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We apologize for the late notice, but two of our favorite winemakers are in town next week and will be presenting both a tasting and a dinner next Wednesday, March 29th at Chambers, 94 Chambers Street! What a great combination - Chenin Blanc and Riesling and two wonderful winemakers to share their knowledge and passion with us - with Beverage Director Pascaline Lepeltier and Sommelier Ellis Srubas-Giammanco in attendance.
Meet and Greet Tasting with Clemens and Julien, 6 - 7 pm at the communal table
Discuss with the winemakers while tasting 8 superb wines.
From Clemens - 2021 Riesling vom roten Schiefer; 2016 Marienburg Falkenlay GG; 2015 Marienberg Falkenlay GG; 2012 Riesling vom grauen Schiefer
From Julien - 2018 Brut Non-Dosé; 2018 Silex Noir; 2018 Deronnières; 1989 Moelleux 1er Trie.
Dinner/Tasting with Clemens and Julien, 8 pm at the communal table, with a seasonal 4-course menu specially created by Chambers Executive Chef Jon Karis.
2012 Vouvray Brut 7 Years Sur Lie
2021 Marienburg Fahrlay GG; 2014 Marienburg Fahrlay Reserve; 2019 Déronnières (calcaire); 2020 Bon Pinon (silex)
2021 Marienburg Falkenlay; 2015 Marienburg Falkenlay; 2020 Marienburg Felsterrasse; 2018 Marienburg Raffes
2019 Vouvray Brut; 2018 Trois Argiles; 1964 Demi-Sec; 1996 Botrytis
Auslese GK 2009; Auslese Rothenpfad 2011; Goutte d'or 1990
As a recap, or for those whom aren't familiar with the winery, Clemens Busch hails from the dividing line on the Mosel between the Middle Mosel, or the home of the "Hollywood Mile," and the more remote northern Lower Mosel. As per the importer: " The geology here is unique, based on a volcanic formation hundreds of millions of years old, manifested in a long, undulating cliff face that is nothing short of epic. The three main colors of slate (blue, red and grey) are all found here, dominating different parcels along the slopes across the river from the village. Clemens identifies the different terroirs of the original hillside on his labels by their historical names: Fahrlay, Falkenlay, Rothenpfad, Felsterrasse, and Raffes.
This large grey slate parcel is from the original Marienburg parcel which has been in the Busch family for generations.
Domaine Julien Pinon
The hard work and deep intelligence of François Pinon transformed this domaine into one of the most important and most respected properties in Vouvray. François' son, Julien, is very capably continuing the great efforts of his father. 2021 was a difficult year for Julien as the horrible frost in April destroyed 95% of his crop. 2022 will be a happier story and we look forward to tasting what Julien will create in what appears to be an excellent vintage in the Loire..
And Introducing the 2020 "Buvez du Bon Pinon!" From the estate's website: "This is the renaissance of a cuvée created by my great-grandfather - a dry wine from our oldest parcel, planted in 1945 on soils of silex noir and vinfied in our oldest foudres - old 'tonneaux' from Porto purchased by my grandfather. We're using the label from the 1950s as well as the name of the cuvée and the famous 'Buvéz du Bon Pinon.' The fermentation lasted 2 to 3 months with only wild yeasts, which participate in the effect of 'terroir.' The fermentation was stopped by chilling the juice, followed by a soutirage, the wine then aged for 5 months in the old tonneaux. Aging potential of 15 to 20 years, serve with shellfish, oysters, cold fish, vegetable terrines, choucroute de la mer, rillettes and rillons." 7 grams/liter RS, 13.5% alcohol.
