We are excited to now have Louis/Dressner Wines in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place.
"Louis/Dressner Selections is a portfolio of over 100 vignerons hailing from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia and Chile. We are a partnership of Denyse Louis, a native Burgundian, Joe Dressner and Kevin McKenna. Collectively, we spend nearly nine months a year in Europe working with our growers and selecting wines for importation to America.
We have no brands. We are not looking for them. We do have a group of often fanatical growers who are doing their best to make wines that are original because they are honestly crafted. These might seem old-fashioned, but in the present context it is almost revolutionary....
There are no gobs, no exaggerations, no over-this and over-that. We don’t have fruit bombs. What we do have is a group of growers who work their vines and make their wines with honesty, passion and humor.
In that sense THE BRAND is the convergence of these crazy growers and their American importers. Working together to produce and market natural products that follow several principles.
The following techniques and guiding principles are what we believe is winemaking with integrity and respect for the traditions of the native region. This is fine winemaking at its purest, most fundamental level.
Wild Yeasts: All wines are made with the natural yeasts on the grapes, in the vineyards and in the cellars. Cultured yeasts to rush fermentation or add “enhancing” aromas and flavors are unacceptable. We look for wines that express their terroir. No enzymes, no hormones.
Hand Harvesting:Growers harvest by hand, not machine. We want the ripest fruit to be brought carefully and lovingly into the winery.
Low Yields: The growers want low yields for greater concentration. We look for growers with holdings in old vines.
Natural Viticulture: We encourage growers to plow their vineyards to keep the soil an active eco-system, and to use natural methods in tending their vines.
No or Minimal Chaptalization: We do not want an artificially high degree of alcohol produced by adding sugar to the must. Non- or slightly chaptalized wines are more enjoyable and healthier to drink.
Non-Filtration: Wines are either not filtered or minimally filtered. We also encourage low levels of SO2.
Non-Interventionist Winemaking: We prefer a harmony, not an imposed style —wines should showcase their place of origin and varietal character. We are not looking for oak flavor, particular fruits or overly done aromatics. Minimal use of S02 is encouraged.
Enjoyment! Lastly, our most important “principle.” Because, the overblown world of overdone wines is fundamentally tiresome. We’re not looking for tasting specimens, but for wines that are great fun, and a great pleasure to drink.
Here are a few wines we have in stock now....
2010 Peillot Bugey de Mondeuse...$19.99
"Tart cherry and blackberry inform what is for this grape an astonishingly silken and infectiously juicy palate, and even if a bit of native astringency creeps into the finish in the form of slight gum numbing, there is a bracing saltiness that further encourages salivation and the taking of a next sip. Touches of pungent green herbs, cherry pit, and cepage-typical black pepper also put in appearances. I would be inclined to enjoy this downright effusive and extremely user-friendly rendition of the Savoie’s flagship black grape over the next 2-3 years. Though it will no doubt remain vigorous, its surprising textural allure might give way to more prominent tanninity." - The Wine Advocate
"The Bugey is small viticultural area whose fame doesn't extend much farther than the city of Lyons... the Bugey is a series of low altitude hills forming the most southern tip of the Jura range. In distance, it is closer to Savoie than to viticultural Jura, so, if mentioned at all, it is often considered a part of Savoie.
As for Mondeuse, it is the most rustic grape I've ever worked with. I have 100 year old Mondeuse vines that still produce 100 hectoliters per hectare just on their own. To me it's an ancestor, it's a Gaul with a big mustache, and just like our ancestors, they are firmly rooted in the past. This is how I approach working with Mondeuse. All the work is in the vines with Mondeuse; you have to take good care of it for it to take good care of itself. Aging it in oak could be an option, but I don't. I think my Mondeuse is very hit or miss with people. I tried making a more Beaujolais style Mondeuse once by harvesting and vinyfying earlier in hopes of softening the tannins, and it was undrinkable. I am very experimental and have had many failures over the years, both in the vines and in the cellar, but none as unforgivable as that one! So maybe my Mondeuse isn't for everybody, but at least it's authentic." -- winery
"No Muscadet estate is rendering consistently finer or more intriguing wines than Luneau-Papin, and given the prices asked there is no excuse for any lover of wine not making their acquaintance." - The Wine Advocate
"Luneau-Papin is a family estate. My father was always very knowledgeable about the area, and searched far and wide for the best parcels our land could offer. He was able to procure many of these in the 80's and we find ourselves today with 50 parcels spread over 10 plots. We have 50 hectares of Melon de Bourgogne, at about 7000 vines per h; because of the density of the plantation, we average about 50 hl/h yields. Our distinction at Luneau-Papin is that we work parcel by parcel, terroir by terroir. You can't claim terroir if you don't highlight the link between the soil, the vegetal state of the vines and its surrounding environment." - winery
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A blend of Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault
"Zelige", like the Mediterranean artisan firing the clay, varnishing, cutting, assembling in mosaics, we also work the soil…The soil of Corconne, in a corner of Languedoc, between Montpellier and Nimes, pushing up against the hills of the Cevennes. Composed of gravel and limestone pebbles.The image of the "zelige" comes naturally, our vineyards forming a mosaic in the landscape. Our paths have taken many twists and turns, before finding ourselves together amongst the vines. Marie is a painter, now her brushes have to share time with the pruning scissors. Luc is now walking in the steps of his grandfather. - winery