by Megan Jones

What’s up winos,

Megan here with the headache to end all headaches thanks to a weekend prancing around Normandy wielding magnums of Carrefour’s finest Champagne. What?! Sometimes a girl’s gotta go back to her roots. It wasn’t half bad, either, but don’t tell Dan I said that.

Sticking with France today, spent yesterday unloading two fat pallets of a Vincent Gross re-stock. That’s right, everyone’s favourite easy skinsy is back on the shelves. Or indeed stacked up in front of the shelves, blocking out what little natural light the warehouse gets. Better buy twelve so I can see the sunlight again. His banging entry level cremant Prelude is also back after a short hiatus and we’re ecstatic to see it.

Alongside the old favourites we also unpacked two stonking new bottlings. First up is another of Vincent’s excellent blends, this time from his Grand Cru site Goldert. Riesling, Muscat and Gewurz join forces to produce something much greater than the sum of their parts. Floral and spicy with a good dose of fruit in there too, this is gastronomic orange par excellence. We’ve also got a gorgeous Pinot that I have extremely fond memories of tasting in Vincent’s cellars last year, so am positively pumped to have it in stock. Cold macerated whole bunches give this cuvee a lifted litheness that’ll have you reaching for the bottle over and over again. Pinot prices being what they are, the educated consumer best start looking outside Burgundy unless they want to re-mortgage their home to pay for their wine habits, and Alsace will provide. If you like this one, try this nattier expression from the minds at Domaine Durrmann, from whom we also bring you this super floral and super limited Riesling and a fresh, smoky Pinot Blanc. What can I say, we like to buy things.

Over to a slightly more ~expensive~ region of France, we were lucky enough to get our mitts on the latest releases from Domaine de Chassorney, which until ‘22 was the project of Frederic Cossard and from ‘22 is the project of Aurélien Verdet, a very worthy successor. The Auxey-Duresses Blanc is one of the rarest bottles the domaine produces, full of fleshy fruit and tension. The Volnay is elegance personified, proper bucket list drinking; the Sous Roche is fresh and perfumed, and the Les Crais has hints of spice and flint. These are bottlings to get around asap, trust me.

And coz we just can’t stop spoiling you, ICYMI there’s one more Allante & Boulanger pack going begging. Give it a good home, go on.

That’s all from me, off to take some Paracetamol and lie down.

Love u!