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  • Domaine François Raveneau | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    see Adventures on the Wine Route The relationship started with the 1979 vintage and has continued solidly ever since Today François sons Bernard and Jean Marie direct the domaine yet stay true to their father s philosophy in both the vineyards and the cellar The Brothers Raveneau are a dream team They carry the family torch with pride yet with a reserve pragmatism and humility that is more likely found among true farmers than the artists they are There is no set division of labor between the brothers just all hands on deck as each one brings his own expertise to the mix Jean Marie attended the Lycée Viticole in Beaune and has been with the domaine since 1978 In 1995 when François retired Bernard finally joined his brother at the domaine after years of working for a négociant Together they farm nearly eight hectares of land including three grand cru vineyards Blanchot Les Clos and Valmur and six premier crus Montée de Tonnerre Les Vaillons Butteaux Chapelot Mont Mains and Forêt In a cool climate like Chablis vines find their strength in the rich clay and chalky limestone of the Kimmeridgian chain From vine to glass the Raveneaus continue to do things the old fashioned way Although François passed away in 2000 Bernard s daughter Isabelle joins them today assuring fans that Domaine Raveneau will continue into the next generation Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay 45 years average Kimmeridgian Limestone 50 ha Blanchot Grand Cru Chardonnay 55 years average Kimmeridgian Limestone 64 ha Valmur Grand Cru Chardonnay 40 years average Kimmeridgian Limestone 75 ha Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Chardonnay 33 years average Kimmeridgian Limestone 40 ha Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Chardonnay 45 years average Kimmeridgian Limestone 1 49 ha

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  • Domaine Jean-Claude Regnaudot | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    it more accessible in its youth Like his father Jean Claude and his other ancestors before him Didier sticks to tradition and we celebrate that He works old Pinot Noir vines mostly planted right after World War II some before on the steep hillsides just to the east of Dézize The vines are cordon trained and planted in the middle saddle of the hillside in deep clay and fossilized limestone His prized holdings are one hectare in a great premier cru site La Fussière and a small premier cru parcel just below called Les Clos Roussots His formula is pretty simple gorgeous expertly managed vineyards manual harvest fermentation in concrete tank long cuvaison twelve months in oak bottling without fining or filtration The Regnaudots long ago understood what makes Maranges special and are dedicating to preserving that tradition as unglamorous as it may be to some Here we raise our hats to Didier Tradition means learned from experience not the latest paraphernalia How does this sound Deep structured seriously dark red Burgundies with thickly textured tannins There s a nice taste of Burgundian soul in there Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Maranges 1er Cru Loyères Pinot Noir 40 years old Jurassic substrate mainly black grey marl 25 ha Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Pinot Noir Planted in 1930 1947 1955 1962 1987 Jurassic substrate mainly black grey marl 1 12 ha Maranges 1er Cru Les Clos Roussots Pinot Noir Planted in 1969 1974 Jurassic substrate graphite limestone 52 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Grapes are hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard 100 de stemmed Must undergoes cold soak for 1 week at 10 C Temperature of tank is raised to 18 C and fermentation begins

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  • Domaine de Reuilly | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    are rich resting on the prized Kimmeridgian limestone a geological chain that connects the Loire Valley with Chablis in Burgundy This limestone is valued for its high content of marine and shell fossils dating back 150 million years ago to the Jurassic period These minerals are without equal for producing some of the most beautiful whites in France Denis has been practicing sustainable agriculture for many years and has recently started the conversion process for organic certification Though he uses both stainless steel tanks and oak Denis is very proud to be able to select special oaks from his grandfather s forest to make his barrels This is the concept of local in its purest form Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Reuilly Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 23 years average Clay Kimmeridgian Limestone 2 ha Reuilly Pinot Gris Pinot Gris 10 years average Siliceous Gravel 2 ha Reuilly Rouge Pinot Noir 23 years average Clay Limestone 4 ha in total of Pinot Noir Reuilly Rouge Les Chênes Pinot Noir 23 years average Clay Limestone 4 ha in total of Pinot Noir Reuilly Blanc Les Fossiles Sauvignon Blanc 30 years Clay Kimmeridgian Limestone 2 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Domaine is certified organic as of 2011 As of 2015 all vineyards except the Pinot Gris are certified biodynamic Vineyards are all worked by hand Limited yields Harvested by hand Vinifications are traditional and temperature controlled Cold maceration before the alcoholic fermentation last 3 4 days Fermentation lasts 15 days with only indigenous yeasts Daily punchdowns and pumpovers for approximatively 5 days depending on the vintage and then one pumpover every 2 days until the end of the fermentation Oaks are harvested from Jamain s own forest to make the

