Louis Dressner Selections Louis Dressner Selections Blog http://louisdressner.com/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:41:44 GMT Jules Dressner <![CDATA[Quinta do Infantado Visit.]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/8/20/348/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/8/20/348/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:19:58 GMT

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<![CDATA[Remembering Ernesto Cattel.]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/8/6/347/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/8/6/347/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 27:01:22 GMT

From Kevin McKenna:

I spent a day with Ernesto on my own, free of a egroupi last November. I had not done that in a while. We travelled all over the area looking at the vines he was working, some new vines heed taken on and talking about his plans for Costadilà. We went to a spot that Costadilà had just purchased, a beautiful plot, that would be planted this spring. It was neither an insignificant amount of land or an insignificant amount of work, but it seemed like a fait accompli when Ernesto spoke passionately about the steps he had already set in motion, the vision of what it would be like, and the complete joy the whole enterprise was bringing him. He was infectious. We said eSee ya!i and I was excited for the future.

Of course, a lot of it was swagger. Ernesto was very, very clever with the swagger, almost mischievously so... like he was baiting you. You always felt a deep undercurrent of intelligence and confidence that drew you in, but sometimes it was, like, ...ce mon, man, seriously?! But the fact is, he always came through on his craft. I remember one time going to see him years ago in the spring around the time of Vinitaly; we had not been working together long then. The weather and temperatures that spring were more than a bit precocious and the plants had forced out their buds quite early. We went to the 280slm vineyard, I clearly recall, and it was a mess. The pruning not only had not been finished, it had not even been started. Not even the first pruning. Ied really never seen anything like it - long canes from last vintage already sprouting leaves. Ernesto was like eOOPS! Ieve got to get to this, but donet worry, donet worry, ites finei Needless to say, I was quite preoccupied for those grapes and that wine for that vintage. But he was right, the wine was even a step up that year, not to say this was the reason, but certainly it did not affect the quality negatively. a

This spring, I had been told that there were health issues. He did not make his annual appearance in Angers in February. Then we spoke, and he was on the mend. I called him in June and we talked - I started to worry because I hadnet heard from him. In November we had talked about significantly more quantity of wine for the US in 2018 and I needed to confirm that for my own piece of mind; he sounded great – positive and upbeat about the wines that were coming. We had gotten our first orders for the new wines finally packed and shipped (they arrive shortly). Last week I, frankly, had a little panic attack looking at the small amount of the first round, imagining it gone in a few weeks of its arrival. Weeve been in contact all last week and up through this weekend. And then I received an email from Martina telling me to call her at 11:00 PM last night. Because of the time difference, I did not want to call at 5AM in Italy so I waited, suspicious and worried. Of course, in our current media age, email and internet confirmed my worst fears this morning as soon as I woke.

eThere is no word in Italian for privacyi is oft-cited apocrypha. Ites true in the sense of the word: iFree from being observed or disturbed by other people; free from public attention.i It strangely rings true in my experience of living and interacting with Italians for 15 years now. They tend to live openly and in close quarters, physically and emotionally. True, that is, except in one realm – health and matters of diagnosis. The Italians are reluctant and even circumspect in discussing their health. I am not talking about a cold or a sprained wrist or some physical anomaly that is temporary, about which they will actually kvetch endlessly. Ites the grave diagnoses and uncertain prognoses that are rarely ever fully disclosed or discussed except to immediate family and a closed circle of friends. There is a hushed, omertá kind of privacy surrounding grave illness. Ites considered a private matter.

No judgements from me, and in fact, Iem all for it. Ites the last bastion of respectable privacy these days. However, ites a bit tough for folks like me, those who tend to blur the divide between business and friendship, commerce and professional encouragement…We visit, we share ideas, we break bread, and we enjoy each otheres company and points of view. We advise; we argue; we collaborate. We get so involved in the day to day life, ites somewhat with a sense of helplessness to be left out of the bigger picture of L-I-F-E. I still am not sure of Ernestoes illness last year and this spring. I donet know what the cause of death was. I guess I will find out. Does it matter?

