Gwenaëlle Croix of Domaine de la Pépière.

Partners in Health Benefit Dinner with Eric Texier, Gwenaëlle Croix of Pépière and Evelyne de Jessy of Closel, Monday October 24th!

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Please join us on Monday, October 24th at 7:00pm as we host a dinner to benefit Partners in Health at Racines NY! In attendance will be our good friends Eric Texier, Gwenaëlle Croix and Evelyne de Jessy, who will be pouring and discussing their new releases along with a fabulous four-course dinner by Racines Executive Chef Frédéric Duca. If you haven't been to Racines NY, Chef Duca is creating some of the finest French cuisine in America, which will pair beautifully with these outstanding wines. From Domaine de la Pépière we'll taste 2014 Muscadet "Clissson," 2015 Muscadet "Clos des Briords," 2015 Muscadet "Gras Moutons," and "2012 Muscadet Château Thébaud." From Domaine du Closel, we'll pour the Crémant de Loire "Sauvage," 2014 Savennières "Clos du Papillon," 2014 Savenniéres "La Jalouise," and the 2006 "Clos du Papillon." And Eric Texier will show his incoming 2014 Brézème Blanc Vieille Roussette, 2013 Domaine du Pergaud Brézème Vieille Sérine and 2013 Domaine du Pergaud St. Julien en St. Alban Vieille Serine, along with his beautiful 2014 Côte-Rôtie "Corps de Loup." This will be a fantastic event (very limitied seating)! $175 all inclusive.

Partners In Health: "Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. We draw on the resources of the world’s leading medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world’s poorest and sickest communities. At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone." To donate: https://donate.pih.org/give-today/2

(Presented in conjunction with David Bowler Wines and Louis/Dressner Selections. It was importer Joe Dressner's idea to use our tastings and dinners as fund-raisers for Partners in Health, the organization he felt was the most compassionate and efficient provider of health care in Haiti and many other countries around the world.)

Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Clos des Morines"

For those who want a dryer style wine on Thanksgiving, this lovely Muscadet is opening up nicely and has the right weight and density to match  the turkey and sides. (And the superb new 2015  Luneau-Papin "Vera Cruz" would be lovely as well)   The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river. The granite here is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. 2009 and 2010 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2012 is outstnding as well from this somewhat difficult low-yielding vintage. More austere than the previous vintages, the 2012 shows subtle aromas of dried pear, herbs, citrus, almond and stone, quite subtle and elegant. The palate has excellent weight and concentration with firm acidity, without the forward fruit of the 2009 - very tight and mineral in style with terrific length. Fabulous served now with oysters, ceviche of cod, flounder and sole, and grilled fish, This should age beautifully for 20 years and more. Highly recommended. Tasted again in December of 2016, this beautiful Muscadet is beginning to open up a bit, with lovely fruit appearing in the aromas and palate, really drinking well, though obviously a wine that will benefit from another five years of aging, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

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Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

 Gras Moutons is a great parcel on gneiss with clay and amphibolite stones, giving a rounder, more aromatic wine than Pepiere's granite terroirs. Tasted in February, the Gras Moutons sampled from vat showed beautifully, very bright and lively with herbal, white fruit and citrus flavors and very firm acidity with good length. We're happy to report that 2015 is an excellent vintage for Gras Moutons, showing lovely aromas of lemon, almond, lime-flower, pear and dried herbs. The palate is less expressive now, showing stone and saline minerals with white fruits and herbal flavors, quite ripe but balanced with firm acidity. This is a lovely and very versatile wine - serve with anything from oysters to chicken. Delicious now, it will improve over the next five to eight years. DL

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Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clos Briords V V

