News From Pigeon + Friends: A New Cellar Sale – 11.3.20
News From Pigeon + Friends: A New Cellar Sale
New Week, New Cellar Sale at Le Pigeon
It feels like fall, and that makes us think of Beaujolais!
First is our Beaujolais Sipper Pack. The fall always feels like the right time for Beaujolais. We are not talking about just the Nouveau stuff that is all about a specific date. No, just wines from the region in general. As the weather cools down we lean a little redder, and we want wines that make us feel good. What marks this collection is that each is interesting and has complexity, but they aren’t there to challenge. You can take them at face value, or think a little deeper as you sip. Either way they will all bring great pleasure. We have a sparkling, a killer white, and 4 reds each with their tasty story to tell.
Next is a 3-pack of Beaujolais that are truly next level. We love Beaujolais because it tastes great, but it also doesn’t hurt that it doesn’t break the bank. That said, when you spend just a little more you can drink some of the top tier wines of the region for the same price as the entry point in Burgundy as the nearest geographic example. These three wines each exemplifies the finesse and complexity Beaujolais often does not get credit for.
TO ORDER select your wine bundle of choice, follow the steps to securely order your wine. All payments will be processed ahead of time through our website.
Once you order they will be available for pickup at Le Pigeon Tuesday through Saturday, beginning on Thursday, November 5th, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. You can pick them up from our front door, or we can bring them out to your car. If those times do not work for you, please let us know and we can arrange an alternative. Shipping is available as well. Please call after placing your order.
We are all in this together, and when you’re drinking good stuff, well hey, you’re keeping it classy.
Fall is the Time for Beaujolais Sipper Six Pack, $125
The fall always feels like the right time for Beaujolais. We are not talking about just the Nouveau stuff that is all about a specific date. No, just wines from the region in general. As the weather cools down we lean a little redder, and we want wines that makes us feel good. Beaujolais does that and the explosion of wines we see now here in the states from Beaujolais means we have so much to choose from. What marks this collection is that each is interesting and has complexity, but they aren’t there to challenge. You can take them at face value, or think a little deeper as you sip. Either way they will all bring great pleasure. We have a sparkling, a killer white, and 4 reds each with their tasty story to tell.
Brut Rosé, Granit, Methode Traditionnelle, Franck Besson NV
Franck Besson’s tiny domaine is based in the village of Juliénas in the north of Beaujolais but we think that his most exciting wines are the ones that don’t fit into the traditional AOC system. This sparkling rosé is made in the traditional Methode Champenoise method from 100% Gamay grapes that are organically grown. It has medium weight and lively acidity and smells of wild berries and nectarines.
Beaujolais Blanc, Domaine des Terres Dorées, 2018
Mostly when we think of about Beaujolais our minds immediately gravitate to the red wines produced from Gamay. However, there is some excellent quality Chardonnay being produced there as well! Jean Paul Brun founded his tiny domaine in 1979 and has always been one to chart his own path and not follow trends. This organically farmed Chardonnay is fermented and aged in stainless steel which elevates the fresh acidity and minerality, and compliments the generous flavors of golden apple and lemon.
Beaujolais, Cuvée Le Paquet, Domaine les Gryphées, 2015
Paul Durdilly’s Beaujolais have a real Burgundian flare to them. Part of it is his deft hand as a winemaker, partly because the 50-70-year-old vines yield fruit of tremendous quality. and because the soils in his vineyards have large proportions of limestone. Estate vineyards are located on steep hillsides at 1,050 feet and higher in altitude; ‘Paquet’ (parcel or package in French) is a selection of vines from sandy, clay-rich soils. Silky, smooth, seductive: a refined Gamay wine with a good amount of spice and soul.
Fleurie, Les Roches, Lucien Lardy, 2018
Lucien Lardy was the only one of his siblings with the desire to carry on the winery that their father had established. A good thing for us all. The Les Roches parcel is located in the eastern part of Fleurie and has large amounts of pink granite in the soil. The wine is dense and black fruited with well-balanced tannins, a great match for hearty fall fare!
Côte de Brouilly, Julien Duport, 2018
Julien likes to joke that winemaking in his family skipped a generation, his father was a firefighter but chose to hold on to the vineyards his family has planted a generation before. Julien took over farming and winemaking at the age of 21. Julien credits the granitic soils for much of the character of his wines…he says the granite retains heat into the evening which maintains even ripening. He also credits it with mellowing some of Gamay’s prominent acidity. This bottling if defined by its approachability and velvety texture, and vibrant floral-laced aromatics.
Brouilly, L’Enfer des Balloquets, Domaine Robert Perroud, 2018
The Perroud family started growing vines in Beaujolais in1789. Robert has been making the wines at the estate since 1990 and founded Terroirs Originels (a collective of independent growers in Beaujolais) in 1997, knowing that the ships always rise with the tide. Organic viticulture, native yeasts, and aging in neutral foudre. These wines verve with tension and elegance. This wine has been named after the steep slopes of Balloquets hill (40% steep) which are indeed a real hell vineyard work.
Beaujolais Reserve 3-Pack, $105
We love Beaujolais because it tastes great, but it also doesn’t hurt that it doesn’t break the bank. That said, when you spend just a little more you can drink some of the top tier wines of the region for the same price as the entry point in Burgundy as the nearest geographic example. These three wines each exemplifies the finesse and complexity Beaujolais often does not get credit for. Jean Foillard’s domaine is one of the few first responsible for Beaujolais’ re-emergence as a truly fine wine region, and Nicolas and Ann-Sophie are helping take it into the future.
Morgon, MC2, Nicolas Chemarin, 2016
Nicolas Chemarin is one of our favorite young vigneron in Beaujolais. You can really taste his passion for grape-growing and winemaking. This cuvée is sourced from two of the most prized vineyard sites in Morgon; Corcelette and Charmes (hence the name MC2). The vines average 40 years in age and the soils are schist and clay. This wine is aged in a mix of concrete and neutral oak barrels. It is impeccably balanced and smells of black cherry cola, wet leaves and spice.
Fleurie, l’Alchemiste, Anne-Sophie Dubois, 2018
Anne Sophie Dubois crafts some of the most perfumed and elegant wines in Beaujolais. She spent time working in Volnay that influence shows in her wines. She chooses to de-stem all of her fruit, eschewing carbonic fermentations and ages her wines in neutral oak of varying sizes. ‘L’Alchimiste’ is named after a Paulo Coelho novel on pursuing dreams and learning lessons while doing so. This wine smells of candied raspberries, violets, and forest floor and the finish lasts for minutes!
Morgon Côte du Py, Jean Foillard, 2018
Jean Foillard was a member of a group of vignerons who decades back rebelled against the established norms of winemaking in Beaujolais, and were responsible for the renaissance of Beaujolais today. To make great wine Foillard believes in the importance of old vines, organic farming, minimal sulfur, and harvesting fruit when it is ripe so that chaptalization is unnecessary. His wines have tons of soul and are archetypal Morgon. Côte du Py is the most famous hillside in Morgon (and probably all of Beaujolais) and some of Foillard’s vines are up to 90 years old! If an alien landed on Earth and wanted to know what a great Beaujolais should taste like, this is what we would give as a sample.