Jean-Pierre Monier

New Arrivals from the Rhône Valley: The Beautiful 2015 Saint-Joseph "Châtelet" from Monier Perreol, plus Texier CDP, Dumien-Serette and Great Côtes-du-Rhônes!

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We have been huge fans of the Saint-Josephs of Jean-Pierre Monier since tasting them many years ago and visiting his "garagiste" winery in Brunieux, in the hills above Saint-Desirat. Like many Saint-Josephs from the northern zone, the wines here emphasize beautiful high-toned Syrah fruit and can be less "serious" than those from the vineyards around Saint-Jean de Muzol and Tournon. But Monsieur Monier, now associated with Philippe Perreol, has long practiced biodynamic farming and natural vinifications with minimal SO2, producing wines of such beauty and freshness that we appreciate them just as much, in a different and very delicous way! Which brings us to the 2015 Saint-Joseph "Châtelet" - produced by Monier-Perreol from a parcel belongng to Philippe Perreol. The parcel is a unique combination of granite bedrock with "aerien" limestone topsoils - it produced an astonishingly delicious and complex wine in 2015. This wine is simply fantastic, possessing lovely deep fruit, intriguing minerality and wonderful freshness - lovely now, it will age beautifully for ten to twenty years. (Very limited availability) Jean-Pierre Monier is a delightful man who makes soulful wines - we urge you to try them!

Another excellent Saint-Joseph rouge has just arrived - the lovely 2015 Cuvée Patagone from Benoit Roseau.  M. Roseau purchases fruit from small estates in the Northern Rhone and produces artisanal micro-cuvées that offer outstanding value. The 2015 Saint-Joseph is from twenty-year-old vines on granite soils and was fermented with wild yeasts, without de-stemming, and was aged in large old barrels. Quite delicious now, this is an outstanding Saint-Joseph, and an excellent value, that impresses with it's complexity and balance - it will drink beautifully over the next five to eight years. (160 cases produced.)

Speaking of soulful wines, we come to the Châteaufeuf-du-Papes of Eric Texier. 2015 produced rather full-bodied amply-fruited wines that sometimes suffered from over-ripeness and high alcohol in the southern Rhône, but the 2015s from Eric show fabulous minerality and density, are not heavy, and are most certainly built to age. Only a few bottles remain of the superb CDP Blanc, and we can offer 36 bottles of the CDP Rouge Vieilles Vignes.

Back in January we received the the 2015 Cornas "Cuvée Patou" and "Cuvée Henri" from Dumien-Serrette. The "Henri," from vines planted in 1913, sold out immediately but we're happy to report that we have more of the sensational 2015 Cuvée Patou available - and that we have just received 24 bottles of the 2014 "Cuvée Henri!" From vines planted in 1913, this superb Cornas is made with an old-fashioned whole-cluster fermentation and is aged in one to three year-old barrels. A bit less tannic and dense than the 2015, this is a fresher, more approachable wine that is delicous now and over the next 20 years.

The Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Le Grand Pin"  "Chapelle St. Theodoric is a project between winemaker Baptiste Grangeon and importer Peter Weygandt.  There are two parcels; one in the lieu-dit "La Guigasse," which is a pure sand soil and where the vines (all Grenache) range in age of from 50 to 100 year; and the other, "Le Grand Pin" is at the top of Pignan, literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas, also in pure sand and also pure, old vines Grenache. The vinification is traditional, that is to say, whole-cluster, such as employed  by Jacques Reynaud at Chateau Rayas and Laurent Charvin." The 2015s of these two cuvées are among the very finest of the vintage and will be difficult to obtain - today we're offering two vintages, 2012 and 2014 of the lovely Châteaneuf-du-Pape "Le Grand Pin" which show the outstanding quality achieved here - real old-fashioned wines of terroir that are a unique combination of delicacy and power.

We're happy to offer a quintet of our favorite Côtes-du-Rhônes, each one offering sensational value and delicious everyday drinking, whether with hearty winter menus or with grilled foods this summer. These are among the very finest estates of the Southern Rhône, all certified organic or biodynamic and all practicing natural vinifications - we urge you to try them!

