Category: beaujolais

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM: CARBONIC LOVECAR…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM: CARBONIC LOVE

CARBONIC WHAT???

Feels like FALL
this morning! We stepped outside to offer some breakfast to a stray cat
on our balcony and the air was cool and crisp! What better time to talk
about Beaujolais? Beaujolais
is a region in the southern part of Burgundy where the red wines lean
away from Pinot Noir and instead focus on the lighter-bodied Gamay
grape. Many of these wines are made using a method called carbonic maceration, in which the grapes sit in a container of some type with almost no oxygen and lots of carbon dioxide and undergo an intracellular fermentation (sugar to alcohol) within the grape itself! Pretty
cool, very historic, and it lends these wines some of their classic
fruit-driven character. Possibly because Beaujolais was where the
“Natural Wine” movement began, and also because it creates lighter
wines, this process has become something we see with other grapes these
days and all over the world. Tonight we’ll compare several examples –
two classic Beaujolais, one village level and one Cru – as well as our new most favoritest everyday sipper, the amazing Ayunta from the slopes of Sicily’s active volcano, Mount Etna. The ever-so-fabulous Mariel of Coeur Wine Company will be behind the Lions Club Bar tonight breaking your coeur with these beautiful wines. So come on down to the Shrine of Wine and party with us tonight. We’ll be serving up  WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, VINYL & LOVE!

Domaine Saint-Cyr, La Galoche Beaujolais 2018

Classic
Beaujolais like we thought we’d never be buying again at this
price. Raphael Saint Cyr is the fourth generation vigneron at the
Domaine de Bellevue, which was created by his great-grandfather Pierre
Saint Cyr in Anse at the southern edge of the Beaujolais. When Raphael
took over the winemaking in 2008, he let go of a large portion of
Beaujolais vines around the winery, and acquired vines further north in
the crus of Morgon, Regnié, Chénas, and Moulin-à-Vent. At the same time,
he converted the entire 23 hectare domaine to certified organic
viticulture, making Domaine de Bellevue the largest organic domaine in
the Beaujolais. Unusual for the region, the crus are all single vineyard
parcels, and the name of each terroir is listed with each wine. All of
the wines are vinified with natural yeasts. They are fermented in
concrete tanks and then aged in used barrels for 12-18 months. La Galoche,
the straight Beaujolais cuvée, is aged for 6 months in concrete tanks.
From a 15 hectare plot of 25 year old vines that sit on clay-limestone
soils. Hand-harvested and de-stemmed. A carbonic maceration using native
yeasts for 15 days and alcoholic fermentation for 20 days, followed by 6
months aging in concrete tanks. Organic, natural, no sulfur added. WE LOVE THIS WINE, IT’S PERFECTLY DELICIOUS AND $20!

Domaine Saint Cyr, Chénas Les Journets 2017

Raphael
is a relatively young winemaker, but he’s making his wines in a very
traditional way. He’s also quite a cool guy, a big teddy bear who smokes
too much. We describe his style as “New school old school new school”
and he is friend of the Fab Four. The
Chenas is profoundly mineral. Come on a Journet! 😉 100% Gamay. Sourced
entirely from a new block of 40 year old vines on white granite soils,
2017 is the first vintage for Les Journets. 100% Carbonic fermentation
with native yeast, followed by 8 months aging in neutral barrels. Organic, natural, no sulfur added. $36

Ayunta, Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese Rosso 2018 (Etna)

Did we bury the lead? Maybe. When it comes to carbonic it makes sense to talk about Beaujolais first BUT!  We could not be more excited about this frickingdelicious-amazingaffordable wine! We’ve
been hoping for something different, and so, it turns out, has
winemaker Filippo Mangione. This carbonic example of Nerello Mascalese
from Mt. Etna provides another view into the area, something more wild
and more freshly red-fruited, still with the telltale smoky minerality
of the volcano, but more of an everyday drinker, with a price to
match. This is the kind of wine winemakers produce for their families
and their neighbors. Historically this style was known as “pista
e’mmutta” (Meaning: press it and put in the barrel straight away). In
this case, there’s a gentle pressing with short carbonic maceration
followed by fermentation in a cement vat.

