News From Pigeon + Friends: New Cellar Sale – September 9th
News From Pigeon + Friends: New Cellar Sale
We have 2 new wine packs this week. The new sipper 6-pack is our Post-Labor Day Sipper Blowout. Summer is over, even if you can’t tell by the weather outside. School is back in session, even if you can’t tell because kids are still at home. On Labor Day weekend, there are always big sales, so we are jumping on that bandwagon. We’ve slashed the usual price of our Sipper Pack by $15 in order to offer you the most interesting and delicious wines we could find that you can throw back, sip on, quaff, glug, and enjoy with abandon. Order one pack, order two, we’ve got you covered… at least until they sell out.
Next is a 3-pack vertical of Saint Joseph from Domaine Jean-Louis Chave. If you are a lover of Syrah and/or wines from the Northern Rhône you don’t want to miss this opportunity.
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, September 10th, 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
Touraine-Amboise Blanc, Bel Air, Domaine de la Grange Tiphaine, 2017, Loire (FR)
Daminen Delecheneau is the 3rd generation winemaker at Granghe Tiphaine in Montlouis (the town next to Vouvray). He has brought technical precision to “natural” winemaking in an unparalleled way. He studied winemaking in Bordeaux then went on to make wine in California and South Africa. Upon his return to the family domaine he immediately began conversion to organic and biodynamic farming. He employs native yeast fermentations with zero additions and very low sulfur. This cuvée which is fermented and aged in cement tanks, jumps from the glass with aromas of yellow apples, crushed pears and white flowers. Super stony and racy on the finish.
Muscadet, Les Houx, Jo Landron, 2016, Loire (FR)
Jo Landron has been one of the most influential figures in the Muscadet region in recent decades, and not only for his amazing moustache (it’s worth googling). He has helped usher in a new era of quality and people around the world are beginning to take notice. “Les Houx” (formerly labeled “Hermine D’Or”) is from a great parcel of 20 to 50 year-old vines on shallow sandy clay soils, rich with silica, quartz and iron, over a bedrock of gneiss and clay – a great terroir for Muscadet that always gives a complex wine which benefits from medium-term aging. This crisp white has tart yellow fruit and great mineral character…perfect with seafood!
Vin de France, Vaín du Rû, Dominique Andiran, 8102 (2018), Gascony (FR)
Dominique Andiran is one of France’s great winemaking characters. In 1988, he began helping his uncle harvest his tiny vineyards in the Gascony region of France. One year later Dominique fell ill and was hospitalized. He supposed that his ailments were caused by chemicals that were being sprayed in the vineyards. In 2000 when he started his own winemaking project he disavowed the use of chemicals and is certified biodynamic. This wine is produced from the Colombard grape (which is mostly used for Cognac production) and smells of grapefruit, acacia, and wet rocks and has wonderful texture. One note: as it is a Vin de France, the vintage is not permitted to be printed on the label, so Dominique writes it backwards!
Rioja Rosado, Ostatu, 2019 (ES)
Ostatu is a small, family run estate in the Alavesa sub region of Rioja. This wine is produced from traditional grapes but with a modern touch. It is 70%Tempranillo, 26% Garnacha and 4% Viura (which is a white grape and provides some lift to the wine). It is sourced from high elevation vineyards and ferments in stainless steel. This pale rose smells of strawberries, raspberries, and orange peel. Perfect for the last days of summer!
Pinot Noir, The Tower, Suzor Wines, 2015, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette (OR)
Greg McClelland started Suzor with his wife Melissa after making wine at Ponzi and Tristateum. The project began with just 5 barrels of Pinot. The Tower is sourced from 2 very different vineyard sites in Yamhill-Carlton and is blended to showcase the overall character of the vintage. The wine spends 18 months aging in 20% new French oak, and held back for months in bottle before release. Greg believes that the long elevage is crucial for structural and aromatic complexity. The 2015 is drinking beautifully and smells of plums, black cherries, wet leaves, and baking spice. It has subtle acidity to support the broad depth and texture of the wine.
Langhe Rosso, Ternus, Montaribaldi, 2017, Piedmont (IT)
The Montaribaldi estate spreads 59 acres in the heart of Barbaresco with various plots linked together by Montaribaldi road. The Taliano family grows their fruit sustainably with biodynamic principals. This bottling is an equal blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto that are fermented in steel and aged in large wooden casks for a few months. Its medium body and pleasant fruity notes are complimented by aromas of fresh herbs and violets.
Domaine J. L. Chave Saint Joseph Vertical 2015, 2016, 2017, $260
The Chave family winery was founded in 1481 and the current Jean Louis represents the 16th generation of the Chave family run the domaine. The cumulative knowledge that has been passed down is unprecedented in the region and probably the world. Most people associate the domaine with Hermitage, and for very good reason. However, the first parcels of vineyards the Chaves farmed back in the 15th century were in Saint Joseph. Jean-Louis has made it his life’s work to refocus on the potential of St Joseph replanting long forgotten vineyards, and rebuilding stone terraces on these steep hillsides….how many other wineries have 2 stonemasons on staff? In addition to these resurrected vineyard parcels, the Chave family also has some of the oldest vineyards in St. Joseph, some of them date to the early 1900s!
St. Joseph, 2015, Jean-Louis Chave, Northern Rhône
2015 was a ripe and appealing vintage and definitely benefitted from Jean Louis’s deft touch and ability to manage the extraction during fermentation. The pungent syrah smells of black raspberries, blueberries, and olives. The density of the wine is complimented by slow-building but grippy tannins.
St. Joseph, 2016, Jean-Louis Chave, Northern Rhône
2016 was cooler than 2015 which allowed producers to create balanced wines which will be more accessible young, but certainly have all the components for long aging. The ‘16 is slightly redder fruited than the ’15, and is complimented with aromas of iron, smoke, and wet earth.
St. Joseph, 2017, Jean-Louis Chave, Northern Rhône
The 2017 growing season was challenging with some frost and rain early on and then a couple of heat spikes. The Domaine’s example is approachable young, but this St. Joseph will undoubtedly improve in the coming years, and certainly needs a few to show its best self. This bottling smells of red currants and blackberries with lots of mineral notes and some dried herb aromas. The tannins are ripe and the wine is bright and focused.