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  • Marie & Sylvie Courselle | Vin de France Bordeaux | Mosaique Wines

    CHATEAU THIEULEY M. & s. Courselle Vin de France, Bordeaux Sustainable certified Marie and Sylvie Courselle are two sisters most certainly doing it for themselves, not afraid to break from tradition in order to create truly tasty wines. A short 25 km from Bordeaux, the Courselle vineyard is located at Chateau Thieuley, the historic family property on the clay and limestone hills of Entre-dux-Mers. From growing up in the region, and studying their craft, to travelling widely abroad, the Courselle sisters came to have a deep understanding of the complexities of the family vineyard, and also its potential. They wanted to make wines to reflect their values, while show their great pride in their family history at Chateau Thieuley and pay tribute to the knowledge they learned from their parents. Although many people in Bordeaux though they were rebels, the young Courselle sisters convinced their father to plant Syrah vines to blend with the traditional Cabernet Franc, Merlot. And while they were at it, Chardonnay to blend with the local Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. A risk that has paid off handsomely. Marie and Sylvie have also worked hard to obtain their sustainable certification from Terra Vitis, working to ensure vineyard health and vitality that shines through in the end result. These two wines "Les copains" (the boy mates) and "Les copines" (the girl mates) reflect who they are - these are happy and festive wines to be shared! As the Courselle sisters always say "don’t forget, empty glasses remain full of memories!". We couldn't agree more. The white is crisp, fresh and balanced with a lovely juicy texture. White flowers aromas. Notes of ripe peach, mango and passion fruits. The red is light bodied, bright and filled with red fruits. Very friendly strawberries aromas with a spicy finish. It's a smashable red that can be served chilled on a hot day. Courselle sustainable high-density vineyard is averaging 5,500 vines per hectare which is almost double the region‘s average. Sustainable certified (Terra Vitis), grass grows between rows to create moderate water stress. Canopy management, leaf plucking, and green harvest are essential for better sun exposure of the grapes. Grapes are machine harvested in the morning. Whites are vinified with cold maceration on the skin, pneumatic pressing under inert gas, cool temperature fermentation and then ageing on lees in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Reds go through cold pre-ferment maceration, cool fermentation, then short ageing in stainless steel tanks. Quiet a modern winemaking style, but gosh how good is the result?! These two wines bring some fresh thinking to the region, and they are probably showing one of the best the value for quality in Bordeaux. “Le Petit Courselle red: Winemaking sisters from Bordeaux breaking all the rules. They planted syrah, now they blend those grapes where the Bordelais say they shouldn’t be blended. They eschew excess oak and overt winemaking intervention. Even the label is of another oeuvre. They are rebels, I tell ya. Here’s a blend of cabernet franc, merlot and syrah. Better believe it. Light on the fizz so you can slam it down fast. What a breath of fresh Entre-Deux-Mers air. - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front. "Le Petit Courselle white: Here, chardonnay joins sauvignon blanc and Semillon with skin contact during cold fermentation. Plenty of interest and joyous drinking to be had here and outstanding value.” - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front. Red grapes: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah White grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay ​marieetsylviecourselle.com ​ ​ ​ Shop wines Quick View 2022 Chateau Thieuley, Bordeaux Blanc 'Generation 3' white Out of stock Quick View 2021 Marie & Sylvie Courselle, Vin de France 'Le Petit Courselle' white Out of stock Quick View 2021 Marie & Sylvie Courselle, Vin de France 'Le Petit Courselle' Cabernet Franc Price $34.00 GST Included Quick View 2020 Marie & Sylvie Courselle, Vin de France, ‘Temps de Lune’ No So2 Price $40.00 GST Included

