In Today’s Newsletter:
Oregon Case Specials
Including Biggio Hamina’s Site-Expressive Pinot
The Best Deal in Champagne?
André Clouet Grand Cru
Can’t-Miss California Case Specials
Including an Exclusive from Raj Parr
Shrewd Buys from Burgundy
All $36 – $49
2015 Produttori Case Specials
Oregon Case Specials
Including Biggio Hamina’s Site-Expressive Pinot
Todd Hamina is one of the most respected winemakers in the Willamette Valley—think of him as your favorite winemaker’s favorite winemaker. After a decade working for other people, including Beaux Frères, Archery Summit, and Maysara, he launched a label with his wife, Caroline Biggio—and has been making some of the most exciting Pinot Noir in the valley ever since.
His wines are perfumed, elegant and site-expressive: exactly what we look for in Willamette Valley Pinot. Stylistically, Todd loves to use whole clusters and extended macerations to provide savory undertones that balance out his rich fruit. Think of them as a less-delicate, more fruit forward version of the wines that Marcus Goodfellow makes.
Most importantly, his wines deliver outstanding value. Based their quality, vineyard sources, and critical praise, these should easily be $15–20 more expensive. These are wines that lovers of Oregon Pinot need to have in their cellars and on their tables. With enough fruit and richness to remind you that they’re from the new world, but with a savory, elegant edge that echos Burgundy, they’re classic Willamette Valley. And for the prices that we’re offering them at, they’re tough to beat.
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Biggio Hamina Claygate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2016 750ML ($39.95) $28 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Biggio Hamina Claygate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2016 750ML ($199.95) $159 special (that’s only $26.50/bottle!)
Case-12 Biggio Hamina Claygate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2016 750ML ($399.95) $299 special (that’s only $24.92/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 94 points “Bright red. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays intense red fruit, potpourri and incense qualities. Spice and savory herb nuances build as the wine opens up. Bright and energetic in the mouth, offering densely packed and appealingly sweet raspberry liqueur, cherry and spicecake flavors that pick up a smoky mineral note on the back half. Plays power off of finesse deftly and finishes extremely long and floral, with sneaky, fine-grained tannins and a touch of exotic spices.”
Biggio Hamina Noel Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2017 750ML ($49.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Biggio Hamina Noel Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2017 750ML ($219.95) $179 special (that’s only $29.83/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 94 points “Limpid ruby-red. An expansive, spice-accented bouquet evokes fresh red/blue fruits, vanilla and cola. A floral note builds as the wine stretches out. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, the Noel Vineyard shows very good depth and sharp delineation to its raspberry, boysenberry and cherry flavors. A hint of smokiness emerges on a very long, penetrating finish that’s framed by smooth, even tannins. Made with 50% whole clusters.”
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Case-12 Bow & Arrow Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2019 750ML ($249.95) $239 special (that’s only $19.92/bottle!)
Winemaker Note “While this ethos of “wine for the people” infuses the entire posture at Bow & Arrow, it’s this wine, the Willamette Valley Pinot in particular, that serves as our proof of concept. You can make, in the Willamette Valley, a Pinot Noir sourced from Biodynamic and Organic fruit that is lovingly and naturally tended to form start to finish AND sell it at a price that nearly anyone can glass pour. Assembled mainly from Johan Vineyard, Walnut Ridge and Hughes Hollow fruit, this wine was handled no differently than our single vineyard, top priced Pinot Noir. Tasted blind I imagine it would hang tough with any line-up of Oregon Pinots of any price or pedigree. (“I humbly submit” keeps getting auto-corrected to this hubristic nonsense. I’m sorry.)”
Cameron Winery Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2019 750ML ($39.95) $29.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Cameron Winery Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2019 750ML ($399.95) $339 special (that’s only $28.25/bottle!)
VinopolNote “Cameron’s Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is always one of the most anticipated offerings of the year. It delivers classic Cameron character and quality at a price that’s half what John Paul’s single-vineyard wines sell for—and the ’19 is a fantastic vintage. Cooler than 14/15/16/18, it’s a return to the “classic” style of the Willamette Valley, with a bit more texture and richness than wines from the 90’s. This edition is mostly from Abbey Ridge vineyard, with a bit of Clos Electrique blended in. We’re smitten.”
Maggy Hawk Jory Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2017 750ML ($69.95) $49 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Maggy Hawk Jory Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2017 750ML ($319.95) $275 special (that’s only $45.83/bottle!)
