Yves Duport inspecting vines in Bugey, a region located between Lyon and Geneva, at the bottom tip of the Jura mountains (Producer site)

The Perfect Labor Day Chardonnay: Another crisp, bang-for-your-buck bottle from Yves Duport in Bugey!

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**Wines from today's newsletter will be available 8/31**

Most of us have had this experience: You're slated to attend or host a gathering. You want to drink wine that you'll enjoy, but you don't want to pop exceptional bottles if the crowd you're seeing isn't going to appreciate them. Fear not this Labor Day, as Yves Duport has a fantastic Chardonnay, full of character and a steal at $20. You might know Yves as the winemaker behind the Céline - a light red/dark rosé (honestly, depending on what you want it to be) that took New York City by storm at the beginning of Summer 2021. Fill up your cooler this coming holiday with Domaine Yves Duport so you and your friends, whether they're expert tasters or novice drinkers, can sip with pride as this crazy season comes to an end.

Groslée is Duport's home in the Bugey (Producer site)

Despite being so affordable, Yves' 2018 Bugey Blanc ranks among the top Chardonnay that I've tasted from the French Alps. I've had examples at more than double the price that can't compete with its quality. In the glass, the wine is a fresh golden yellow. The nose is clean and vibrant, with mint and oystershell, grass and pear, with just a touch of minerally Alpine smoke. Yellow and green apple, lemony citrus, and zippy herbs team up with the wine's lovely dose of moderate acidity, resulting in a wine of pure flavors and excellent structural swish. A long finish, powered by an invigorating beam of minerality, ends with a simple hint of white pepper.

"Chardonnay was not traditionally grown in Savoie or in Bugey prior to phylloxera," writes Wink Lorch, in Wines of the French Alps. Today, however, it "is the principal grape variety in the Bugey appellation, and must make up at least 70 percent" of any white labeled as Bugey AOP, according to Wine-Searcher.com. That must be why Yves' stunning Aligoté and Pinot Gris, both derived from grapes grown in Bugey are labeled as the most general national designation, Vin de France.

Every Domaine Yves Duport wine that I've tasted has a quality that exceeds the price-tag. Today, we're offering the Céline that you know and the Bugey Blanc that you'll love - and just in time to save your holiday BBQ and to help us all kiss summer goodbye. Merci, Yves, for your refreshing steals! David Hatzopoulos

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Domaine Yves Duport 2018 Bugey Blanc Chardonnay

Despite being so affordable, Yves' Bugey Blanc ranks among the top Chardonnay that I've tasted from the French Alps. I've had examples at more than double the price that can't compete with its quality. From fruit grown on south/south-eastern facing slopes of clay and limestone soils. Aged in steel.  In the glass, the wine is a fresh golden yellow. The nose is clean and vibrant, with mint and oystershell, grass and pear, with just a touch of minerally Alpine smoke. Yellow and green apple, lemony citrus, and zippy herbs team up with the wines lovely dose of moderate acidity, resulting in a wine of pure flavors and excellent structural swish. A long finish, powered by an invigorating beam of minerality, ends with lofty flavors of white pepper and mint. David Hatzopoulos

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Yves Duport 2020 Vin de France Celine

Red? Rosé? Who cares - this wine is fantastic! A still wine from Bugey in the French Alps, made from a co-ferment of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Gamay, and 20% Mondeuse. Fruit is harvested in September from biodynamically tended vines (25-30 years of age) planted to calcareous-clay soil. The wine is fermented naturally, spending 3 weeks in stainless steel tanks. The color here is a deep rhubarb. The nose is a pungent display of wild fruits - blackberry, cherry, and blueberry. Crisp minty aromas keep things fresh. On the palate, the wine has flavors of ripe red currants, small plums, and a touch of zingy citrus. A minerally core adds dimension to a fruity, juicy mouthfeel. A steal at this price. For two people, buy four bottles - you'll finish them off in one evening, no doubt. Weighing in at 11.5%, consider this your adult juice box... your serious, complex Juicy Juice. David Hatzopoulos

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  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur