Collector’s Club – February 2023

2021 Domaine Emmanuel Fellot, Bourgogne Blanc — This family estate in the southern part of Beaujolais, dates back to 1829.

Today it is in the hands of Emmanuel Fellot and his wife Nadège, who have 20 hectares of vines located between the hills of Brouilly and the Nizerand Valley. With a strong commitment to biodiversity and the environment, he has converted his vineyards to organic farming. This 100% Chardonnay is sourced from vines averaging 15 years in age, grown in selected plots in the Pierres Dorées region. It sees some oak aging, goes through malolactic fermentation, and rests six months on the lees, resulting in a fresh, clean wine with white fruit and floral notes, lovely texture, and nice minerality. Perfect with seafood, fish, or goat cheese. $22

2020 Château les Croisille, Le Croizillon, Cahors — This wine comes from the Cahors appellation in southwest France, best known for its red wines made primarily from Malbec. Croisille is a family-owned winery, begun in 1979 by Bernard and Cécile Croisille and now run by the second generation, who have converted to organic viticulture and more natural practices, using wild yeasts and minimal sulfites. This 100% Malbec is sourced from 30-year-old vines grown in limestone and clay soils. It is made in a lighter, fruitier style than the traditional “black wines of Cahors,” using partial carbonic maceration (the process used in making Beaujolais) and aged in stainless steel and concrete. The result is a fresh, juicy, easy-drinking wine, low in alcohol and great with a variety of foods. $18

2021 Bishop’s Peak, Pinot Noir — Bishop’s Peak wines are made by Talley Vineyards, located in the Arroyo Grande Valley on California’s south central coast. Their Bishop’s Peak wines aim to deliver exceptional value, with the same attention to detail that Talley wines are known for. The wines are produced in small lots and sourced from cooler climate vineyards in Arroyo Grande Valley, Edna Valley, and Paso Robles, and reflect the diversity of San Luis Obispo County. The fruit for this 100% Pinot Noir is sourced from sites owned by the Talley Family, plus fruit from other trusted growers. It is aged ten months in mostly neutral French oak and is soft and aromatic, with notes of ripe cherry, plum, and a hint of toast. Enjoy anytime, with grilled salmon or wild mushroom dishes. $25

2019 Santa Julia, Reserva Mountain Blend —The Santa Julia line of wines was created in honor of Julia Zuccardi, whose family has been making wines in Argentina’s Uco Valley since 1963. Santa Julia wines are made with the same commitment to quality, using sustainable practices that not only protect the environment, but also support the farmers and the health of the local community. Julia provides childcare and schooling for her employees’ children, as well as adult education programs, and health and fitness centers. This wine is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Franc, aged in French oak for ten months. It is medium-bodied and complex, with rich, juicy flavors of plum, blackberry, and spice, and uplifting blueberry and violet notes from the Cab Franc. $14.25

2020 Domaine de la Chauvinière, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie — Muscadet comes from the western end of the Loire Valley and is made from the grape Melon de Bourgogne. The most important growing zone is the Sèvre et Maine, named for two tributaries of the Loire. Jérémie Huchet is a highly regarded producer in the region and Domaine de la Chauvinière, a former monastery, has been in his family for four generations. It is in the granite-rich subzone, Château-Thébaud, considered to be one of the region’s “grand crus.” The site has shallow, well-drained soil of sand, gravel, and pebbles over the unique, local granite, which is faulted vertically, allowing the vine roots to grow deeply and pick up more minerality from the soil. His Muscadet is dry and crisp, with zesty acidity, texture from the sur lie aging, and wonderful stony minerality. Perfect for oysters, mussels, or sashimi. $16

2018 Lyrarakis, Red — Crete is Greece’s largest island, situated at the southern edge of the Aegean Sea. It is a mountainous region with a mostly Mediterranean climate, and Lyrarakis has been making wine here since 1966. Their focus is on rare local varietals and they are credited with helping save several from extinction. This wine comes from Central Crete and is 75% Syrah and 25% Kotsifali, a thin-skinned grape grown primarily on Crete, that is low in acid and often blended with other grapes. 15% of the wine was aged in oak barrels for 12 months. This is a classic Mediterranean wine, intense, ripe, and juicy, with floral notes and dark, savory fruit flavors. It has a touch of oak and delicate spice notes plus fresh, food friendly acidity. Enjoy with grilled red meat, game, or sharp cheeses. $15