Does your mother know?
Posted by Zofia Bąkowska on
This Mother's Day, make sure your mother knows exactly how much you value her, and everything she does. To thank your mother, we have three picks that we are sure will impress. We have chosen three winegrowers who truly value and embody family values and history.
Tickle me pink
2017 Bernard Baudry Chinon Rosé
Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, this is a dry, medium-bodied rosé brimming with smoky red fruit.
Manual harvest, grapes are destemmed and undergo direct press. Native yeast fermentation in cement vats.
Generations of Baudrys have been involved in winemaking, but Bernard Baudry was the first to set up his own winery in 1975. His son Matthieu joined the family business in 2000 after gaining winemaking experience in Tasmania and California. Now, they share responsibilities for the 32 hectares of certified organic vines.
I'm forever blowing bubbles
2016 Spagnol «Rive di Solighetto» Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Brut
100% Glera goes into this sparkling, off-dry white. Fermented off the skins, matured in steel tanks, at least 3 months on the lees. 8 g/l residual sugar.
"Rive di Solighetto" means the banks of the Solighetto in Italian. Solighetto is the name of a village in prime Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG territory, and unsurprisingly the grapes from the Cisa hill overlooking the village are the pride and joy of the Spagnol family. Still, only grapes that have made it through a thorough selection process make it into this top cuvée.
The entire family gets involved from sapling to bottle: since they set up the winery in 1986, babbo Orazio and mamma Loreta now oversee fratelli Stefano, Marco, Alberto and Mattia
Sweet child of mine
2017 Domaine des Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise VDN (37.5cl)
Keep it short and sweet with this half-bottle of butterscotch goodness. A blend of 75% Muscat Blanc and 25% Muscat Noir is hand-picked from 50 year-old vines, fermented off the skins, and with native yeasts only. Fermentation is interrupted to preserve natural sugars, in keeping with traditional methods of Vin Doux Naturel production. 6 months ageing in stainless steel. 110 g/l residual sugar.
Romain Hall is the winemaker for Domaine des Bernardins and works alongside his father, Andrew Hall, the cellar manager. Romain’s mother, Elisabeth Castaud, and grandmother, Renée Castaud, are still involved in running the estate and continue the legacy of Romain’s great-grandfather, Louis Castaud. Louis was an ardent lobbyist in favour of the recognition of Muscat de Beaumes de Venise as an appellation in 1945.