DOWNEY SELECTIONS


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FRANCE -- Alsace


ZINCK

When Philippe Zinck took over the family business 10 years ago from his father Paul, he totally modernized the winery with new stainless steel tanks, and changed the viticulture techniques to sustainable.  Located in Eguisheim, at the bottom of the Alsace road, the terroir has limestone soils.  Philippe vinifies dry, stylistically elegant wines, with higher acidity levels than most, and uses modern Stelvin closures.  His redesigned labels reflect his modern direction.  (Imported by HB Wine Merchants)

SPARKLING:  Crémant d'Alsace (incl. Rosé)

WHITE:  Pinot Blanc + Pinot Gris + Riesling (incl. Eichberg Grand Cru)


FRANCE  -- Roussillon


BILA-HAUT

Renowned Rhône winemaker Michel Chapoutier bought this property in the Roussillon area in 2000: “Bila-Haut” referring to an old farm villa built high in the mountain slopes among the vineyards (Bila = Villa in Catalan).  The 75 hectares of land – cultivated using biodynamic farming techniques – are characterized by steep pebbly slopes.  All of the wines that Chapoutier produces have labels with both traditional writing and Braille.  (Imported by HB Wine Merchants)

WHITE:  Côtes du Roussillon Villages Blanc

ROSE:  Pays d'Oc Rosé

RED:  Côtes du Roussillon Villages Red (incl. La Tour de France "Occultum Lapidem" + Lesquerde "L'esquerda")


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FRANCE  -- Various Regions (by FEATURED IMPORTERS)


JENNY & FRANCOIS SELECTIONS

Hailed by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the "Best New Specialist Importers", Jenny Lefcourt & her team focus on small-production natural wines.  Their mission is "to defend an endangered species -- winemakers who work like artisans, crafting a different wine each year.  They do not impose a preconceived taste on their wines, but look to be surprised by what nature gives them -- natural wines."  All Jenny & François imports are natural/organic/sustainable/biodynamic.

BURGUNDY --  MONTCHOVET (Hautes Côtes de Beaune) + OUDIN (Chablis incl. "Les Serres" + "Vaugiraut" 1er Cru)


LOIRE --  GASPARD (Sauvignon + Pinot Noir)


RHONE --  GENESTAS (Côtes du Rhône Villages) + PATIENCE (Chardonnay + Costières de Nîmes “Nemausa” + Merlot)


SOUTHWEST --  CLOS SIGUIER (Cahors) + PLAGEOLES (Braucol + Duras + Mauzac Nature)



MICHAEL CORSO SELECTIONS

Since 1972, Chicago-based Mike Corso has worked in virtually all aspects of wine sales:  retail, restaurant, wholesale distribution, importer representative, and importer; always with a focus on European wines.  His belief is in the growers:  “Good growers will always make good wine.”  Mike works predominantly with small, family domaines; vignerons who are keenly aware of the patrimony of their land that they will pass on to their children & grandchildren, with a respect for traditional styles (most using sustainable farming methods).

BEAUJOLAIS --  FINES GRAVES/JANODET (Beaujolais Villages + Moulin à Vent)


BORDEAUX --  CHATEAU LARONDE-DESORMES (Bordeaux Supérieur) + CH. LESCALLE (Bdx Supérieur) + CH. MAURAC (Haut-Médoc) + CLOS L‘ABEILLEY (Sauternes) + CH. ST-GEORGES (St-Emilion)


BURGUNDY -- COLLONGE/NOBLET (Pouilly-Fuissé) + JACQUES GIRARDIN (Bourgogne Rouge + Santenay)


CHAMPAGNE --  JOSEPH PERRIER (incl. Brut "Cuvée Royale")


LANGUEDOC --  SEGURE (Fitou) + STE. EULALIE (Minervois Rose "Printemps" + Rouge "Plasir")


LOIRE --  DOZON (Chinon + Rosé) + GAUTIER (Touraine Brut Rosé) + ROGER & CHRISTOPHE MOREUX (Sancerre) + VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU (Vouvray)


PROVENCE -- BLAIS (Côtes de Provence Rosé)


RHONE --  CHAMFORT (Côtes du Rhône + Vacqueyras) + RASPAIL-AY (Gigondas) + ST. ANTHELME (Viognier)


SOUTHWEST --  CH. ARMANDIERE (Cahors "Ancestral" + Malbec Rosé)