Les Cailles and Grand Charmes Set
Summer brings a bounty of vibrant vegetables and heirloom tomatoes, fragrant herbs, grilled meat & line caught fish, Don’s Paella… The days are long, warm, and lazy – perfect for sharing great times with old friends and making new memories with two of our most unique wines: 2012 Les Cailles Chardonnay and 2018 Grands Charmes Pinot Noir.
In a time of impatience and instant gratification, the opportunity to enjoy a well-aged Chardonnay is a rare pleasure. Claude has updated his tasting notes in June 2023 and Les Cailles is showing all the hallmarks of a Jobard Meursault. Let’s just say we wish we aged better over the last 10 years. Les Cailles is our limited production Chardonnay with only 77 cases made. The 2012 vintage was previously offered only to select restaurants in New York and Washington DC.
In Burgundy, a winemaker may reserve a special barrel for friends and family. They call this barrel Soliste. GRANDS CHARMES defines the origin and the promise of Soliste. From one Cigar Barrel, only 25 cases of 750s were bottled and then waxed by hand. Only two previous vintages of this single-barrel wine were bottled, 2014 and 2015. Then we paused until 2018 as we felt that this would be the vintage that would capture the ultimate excellence of this remarkable wine. The 2018 Grands Charmes is so exceptional that we decided that it will be the last to be produced. Always best to go out on top and leave a benchmark to speak for itself.
We bottled this unicorn on March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic. For Soliste it is a bit of a time capsule from a defining moment in history. Out of a dark period came a magical elixir of hope in a glass. Santé!
To commemorate summer and to allow you to prepare your cellar for the long dinners of the fall, we have curated a six-pack of Les Cailles Chardonnay and Grands Charmes Pinot Noir