Clementine & Gianmarco
(Lago di Bolsena, Italy)
It's hard to think of another natural wine estate in which the aura around the domaine feels both as mythic and accessible as it does with Le Coste. These are wines that are mostly around, not necessarily impossible to track down, sometimes almost too easily. And yet there's always some cuvée that just pops up, that you've never heard of or seen, that perhaps was just the house wine at some osteria in Lazio years ago. Clementine Bouveron, originally from the Ardeche, and the Lazian Gianmarco Antonuzzi met working chez Bruno Schueller years ago, and the rest is history. I used to use Schueller as a reference point for the pair, but I'm seeing it that way less and less now. The two have defined their own language of psych'd swirling aromatics and weightless rusticity that feels quintessentially Italian, quintessentially Bolsena, the volcanic lake whose soils bear the fruit of the duo. It's always an exciting time when these wines arrive, and especially with these selections—Gianmarco has gone on record to say that 2021 is the best Le Coste vintage since 2013... act accordingly.
Due M 2020
Alea Jacta Est 2018
Massale cuttings of Pinot Noir from Bruno Schueller, planted at Le Coste’s highest elevation site on terroir of tiny volcanic stones called ‘pianca’.