Local entrepreneur launches Mirabelle Selects, a subscription-based wine business
When Matthew Chausse decided to turn a passion into a viable business, he had no idea what to expect or anticipate. “It’s definitely an interesting time to start a new business,” said Chausse.
A graduate of Rogers High School and a trained film producer, Chausse has always had an irresistible affinity for wine. After years of professionally-demanded travel, he recently bought his childhood home on Pope Street and relocated to Newport. Without needing to travel as much as before, Chausse was finally able to explore a business opportunity that he had long envisioned in Mirabelle Selects.
He attributes his passion for wine to a trip he made on the Loire in France with his grandparents when he was just a child. “We had a country house in Loiret, which borders Burgundy. The Loire is full of these beautiful medieval castles and incredible structures that were built during the French Renaissance. It really is something that comes out of a fairy tale and it immediately became a region that fascinated me. Because of this, as I got older I became familiar with the area and all it had to offer, including its world class grapes.
All the wines offered by Chausse come from small independent family vineyards located in France and Spain. The wines are hand selected for quality control and offered at competitive prices given their small production and limited availability.
“I wanted to offer the opportunity to choose wines from single-source producers each month and provide a true ‘farm-to-table’ experience. Mirabelle Selects gives customers the ability to stay home, stay safe, and shop local and I think that’s extremely important.
Starting this month, the brand partnered with Point Wine and Spirits (located at 3 Thames Street) as a retailer to offer door-to-door delivery service throughout the Ocean State. Same Day Delivery is available for residents of Aquidneck Island and Jamestown and Scheduled Delivery is available for any other community in Rhode Island.
Each month, Mirabelle Selects will be offering a mixed case of wines (12 bottles in total ranging from 3 to 4 different grape varieties) for $ 249.99 which also includes delivery. Along with the perk of enjoying handcrafted wine at smaller, family-owned wineries, a portion of each sale will go to the Newport Art House, a non-profit arts program hosted by local artist Mia Tarducci.
“Mirabelle Selects is a brand that I want to immerse in as many local avenues as possible; from partnering with Rich Willis at Point Wine & Spirits to offer free delivery of our product, to hiring local photographers for our marketing, it’s important to me that this company finds ways to support the Newport community, ”a declared Chausse.
One of the most attractive benefits of Mirabelle Select’s subscription service is that each bottle offered has a story associated with it. Presentation cards that provide wine information will be included with each case, and wine pairing suggestions and producer / vineyard information will be available on the website.
It will also allow all consumers, regardless of their in-depth knowledge of wine, to have a carefully curated experience. “Whether you are a level three sommelier or someone who has a basic understanding that wine is made from grapes, we want to deliver a product based on the foundations of quality and affordability. Each of our wines is carefully selected and proudly offered because we are eager to share this winemaker’s story with our consumers.
Chausse concluded our interview by saying, “We are committed to ensuring the safety of our employees, customers, friends and family during the holiday season, so take advantage of our delivery service partnership with Point Wine & Spirits. We are happy to bring you this deal so you can sit back, relax, hang out with your loved ones and enjoy our wines!
Ordering is simple. Mirabelle Selects wines can be purchased from their website, www.MirabelleSelects.com, or call your order at Point Wine and Spirits, 401-619-4863 and they will deliver right to your door!