Welcome to the first ever week of the Lyon Wine Club! I am super excited to present this week's wines, which come from my very own cellar.
Domaine JG Chasselay - NV Crémant de Bourgogne
Domaine JG Chasselay is one of my favorite local wineries, only a hop, skip and a jump away from Lyon in the village of Chatillon. Claire Chasselay's family has been making wine for over almost 600 years, and she's the first female winemaker on the books. She is amazing!
This is an organic and biodynamic winery that operates with minimal intervention, no added yeasts, and very minimal sulphites, if any, are added. They make a variety of Cru Beaujolais and I highly recommend going for a visit!
The Crémant de Bourgogne is 100% Chardonnay, made from organic grapes but not certified because of the sparkling wine production method. It's a fresh, yeasty bubbles that reminds me of Champagne but for a much better price!
I discovered Claire through a women in wine networking group, and think her wines are fabulous!
Domaine Sylvain Dussort - 2016 Bourgogne Blanc "Cuvée des Ormes"
Let's just start with ... wow.
This white Burgundy is 100% Chardonnay from the Meursault appellation. Sylvain Dussort makes this wine from hand-harvested old vines between 35 and 60 years old.
The wine ages for 12 months in oak, and then left to relax for 16-18 months. I purchased a few cases last year and found that it wasn't ready to drink yet. Sometimes white Burgundy can do that, it needs to sleep for a few years!
I opened it up again last week and damn, it's awake now. This could be kept around longer, it's certainly a special one. It's baby Meursault.
Sylvain is a great guy with 6.5 hectares up in Meursault. While this isn't certified organic, he treats his vines with care and is committed to sustainability.
Christelle Betton - 2017 Crozes-Hermitage "Caprice"
This wine is just so pretty. Christelle Betton has 6 acres in the Northern Rhône in Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage, and also runs her family's peach and apricot farm.
I swear I can smell the peaches in this wine! We have 100% Syrah here, and it's bringing all that dark, plum fruit but with something really perfumed and floral on top of it.
It reminds me of a sexy biker chick, its very feminine but has a lot of power.
This comes from her oldest vines, and is aged in old oak barrels for between 10 and 12 months.
That's it for this week! Next week we'll be working with one of my favorite wine shops, Le Troisième Fleuve to get you your delivery.
See you in our happy hour, cheers!