Jean-Paul Brun at Terres Dorées dicusses holiday orders with shipping manager, Jacki.

Louis/Dressner Selections New Arrivals and Highlights: Two Tastings, Saturday, November 16 & 23!

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Join us on Saturday, November 16 and Saturday November 23, from 4 till 7pm to taste a selection of new arrivals and current highlights from our friends at Louis/Dressner Selections. We'll feauture many of our favorite estates like Bernard Baudry, Thierry Puzelat, Luneau-Papin, Eric Texier, Clos de la Roilette, Terres Dorees, Salvo Foti, Bera, de Bartoli, Busch, Immich-Batterieberg and many more! Great vineyard work, hand harvesting, wild yeast fermentations and minimal intevention are the keys to the great quality of these naturally-made wines that will grace your table at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. If you can't make it to the tastings, here's a list of some outstanding Louis/Dressner wines currently in stock or on the way - please note the just-arrived 2012 Cote de Brouilly from Jean-Paul Brun at Terres Dorées and the limited re-release of the superb 2009 Texier Domaine Pergault Brézème Vieille Serine!

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Luneau-Papin 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or

Another superb vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or. It's a bit rounder and riper than the 2007 perhaps, but with more density of fruit and the acidity and structure to age beautifully. (Somewhat similar in style to the 2009 Pépière Chateau-Thébaud, which also combined the richness of the vintage with outstanding balance and acidity) This is drinking well now with complex aromas including citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is silky and long with stone and white fruits, really delicious and with great structure for a 2009. A good candidate for aging, this seems like a somewhat denser and riper version of the 1995.This is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. DL

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Puzelat, Thierry 2012 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

From organic vineyards in the Cher valley of Touraine, aged in large old barrels. The 2012 is a lovely Sauvignon Blanc for everyday enjoyment with pretty citrus, herbal and white fruit aromas. The palate is full with spiced pear, hay and a hit of caramel and anise with a refreshing frame of chalky acids. This lovely wine will accompany anything from fish and chicken to pork and asian foods. Great value!

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Pinon 2011 Vouvray Les Trois Argiles

The delicious 2010 Vouvray Les Trois Argiles is a hard act to follow, but Francois likes the 2011 vintage very much. Despite a difficult growing season, he got both good ripeness and good acidity from his beautifully maintained organic vineyards. The clay topsoils over limestone give a less aromatic wine than his Silex Noir, but the Trois Argiles has subtle honeyed white fruit aromas with almond, citrus and floral notes. The palate is dense, stony and elegant with pear, candied citrus, stone, herbal and caramel flavors with terrific length. Delicious now, it will be best after three to five years of cellaring, and if recent tastings of his wines from the 1950s would indicate, it's capable of long-term aging as well.

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Puzelat-Bonhomme 2012 Touraine Pinot Noir

A slight hint of reduction gives way to lush aromas of ripe black cherry, raspberry and rose tinged with graphite. Cherry compote on the ripe but bright palate with refreshing acidity. Just delish, and much too easy to drink. (Yields were way down throughout northern France in 2012, but the resulting wines are of excellent quality and in short supply...)

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Tue-Boeuf 2012 Touraine La Butte

100% Gamay on clay and flint over limestone, organic and biodynamic farming, 11.5% alcohol. Beautiful fruit and great balance in 2012, the wine shows lovely peppery cherry and raspberry with pretty floral notes. Dense red fruits on the palate but light and lovely and lifted by refreshing acidity. This is just plain yummy and will accompany about anything...

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Baudry 2011 Chinon Domaine

We're getting to the end of the 2011 vintage of this great wine from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry -  all Cabernet Franc of course, a blend of 80% from a parcel in St. Louans, where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 20% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old wooden vats and casks. This is a softer, more easy-going version of the superb 2010, with rounder strawberry, blackberry and earth on the palate but with ample structure and acidity. Which means that this is really delicious to drink right now, served a bit cool, and should keep well for six to ten years or more. Perfect with roast chicken!

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Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2012 Côte de Brouilly

As the 2012 Beaujolais arrive we continue to be encouraged by the low alcohol, light body and purity of fruit shown in many of the wines — this despite a horribly difficult growing season which seemed to include every possible calamity to the growers. We found many very good wines in 2011, yet others showed unfocused fruit and high levels of volatile acidity — we are preferring, so far the best examples from 2012, this superb 2012 Cote de Brouilly certainly among them. This great stony hillside terroir, quite different than the granites in most Beaujolais crus, always gives one of Jean-Paul Brun's best wines. In 2012 the aromas are bright and pretty with morello cherry, raspberry and violets. The palate is light to medium bodied, at 12.5% alc, pretty and balanced with refreshing acidity and lovely persistent pure red fruits. Delicious now, served quite cool, best perhaps at 3 to 7 year of age...

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2012 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

2012 is an outstanding vintage for Alain Coudert's Clos de la Roilette displaying the lovely fruit and firm acidity that characterizes this difficult year of very low yields. Beautiful aromas of ripe strawberry and tart plum with hints of citrus and violets. Deep citrusy red fruits coat the palate backed by bright acidity and saline mineral notes. A really lovely and well-balanced wine that's delicious now but will improve with a few years of cellaring.