What I do know is that we do not get to share ideas, taste together, break bread, enjoy each otheres company, argue, get infected by each otheres visions, encourage each other... Dammit.

I saw this picture on the Internet (ed note: Kevin is referring to the photo above). I shamelessly grabbed it (so we may have to take it down at some point.) I love it, because ites Ernesto in one of the elements in which I will always remember him – Vini dei Vignaioli in Fornovo di Taro. Hees there every year with a massive madness of bottles on his table and a crowd in front of him. His hands are in constant motion, always seemingly in the spooky blur captured in the photo…Ites like a skilled Three-Card-Monty dealer at work.

My heavy heart goes out to Ernestoes wife and children, his associates and friends. Nothinges fair, I guess, but this is one for the records.a

From Jules Dressner:

Waking up to the news of Ernestoes passing has made for a contemplative morning. Ied heard he was sick, but had no idea it had gotten to this point. His big, inviting smile makes me do the same as I pen these words. He had such a vibrant, canet-stop, wonet-stop energy that I fully expected to see him again, having gotten better, bouncing around from person to person while pouring wines at his perpetually packed table.

My most vivid memory of Ernesto has us shuffling down the cold February streets of Boston during his only visit to the US. Weed just finished a big dinner at Peach Farm. Amongst huge lobsters and live eels brought to our table in slop buckets for approval, he discovered an American wine loveres tradition: bringing a dizzying array of bottles to a BYOB Chinese restaurant. Hopped up on good wine and MSG, he told me how grateful he was for us organizing his trip, and how much of a pleasure it had been meeting all of the incredible people at the Big Glou in NYC and the Boston tasting.

Ites not a surprise customers were excited: Costadilà has a huge following. And while most will never have gotten the chance to meet Ernesto, they share intimate, personal connections with the wines. I have no doubt that the news of his passing will affect many of you who read this, much like a favorite musician. Know that the energy and the joie de vivre in every sip embodies its creator beautifully.

I write this from Oslo, where I am visiting my friends Hally and Rachel. A few years ago Ied set them up on a visit with Ernesto, where he showed them every vineyard and had dinner with them. It was such a great experience that they asked if he could make a custom label for their wedding, pictured below.

Weell be drinking a bottle of 450 tonight in your memory, Ernesto. Though we did not see each other often, Iem grateful that your visit in 2016 permitted us to get to know each other better. I almost missed that flight to Boston with you. I skipped the security line and sprinted to the gate, arriving a minute before the doors closed. Breathless but on board, my stress evaporated the second I spotted your big smile.

<![CDATA[New Estate in Chile: Pisador!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/6/25/346/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/6/25/346/ Mon, 25 Jun 2018 20:06:22 GMT

We are very happy to be importing this small new project from Elena Pantaleoni and Nicola Massa! Read all about it here!]]>
<![CDATA[New Producer: Massimiliano Croci!!!!!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/6/12/345/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/6/12/345/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:32:24 GMT

Read all about Tenuta Croci right here!!!]]>
<![CDATA[New Koehler-Ruprecht Visit!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/3/1/343/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/3/1/343/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 28:38:54 GMT

Read up on our recent visit with Koehler-Ruprecht!]]>
<![CDATA[New Harvest Reports from Olivier Horiot, Valérie Forgues and Perrini Organic!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/1/12/342/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2018/1/12/342/ Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:41:29 GMT

Olivier Horiot!!!!

Valérie Forgues!!!

Perrini Organic!!!]]>
<![CDATA[New Visit: Emmanuel Houillon at Maison Pierre Overnoy!!!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/12/22/341/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/12/22/341/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 21:02:29 GMT

READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!]]>
<![CDATA[More 2017 Harvest Reports!!!!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/12/1/340/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/12/1/340/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 24:40:16 GMT

Phillipe Chevarin!!!!


Maison Pierre-Overnoy. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Gaggle of New Harvest Reports!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/11/17/339/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/11/17/339/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 27:16:24 GMT



Santuvario's 2017!