Domaine Monier Perreol 2015 Saint-Joseph Chatelet

This beautiful Saint-Joseph is produced by Domaine Monier Perreol from the "Chatelet" vineyard belonging to Philippe Perreol in the hill above Saint-Desirat. The vines are on decomposed granite with an interesting topsoil of "aerien" limestone - a windblown limestone sand. The ruins of a Roman temple on the site add mystic powers. The vines are about 40 years old, the grapes are 80% de-stemmed and undergo a three to four week vinification, with aging in new to 2 year-old barrels. The 2015 "Chatelet" shows a dense opaque red/black color with beautifully bright aromas of black currant  and black raspberry lifted by citrusy acids, with hints of cherry liqueur, rose and dark chocolate. The palate is dense, supple and textured with ripe, cool blackberry and blueberry fruit over a core of minerals and saline acidity. The finish is long and earthy with citrus and black fruit liqueur lingering in the finish. While this wine is amazingly delicious now, "it will be in truly good shape in 15 to 20 years." - Samuel Monier. David Lillie

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Monier Perréol 2016 Saint-Joseph Blanc

The 2016 Monnier Perreol Saint-Joseph Blanc is from  one/half hectare of Marsanne, about 35 year-old vines on granite and limestone/granite soils. There is lovely ripeness here with some exotic fruit, pear, citrus and stone aromas. The palate is ripe and supple but quite fresh, with dried fruits and mineral notes and enough structure for aging showing in the long finish.  A very elegant wine of terroir, drink happily now and over the next ten to fifteen years.

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Roseau, Benoit 2015 Saint-Joseph Cuvee Patagone

This lovely Saint-Joseph from Benoit Roseau is from 20 year-old vines on granite soils, fermented with the stems with wild yeasts and aged in large, old barrels. The aromas are bright and pretty with blackberry, blueberry and violet, with hints of black olive, earth and licorice. The palate shows earthy black fruit liqueur with flavors of roast meat, bitter chocolate, olive and garrigue with a nice mineral kick in the long finish, with firm acidity and lingering black fruits. This is a complex, subtle and well-balanced Saint-Joseph that is drinking beautifully now, and over the next five to eight years.  David Lillie

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Texier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes

"One of the most beautiful wines we have made in almost 20 years of vinification. As a classic example of Châteauneuf, the wine will find its place with long aging. But like many other 2015s, it is immediately seductive. Native yeasts, aged on its lees in old barrels. 1140 bottles produced." - Eric Texier

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Texier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

As usual, Eric Texier's Châteauneuf-du-Pape avoids the top-heavy, concentrated, 100 point-chasing style of much modern CDP in favor of a balanced and well structured wine that will age gracefully. There is density here, but without excess weight and the fruit is complex and earthy with fabulous length. We look forward to drinking a few in about twenty years...

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Dumien Serrette 2015 Cornas Patou Vieilles Vignes

"Patou" is a vineyard in the southern portion of Cornas with vines planted from the 1920s to the 1990s on granite soils. The grapes are mostly de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine ages for approximately 2 years in 3 to 7 year-old barrels. While we don't like using other people's notes, we love what our friend John Livingstone-Learmonth wrote about this wine: "dark red robe. The nose is grilled, meaty, has a primal nature, real entrails in the glass, with pine, basil. The palate also gives pine woven into its plump blackcurrant content, and a broad, rounded mass. The tannins are ripe, supple, well entered. This is full-blooded, STGT (wine of terroir) Cornas, big on character, for the aficionados. It goes well long. Stand back: a freight train is coming! 13.5° alc." While it's quite impressive now, best to wait a few years then drink until 2035.

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Dumien Serrette 2014 Cornas Cuvee Henri

From Syrah planted in 1913 in the lieu-dit "Patou" on granite soils in the southern sector of Cornas. Whole cluster fermentation, aged two years in one to three year-old barrels, approximately 600 bottles produced. The 100 year-old vines in Patou produced a beautiful Cornas in 2014 - lacking the ripeness and weight of the 2015, but lovely in it's own way, showing  a bright, deep black/red color with roasty blackberry and blueberry fruit, game, rose and spice-box. The palate shows black fruits, very deep and textured, framed in bright acidity with old-vine density and length. This is an elegant Cornas that can be enjoyed now with a steak or stew, but will age beautifully as well, best perhaps around 2030. David Lillie

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Chapelle St. Theodoric 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin

 Chapelle Saint-Theodoric is a joint venture between the Grangeon family of Domaine de Cristia and their USA importer Peter Weygandt. Le Grand Pin is all Grenache from the Pignan vineyard on sandy soils. Whole-cluster fermentation in concrete vat with wild yeasts, minimal extraction, aged in 4 to 10 year-old large casks. This is a beautiful old-fashioned Chateauneuf that is all finesse and beauty, very Burgundian in style and absoulutely delicious. The wine shows elegant aromas of black cherry, raspberry, violet, roast meat, graphite, citrus and Provencal garrigue, quite complex. There is intense sappy fruit on the palate with elegant cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate and earth. Very long, dense and ripe but balanced and bright, not at all heavy or over-extracted. The finish is lovely with sappy fruit and mineral flavors lingering on the palate. Delicious as a young wine, this should cellar beautifully, best perhaps 2023 - 2030. DL

