Pigeon & Friends: Cellar Sale 6 Packs, Cookin with the Ruckers, and Pre Order Cookbooks
Pigeon & Friends Updates
Cellar Sale Update: Curated 6 packs of wine for your at home wine drinking pleasure
Our curated 6 packs were a hit last week, so we have a few more for you. This time we have more so we will not sell out. We apologize to any of you that missed out last week.
The sale is back on! We have 4 curated 6 packs on offer this week, and more of each, so we hopefully will not sell out.
You can order through the Le Pigeon website. Select your wine bundle of choice from the options below and follow the steps to securely order your wine. All payments will be processed ahead of time through our website.
Bottles will be available for pickup on Friday and Saturday April 17 and 18 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. You can come to the door or we can bring the box 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.
Cellar Sale Curated 6 Packs
Bundle #1: Sunny Spring Sippers (36 for sale) $125
The sun is coming out, so here is a 6-pack of bright wines to enjoy with a little sunshine. Sunshine gives you Vitamin D, Vitamin D is good for the immune system, therefore drinking these wines in the sun is especially important now.
Brut Nature, “RBL’ (Ribolla Gialla), I Clivi, 2018, Friuli (IT) 100% Ribolla Gialla from NE Italy. A pe-nat with the precision and clarity of a fine blanc de blancs, but still with the juicy vivacity of the style. Floral, stone fruit, citrus.
Otok Hvar (Bogdanuša/Pošip/Marastina), Zlatan, ‘16, Croatia From the island of Hvar off Croatia’s coast. Fresh and vibrant with fruit and minerality galore. Cripsy!
Savoie Rosé (Gamay/Mondeuse), Domaien Eugène Carrel, 2019, Savoie (FR) Gabriel always says that he does not do a lot of repeats when it comes to dishes at Le Pigeon, and a similar thing can be said for our wines by the glass. This lovely rosé is an exception – we use it nearly every year. Crisp and refreshing with a lovely berry pop.
Côtes de Provence Rosé (Cinsault/Grenache) — Quat’saisons — La Mascaronne — ’18 (FR) The sloping vineyards (chalk/clay hills covered with small stones) of La Mascaronne lie in the heart of the Côtes de Provence appellation, above the medieval village of Le Luc – aka pretty spot. This rosé is delicate pink in the glass, but shows a lot of structure.
Puglia Rosso (Montepulciano/Sangiovese/Nero di Troia), Antica Enotria, 2018, Puglia (IT) We always say that what goes grows together goes together when it comes to wine pairing. I think that can be true to as far as weather. This wine from sunny southern Italy has a deep juicy fruit, and some gamy earth, but still has a lively tone to it – grilling time?
Côtes du Rhône (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre), ‘Khayyäm’ Mas de Libian, 2018 (FR) More than your average CDR. Named in honor of the 11th century Persian poet and mathematician, this comes entirely from 11 acres in the galets roulets terroir – like Châteauneuf – in the NW of the Southern Rhône. All Biodynamic farming… so good.
Bundle #2: Italian Stunner (24 for sale) $290
We are known for our French Selections, but Italy has always held a place in our hearts. These are some killer wines that are ready to drink now, though they can age longer if you choose. The weather played into these picks too. Sipping on a mineral-ey white while the grill heats up and then digging into one or two of these reds with some herb-grilled lamb chops or a steak.
Fiano di Avellino, Ciro Picariello, 2018, Campana Ciro farms 7 hectares in the volcanic hills above Avellino. He grows primarily Fiano, using only organic methods. The wines are intense, textured and exceedingly expressive of sun and sea.
Etna Bianco (Carricante), Aurora, I Vigneri (Salvo Foti), 2018, Sicily Founded by Salvo Foti, I Vigneri is an association of local Sicilian winegrowers on Mt Etna. This varietal Carricante is like and Italian Chablis, with notes of lemon, peach, chalk, and waxy undertones. Fermented in stainless steel & aged on its lees for one year.
