Domaine Guiberteau

In two decades, Romain Guiberteau has brought his family’s estate from a key contributor to the cooperative of Saumur to among the most highly regarded and sought-after producers in all of France. Romain’s grandfather was a prominent member of the cooperative in the WWII era, no doubt at least in part because of his vineyards, most of which lie on the hill of Brézé. Brézé has long been considered one of the best vineyards to grow chenin blanc, way before anyone in New York had ever heard of Clos Rougeard. Famed French wine critic Michel Bettane has called the wine produced from the vineyard that descends from Chateau Brézé, “the quintessence of chenin”.

Now somewhat famously, Dani Foucault of Clos Rougeard mentored Romain Guiberteau during his first shot at winemaking back in ’96, when he managed 5,000 bottles of eye-opening cabernet franc. Out of his roughly 15 hectares of vineyards, all planted to either chenin blanc or cabernet franc, Romain now bottles eight cuvées, including an estate white and red made of younger vines and six single vineyard bottlings.

You can count us among this estate’s rabid fanatics, as with each bottle they confirm the greatness of chenin blanc, cabernet franc, and the mighty Loire Valley. Please don’t hesitate to snatch these up, as our annual allocation is sure to get smaller as more and more people catch on to Guiberteau.

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Los Bermejos

Of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is the island closest to the African continent. The entire archipelago is of volcanic origin, having intermittently sprouted from below sea level over the last 20 million years or so. Viticulture here is an astonishing accomplishment, given the average annual rainfall of around 6″, complete lack of water in the subsoil, and up to 110°F dust-laden African winds. Workers dig holes (hoyos) in the volcanic sand to access soil nutrients and build stone walls around each vine to protect them from the incredibly harsh conditions, giving a visual effect to the vineyard that looks like it’s on another planet. Growing vines in the desert isn’t all bad news, though, as the island has never been hit by phylloxera, preventing the need for grafting onto American rootstock.

The cellar of Los Bermejos belonged to a prominent family for a few centuries before descending into almost complete inactivity near the turn of the millennium. New ownership reinvigorated viticultural activity and brought back international acclaim over the last fifteen years. Conversion to organics is nearly complete, and after a brief hiatus, the wines are once again available here in Massachusetts. This month we’re thrilled to offer both the still and sparkling versions of the local malvasia volcanica, and the red and rosé bottlings of listan negro, a grape with a surprising connection to the history of winemaking in the New World.

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Davide Neri’s Il Monticello

Monticello

For July’s featured winery we’re trekking up to the hills just above the northwestern Italian coastline. Davide Neri and his bother Alessandro began the conversion of their father’s vineyards to organic and biodynamic viticulture following a meeting with Claudio Icardi in the early nineties. Not much of these wines make it to our shores, and this is the first time we’ve had a white, red, and rosé all at the same time. All three are full of sun and life, and seemingly made with these lazy summer months in mind. They’re not picky about food, so plunk any of these down on the patio table with Mediterranean seafood dishes or just your average barbecue. Expert tip: chill the red!

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