Ayunta
is a family owned little grape farm & winery, running 2,8 hectares
of old vineyards at almost 700 meters above the sea level on the
northern slopes of the Mount Etna in Sicily, close to the little village
of Randazzo, about one our driving north the city of Catania. Our focus
is to produce wines with the best personality of the terroir and the
indigenous grapes from Mount Etna. Growing up in Agrigento on Sicily’s
southern coast, Filippo Mangione had winemaking in his blood. For
generations his family tended vines and made wine in their palmento
until his grandfather passed away in the sixties. The vineyards and
building were sold off; leaving his family without an estate. After
university, he dove headfirst into the world of wine: working as a
waiter, sommelier, journalist, and sales/export in both the US and the
UK. The more he worked selling other peoples’ wines, the more he felt
the pull to revive his family’s legacy and re-establish an estate of his
own. In 2011, after months of visiting and walking the slopes of Etna,
Filippo happened to meet the old owner of a nearly abandoned vineyard in
Calderara Sottana planted in the early 1900s behind a grove of chesnut
trees. Too old to work the vineyards any longer, he was thrilled that
Filippo wanted to continue his work, telling him “Take it. Don’t let
this vineyard die.” Filippo spent his life savings to buy that vineyard
and Ayunta was born. Their winemaking protocol is very easy: “only grapes and only time.” Organic, biodynamic, natural. $20

🍷❤️ THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM: CARBONIC L…

🍷❤️ THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM: CARBONIC LOVE with @coeurwineco @mariel.goddu behind the bar with Beaujolais and Etna reds that pair so well with this season. 🍇🌞🍃 #drinkwine #greenpoint #carbonicmaceration #beaujolais #domainesaintcyr #lagaloche #crubeaujolais #chenas #gamay #mtetna #ayunta #nerellomascalese
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2016 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de …

2016 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades

Gettin’ my game face on for Saturday night! Small red fruit, raspberries, stone, and red flowers on the nose. Loads of raspberries, a hint of underripe cherries, and stony minerality on the palate. 

4/5 bones

$$

Gamay

12.5% abv

Côte de Brouilly (Beaujolais), FRANCE

2017 Paul-Henri Thillardon Chénas “Vibrations”

2017 Paul-Henri Thillardon Chénas “Vibrations”

Feeling some good vibrations this Monday with this Bojo on paw. Deeper, darker fruit on the nose with some cherries, strawberries, and a hint of wood mixed in. Super tart on the palate with red fruit and searing acidity.

3/5 bones

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Gamay

Beaujolais (Burgundy), FRANCE

2014 Château Vivier Maison L’Envoyé

2014 Château Vivier Maison L’Envoyé

Smushing faces with my fluffy shibe friend here. Dark fruit, dark tea, violets, plums, and a hint of star anise on the nose. A nice bite of red and black cherries and a hint of red licorice on the palate. Cheers!

4/5 bones

$

Gamay

13% abv

Fleurie (Beaujolais, Burgundy), FRANCE

2015 Château de la Chaize Brouilly

2015 Château de la Chaize Brouilly

Feelin’ pretty swell because it’s Friday, amirite?! Enjoying this juice that’s one of the lighter styles of Beaujolais. Cherries, mixed red berries, blueberries, and currants on the nose. Gentle cherries and berries on the palate with light tannins. Give it a chill and serve. Nice. No frills. 

3/5 bones

$$

Gamay

13% abv

Brouilly (Beaujolais), FRANCE

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:WINE VS. WINE: WH…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:

WINE VS. WINE: WHITE BURGUNDY EDITION!

Four Faces of White Burgundy  

If you ask any wine geek what has historically been the best wine in the world, they’ll likely say “white Burgundy”. Tonight our friend Nini from David Bowler Wine is in the house to help stretch the boundaries of this historic region, pouring four very different white wines from Burgundy. Typically we think of rich Chardonnay and Aligoté from the Côtes de Beaune, and Domaine Chevrot represents this traditional terroir very well! But people often forget that chaste, mineral Chablis from the North is also part of Burgundy – relative newcomer Patrick Piuze is our man here. And then there’s Beaujolais, generally treated separately, but also part of larger Burgundy. Here we have a light, crisp Beaujolais Blanc, and on the wild side, an earthy, savory Roussanne.  Both from the legendary Jean-Paul Brun. There’s a lot of delicious diversity on display at the Lions Club tonight. Come on down to where we’re popping’ the bottles, have a snack, and learn more about these amazing wines!

