"Shrink this wine!" - a quick guide to finding wines you might like
Sommelier David Favaro (@pourmewine) records videos with winemakers. He tries to capture the essence in a few words.
Here are some examples:
Pepin Blanc: Playful, Bittersweet Symphony
Pepin Orange: Robust, Fresh, Candy, Flattering
Pepin Rouge: Romantic, Crunch, Berry bomb
Achillee Quetsches Alors 2020: Adventurous
Or try a tasting box - mixed cuvées.
How did he come up with these words?
Watch video ITV here! & jump to chapters you like most.
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Pierre and Jean (Achillée), Karim (Karim Vionnet), Vincent (Champagne Vincent Charlot), Jean-Christophe (Vignoble Pellerin), Stéphan (Palhas, Wine in the Afternoon, Badoulin) and other winemakers. Strong focus on natural techniques.
Corentin, importer in Sweden. Strong interest in genuine winemaking.
Once a month, we ship your order
Domaine Achillée has created a new company, Star Command, to run the operation.
It works like this:
- You order by the 25th of each month
- We prepare orders and ship to your destination
- Winemakers get paid a fair price
- Where necessary, we declare and pay taxes in the country of destination
- Shipping costs (once a month) are included in the price
- For special requests or just to speak to someone, get in touch
Located in Alsace, Achillée is at the heart of this collaborative endeavour to send wines to you, once a month. The vineyard was certified organic in 1999 and biodynamic in 2003. Yves Dietrich's sons, Pierre and Jean, joined in 2016. Winemaking without the additives. Indigenous yeast. Nature and quality first.
The wines appeal to both traditional and the more progressive crowds. Ever tried sparkling damson petnat?!
La Petite Odyssée
Antoine is a young winemaker based in the South of France. Driven by his convictions, he went straight to organic and biodynamic conversion. He grows Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay, as well as Abouriou, a rare local grape variety.
Karim is located in Beaujolais. Natural ingredients, indigenous yeasts. No sulphites, or very little. A former baker, Karim is an active part of the movement started by natural wine leader Jules Chauvet.
He masters fermentation like few do. Elegance. Try his Chiroubles or his sparkling Gamay if you can ;-)
Based in L'Ain (Bugey), this vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic. Jean-Christophe focuses on local grapes and has a strong interest in bringing rare grapes to you.
His wine-making style is super straight and balanced, as reflected by the Brut Nature. In 2020, his sons Lucien and Baptiste joined the vignoble. Since then, we have noticed the addition of elegant blends (Persane and Mondeuse, anyone?!).
Certified organic, Stéphan Elzière's wine-making is driven by his love for nature and natural practices. In 2020, he purchased 3 hectares in Molompize, Auvergne. He also makes wine from "other people's grapes" under the name WITA (Wine in the Afternoon).
Each wine has a very distinctive edge. Stéphan can cover a whole spectrum with one grape. Did you know his Chardonnay is used to make: white, white oxidative, orange (with Gewurztraminer) and red (with Pinot Noir)? Now, you know.
Vincent Charlot / Charlot-Tanneux
Certified Demeter since 2003, Vincent Charlot / Charlot-Tanneux is based in Mardeuil near Epernay, Champagne.
Biodiversity. Have a walk with him in the vineyards: see the herbs, animals, insects, flowers. Life.
Vincent's cuvées reflect just that. They celebrate the unicity of a parcel: grapes, soil, exposure.
To start with his cuvées, try the Fruit de Ma Passion and expect some "finesse tropicale".
After 15 years making exceptional natural biodynamic wines with Causse-Marines, Virginie Maignien set up La Spanda in Calce, Catalan Corbières.
A vibrant community - Gérard Gauby, Olivier Pithon, Jean-Philippe Padié, Tom Lubbe and many other younger winemakers.
Dry climate, close to the Mediterranean, schists and chalky rocks.
Virginie has 4.5 ha of Muscat d’Alexandrie, Muscat à petits grains & Macabeu; Carignan, Grenache noir & Lledoner pelut.
Grapes from other vineyards are grown and used for her wines, including François-Xavier Dauré in Espira.
Pépin was created by a group of natural wine lovers who want to help winemakers move towards the production of natural wines without added sulfur while making it accessible to customers.
Le Bout du Monde
made in Jajakistan by Edouard Laffitte
7.7 ha in Roussillon (East Pyrenees). Vines are over 3 communes: Lansac (granite sand), Rasiguères (schists) and Cassagnes (Gneiss). Vines are exposed to the North, which adds freshness and fruit.
Hand-picked, carbonic maceration, low-temp, no filtration.