Wine Geek Recommended
Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
Denis Jeandeau is a young, dynamic, and extraordinarily committed winemaker who works his vineyards as naturally as possible. He still plows his vineyards by hand with two horses he borrows from a neighbor. Denis farms his family's old vines fruit with a loving concern and a naturalist's touch, intervening with nature as little as possible. Denis traveled all over France making wine before returning to his native Macon to take up the family estate. His use of extremely low yields and minimal intervention results in top quality white wines. This, his old-vines cuvee of his Pouilly-Fuisse, comes from grapes over 50 years old that grow on his chalky, clay soil. The wine sees a combination of new and slightly-used barrels.
The great wines of Burgundy are uniquely complex, compelling and at times memorizing. Above all they are evocative, transformative but like all creatures, temperamental and anything but dependable. Two grapes dominate this agricultural masterpiece, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Both grapes achieve their greatest elegance when planted in cooler climates, to which Burgundy is the coolest and most Northern climate of all the major regions famous for red wines. When winemakers talk about Burgundy, they generally speak of terroir, the compilation of the vineyard's soil, slope, orientation, nuance of climate, etc. This concept of terroir is what makes wines produced from grapes even in the same village or vineyard strikingly different. Burgundy is a place of legend, awe and adventure, a place that wine lovers call home.