As winter brings longer nights, lower routines, and warmer cuisine, we are thrilled to unveil the Winter 2024 Cellar Club Release—an exquisite ensemble of wines curated to captivate the senses and elevate your oenophilic journey. This edition is not only a celebration of the season but a tribute to the pursuit of excellence, wine knowledge, and the joy of discovery. Each of these wines is new to Liquid Kosher in its own way, and is a fascinating expression of the world of wine. I am excited to share our Winter release wines with you: 2021 JP Marchand Aloxe Corton Burgundy, 2022 Château Tournebrise Bordeaux, and the Weingut Gehring 2022 Riesling from Germany.
Journey to the village of Aloxe-Corton, a place steeped in history and geological significance since calendar years had three digits. As I learned during my first visit to Burgundy years ago, in pronouncing the letter X in French, this region is pronounced “Alosse.” The village is the natural link between the regions of Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, dominated by the legendary Corton Hill. We’ve shared wines from each of these appellations, and this is the highest end wine that we have added to the Cellar Club, and interestingly is sourced in the heart of our main stomping grounds. Our 2021 JP Marchand Aloxe Corton Burgundy, sourced from the highest-ranked vineyard featured in our curated selections, reflects the terroir’s reddish-brown soil rich with limestone debris and flint. A rare treat indeed, these wines are powerful and complex, and can age gracefully for fifteen years or more, evolving from opulence to full fruit charm. Pair these red gems with unctuous aromatic dishes such as braised lamb, roasted poultry, spiced couscous, and your stinkiest cheeses.
Introducing a newcomer to our Liquid Kosher family, the 2022 Château Tournebrise Lalande de Pomerol Bordeaux will become an instant classic. The first time I tried this wine I was immediately smitten; not just because of my love of all things Lalande de Pomerol, but because I felt it had such lovely elegance, balanced fruit, and luxurious mouthfeel, for a wine of its age. Nestled on a hillside facing the prominent terroirs of Pomerol, the Château Tournebrise vineyard thrives on clay-gravel soils, setting the stage for a Bordeaux of unparalleled quality. Crafted by an admired winemaker with successes including this wine is a harmonious blend of natural advantage and winemaking expertise. Sustainable agriculture, manual harvesting, and 12 months of aging in a variety of oak finishes, culminate in a Bordeaux with mouth-coating richness, nuanced with red cherry, ripe plum, blackcurrant, menthol, baking spices, and gently charred oak. Prepare to be enchanted by the finesse of Château Tournebrise, which I’m sure will become a very welcome addition to our Bordeaux repertoire.
Breaking new ground in our vinous exploration, the 2022 Weingut Gehring Riesling introduces the allure of German winemaking to our Cellar Club. For those new to wine collecting, German Riesling is one of the most popular wines to collect in the broader world, since the wines are highly expressive of their respective growing sites. You can have wines from vineyards yards apart in distance or elevation, with dramatically different flavors, more so than other wines made around the world. From the winegrower and winemaker Theo Gehring, and his prestigious Roter Hang Vineyard, this Riesling harmonizes fruit flavor and acidity in a symphony of pineapple, melon, apple, citrus zest, and a unique mineral expression. It’s been a long time coming since we have found the right Riesling to add to our selection, and this is a lovely one indeed. Enjoy this pioneering moment that expands our horizons and adds a delightful note to our winter selection.
As you uncork these treasures, may the Winter 2024 Cellar Club Release be a source of joy, curiosity, and shared moments of oenophilic discovery. Please accept my gratitude for your continued enthusiasm and commitment to the world of fine wines.