Vines at Domaine Jousset

Beautiful Natural Wines (2014s!) From Domaine Jousset in Montlouis! (Featured By-the-Glass This Tuesday at Racines NY)

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We're very excited to start off the new year with another shipment from Lise and Bertrand Jousset, two of the nicest vignerons we have ever met, who make beautiful wines of nature from their 11 hectares in and around Montlouis-sur-Loir. Primarily working with Chenin Blanc in Montlouis, they also grow Gamay, Grolleau and Chardonnay on parcels in Touraine.The vines are between 30 and 130 years old, with even some franc de pieds! Their approach is simple "we want to make wines that express their character and their origins, in other words 'living wines.' For this we need living soils with great microbial activity and living vineyards with a balanced animal and vegetal life in our parcels. This firmly excludes herbicides that kill the soils, fertilizers that maintain the plant by "feeding-tube" deprived of its natural nourishment and pesticides and fungicides that pollute our environment. And for us, no "cooking" in the cellar! We let our wines make themselves naturally without the use of oenologic products - sometimes a little sulfur and only what's necessary!  Our wines age slowly in barrels in a careful exchange with the air - we don't wish to "oak" our wines thus we mix the size and age of barrels in our different cuvées."

This shipment is all from 2014, an excellent vintage in the Loire Valley giving wines of lovely fruit and great balance with refreshing acidity and moderate alcohol. Two delicious Petillant Naturel are included - they are both insanely delicous and if not as "serious" as Champagne, they offer pure, uncomplicated enjoyment that will enliven any party or casual meal. The stars of the show are three Chenins from different parcels in Montlouis-sur-Loire which show the delicate, complex and crystalline character of this marvelous grape. These are simply outstanding wines that will shine at the table with a wide variety of cuisines, possessing wonderful purity and vivacity due to the character transmitted through the living soils of their vineyards and to the Joussets' precise, hand-off vinifications with zero or minmal added sulfur. Please join us with Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate (well-known lover of Chenin Blanc!) as we feature these wines, along with new arrivals from the Clos du Vignes du Maynes, this Tuesday at Racines NY at 94 Chambers Street, beginning at 6pm. (Glass prices $9 to $16)

Save the Dates!  Les Vins Libres - Bertrant Jousset and 20 natural winemakers from France invade New York for a tasting on Sunday February 28th and dinner on Monday the 29th, both at Racines NY, 94 Chambers Street, details to follow...

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Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2014 Montlouis-sur-Loire Bubulles Pet Nat

Simply put, this is top-shelf Pét-Nat for a picnic-friendly price. From organically farmed Chenin vines (45 years of age on average) in Montlouis-sur-Loire in soils of sand and silex over limestone. All cellar operations are by gravity, without pumping, the fermentaion is in 3 to 6 year-old barriques of 225 and 400 liters. The wine is vibrant straw yellow and adorned with a fine mousse. The nose reveals aromas of ripe pear, Granny Smith, lime flower, creamy lemon with heather honey and stone.. A finely chiseled palate is a bit off-dry with hints of dried pear, apple and anise over a core of saline minerals with terrific length. This is a thirst-quenching Pet-Nat, made without sulfur, that happens to be a serious and elegant wine!

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  • white sparkling
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  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2014 Vin de France Rose a Lies

Rose á Lies is a beautiful Petillant Naturel Rosé from our new friends Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis-sur-Loire. Made from 40 year-old organic Gamay and Grolleau vines grown on sand and silex soils over limestone. Fermented in used barriques, the wine is bottled at 15 grams of sugar and finishes at less than 5 grams. The wine has toasty aromas of red currant and raspberry with creamy red fruits on the palate balanced with bracing acidity. The finish is clean, refreshing and long - a perfect Pet Nat for any special or everyday occasion!

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  • rosé sparkling
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  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2014 Vin de France Exile Blanc

This is a lovely blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay from our friends at Domaine Jousset in Montlouis. Starting with the difficult 2013 vintage, Lise and Bertrand have been purchasing grapes from friends of theirs who also work organically in the vineyard, and the result is the Éxilé! The 2014 bottling shows intriguing aromas of dried pear, apple, citrus, lime-flower, stone and spice, a bit unusual and quite interesting. The palate is round and fresh with white fruits, earth, lemon, caramel and stone with a bit of spice in the long finish. A lovely and versatile natural wine that is a great aperitif and will complement full-flavored fish dishes, chicken and white meats.

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  • white
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  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2014 Montlouis-sur-Loire Premier Rendez-Vous

Chenin Blanc from two terroirs in Montlouis - 40 year-old vines on sand and silex soils over limestone and 70 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, yields of 30 hl/ha, aged in 2 to 8 year-old large barrels. The 2014 Premier Rendez-Vous is a beautiful wine showing subtle aromas of citrus, stone, pear and lime flower with hints of honey and herbs. Delicate white fruits on the palate with intense chalky mineral flavors and perfect acidity, with pretty fruit and minerals in the long finish. This is a lovely, pure and simply delicious Chenin to drink over the next 5 to 8 years. Bravo to Lise and Bertrand Jousset!

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  • white
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  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2014 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Renards - Singulier

We are very proud to offer the beautiful wines of Lise and Bertrand Jousset, whose goal is to make "living wines" from living soils and healthy vines in a balanced environment. All of their wines share a vivacity and natural complexity making them a joy to drink - due to great farming and careful vinifications with minimal intervention and minimal or zero added sulfur.  The Montlouis "Singulier - Clos aux Renards" is a dry Montlouis made from 60 to 80 year-old Chenin vines on clay soils called "Aubuis" over Turonian limestone. All cellar functions are by gravity without pumping, fermentation is in two and three year-old 400 and 600 liter barrels. 

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  • white
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  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2014 Montlouis-sur-Loire Trait d'Union

The 2014 Trait d'Union is a wonderful demi-sec Chenin from our new friends Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis. The vines are 60 to 80 years old, on sand and silex soils over limestone giving yields of 20 to 25 hl/ha. Wild yeast fermentation, aging in 1 to 8 year-old barriques. The wine is a lovely pale gold/bronze color with aromas of earth, lemon, honey, brown spice, lime-flower and ripe pear. The palate is round, ripe and delicate with saline mineral flavors blending with lemon compote, white fruits and stone. Dense but light on its feet, this is a beautiful accompaniment to fois gras or pâtés, scallops, veal stew and goat cheeses.

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  • white off-dry
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  • $26.99

  • Organic