Santuvario's 2016!]]>
<![CDATA[2017 Harvest Reports from Baudy, Cazin, Pépière and Foti!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/11/2/338/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/11/2/338/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 24:26:12 GMT

Salvo Foti!

François Cazin!


<![CDATA[2017 (and 2016) Harvest Reports!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/10/6/337/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/10/6/337/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:13:31 GMT

Here we go!





Eric Texier!


François Cazin!

<![CDATA[Introducing The Négoce WInes of Bellivière!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/8/25/336/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/8/25/336/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:12:44 GMT

Weeve decided, in order to face the challenges of multiple vintages affected by frost, to help supplement our treasury with a new activity of négoce wines. We are actually very happy to have embarked in this very human, collaborative endeavor.

After contacting some vignerons friends in Anjou, we were able to secure biodynamically farmed grapes in red (Cabernet) and white (Chenin). The opportunity to purchase grapes in the Midi was offered to us in August. Chance has drawn me back to a region I spent a lot of time in during my oenologist years and that Ieve always appreciated for the beauty of its land and vineyards. We met a vine grower close to Mont Ventoux, also in biodynamics, who due to the lack of a local buyeres interest for the quality of his work, decided to sell his harvest elsewhere.

In a race against time, were were able to purchase beautiful grapes from gobelet trained, 45 year old Grenache and old Carignans. This decision was made hastily and instinctively, motivated by a positive experience with a new acquaintance. These three very intense weeks in late August and September have led us to a new, durable partnership with a vine grower who cares about the quality and morality of his work. This permitted us to choose the grapes directly from the the vines, to decide the optimal moment to harvest and, in coordination with other vignerons friends, hand-harvest ourselves in small bins and quickly bring the grapes back home in a refrigerated truck.

We worked non-stop for these beautiful grapes. A first for us, a totally de-stemmed vinification took place in our new cellar. The results are already tangible.


Harvested in the zone of Petits Bonnezeaux, Confluence (100% Chenin) will be in a resolutely dry style, with a good body marked but by fresh white fruit, particularly peach. This is a sector apt for botrytis, and we were very diligent about exact harvest dates to avoid it at all costs. We are very happy with the result.


Lighter than its Southern brethren, Castor (70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon) shows nice richness and a great freshness, with ripe fruit and acidity. The Cabernet Franc dominates and shows optimal maturity; I donet think it could have been picked at a more perfect time. This is definitely Loire, and more fresh than opulent. However, a solid tannic structure assures that the wine, while ready to drink now, will age gracefully.


Still in elevage, Raisins Migrateurs (80% Grenache, 20% Carignan) is looking to be rich and solid. Dense with very ripe fruit, black, crunchy fruit dominate on the palate but are balanced by rich, elegant tannins. The potential to age this wine is real, and our goal was to find a balance between immediate enjoyment in its youth and cellaring. We think that the winese nuance will work well with red meat and game. It is a real pleasure to discover the generous profile of the Southern Rhône.]]>
<![CDATA[New Producer: La Villana!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/8/4/335/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/8/4/335/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:56:24 GMT

We are very, very excited to be working with the wines of La Villana! We first met Joy Kull years ago when she was interning at Le Coste, and were finally able to visit her this May and check on her solo project. We were very impressed for a first vintage, and looking forward to sharing these with the you!

Read Joy's profile and interview here!]]>
<![CDATA[New Producer: Phillipe Chevarin!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/4/27/334/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/4/27/334/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:15:12 GMT

Go check out Phillipe's profile and interview!]]>
<![CDATA[Maria Ernesta Berucci!!!!!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/3/31/333/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/3/31/333/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 24:54:11 GMT

Read up on one of our newest Italian producers, the very talented Maria Ernesta Berucci!!!!

