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New WInes

There's always something new at Renegade. We finally tracked down Chateau Musar's importer, brought in a number of cool and unique blends, and even received new releases from Sine Qua Non. So...
Read, Relax, Enjoy!

Chateau Musar
1998 vs 2017

Chateau Musar (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)
In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000 year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux. His 'wines with noblesse' greatly impressed senior officers in the French army on holiday in the 1920s.

Major Ronald Barton, of Château Langoa-Barton, stationed in Lebanon during World War II became a great friend, strengthening the links between Chateau Musar and Bordeaux that remain to this day.

The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon's high altitude Bekaa Valley for over 6,000 years.
The 1998 ($158) is a wine in its prime but still has a long life ahead of it. Give this one an hour or two to awaken.
2017 ($90) is drinking exactly like it should; fresh and intense, boisterous and potent. Great with grilled lamb (both are actually), but decant for a number of hours for maximum enjoyment.

Goutorbe Special Club

We're Suckers for Special Club!

2012 Henri Goutorbe Champagne Grand Cru Special Club
(France, Champagne) $140
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from Grand Cru sites in Aÿ, this Special Club bottling had us at twenty-twelve, a great vintage now and one that will age gracefully for years.
Out of the gate this Special Club is both appealing and indulgent with impeccable balance and lovely definition. This is undeniably appealing now but you'll be rewarded by holding your other bottles in the cellar for a few more years.

Cantine Valpane Grignolino del Monferrato

Let's Begin with an Odd-Ball

2020 Cantine Valpane Grignolino del Monferrato (Italy, Piedmont, Monferrato) $18.50
Yes! Grignolino is a grape and it hails from Piedmont. If you've never heard of it that's because it's rare, and sensible vignerons grow Nebbiolo as there is way more profit here. But the few hold-outs that still produce this unique grape/wine do so in a traditional, masterful way.
As for the wine: the first thing that will surprise you is this Grignolino’s pale garnet color, and then, despite that autumnal hue, its rather summery nose of peach and blueberry. With notes of mushroom and forest floor, it’s more complex than the price would suggest and would even pair with a number of seafood dishes (think Cioppino).

2019 La Basia Valtènesi La Botte Piena
Why Stop Now?

2019 La Basia Valtènesi La Botte Piena
(Italy, Lombardia) $18
Speaking of unique Italian grapes here are a few for you: Groppello and Marzemino. These two native grapes along with a bit of Sangiovese and Barbera make up this wine located specifically in the Valtènesi zone, along the southwestern shore of Lake Garda. Aged in concrete tanks and bottled unfiltered, it benefits from a slight chill: with loads of fresh fruit, a peppery crunch, bright acidity, and light, smooth tannins, this under-the-radar rosso is about as gulpable as they come.

2022 Domaine Faury Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Que Syrah, Syrah...

2022 Domaine Faury Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes (France, Northern Rhône) $34
Lionel Faury may be best known for his sublime northern Rhône crus of Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie, and Condrieu, but he also farms vines on the plateau just above these appellations. These Syrah vineyards sit at a slightly higher altitude and offer terrific values for Rhône wine lovers, creating a bright, crunchy wine that is irresistible in its youth. Lovely notes of blackberries and violets shine amidst a backdrop of granite minerals and soft brambly tannins, offering just as much lively refreshment as earthy intensity. 

While great northern Rhône Syrah is perfectly suited to carnivorous pairings, Lionel’s "Vin de Pay" is nimble enough to enjoy with lighter dishes—served cool, it complements just about anything. Consistently among the Rhône’s best values.

2022 Château d'Epiré Savennières Cuvée Spéciale

In Love with Savennieres

2022 Château d'Epiré Savennières Cuvée Spéciale
(France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Savennières) $38
Finally a Chenin Blanc from Savennieres we love (that's not $100).

As Anthony Lynch explaions:
In his book Adventures, Kermit outlines the magic of old-school Savennières, aged in chestnut casks. The rise of stainless steel sadly put many such coopers out of business, but fortunately the team at Château d’Épiré can still count on one reliable chestnut purveyor. This material is an excellent match for schist-born Chenin Blanc, as it accentuates the wine’s stony austerity without imparting any woody flavor. The blend also includes a couple barrels each of acacia, highlighting Chenin’s subtle floral tendencies, and old oak, exalting its fleshy structure. With a rigid backbone of acidity and a bone-dry finish recalling fresh walnuts, this is quintessential Savennières. -A.L.
And is this ever a food wine! Grilled pork or prawns are perfect but as an aperitif this wine is sublime too.

2020 Herdade do Rocim Alentejo Vinho Tinto Amphora

A Blend to Bend the Head

2020 Herdade do Rocim Alentejo Vinho Tinto Amphora
(Portugal, Alentejo) $20

Moreto, Tinta Grossa, Trincadeira. Say that three times fast. Oh wait! There's also a smidge of Aragonez
 in the fruitful mix.
This field blend has a beautiful vibe to it. Juicy notes of pure fresh black fruit, cherry and blackberry, hints of cranberry tanginess, zesty and utterly mouth-watering. A joyful wine! And the proprietors Catarina Vieira and Pedro Ribeiro are utterly lovely people. Go visit!

2021 Hugel Gentil

...the Kitchen Sink

2021 Hugel Gentil "Hugel" (France, Alsace) $20
If you thought Rocim's blend was exotic, then this white blend seems more on the wild side:
Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Riesling, Muscat blanc à petits grains. A little of everything and wow does it work! As Hugel puts it, "...the suave, spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of both Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner". That succinctly says it all.

2020 Sine Qua Non Distenta

As you may know we receive a small allocation from Sine Qua Non twice a year. Small meaning a few bottles of each wine, so no, we have not tasted these. They're usually gone by the end of the week. We will leave you with tasting notes from the esteemed Antonio Galloni though:
2020 Sine Qua Non Distenta White II $275
 The 2020 White Wine Distenta II is a rich, deep white. Long élevage of 23 months in wood, on the lees, works beautifully with this fruit. Dried lemon peel, chamomile, sage, mint and white pepper lend nuance throughout, but it is the wine's textural resonance that stands out most. It's one of the finest whites I have tasted from Sine Qua Non in some time. The blend is 32% Roussanne, 26% Viognier, 25% Chardonnay, 12% Gelber Muskateller and 5% Petit Manseng.

2021 Sine Qua Non Grenache Distenta III $350
The 2021 Grenache Distenta III is one of the most refined wines I have tasted from Sine Qua Non. Floral aromatics make a strong first impression. There's plenty of SQN richness, but also less overt opulence than most vintages. The 2021 is simply magnificent.

2021 Sine Qua Non Syrah Distenta III $350
The 2021 Syrah Distenta III continues the theme seen in the Grenache Distenta III, namely a theme of elegance, finesse and nuance to play off the natural richness these wines always have. Black/purplish fruit, new leather, spice, licorice and chocolate saturate the 2021 with tons of depth.

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