Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011

Beautiful yellow color with emerald rim. Fine wine with a rich, full-bodied taste. After decantation gradually revealed bright mineral shades, tones of juicy fruit, honey, flowers and spices. Superb finish stunning length.

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Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013

The colour is an intense crimson with purple hints. In the mouth it is powerful but with a soft finish. Notes of ripe fruits, prunes and dried figs cover the taste buds after the first mouthful.

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Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2015
Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2015
Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2015

A soft yet rich palate bursting with bramble fruit flavours and lots of spicy charisma.

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Moncaro – Rosaspina Rosato, Marche, IGT
Moncaro – Rosaspina Rosato, Marche, IGT
Moncaro – Rosaspina Rosato, Marche, IGT

A luminous pink colour with salmon highlights, the aromas are deep and rich recalling wild cherry and apple. On the palate there is appreciable dryness with the savoury fruit and crispness.

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Moncaro.

Moncaro observes a single overarching philosophy for its three wine-production sites: the belief that the highest work standards and uncompromised environmental stewardship will lead to the production of high-quality wines. Twenty years’ experience in organic farming has enabled us to bring all of our vineyards under the philosophy of supervised-control viniculture and environmentally friendly practices, with rigorous attention to achieving perfect growth and crop balance in the vines. The highest work standards in the cellar and the most advanced technologies have as their objective the creation of conditions that, at all times, yield very fine wines, which are expression of their local terroir and which preserve the varietal characteristics of the grapes.
IN THE VINEYARD

research in vine growing and cultivation methods which safeguard the environment

Vineyard management practices 

Classification of the vineyards, according to their soil profiles and microclimate (elevation, aspect, weather), to determine suitability to certain grape varieties and crop yield per hectare is fundamental to quality. All vineyard cultivation practices are carefully followed by the technicians that, togetehr with the over decades experience of our members, plan the management of the vine rows. Integrated pest management and sustainable viticulture are practiced for disease control. Careful winter and summer pruning ensures balanced vine growth. Excessive fruit production is managed by cluster thinning. Multiple-pass harvesting is practiced in order to gather each cluster its optimal ripeness. Decades-long familiarity with our vineyards and with their various grape varieties, as well as constant monitoring of seasonal weather conditions, allow us to plan our vinification methods and schedules before harvesting. All the grapes harvested are graded and coded according to category, sugar level, condition and yield per hectare.

Sustainable agriculture, low environmental impact & organic farming 

Moncaro has begun converting to organic agriculture since 1980. Today more than 60 hectares (ca. 150 acres) are farmed and certified in accordance with IFOAM norms and EU 834/2007 and 889/2008 organic farming regulations. Furthermore, we have derived valuable experience from over 300 hectares (ca. 740 acres) farmed in accordance with EU regulation 2078 on low-environmental-impact farming, a philosophy aimed at minimising chemical usage. These vineyards are an important testing ground for sustainable viticulture practices adopted by Moncaro, which are now applied to all vineyards. Such an approach is aimed at preventing, rather than simply combating, pest attacks by utilising weather monitoring stations and by maintaining vine health so that the plant is stronger and more resistant. The results, as well as the increasing quality witnessed by all the awards received by our wines, include the return of useful insects and even wild animals to our vineyards. The sight of various species of birds, wild boars, hares and deer, even in the more intensely cultivated vineyards, is becoming more and more common.

IN THE CELLAR

cutting edge technology and methods united with a passion for wine

Moncaro oenologist Giuliano D’Ignazi directs a young and dynamic technical staff, who also benefits from the valuable assistance and collaboration of world-famous consultant Riccardo Cotarella.  Thanks to technical joint efforts in the past (with Chile and Australia), Moncaro is open to the best of both wine world, the Old and the New. Among the various practices utilised there are: perfect temperature control, extensive use of gentle pressing with membrane presses, fermentation with varietal and specific yeasts and subsequent sur-lie maturation, low-temperature maceration, reductive fermentation, micro-oxygenation, drying of grapes.

Maturation of the wine is carried out in steel tanks or in oak barrels from three to eighteen months, with the Riservas up to twenty-four months. Bottling is done at the Montecarotto cellar. A state-of-the-art, automated bottling line ensures preservation of all the wine’s sensory characteristics, guaranteeing at the same time sterile conditions and wine stability. The wines are then stored in a climate-controlled warehouse that reproduces the temperatures and humidity of a natural cave. The bottles are protected from light and temperature fluctuations, ensuring ideal bottle-ageing conditions until they are ready for release.