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Texier 2009 St. Julien en St. Alban Pergaud Vieille Serine

Made from 80 to 90 year-old vines of Serine, generally regarded as an old version of Syrah (which evolved from Mondeuse Blanc and Dureza) with smaller berries which survived through massale selection, principally in Cote Rotie.  Serine gives a more aromatic and elegant wine that the larger berried modern Syrah. The 2009 Texier Vieille Serine shows the ripeness of 2009 with deep blueberry and blackberry fruit but with cool acidity and moderate alcohol. Elegant, balanced and insanely delicious, this is drinking well now and should develop nicely for five years or more. We have loved this wine since our first tasting from barrel in the winter of 2010, and we're very happy that Eric has seen fit to bless New York with a few more cases....

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Foti, Salvo 2011 Etna Rosso I Vigneri

Salvo Foti is Etna’s native son, come back to help raise the reputation of the wines.  He believes strongly in the power of old vines, the importance of bush training, and organic viticulture.  It is through this lens that Salvo focuses on some of Etna’s oldest vineyards at high elevations.  Recently tasted, I found this wine to have dense berry and citrus fruit with a core of smokey Etna minerality.  We have the good fortune of being able to sample many great wine-makers on Etna, but for an intense old vine expression, Foti’s is one of the best.  JR

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Bera 2010 Barbera D'Asti Ronco Malo

Forget what you know what you might think about Barbera: that they are all simple, grapy, fruit-driven wines without any character.  Instead, consider the savory and complete Barbera Ronco Malo from the Bera’s organic farm in Asti.  We first met the Beras through their phenomenal Moscato d’Asti – a phrase we don’t say often — but now have a new tableside companion for risottos and other Piedmont specialties demanding red wine.  Native fermentation and a lack of filtration produce a wine with robust aromatics of herb and berries and a long earthy finish.  JR

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Possible 2011 Cotes du Roussillon Villages C'est Pas la Mer a Boire

A delicious blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah from the organic vineyards of Loic Roure near Latour de France and Lansac in the Roussillon. The grapes are cooled and undergo a semi-carbonic maceration. Fermentations continue with wild yeasts after foot-treading, with minimal extraction. The 2011 C'est Pas la Mer a Boire (meaning "it's not so hard" in French — "it's not like drinking the ocean") was made without added sulfites and is a thoroughly yummy natural wine showing deep spicy black-cherry fruit with citrus and earth. Really complex and interesting but light enough to serve cool and gulp. Best with charcuterie and strong cheeses...

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De Bartoli 2006 Passito di Pantelleria Sole d'Agosto

The late Marco de Bartoli was fortunate to have two equally dedicated sons to carry on his legacy in Marsala and on Pantelleria. Sol di Agosto is a new wine, intended to complement their passito called Bukkaram which has much longer aging before release. The Sol has similar complexity of aroma and flavor, but it’s fresher and shows a bit more cut and verve, which will probably make it a lot more difficult to stop after your first glass.

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Immich-Batterieberg 2011 Mosel C.A.I. Riesling

CAI is a blend made mostly of purchased fruit. 2011 is more friendly than the screamingly intense 2010 and will pair with more varied cuisine. It is, for all intents and purposes, dry and is made in all stainless steel. Very fruity and ripe, this is one that is best enjoyed quite cool. There's serious minerality here, much darker toned than the salty 2010; Gernot is a master blender and he's put together another terrific CAI this year. The grapes come from 5 hectares spread across much of the Mosel, with sites as far apart as Enkirch and the Saar. The breakdown is an unexpected combination of divergent vineyards, both well-known and not so much. For those keeping score, (and why not?), there's 1 ha ungrafted vines from the Dhroner Hofberg, 0.5 ha Oberemmeler Altenberg, 0.5 ha Wiltinger Klosterberg, and smaller sections of the Kinheminer Rosenberg, Kröver Steffensberg, Wolfer Sonnenberg, and from Enkirch there are parcels from Steffensberg, Hattenberg, Zeppwingert, Steffensberg and the foot of the Batterieberg. -jfr

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Knebel 2011 Mosel Riesling Hamm

Matthias Knebel's skill and precision as a winemaker is growing with each vintage and his work in the vineyard is getting stronger every year. He's now decided to cease the use of all herbicides as well as pesticides; this is no small feat in the rocky, steep slopes of the Terrassenmosel, as he and his vineyard time would wearily tell you. Their hard work is paying off and we're repeatedly impressed by the new releases from this special estate. The 2011s have changed rapidly since first being bottled and are now showing very, very well. The rambunctious fruit that was the dominant note a year a has given way to classic Knebel stoniness and rich, palate-coating mineral extract. Great things are happening at Knebel! -jfr

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Busch, Clemens 2011 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Grosses Gewächs

The Marienburg GG comes all from gray slate parcels, east of and downstream from the rocky outcropping that is the signature of the Marienburg. The aromatics are very pretty here: honeycomb, white flowers and lime pith all come to mind. Yum. The palate is very expressive and broad with notes of cinnamon, pear, apples and peach pits. Clemens chose not to do any pre-fermentation skin contact in 2011 to preserve what would otherwise have become low acidity levels. This was a good decision as the wine retains just enough freshness to keep things in balance, and there's plenty of crushed rock minerality to keep things interesting. -jfr

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