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Staff Pick

Jolie-Laide Trousseau Gris - 2017

Item # 39520 750mL
$34.96/ Single Bottle
$419.52 $377.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Some skin contact lends an incandescent, roseate hue, breadth of palate and subtle tannin. The aromas are light and pretty, wildly floral yet savory. Stone fruit, white strawberry and white tea flavors on the palate. Jolie-Laide is a one-man operation based in a Sebastopol winery where winemaker Scott Schultz makes only 500 cases of wine a year under his own label. The name Jolie-Laide translates loosely to “Pretty-Ugly”, a French term of endearment to describe something that is unconventionally beautiful. This label is designed by fine art and portraiture photographer Alma Haser.

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Staff Pick Notes

This wine is many things. It is unorthodox. It is a little wild. It is a little complex. It is also beautiful and the kind of wine that brings a smile to my face, reminding me of the joy of discovery. A tiny producer, making only a few hundred cases per year from obscure varietals and using unusual production methods is often a recipe for a weird wine. Weird for weird's sake. Not so in this case. There's some skin contact during fermentation, accounting for its copper hue, but it drinks more like a blanc de noir. A blend of red fruits, white flowers and savory herbs are on display. There's also a hint of umami. Give it a whirl...

- EG

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.