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The wines listed below with a special offer price are in the country and are ready for delivery.
The wines without a special offer price have not been shipped yet, hence the 'Primeur' description and the special primeur price….
If you haven’t been to taste wine in the US recently, then it would be well worth questioning your preconceptions. This is such an exciting time for American wine because the pace of change, and the energy there, is like nowhere else.
From a European perspective the most notable shift of the past ten years has been the movement away from overblown, over-extracted, over-oaked wines, to wines with acidity at core, and a winemaking style pointed towards elegance and balance. In the case of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the debate as to whether the wines are ‘Burgundian’ continues to rumble, but the trend is, without doubt, towards more food friendly wines, which are lower in alcohol, and higher in acidity.
This has resulted in a movement in the middle ground. When Gavin Chanin made his first wine; the 2007 Bon Climat Pinot Noir, he was accused of picking at an undrinkable level of ripeness, and acidity. Ten years later, despite Gavin’s style remaining constant, the other end of that argument now accuse him of producing overly ripe wines.
Within this atmosphere winemakers continue to question what they are doing and to experiment. In this offer alone you will see not just Pinot, Chardonnay, and Cabernet but Dolcetto, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Trousseau, Sangiovese and Roussanne. Vineyard sites are being discovered and experimented with, and that fascinating process is only gathering pace.
We now work with around 25 estates in the US, from New York, California, Washington and Oregon. This is the first time we have done an 'en primeur' offer but with so many of the estates we work with producing Burgundian-esque volumes this will be your only chance to get your hands on the wines.
The 2015 Californian harvest had some striking similarities with the 2015 harvest in Burgundy. Both vintages produced wines of the highest quality, but yields in both were very low. In California, yields fell between 20% and 70% from 2014. Most properties report a small, early harvest typified by small berries, and concentrated fruit flavours. This is a vintage to snap up.