Top up your cellar with our selection of warm-weather wines.
- Red Wine
- Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
- Light Bodied
- 12.5% alc./vol
About the Winery
The Altenburger family has farmed land in and around Jois since the 16th century. Their vineyards are only half an hour from Vienna, but seemingly in another cosmos altogether.
Markus is fascinated by Blaufränkisch – the red grape of Burgenland. He works with massal selections from his Gritschenberg vineyard's old vines. There, loose clusters and small berries are well adapted to the dry Pannonian summers. The grapes express the schist for fruiter wines charming in their youth, as well as the limestone, for length and structure. The wines express this tension, the influences of limestone and schist soils, and something of the wild abundance of nature, as well.
Since Markus took over his family’s estate more than a decade ago, he’s moved from what he calls “well-behaved wines” to those that are much closer to nature and bear a far more personal stamp. In the cellar, he favours native yeasts, minimal added sulphur, long, protective lees contact, and concrete and neutral wood for ageing.
- Red Wine
- Biodynamic, Sustainable, Vegan-Friendly, Volcanic
- Medium Bodied
- 13% alc./vol
About the Winery
Stéphane Aviron can be considered a pioneer in his approach to winemaking in Beaujolais, however he would just tell you that he’s simply returning to the traditional practices that have always made fantastic Gamay wines. Sustainable viticulture, extremely old vines and classic Burgundian techniques. He focuses on the Beaujolais village crus, all but forgotten gems of vineyards when the nouveau craze took over, which are the best sites for unique, expressive and terroir driven wines. All of the fruit is sourced from old vines (40+ years), so seeing Vieilles Vignes on the label is a rite of passage, not a privilege. Authenticity and a distinctly Beaujolais style of winemaking is what sets Stéphane apart from the rest.
92 points - Michael Godel (2019 vintage)
The fourth of six old vines wines in the Aviron Cru Beaujolais series. Chénas to the north of Beaujolais is small and in Aviron’s hands a most gregarious, open-knit and florally explosive example. Expansive aromatics, full fruit exposure, layers of palate covering and all it really wants to do is please. Dances across the tongue, turns cartwheels across the floor and fills the mouth with fruit energy. Drink early though, there are almost no tannins to speak of. Ironic in that the name derives from oak forests and wood too is not a factor. Drink 2021-2023. Tasted March 2021.
92 points - John Szabo, MS (2019 vintage)
This is a Chenas of real depth and succulence, generosity and density of fruit, very ripe, while still respecting the freshness of gamay and the region. There's a real liquor-like density of the grape here, also stemmy-leafy character in line with the appellation. Length and depth are quite exceptional. There's a terrific amount of wine here for the money. Tasted March 2021.