Henri Bungener

NATURAL WINE: LESS IS MORE AND OTHER LESSONS FROM RAW WINE NEW YORK 2017

Natural wines came on my radar a few years ago, probably through the writings of Alice Feiring, one of the first mainstream writers to champion their cause. Feiring is a gifted and prolific wine writer and, in the case of promoting natural wine, has been like a dog with a bone (and definitely not a rawhide one!). Anyway, her ardent support for natural wines was so compelling that one day while visiting our daughter in Manhattan, I took the long hike, husband in tow, from the Upper East side of the city down to Chambers Street Wines, renowned in the wine world for “their love for naturally made wines from artisanal small producers.” A tasting of natural wines was on the schedule and I wanted to see what this fledgling movement was all about.
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Grape news from Le Clos de Caveau

Up in Vaqueyras, Henri Bungener, proprietor of Le Clos de Caveau, reported that the vineyard is back on track for the usual mid-September harvest. The warm spring, a harbinger of a slightly earlier harvest, was offset by a cool July.
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