Hortense’s Picks for November: David Renaud Irancy and Chateau Simone Palette Blanc
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Hortense’s Picks for November: David Renaud Irancy and Chateau Simone Palette Blanc

David Renaud Irancy and Chateau Simone Palette Blanc

David Renaud Irancy
David Renaud
Irancy 2011

David Renaud, established in 1861 in Burgundy, France, farms their Irancy vineyards organically. The most northern of the Cote d’Or appellations, Irancy lies just southwest of the commune of Chablis. Here the production is 100% red wines – mainly from Pinot Noir; however producers are also allowed to blend up to 10% of a darker, more tannic varietal called ‘Cesar’. That being said, this particular bottling of Irancy from David Renaud is 100% Pinot Noir. This wine will be perfect for your thanksgiving dinner!

Chateau Simone Palette Blanc
Chateau Simone
Palette Blanc 2008

Chateau Simone sits on a piece of land in southern France where grapes have seemingly always been grown. This is, in more ways than one, a truly singular wine. For one thing, the appellation Palette covers about 43 hectares, and 15 of those belong to Simone with the rest being pine forest. For another, this wine drinks nothing like a southern French, this wine is all about elegance and it’s not really like anything else. In the 2008 vintage it shows a truly lovely linear, mineral character – a “precise” wine if ever there was one. It is a fresh white, with hints of pine-notes, a wine fermented in wood that shows no trace of wood flavors, the wood being a tool, not an ingredient.

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