A micro-negociant with sustainable production at the heart of their vision, Le Grappin, headed up by Aussie husband and wife team, Andrew and Emma, makes wonderful wines from Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Rhone Valley. Located in Beaune, Burgundy, they source from prime, responsibly farmed vineyards throughout the heart of France.
Local importer, Erik Mercier, describes the pair as “equal parts rowdy and thoughtful” which is exactly what we like to hear about our winemakers, especially those who’s winemaking home, Burgundy, is often perceived to be one of the stuffer regions in France. Unnecessary pretension is one of the real downsides to the world of fine wine, and this wine eschews that image with fun packaging (let’s hope their boxed wine finds its way to Alberta soon), sustainable and traditional wine making (with minimal sulfur and varied maceration times), and deliciously dynamic wine.
We’re starting off our Le Grappin love affair with the following wines. Stop by to grab yourself a bottle while supplies last:
Le Grappin Macon Villages 2017 $36.50
With 30 year old Chardonnay grown on limestone and clay soils, minimal sulfur, and gentle handling this wine is white Burgundy is equal parts classic and ridiculously fresh. With lovely texture and fresh acidity, the fruit shines in this delectable Chardonnay.
Le Grappin Saint-Amour 2017 - $42.50
Ever a traditionalist, Andrew makes this wine in the most classic of fashions. The grapes are fermented whole cluster for three weeks and then pressed. Most northerly of the Beaujolais crus, this Saint-Amour Gamay has gorgeously crunchy acidity paired harmoniously with vibrant, rustic red fruits like kirsch, ripe raspberry, and juicy sun-warmed red cherries.
Le Grappin Cotes du Rhone 2017 - $33.40
100% Grenache Noir planted on granite and schist soils, this wine is fermented whole cluster in a large open vats before being pressed off into old burgundy barrels. The resulting wine has a pleasant peppery quality with oodles of brambly black and red berry flavours and a healthy touch of olive tapenade.