Bodega Chacra 'Lunita' Pinot Noir 2021
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Lunita is a very special wine to me. It is made from a very old, un-grafted, tiny vineyard of 1.5 hectares that we nourished back to life over the course of the last 13 years. The vineyard sits on the middle part of our valley and has an equal amount of calcarious material, sand pebbles, and clay. In prior years, the grapes of the Lunita vineyard were destined to Barda, as I felt that the vines were still somewhat not perfectly balanced. Slowly, as the vineyard came back to life, we decided to ferment it separately. Lunita’s grapes are picked early in the morning and are fermented in an open cement tank in whole clusters. The wine is not extracted nor concentrated as we ferment it by infusions. 50% of the elevage is done in used oak barrels and the remainder 50% is fermented in cement.
- Piero Incisa della Rocchetta
Aged 11 months in concrete tanks. 100% natural and unfiltered. Organic and biodynamic.
Chacra was created by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta in 2004 with the intention of finding the most unobstructed expression of the climate, micro-climate, and terrior of Mainqué in the Río Negro region of Patagonia.
Respecting the environment by following biodynamic and organic principles, Piero strives to make wines that are transparent, pure, delicate, and floral with a strong minerality.
In Patagonia, a “chacra” is a special piece of land destined to pomology. At the same time, chacras are vital energy centers that provide us with the ability to connect with the whole universe, with everything living and vibrating. In its nourishment, in the marriage with every meal, wine is the companion of pleasure and sensitivity. Wine is intimate and touches all our senses. Chacra aims to enhance that connection.
Edmond Cornu & Fils Ladoix Les Carrieres 2018
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Domaine Edmond Cornu was founded when the Cornu family settled in the town of Ladoix in 1870 and established the domaine in 1875. Edmond Cornu assumed command of the estate in 1956 and in 1959 began to bottle the fruits of his labor. Up to that time all wines made at the estate had been sold to negociants. As the private clientele increased, Cornu also expanded the domaine. With the ascension of his son, Pierre, to full participation in the domaine, this dynamic family has aggressively pursued additional opportunities to acquire prime vineyard sites. Having expanded the domaine, Pierre is now joined by his cousin, Emmanuel Boireau, in supervising the vineyard and cellar work.
Les Carrieres is a special site in Ladoix that abuts the grand cru Corton-Rognet on one side and the great Ladoix premier cru Le Bois Roussot on the other. This highly pedigreed terroir results in exceptional complexity for what is technically a village-level wine. Its particularly stony, gravelly soils provide excellent drainage and promote vigorous acidity in its wines—a feature which nicely offsets the wine's spice-driven, black-cherry fruit and smoky intensity. To put it simply, this is one of those wines that you just can't ever have enough of - and at this price, you can open one every night of the week!
Burghound: 88-90 Points
An admirably deft touch of wood sets of the very pretty mix of red and blue pinot fruit together with a floral hint. The caressing, round and utterly delicious medium weight flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension before terminating in a dusty, long and slightly more complex finish.
Gonet-Medeville Coteaux Champenois Grand Cru Ambonnay Cuvee Athenais 2018
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Pinot Noir - 12 hectares of well-drained limestone and chalky soil, from a western facing vineyard in Ambonnay.
97 years old vines farmed conventionally.
From a third of a hectare of old vines planted in 1905. Xavier remains true to the ideas for his Champagnes – that is to say he is seeking full ripeness, and the wine is all aged in barrel. A deep colour and bright cherry fruit, with a spicy overlay and pure silky feel. Long on red berry and pure Pinot juice. Hypnotic, dense, ripe, strawberry-tinged and rarely-made red wine – from 97-year old Pinot Noir vines grown on the steepest slopes of Ambonnay – among the best still wines of Champagne.
Phelps Creek Cuvee Alexandrine 2018
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Alexandrine Roy joined Phelps Creek as Director of Winemaking from Domaine Marc Roy, in Burgundy, where she is the owner. The fourth generation vigneron continually amazes with her timeless techniques steeped in French tradition. The collaboration began serendipitously as she and the founder of Phelps Creek, Bob Morus, met at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in 2007. Both site’s terroirs were so similar it inspired a winemaking partnership. Originally brought on to produce this special cuvée from the best estate Pinot Noir, her role has expanded to contributions reflected in all of the wines.
James Suckling: 93 Points
Aromas of wild herbs and undergrowth with plenty of fresh red fruit, too. This has a sleek, firm feel with ample, juicy and fresh tannins that deliver a succulent, fine-grained feel. Drink or hold.