• Next Gen in Chablis: 2020 Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

    Next Gen in Chablis: 2020 Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

    Eleni and Edouard Vocoret are among the latest producers you should know in Chablis (Not to be confused with Vocoret & Fils, overseen by Edouard's father). With guidance from family and neighbors, including Vincent Dauvissat, the wines from this young domaine already show true distinction.

    Today's offering includes two cuvées: En Boucheran sits between 1er Crus Vaillons and Montmains, and Bas de Chapelot (A new addition for us) is just below 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre. These wines came onto our radar two years ago and continue to wow us. Pristine fruit, salinity, and bright acidity abide by Chablis. However, a distinct seashell minerality seems to be the calling card here, and élevage in old oak barrels gives the wines a softness that almost feels luminescent.

    Eleni and Edouard met while working harvest in New Zealand. In 2012, Edouard’s family gave the newlyweds their own five hectares of vines to tend to as they saw fit. They sold off the fruit for the first several years while tailoring the vineyard, then produced their first vintages in a family member’s garage. Formerly, Eleni worked as Vincent Dauvissat’s assistant winemaker, where she adopted much of his farming techniques, and Edouard apprenticed in Pouilly-Fuissé. This up-and-coming domaine should be followed closely!

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    Posted by Sydney Love
  • Seamless Sancerre: 2019 Vincent Gaudry

    Seamless Sancerre: 2019 Vincent Gaudry

    Sancerre is famous for simple, crisp, and chuggable whites reliant on its iconic name, but the value realm of the region still has alternatives. Vincent Gaudry is a part of a select group of Sancerre vignerons who employ organic and biodynamic farming. He began this "radical" shift into organics in 1993 and fulfilled the rigorous Demeter certification for biodynamics in 2004.

    Le Tournebride may be Gaudry's introductory bottle, but it's always my favorite. Tournebride comes from old vines planted in the appellation's three main soil types: Silex, terres blanches, and caillottes. Mélodie de Vieilles Vignes comes from 50-to-90-year-old vines on Kimmeridgian clay soils over limestone bedrock in Sury-en-Vaux. There's a remarkable refinement in detail, with the fruit displayed in the purest and most unadulterated fashion.

    Gaudry's wines remind me of the sensibilities found in Burgundy where a sense of place almost overrides Sauvignon Blanc's characteristics. These Sancerres continue to over-deliver vintage after vintage!

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    Posted by Max Kogod