We had a great visit with Andrew and Emma in November in their cozy cuverie tucked into the ramparts of Beaune. When Fanny Sabre moved to a larger space in Pommard, Andrew jumped at the opportunity to make wine in this historic space, which is now busting at the seams due to increased production of their Du Grappin line of wines from interesting, special vineyards in Beaujolais. Le Grappin makes maddeningly small amounts of each of their very in-demand wines from Burgundy. Several years of low yields from their Côte de Beaune plots due to devastating hail have kept their production extremely low. Andrew and Emma sell their wines to select restaurants, wine bars and shops and direct to consumers at weekly markets around London. Le Grappin is now getting more known here in California for good reason – they make delicious wines people love!
Part of what makes Le Grappin such a breath of fresh air is the courage of breaking new ground. The labels he commissioned from NYC/Indonesia artist Louise Despont (See a slideshow of her work published in Architectural Digest here) in his first vintage smash preconceptions about conventional Burgundy wine label aesthetics.
The Le Grappin wines are a celebration of the region, treating under appreciated vineyards such as “Aux Forneaux” in Savigny-les-Beaune, and Saint Aubin “En L’Ebaupin” with the extreme love and care often devoted to the most known vineyards of the Côte d’Or, with excellent results.
Another way Le Grappin has turned conventions on their head is their 1er Beaune “Les Greves” Blanc, a vineyard famous for red wine. There were only 3 barrels made of the first vintage and due to several years of extremely small harvests, subsequent years there has not been very much made either. Beaune Greves Blanc is an etherial wine, light on the tongue with a backbone of acidity. This is somewhat of a signature style of the Le Grappin Côte de Beaune whites and it has been a pleasure to get to know each one of them for their individual qualities.
Santenay “Graviéres” – We Love You!
Andrew hadn’t told us he was sourcing grapes from Santenay so it came as a very pleasant surprise to taste this seriously delicious white Burgundy. We will not get much and I guarantee it will go very fast when they are shown to restaurants. This is one you might only see light of in Andrew & Emma’s upcoming offer of their new releases…
Pre-Release Offer From Le Grappin
I highly recommend you sign up with Andrew for his U.S. Pre-Release offer (At a significant amount off retail pricing) to snag some of the hard to get bottles. Let Jason know if you want to be added to the Le Grappin list and he will pass your info on to Andrew and Emma, or contact Salut@legrappin.com directly to be added. He will send his offer to his U.S. list in early February and Amitié Wines will ship in late spring.
Le Grappin Rosé from Beaujolais, coming soon
Just in time for Spring, we plan to receive our first shipment of bottled Le Grappin Rosé from 15 year-old Gamay vines in the Le Grappin Beaujolais-Villages parcel on the slopes of Lancié. This area is considered to be the best commune in the Beaujolais-Villages appellation, being bordered on three sides by Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent. In the UK you can find the Du Grappin Rosé in the very popular #Bagnum format. We can’t import Bagnums just yet, but check back with us this spring to be notified about getting the Le Grappin Rosé in bottle.
Fleurie-Poncé Coming to US in 2017
Le Grappin is a relative newcomer to Beaujolais, but they bring with them their technical skill, high-standards for farming practices and extreme passion for product quality to their Du Grappin line. We were thrilled for Andrew and Emma when they were recently featured in Noble Rot Magazine and Jancis Robinson named the Du Grappin Fleurie-Poncé her Wine of the Week at the end of 2016. There was not enough made to allocate Fleurie-Poncé to us last year, but we are eagerly awaiting our shipment in 2017. It is a fantastic wine and is worthy of every mention it got in 2016. Along the same lines, we absolutely love the 2015 Fleurie Du Grappin, which we have in-stock now.
Le Grappin Availability at Shops and Restaurants
Look for Le Grappin at these fine retailers: Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas, Wine Country in Long Beach, Kogod Wine Merchant, Vino Carta, Village Vino, Grape Smuggler and Wine Sellar & Brasserie in San Diego.
Find Le Grappin on these restaurant lists: A.O.C. Lucques, Spago, Bouchon, Rancho Valencia, Veladora, Saison, Republique, Terranea, Foreign Cinema and many others. Please see the full list of our restaurant clients here for more info.