  • Domaine Francois & Julien Pinon | Vouvray | Mosaique Wines

    DOMAINE JULIEN & FRANCOIS PINON Vouvray Organic certified It’s a rare phenomenon that the Wine Spectator, The New York Times and The Robert Parker Guide are all in agreement, yet it’s a feat managed by Julien and Francois Pinon. Mentioned in the same breath as Huet by Asimov, considered benchmark chenin blanc by Wine Spectator and the producer of ‘ethereal’ wines according to Parker’s outlet. Happily, we can confirm, these are wines deserving of their praise. ​ Established in 1786, the estate of Julien and Francois Pinon has been built up over eight generations and now covers 13.5 hectares in the Vallée de Cousse. Today, father and son duo, François and Julien, continue the tradition of ‘old school’ winemaking with a contemporary edge, passed down when François took the reins in 1987. Leaving behind a career in child psychology, François took over the estate from his father, and focused on emphasising ecologically friendly vineyard and cellar practices. The family operation now includes his son, Julien, who also changed careers, from city planning, to join his father in the cellar. Sadly, Francois and his father both passed away in 2021. ​ The wines are recognised as some of the very best in the region, a reflection of the dedication of the family to their craft. To allow the rich and diverse terroir to sing, Julien and Francois committed to farming organically, with Ecocert Organic certification awarded in 2003. These practices include using organic treatments when needed and only in small doses, working the clay, limestone and flint soils mechanically and banning the use of pesticides. The vineyards are mainly comprised of chenin blanc, grolleau and cot, over 14ha with an average vine age of 50 years. When the time comes, the grapes are hand harvested over three weeks, by a team of 30 to allow for optimal grape selection. As a result, the grapes come into the winery as pristine whole bunches. The first pick will always be the sparkling wines, followed by the dry, and then slightly sweeter wines. In special years when the conditions are right, botrytis affected grapes will be picked last to create the winery’s sweetest wines. ​ After being pressed, the juice is stored in large vats for 12-24 hours, while the solid matter settles to the bottom of the tank. When the juice is clear, ferment occurs without the addition of yeast. The wines are then housed in Pinon’s spectacular cellars, tunneled into hillside rock of the hillside, in a mixture of old oak barrels and stainless steel tanks to juggle the balancing act of still and sparkling winemaking. The wines remain on their fine lees until Easter. After one rack and a filtration, they are bottled over the course of April. Forget the chocolate eggs, we’d much prefer the Easter Bunny deliver these benchmark Vouvray to our door! Shop wines Quick View 1997 Domaine Francois et Julien Pinon Vouvray moelleux Price $136.00 GST Included Quick View 1989 Domaine Francois et Julien Pinon Vouvray 'Reserve Passerillée' Out of stock Quick View 2020 Domaine Francois et Julien Pinon Vouvray Demi Sec 'Silex Noir' Price $67.00 GST Included Quick View 2020 Domaine Francois et Julien Pinon Vouvray sec 'Les Deronnieres' Price $67.00 GST Included Load More

