This grand estate covers 46 hectares, and produces roughly 100.000 bottles annually. Both are important figures, but studied carefully, you’ll realize that yields are low and the aim is all about quality here. Vines averaging 30+ years grown in pretty densely planted vineyards create grapes of great character and enough concentration to produce wines of superior quality.
This rare cuvée highlights not only the Collet brothers’ true dedication to quality, but also proves what’s possible in the Cote de Sezanne area. Old vine parcels are carefully vinified, exclusively in French oak barrels, and then given an extended time on the lees before Degorgement. Blocked malolactic fermentation and low Dosage further enhances lightness and elegance but this seriously complex wine is far from anemic, instead it sports great fruit intensity and wonderful overall balance.
This unique rosé, is created by blending Pinot Noir from the Domaine’s oldest Pinot Noir parcel, Les Vignes, planted in 1950, with high-quality Chardonnay juice. The Pinot Noir uses the Saignée method to get its light and beautifully light, pinkish color.
Vinification is done entirely in oak barrels, which add roundness to the wine’s acidic spine, derived from blocking the malolactic fermentation (MF). Domaine Collet only produce 600 bottles annually of this rare gem, meaning that Brix Wine’s allocation is limited to 48 bottles per year. That said, we encourage everybody to taste it, as it’s worthy of your full attention.
As most serious importers, we choose our producers based on the entire range they produce, but we always pay serious attention their entry-level wines. When tasting Empriente de Terroir Brut for the first time, we realized immediately that these guys are the real deal! Considering its modest price tag, this beauty delivers in spades.
Wonderfully precise Chardonnay wine, just the way we like it! Far too many Blanc de Blancs Champagnes suffer from recognition. In our opinion, the Collet brothers have fully understand that, and instead created an elegant and graceful wine, lively and varietally correct as well. Again the prolonged lees contact add complexity to its nervous personality.
To us, this is what Extra Brut Champagnes are all about. This wine show great finesse, but it’s not anemic. Instead it has great mid-palate weight to balance its low sugar and partly blocked MF, allowing flavors to shine on the soil-driven finish.
We bet most of you have never tasted Chardonnay like this! While crystal clear in its expression, this classically built-up Jura white proves to the open-minded taster that grapes are of secondary importance in the production of great wines. This is the essence of the Bourdy family’s Terroir, and while sipping this truly individual wine, it will literally take you to where it was born and raised.
Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir compose the holy trinity in this light-bodied, refined and traditionally crafted red Jura wine, reminiscent of very few others. We’ve had the fortune to taste this wine some 50 years old, and it still provides an amazing drinking experience, hence the reason for us to always offer back vintages as well. The 1959 tastes great at present if you’re interested…
The “Galant des Abbesses” is always prepared according to the old recipe left by the Ladies Abbesses of Château Chalon in the 16th century. Owners of the vineyards of Château Chalon, they made them work and vinify the wine of Château Chalon by many vine growers. They developed this recipe, which they called “our gallant wine”. The original recipe indicated that the juice of grapes flowing from the press (the must) is put in a copper cauldron, to which we add 25 spices weighed to the nearest gram.
This is a versatile and food friendly white wine, made from the aromatic Viognier variety. A dollop of Roussanne adds mid-palate width and hints of spice. Grown at 600+ metres above sea level, the windy conditions give grapes with high acidity, resulting in elegant wines. La Borry also has the advantage of a modest price tag, meaning that this is one of our everyday drinking wines.
This cuvée blends the old terraces with its schistous soils, creating unique possibilities for high-end wine production. Widely regarded as Heymann-Löwenstein’s “entry-level” wine, and we’re perfectly fine with this descriptor. We’ve been around for quite some time, but we’ve never experienced such complexity carrying a price tag this small ever before. Let’s just agree on the fact that this is a great bottle of wine, which won’t break the bank!
When tasting this deep and stunningly complex Riesling from the Uhlen Roth Lay vineyard, we think of a German equivalent to Burgundy’s Corton-Charlemagne! This is broad and layered with an immense mineralic spine racing thru on the never-ending finish. Needless to say that our allocation will always be limited as production from this site is scarce, so we strongly recommend pre-booking here. A few magnums will be offered as well.
Already on the intriguing nose, you realize that this is serious material. The high-pitched aromas of stone fruits, oozing minerals and something reminiscent of a walk thru a tropical jungle (as seen on the Discovery Channel) add interest to this serious bottle of Riesling. Frühmesse is Juliane Eller’s best wine, and when tasting this generous, yet sleek, old vine bottling, you immediately realize that her Master knows wine better than Yoda.
When we first met Juliane Eller, this wine completely floored us with its amazing purity and weightlessness. For sure, it has lovely fruit and a long, refreshing finish but its that airy feeling when drinking it, that convinced us that Juliane is the chosen one. Her entry-level Riesling belongs to one of the most serious and elegant versions, we’ve ever encountered in this price range. It’s not difficult to produce “cheap” wines from the Riesling variety, but it’s virtually impossible to create true complexity and longevity without upping the EUR 20 mark. That said, this wine proves that it can be done. Just beautiful!
Silvaner is probably best suited for greatness in Franken, but is actually widespread throughout Rheinhessen as well. When poorly made it becomes dull, earthy and anything but charming, but properly made it can produce amazingly rich and structured wines. It’s always way less elegant than Riesling, so better refer to it as a contrasting variety, suitable for the dinner table, and in the end, that’s where you usually find us anyway!
Pretty rare on the Swedish market to find Pinot Blanc unless coming from Alsace, but fact remains that Germany does produce some interesting versions too. It does require low yields in order to actually taste much, and Juliane Eller’s version is precisely what you’ve all been missing.
It’s fat texture on the mid-palate is the perfect counterpart to its juicy green apple flavors, and we like the spiciness on the finish too. We’re aware that selling German Weissburgunder won’t get us rich, but hell ya, it’s great fun nonetheless.
The Kerner grape variety (a German cross between Riesling and Trolling) has found its true home in the rugged hills of the Isarco Valley in Alto Adige, and Manni Nössing master it better than anybody else. His Kerner is a true white wine gem which offers rich stone fruit flavours and lively acidity.
Kerner grown in Germany never reaches the pedigree complexity of Manni’s wines, and this fact relies completely on his high altitude vineyards with poor, chalky soils. Fans of densely structured white wines with great cellar potential may well have found a new favourite here.
Do you remember the old school Right Bank Bordeaux wines you tasted back in the days? Pencil shavings, cigar box made of fragrant cedar wood, herbaceous additions adding complexity to the red- and blackcurrant flavors, all framed by serious, grippy tannins and fresh, salivating acidity; you get the idea. Sadly these classics are mostly gone from Bordeaux, but we found an amazing alternative in Croatto’s Merlot Clàs.