INSIDE SOURCE WINE CLUB
An Exploration of Pinot Noirs from Cooler-Climates.
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The 2014 Simon Bize wines just arrived! 2014 in Burgundy, brings wines that are not splashy, but are splendidly Burgundian, for lack of a better term. That is, they showcase delightful fruit, good acidity, medium body, integrated tannins, and altogether a pleasing sense of balance. It may not be the longest aging of vintages, but there’s energy to allow these wines to mature quite well over 15-20 years. On the other hand, they’ll also drink beautifully in the short term.
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Rebels with a cause, the Cossards, Fréderic and Laure, are headliners of the (still tiny) natural wine movement in the Côte d’Or. A relative newcomer to making wine in Burgundy, Fréderic started his domaine in 1996 with some small parcels in Saint-Romain and has since amassed choice parcels in Volnay and Pommard.
This wine is a stunner, expressing classic aromas of dried rose and orange peel, sour cherries, tobacco and leather that beckon your nose as far into the glass as it can go. The subtlety of the wine is extraordinary for a young Barolo and can be matched only by a few of the greats, like Guisseppe Mascarello's Monprivato. Aromatically, the wine offers a brilliant constellation of classic Barolo scents. On the palate, the typically stern tannins of a young Barolo are finely polished and are buoyed by the refreshing acidity from the site's high elevation. The palate aromas mirror the nose and add brown earth, dried cherry, aperol, toasted cedar, almond flower and fresh porcini. Floral and savory to the bone, this near masterpiece lends itself to a perfect Italian feast. One of the greatest wines in our collection, this should be drunk when you feel the desire to lose yourself in a wine of pure Piemontese dialect and culture. You might need at least two of these.
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Jean-Louis Dutraive is single-handedly redefining Beaujolais. Click to secure some bottles of his delicious 2016s.
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Richoux wines are ethereal, blessed with the warmth of sweet red fruit, etched with irresistible complexity. They are light in body and joyfully exuberant, but imbued with a quiet, yet undemanding intensity.