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  • Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    His dedication is total He s one of the few remaining vignerons in France who truly live like a paysan peasant No vacation no travel ever He s happy just to stay on the farm working seven days a week and wanting nothing more and nothing less Michel plans to keep working the land until he physically can t get himself out to the vines any longer In earlier days Kermit considered the Sancerre blanc very good with great typicity although since Michel has taken the reins Kermit says that Reverdy has since become the benchmark domaine of our day Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Sancerre Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 30 years average Clay Kimmeridgian Limestone 11 ha Sancerre Blanc Cuvée Ortus Sauvignon Blanc 30 years average Clay Kimmeridgian Limestone 11 ha Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir 30 years average Siliceous Clay Gravelly limestone 3 ha Sancerre Rosé Pinot Noir 30 years average Siliceous Clay Gravelly limestone 3 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Vines trained in Guyot Michel Reverdy farms 20 different vineyard parcels over 14 hectares of land Sustainably farmed with minimal use of treatments Harvest usually takes place between September 15th and October 5th Sancerre Blanc Grapes are gently pressed by pneumatic press immediately following the harvest The must settles for 36 hours Clear juice is racked and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel cuves The wine rests on its lees for 2 3 months stirred 3 or 4 times to keep lees suspended throughout the liquid Bottled in the Spring around Easter Sancerre Blanc Cuvée Ortus Cuvée Ortus is only bottled in exceptional vintages Selected juice is initially fermented as regular Sancerre Blanc undergoes malolactic fermentation but wine is aged in 400 L oak barrels

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  • Riofavara | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    is located in the Noto Valley just a few minutes down the road from the town that gave Nero d Avola its name and was the first producer to dignify this grape with the use of its own indigenous yeasts Though the area s image still suffers in some circles from the historic production of high alcohol wines that were good only to boost thin wines from the mainland estates like Riofavara have completely reversed this trend eliciting vivacious mineral wines from the zone s rocky limestone and marl terrains Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Eloro Spaccaforno Nero d Avola 30 years Limestone 4 ha Eloro Sciavè Nero d Avola 43 years 19 years Limestone Clay Marl 3 3 ha Moscato di Noto Mizzica Moscato di Noto Planted in 2004 Chalk Limestone 1 8 ha Moscato di Noto Notissimo Moscato di Noto Planted in 1999 Chalk Limestone 1 5 ha Spumante Metodo Classico Extra Brut 95 Moscato di Noto 5 Grecanico Planted in 1999 Chalk Limestone 5 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Harvested by hand Indigenous yeasts used Low gobelet training and high trellising according to the terroir of each parcel Vineyards Contrada Favara Biduri 1 5 ha Terrain made up of a thick layer of limestone pebbles in a limestone silt matrix sitting on clay and limestone heavy marls from the Tellaro formation Contrada Buonivini 1 8 ha Heavily limestone terrain with lots of small rocks Fine texture clayey limestone Eloro Spaccaforno Spaccaforno is the former name of the commune of Ispica where the estate is located Both names derive from the Latin Hyspicae Fundus meaning the bottom of the Hyspa River now called the Busaitone Valley Density of planting 4 500 vines per hectare Yield 52 hl ha Temperature controlled maceration in cement vat At least 6 months of élevage in French oak 80 second passage 20 third passage and 10 months minimum in bottle before release Unfiltered Eloro Sciavè Sciavè pronounced sha VEH is a local nickname for Saverio the name of Massimo s grandfather Density of planting 6 500 vines per hectare Yield 38 hl ha Temperature controlled maceration in stainless steel with pumping over daily Fourteen months of élevage 1 3 new barriques 1 3 second passage barriques 1 3 split between third passage barriques and stainless steel Four to six months of bottle aging before release Unfiltered Moscato di Noto Mizzica A fully dry wine Hand harvested Grapes are destemmed followed by a light pressing Fermentation at low temperatures in stainless steel tank Fermentation lasts approximately 15 days Stirring of lees for 7 days after fermentations Temperature of wine is then reduced to 10 C to settle Wine is aged in stainless steel for 6 months and then in bottle for 3 months Moscato di Noto Notissimo 80 90 grams liter of residual sugar Hand harvesting of fully mature and over ripe grapes In certain years up to 10 of

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  • Domaine la Roquète | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    of vineyards at La Roquète They have since added three additional hectares of Vin de Pays vines bordering the Rhône and seven more in the Ventoux appellation to the east leading to the creation of the well priced Pigeoulet and Mégaphone labels The Châteauneuf du Pape rouge vineyards they acquired upon purchasing La Roquète now constitute the Piedlong and Télégramme bottlings the latter of which primarily consists of young vine fruit from La Crau The brothers replanted the small Clos La Roquète to white in 1987 this is currently the only wine bottled under the La Roquète label Along with Le Pigeoulet Mégaphone and Piedlong see Vignobles Brunier it is vinified and bottled at La Roquète In Châteauneuf for many the greatest appellation of the southern Rhône vineyard specificity plays a role almost as critical as it does in Burgundy Geography here is as important as geology La Roquète sits on prime real estate at the foot of the Piélong plateau north of the village of Châteauneuf du Pape and adjacent to the western end of the famous Le Rayas vineyard Galets roulés scatter the vineyard floor but the primarily sandy soils impart great finesse to the wine The Bruniers recommend drinking the white young for its freshness and elegance but it can also evolve for several years if so desired Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos La Roquète 40 Grenache Blanc 30 Clairette 30 Roussanne Planted in 1987 Sand on red clay and galets roulés 3 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos La Roquète Grapes are sustainably farmed Harvested by hand Two rigorous sortings of grapes following the harvest Grapes are gently pressed by pneumatic press 25

