Pierreclos Imports Newsletter – March 2018

With our second shipment leaving France this week, it looks like Pierreclos Imports might have got something right after all. Our Macon-Villages was a hit, and we’re almost sold out! We want to make sure that we always have our core wines available so we’re restocking, but even more exciting is that we’re bringing two new wines!

Another Great Wine from Coteaux des Margots

From Coteaux des Margots, and just in time for spring sunshine, we will soon have a Crémant de Bourgogne, a white sparkling wine made in the Champenoise method. It is 100% Chardonnay.

We are proud to introduce a second producer, Domaine de Lucena from the southern Rhone valley, a couple hours from the Maconnais in Burgundy. Our connection to the Domaine starts with a lucky encounter between Paul and Lucie, the newly appointed winemaker and daughter del owners Nathalie and Laurent.

As Paul recounts, “We met in 2013 while studying at the French wine university, Suze la Rousse, in the south of France. Lucie and I studied wine marketing for a year together in a small class where we all became friends. She was the first student who invited the class to her winery for a wine tasting. I really liked her parents’ wine at the time, and we have visited each other often since then."

About Domaine de Lucena

Domaine de Lucena was founded in the ‘60s when Lucie’s grandparents bought farmland in the village Visan, in Vaucluse. The winery was given the name “Lucena” by her parents for their children: Lucie, Cedric and Nathan.

Vaucluse has been recognized for its wine production since 1582 when the popes of Avignon first farmed grapes on the same southern facing, hilly terrain near Mont Ventoux - the same land that Domaine de Lucena works today. The clay-limestone soil mixed with flat gallet rond stones is typical of the region. These soils are perfect for growing Grenache Noir and Blanc, Syrah, Vieux Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault.

Our first offering is Lucie’s Rosé IGP Mediterranée, a fruit-forward wine, made of Grenache, Cinsault and Merlot (some of which are over 100 years old). This wine reflects the freshness and personality of the winemaker, who represents a new generation of millennial winemakers in France. Whole clusters are picked at optimum ripeness, manually sorted, and undergo cold maceration in concrete vats. Next comes manual punch downs and aging in oak barrels. Representing the next generation, Lucie brings a fresh touch to the family estate, while taking advantage of innovative opportunities beyond traditional borders. We’re proud to bring this wine to California and to support a new winemaker. We think you’ll like it too!

Stay Tuned!

Keep your eyes peeled in the upcoming weeks for announcement of our new wine club. Members will be the first to receive these new wines, special pricing, and other great surprises! Happy spring forward!

Paul and Ale

Founders, Pierreclos Imports