The new sipper pack is “The Overachievers.” It is a 6-pack made up of wines that blow us away year after year for their deliciousness and their value. Super yummy wines here.
We are bringing back the wines of Envìnate from the island of Tenerife that we offered a few weeks back. We had offered them as a 6-pack which made them a bit of a commitment for those checking out something new, so we have repackaged them as two different 2-packs to make them more approachable.
Finally we dig some digging in the Le Pigeon cellar and are offering two more 3-packs. One is treasures from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune and the other, well, you guessed it, treasures from the Côte de Nuits.
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 on Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Begining on Wednesday, the 29th. 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.
We are all in this together, and when you’re drinking good stuff, well hey, you’re keeping it classy.
The Overachievers $115 (36 6-packs available) Everyone appreciates a good value, but we all know value is not a quantifiable measure, rather it is relative. With wine, it is even more so. A bottle can be a bargain for $100 and another bottle a rip-off for $15. This sipper pack features wines that are consistent over-achievers, that over-deliver for the money. Wines that year in and year out blow us a way for their quality, their approachable price, and that are downright delicious. You can geek out on these unique varieties and vineyard sites, and not feel guilty if you drink these out of a coffee cup in your backyard while grilling…either way we hope you enjoy!
Bourgogne Aligoté, Benjamin Leroux, 2017, Burgundy (FR) Benjamin Leroux started his micro-negociant project after serving as the winemaker at Pommard’s famed Domaine Comtes Armand. This Aligoté is a true overachiever; it is produced from the Aligoté Doré clone which is much lower yielding and aromatic than the more prevalent Aligoté Vert clone. Sourced from 2 vineyards, one of which is nearly 100 years old! This wine is incredibly bright and crisp and smells of lemons and wet rocks.
Soave Classico, Tremenalto, Dama del Rovere 2017, Veneto (IT) The Soave region in Veneto is experiencing a resurgence in recent years and has re-emerged as one of the most important areas for Italian white wine. This is because many winemakers have forgone the French varietals that they adopted in previous decades and chosen to explore the potential of the local Garganega grape. Dama Rovere’s grapes are planted on volcanic soils at 1,500 feet elevation (some of the highest elevations in the region) which helps create complex and balanced wines. The Tremenalto smells of grapefruit oil, lime, and crushed stones. The texture of this wine is what sets it apart. It is simultaneously rich and round, as well as direct and crisp in its finish – a feat hard to accomplish for wines at twice the price.
Riesling, Off the Grid, Ovum Wines, 2018, Rogue Valley (OR) Ovum was founded by Ksenija and John House after years of working in the wine industry. What sets Ovum apart is the couple’s determination to find old-vine, sustainably farmed vineyards throughout the state of Oregon… and only WHITE WINE. This vineyard is 1,500 in elevation on an ancient riverbed that is essentially on the OR/CA border…. Off The Grid. They compare this to a Smaragd (ripeness level) Riesling from the Wachau region of Austria. Tons of fruit, smoky minerality, power, and grace.
Côtes-du-Rhône, Domaine du Pesquier, 2017, Southern Rhône, (FR) There are a lot of Côtes-du-Rhone’s out there. Many are not that interesting, but there are a few that consistently punch above their weight class, and while they may be priced for immediate drinking will actually age well for a few years. This is one! The winery is being run by the 4th generation to do so, farming with care. Wines are made in concrete and old barrels, never new. 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan and 10% Cinsault. The grapes come from a single 5 acre plot in Sablet. The wine has an explosive nose and great length on the palate. There are flavors of dark red fruits, licorice root, pepper, and bitter cocoa. A no fooling CDR!
Baux de Provence, Mas de Gourgonnier, 2018, Provence (FR) The Cartier family has been farming in Provence for hundreds of years and were one of the first wine producers with organic certification in the region. The warm, dry climate produces wines of deep character. Their flagship wine is a blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carignan grown in soils of decomposed granite and limestone, surrounded by pine trees and the scrubby mix of fragrant plants (juniper, thyme, rosemary, etc.) known as garrigue that you find throughout the region. The wine smells and tastes of where it is from. It smells of sage, rosemary and juniper, as well as plums and blackberries. You can find notes of olive, and smoke too… an excellent BBQ wine.
