Wine of the Day: Andre Dezat & Fils Domaine Thibault Pouilly-Fume 2014 8-9-16

Andre Dezat & Fils Domaine Thibault Pouilly-Fume, Loire 2014 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $18.80 special

Case-12 Andre Dezat & Fils Domaine Thibault Pouilly-Fume, Loire 2014 750ML ($249.95) Buy Now: $199 special

dezatpoullyStunningly aromatic, precise, and refreshing: this is Sauvignon Blanc at its finest. Andre Dezat took over the family estate (founded in 1550) back in 1948, and today his sons and grandsons help grow and make beautiful Loire wines. Pouilly-Fumé offers a flinty note thanks to the soil, and the 2014 Domaine Thibault by Andre Dezat also delivers a bouquet of citrus, peach, and pear. At the end of this balanced white comes the characteristic grassiness of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, begging for fresh seafood or an assortment of fine cheeses.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Domaine Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits-Villages 2012 8-4-16

Domaine Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits-Villages 2012 750ML ($37.95) Buy Now: $21.90

Case-12 Domaine Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits-Villages 2012 750ML ($349.95) Buy Now: $219 (That’s only $18.25/bottle!)

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The notion of affordable Burgundy is beginning to sound as believable as a used car salesman’s pitch. But that bouquet of freshly crushed berries, of spice and violet and forest floor… That silky smooth mouth feel, refreshing acidity, and lingering finesse… The lover of Pinot Noir cannot abstain from such pleasures, especially when the wine comes from the Côte d’Or. Thankfully, producers like Gachot-Monot exist. Based in the town of Corgoloin, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Damien Gachot represents the fifth generation of winemakers at his family’s estate. His 2012 Côte de Nuits-Villages stands out. Not just affordable, it is all that good red Burgundy should be: fragrant, balanced, elegant, and addictively delicious.… Read the rest

Rare & Classic – Bordeaux: Clos Fourtet 2012

Clos Fourtet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($149.95) Buy Now: $119

closfourtetIf you’ve driven to the town of St. Emilion you’ve probably seen Château Clos Fourtet, its rose bush-ended vineyard rows, and the classic château itself. Built in 1790, the stone manor sits atop one of Bordeaux’s best limestone-hewn cellars. And ever since Philippe Cuvelier purchased Clos Fourtet in 2001, the wines laid down in that cellar have only been better: the 2009 Clos Fourtet garnered 100 points from Robert Parker. Few vintages deliver like 2009, but 2012 was kindest to Merlot, which constitutes 86% of this Premier Grand Cru Classé (the rest being 10% Cab Sauvignon, 4% Cab Franc): a decidedly Right Bank year. Praised by critics from the USA, France, and the UK, the 2012 Clos Fourtet is drinking well now, but has a long life ahead still.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Joh. Jos. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2012

Joh. Jos. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2012 750ML ($27.95) Buy Now: $19

prumThe other day, while researching the Middle Mosel in Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine, I learned that “Badstube is one of the few if not the only German Grosslagen made up entirely of first-rate terroir.” With reason (my background is in Burgundy) I expected to pay a premium for such a wine. Then I found a bottle of Joh. Jos. Prüm 2012 Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett on our shelf, for $19. So I bought it, and opened it, and spent an evening reveling in the beauty of German Riesling. Fine to enjoy now, but also ready for many years of cellaring, this wine first of all exuberates class.… Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Chateau du Fort Pontus Fronsac 2010 – Bordeaux – 7-26-16

Chateau du Fort Pontus, Fronsac, France 2010 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $18 special

Case-6 Chateau du Fort Pontus, Fronsac, France 2010 750ML ($149.95) Buy Now: $99 special

fortpontusbdxTucked away on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, just down the Dordogne from St. Emilion and Pomerol, the Fronsac Appellation quietly produces some of Bordeaux’s best early-drinkers. The lazy river, the wooded hills, the gravelly soil, and the châteaux: Fronsac is definitely Bordeaux. Château du Fort Pontus represents its bordelaise roots, but with a twist. The wine is 100% Merlot. Grown across 15 acres, the vines, 30 years old, are harvested manually, and the wines raised in the traditional style. Add all of this to a vintage like 2010, rated “outstanding” and which produced wonderfully concentrated wines, and you’ve got a wine that’s drinking deliciously today.… Read the rest