we last saw Fabrice Gasnier at his beautiful home in Cravant-les-Coteaux, he had just completed a five-year transformation of his 24-hectare estate to biodynamics; the agricultural discipline based on a series of lectures by Rudolph Steiner titled The Spiritual Foundation for the Renewal of Agriculture. Steiner was an Austrian philosopher active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who is best known today as the founder of the Waldorf Schools. It would be easy to describe biodynamics as something like “Organic Plus,” but more than simple labor-intensive organic farming, biodynamics includes a strong belief in interdependence among the “forces” of Earth, Life, and Cosmos. “In the past, Fabrice told me, “we would have sprayed fungicide in the vineyard whenever we had cold, wet weather.” He scooped up a handful of clay-calcareous soil and smiled. “But I don't think that way anymore. Now when I see mildew in the vines, I see it as a sign that something is out of balance, and I treat it homeopathically.” He shrugged. “I don’t know how it works, but the wines have more perfect fruit-purity than ever before.” This rosé, produced from Cabernet Franc, has appealing strawberry and floral scents balanced by firm structure and a soft, spicy feel on the palate. Superb with composed salads, vegetable terrines and, particularly, with lighter dishes infused with sorrel or chives.
Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh Sec Château Viella 2015 - In 1952, Alain Bortolussi's grandfather purchased 25 hectares of land in the department of Gers that had recently been classified under AOC regulations as Madiran. Over the next 35 years, these gentle slopes of gravel and clay were replanted carefully with the best clones of Tannat and Cabernet Franc, and the winery was gradually modernized. Alain also replanted small parcels of the indigenous white grapes of the area; Arrufiac, Petit Manseng, and Gros Manseng to produce this dry, vibrant wine which carries the appellation, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. The limestone-rich, clay soils of the area provide perfect drainage and minerality to the wines, and Alain’s very rigorous, natural farming produces very concentrated wines, of which, this is a perfect example. Rich aromatics of quince and lime are matched with a beautiful textural richness from the (neutral) barrel fermentation and aging.
Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes Domaine André Bonhomme 2015 - The Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes comes from three separate parcels, each now more than fifty years old, located above the villages of Viré and Clessé. The farming is entirely organic and the grapes are hand-harvested. After cool fermentation, the wine matures in stainless steel for a full twelve months on the lees, and is bottled six months after racking.First, remember that this limpid, silvery-golden wine is fine Burgundy, so use a large well-shaped glass and don’t overfill it. And pay special attention to the wine in the first minute or two: this is a textbook example of a wine that evolves in the glass after it’s poured. The classic nose unfurls with ripe Honeycrisp apples, quince marmalade, and fresh figs, along with dried honeycomb, grated ginger, and sweet almonds. On the palate, the wine is creamy and generous, with chalky mineral-saturated Chardonnay flavors sustained through a long brisk finish by fresh, lacey acidity. Drink now for it’s luscious primary fruit, or lay away in your own cool dark cellar for six years or so, if you can wait that long. EMAIL SPECIAL $19 (REGULAR PRICE $23)
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Moore Brothers - New Jersey
7200 N Park Dr
Pennsauken, NJ 08109