(First produced in 2008, this great Muscadet is made from a three hectare parcel of old massale-selection vines (all over 60 years old, with a high percentage much older) on a slope above the Maine. The bedrock is Granite de Château Thébaud, a fissured rock that allows the vines to penetrate deeply, with ideal thin topsoils of clay, with sand and gravel allowing good drainage.) The 2015 vintage was a great relief to vignerons in the Loire and elsewhere as generally sunny, dry weather brought an ample harvest with good yields for the first time since 2010. In the words of Remi Branger: "For a description of the 2015 vintage, we had a quite beautiful growing season and dry weather in August (the grapes were lacking a bit of water), then at the end of August we had rain, but a bit too much, and this swelled the grapes. Fortunately the grapes stayed healthy and the harvest was beautiful, on September 10th, with good acidity, but a bit less concentration than in 2014. The 2015 Briords has developed well - personally, I find it quite fine and precise." Fine is a good description for the 2015 Briords. It shows subtle aromas of white fruits - pear and apple, nice ripeness,  with wet stone and herbal notes. The palate is predominantly minerals with citrus and stone flavors, dried pear and thyme, with good length, quite focused and very elegant, with a crystalline structure and very firm acidity in the finish. At 12% alcohol, the wine has lovely balance and will drink beautifully young - it should develop the secondary aromas and flavors of mature Muscadet at 5 to 8 years and drink well for another 10 years. Thanks to the team at Pépière for another lovely Clos des Briords!

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Pepiere 2013 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Monnieres-Saint Fiacre

Domaine de la Pépière has produced this lovely Cru Communal, in the new appellation Muscadet Monnières-Saint Fiacre from old vines on gneiss terroir with topsoils of sand and gravel, formerly part of the Cuvée Eden and Gras Moutons. Slow two month fermentation followed by 24 months of aging on the lees.  This is a scintillating Muscadet from a somewhat difficult year, showing aromas of bitter lemon, apple, pear, white pepper and herbs. The palate is austere and bright with stone, citrus and white fruits that continue on the mineral-infused finish. This is a great success for the vintage and is a perfect, and very elegant accompaniment to oysters, grilled fish and baked cod and flounder or any mild fish you can name, roast chicken too! Even better, cellar this wine for ten or more years to reveal its depth and complexity.

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Closel (Château des Vaults) 2014 Savennières La Jalousie

This year we're featuring Chenin Blanc in our Thanksgiving email with two great choices from the Loire Valley. These beautiful  wines are great food pairings due to their unique combination of ripe fruit, firm acidity and saline minerals that complement the full-flavored dishes of the holiday table. The 2014 La Jalousie is a particularly great choice as the vintage gave  the wine luscious ripeness while retaining the bright acidity so important for balance and freshness.

Evelyn de Pontebriand took over her parents’ estate in 2001 after a long career teaching French literature all over the world. As a lover of all things botanical, it did not take long for her to convert the estate to strictly organic farming and she continues to experiment with different vineyard management techniques in her quest to highlight Savennière's austere terroir. Her work in the cellar is very traditional with fermentations occurring naturally with indigenous yeasts and SO2 is used in miniscule doses only if needed. The Chenin Blanc vines from the La Jalousie parcel are 15-20 years old and are planted in sandstone and decomposed quartz schist soils. On the nose it shows classic Savennières aromas of stone fruits, papaya, mango, and waxy citrus fruits. The palate is quite full-bodied and offers luscious tropical fruit anchored by minerals and more juicy citrus. The 2014 is the finest La Jalousie in many years - beautifully balanced and delicious now, but would be interesting to taste in 5-10 years! Tim Gagnon 

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Closel (Château des Vaults) 2014 Savennières Clos du Papillon