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  • Domaine Roulot | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    richness and concentration Jean Marc s wines certainly express a certain depth and sumptuousness thanks to the appellation s terroir however his wines also show focus and restraint Their elegance and amazing precision lend themselves to long aging in the cellars Jean Marc and his wife Alix de Montille daughter of famous Volnay producer Hubert de Montille love cooking and they believe the strong mineral backbone of the wines and their fresh acidity marries well with food This is why one is more likely to find their wines in restaurants rather than in wine shops Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Bourgogne Aligoté Aligoté 20 80 years Clay Limestone N A Bourgogne Blanc vines planted in village of Meursault Chardonnay 30 40 years Clay Limestone 2 64 ha Auxey Duresses Blanc Chardonnay 60 years Clay Limestone 48 ha Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir Chardonnay Planted in 1951 1961 Clay Limestone 85 ha Meursault Les Tillets Chardonnay Planted in 1974 Clay Limestone 49 ha Meursault Les Meix Chavaux Chardonnay 50 years Clay Limestone 95 ha Meursault Les Vireuils Chardonnay Planted in 1950s Clay Limestone 67 ha Meursault Porusots 1er Cru a blend of two vineyards Le Porusots and Porusots Dessous Chardonnay 25 50 years Clay Limestone 42 ha Meursault Les Luchets Chardonnay Planted in 1929 Clay Limestone 1 03 ha Meursault Bouchères 1er Cru Chardonnay 30 40 years Clay Limestone N A Meursault Charmes 1er Cru Chardonnay Planted in 1940s Clay Limestone 28 ha Meursault Perrières 1er Cru Chardonnay Planted in 1960s Clay Limestone 26 ha Bourgogne Rouge a blend of parcels in Volnay and Puligny Pinot Noir N A Clay Limestone N A Monthelie Rouge Pinot Noir Planted in late 1980s Clay Limestone 36 ha Auxey Duresses 1er Cru Rouge Pinot Noir 30 40

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  • François Rousset-Martin | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    His current work is most focused on making previously inconceivable wines within the Château Chalon appellation labeled as Côtes du Jura since he makes them in a non oxidative ouillé or topped up style Vinified by climat with little to no sulfur and bottled unfined and unfiltered the Rousset wines are complex and persistent falling somewhere along the spectrum of floral and delicate exotic and savory Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Chardonnay 50 years Clay marl 55 ha Côtes du Jura Savagnin Vignes aux Dames Savagnin 65 years Clay marl 75 ha Côtes du Jura Savagnin Clos Bacchus Savagnin 40 years Clay marl 1 11 ha Côtes du Jura Mémée Marie 85 Chardonnay 15 Savagnin 40 years Gray white marl 7 ha Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Gravières Chardonnay 40 50 years Limestone 3 ha Côtes du Jura Chardonnay La Chaux Chardonnay 65 years Limestone gray and white marl 4 ha Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Terres Blanches Chardonnay 40 years Gray white marl 6 ha Côtes du Jura Rouge P P André 75 Pinot Noir 25 Poulsard 20 years Gray marl 3 ha Côtes du Jura Savagnin Clos Bacchus sous Voile 7 ans Savagnin 40 years Clay marl 1 11 ha Côtes du Jura Savagnin Clos de Trus Savagnin 20 years Gray marl 15 ha Côtes du Jura Savagnin Cuvee du Professeur Sous Roche Savagnin 30 years Gray marl 25 ha Côtes du Jura Savagnin Sous Roche sous Voile 10 ans Savagnin 30 years Gray marl 25 ha Côtes du Jura Savagnin Veine bleue de Bacchus Clos Bacchus Savagnin 40 years Clay marl 1 11 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Hand harvested Barrels 228L pièces bourguignonne and demi muids all are 3 to 4 years old Wines undergo malolactic fermentation All wines aged on fine lees Neither fined nor filtered Oxidative wines have no added sulfur The domaine s vines are located in the Château Chalon and Côtes du Jura AOCs For wines to take the Château Chalon AOC they must be Savagnin raised sous voile in demi muid Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Aged sous voile in barrel for six years Vineyard located in the village of Château Chalon specifically the La Chaux parcel Côtes du Jura Savagnin Vignes aux Dames Barrel raised non oxidative Vineyard located in the village of Menétru le Vignoble Côtes du Jura Savagnin Clos Bacchus Barrel raised non oxidative Vineyard located in the village of Menétru le Vignoble Côtes du Jura Mémée Marie Savagnin is aged sous voile for 3 months Chardonnay and Savagnin are blended in stainless steel tank and aged for 11 months Vineyard located in the village of Lavigny Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Gravières Barrel raised non oxidative Aged for 15 months on fine lees Vineyard located in the village of Lavigny Côtes du Jura Chardonnay La Chaux Barrel raised non oxidative Aged for 14 months on fine lees Vineyard located in the village of

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