Who? What? Irancy? What the heck is that, you might be asking yourself. Well, it’s a small town and appellation just south of Chablis, in the northern part of that hallowed region, Burgundy. It’s actually kind of cool, when you think about it (no pun intended), because the town is in a bowl that faces South. This amphitheatre shields it and its vineyards from the northern winds and captures the sun’s energy, allowing red grapes to ripen here.
Wines have been made here for over 1200 years, with about 20 producers working nowadays. There’s only about 156 hectares (385.48 acres) planted to vines, so everyone’s got small plots.
And this is where Christophe Ferrari and his lovely family comes into our lives.
No, this winery is not named after the Italian car, though his wines are racy and gracefully beautiful, just like a real Ferrari. Instead, this Organic producer makes gorgeously elegant and precise wines. I mean, would you expect anything less from us?
After working harvest as a student in 1981, Christophe Ferrari fell in love with the vine and founded his domaine in 1987. Over the years, he worked hard to keep improving the quality of his wines, ditching the usual Burgundian barrels for demi-muids, which reduced the notes of wood in the wine and let the fruit really shine forth. He has always been mindful of the environment, so Organic practices are de rigueur, despite the difficult northern latitude.
These days, they farm 25 hectares, including several well-respected lieux-dits and some small amounts of Chablis.
We just brought in Christophe’s gorgeous Organic Irancy, which comes from vines grown on slopes facing from the Southeast to the Southwest for best exposure. They are on average 36+ years old, and all hand-harvested, destemmed, wild-yeast fermented in demi-muids, where they then sit for 8-12 months depending on the vintage. The result is an elegantly perfumed, expressive wine offering a bouquet of bright red fruits, a medium fat structure that carries forth spicy red berries, earth, and ends with a crunchy, medium-length mouth-watering finish.
To say this is mouth-watering is putting it mildly. And best of all, it is now available in the US for the first time!