The long-awaited, highly anticipated wines of Les Jardins de la Martiniere have arrived!
Les Jardins de la Martiniere
The former property of Xavier Caillard, the famed Anjou chenin and cabernet franc producer has been brought back to life by a Japanese transplant, Kaya Tsutsui with some help from natural wine legend, Hirotake Ooka. They are looking to continue Xavier's tradition of long elevage, though it's hard to come straight out with 15 year old wines, so they have released some younger beginning the long aging process on new wines. The property is stunning, with 3 hectares of vibrant vineyards around an ancient house with deep tuffeau caves. Very exciting new arrival that we've been patiently waiting for for over 5 years.
Shi Ro 2018
2018’s only chenin blanc cuvée, made from the low-yielding, 20 year old parcel situated between the trees on the tuffeau soils of the domaine. Fruit was harvested in two pickings, after which both were directly pressed and moved to barrels for two years of quiet élevage. Afterwards, the barrels were blended in fibreglass tank and left for a subsequent year of élevage before bottling.
Shi Ro brims with concentration and energy in equal measure, shrouded still by flinty, protective reduction and ample tension. At its core is a buzzing, deeply layered chenin blanc with length, structure and longevity built into its foundation and delicate, mineral ripeness that cushions its framework.
About the 6-pack:
It’s always tricky to know what to do when we get such minuscule amounts of highly sought-after wines in stock. Most shops around the world mark these wines up to stupid high prices, but we don’t believe in being opportunistic just to make some extra bucks. And as much as we’d like to keep these and drink them ourselves, wine is for sharing.
So here’s what we’re going to do: We’ve created several mixed 6-packs. Each one includes the noted bottle of Les Jardins de la Martiniere at the correct price (cost x 1.5) + five bottles at an average price point. Doing it this way ensures that we sell our release at fair market price and that the lucky recipients aren’t just swooping in for the unicorns without supporting the shop in a more meaningful way. Win/win 🤝
Nervous about receiving mystery bottles? Don’t be. We’ll reach out to each person that buys a mixed 6-pack to learn what they like and curate the additional 5 wines together.
We’re stoked to offer Les Jardins de la Martiniere wines at the lowest bottle prices in the country and appreciate y’all trusting us to find you 5 additional bottles you’ll also love.
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