November 8, 2017 Chris Puppione

We love when our producers share details of each year’s harvest with us, and in 2017, Bernard Burgaud took his update to a whole new level with the domaine’s video, “The Tightrope Grapes.” In this segment, viewers get a glimpse of the unique machination involved when picking and transporting grapes on the steep slopes of Côte-Rôtie. Enjoy the ride here:

November 3, 2017 Chris Puppione

This article was written by Neal Martin and originally published in the Interim September Issue of Robert Parker Wine Advocate on www.robertparker.com. The article is owned/copyrighted by Robert Parker Wine Advocate and can be found here. Appreciation toward vins doux naturel (VdN) has been on the critically endangered list for many years, alongside the white rhino, sensible politicians and affordable Burgundy. As fashionable as a lilac Lycra shell suit, they make Madeira look cool. I demurred writing this article because the reality is the vin doux naturel revolution is about as likely as Donald Trump vacationing in Pyongyang, though that…

October 25, 2017 Chris Puppione

Our team had the opportunity to visit Thibault Morey twice this last year at his family’s Domaine Morey-Coffinet in Chassagne-Montrachet. Thibault tasted us through his 2015s, which mark the first vintage completed by the domaine under biodynamic certification. He also took us for a tour of several of his family’s vineyard sites and spoke to us about the blessings he and his fellow winemakers enjoy in Burgundy.

October 18, 2017 Chris Puppione

Our team in Chicago–Jennie Mass, Adam Brunsen, Marc Brice, and Nick DeBias–had a full schedule last week, with Jose Teles from Niepoort, Remi Cognet from Domaine Santa Duc, and our own Martine Saunier visiting. We decided to check in and get a look at five days in the life of our reps–check it out! Monday “5:45 AM Woken up by my black cat Momo. Steps on my face, stomps on papers. Cat is fed. Done! Most important part of the day–coffee prepared by my Dutch hand made coffee machine: The Moccamaster. 6:45 AM Time to go to my Cross-Fit class. I…

September 25, 2017 Chris Puppione

With the arrival of the fall season, Martine’s Wines is happy to announce an incredible roster of trade events across the country. Here is what we have coming up: Dionysus Imports Portfolio Tour 2017 AUSTIN – 9.25.17 – 1-4pm – Winebelly 519 W. Oltorf DALLAS – 9.26.17 – 12-3pm – FT33 1617 Hi Line Drive HOUSTON – 9.27.17 – 1-4pm – Salt Air Seafood Kitchen 3029 Kirby Drive Martine’s Wines Fall Tasting – Spotlight on 2015 Burgundy NEW YORK – 10.4.17 – 11am-3pm – Chefs Club 275 Mulberry Street Martine Saunier & A Year in Port (Movie viewing and tasting)…

September 22, 2017 Chris Puppione

In his highly-anticipated book, Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region, Peter Liem profiles the famous region and its wines by examining the varied terroirs that make these sparkling wines among the most iconic the world over. Liem, co-founder of La Fête du Champagne and creator of ChampagneGuide.net, showcases the people and the places that create these stunning wines.  In the book, Liem turns his attention to yet another Champagne estate we represent, Gonet-Médeville. Below is an excerpt from this upcoming book, which will be released on October 10, 2017. Xavier Gonet comes from a long-established…

September 12, 2017 Chris Puppione

As the 2015s from our Burgundy producers continue to roll in, we take a look inside Domaine Launay-Horiot with vigneron Xavier Horiot. A former fighter pilot for the French government, Horiot returned to his family home in Pommard to continue the winemaking tradition of his grandfather, Raymond Launay. His stunning first vintage of 2014s were released last year, and the 2015s have already won widespread acclaim and will be arriving stateside this fall.  

September 6, 2017 Chris Puppione

In his highly-anticipated book, Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region, Peter Liem profiles the famous region and its wines by examining the varied terroirs that make these sparkling wines among the most iconic the world over. Liem, co-founder of La Fête du Champagne and creator of ChampagneGuide.net, showcases the people and the places that create these stunning wines.  In the section of his book that focuses on the Côte de Blancs, Liem zeroes in on Cramant and one of Champagne’s most highly-regarded estates, Diebolt-Vallois. Below is an excerpt from this upcoming book, which will be…

August 29, 2017 Chris Puppione

In this final segment of our interview with Romain Taupenot, the vigneron outlines key moments in his winemaking process, while also reflecting on his journey through wine and the future of his family’s domaine. The 2015s from Domaine Taupenot-Merme have arrived and are now available exclusively from Martine’s Wines. What are the toughest decisions you make as a winemaker? Above all else, winemaking is a thoughtful and meticulous enterprise at each stage, from the vine to the bottle. Winemakers can be similar to some chefs who cook with the finest ingredients, complete all the steps of preparation, but ultimately ruin…