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About the Wine
The Mâconnais, Burgundy's southernmost region, is the gateway to the enchanting land of the world's finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Just last year one of the Mâconnais most prestigious sub-regions, Pouilly-Fuisse, had 22 individual vineyards receive official recognition as 1er cru or 'first-class' terroirs. But over the years, the vineyards have largely remained the same as this region continues to get overlooked for Bugundy's more premier appellations. In 2000, a wine aficionado, Sophie Cinier, with almost no winemaking experience took over her Grandmother's Mâconnais vineyards. Her grandparents had been involved in wine production since their vines were first planted in 1941. Since she took over, Sophie has become a White Burgundy wizard crafting some of the most impressive whites from this unheralded southern part of Burgundy.
There is a stunning range of different styles from her minuscule Domaine. Sophie maintains 9 1/2 acres of vineyards, a small amount even by Burgundy standards. Unlike large parts of the Mâconnais where machine harvesting is the norm, Sophie’s vineyards are entirely hand-harvested. Sophie is currently transitioning the vineyards to be fully organic. In a world where quality white burgundy seems so out of reach, Sophie Cinier, with her cape blowing in the wind, brings hope that you can find quality white burgundy at an affordable price.
Cinier's wines are unoaked, barrel-fermented, with little to no oak aging. There are no lees stirring, and with a touch of the fashionable reductive aromas so much in vogue. Her wines are rich with great purity and tension. Sophie creates one of the finest expressions of Chardonnay from the Mâconnais, ripe, full-flavored wines with exciting and bracing acidity.
Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay. Aromas of white flowers, lemon curd, fresh nuts, crushed stones. Plush, fruity, refined. Perfect alongside grilled chicken, soft-rind French cheeses, and sushi.
About the Wine
Viña Tabalí is located in the Limarí Valley in Chile, known to be one of the most promising Valleys in all of Chile. It’s worth noting that although BHW staff have tasted thousands of wine from Chile, we feature only a small handful that pass our stringent tasting panel.
This property originally founded by Guillermo Luksic is currently managed by his son Nicolás Luksic, and is constantly improving with new growth and innovation. “What we seek is to produce high-quality wines that demonstrate their origin, that when tasted, transfer the person to the soil and climate that characterizes the Tabalí vineyards. That was what my father always wanted to convey”, says Nicolás.
Tabalí has a strong focus on quality. The Winery is a small-scale, exclusive, family winery focused on details. It is built in such a way that the fruit and wine are transported by gravity. The winery aims to avoid any unnecessary pumping and relies on nature to do the work wherever possible.
Felipe Müller, Tabalí’s winemaker since 2006, was born and raised in Santiago, Chile’s capital. Today, at the age of 41, he is considered one of the country´s most influential and important winemakers.
In 2001 he joined Viña De Martino as the second winemaker, in charge of viticulture as well as the vinification for red and white wines. In this winery, he worked with winemaker Marcelo Retamal, and formed a bold and renowned "Wine Dupla". Together they discovered new wines, studied various valleys, regions of Chile, and vinify around 350 vineyards throughout the country.
Felipe harvested two famous Chateaux Grand Cru Classé in Saint Emilion, France: Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere and Chateau La Mondotte.
Felipe Müller was named ‘Best Winemaker of the Year’ in the sixteenth version of “Guía de Vinos de Chile 2010”, Chile’s oldest and most prestigious wine industry publication. This distinction was an important recognition for the enthusiasm, passion, and dedication he puts in crafting wines. “Wine is my passion and an important part of my life. I feel capable of leveraging the knowledge I’ve built throughout these many years", says Felipe.
In the year 2011, Felipe was appointed Manager Director, keeping his position as Chief Winemaker. From then Felipe was not only responsible for the quality of the wines but also for the global strategy of the company.
In January 2014 Felipe Müller was chosen ‘Best Young Winemaker’ (next to Aurelio Montes who was chosen Best Senior Winemaker).
The grape to produce 2017 Tabali Malbec-Cabernet Franc Vetas Blancas comes from El Espinal vineyard, in the coastal area of the Valley. This vineyard is located in the oldest alluvial terrace in the coastal sector of the Limarí Valley. With a cool climate, alluvial soils, and volcanic rock compounds, the terroir of this area is ideal for producing high-end wines.