Brunello di Montalcino, La Palazzetta, 2013, Tuscany We love the ‘13 Brunellos – they are powerful for sure, but they have give and suppleness. 100% Sangiovese Grosso aged in a mix of Slovenian and French Cask for 3 years. Cherry, herbs, leather, tobacco…
Chianti Classico Riserva, Castell’in Villa, 2010, Tuscany The estate is in Castelnuovo Berardenga and produces traditional age worthy wines. You can enjoy this tomorrow or in 10 more years. The wines are aged in large cask for 2-3 years and then bottled, often waiting at the winery for years to be released.
Barbera d’Asti, Vigna del Noce, Ezio T., 2007, Piedmont As serious as Barbera gets. (If you purchased the Canard box last week, you’ll want to try this wine after that Barbeara in that box). From vines planted in 1929, aged for 5 years in a mix of barrel and concrete and bottle before release. Plum, Balsamic, earth, herbs.
Barolo, Bricco Fiasco, Azelia, 2009, Piedmont The Bricco Fiasco vineyard is named for its shape – ‘fiasc,’ meaning ‘flask’ in the local Piedmontese dialect. 2.5 ha of south-facing vines up to 80 years old (average of 45 years) grown in calcareous clay soils. This wine is singing with plum, licorice, tar, and tea notes. A treat.
Bundle #3: Burgundy for Everyone (24 for sale) $240
We love Burgundy, and a lot of Burgundy is pricey, but if you know where to look there are amazing wines that deliver so much elegance and complexity for their price – we seek these wines out and here are some. Last week we offered a few 6 packs of some very rare and pricey wines – these below are just as good. The only difference is that they are expressing the specific vineyards they come from and the specific winemaking of the Domaines that took them from grape to bottle. They are just different, and differentiation is what Burgundy appreciation is all about.
Chablis, Terroirs de Béru, Châteu de Béru, 2017 Athénaïs de Béru farms this estae biodynamically with great attention to the vines, and a delicate hand in the cellar. All domaine frut, from vines that are 40 years old. This wine is aged entirely in steel, no barrels.
Bourgogne Blanc, Fanny Sabre, 2017 Fanny Sabre makes transparent elegant wine from her small cellar in the town of Pommard. Sourced from vines around Beaune, fermented in steel and aged in neutral barrel. Bright and complex.
Bourgogne Rouge, Les Grand Camps, Dom. Gérard Raphet, 2017 Burgundy is all about location and proximity. While this wine is labeled a humble “Bourgogne Rouge” it is surrounded on three sides by villages- level Gevrey vineyards. Soils are composed of red clay and silt. The wine is a show stopper with aromas of autumn leaves, cinnamon, cloves, red berries.
Marsannay, Les Echezots, Domaine Bart, 2016 North of Gevrey Chambertin lie the villages of Fixin and Marsanny. They are oft times overlooked, but should not be. They produce wines of balance, fruit, and place. Les Echezots is a small vineyard heavily effected by wind. It’s cool and therefore gets picked later. Long hang-time and cool breezes are a formula for flavorful pinot with great balance!
Chassagne-Montrachet ROUGE, Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard, 2017 Historically Chassagne grew more Pinot than Chardonnay, but times have changed and it is now more white wine territory. There is still a lot of Pinto there through, much of it grown on the lower part of the slope. The grapes for this wine come from the top of the slope near the forest line, more stony, more cool. Structure with brightness.
Pernand Vergelesses, Les Belles Filles, Domaine Rapet, 2012 This wine may be a village level, but it is from a single climat, Les Belles Filles, with great eastern exposition. Lovely red and black currant fruit, the wine has line of minerality often found with Pernand and a little gaminess coming with the bottle age.
Le Pigeon Cookbook Back in Stock Soon – Pre Order Now!
Did you miss your chance to order the Le Pigeon Cookbook before they sold out? Now’s your chance to get Chef Gabriel Rucker’s essential collection of recipes from the Le Pigeon kitchen. From Foie Gras Profiteroles to the Le Pigeon Burger, you can create a little bit of the dirty bird at home in your own kitchen.
We’re restocking our supply of cookbooks next week, but you can pre order them now through our website. We’ll start to ship books out as soon as they arrive.