Salina Rosso, Nero di Munti, Caravaglio, 2018, Lipari, Aeolian Islands (IT) The Caravaglio’s are one of five Spanish families to settle on the Island of Salina in the 1500s, so their history here is long. Antonio Caravaglio, who is in charge now, makes what he calls Island Wines. He only makes one red wine, produced from a single vineyard in the crater of an extinct volcano on the island of Lipari. The vineyard is 900 feet up and 450 feet from the sea as the crow flies, or seagull in this case. The point is it is pretty dramatic. 80%+ of the vines are over 150 years old. 90% Cortino Nero with the remaining 10% being blend of other indigenous varietals. The wine smells of black and red cherries, pepper and herbs and is very bright and juicy.
Three Côte de Beaune Selections from The Le Pigeon Cellar (4 3-packs available) $195
Auxey Duresses Blanc, Benjamin Leroux, 2010 Benjamin Leroux started his micro-negociant project after serving as the winemaker at Pommard’s famed Domaine Comtes Armand. The red wines of Auxey Duresses are more well-known than the whites. However, the village sits just behind Meursault and there are some great terroirs for Chardonnay. This wine is fermented and aged in large oak foudres, and bottled under a screw cap. It smells of yellow apples, lemon peel and sea shells. At 10 years, old it is incredibly fresh and youthful, we blinded it and thought it was a 3 year old wine.
Savigny-Les-Beaune, 1er Cru Aux Fornaux, Domaine Chandon de Briailles 2012 Claude and Francois de Nicolay are the 7th generation brother and sister team behind Chandon de Briailles. They have been farming biodynamically since 2005 and have completely abandoned the use of sulfur in their vineyards. The Chandon de Briailles wines are some of the most elegant wines in the Côte de Beaune, this wine is in a great spot-showing bright red fruits, earthy forest floor and spring flowers.
Volnay, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Joseph Voillot 2015 If one wants to understand Volnay, they need look no further than the wines of Domaine Joseph Voillot, helmed for decades by his son in law, Jean-Pierre Charlot. They are silky, perfumed, and incredibly balanced. The Domaine uses a light touch in the cellar, alcohols are moderate, and there is minimal new oak. The 2015 Vieilles Vignes is sourced from 5 parcels throughout the village of Volnay with vines averaging over 40 years old. It smells of black cherries, raspberries, and crushed stone, and will age gracefully for another decade or more.
Three Côte de Nuits Selections from the Le Pigeon Cellar (3 3-packs available) $410
Gevrey-Chambertin, Ostrea, Domaine Trapet Père & Fils, 2011 The Trapet family has been growing grapes in Gevrey since 1870, but did not begin to estate bottle until the 1960s. This wine is sourced from four parcels of 90 year old vines with soils containing lots of limestone and fossils. The same “ostrea” is a reference to the oyster shells found in these vineyard parcels. The wine smells of red and black berries, tobacco and cedar and the 2011 is drinking great right now but there is no rush to open.
Morey-Saint-Denis, 1er Cru Les Chaffots, Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 The Ligniers’ home and winery is based in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis, the village is the heart of the winery. Their wines have a distinct “old school” style in that they are not afraid of making wines with lots of structure that are built to age. The Chaffots vineyard sits right about the Grand Cru of Clos-Saint-Denis and was planted with a massale selection from the families’ other holdings in 1968. The wine is deep, mineral driven, and smells of red and black fruits and spice…this one is built for the long haul!
Nuits-Saint-Georges, 1er Cru Les Chaignots, Mugneret-Gibourg, 2014 Since 1980 when Dr. George Mugneret passed away, his daugters Marie-Christine and Marie-Andrée, have helmed the winery and expanded its fame (the next generation is now involved as well). The wines have become sought after by collectors and restaurants, and have become increasingly difficult to acquire. This vineyard sits on the northern side of Nuits-Saint-Georges close to Vosne-Romanée, has eastern exposure, and soils of brown limestone. This wine smells of violets, wild berries and underbrush. It is showing well today but you will be rewarded if you can keep your hands off of it for 5 more years.