2017 Tabali Malbec-Cabernet Franc Vetas Blancas is aged in 100% French Oak Barrels for 14 months.
Tasting Notes: 60% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Franc. Deep red color. Elegant on the nose, with aromas of red fruits such as blueberries, cherries, floral and spicy notes. Great structure on the palate, firm tannins, and perfect balance. Pair this wine with a nice grilled burger or pasta.
The 2017 Vetas Blancas Malbec-Cabernet Franc is a new red blend in the Vetas Blancas range that is made with a combination of grapes that is getting very popular across the Andes in Argentina. It was produced with grapes from their El Espinal vineyard in Limarí, a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Franc. It's very impressive and really integrated, with the two grapes complementing each other and coming through as harmonious and with very good freshness, combining power and elegance. It's floral and spicy, with fine tannins and a dry, serious finish. It seems to transcend the vintage and the price point. Great value. 9,000 bottles were filled in August 2019. ~ 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Violet-like flowers and forest leaves shroud fresh red berries in attractive and fragrant style, leading to a smooth, supple palate with glossy dark berries and a very smooth, finely chalky tannin texture. This is very drinkable! ~ 92 James Suckling
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The Vetas Blancas (White Veins) Sauvignon Blanc is grown in the estates Talinay Vinyard on the western side of the Limari Valley. This growing site is less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, providing a cool crisp growing environment, perfect for producing high-quality white wines. The wine is raised entirely in stainless steel tanks, giving a laser-focused profile that is extremely bright and refreshing. This is the perfect sauvignon blanc for a hot summer day.
Felipe Müller was born and raised in Santiago, Chile’s capital. Today, at the age of 41, he is considered one of the country´s most influential and important winemakers. In 2006 he joined Tabalí as Chief Winemaker. According to Felipe Müller “Tabalí, though relatively young, has enormous potential, as shown by its outstanding Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah wines”. The winery’s goal is to make the finest wines of the Limari Valley and ultimately become a reference at a national level, by exploring new terroir, new plantations and new selections of clones.
Felipe Müller was named ‘Best Winemaker of the Year’ in the sixteenth version of “Guía de Vinos de Chile 2010”, Chile’s oldest and most prestigious wine industry publication. This distinction was an important recognition for the enthusiasm, passion and dedication he puts in crafting wines.
Tasting Notes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Pale yellow with greenish hues. The nose displays great character, complexity, elegance and a very intense, singular minerality, with some notes of citrus fruit, white flowers and a hint of greenness. This is a full-bodied wine with minerality and high acidity, together with a salty aftertaste thanks to the chalky soil. Very long on the palate, with a fresh and elegant finish.
For Vetas Blancas, the winemaker Felipe Müller selects hillside barracks that face south, a cold orientation in the southern hemisphere. Here the influence of lime is not only felt in the saline flavors, which are shown alongside the citrus and herbal notes. It can also be seen especially in the structure of this wine: firm, with punchy textures that stick to the palate, all accompanied by a saline, mineral acidity. The finish smells of herbs and limes, in a white of great complexity and strength.~ 94 Descorchados
Certified by the USDA
About the Wine
More frequently, people seek to consume healthier products, and little by little people have begun to think about what they’re putting into their bodies.
2019 V2G Languedoc Organic is a wine produced in Languedoc-Roussillon, in southern France. Languedoc is characterized by its beautiful Mediterranean climate and varied soils ranging from rocky sand to clay, thanks to its ideal conditions and terroir, wine has existed in this region for many years.
Today, Languedoc-Roussillon is recognized as one of the fastest-growing wine regions in France. They are known for being extremely committed to the quality of the wine. Languedoc is also the largest organic wine producer in France.
This 2019 V2G Languedoc organic wine is owned by Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits, an importer of fine wines and spirits from around the world, they are globally known for their flagship wine: Rosé All Day.
V2G is the acronym for “Vine 2 Glass” and as its name indicates, it is a wine produced with respectful practices for health and the environment and is certified by the USDA. The vineyard uses sustainable agricultural practices, free of chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, and sulfites. From the Vine to Your Glass!
"V2G takes the growing trend for organic wines and goes further with their exceptional taste, great value and sustainable production," said Darren Restivo, director of Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits.
Tasting Notes: 80% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of fresh red fruits. A spectacular acidity that reflects great freshness on the palate. This wine pairs great with spicy and salty food.