<![CDATA[Federico Orsi Profile and Interview!!!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/3/1/332/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2017/3/1/332/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:32:35 GMT

"When I took over the winery in 2005, everything was done conventionally. My original plan was simply to find the best way to market myself; I was aware of being a very small winery in a relatively unknown area. My initial goal was to work with grapes indigenous to this land, to make a wine that corresponded to Bologna. I wanted the wine to distinguish itself; not to make something for the sake of being different, but to express my region."

Federico Orsi gives us an in depth look into how he became a winemaker overnight, discovering biodynamics, founding a farmer's market, raising pigs to make the world's best mortadella and so much more in his brand-spanking new interview!

READ IT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

<![CDATA[A Day With Arianna Occhipinti!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2016/12/14/331/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2016/12/14/331/ Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:45:21 GMT

Follow the adventures of Arianna as she works on her 2016's in the cellar, has a pizza party and shows her hidden singer/songwriter talents!]]>
<![CDATA[WHOA! 360 Videos from Elisabetta Foradori's 2016 Harvest!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2016/11/18/330/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2016/11/18/330/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:25:13 GMT

Elisabetta Foradori's son Theo Zierock has shared with us his incredible labor of love documenting Foradori's 2016 harvest in Virtual Reality! This is so cool!

Via Theo:

This spring, after a calm winter, a wave of immediate heat favored an early vegetative explosion. The hot start was quickly interrupted by a wet and cold end of May, which continued into a chilly summer until August. Heat and lack of rain marked the second half of the season and continued almost uninterrupted until the end of the harvest. Single showers helped the vines in the last days before picking, but overall, although very productive, this vintage is marked by an unbalanced climate. We will discover in the next phases of human transformation how this bipolarity transfers to the wines.

To share this yeares harvest we thought of creating a participative experience of the winery during the moment of the year, where all the challenges and efforts come to a peak.

1. The video above is a condensed overview of the whole production process from the grape harvest to fermentation in our clay Tinajas.

2. The harvest in the Teroldego vineyards.

Both scenes are filmed in parcels that end up in bottles of Foradori. The first part shows our harvest-team picking grapes from our wide pergola. This original method of Teroldego farming in the area of the Piana Rotaliana allowed our ancestors to be as autonomous as possible with little farmable land. Between these wide rows, originally the peasants would plant vegetables or corn for polenta, keep animals and cut hay.

3. Our collaborator Andrea drives the tractor with the harvest from the vineyard to the courtyard for the next step.

4. After weighting the harvested grapes on our old scale (built-in to the courtyard), Lorenzo moves the load from the scale to the processing area. Here the grapes are destemmed and pumped to the cellar without being pressed.

5. The harvest team at lunch. This year our team was particularly young and international: hailing from seven different countries, most of our pickers were under 30.

6. The Foradori brothers, Emilio and Theo, take care of the grape stomping or pigeage in the cellar. During the fermentation this is done twice a day for every tinaja.

<![CDATA[General Musings From Italy: Fall 2016.]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2016/11/11/329/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2016/11/11/329/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 27:10:49 GMT

General Musing From will be a new series of posts recapping the funny, anecdotal moments from our travels around Europe.

I love Italy! After having missed our annual May trip to visit Louis-Antoine Luyt in Chile, I was eager for our 10 day romp through Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Puglia and Lombardy.

Nothing starts a trip with a bang more than a glass door in your apartment spontaneously shattering while packing!

I thought one of my frames had fallen and shattered, but it turns out that the door to my inactive fireplace/liquor cabinet suddenly EXPLODED INTO A MILLION PIECES! Some googling led me to the conclusion that this apparently happens with poorly made glass. Anyway, it was one of the weirdest, surreal things I've ever experienced and I'll keep you posted on if my house is haunted.

The flight was pretty smooth, and permitted me to watch X-Men: Apocalypse (meh), Mike and Ted Need Wedding Dates (had some moments despite starring Zach Effron) and the original Independence Day (classic).

Upon arrival, we drove straight from Milano to Parma to attend Vini di Vignaioli, aka our favorite Wine Fair. While stopping for lunch on the autostrada, I spotted something rather perplexing:

Yes, that's right: Simpsons themed, doughnut flavored tic-tacs:

Naturally, Josefa bought me some:

Spoiler alert: they are disgusting. So disgusting.

Vini di Vignaioli at Fornovo was great, and over two days we were able to catch up with a plethora of producers, including Luciano Saetti, Monte dall' Ora, Cerreto Libri, Camillo Donati, Fonterenza, Elisabetta Foradori, Montesecondo, Costadilà, Casa Coste Piane, Cascina Degli Ulivi, Massa Vecchia, Altura and Arianna Occhipinti.

As always, the Emilian nights saw us posted up at Tabarro, one my favorite wine bars in the world. On the second night, Diego got a police complaint around 1:30 am and forced us all to hide in the basement to make believe he was closed.

It was certainly a weird scene, and included: drinking Fabio Gea's Grignolino and Mushroom Panda while talking to him about Chinese politics, a wild goose chase for Overnoy, a 2012 Émile Héredia Le Verre des Poètes, passed out dudes, an unanswered request for Dard & Ribo and/or Beaujolais, Alice Feiring, bored Danish women and a vertical of old Mascarello Barolos around 3:am.

On Sunday we had dinner at one of our favorite local Emilian spots, Trattoria Milla. This place was my introduction to Torta Fritta/Gnocco Fritto, flaky fried pastries you stuff with prosciutto, culatello, salami, parmesan, etc...

I had an existential crisis when I read a sign saying they'd run out for the night, only to be confirmed by the owner when we sat down. Didn't they know this was the one time a year we come here??????? And then, after all that dread of missing out on my customized Emilian hot-pockets, the owner nonchalantly offered us 20 to go along with our antipasti. This was after explicitly telling us they were out! Though very confusing and putting my mental sanity in question, everything was right with the world!

Also, ribs and Mascarello Freisa.

Being in Emilia also gave us time to pay a visit to the maestro of Emilian bubbles, Vittorio Graziano!

We haven't had these in stock for a while, but we promise it will be in soon! So good.

From Parma, we hopped on a train to Naples. But not before eating a Cruffin.

Just kidding. That sounds stupid.

The weather in Naples was beautiful:

Much to my surprise, hover-boards are extremely popular in Naples right now, as I spotted over 20 in less than 24 hours. I guess they haven't started exploding there yet; someone should call them with their Galaxy Note 7's to let them know.

Being in Naples meant pizza for lunch and dinner, including a stop at the famous Sorbillo!

Yes, that was the crowd waiting to get in. Mobbed and super long wait, but totally worth it. If you find yourself with a 2-plus hour wait, feel free to walk around and sample some of Naples' delicacies:

Between these and the doughnut tic-tacs, this post might contain the foulest consumable products known to man.

From Naples we went to visit Cantina Giardino! I love how all the art on their labels comes from artist friends and can be spotted decorating their walls.

The forthcoming 2015's are great, keep your eyes peeled for the magnums of Rosso and the return of the Rosato!

I was also able to score this amazing t-shirt featuring the Bianco Magnum's serpent:

That night, our hotel in Irpinia smelled like being trapped in an elevator with an 80 year old woman wearing too much Channel N5. While trying to take a nap, I kept constantly being distracted by a man loudly counting from 1 to 10 over and over again; turns out there is a gym below the hotel and a class was going on. Josefa, a native Chicagoan, stayed up all night to watch the Cubs win the World Series. By crying and screaming so much, she woke up Denyse around 6:am, who wasn't sure if her reaction was due to a win or a loss.

We also swung by Agnanum, which was so noteworthy the visit will get its own recap.

From Campania, we headed over to Puglia to visit Perrini, Natalino del Prete and Cristiano Guttarolo. At some point during our visit to Cristiano, we pissed off his damijan.

While in Puglia, we got to spend a few nights in the gorgeous baroque town of Lecce.

Dinner was at the incredible Le Zie!