  • Terms & Conditions | Mosaique Wines

    terms & conditions These conditions of sale apply to the ‘Buyer’ in relation to all goods supplied by ‘Mosaique’ Wines. ​Pricing Price as listed in the Wholesale price list are LUC including WET (excluding GST). All prices are subject to be updated without notice. Minimum orders Minimum order quantity is 12 bottles. Order must be multiple of 12 (24, 36, 48, 60 and so on). Split cases Split case are free of charge, you can mix as you wish. ​Freight per cases of 12 Free shipping VIC Melbourne and regional. Free shipping NSW Sydney, ACT Canberra, QLD Brisbane, SA Adelaide, TAS Hobart WA Perth $12 per cases NT Darwin $30 flat fee per dozen Other regional interstate areas, fee may applies Cut off time same week delivery 1- Melbourne - orders by Thursday 10am 2- Other locations in VIC - orders by Monday midnight 3- Sydney - orders by Thursday 10am 4- Brisbane & Adelaide - orders by Monday midnight (delivery Thursday or Friday) 5- Canberra & Hobart - orders by Monday midnight *Please note orders placed after these times may not be delivered same week. Of course we will always try to help you as best as we can. Delivery timings Melbourne 1 business day. (next day service) Sydney 1 business day (next day service) ACT, QLD, TAS, SA 3-5 business days. WA 6-7 business days. We ship once a month (temperature controlled in Summer) NT 10-14 business days. ​ Shipping exceptions To preserve the quality of the wine we will only release your order when weather conditions will not adversely impact the wine. ​Payment terms All invoices are to be paid strictly 30 days from the date of the invoice unless otherwise specified by ‘Mosaique’. Payment must be paid in full to the ‘Mosaique’ account as specified on the invoice. Non-payment within the 30 days credit terms may automatically result in the account terms reverting to pre-payment without notice. The terms of the account will not be changed after this point. Once account exceeds the credit terms, delivery of further goods will be suspended until a payment have been made. If payment is overdue ‘Mosaique’ will contact its debt recovery agency so they can organise payment collection and legal actions on behalf of ‘Mosaique’. Credit Accounts ‘Buyers’ may apply to open a credit account with ‘Mosaique’. Wines will be supplied up to a credit limit on approved accounts. ‘Mosaique’ reserves the right to vary the ‘Buyer’ credit limit at any time without reason being assigned thereto. ‘Mosaique’ may at any time revoke or vary the terms upon which credit is extended to the customer. Consignment note The ‘Buyer’ or his agent will be required to sign a consignment note on delivery and this signature will be sufficient proof. Claims All claims for incorrect shipment, damaged products must be made to ‘Mosaique’ within 7 days of receipt of the goods. Faulty wines will be assessed case by case, we will need the corked bottle back with at least ¾ of the wine in the bottle and the original cork to assess the fault. If the wine was faulty we will organise a credit note. Returns All returns must be approved by ‘Mosaique’ in writing. Unauthorised returns will not be accepted by Mosaique’ and the courier will therefore be instructed to return such wines to the ‘Buyer’. ​ Title Property in and title to goods supplied under these Terms and Conditions shall remain with ‘Mosaique’ and does not pass to the ‘Buyer’ until all monies payable in respect of those goods (including any interest, freight or insurance charges) have been paid in full to ‘Mosaique’. ‘Mosaique’ has the right to call for or recover goods owned by ‘Mosaique’. The ‘Buyer’ agrees to keep the goods in a fiduciary capacity for ‘Mosaique’ until such time as ownership is transferred to the ‘Buyer’. Set-off Complaints in respect of alleged faulty goods shall not entitle the ‘Buyer’ to withhold payment of any sum which had become payable to ‘Mosaique’ and shall not give rise to any right or set-off unless, and until, any amount to be allowed by ‘Mosaique’ had been admitted and ascertained. ​ Warranty To the full extent permitted by law, all guarantees, warranties, representations, promises, conditions or statements regarding the wine supplied, whether express or implied, and whether statutory or otherwise (including without limiting generality, guarantees, warranties, representations, promises, conditions and statements as to merchantality, suitability or fitness for any purpose, profitability or any other attributes or consequences of or benefits to be obtained from or in the course of using such service) are excluded except as otherwise expressly provided for in these Terms and Conditions. ​ Risk Wines will be at the risk of the ‘Buyer’ from the time of receival. Dispute resolution If dispute arises between the parties, they must attempt to resolve the dispute by mediation prior to commencing legal proceedings. Obligation to notify of any change The applicant agrees to notify ‘Mosaique’ within 14 days of any change of ownership, legal entity or business address or any insolvency proceedings under bankruptcy and/ or companies legislation which have been commenced or proposed. Governing law The agreement formed as a result of ‘Mosaique’ acceptance of orders is governed by the law of the state of Victoria.

