The secret is out - construction has commenced on Thatcher's LA, and we're beyond excited to welcome all of you in through the doors this coming year! As we close out 2023, We wanted to take a second to welcome Jack Goldman to the team as our Wine Director & General Manager of our shop in Brentwood - due to open early 2024!
Many of you know his face, the trademark mustache and hat from his days at Jon & Vinny's - he actually started his tenure with them in Brentwood, just a few doors down from where Thatcher's LA will be located! Jack would have been the 4th generation of a family jewelry enterprise, but like so many of us who became sommeliers, the draw of restaurants was too strong; creating a new experience each and every night becomes intoxicating, and for someone as inquisitive and curious as Jack, the opportunity to taste incredible wines daily created a career path so many envy - for obvious reasons:
" The first time I tried Faure, I knew right away it was one of those magical moments where the wine actually outweighs the hype. His wines are a harmonious display of quality, precision and a true sense of place. "
Not too many of us have gotten to taste Nicolas Faure's wines, but if you ever do happen upon them, you might want to know just why they are worth all of the fuss.
Essentially a one-man domaine, Nicolas was not born into a family of vignerons nor inherit a plot of vines; instead, after harvests with DRC and Domaine Chave, among others, he began five years of work at DRC in 2010 while trying to cobble together vineyard plots for his own domaine.
The vision is simple - no matter the plot, treat it as if it were a Grand Cru. Of his vineyards totaling a mere 1 hectate, the first plot was Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Herbues, and in 2013 he came by 3 more plots - one of century-old Aligoté vines near to Pernand-Vergelesses, another Gamay within Nuits-Saint-Georges, the third a Pinot Noir vineyard designated as Bourgogne within the Cote de Nuits. 2015 brought an opportunity to manage and produce a vineyard in Aloxe-Corton. He also holds a day job managing the vineyards of his wife, Amelie Berthaut of Berthaut-Gerbet.
Nicolas' wines are scintillating, pure and expressive of their origin...not shy on flavor by any means, following many of the methods of his mentors and idols - the vertical press of Leroy, the farming and strenuous selection of DRC, and the naturally low-yielding crops of his old vineyards all serve to create wines with an unmistakable signature of quality.
We are releasing a special batch of Nicolas' wines in time for the holiday - they are extremely limited in quantity, so move those fingers!