(Arrives 8/22) From the estate's website: "This is the renaissance of a cuvée created by my great-grandfather - a dry wine from our oldest parcel, planted in 1945 on soils of silex noir and vinfied in our oldest foudres - old 'tonneaux' from Porto purchased by my grandfather. We're using the label from the 1950s as well as the name of the cuvée - the famous 'Buvéz du Bon Pinon.' The fermentation lasted 2 to 3 months with only wild yeasts, which participate in the effect of 'terroir.' The fermentation was stopped by chilling the juice, followed by a soutirage, the wine then aged for 5 months in the old tonneaux. Aging potential of 15 to 20 years, serve with shellfish, oysters, cold fish, vegetable terrines, choucroute de la mer, rillettes and rillons." 7 grams/liter RS, 13.5% alcohol. This superb and elegant Vouvray is quite a contrast from the more open and expressive 2020 Sec. The "Buvez du Bon Pinon" is all elegance and depth, but quite closed, and just slightly opening on day two. The aromas are deep and creamy with subtle white peach, quince, earth, almond and stone, really needs time... The palate is dense and full with white and yellow fruits blending with earth, almond, anise and mineral notes. The wine is showing density and perfect balance but will need many years to really emerge - like the Huet Le Mont Sec, for example, give it ten years before drinking if possible - or a 12 hour decant if drinking now. Of course it's delicious today but try to wait... David Lillie
(Arrives 8/22) François and Julien Pinon make some of the finest sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The superb Brut Non-Dosé comes from 45 year-old Chenin Blanc vines on Turonien limestone with topsoils of clay with silex, from four parcels; Les Haut de Terne, Les Hauts de Mortiers, Chopet and Les Planches Favettes. The 2018 was hand-harvested in three passes in order to select the best grapes, with two additional selections - on a "table de tri" and again before the press. Thus the best and ripest grapes are selected, enabling this cuvée with no addition of sugar, as in a Champagne Brut Nature. Aged sur-lies for more than 3 years. This beautiful wine shows elegant aromas of ripe white and yellow fruits, floral and earthy with almond and bitter lemon. The palate is creamy and dense, round and ripe but with firm underlying acidity, with almond, earth and mineral notes lingering in the long finish. Enjoy it now for its beautiful depth and balance, but peak drinking will be 2032 - 2050. A profound Chamapgne of Chenin! David Lillie
Please note: Price is inclusive of tax and tip.
Please note: Price is inclusive of tax and tip
(Arrives Friday 3/24) Our friends Francois and Julien Pinon produce sensational Vouvray at their estate in Vallée du Cousse and the 2018 Silex Noir is another superb example. From approximatley 40 year-old vines on soils of clay and flint over limestone in the vineyards of Terné and Batailleries. The wine shows beautiful aromas of white fruits, citrus, wildflowers earth and honey. Chalky white fruits, earth, lemon and stone on the palate with a creamy texture typical of 2018, with nice finishing acidity and mineral flavors. A bit of residual sugar brings out all the best in this lovely Chenin Blanc, delicious now - decant a few hours in advance if possible - or cellar 20 to 30 years. Serve with rillettes and rillons, fish in sauce, lobster, langoustines and scallops, chicken in cream sauce, too. (26 g/L RS, 4.1 g/L total acid.)
The fruit for this wine is grown on the Pündericher Marienburg, one of the best sites in the Mosel from, in part, the red slate parcel Rothenpfad lending a pronounced spicy and expansive note. The nose opens with aromas of forest floor moss, pine cones, smoky rocks, yellow peach, grapefruit and ginger. The wine coats the palate with juicy limeade, orange blossom and a slight mintiness. The mouthfeel is balanced by the zippy acidity and undescored by the wet stone minerality and spicy ginger. The finish goes on for miles, rendering the wine ethereal yet simultaneously luscious; technically trocken yet neither angular or austere. Absolutely breathtaking! Giselle Hamburg
From grey slate parcels on the Marienburg, The sister wine to the Vom Roten Shiefer is always more linear, stony and drier tasting. The 2021 opens with aromas of white wet rocks, white flowers and citrus whilst the palate bursts with brilliant acidity, minerality and lemons. The epitome of dry yet delicate riesling. Giselle Hamburg
Although the entire slope or mountain is called the Marienburg, the GG vineyard Marienburg is the oldest parcel that was always in the family's possesion more or less in the center of the bulleye. Composed of grey slate, the vines are a minimum of 40 years of age and ungrafted! The difference is clear between this GG and the entry level Vom Grauen Schiefer sourced from multiple grey slate parcels; The GG is intensely aromatic with a plethora of baby's-breath white flowers in addition to the white rocks and citrus aromas. the palate is very linear and even more citrusy than the entry level. Bordering on austere, this a wine that could benefit from several years in the cellar till it's exuberance mellows out a bit. Giselle Hamburg
The Rothenpfad (Red Path) is a large parcel of iron and copper rich red slate. Pungent and exotic compared to the Marienburg, Falkanlay and Fahrlay, the nose is ablaze with sunny yellow fruits and flowers whilst the palate is all spicy ginger, juicy melon and peach ccktail underscored by red warm rocks. On the perfume scale, this falls under the Chanel no 5 camp. Although it can definitely age, this is a rare current release GG one could drink now with some Indian or Thai curry! Giselle Hamburg
From Clemens' only parcel of blue slate on the Marienburg which imbues the wines with steely acid, florality and fantastic staying power. The nose opens with black pepper and blue flowers (iris, bluebells) and pure slatey minerality. The palate is full of green pears, steely minerality and broad shouldered body. The most masculine of the the GGs, it hence falls on the perfume spectrum under the Bleu de Chanel camp. For anyone who's seen the commercial for the latter, drinking this, one can totally imagine bobbing in the Mosel at night looking up at the sky whilst Bowie's "Starman" plays in the distance. Otherwordly! Giselle Hamburg