Here are 2 producers we are excited about right now, one in Corbières, the other in Pic-Saint-Loup.
2011 Maxime Magnon Corbières Blanc ‘La Bégou’ $35
Thirty year old Maxime Magnon has decided to eschew his Burgundian inheritance and instead tend to old vines in stony, arid Corbières. La Bégou is old vines Grenache Gris & Blanc aged in cement and used oak, a wine in possession of gorgeous texture. Ripe althaea flower root and apricots abound.
2008 Clos Marie Pic Saint Loup Rouge ‘Simon’ $42
Another great story of a young vigneron changing the historical, familial patterns. Christophe Peyroux made some decisions in the 1990s to cease selling to the local co-op, and convert all his family’s vineyard to biodynamic practices, and reduce yields drastically. This is all old vines fruit, composed of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, and finished with very little sulfur. The wine is aged 2 years in neutral barrel and named for Christophe’s son, Simon.