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Spotlight: MONDAY 9/25 Rhone Tasting 6PM – 8PM


We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you some wines from the Rhone that we adore! Featuring 3 of our favorite producers from the region, Matthieu Barret, Jean-Michel Stephan, and David Reynaud all being shown by their exporter Chrisophe Mingeaud himself! These 3 all happen to be biodynamic and are doing different, and we think, very exciting things in the Northern Rhone. Come taste for yourself!!


David Reynaud
David makes his wine in the Crozes-Hermitage region, 100% biodynamic, hand harvested, low intervention, concrete eggs, and very little to no sulfur added. His wines present as the most “natural” of the three.
2011 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Les Bruyeres Georges Reynaud
“Bright violet color. Intense, pepper-spiked dark berries and violet on the perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering lively blackberry and bitter cherry flavors along with a hint of smokiness. The peppery quality adds cut to the finish, which features fine-grained, slow-building, harmonious tannins. This wine was made without contact with oak.” 90 pts. Josh Raynolds

Matthieu Barret

Matthieu makes his wines in Cornas, and created a slight disruption in the Northern Rhone by claiming that his Cornas’ were more elegant than the wines of Hermitage. Needless to say, he didn’t win any high powered friends there, but he has made a convert out of us! His wines are so elegant and powerful with all the spice subtleties that one would want. The picture above is his new black concrete ‘eggs’ at his winery!

“To say I was blown away by these new releases from the young Matthieu Barret would be an understatement. Pulling from close to 24 acres in Cornas (which is a sizeable portion) and a wealth of old vines, he releases three, sometime four, Cornas in any vintage.” – Robert Parker


Jean-Michel Stephan
Jean-Michel in some ways is the father of the three, coming from working at Guigal (and possibly Chave in Hermitage depending on which stories you believe). In fact his most prized vineyards of Sérine (pictured above which is one row of vines per slope!) were abandoned by Chave and he scooped them up for himself. Only 25% or so of his vineyards are accessible by horse; the rest he harvests on foot. His vines produce really low yields so the amount of wine he is able to make is very small; he uses no sulfur. Jean-Michel is a true natural winemaker and his wines from Cote-Rotie are unlike any other.



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