CellarHand Newsletter March 2020

Welcome to the CellarHand newsletter for March. Let’s start with the sparkling, shall we? There’s Champagne aplenty this month, most excitingly with the hotly anticipated release of Jacquesson’s Cuvée No. 742. Every release of the Chiquets’ exquisite fizz is a major event, and this one based on 2014 is sure to set your life alight. There’s other great Champagne out, too, from young Pierry hotshot Jean-Marc Sélèque, as well as a new set of Verzenay grand cru wines from the Labruyère family. And, closer to home, how about a vintage Pinot Noir rosé bubbles from Stefano Lubiana in Tasmania.
The big release in March has been the Loosen Barry collaboration between our Mosel mate Erni and the boys from clos Clare. Walhalla and Wolta Wolta have added a new dimension to the Riesling scene. The uptake has been terrific – don’t miss out. We’ve also got the latest set of Oregon Pinot Noir from J. Christopher, plus red and white Burgundy from Domaine Boisson Frère et Soeur, the brilliant and enigmatic producer that we’ve finally enticed into the portfolio.
On the vintage roll front, we’re loving the new Pitti from Pittnauer, the southern France-inspired Mondeuse and Minnow wines from Shadowfax, Scorpo’s ’18 edition of his skin-contact Pinot Grigio, a mix of cool and classics from Frankalnd Estate and the new Rosato and Vermentino from Chalmers. Elsewhere, a couple of snippets driven by some newly published praise, notably Charteris Pinot Noir and Mount Mary’s Quintet and Triolet.
But the domestic news is led a couple of fantastic February visits – one to Wantirna Estate, one from Burn Cottage – with sensational wines from both estates available now.
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