To establish the date of birth of the relationship between the Aubry family and champagne we must go back in time, since already in 1790 are traceable documents that speak of their wines. This family is now represented by the twins Philippe and Pierre Aubry who lead the Maison Aubry et Fils in Jouy-lès-Reims, a small village at the northern foot of the Montagne de Reims. [Read more…] about Brutb Le Nombre d’Or, Champagne L. Aubry Fils
Although the name of Enzo Pontoni says relatively little to the vast majority of wine consumers, it is worth remembering that he is the mind and arms that lie behind the Miani winery, wich produces with incredible constancy rare and legendary wines. The story of Enzo begins around the early ’80s when he decided to leave the engineering sector, where he worked, to take care full-time of the Buttrio family winery (10 kilometers southeast of Udine), and the family vineyards, between Buttrio and Corno di Rosazzo, in the denomination Colli Orientali del Friuli. [Read more…] about Chardonnay Baracca 2017, Miani
Since the Girardin family began viticulture in the seventeenth century, in Santenay, in the extreme south of the Côte de Beaune, it is not surprising that Young Vincent decided at only 19 years old, in 1980, to undertake this activity, starting from two hectares inherited from his parents. The speed with which the quality of his wines was recognized and appreciated is almost incredible, given his young age, and is also the reason why it was possible to expand his business with the purchase of the most prestigious land of his beloved Côte de Beaune (Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet, Saint Aubin, Santenay, Savigny Les Beaune, Aloxe Corton, Volnay and Pommard). [Read more…] about Chevalier Montrachet 2006, Vincent Girardin
In 1974 Giuseppe Castiglioni realized his dream: to produce great wines, in the heart of Chianti Classico, using both autochthonous and international grapes, stimulated in this by the progressive affirmation, also in Italy, of the great wines of Bordeaux. Between the ’80s and ’90s his son Sebastiano, once inherited the reins of the company, while continuing in the paternal direction, expands his vision with the accession to the organic regime and, subsequently (2000), to the biodynamic, organic and vegan. [Read more…] about Batàr 2016, Querciabella
Viticulture is an activity known to the Sardinian population since about 5000 years, and the special relationship created on this island, over time, between man and wine is so deep that it can be compared only with that in the Caucasus region. Even if we wanted to consider only modern times, those who had the opportunity to visit Sardinia in the early ‘900 would have been struck by the impressive quantity of wine producers, considering also those who did it only for family use. [Read more…] about Entemari 2017, Pala
According to their own reports, it seems that the Monmarthe family was present in Ludes, on the northern slopes of the Montagne de Reims, as early as 1737, as owners of land and vineyards. Nevertheless, it is necessary to reach 1930 for the creation of a real winery for the production of Champagne wines, thanks to Ernest Monmarthe who decided to become Récoltant Manipulant and give life to his brand, the homonymous Champagne Ernest Monmarthe. [Read more…] about Premier Cru Brut Privilège, Monmarthe
The history of the Catena Zapata winery began in 1898 when Patriarch Nicola Catena left Italy to move to Argentina, a nation that at the time offered interesting opportunities for development to the willing who, from the poorest and most backward areas of Europe, mainly in Italy and Spain, emigrated there. From the first vineyard, planted in 1902, the Catena family continued to thrive, so much that Nicola’s son, Domingo, had already become, in the 1950s, one of the most famous winegrowers in Mendoza. The real turning point, however, will come only with Domingo’s son: Nicolás Catena Zapata (the maternal surname), a young and brilliant economist who had moved to California to teach economics at the famous Berkley University, and here, in his spare time, had explored the most famous wineries of the time. California was beginning to impose its wines to the attention of wine lovers around the world, and their production style eventually influenced Nicolás’ work when, in 1985, he took over the reins of the family business.
The development process, however, was just at the beginning because, studying the characteristics of the wines produced, Nicolás realized he was looking for a more elegant and refined taste, and so he made a decision that his contemporaries did not hesitate to stigmatize as crazy: planting vineyards at extreme altitudes. The first area affected by this revolution was the vineyard “Adrianna” (in honor of the youngest daughter), in Gualtarray, in one of the coldest areas of the Mendoza region, at 1500 meters of altitude. On-site studies showed that, in addition to a colder climate, which allowed harvesting perfectly ripe grapes, with a lower sugar concentration than the plain (and therefore a lower potential alcohol content), the grapes developed thicker skins, rich in polyphenols, and a greater amount of indigenous yeasts.
Exactly from a parcel of 2.2 hectares of this vineyard, called “White Bones” (white bones) because of the soil rich in calcareous fossils of animal origin, deposited on the bed of a river that in prehistoric times crossed the region, was born the homonymous Chardonnay “White Bones”. The grapes, after a manual harvest and a plant sorting, ferment and macerate, in barriques and tonneaux, for a period between 45 and 95 days, at a temperature of 16 degrees, then age between 12 and 16 months in oak barrels with frequent batonnage.
The 2018 vintage boasts a straw-yellow color of medium consistency with an olfactory fan that opens with notes of chlorophyll, vanilla, lychee and Chinese Mandarin, followed by lime, yellow plum, freshly cut grass and Normandy butter, with final echoes of burnt calcium and flint. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, dominated by an electrifying acidity, around which are grafted the sapidity and a slight spicy note, all enriched by the return of citrus and vegetable that persist for a long time even after a refreshing closure.
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Writing about a Maison such important as Louis Roederer, for the Champagne area, is an exercise not without difficulties, since it is one of the most famous in the absolute sense and the risk of a fruitless mythologizing is always around the corner. It all begins in 1776 when Mr Dubois with his sons establishes the homonimous winery Dubois Père & Fils, in which arrives from Alsace, as a collaborator, Nicolas Schreider, who later decides to take over the property. [Read more…] about Brut Premier, Louis Roederer
To establish a date of the connection between the Pecorari family and viticulture in the Isonzo valleys, near Gorizia, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, just 10 kilometers from the border with Slovenia, we have to go back to 1879. Since then this connection has never been broken, passing through five generations, and arriving at the current owner Alvaro Pecorari who, starting from the important development work done by his father, gave it a definitive organization through the creation of Lis Neris winery. [Read more…] about Jurosa 2016, Lis Neris
The fact that the Maison Gonet-Médeville has just turned 20 years of age should not mislead us from the actual importance of this winery in Bisseuil, on the south-eastern side of the Montagne de Reims, in Champagne. The owner couple, Xavier Gonet and his wife Julie Médeville, are in fact the respective descendants of a famous family of Champagne winemakers (the Gonets) and a family with several properties in Bordeaux, including Château Gillette and Château Les justices (the Médeville). [Read more…] about Premier Cru Brut Tradition, Gonet-Médeville