Renegade Wines Holiday 2020 Newsletter


New Burgundies are arriving daily for your holiday season.
Here are a few of the latest:

2017 Philippe Pacalet Moulin-a-Vent (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais) $80
First of all Philippe is a class act. If you attended our tasting with him you'll already know. If not let's all go visit him in 2022 (fingers crossed). As for the wine, this is seamless, tense yet elegant Gamay. Violets and raspberry, precise minerality, vivid finish. In a word (or three): brilliant biodynamic achievement.

2016 Albert Bichot Fixin (France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits) $42.50
An appropriately classic Burgundy with beautiful forest floor notes, dark berry flavors blend with red berry and a desirable spice on the finish. From a great vintage too.

2018 Auvigie Pouilly-Fuisse 'Solutre'
(France, Maconnais) $42
This is truly a spectacular wine, best after decanting for a few hours. A very refined wine with pin-point precision, fresh acidity, delightful complexity, and a gorgeous finish that bats way above its price-point.

2017 Domaine Anne Gros 'Cuvee Marine' (France, Hautes-Cotes de Nuits) $52
Citrus peel, pear & wet limestone, savoury with grace and poise. A mildly exotic finish rounds this beauty out.
In a word: delightful!
Pair with lobster for a real treat.

2018 Domaine Jean Fournier Champ Forey Vieilles Vignes (France, Bourgogne-Aligote) $30
We think of white Burgundy as Chardonnay but there are a few other varietals allowed and this one from Domaine Fournier is brilliant. Aligote is the grape, planted between 1921 and 1945.
Honeydew, lychee, citrus, spice, and a nice silky core wrapped around gently minerality. This is a wonderful wine paired with cheese, roast chicken, grilled halibut.

2018 Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanee 1er Aux Brunlees Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy, Cotes de Nuits)

An insane array of violet, plum, lavender, soy, Asian-style tea and red cherry aromas. Heads are spinning.
This followed by a beautiful richness and punch that young Pinot Noirs rarely have. Decant for a time and enjoy this breathtaking wine over the weekend. .

2018 Chapuis & Chapuis (France, Bourgogne) $28
This groovy Chard needs a little time to breath before showing its stuff. Organic/Biodynamic/Natural Chardonnay that's bright and clean and super interesting! Goes wonderfully with grilled scallops.

2019 Jean-Marc Brochard Chablis 'Sainte Claire' (France, Chablis) $26
A fantastic gateway into the wonderful world of White Burgundy. This Chardonnay is fresh and alive with wonderful notes of green apple, breezy citrus, beautiful minerality, and a tantalizing finish.

2016 Domaine Jean Fournier Marsannay Les Echezots (France, Cotes de Nuits, Marsannay) $48.50
We're back in Marsannay with this single vineyard wine that may be the appellations first Premier Cru vineyard in the next few years. Always outstanding, the 2016 is succulent with red cherry, cranberry and red currant notes. Savory and inviting just like the winemaker who showed us around last year. 2500 bottles produced.

2018 Domane Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Blanc (France, Cotes de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru) $1050
This is one of a kind, a unicorn if you will, in the wine world. Legendary producer Vogue produces perhaps 800 bottles each year of this nectar. We'll let Vinous describe the wine as we received a mere three bottles so have not opened one to date.
"The 2018 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Blanc Grand Cru, which is aged in 20% new oak, is lucid silver in color. Its gorgeous bouquet features scents of lemon thyme, mirabelle, orange zest and touches of crushed stone, conveying energy and tension. A menthol note emerges with time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with peach, lemon curd, almond and praline notes. Not exotic but sensual and beautifully defined." -Vinous

2018 Domane Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny (France, Cotes de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru) $925
We've been lucky to have tasted a number of vintages over the last ten years and each time the wine took us to another level.
Here's the review from Vinous: "It has a spectacular bouquet of intense black fruit, blueberries and shucked oyster shells, with a great deal of precision. The palate is medium-bodied with blueberry, boysenberry and black currant fruit, extraordinary tension, razor-sharp acidity and a dash of white pepper on the crystalline finish. One of the finest Musignys I have tasted from Vogue."

2016 Domane de la Romanee-Conti La Tache (France, Cotes de Nuits, La Tache, Grand Cru) $5200
Pinot Noir doesn't get better than this!
One of the most sought after bottles in the world. Here's what Allen Meadows from Burghound has to say:
"As is often the case, the highly perfumed nose is the most floral-inflected of the range with its equally cool and restrained array of violet and rose petal scents that combine with an extraordinary group of spice elements on the essence of red currant aromas. The mouthfeel of the imposingly-scaled and powerful flavors is again robust yet refined with just as much minerality as the Richebourg adding even more lift to the almost painfully intense and extravagantly long finish that also just goes and goes. There is a hint of backend warmth but it's not enough to materially detract from the overall sense of harmony though I underscore that the '16 LT is one very firm effort that will require decades to full shed its tannic shell. With that said, this is genuinely brilliant."

2017 Mongeard-Mugneret (France, Cotes de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru) $180
One of the most under-rated Burgundy producers in our humble opinion. Which is why the price seems pretty reasonable for something so spectacular.
A myriad of cassis, dark berries, Asian-spice, espresso, and forest floor. There's great promise in this wine. Cellar for a few years or plan ahead (decant, decant, decant).

2017 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche (France, Cotes de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru) $475
We've not had the pleasure of this particular vintage but given its track record, this will be astounding in a few years.
"The 2017 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a precise, beguiling bouquet of raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, cold stone and sea spray scents. The medium-bodied palate displays slightly chewy tannin on the entry and good depth. This is quite masculine in style, leading to a potent, saline finish." -Vinous

2016 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Clos de 60 Ouvrees Cuvee Amphore (France, Cotes de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru) $126
A dark and gorgeous wine that's at once terrific but also mysterious. It's restrained but also exuberantly spicy with lovely dark fruit then bright, fresh red berries. A wine to sip ans ponder.
Call or email 805.568.1961 to reserve yours and we'll have it ready ASAP for curbside pickup.

Thank you for your support.
Renegade Wines
417 Santa Barbara Street Suite A-6
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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