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Meet the Winemaker
23rd January 2024
Eric Texier Wine Dinner
Northern Rhone, France
5 Courses, 5 Wines ￡60
A man of conviction but by no means a zealot, Eric Texier likes to push the boundaries. Despite having no experience or contacts in wine, Eric decided to give up his career as a nuclear engineer and study winemaking in 1992. Lacking the network to buy his own vineyard, Eric did his time with established winemakers then made négoce wines with the fruit of like-minded purists until he was introduced to François Pouchoulin, AKA the Godfather of Brézème. Eric was fascinated by the history of this tiny enclave on the southernmost edge of the Northern Rhone, on the left bank of the Rhone. Thanks to Pouchoulin’s help and guidance, Texier eventually succeeded in purchasing a tiny parcel of vines in Brézème. Many years later, Éric has now put the Brézème appellation back on the map, and is the leading grower there.. Today, Eric and Laurence have 12 hectares under vine, with vines aged from 30 to 90 years old, all worked organically. This is not a sudden conversion or a response to trend, Eric has worked organically since the beginning. As for biodynamics, he follows some of its principles but is not dogmatic about it.
27th February 2024
La Mancha, Spain
5 Courses, 5 Wines ￡60
Rosalia Molina, makes organic wines in one of Spain's highest altitude wineries. Her mission is to make wines that express the typicity of DO Manchuela; the vineyard, the altitude and the varieties planted. This is a climate on the edge of what is possible: at 1,100 metres above sea level, the grapes experience a large diurnal range that encourages even ripening and helps to retain natural acidity. Rosalia's vineyards are certified organic, she uses only natural fertilisers, promoting biodiversity by welcoming chickens, sheep and pigs from local farms to roam the vineyards freely. Grapes are hand harvested and vinified as naturally as possible with native yeasts and little other intervention. The wines are then aged in clay amphora to give texture and complexity, with no added sulphites, and cold stabilised when temperatures at the winery naturally fall to -15oC in January.
A wide selection of varieties are grown here including Spain’s native Bobal and Garnacha as well as wonderful French exports including Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Manseng! All selected and appropriate to the soil in which they are planted.
18th April 2024
5 Courses, 5 Wines ￡65
Maison Chanzy is a highly respected Burgundian producer, their wines are a classical demonstration of premium vineyard sites in Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.
Their range has been carefully engineered by winemaker Max Blondelle, whose primary task is to create wines that eloquently communicate their respective terroir, whilst remaining hands-off in his approach. As such, Chanzy are one of the few Burgundy producers to achieve Haute Valeur Environnementale level 3; the most highly regarded certification for agriculture in France.
An excellent opportunity to taste the diverse expressions of what Burgundy has to offer, and quite exceptionally all from the same wine estate.
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