Tis the season everyone! It’s that time of year where we act on our good conscience and give back to those in need. December I am ALL about giving you what you need; bubbles and red blends! In both clubs you will find Daniel Brunier, a standout Southern Rhone producer whose old vine Grenache-heavy blends will pair great with any holiday meal. For all those California red blend lovers I give you a sexy and smooth wine known as The Pessimist from Dauo Vineyards and finally, for my sparkling lovers, I gift you the Champagne Lallier and Patrick Piuze from Chablis. Happy Holidays!!
Daniel Brunier Telegramme CdP
One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the southern Rhône, without thinking of the Brunier family. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as La Crau for over one hundred years. The wines of this domain evoke the concept of terroir in its purest form: they reflect their dramatic climate, the rough terrain that defines the soil, their full sun exposure at a higher altitude, the typicity of the varietals with an emphasis on Grenache, and of course, the influence of their caretakers, the Brunier family. The Telegramme is the Chateauneuf du Pape blend of mostly Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre from an average rootstock age of 40 years adding to the depth of this blend.
Lallier Grand Reserve
The Lallier family had been in Ay for five generations. Since Monsieur Lallier passed it along to his longtime winemaker Monsieur Tribaut they have expanded only slightly to 350,000 bottle production which is still miniscule compared to Veuve Cliquot at 10 million. In order to produce Champagnes of exceptional quality, Lallier only vinifies the highest quality grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This Burgundy-inspired style shows once again that the quality of its champagnes is central to LALLIER’s values. Wines are bottled after blending in Spring and then have at least 36 months to rest in their cellars where they reach full maturity before consumption…NOW! I am excited for you to try this sparkling bursting with red fruits, fine mousse, and an elegant finish.