The 2018 Cuvee Constantin is a limited edition, premium selection that we sourced exclusively for our wine club members. We find this to be the perfect fall wine. It has the finesse and elegance of Oregon Pinot Noir, with the body that we start to crave as we enter the cooler months of fall.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered, vegan-friendly, and only 780 cases produced.
Our allocation of the 2018 Cuvee Constantin is a premium selection in our fall club shipment, exclusively available to members. During our last visit, Russell Lichtenthal from Flaneur explained to us the meaning behind the new label. “Two years ago I asked Julie, Marty’s wife (who draws the labels) to illustrate the story of Constantin Guys. Julie studied the art Constantin painted and used his influence in her style for this piece. The label shows Charles Boudelaire standing behind Constantin while he paints a promenade in Paris during the 19th century. Boudelaire wrote an essay, “the painter of modern life”, in which he talks about guys, and describes him as a great flâneur, an observer and painter of the crowds.” Baudelaire explains, “For the perfect flaneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinitive.”
The team at Flâneur Wines considers themselves to be flâneurs at their core. Passionate artisans joined together by the desire to slow down, observe the world, and create delicious wine. The winery began with the idea that winemaking doesn’t need frills. Driven by Oregon’s culture, land, and people, Flâneur strives to share their deep appreciation of nature and the beauty it can bring to wine. Oregon has a variable climate; some years can be wet and cold, others can be dry and warm. Winemaker Grant Coulter wants their grapes to speak for themselves and reflect Oregon’s extraordinary terroir. Grant was head winemaker at Beaux Freres for 8 years and came to Flaneur to express his artistic vision and take risks making wine without the utilization of chemicals or manipulation.
This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner. Look for notable regions including Burgundy, France, Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Pfalz or Baden in Germany as well as many other regions around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON
The Willamette Valley AVA lies to the west of the Cascade Mountains south of the city, Portland in Oregon. Stretching into Southern Oregon, this region has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards. With cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean, dry, long sunny days, and cool nights, Willamette Valley is prime territory for growing Burgundian grapes: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With the first planting’s back in the 1960’s, this region has grown slowly, but significantly, producing top quality and world-renown wines from mostly small wineries.
This textured Pinot shows classic structure and bright fruit flavors from the whole cluster fermentation. This wine ages in oak barrels for 8-10 months on the fine lees. Produced using organic/biodynamic farming practices, hand-harvested fruit, native yeast fermentation, and bottled unfined / unfiltered.
This light-bodied wine has a stunning nose characterized by warm baking spices, crushed raspberry, and lavender. The palate is just as delicious as it sounds with bright, fresh and perfumed fruit and fine, delicate tannins. If we were you, we’d snag a bottle for your next dinner party!
Pinot Meunier is generally best known for its backup role in Champagne – varietal red bottlings of this grape, especially outside of France, are quite unique!
This world-class red wine from Emidio Pepe is the benchmark bottle for Montepulciano produced wordlwide. Expect a rich (yet not overripe by any means), multidimensional wine that seriously overdelivers. Major wine publications have anticipated that this wine will reach its peak drinking window from 2013-2028 – meaning now’s the time to jump!
Organic and biodynamic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, no fining/filtering and no added sulfites.
Alain Burguet is one of Gevreys most well-respected vignerons and Clos de Bèze is his most allocated wine. It is lighter in style, more aromatic, delicate, and approachable than other Grand Crus. It’s a wine of class and grace.
Practicing organic viticulture, converting to biodynamic, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered and only 100 cases produced.