Founded by Mark Tarlov (Evening Land) and originating in Burgundy, Maison L’Envoyé crafts this region’s wine trinity: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay Noir. Yet from this tenor of focus and commitment, a global fellowship emerged, with terroir-driven Pinot Noir as the linchpin. Driven by the elusive hunt for the world’s finest Pinot Noir sites, Maison L’Envoyé traverses the globe, presenting the many veils of regionality and winemaking style. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago, and Tasmania, Maison L’Envoyé champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. Maison L’Envoyé has been a standout since launching in 2011 including Wine & Spirits naming it a ‘Winery To Watch’ in 2015.
Beaujolais is one of the best value-driven wine regions in the world! Located just south of Burgundy, Beaujolais produces fantastic fruit-driven wines that are unpretentious and typically meant to be enjoyed in their youth. The 2018 Maison L'Envoye comes from a single-vineyard in Morgon and the best in Beaujolais, Cote du Py. Out of the 7 Crus that makeup Beaujolais, Morgon is known as one of the highest-quality regions and it is known to produce the most ageable Beaujolais wines. Wines from this vineyard sell for can sell for over $75 and are the most sought after wines from Beaujolais.
A semi-carbonic traditional method with 30% whole clusters. The must underwent a long, natural ferment utilizing wild yeasts in open-top vessels with submerged caps. The wine matured over the following 8 months in a combination of small tanks on fine lees and seasoned French oak achieving a subtle integration of oak spice characters and texture.
Aging: 8 months in 100% seasoned French Oak barriques
Tasting Notes:Red Wine. 100% Gamay. Powerful aromas of dark berries, blood orange with fennel, and forest floor nuances. The palate is rich and layered yet lively. Blackberry and Christmas cake flavors are balanced by the fresh natural acidity and a well-placed tannin backbone. A serious yet versatile Côte du Py.
A rustic Burgundy pleasure, this wine rests its meaty black-raspberry flavors on a cushion of mineral tannins. Those tannins add briskness to the wine’s generous depths of fruit. Pour it with spicy saucisson. ~91 Wine & Spirits Magazine
The 2018 Morgon Côte du Py offers up generous aromas of cherries, licorice, and subtle hints of smoked meats, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate framed by ripe acids and powdery tannins. This is quite a characterful, tasty wine from Maison L'Envoyé, enlivened by a discreet touch of dissolved carbon dioxide. ~90 Robert Parker
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