"The Clos du papillon is a small valley at mid slope, beautifully exposed southwest to the light of the Loire. There are schist, rhyolite but also quartz. The topsoil layer is very shallow (60 cm) which provides excellent drainage for rainwater. The vine growing conditions are difficult, forcing it to develop its roots deep in the rock cracks to draw nutrients. The climate in that parcel allows for a level of highly advanced maturity, with grapes that concentrate aromas under the action of botrytis.  The body and the very long finish make the Clos du Papillon a gastronomic wine to accompany lobster, scallops, smoked fish, Turbots, Saint Peter. It is also interesting with delicate white meats such as veal or capon, along with truffles or mushrooms. Classic mountain cheeses like old Salers, or 5 to 6 years old Comté are equally delicious with this great Savennières." -  Domaine du Closel.  2014 is a great vintage for Loire whites, combining excellent ripeness with bright acidity and great balance - the Clos du Papillon shows beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with honeysuckle, lime-flower and dried herbs with hints of smoke and earth.  The palate is superb, very ripe and dense with white fruits, citrus, almond and stone with very firm lemony acidity and mineral flavors. The finsih is very long with bitter lemon and saline minerals. Drinking beautifully now, this should age well, peak drinking perhaps 2020 to 2025 and beyond. David Lillie

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Texier 2014 Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes

"The Corps de Loup vineyard has not ceased to surprise us for the elegance and finesse of the wines it produces. It’s hard to imagine a more ethereal and delicate expression of Syrah than this 2014 Côte-Rotie. Don’t be fooled: if the subtleness of the tannins make it an approachable wine today, 10 to 15 years will bring it to new horizons of minerality and salinity. It might be like the wines of Albert Dervieux Theize, so tender in their youth that no one pays attention. But, as a recently drank 1985 proved, his Côte-Roties age remarkably. Aged 18 months in Burgundian barrels of 5 wines, total SO2 equals 25 mg/l at bottling. 12.5%. – 540 bottles and 12 magnums. " - Eric Texier

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Texier 2012 Brézème Domaine Pergaud Vieille Serine

"Just like the Vieilles Serines from St-Julien, this Brézème Pergaud 2012 is probably the easiest drinking we have ever made. A lot more charming in its youth than any other prior vintage, it’ll give impatient drinkers and restaurants a unique opportunity to acquaint themselves with our most singular and wildest expression of Syrah. It is hard to project this into the future, because it is so good right now! 24 months of aging in large wood vats" - Eric Texier
(2,500 liters), SO2 adjusted to a total of 20 mg/l at bottling. 2,656 bottles, 120 magnums and 10 jeroboams

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Texier 2012 CdR St. Julien en St. Alban Domaine Pergaud Vieille Serine

"True to the all-around charm of 2012, this is probably the easiest to drink iteration of this wine since we first made it in 2009. From the start, this wine is open and likable, despite the typical density of Vieilles Serines. Its acidity is lower than in previous vintages, so we don’t see it as a wine to age for too long. Aged 18 months in large wood vats (2,500 liters), SO2 adjusted to a total of 20 mg/l at bottling. 4,924 bottles and 120 magnums" - Eric Texier

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Texier 2014 Côtes du Rhône Brézème

The 2014 Brézème from Eric Texier is a playful Syrah showing a nice balance between fruit and savory characteristics without being overbearing. The nose is a little tight upon opening but after an hour rich red berries and red raspberries peak out with orange zest, woody herbs and a touch of sweet spice. The palate is quite full with light but grippy tannins and serious acidity. Showing more peppery and earthy on the palate but driven by dark red fruit with a slight floral tone on the finish. Fresh but not delicate, this wine would pair well with shepherd's pie, lamb sausage, or chicken fried steak with plenty of gravy. Andy Paynter

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Texier 2015 Cote du Rhone Blanc "Adele"

"As with all our 2015 whites, Adèle is the polar opposite of what we expected from the vintage: bright, balanced, not heavy and with all the finesse of the Northern Rhône’s Clairettes. Native yeasts, aged in concrete vats, 30 mg/l of SO2 at bottling. – 4000 bottles." - Eric Texier.  Tasted 10/12/16, the 2015 Adèle is a lovely and very versatile wine showing subtle aromas of almond, lime-flower, pear, citrus pith and stone. The palate is round and balanced with silky white fruits, citrus and stone with a hint of anise, with a long refreshing finish. Lovely wine - serve with anything from grilled fish to pork chops! DL

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