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Pierre Frick Pinot Gris Alsace AOC 2010 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- "Wine is not about the mind. It's about music. It's art. It's sensory." - Pierre Frick / Once an aspiring ecologist, Pierre Frick instead found his calling in the vineyards, farming organically since 1970, and biodynamically since 1981. Located in Alsace between Colmar and Guebwiller, Frick farms 12ha of vineyards (1/3 of which are rented), and remains passionately committed to improving and maintaining the health of his vines and land. By choosing to hand harvest with local grape pickers, Frick maintains the social and cultural component of the harvest, while allowing the true expression of the grapes and soil to come through in the cellar. He vinifies with natural yeasts only, and hasn't used chaptalization (the addition of sugar to grape juice before or during fermentation to increase alcohol levels) since the 80's. Wines remain on fine lees for 5-9 months, in oak casks up to a century old, without any additional stirring. Expressive aromatics of quince, pear, and honeyed wildflowers carry through to a full-bodied, velvety palate, redolent with rich pear and light brioche flavors. Good acidity and a generous, lingering finish make this a wonderful match with roasts, hard cheeses, even chicken curry, as well as a fabulous aperitif.
Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais AOC "Origine" Vieilles Vignes 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: BEAUJOLAIS AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- While Beaujolais has the reputation of being simple, juicy, and chuggable, that does a disservice to the wines produced by masters like Pierre-Marie Chermette. Pierre-Marie and Martine Chermette were among the first in Beaujolais to use sustainable agricultural practices, eschewing chemicals in the vineyard in favor of soil health, low yields, and minimal intervention in the cellar. Wild yeast fermentation, minimal sulfur addition, and no filtration whenever possible are the normal procedures, and the wines are aged in traditional, floor-to-ceiling neutral oak casks. This cuvée was created in 1986 at the urging of Jean Brouilly, a master chef in Tarare who needed a very natural, old-school wine for Easter. From four hectares of old gamay (35-85 year old vines) growing in dark granite soils in St. Vérand, this remains faithful to its traditional beginnings, 30 years later. Shiny ruby in color, it displays a beautiful nose of floral and wild red berry notes (think wild strawberry, raspberry, peony, and white pepper!), that open up gently in the mouth with a silky, refined texture. A touch of spice on the finish makes this an elegant companion to pumpkin and bacon risotto or ratatouille.