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Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016
Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016
Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016

Straw yellow colour flecked with green; typical of the grape. Forward aromas of apple and citrus, especially grapefruit, are accompanied by subtle bitter notes of hawthorn, acacia and elderberry blossoms. Long and intense.

 

Considered one of the best white wines for fish, this wine will partner beautifully with either sea food or with poultry and rabbit. Best enjoyed 3-4 years from harvest.

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Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010

Maison Louis Jadot Monthélie is a very fruity wine developing red fruits and cherries aromas. It is a well structured wine with good tannins. It is quite a powerful yet still very delicate wine. It will be a perfect partner for red meats (roasted, grilled or in sauce) as well as cheeses.

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Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971

Deep orange gold. This has an attractive and complex baked apple nose with hints if spice and caramel. The palate is complex, powerful and concentrate and is distinguished by the high level of acidity. Highly textured, with a russet-apple and quince like presence, this is still positively youthful.It has been preserved by the acidity and will continue to hold for years to come. It deserves to be in the cellar of all true Chenin lovers.

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Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996

Polished, deep yellow-gold. The nose is muted and withdrawn, we suspect this showed some reduction in its youth, but has since emerged. The palate is light on entry but builds well to a relatively powerful finish. There is some complexityhare, with the wine developing some calvados like flavours.

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Some leathery, clove-like notes spice up this solidly built Pinot. Hints of briar add more complexity to the cherry fruit, before some drying tannins take over on the finish. Rather than aging this to mellow the tannins, try it alongside beef or lamb instead.” J.C.  (7/1/2015)

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2013
This wine highlights the slightly cooler season with lovely perfumed dark red forest berries and cherry fruits along with a hint of dried herb, adding complexity. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish.

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015

This wine has aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of stonefruit, melon and green mango. These characters are richly replicated on the palate, with a full textured mid palate and an off-dry finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“Loaded with fruit—apricot, pineapple and passion fruit—this is an attractive, medium-bodied Pinot Gris with just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy it over the next year.” J.C.  (8/1/2012)

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014
Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014
Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014

Pale straw yellow with green reflections. Floral and fruity, with occasional mineral notes. Light-to-medium-bodied with freshness, floral and fruity notes and crisp acidity.

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Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16
Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16
Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16

With a brilliant ruby color and a hint of purple this young fruity wine explodes with luscious  cherries and raspberries tempered by soft tannins from the small percentage of Mazuelo grapes in the blend.

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Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016
Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016
Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016

Ruby red colour with garnet red reflections upon aging. Intense and delicate bouquet, characterised by hints of plum and blackberry. Warm and velvety harmonic mouthfeel.

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NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015
NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015
NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015

Named after the grapes in the blend (Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon), this easygoing, savory wine doles out juicy blackberry, black currant, black cherry and a hint of licorice with soft, round tannins.

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No Stone Unturned, 2013
No Stone Unturned, 2013
No Stone Unturned, 2013

The wine comes from the very best plots of our friend Pepe Fuster’s stone covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration an complexity of dark, spicy, blackberry fruit which has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months in the finest new Dargaud & Jaegle oak barrels from France.

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Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015

Blend of low yielding, organic Syrah & Grenache vines, with instant red and black fruit appeal. Enjoy with moderation!

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Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013

Intense yellow color with gold tints. The nose is very expressive and reveals intense aromas of honey, gingerbread and wood. The palate is rich with deep and intense aromas. Exotic fruits mixed with spices and a touch of sweet liqueur. Very fresh.

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Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph

Tasting Note
A clean, bright appearance, with the lightest hint of green. The nose is intense, with notes of white blossom, citrus fruit (kiwi) and fresh mint. On the palate it is generous, mouth-filling and well-balanced, with a mineral finish. Elegant and easy-drinking in its youth, this wine will age well, developing notes of spice and a certain iodine/saline character. A Picpoul de Pinet that could grace a dining table or be enjoyed as an aperitif, with seafood or cheese.

 

Jancis Robinson 2016 15 / 20 : Crisp and clean, melon and papaya!

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Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016
Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016
Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016

It has an intense straw colour and also an ample, lasting fruity bouquet. The palate is dry, soft and well balanced, due to its full body.

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Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014
Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014
Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014

Vintage 2014 Pinot Noir Précoce gives a fabulous complex bouquet of dark red berries with layers of mineral nuances. Juicy lush generous and complex on the palate, with generous oak and ripe, fine tannins.

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Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013

A well balanced, vibrant Pinot Noir, showing a complexity that belies the age of the vines. Garnet in colour, the wine offers aromas of raspberries and strawberries.

The palate is smooth, medium bodied, with bold fruit characters balanced well with the subtle oak influence.

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