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  • Excusez-moi? French Wines Explained

    Embarking on your French wine journey is exciting - until you hit your first hurdle, French language and the terroir of it all. However, once you have a few key terms under your belt, you’ll be on your way. Allow us to be your linguistic guides, revealing the nuances of French wine vocabulary from appellation to assemblage. Essential French Wine Terminology Terroir: Our journey commences with "terroir," the soul of French wine. This term encompasses the unique blend of soil, climate, and geography inherent to a vineyard. It imparts distinct characteristics to the grapes, shaping the wine's identity. Appellation: When you encounter an "appellation" on a bottle, it signifies a specific wine-producing region in France. Each appellation adheres to stringent regulations, preserving the heritage and winemaking practices unique to its territory - this can be signified with the AOC mark. Cru: "Cru" designates a vineyard or site renowned for producing exceptional grapes. It stands as a badge of honour, symbolising quality and prestige, often found in the revered wine regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Unlocking French Wine Production Techniques Assemblage: This is the art of blending different grape varieties to create a harmonious and balanced wine. The skill of the winemaker shines through in the assemblage, as they select and combine grapes to achieve desired flavors and aromas. Barrique: The term "barrique" refers to small oak barrels used for aging wine. These barrels infuse the wine with subtle oak flavors and contribute to its complexity and texture. Clos: A "clos" is a walled vineyard, typically associated with Burgundy. These enclosed spaces protect the vines from the elements and create a unique microclimate, resulting in wines of exceptional character. Crémant: Crémant is a sparkling wine produced in France using the traditional method, like Champagne. However, it hails from regions outside of Champagne and often offers a more affordable alternative to its renowned counterpart. Blanc de Blancs: Translating to "white from whites," this term signifies a sparkling wine made exclusively from white grape varieties, which in Champagne for example would be Chardonnay. Blanc de Noirs: On the flip side, "blanc de noirs" means "white from blacks," indicating a sparkling wine crafted solely from red grape varieties. To take Champagne again, this would be Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. Côte: "Côte" denotes a hill or slope in French, and in wine regions, it often implies a prime location for vineyards. Wines from these elevated positions are highly prized for their unique characteristics. Embarking on Your French Wine Odyssey With these fundamental terms and techniques in your arsenal, you're ready to embark on a journey that goes beyond wine tasting—it's a voyage into the heart of French culture, heritage, and the rich heritage of winemaking that spans generations. Come across a term you’re not sure about? Get in touch! The team at Mosaique Wines are here to help demystify French wine and ensure you love what’s in your glass. Would you like to learn more about French wine? Read on: Unravelling the Mystery: Decoding French Wine Labels The Art of French Wine and Food Pairing Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural Wines - What the Difference?

  • Unravelling the Mystery: Decoding French Wine Labels

    Ah, French wines – they're renowned for their elegance and complexity, but their labels can often seem like a labyrinth of information. Fear not, we're here to guide you through the art of deciphering French wine labels. By the end of this journey, you'll confidently navigate the world of French wine with ease, selecting the perfect bottle for any occasion. Understanding the French Wine Label Understanding the Region: The first clue to unravelling a French wine label is the region. France boasts a multitude of wine regions, each with its unique terroir and grape varieties. Look for terms like Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Rhône Valley, which indicate the wine's origin. The Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC): Think of the AOC as the gold standard of French wine labels. It certifies that the wine adheres to strict regulations regarding grape varieties, winemaking techniques, and geographical origin. Having said that, some of the most enjoyable wines you’ll find sit outside an AOC, and may be marked as IGP (Indication Geographique Protégée), VDP (Vin de Pays) or Vin de France. These wines may be produced in larger regions with less regulation or are wines made outside the AOC regulations of a region, like a Chardonnay from Bordeaux. Grape Variety: Unlike New World wines that prominently display grape varieties, French labels often prioritise the region. However, some regions, like Alsace, do mention the grape variety on the label, making your job a little easier. Vintage Year: The vintage year indicates when the grapes were harvested and the wine was produced. Knowing the vintage of the wine is essential because it influences the wine's character and quality. A good year can make all the difference. The exceptions to this are Champagne's which are marked as 'NV' or 'non-vintage', as the base wine of these wines are a blend. Cracking the Label Code Let's take an example to put theory into practice: Label: 2018 Clos du Jaugueyron, Margaux 'Nout' Decoded: This wine hails from the Margaux appellation in Bordeaux, a highly regarded appellation. The vintage is 2018, showcasing an exceptional year for Bordeaux wines, and the name of this particular cuveé is 'Nout'. Bonus Tip from Mosaique Wines Don't forget to explore the back label. It can often provide additional information about the winery's history, winemaking techniques, and tasting notes. This can offer valuable insights into the wine's personality and flavour profile. Failing that, you can always jump online and find out more. Deciphering French wine labels may seem like a daunting task, but with a little knowledge you can unlock a world of sipping adventures. Remember to embrace the journey, and don't hesitate to seek advice if you're unsure. Like to find out more about French wine? Read on: The Art of French Wine and Food Pairing Choose the Perfect Wine Glass Every Time Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural Wines - What the Difference?

