Extreme Elegance on the Extreme Boundary of Viticulture: Les Pervenches and Domaine du Nival

Posted by Joe Salamone

These are among the most coveted and collectible wines in Montreal.

It is no exaggeration to say it has taken over three years to get just a few cases for the U.S.

Collectively, these two estates farm less than 10 acres and they have a rabid following among the top restaurants of Montreal, including legendary places like Joe Beef, Le Vin Papillon, Buvette, Candide, Réservoir and more.

This is the first-ever offer for these wines in the U.S., yet there is very little wine to be had.

Therefore, for those interested in some of the most singular wines from North America, we have curated an inspired 3-pack representing a journey from the familiar (Pinot Noir) to the exotic (Vidal). But please do not hesitate; these will sell out quickly.

All three wines represent a masterclass in detail and elegance. For fans of more mineral, focused and taut wines, we can’t recommend these wines enough.

All three bottlings are somehow so foreign, so unique, yet also so familiar, as if they came from a European winemaking tradition that never existed (but should have): Chablis dropped into the coolest vineyards of Germany’s Saar, or France’s Muscadet transplanted to the frozen tundra.

Both estates – Les Pervenches and Domaine du Nival – work with both vinifera and hybrid vines; they treat them all with equal respect, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Thus we have grapes we are very familiar with (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and grapes we are less familiar with (Seyval and Vidal).

This is a winemaking culture still exploring and defining itself. And indeed, this culture is being shaped by one of the most extreme climates in the world of viticulture.

Consider that in September of 2018 temperatures in the vineyards outside of Montreal dropped to negative 3 degrees Celsius, prolonging what is already a long growing season by many weeks. Pruning must be done immediately after harvest and the vines quickly buried, for when snowfall comes, it is a heavy white blanket until spring.

Yet, perhaps, only such an extreme climate could produce such intense wines. All the bottles in today’s offer are fragrant, perfumed, and densely mineral, yet none of them are over 12% alcohol. These are wines that benefit from a decant and are profoundly thought provoking.

As I wrote above, this email represents the first time these wines have ever been offered in the U.S. This is truly one of the most unique wine cultures on the continent: The winemaking is too good, the wines too elegant to deny.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits