December’s Offerings

2012 Vignobles des 2 Lunes Comète ($22)

Sparkling
Alsace, France
Pinot Auxerrois

Vignobles des 2 Lunes is run by sisters, Amelie and Cecile Buecher. The estate has been in their family for seven generations but they are largely responsible for elevating it to a higher level, which started with the conversion of the vineyard to biodynamic farming. It has been Demeter certified since 2007.

Vineyard: Thirty-five acre vineyard on granitic soil.

Farming: Organic and biodynamic. Manual harvest.

Vinification: Direct pressed and gravity fed to concrete fermenters below crush pad. Native fermentation.

Tasting Note: Bright but at the same time creamy, with honeysuckle, lemon and tangerine and a long, silky finish.

Food Pairing: You don’t really need food with this unless you plan on drinking an entire bottle yourself but it will pair well with triple cream cheeses such as Saint André and Explorateur.

Drinkability: Now.

Alcohol: 12.5%

SO2: 4g/liter

November’s Offerings

NV Richou Les D En Bulles Methode Ancestral ($23)

Sparkling
Anjou, Loire Valley, France
Chardonnay (70%), Chenin Blanc (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%)

Didier Richou apprenticed in, of all places, Minnesota, where he learned a thing or two about cool climate winemaking under David Bailly. He took over his family domaine in 1979 and 14 years later his brother, Didier, joined him. While chemicals have never been the mainstay at Richou, it has been certified organic since 2013 and they also employ biodynamic practices.

Farming: Organic. Hand harvested.

Vinification: Whole cluster pressed. Disgorged after 18 months. No sugar is added at any step.

Tasting Note: Floral, mineral and green apple aromas with crisp, vivacious fruit.

Food Pairing: While this pétnat makes a great aperitif, don’t be afraid to pair it with oysters or goat cheese.

Drinkability: Now.

Alcohol: 12.5%

SO2: Low but the exact amount is not available.