We’ll keep this one short and sweet. We love the 2012 vintage in Burgundy, we love anything Becky Wasserman imports (Giroud especially) and Santenay is always one of the best value areas in red Burgundy.
This is one classy Pinot Noir, with everything you’d want in a ready-to-drink bottle. Camile Giroud’s Santenay is about 20% declassified Premier Cru vineyards and it tends to be one of best early-drinkers in their portfolio of vineyards. It’s a great bottle of Burgundy to drink while you wait for all of your longer term wines to age (though it will only improve over the next ten years).
As with most red Burgundy, this is going to be super versatile at the table and you could drink this with everything from richer fish dishes to chops and roasts.… Read the rest
Domaine Servin Butteaux, Chablis Premier Cru 2014 750ML ($37.95) Buy Now: $28 Special
Chablis is a word that conjures up a lot of different wines for a lot of different people. Classically it’s a crisp clean white Burgundy, made from vines that grown in extremely chalky, limestone soil. Chablis became so popular that its good name was co-opted, most notably by big California jug wine producers. That leaves us with our current state; a once-world famous wine region now somehow undervalued, with all but a couple of producer’s wines affordable enough to drink regularly.
Domaine Servin is a perfect example of what might be termed ‘new-classic’ Chablis. They’re pure wines that speak very loudly of the soil and climate they come from and from great holdings too, yet somehow are undervalued. … Read the rest
Matello Fool’s Journey Deux Vert Vineyard, Willamette Valley 2012 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $21.90 special
Matello Fool’s Journey Single Vineyard Syrah Blend
Today, while enjoying the fact that I live in Oregon, this wine caught my eye. Matello’s “Fool’s Journey” Syrah comes from the Willamette Valley, so it offers a lighter-toned wine which I find more reasonable than the average over-cooked Syrah. Dark fruit and spice give to a refreshing finish, thanks to a reasonable, not-hot-headed 12.8% alcohol content. From non-irrigated vines planted in 1994, the 90/10 blend of Syrah/Viognier honors its Old World roots. Oregon wines like this express pure common sense. – Daniel… Read the rest
Eugen Muller Forster Kirchenstuck Auslese 2011 500ML ($34.95) Buy Now: $27 Special
Normally we’d write a nice long description on the Eugen Muller Kirchenstuck Auslese, but this time I’m handing it over to the importer, who says all the things I want to say, but better:
“So when I sat with Jay MacInerney for the Wall St. Journal article, I said I’d bring along something to drink. I could have chosen anything, blown him away with a great Dönnhoff or with a Selbach Eiswein or a Leitz Roseneck. What I actually chose to bring was the 2001 Kirchenstück Auslese from Müller.
Every year for the last fifteen or more, this wine has been a masterpiece, and I can think of few if any parallels in the wine world—or in my wine world—of such sustained stellar performance year after year.… Read the rest
Luneau-Papin Muscadet “Terre de Pierre” 2012 ($29.95) Buy Now: $24 Special
Luneau-Papin is one of the two or three best producers of Muscadet. That’s sort of a blessing and a curse. Why a curse? Well, Luneau-Papin is one of the best couple of producers of the greatest white wine value in France. For quality, profundity and deliciousness, the wines stand toe-to-toe with wines that cost several times as much, and yet somehow, they don’t get the respect that’s accorded even middling producers of white Burgundy.
That should change, and if you want a wine to help you see the light, we’ve got you covered today. Luneau-Papin’s Muscadet “Terre de Pierre” 2012 is a masterpiece of a Muscadet, made in a style that marries the minerality and freshness you’d expect from the region with longer aging to provide richness and depth that are uncommon. … Read the rest