May 24 Long Weekend
  • Red Wine, Rosé Wine, White Wine
  • Grenache, Loureiro, Malbec
  • Biodynamic, Organic, Sustainable
  • Dry
  • Light Bodied

May 24 Long Weekend

Languedoc-Roussillon, France
South-West, France
Vinho Verde, Portugal
Regular price $169.95per case
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This pack includes two bottles of each.

Chateau Combel-la-Serre Cahors Le Pur Fruit du Causse 2020, South-WestFrance. The fruit of this 100% Malbec comes from seven different Combel sites totalling 8.5 hectares around their home village of Cournou, which lies on the Causse, a limestone plateau in Cahors at 250-320 meters in elevation. This wine has aromas of concentrated blueberry, licorice, and cassis, with green herbs and a hint of cocoa on the finish. Perfect for a BBQ!

St. John Beausoleil Rosé 2020, Languedoc-RoussillonFrance. The Beausoleil has been a firm favourite and each new vintage heralds the warm weather to come and is as it should be, definitely a wine and definitely a pleasure. We think that all you really need is a blue sky for rosé even if it is February. This wine has strawberries, apricot and orange zest on the nose, with herbal notes of basil coming through. Crisp, dry, light-bodied and well balanced. Ring in the summer season with this wine!

Aphros Vinhos Loureiro 2014 Vinho VerdePortugal. From Vinho Verde's Lima subregion, this Loureiro spent time on skins before pressing into inox for fermentation and two months aging on lees prior to filtration and bottling. The richness of heady and lush blossoms, ripe honeydew, and musk melon are cut with the riff of lime pith, greengage, and worn granite. This hums along the palate with a buzz of minerality, which remains on the citrus drenched finish. There is no wrong occasion to enjoy this wine. 

About the Winery

Aphros

Founded in 2002, Aphros is a project designed to combine ecological and economical aspects to create true sustainability. Their belief is that nature and labour should combine in a meaningful way and they seek to capture this through Biodynamic viticulture, letting the uniqueness of the land shine through the fruit for inimitable wines. Loureiro and Vinhão have grown in these vineyards for centuries and serve as the reference point for the region.

The grapes are sourced from the Lima sub-region and the vines of Casal do Paço are situated in a south-facing amphitheatre north of the Lima River on gentle slopes with cool Atlantic breezes.

The winemaking is traditional, taking place in the basement beneath the main house. The cave is buried and naturally cool and damp. They once again straddle the line between a modern and traditional character with the addition of modern stainless steel equipment and traditional open-top lagars, and granite stone tanks, for red wine production.

Château Combel-la-Serre

Julien Ilbert is a young, charismatic vigneron with a fresh perspective on his native Cahors. Vines have been in the Ilbert family for generations, though grapes had always been sold to the local cave coopérative. In 1998, Julien decided to break off and start his own estate. Things didn't exactly go according to plan, and a chance meeting with Mathieu Cosse at a rugby match quickly led to a seven-year relationship, with Julien being Mathieu's main source for high-quality Auxerrois (aka Malbec, aka Côt).

After an amicable split in 2005, Julien was back on track to producing his own wines: Château Combel-la-Serre was born. 25 hectares of Auxerrois are planted on a diverse amount of terroirs, all within 5 kilometres of the cellar. Though a Cahors wine only needs to be 70% Auxerrois to get the appellation, Julien believes it is the only grape suitable for what he's trying to accomplish. As such he has consciously avoided planting the traditional Negrette and Tannat and completely eschewed the more recent trend of planting Bordeaux varietals.

The estate is certified organic as of the 2015 vintage, but chemicals have not touched the vineyards for quite some time. Everything was conventionally farmed from the advent of such technology, but the death of Julien's grandfather from Parkinson's deeply affected the family's agricultural philosophy. Convinced that the chemicals he'd openly exposed himself to day in and day out were at the root of his illness (on top of the vines, an additional 40 hectares of cereals were worked by the family at the time), the Ilbert stopped using these products on their land.

The wines have also evolved in the decade since Julien launched his own estate, culminating in what we now get to enjoy in our glasses. Though you should never judge a book by its cover, Julien has made the decision to design playful labels and bottle the wines in Burgundian bottles, two seemingly superficial details that are actually a very bold statement in the ultra-traditional mindset of most Cahors producers.

St. John

Originally created by the owners of the famous Smithfield Bar and Restaurant in London, England to supply quality wines under their own label ‘St. JOHN Wines’. The owners purchased a winery in southwest France and worked closely with passionate local vignerons in the town of La Liviniere, to produce small-production quality wines.