As the founder of Rosenthal Wine Merchant, Neal Rosenthal has spent more than forty years as an ambassador for the small family-owned domains and artisanal growers behind some of the world’s finest wines. Decades of intimate contact with the terrain and traditions of France, Italy, and Switzerland have provided Neal with a deep connection to these places and the people that give them their extraordinary character.
For more than a dozen years, La Closerie les Capucines has been Neal’s home-away-from-home on his journey to deeply understand the Jura, its people and products, its ancient culture and traditions.
It was the region’s wine that first enticed Neal to the Jura in 1994. At the time, its wines were far less well-known than they are today. Neal’s first working relationship in the area was with Jacques Puffeney, the pope of Arbois. Shortly thereafter he began his collaboration with Domaine de Montbourgeau and then Michel Gahier. Today, he works with seven domains in the region, each of which share the philosophy that guides the entire Rosenthal Wine Merchant portfolio:
Wines that are loyal to the methods of their ancestors and do not make concessions to the demands of the modern market … classic wines that honor the past and set the standards for the future.
In 2018, Neal had the unexpected opportunity to purchase La Closerie and he did so without second thought. Today, La Closerie welcomes holiday and business travelers to the Jura with warmth and elegance, but also with Neal’s long and profound knowledge of wine.
Through La Cave Closerie and its well-curated cellar, its director Elise Foléat (herself part of a wine-producing family) and L’Academie’s enlightening programs designed for both the casual wine lover and the wine professional, La Closerie is truly a house built on and around wine.