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importer & distributor of small-production/low-intervention wines + spirits

FRANCE

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CHAMPAGNE LELARGE-PUGEOT

Lelarge-Pugeot is an eighth-generation winery in Vrigny, on the rolling slopes of the Montagne de Reims (about 15 minutes west of Reims). It is a real family operation, helmed by the two parents, Dominique and Dominique, and supported by their kids, one of whom is our good friend Clémence.  

The family’s vineyards, which are planted mostly with Pinot Meunier, face northward, offering some protection rom the effects of global warming, though Clémence is quick to note that they can now make red wines for the first time in the history of Champagne.  

Certified organic since 2014 and biodynamic since 2017, the wines of Lelarge-Pugeot are bright and full of pizzazz, and the family is producing some electric juice—including Nature et Non Dosé, their no sulfur/no dosage cuvée.  Truly remarkable fizz all around; Prince Charles would agree.


Current Releases:

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Tradition

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Rosé

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Blanc de Blancs

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Rosé de Saignée

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Les Meuniers de Clémence

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Charmes de Vrigny

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Nature et Non Dosé

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Blanc de Meuniers

  • Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot 2006 Quintessence

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FOND CYPRÈS

From the Brigitte Bardot of Corbières and her endearing husband come the wines of Fond Cyprès, a soulful lineup of Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, and blends thereof.

The couple, Laetitia Ourliac and Rodolphe Gianesini, is intent on producing wines that express their sultry slice of the Languedoc—specifically, Escales, in the northernmost part of the Corbières AOC.  Their domaine begins at the end of a road lined with Cypress trees and extends in either direction across 15 ha of lush vegetation and a secret garden grove of olives, tomatoes, eggplants, and wild herbs.

We first met Laetitia and Rodolphe in the deep, damp recesses of Cave Ackerman on a February afternoon in the Loire, and even then their wines were singing.  But when we pulled up to their home the following August and were greeted by bowls of freshly grilled palourdes, mussels, garlic, and parsley cooked in the juice we were about to drink, we understood their wines had made it feel like summer all along. 

Current Releases:

  • Cyprès de Toi Rouge 2017  

  • Cyprès de Toi Blanc 2017

  • Le Corbières 2016

  • Le Carignan de la Source 2016

  • Le Grenache du Bois Saint Jaume 2016

  • La Syrah de la Pinède 2016

PIERRE ARNOLD

[Forthcoming]

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GERMANY



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HOLGER KOCH

Holger and his wife Gabriele started making wine in 1999. In fact, Holger grew up believing he didn't much like wine, yet he also grew up among vines, and there was a tacit understanding with his parents that one day he might take over the family vineyards in Bickensohl. At some point, Holger discovered that he actually did like wine -- quite a lot in fact -- but only if it met his exacting standards.

This led to some difficult decisions when he returned to Bickensohl to steer the Koch domain out of the local co-op and into the deep water of fine hooch. To cut a long story short, he knew that to make good wine he needed good material in the vineyard: if he wanted to make great wine, the family’s current vines (newly planted clones) had to go.

And go they did — to be replaced by choice selection massale plants from Burgundy and Alsace: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Silvaner, Grauburgunder, Weißburgunder and Spätburgunder. These are noble plants, which ripen with much lower sugar levels than the more prodigious clones traditional in these parts. They play a very large role in what Holger does, which, for the most part, is a little as possible. As you may imagine, when it comes to winemaking, ‘doing very little’ involves a great deal of work and stress, and it takes a great deal of time.

After a few years, he began making the finest Pinots -- Noir, Blanc and Gris -- in Swabia, and is renowned internationally as a magician of Pinot Noir. Holger's rules are simple. There is no dogma, just absolute pristine viticulture, and a belief in the idea that several days in the vineyard are preferable to a quick fix in the cellar, where Holger's touch is light indeed. Chaptalization and yeasting are viewed with suspicion, if not disdain, and the élevage of each wine is approached with a thoughtfulness which is rare.

We are grateful for the time and effort Holger and Gabriele devote to these wines, which we think of as the wines Wittgenstein would have made, if only he had been a vigneron. Precise, clear in their intention, and purely delicious.

Current Releases:

  • Holger Koch Weißburgunder Kaiserstuhl 2017

  • Holger Koch Grauburgunder Kaiserstuhl 2017

  • Holger Koch Weißburgunder Scheibenhardt 2017

  • Holger Koch Chardonnay Herrenstück 2017

  • Holger Koch Grauburgunder Herrenstück Lagenwein 2017

 

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HELMUT DOLDE

In the shadow of a fairytale castle, at elevations up to 530 meters above sea level, Helmut and Hedwig Dolde grow Silvaner, Pinots (Noir and Blanc), Riesling, and a few other varieties with integrity and care in some of the most exciting terroirs we have seen:  Weiße Jura (aka marne blanche), some small plots of volcanic soils in and around the villages of Linsenhofen and Neuffen (which takes its name from the neighboring castle), and Braune Jura (on the promising and yet depressingly underutilized slopes around nearby Metzingen).

They also make insane ciders from apples and black pears, and the purest wild fruit distillates we’ve ever tasted (Helmut’s uncle is a dab hand with a still)—and all from a tiny domaine not much larger than an average postage stamp.

The region may locally be known as the Swabian Jura, but tasting in Dolde’s cellars tends to put us more in mind of the Sound of Music. These delicious drinks epitomize “mountain wines.”  Pure as an alpine stream, they invigorate, refresh, and keep us coming back for more. 

Current and Upcoming Releases:

  • Silvaner Weißer Jura 2016

  • Silvaner Weißer Jura 2017

  • Riesling vom Jurakalk 2017 

  • Linsenhöfer Spätburgunder Fass 1 2015

  • ASekt Cider (Coming Spring 2019)

  • Da Steppt Der Bär Pet Nat 2018 (Coming Spring 2019)



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LEON GOLD

[Forthcoming]

ITALY

DIVELLA GUSSAGO

[Forthcoming]