An Fall Full of Arrivals: August & September

Whether it’s the return of a perennial fan-favorite or a brand new cuvée from one of our producers, our August additions to the portfolio are sure to excite and amaze. You can expect a diverse array of whites and reds from Spain and Oceania, alongside a colorful assortment of German & French low-intervention wines, and robust Italian offerings from all throughout the Boot.

We’re always happy to see fresh-faced labels from some of our long-standing friends and winemakers, with new arrivals always comes a wider showcase of what our producers are capable of.

From the salty shores and rocky high hills of Spain, arrive new producers to our collection. Mineral-laden Alabarinos from the Galician cellars of Albamar and Fento, the former of the two recently featured and credentialed in this lovely piece of writing about the varietal itself.

From the Rioja, minimally intervened vino rojo in the form of Clos Ibai, a small batch production of whole-cluster Tempranillo aged for a year and a half in old French barrels.

These days, the arrival of Champagne is always a celebration. Especially when it’s a newfound producer to our portfolio. The estate of Arlaux has been making phenomenal champagnes in Montagne de Reims since the 1800’s; their ‘Grand Cuvee’ Premier Cru being an assemblage of the region’s varietal triumvirate with 3 years on the lees

The natural wines of the Loire Valley based Puzelat family are restocked with the return of the supremely elegant, herbaceous, and distinctively Loire ‘Pineau d’Aunis,’ along with a white blend from old-vine parcels, and everyone’s favorite Chenin Blanc, ‘Pineau de la Loire’

Further east, the renowned cellars of Domaine Tissot, nestled in the mountainous vineyards of Jura, have shared with us some incredibly special and always-coveted selections ranging from still, sparkling, oxidative to more.

Hailing from further south we have bold and textural wines from producers like Chateau Massereau, the standard bearers of mindfully made Bordeaux;

And the biodynamic, precision-driven cuvees of M. Chapoutier, including their legendary Hermitage Blanc ‘Chante Alouette’ as well as few mature Cote Rotie from the Northern Rhone.

Never a shortage of great German wines around our parts, we welcome back some of our favorites such as Weiser-Kunstler and Atlan & Artisan from the Mosel, Hofgut Falkenstein from the Saar, Enderle & Moll from Baden, and our friend Stefan Winter from the Rheinhessen.

Winemaking dream team and husband & wife, Konstantin and Alexandra of Weingut Weiser-Kunstler continue to dish up their sleek, tactile, and sultry wines from the vast slew of incredibly high-level, slate-rich vineyards that they work.

Their Rieslings have a foot decisively planted in the traditions of the Mosel while progressively innovating upon the terroir and stylistic creation that the region is known for.  Everything from their more straightforward, entry-level wines to the highest renditions of GG that they create are a delightful insight into Germany’s most famous grape.

Now if acid’s what you’re into, the cultish and collectible cuvees of Hofgut Falkenstein’s cool and composed Saar Rieslings coax the palate with herbal freshness, bright twangs of crisp fruit, and mineral, tingly phenolics balancing out the varying degrees of sweetness in their wines. Plus, they make a darn good Pinot (read as Spatburgunder) at that.

Taking a departure from the more traditional side of German winemaking and its vast swath of Rieslings, we find the philosophically natural-oriented cellars of Enderle & Moll in the regional nook of German viticulture known as Baden set along the Swiss border. Their wines rarely stray towards the realm of white, instead showcasing a dynamic range of skin-contact, orange, rosé, and red.

Floating down towards the Mediterranean, our Italian producers send us selections from the hills of Tuscany, natural wines from the coastal vineyards of Campania, and both frisky and formidable reds from Braida in the Piemonte and Lorenzo Begali in the Veneto.

Tuscany’s winemaking estates are often known not only for their vinous enterprises but also for running established agriturismos throughout the unmistakable rolling hills of the region. Corzano e Paterno’s production of wine, extra virgin olive oils, and cheeses are famous, so it is only fitting that their iconic ‘Terre di Corzano’ Chianti wine joins our ranks.

