An occupational hazard of working in wine is that family and extended family love to talk about wine with you. This is the pack that may give some sense of solace when you're trapped in the corner listening to Uncle Dennis tell you how much he loves malbec.
Lucas Rieffel Cremant d'Alsace 2018: Lively and fresh with citrus driven acidity and a palate balanced with restrained fruit and driving minerality. No, it's not champagne, but it doesn't need to be, it's its own thing, and it's good at it.
Domaine de Lorient Saute-Mouton Saint Péray 2019: Just the white we want to drink around this time of year; weighty enough for game, with a pillowy-soft texture and a rush of white orchard fruit, gently herbal acidity.
François Dhumes Sarment Pepper: This is Dhumes on fine form with a lighlty spritzy, peppery pinot noir. It's a delight to drink from start to finish and feels like a refershing interlude from the heavy sappy reds associated with this time year. An ode to warmer times.
Le Casot des Mailloles Comax Ethylix 2017: Stewed, black-fruited, and brooding, with a stony minerality and lively green herbaceousness that persists across the palate. Lift and energy present as-ever here, with density and layers upon layers of fruit and spice.
Werlitsch Ex Vero II s 2017: We all understand that sometimes things dont go to plan. Such as Edward Tscheppes, Ex Vero II s. This barrel decided that it didn’t want to continue fermenting, and so what Edward was left with was an off dry sample of his now iconic Ex Vero II. Bottled under crown cap this chardonnay, sauvignon blend (90/10) has a textural and creamy quality. Plenty of the mouth coating wild acidity we’ve come to know with his wines but that delicate touch of sweetness from stubborn yeasts no longer committed to their job. It’s a deft winemaker that can turn a mistake into something this delicious