First King James Wine Burgundy Pre Sell
I have been wanting and working on bringing in exclusive and exceptional wines, at an “affordable price point”, since my opening last year. It has taken me 8 months to gain the trust of the Importers and Distributors to allow me to request a set of wines and be the only store in Arkansas to stock and sell it.
Picking Burgundy is no surprise to any one who knows me, I have been an Official Bourgogne Wine Educator for 10 years and am one of less than twenty in the USA. I love the people and the region of Bourgogne, they have always been so welcoming and generous with their time and knowledge.
With this respect and knowledge I look for “next generation” vineyard and winemakers who are striving to make a better product than their parents and also respecting the vineyard. As you will see with these wines they are very “terroir driven” letting the vineyard dictate the style and not the winemaker.
I believe these wines will impress you with their style and quality whilst being attainable for the majority of my clients. I am trying to allow everyone of my clients a chance to taste some artisanal Bourgogne wines, whether my client wants a bottle or more.
For each of these wines there are only 24 bottles!!
Thomas Morey Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Pinot Noir, 2016 $36.99, Pre Sell Price $33.99
Tasting Notes: The wine is remarkably intense in color and has aromas of fresh and ripe fruits. In the mouth, it has concentration and structure. It is “chewy” and needs some time to reach its peak. This long-lived wine makes, while young, an excellent accompaniment to grilled red meats. A wine for all seasons, and one to remind us that Chassagne-Montrachet can and does produce high quality red wines at affordable prices!!
Thomas Morey Beaune-Grèves 1er Cru, 2016 $52.99, Pre Sell Price $48.99
This high-quality red wine with its deep coloration and delicate aromas is mouth-filling, generous, and silky, and has always been one of Beaune’s most highly thought-of crus.
Thomas Morey wines tend to fare well critically yet fly under the radar of Burgundy lovers. They are classically Burgundian, vigneron-raised and expressive of grape, terroir and vintage–rich in flavor, depth and texture yet balanced with naturally vibrant acidity and minerality and a restrained hand in the cellar.
Thibault Liger-Belair Hautes Côtes de Nuits La Roche, 2015 $39.99 Pre Sell Price $36.99
The 2015 Hautes Cotes de Nuits La Roche comes from a parcel of vines near Bevy and the fruit was picked ten days after the Cotes de Nuits. There is very fine minerality and precision on the nose here, the limestone/flinty soils (known as “chaille”) imparting real tension and terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with tart red cherries and mulberry fruit, supple tannin with a keen line of acidity, fresh in the mouth with a touch of blackcurrant right on the finish. This is delicious.
Thibault Liger-Belair is cousin to Vicomte Liger Belair of Vosne Romanée. In 2001 he took over an old family property in Nuits St Georges, taking back the vines which had been contracted out to various share croppers, and leased a cuverie just down the road.
The vines are now certified organic and farmed biodynamically, with horses used to plough the vineyards where possible. The natural style of Thibault’s wines is plump and full-bodied, though the benefits of his farming methods seem to be bringing a more mineral aspect to the fruit as well.
Vincent et Sophie Morey Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot, Chardonnay, 2016, $69.99 Pre Sell Price $64.99
This wine shows the classic appeal of power without weight. There is concentration and nut oil with hints of exotic fruits that linger but never weigh down the wine as it has sharp acidity that cuts the volume to create a wine that is in true balance and harmony.
Vincent et Sophie Morey St Aubin 1er Cru Les Charmois, 2017 $46.99 Pre Sell is $43.99
“This broad version boasts apple, Lemon and White Peach flavors, shaded by notes of baking spices and hazelnut. The finish is clean, lemony and long.
Vincent et Sophie Morey Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Pinot Noir, 2014 $34.99 Pre Sell is $30.99
Chassagne-Montrachet can and does produce high quality red wines at affordable prices!!
About: The wines of both père and fils have an engaging plumpness. The barrel regime is relatively standard across the cellar: 50% new wood for the red premiers crus, while typically the whites receive 40% each new & one-year-old wood, with the balance made up by two-year-old barrels.
Vincent Giradin Meursault 1er Cru Les Narvaux , Chardonnay, 2016 $84.99 Pre Sell is $78.99
Wine Spectator 93/00: Sleek and intense, packed with apple, lime, butterscotch and mineral flavors, this white starts out expressive and doesn’t quit. Balanced in a sleek way, with a long, complex finish. Drink now through 2025.
Wine & Spirits 92/00: This grows at a parcel of 55-year-old vines above the premier cru Les Genevrières. It offers a salty, flinty blast of Meursault character, the pale, ripe fruit holding cool and clean even as its energy feels like a powder keg. The wine’s mineral intensity keeps giving while the texture feels tight and graceful, a dynamic contrast that suggests that there will be fascinating developments to come with bottle age.
For Eric, the key to producing great wine is control over the vine. “We are the shepherds of the terroir,” he says. “Working in the fields is just common country sense!” A requirement that he insists on for both the vineyards he owns and those from which he purchases only the grapes. “I have refused to do business with winemakers who, despite the great appellations they propose, in my opinion do not work their vines well enough. I am very attentive to the fact that the grapes we buy come from either organic or almost-organic vines.” Eric Germain spends 70% of his time in the vineyards. They are all managed as sustainable crops, tending towards organic. “I am not looking at becoming certified. We already use 90% of the organic working methodology in our vineyards.