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Chapelle St. Theodoric 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin

Le Grand Pin is all Grenache from the Pignan vineyard on sandy soils. Whole-cluster fermentation in concrete vat with wild yeasts, minimal extraction, aged in 4 to 10 year-old large casks. This lovely Chateauneuf-du-Pape shows a light, bright garnet color with perfumed aromas of garrigue, tart cherry, rose, citrus peel and red currant. The palate is light but quite dense with black cherry and blackberry fruit, with earth and mineral notes, quite Burgundian in style. The finish is intense and long with citrus, spice, mineral and red fruits - quite delicious and ready to drink now and over the next 6 to 8 years.

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Richaud 2014 Cotes du Rhone Terre de Galets

(Marcel Richaud has been making "natural wine" for over 40 years, since taking over from his father in the 1970s. Organic farming, low yields, hand-harvesting for perfect fruit and fermentations with wild yeasts with little or no sulfur.) From Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Counoise and Mourvedre on gravel, sandy, galet stone covered soils, semi destemmed, 8-10 day vinification - 65% semi carbonic maceration, 35% traditional fermentation, aged in concrete vats 6-12 months, unfined, unfiltered. The 2014s from Richaud are simply outstanding!  The Terre de Galets shows lovely aromas of black cherry and black raspberry with spice and violets. Very supple, fresh palate with black plum, ripe cherry liqueur, citrus and black pepper with smooth tannins and bright acidity. Very long with ripe fruits and citrusy acids lingering in the finish. Lovely wine - serve cool with grilled meats, chicken, fulll-flavored cheeses.

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Charvin 2015 Cotes-du-Rhone Le Poutet

Laurent Charvin produces a small quantity of exceptional Côtes du Rhône, along with his famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and we're happy to offer a few cases of the beautiful 2015.  Surprisingly pretty and balanced for a 2015, the aromas are quite floral with plum and black raspberry, brown spice, citrus peel and rose. The palate shows slight heat but is elegant and silky with citrus and spice notes in the pure berry fruits. The finish is very long with nice balancing acidity. This lovely Côtes-du-Rhône will benefit from aeration if drinking now, or cellar for 3 to 5 years.  David Lillie

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Aphillanthes 2015 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Le Cros (Syrah)

Domaine des Aphillanthes is near Gigondas in the Southern Rhone and has been certified Biodynamic since 2007. "Le Cros" is all Syrah from 40 to 50 year-old vines, grown on pebbly clay and limestone soils, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barriques. Expressive dark berry fruit mixes with gamier notes of hide and smoked meat on the nose. A little rounder and softer than Northern Rhone syrah, the palate has fine tannic grip, great concentration of fruit, and a strong backbone. Subtle notes of garrigue and bitter chocolate articulate the long mineral finish. 

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Oratoire Saint Martin 2015 Cotes du Rhone Les P'tit Gars

This delicious Rhone red from the biodynamic Oratoire Saint-Martin is mostly Grenache and Syrah, with Mourvedre, Counoise, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Musacadin and Terret Noir grown on limestone/clay soils. The wine shows a pretty melange of raspberry and cherry aromas with hints of licorice and brown spice. The palate is bright and balanced with tart cherry and berry fruits, with surprising depth, in a lively refreshing frame. Simply delicioius! Serve cool with pork and chicken dishes, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

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Ferme Saint-Martin 2016 Côtes du Rhône Les Romanins

Guy Jullien at the Ferme Saint-Martin is one of the pioneers of organic and natural winemaking in the southern Rhône, and his great work continues under his son Thomas. Made from hand-harvested young vines of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, the 2016 "Romanins" has deep, complex aromas of crushed blackberries with red currant, violet, licorice and spice. The palate shows dense red and black fruits, with strawberry, earth and mineral notes  - more structured than the 2015, but remains balanced and pretty, with bright acidity, good length and lovely fruit lingering in the finish. This lovely, great value Côtes-du-Rhône will be perfect with a stew or steak, or anything grilled. Serve slightly chilled. (Bottled with minimal SO2, not fined or filtered.) 

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