Friday Feature 4/11/14: New Releases from DeMoor in Chablis & Baudry in Chinon

Hello and Happy Friday!
This Friday we are offering selections from De Moor in Chablis and Baudry in Chinon, both fantastic producers from the Louis/Dressner Portfolio. These wines always sell out quickly, not to scare you or anything, but if you like these producers, don’t delay!
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Just a reminder that Craig will be leaving for France this Sunday and as a result we will be closed for another pair of Mondays, this time Monday, April 14th & Monday, April 21st.
Have a great week-end, it looks like we are finally going to have some pleasant weather!
Craig & Sheb
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Alice & Olivier de Moor/Chablis
Alice & Olivier De Moor have been producing wine in Chablis since 1994, after having planted three sites in 1989, “Bel Air”, “Clardy” & Rosette”. Their farming style, organic since 2005, eschews the very industrial style often employed in Chablis. Growing grapes here is no easy task: an extremely cool climate coupled with a lot of precipitation and unreliable weather presents unrelenting challenges to Chablisien winemakers.
The De Moors’ site is in Courgis, 7 miles southwest of the city of Chablis. Their fastidious work in the vineyards, minimal use of sulfur, and avoidance of traditional techniques like battonage and racking sets them apart from many Chablis producers.
Over the years, they have become intimate with their 7.1 ha of vines and intrinsically understand the needs of each plot.
They have also become specialists in the production of Aligoté, a tart sibling to Chardonnay often regulated as the base wine for the Kir cocktail. However, in the hands of the De Moors, Aligoté becomes otherworldly.
The De Moors are often lumped into the “natural wine” category but claim they don’t know what this means. All we can tell you is that they are making incredible Chablis.
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aligote
2012  De Moor Bourgogne Aligoté 
  
From a small plot in Chitry of 18 years old vines- mineral driven and fresh.
$21.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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belair
2012 De Moor Chablis “Bel-Air & Clardy” 
Chablis from 2 of the three parcels in Courgis. Sublime.
$37.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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masque
2012 De Moor  à Chablis “Les Vendangeurs Masqués”
“The Hidden Harvest” Chardonnay from 2 separate parcels in Courgis. All processes are driven by gravity here- a really racy yet creamy wine.
 $27.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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Bernard & Matthieu Baudry/Chinon
It’s hard to imagine that just a few years ago, this producer was virtually unknown as they have quickly risen to great acclaim and an almost cult-like following. These Chinons sell out very quickly each year. The Baudry Family are located in a small hamlet called Cravant-Les-Coteaux, where two generations work together with a slavish devotion to Cabernet Franc and its plantings in the various terroirs they have identified on their estate.
Those of you that have given up on collecting Bordeaux due to the stratospheric pricing would benefit highly from starting a Chinon collection. These wines age beautifully, and as famous as the Baudrys have become, the wines still can be had for a fraction of what classed Bordeaux costs these days.
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grezeaux
2011 Domaine Baudry Chinon “Les Grezeaux”
This is the oldest site on the property at 50 years old. The soils are small pebbles and gravel. This wine always drinks beautifully, but definitely develops if you give it a little cellar time.
$24.99/ BTL- ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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guillot
2011 Domaine Baudry Chinon “Les Clos Guillot”
This Cabernet Franc was planted between 1993 & 2000. The site is composed of limestone soils and is located on a southeast facing hillside. The wine is more perfumed and delicate, with great minerality, due to its terroir.
$29.99/ BTL.- ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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boissee
2011 Domaine Baudry Chinon “La Croix Boissée”
This is the warmest site, with classic clay and limestone soils. “La Croix Boissée” is always full-bodied and unctuous, and ripe. This wine also benefts from several years of cellaring.
$36.99/BTL- ONLY 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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