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2017 Pinot Noir Jory Hills Vineyard is an extroverted, luscious Pinot loaded with character. Black cherry, plum, lavender and spice come together in a bold, creamy Pinot endowed with plenty of richness and exuberance. The Jory Hills, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, is a bit out of place in [this tasting report on] Anderson Valley Pinots, but it is undeniably impressive.”
Cristom ‘Marjorie Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2017 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Cristom ‘Marjorie Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2017 750ML ($479.95) $339 special (that’s only $56.50/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds 95 points “Translucent red. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, exotic spices and candied flowers, with smoky mineral and incense notes that acquire strength as this youthful wine gains its footing. Stains the palate with vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry, star anise and rose pastille flavors that show a compelling blend of depth and litheness. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on a strikingly long, finely etched finish that features baking spice, floral and subtle earth notes.”
James Suckling 95 points “An earthy thread here with more savory, herbal and gently spicy notes, as well as graphite. Latent red cherries, too. The palate has a very sleek and succulent feel with evenly cast, sturdy tannins that harness great length and depth. Powerful yet measured and all about the earth. Try from 2023.”
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André Clouet Grand Cru
While Vinopolis doesn’t have a “house” Champagne, we seem to recommend two more than any others, André Clouet’s Grand Réserve and Silver Brut Nature. These have been stalwarts of our sparkling wine section for quite some time and are the wines that we measure all new value-minded Champagnes.
What makes the Grand Réserve and the Silver so good? For starters, they’re both 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir, despite not being labeled as Blanc de Noirs. Both wines are perfectly balanced between supple and lively, making them a great reflection of the winemaker Jean-François Clouet. Jean-François believes that good winemakers need to be “very self-centered, a little bit paranoid and a touch schizophrenic…” And the wines that he creates have an energy and personality rare in sub-$75 Champagne, let alone sub-$35.
The Grand Réserve is an easy Champagne to love. It’s lightly toasty, citrusy and bright, with a texture to the palate that adds an irresistible tension. It is also an incredible wine to pair with food. We’ve had great success pairing it with everything from oysters to Merguez sausage, and it never fails to add something to the meal.
The Sliver Brut Nature is a different, but equally intriguing wine. While the Grand Réserve is drawing 50% from solera and reserve, the Silver is 66% vintage. Jean-François selects complimentary reserve wine and makes certain that the personality of this wine is very direct and delicious. While many zero dosage wines can seem austere, the Silver has clear notes of dried fruits and warm pie crust. And the Pinot Noir shines through with aplomb. While this wine is not shy, it is well-balanced and delivers delicious flavor without seeming flabby.
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André Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($39.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
André Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 1.5L ($99.95) $79 special, 11 magnums in stock now
André Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 3L ($319.95) $279 special, 11 double-magnums in stock now
André Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 6L ($599.95) $519 special, 1 Imperial in stock now **IN-STORE PICK UP ONLY**
Case-6 André Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($249.95) $189 special (that’s only $31.50/bottle!)
Stephan Reinhardt – Wine Advocate 91 points “The NV Brut Grand Réserve Grand Cru is a pure Pinot Noir from Bouzy. It’s pure, fresh, fine and aromatic on the nose and round and delicate on the palate. The fruit-intense finish is chalky-mineral and stimulatingly fresh in its salty finesse and elegant yeastiness. Nice lemon juice flavors give an extra kick of refreshment. This is a picture-book NV Brut…”
André Clouet Silver Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature, Champagne NV 750ML ($39.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
André Clouet Silver Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature, Champagne NV 1.5L ($119.95) $89 special, 24+ magnums in stock now
André Clouet Silver Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature, Champagne NV 3L ($349.95) $279 special, 12+ double-magnums in stock now
André Clouet Silver Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature, Champagne NV 6L ($699.95) $599 special, 3 Imperials in stock now **IN-STORE PICK UP ONLY**
Case-6 André Clouet Silver Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature, Champagne NV 750ML ($249.95) $189 special (that’s only $31.50/bottle!)
Case-12 André Clouet Silver Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature, Champagne NV 750ML ($479.95) $359 special (that’s only $29.92/bottle!)
Stephan Reinhardt – Wine Advocate 92+ points “Clouet’s NV Silver Brut Nature Grand Cru is a pure Bouzy Pinot Noir that was disgorged without any dosage. This disgorgement displays a medium intense golden color and a complex and refined bouquet of ripe and pureed apples and discreet chalky as well as brioche aromas. The palate is elegant, straight and fresh, very pure and salty on the finish. This is a challenging Brut Nature that needs to be aged for two or three years to gain complexity and finesse and to smooth its current edges. The finish is mineral, limestone and salty but also a bit drying at this moment.”
