Nicole Deriaux from Domaine de Montbourgeau, Oct 8th, 6-9pm
I think I shared the experience of many natural wine lovers, when I stopped into a wine bar (probably Terroir in San Francisco) and ordered a "Chardonnay," and was confronted with this crazy thing that smelled like spring rain and chicken broth and wet rock and raw almond and was thinking, what the hell is this?! And then tasting it and being overcome by a depth of complexity that was utterly unlike any Chardonnay I'd ever tasted. Domaine de Montbourgeau's "Cuvée Special" Chardonnay was a totally formative wine for me: it got me hooked on the Jura and oxidative styles of wine-making more generally.
Nicole Deriaux has stewarded her family's ninety-year-old estate since 1986. She is here on one of her rare visits to the United States. We are very luck to host her. We will pour an array of her wines, which express both the unique terroir of l'Etoile (a tiny appellation in the Jura) as well as the rigorously traditional style of winemaking they employ.
Thursday October 8th, 6-9pm. $10 for the tasting.
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