The vineyards of Mont Gravet are situated near the city of Toulouse in southwest France and find a moderating climate influence from proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. A region generally known for Armagnac, there is a growing category of still dry wines that are gaining in popularity. Mont Gravet is produced using 100% Colombard, one of the indigenous varieties of the area. The vines are planted on the hillsides called “Mont” in French and on soils that are full of oval shaped pebbles called “Gravet.&rd
It is extremely rare that we find the opportunity to offer a biodynamic produced wine from a single vineyard at this price. Selected from 100% Melon de Bourgogne in the Muscadet Sevre et Maine region, the soil is a special Amphibolites - Metaporphic rocks that give the wine a specific minerality. The grapes from this 15 acre parcel are carefully harvested by hand and whole cluster pressed before being racked off the lees into cement tanks before bottling. The style of this wine is perfect for a dry cocktail white wine
Every year Richard and Carla Betts bring us great wines, but this 2016 Rosé is perhaps the finest pink wine from them yet. We had a staff training at the Boulder Wine Merchant with this dynamic duo and received a sneak peek of this wine well before it arrived in Colorado. We have been eagerly anticipating its arrival since trying this delicious, vibrant, balanced wine. The 2016 vintage seems to have more richness and a perfectly integrated acidity that drives the multi-layered finish. My Essential is inspi
It has been a while since we have been able to find a Cahors wine that we were excited about featuring. This 2015 Château Combel-la-Serre produced by Julien Ilbert is awesome. Superb richness and style while maintaining a clean profile that is not too tannic - this is how French Malbec should taste. In the region, Malbec is referred to as either Auxerrois or Côt and is often blended with Negrette and Tannat. That said, Julien believes in only working with Auxerrois in his Cahors wines. The estat
The Breton family farms 11 hectare of vines just east of Bourgueil in the village of Restigné. Catherine and Pierre focus their production on Cabernet Franc from Chinon and Bourgueil with a small amount of Chenin Blanc from Vouvray. They have been certified organic since 1991, with biodynamic practices since 1994. Their philosophy also includes commitments to low yields, hand harvesting, natural yeasts, low or no sulfur, and age in oak barrels. “Trinch” is named after a German expression meanin
Saint-Pourçain is a lesser-known wine region that is producing unique wines at an excellent value. Granted AOC status in 2009, it is often considered an upstream satellite of the Loire Valley. The red wines of this region are made from Pinot Noir and Gamay. Château Courtinat was created around a sixteenth-century convent based on the Sioule river. Christophe and his wife Nathalie represent the third generation of winemakers here, though it was Christophe’s father who started bottling their production in 1982.