I highly recommend the slice of horse as your main course:

From Lecce, we spent a night in Barri, then had one last visit in Lombardy to visit the incredible Franciacorta estate Il Pendio!

Il Pendio will get its own profile and re-cap shortly.

Ok, that's it!


<![CDATA[New Producer: Julien Pineau in Mareuil-sur-Cher!]]> http://louisdressner.com/date/2016/9/21/328/ http://louisdressner.com/date/2016/9/21/328/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 26:15:36 GMT

Visiting Julien Pineau this summer felt a bit like being in a parallel universe: everything looks the same, but it's not. The Clos Roche Blanche vineyard is the most written about on this website, including a 9 part recap on my experience harvesting the estate's last vintage in 2014. Julien, who was training under Didier at the time, features prominently in those posts, and I encourage you to re-read them or discover them for the first time before continuing on with this recap. Also, also read Julien's profile!

Meeting up with Julien would be one of few uplifting moments of our two weeks in the Loire, at least wine wise. 2016 has been a disastrous vintage for the vast majority of Northern France, yet somehow his sector is one of the only ones not ravaged by frost, hail and/or mildew. This sector also includes Noella Morantin, Maisons Brûlées and Laurent Lebled, so keep that in mind in the Spring of 2017 when you need your Loire fix!

Taking our habitual walk through the vines, the sky was menacing.

Regardless, the Clos is as beautiful and full of life as ever. Here are some pretty flower pictures.

What a relief to see some healthy bunches!

Especially compared to some of the horrors witnessed in the Muscadet a few days later:

That, my friends, is a bunch devastated by mildew at Pépière. Yikes...

Continuing our walk, Julien explained how he and Laurent Saillard, the other co-owner of Clos Roche Blanche, have ripped out some very old, unproductive Sauvignon and Côt vines that Noella Morantin used to rent.

Some of the plots had been replanted with cereals.

Julien plans to re-plant about a hectare of of the indigenous and obscure Menu Pineau, but also apple and pear trees.

"My girlfriend is currently following a formation for biodynamic polyculture. Our goal is to have more than just vines in the Clos: different fruit trees and vegetable patches, but also livestock to diversify this already incredible eco-system even more."

As far as the division of the 12 hectares that actually constitute the lieu dit Clos Roche Blanche (the estate once ballooned to as big as 25 hectares), Julien and Laurent have split the land in an intuitive fashion: Julien works the 6 hectares he trained under while working with Didier (Sauvignon, Gamay, Côt, Pineau D'Aunis, Cabernet Sauvignon) and Laurent works the 6 hectares he worked as the long time employee of Noella Morantin.

As we continued our walk through the vineyards, Julien pointed out the 100% straw cabin Didier had recently restored.

"He purchased a ribbon and we did a fake opening ceremony. We drank a bottle of bubbles in there to celebrate."

From the cabin, we went to check out the old Côt and Pineau D'Aunis.

It really started raining at this point, so we had to take refuge in the cellar to taste.

The first thing we spotted was some Sauvignon heading to our coasts (now available in NYC!!!!)

We began by tasting all the wines bottled in Spring, all of which are now stateside.

In Julien's first vintage, two Sauvignons were produced à la Clos Roche Blanche N#2 and N#5. The Spring bottling is called Roche Blanche. For reds, the spring bottling resulted in a Cabernet Franc called L'Écume des Nuits and a Pineau d'Aunis called Les Sucettes a l'Aunis. The latter is a pun riffing on Serge Gainsbourg's Les Sucettes, a song whose subject matter you may catch from the (ahem) extremely subtle images in that Youtube video. A Pet Nat from Cabernet Sauvignon called Bocca di Rosa rounds out the lineup.

Julien has purchased all of CRB's barrels and tanks, which we diligently tasted through for wines still being aged.

These included the younger Côt, old vine Côt and foudre raised Sauvignon. Everything is tasting great.

It was lunch time, and since Catherine knew I was coming, she made sure to stock up on a little bit of cheese.

It made me happier than a gnome with his arms up or a cat in a basket.