Cantina Giardino, a collective cohort of winemaking friends and compatriots have a knack for making some precocious and vividly natural wines from one of Italy’s most important agricultural epicenters. With everything from orange, rosé, petnat and amphora made wines, they are a selection not to be missed by the dedicated naturalists among us.

To finish with our friends (technically) closest to our warm and sunny shores, we have the classic Kiwi wines of Neudorf, as well as delicious offerings from the Australia’s Yarra Valley in New South Wales and the McLaren Vale in South Australia.

From Nelson, New Zealand, the wines of Neudorf are a distinctive standout in the scene; their samplings delving into something a bit more serious, as they’ve been making wine in the region since the 1970’s.

Our Australian arrivals mark the return of young gun Luke Lambert and his newly minted ‘Crudo’ Shiraz, a juicy, easy-going iteration of red to contrast with his serious, age worthy ‘Syrah’.

Going into September, our catalog of specific producers continues to grow even deeper and more expansive as exciting, new (to us) cuvees are ushered into Bangkok’s wine scene

From the French side, further additions of highly coveted, fully certified-biodynamic winemaking estates by the likes of De Sousa in Champagne, Michel Chapoutier in the Rhone, Valentin Zusslin in Alsace, and of course the iconic, alpine domaine of Stephane & Benedicte Tissot.

Some curious and highly contemplative wines from the Jura come in the form of Tissot’s fortified offerings that are highly traditional and autochonous to Jura’s winemaking vernacular. These examples are their Marcvin de Jura and a delicious Vin de Paille.

Macvin is a uniquely Jura wine specimen produced from a base spirit of Marc du Jura (a local brandy made from fermented grape musts) blended for 2 years with the juice of Chardonnay and Savagnin in barrel. Characteristic notes of toasted hazelnuts, poached pears, and grilled apricots balanced with a touch of residual acid and a welcome pithy biterness; a real regional treat!

The Vin de Paille, or directly translated as ‘Straw Wine’ as pictured above, is a fortified sweet wine made by first concentrating Trousseau, Poulsard, and Chardonnay for 4 months on straw mats before the wine is then pressed and aged in oak for 3 years. Perhaps one of the best examples of Vin de Paille available in the world.

To continue on our tour of biodynamics, Champagne De Sousa has been working their Cote des Blancs crus extensively with regenerative, low-intervention agriculture and thus producing some of the most impressive champagnes we’ve tasted from the region. Housed in Avize, this estates champagnes sees new arrivals to us here in Bangkok.

From Alsace, returning Grand Cru excellence from the multi-generational estate of Valentin Zusslin. Producing eaux de vie, sparkling, and still wines, these biodynamic-certified, classic Alsatian gems are a perfect complementary pairing to many of our regional fine dining options, particularly this elegant off-dry, picturesque Grand Cru Gewurztraminer.

Another exciting addition to the catalog joins us in the form of not grapes, but rather apples and pears! And only the finest at that, as Jerome Forget works old growth, organic orchards in the ancestral home of French cider, Normandy.

Joining our previously held label Fossey is a selection of further engaging perries and ciders called Vinot, Paysan, and Pear Shaped; each highlighting the distinctly fresh fruit that Jerome works with.

To finish, we’re invoking wine history with the recurring arrival of Georgian wines. These are serious, representative wines that are in effect the culmination of thousands of years of oenological techniques and societal importance. These are wines that taste the way winemaking might have in its origins.

All of John Okros and his sister’s wines are back in stock along with the new arrival of famed Georgian producer Pheasant’s Tears. Their cuvee Quinta is an assemblage of five unique Georgian grapes macerated for 5 days in ancient amphora also known as Qvevri.

As always, we’re thrilled to be able to share these incredible and exciting wines with you from all over the globe. If you have any questions, comments, or wish to find out more information about anything mentioned here, you can always reach out to us for advice or expertise. Cheers!

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