"I love tasting with importer Peter Weygandt and he has an incredibly diverse portfolio that always seems to deliver the goods. Peter always comments that he loves crisp, pure wines, and while those characteristics are seemingly always present, I’d like to add that his wines also deliver concentration, depth, and intensity, as well as singular characters.
This tasting looks at a handful of his new releases from a number of regions in France including Alsace, Loire, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, Languedoc, and the Roussillon, well as plenty of wines from Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. These are primarily tiny, family-run estates focusing on sustainable and organic farming, low yields, and high quality; it shows in the wines. I continue to be a huge fan of the wines brought in by Weygandt and these are unquestionably worth your time and money."
Jean-Pierre Guyon Chorey Les Beaune "Les Bons Ores" 2015
Red wine. Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France. Organic. 100% Pinot Noir. "Lots of kirsch, wild strawberry, rose petals, and minty, green herb notes emerge from the 2015 Chorey Les Beaune Les Bons Ores. Medium-bodied, with an elegant texture, light tannins, and beautiful balance, it shines for its complexity as well as its length. This beautiful wine from Jean-Pierre Guyon will keep for 10-15 years." — 92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)
Domaine de la Borde Chardonnay Cote de Caillot 2016
White wine. Arbois Pupillin, Jura, France. Biodynamic. 100% Chardonnay. "The one Chardonnay from limestone soils, from a south-facing vineyard is the 2016 Arbois Pupillin Côte de Caillot, which felt quite Burgundian, with a texture that reminded me of the limestone soils of Burgundy. This is not a common soil (Bajocian limestone) in Jura, as it's usually deeper down; this is from the highest vineyard in Pupillin at close to 500 meters altitude. The altitude here compensates the warmer exposure, and the wine comes through as very fresh and mineral, in a style that reminded me of producers like Roulot. 1,500 bottles were filled in September 2017. This is really very good. I had the chance to taste the 2004, and it was mind boggling, perfect for drinking now. If the 2016 ages like that, I might be underestimating this." — 93 Points, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #234 (Dec. 2017)