Envínate Tenerife Remix: Taganan Duo (5 2-packs available) $75 A few weeks ago we offered up these wines as part of a six pack showing off all the wines the Envínate team makes from the island of Tenerife. It was a lot to handle, so we are now offering them up as duos, so it is a little less of a commitment to give them a try.
The Canary Islands are technically part of Spain, but are actually closer to Morocco. The string of Volcanic islands is one of the most singular places for winegrowing in the world. It is hot, windy, and extremely rugged. The vines here are some of the oldest and highest elevation in all of Europe. The root louse Phyloxerra which devastated the vineyards of Europe (more than once in some places) have yet to impact the island chain. Which has allowed for some of the old, gnarly vines to live for almost 300 years. The three primary grape varietals are Listán Blanco (which is widely used in the production of Sherry where it is known as Palomino), Listán Negro and Listán Prieto (which is known as mission grape in California and País in Chile) but many vineyards are co-planted with other, lesser known indigenous varietals. All of these wines hail from the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, which has varied soils, exposures, and elevations. Access to many of these sites is more that “difficult”, some gradients are up to 65% and the vines are not planted in neat rows. Enter Envínate. Four friends met while studying viticulture and enology in Alicante. They formed Envínate with the goal of exploring unique terroirs composed of indigenous Spanish varietals. They make wines of purity with minimal manipulations, no additions, and light sulfur usage as a means of expressing the nuance of each vineyard site. The age and inaccessibility of the vineyards means that minuscule quantities of these wines are produced.
Táganan Blanco, 2018, Tenerife, Canary Islands The word Táganan means “slope” in the native Canary Island dialect, and is also the name of the sub-region of Tenerife where this wine comes from. It is a field blend of lesser-planted local varieties like Albillo Criollo, Marmajuelo, Gual, Malvasia..and others some of which are unidentified. The northern coast of Tenerife where these wines grow is cooler than other parts of the Island which allows the grapes to slowly mature, maintaining acidity and keeping alcohol levels balanced. The grapes are all co-fermented and aged in neutral barrels for without any sulfur additions. The wine smells of pears, salted almonds, and has a slight smoky note. Perfect for seafood or Iberico ham.
Táganan Tinto, 2018, Tenerife, Canary Islands Like the Táganan Blanco, this wine is a field blend of indigenous varieties; among them are Listan Negro, Listan Gaugho, and Malvasia Negra. The 100+ year old vines look like bonsai trees growing out of the volcanic soils and are constantly being battered by winds from Africa and the Atlantic. Fifteen different families own and work these small plots of vineyard, they farm organically but are not certified. For them, it is simply how things have always been done. 30% whole cluster is used in the fermentation which adds lift and a juicy quality to the wild, dark fruit while also accenting the spicy and smoky notes of the wine.
Palo Blanco, 2018, Tenerife, Canary Islands Hailing from the sub-region of La Oratava on the Northeastern slopes of Pieco del Tiede which is both Spain’s tallest mountain and an active volcano. This 1.5ha vineyard is planted to Listán Blanco (Palomino) in soils of pure black sand. The old-vines are trained in a unique method called Cordon Trenzado which means “braids”. They are interwoven together and resemble the trunks of thick trees but really look like something out of an old science-fiction movie. This cuvée is fermented in concrete tank and aged in large 2500L barrels. There is no-malolactic fermentation which accentuates the linear acidity. This is quintessential island wine, it is all about tart yellow fruit and salty, SALTY minerality.
Migan Tinto, 2018, Tenerife, Canary Islands Migan is produced from 3 plots outside of La Perdoma, also on the slopes of Pieco del Tiede. The Listan Negro grapes used for this wine are grown on varying amounts of basalt, clay, and some sand. The clay and basalt provide textural grip to the wine which also has vibrant acidity and smells of high toned flowers and red strawberries. Aged in 600L neutral oak to let the unique terroir of this subregion speak for itself.