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One Winemaker, Two Countries! Meet Winemaker Michael Shaps!

November 23, 2019, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Known for his innovation and winemaking expertise, Michael Shaps has established himself at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine industry. Producing wines under the Michael Shaps label and for several prestigious wineries throughout the state--one winning the Governor's Cup in 2017--his accolades and national recognition are beyond compare.

Unlike his peers, he also owns and manages a successful winery in Burgundy, France, where he studied and trained to be a winemaker in the early '90s.  These wines, under the Maison Shaps label, are produced and bottled at Michael's winery in Meursault, and imported to the United States.

2017 Maison Shaps Aligoté
Burgundy, France
This single varietal Aligoté that is rich, deep, and very aromatic. This Aligoté came from two vineyard sites—one in Savigny-les-Beaune and the other in Bouzeron.   The bright fruit notes express citrus and honeysuckle, while the palate has the crisp varietal acidity and good balance and length that is attributed to the pre-fermentation maceration.

Regular Price $23.99 per bottle, $287.88 per case
Sale Price $19.99 per bottle, $239.88 per case

2017 Maison Shaps Bourgogne Blanc
Burgundy, France
The grapes for this wine are grown in the Cote Chalonnaise. The vineyard site produces a more fruit-forward style with lively citrus and pear notes. The wine is made in neutral oak and aged for six months prior to bottling. Bright, fresh and stunning!

Regular Price $27.99 per bottle, $335.88 per case
Sale Price $23.99 per bottle, $287.88 per case

2017 Maison Shaps Bourgogne Rouge
Burgundy, France
This Pinot Noir is grown at two different sites in the Haute Cote de Beaune.  Both sites provide fresh red fruit notes and moderate structure.  The Pinot Noir is fermented to full dryness on the skins with extended post fermentation maceration. The wine is aged in neutral oak for nine months prior to bottling.  The wine brings out bright red fruits with moderate tannins and produces an easy, approachable wine.

Regular Price $27.99 per bottle, $335.88 per case
Sale Price $23.99 per bottle, $287.88 per case

2016 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng
Charlottesville, Virginia
In the Jurançon region of France where it originates from, the grape is more acidic so it is mainly used to create sweeter wines or dessert wines, which balances nicely with the acidity. However, Michael has been making his in a dry style. The grape is up-and-coming in Charlottesville and more wineries are creating a dry Petit Manseng as it ripens here with less acidity. This wine is structured like a Chardonnay. It is very aromatic, with a bright, tropical and pleasant acid on the finish that balances out the up-front weight.  Pairs well with heavy shellfish and chicken dishes.

Regular Price $32.99 per bottle, $395.88 per case
Sale Price $26.99 per bottle, $323.88 per case

2017 Michael Shaps Viognier
Charlottesville, Virginia
This viognier is a blend of two vineyard sites--Mountain View vineyard in Roanoke, that is at an elevation of 1100 feet, and Rougemont vineyard in Keswick, Virginia. Both have different nuances and styles that are derived from the grape growing, creating an overall style of a lighter, fruitier viognier. This wine is meant to be consumed early and shows lovely peach and apricot notes, as well as hints of anise and some minerality.

Regular Price $32.99 per bottle, $395.88 per case
Sale Price $26.99 per bottle, $323.88 per case

2015 Michael Shaps Petit Verdot
Charlottesville, Virginia
Petit Verdot has naturally high acidity and has therefore adapted well to the Virginia climate though the acid level is lower in Virginia than in other regions.  This allows Virginia vintners to make a single varietal wine. This Petit Verdot has deep concentrated fruit and big tannin, along with a palate of floral, earthy and dark berries notes.

Regular Price $32.99 per bottle, $395.88 per case
Sale Price $26.99 per bottle, $323.88 per case

2016 Michael Shaps Tannat
Charlottesville, Virginia
Tannat is originally from the Madiran region of France, and Michael was one of the first to work with it in Virginia. This wine is high acid, high alcohol, and high in tannin, which makes it great for aging; this vintage is prepared to age for up to ten years. Notes of black fruit, tobacco, and leather. Pair with heavier meats like venison or a beef ribeye, or strong cheese like blue and parmesan.

Regular Price $32.99 per bottle, $395.88 per case
Sale Price $26.99 per bottle, $323.88 per case