Let there be WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, and VINYL!

Domaine Chevrot, Comme Dessus Santenay 2015

Maranges is located at the southern-most part of the Côte d’Or, and the Chevrot family has been making wine there since 1830. Pablo and Vincent have maintained the traditions of their parents with only one exception:they are converting the vineyards to certified organic viticulture. The palate of this beautiful, classic white Burgundy is lively and fluid, relentlessly unfolding a fruity ripe lemon mixed with a generous mineral finish. This classic ’15 is ready to drink now and would be perfect with smoked trout or chicken tacos. 100% Chardonnay, organic, biodynamic. $40

Patrick Piuze, Chablis Terroir de Fleys 2017

Piuze has said “the only truly original thing in the world of wine is the underlying terroir and I have nothing else interesting to add.“The man makes around twenty different Chablis each year, most of them from very specific vineyards that he’s selected and negotiated to work in. He’s unlike any other producer really. The Fleys is a particular bargain in the line-up. Normally the village level wines are fermented and aged in tank, this vineyard has such great quality, that Piuze treated it like his 1er and Grand Cru vineyards, fermenting and aging the wine entirely in neutral barrels for ten months. It works out – the wine reads like an older 1er Cru. 100% Chardonnay. $40

Jean-Paul Brun, Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay Terres Dorées 2017

Jean-Paul Brun is located in Charnay, a village in Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyons, in a beautiful area of sandy, limestone-rich clay soils known as the "Region of Golden Stones”. He’s been building up Terres-Dorees since 1979 and we’ve carried a number of his wines over the years. Jean-Paul is not an adherent or advocate of “natural wine” per se, yet is among the most natural of Beaujolais vignerons, uninterested in trend or fashion but deeply committed to purity of expression of fruit and site.The individuality of those expressions–the fact that each is a different wine from all of the others – is intentionally emphasized by his choice to label every one of his many bottlings with a completely different label.  The crisp, mineral Beaujolais Blanc has long been a staple here at Dandelion.   Hand-harvested, 100% Chardonnay, 80+ year old vines, Organic  $21

Jean-Paul Brun, VDP Roussanne Terres Dorées 2016

Jean-Paul has been making this wine for about 10 years, from vines that are about 15 years old now, planted on the clay-limestone soils typical of his Charnay estate parcels. Roussanne is typically a Rhône grape, and it’s quite surprising to see it growing here in southern Burgundy. Our favorite wine critic Jancis Robinson said this about the wine; “VERY surprising to find this in amongst the Burgundies…”It shows a much different profile under the hand of Jean-Paul, more rustic, with grain-like flavors and a wild, slightly funky nose. Natural-yeast fermentation, aging in stainless steel, and bottled in the spring. Only 5000 bottles made in 2016. 100% Roussanne, Organic $25

2017 Paul-Henri Thillardon Raisin Libre

2017 Paul-Henri Thillardon Raisin Libre

Free the grapes this Wine Wednesday with this lovely, biodynamic Beaujolais! Bubblegum, cranberries, and twigs on the nose. Similar on the palate with a nice, fresh tartness. An enjoyable and fun Gamay. 

4/5 bones

$

Gamay

13% abv

Beaujolais, FRANCE

2017 Paul-Henri Thillardon Raisin Libre

2017 Paul-Henri Thillardon Raisin Libre

Free the grapes this Wine Wednesday with this lovely, biodynamic Beaujolais! Bubblegum, cranberries, and twigs on the nose. Similar on the palate with a nice, fresh tartness. An enjoyable and fun Gamay. 

4/5 bones

$

Gamay

13% abv

Beaujolais, FRANCE

Biodynamic Beaujolais brimming with bright ber…

Biodynamic Beaujolais brimming with bright berries. 🍷🍇🍓🍒 #drinkwine #biodynamicwine #lagaloche #beaujolais #gamay #brightberries #illiteration #winewednesday (at Dandelion Wine)
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