  • Choose the Perfect Wine Glass Every Time

    The easiest way to level up your wine drinking experience is to choose the right wine glass (or 'stemware' if you also call a watch a 'timepiece'). The shape and indeed the choice or stem or stemless can impact the taste of the wine in the glass, along with its aroma, temperature and effervescence. Read on to discover why your choice of glass matters, and how to get it right for a better wine experience. The Glass Matters - Aromas and Bouquets Wine is more than just a beverage; it's an aromatic symphony built through terroir, winemaking choices, vintage conditions and of course the grape itself. The shape of your wine glass plays a crucial role in how you perceive those delightful aromas and complex bouquets. Here's a quick overview: Red Wine Glasses: These typically have a larger bowl and wider opening, allowing the wine to 'breathe' and release its perfumed aromas. The wider shape also allows for better aeration, making it ideal for bold reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. White Wine Glasses: These have a narrower bowl, preserving the wine's crispness, temperature and delicate aromas. White wine glasses are perfect for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and other lighter varietals. Sparkling Wine Glasses: With their tall, slender design, sparkling wine glasses help maintain the effervescence and direct the bubbles to your palate. Tulip-shaped glasses are perfect for your bubbly. The Role of the Bowl To add another element to your wine glass choice, the bowl of your wine glass can significantly influence your tasting experience. Here's a brief rundown: Wide-Bowled Glasses: Ideal for wines that require aeration, like young, robust wines. The ample surface area allows the wine to interact with the air, enhancing its flavours and aromas, similar to the benefits of decanting wine. In this category, you'll typically see two types of bowls - Bordeaux and Burgundy. The Bordeaux bowl tends to be more broad and tall to help soften tannins, minimising the bitterness of the wine, while the Burgundy bowl tapers in slightly towards the top to capture nuances, aromas and flavours. Narrow-Bowled Glasses: Perfect for wines that are delicate and nuanced, such as Chardonnay, Viognier or Riesling. These glasses focus the aromas and keep the wine cool, allowing you to taste the acidity of the wine and capture the pure fruit flavours. The Champagne flute is also a classically narrow-bowed glass, and while they are popular, choosing a more tulip shaped bowl will enhance the delivery of the aromatic notes while still preserving those precious bubbles. The Stem's Importance While stemless wine glasses have their place, stemware remains the preferred choice for those concerned with temperature challenges. The stem allows you to hold the glass without warming the wine with your hand. It also prevents unsightly fingerprints on the bowl, ensuring you can fully appreciate the wine's visual appeal. However, we're not denying the practicality of easily popping them in the dishwasher! One Glass for All? While specific glassware enhances the experience, you don't need an extensive collection to cover every single varietal. A versatile option, and a good starting point, would be the Burgundy glass as it can accommodate various wine types making it a practical choice. You can then build up your collection over time as your wine interest deepens - we hear glassware is a wonderful gift, hint hint! Need some advice on specific glassware and wine matches, or just in need of some more advice? Reach out to the Mosaique Wines team at hello@mosaiquewines.com.au or read on to discover more: Understanding French Wine Labels Excusez-moi? French Wines Explained Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural Wines - What the Difference?

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