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Two Wines Perfect For Weekend Sipping!
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~ Selections To Be Tasted ~
2015 Vincent Gaudry
La Tournebride Sancerre
Le Petit Chambre, France
At the foot of Sancerre hill, in Sury-en-Vaux lies Domaine Vincent Gaudry. Family run for several generations, Vincent Gaudry started working his father’s 9 hectares of vines at the tender age of 16. Three years later, in 1993, Vincent decided to start the transition to organic and biodynamic viticulture. Today, the domain holds demeter certification (organically certified since 2002 and biodynamically certified since 2006). The vineyard now spans 11 hectares and is laid out mostly to Sauvignon Blanc, though there is some Pinot Noir. For Vincent, the vineyard is truly his garden. The soil is plowed and fertilized with the help of compost and various biodynamic preparations such as plant-based concoctions and Bordeaux mixture. In his quest for an authentic wine is true to its terroir, the vinification process is also a hands-off affair. Vincent Gaudry: They are beautifully balanced with wonderful energy, tension and minerality.
Wine Enthusiast 93 Points: Vincent Gaudry uses fruit from all three soils types in Sancerre–chalk, silex and clay-limestone marl–to make Le Tournebride, a rarirty for the region, and a boon to this wine. The chalky soils contribute perfumy grapefruit and lime notes, while the silex adds a smoky mineral dimension and the clay-limestone marls give the wine weight and structure. The result: A wonderfully complete representation of all that Sancerre has to offer–fruit, mineral and substance.
2016 La Stoppa
La Stoppa is an historic estate in the province of Piacenza in the Emilia region of Italy. There are 32 hectares of vines, along with almost as much forest, plus the ruins of a medieval tower. The property was founded and planted first in the late 19th century by a lawyer named Giancarlo Ageno, whose main interest was Bordeaux varieties. In 1973, current owner Elena Pantaleoni’s printer father, with no winegrowing experience, purchased the property; Elena joined him to work at the winery full-time in 1991. By 1996, a decision was made to let the non-native varietals like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Tokay, Pinot Gris, Grechetto and Pinot Noir go, as they were not suited for the warm climate and clay soils of the area. They were replaced with local grapes Barbera, Trebbiano, Bonarda and Malvasia (with Bordeaux varieties remaining until 2005, when those too were replaced).
2018 Wine Spectator Top 100 #76
Wine Spectator 92 Points: A pure beam of juicy black currant is underscored by woodsy spice, licorice and tea rose notes in this bright and appealing, medium-bodied red, with light tannins. Barbera and Bonarda. Drink now through 2023. Only 2,216 cases made.