2017 BELLE DU NUIT
Gewürztraminer is difficult to capture, on the vine it will go from pitch perfect to over-ripe in a number of hours. As wine, it has an amazingly wide breadth of characteristics that it can display, it can be spice driven, floral, sweet, bone chillingly dry, clear, orange or pink. When it is done well it is a thing of rare, fleeting beauty that will last decades, much like the memory of a beautiful woman met once and disappeared.
Rose of Sangiovese
L’Inconnue (“The Unknown”) is an occasional release for Union Sacre and is reserved for those rare wines that break with their expected style to dazzling effect. Named after one of the most widely reproduced models of the early 20th century: the death mask of an unknown girl pulled from the Seine. Her tranquil smile inspired a thousand sculptures and paintings. So lasting was her beauty that her likeness is still being used today. It is our hope that the l’Inconnue wines bring some amount of that wonder.
2016 LA MARIANNE
Before she was the figurehead of the French Republic, symbol of Reason, and model for the Statue of Liberty, la Marianne was an anonymous peasant woman working for the Revolution. She captured the imagination of artists with her regal presence and strength, although she was just like every other woman, there was an intangible magic about her. Chardonnay is the expected Californian white wine, la Marianne is a classically styled California Chardonnay, but with it’s own quiet power.
2017 LA GITANE
Born from juice gleaned from select lots, la Gitane is the spiritual counterpoint to the Squire. In the countryside, the aristocracy and the vagrant continually cross paths. To the effete country squire the travelers are seen to be freeloading off the manorial lands, to the travelers, the landed life appears as nothing more than a pompous prison. La Gitane is of the same source as our more aristocratic wines, but prefers the staff meal over Ortolan.