Superb Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny from Domaine Philippe Tessier, 2014 & 2015!

4/7/17 -

Domaine Philippe Tessier

A little more than a year ago, in January of 2016, we had the good fortune to taste barrel samples of the 2014s and 2015s from Domaine Philippe Tessier in Cheverny. The wines were simply delicious, showing beautiful, vibrant fruit with firm acidity and great minerality, and we're very happy that this wonderful group of wines has finally arrived in New York! The estate was created by Roger Tessier in 1961, with his son Philippe taking over in 1981. Certified organic since 1998, the estate covers 22 hectares and produces Cour-Cheverny, from Romorantin, as well as Cheverny and Vin de France from Gamay, Pinot Noir and Côt for the reds, and Sauvignon Blanc with Chardonnay and Orbois for the whites. The estate maintains living soils with diverse flora and fauna; harvesting is by hand and fermentations are with wild yeasts with no addition of sulfur. (A small amount of sulfur is added at blending or bottling, depending on the vintage and wine.) In the words of Philippe Tessier: "A wine should be the expression of the place where it was produced, a reflection of the climatic conditions of the year and -- a little -- of the vigneron who produced it, all respecting the life of the soil and the environment. It should give pleasure and above all should be healthy, alive and invigorating - a natural wine."

Philippe Tessier during harvest

All these wines will drink beautifully over the next five years, with "La Porte Doré" capable of longer-term aging; we urge you to try them! Please note: the wines have arrived at our warehouse and will be in the store on Tuesday, April 11.

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