Other Highlights, in Stock Now:
André Clouet Grand Cru Brut Rosé, Champagne NV 750ML ($54.95) $41.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 André Clouet Grand Cru Brut Rosé, Champagne NV 750ML ($319.95) $238 special (that’s only $39.67/bottle!)
Case-12 André Clouet Grand Cru Brut Rosé, Champagne NV 750ML ($599.95) $449 special (that’s only $37.42/bottle!)
Stephan Reinhardt – Wine Advocate 93 points “The NV Brut Rosé No 3 Grand Cru is a pure Bouzy Pinot Noir that gets its beautiful intense onion-skin color from the addition of 8% red wine. The nose is rich and complex but at the same time pure and refined, with a nice chalky layer and vinous fruit intensity. Round and rich but fresh and vital on the pure and elegant palate, this is a full-bodied, pretty intense and persistent rosé to be served with main courses. This rosé is seriously complex and expressive, with grip, tension and a long finish. Remarkable in class and style.”
André Clouet Un Jour de 1911… Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($99.95) $74.50 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 93+ points “[Review is for a prior disgorgement] The NV Grand Cru Cuvee 1911 emerges from the glass with the most haunting of perfumes. Sweet rose petal and jasmine are some of the nuances that emerge over time. Despite recent disgorgement, the purity of the fruit and the extraordinary elegance of the mousse are hard to miss. This is an exceptional, elegant version of the 1911 that should drink beautifully for years to come. The bottle I tasted needed quite a bit of air to open up, so readers should be patient with the wine at this stage.”
André Clouet ‘Dream Vintage’ Brut, Champagne 2013 750ML ($65.95) $52.20 special, 10 bottles in stock now
VinopolNote “100% Chardonnay, bottled one year after harvest. Disgorged to order for the importer.”
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Can’t-Miss California Case Specials
Including an Exclusive from Raj Parr
After the explosive popularity of our exclusive Evening Land/Brasserie 19 offer last year, we jumped at the chance to offer a formerly-exclusive wine from Rajat Parr’s Sta. Rita Hills winery, Sandhi—this time crafted specifically for legendary San Francisco restaurant Zuni Café. While it sold for $72 on Zuni’s list, we’re able to offer it for just $21.90—and less than $20/bottle by the case.
Oregon wine fans probably know Parr for his Willamette Valley winery Evening Land and their pioneering Seven Springs vineyard. Some years before signing on to Evening Land, Parr’s founded Sandhi, an elite, small-production winery that highlights the terroirs of Santa Barbara County. He and co-founder Sashi Moorman eschew extremes of ripeness, oak, and alcohol, instead crafting wines of elegance and restraint. Vineyard sources for the Sandhi lineup include the legendary cool-climate Bien Nacido, best known by the single vineyard bottlings produced by the Bien Nacido estate, Au Bon Climat, and Qupe Winery, and the world-classic, historic Sanford & Benedict.
This Chardonnay is a barrel selection from these illustrious vineyards. It was crafted with the wine director at one of SF’s finest restaurants, Zuni Café. We knew it would be a charming and food-friendly wine, but we were stunned by the quality when we tasted a sample bottle last week. Fans of Evening Land will be dazzled by the beauty and elegance through a Californian lens, fans of Sandhi will be impressed by the price.
This is an exclusive deal and, like the Brasserie 19 offer folks still ask about, when it’s gone it’s gone for good.
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Sandhi Zuni Café Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 2016 750ML ($34.95) $21.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Sandhi Zuni Café Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 2016 750ML ($399.95) $239 special (that’s only $19.92/bottle!)
Winery note “If you’ve ever sat at San Francisco’s iconic Zuni Café with a plate of oysters in front of you while you wait for the iconic whole roast chicken, you may have had a glass or two of this collaboration between longtime friends Rajat Parr of Sandhi and Zuni wine director Thierry Lovato. The wine is a barrel selection from some of Sandhi’s iconic Sta. Rita Hills sites, (think Mt. Carmel, Sanford & Benedict) with enough own-rooted, 1973 Wente selection Bien Nacido Chardonnay blended in to warrant a Santa Barbara County designation. Add to that the favorable 2016 vintage in which a very warm spring and early summer gave way to cool nights and moderate daytime temperatures in July & August. These conditions allowed the medium-sized crop to mature perfectly with small berries in pristine condition and yield a remarkably balanced wine with fine depth and intensity.”
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Rotation Wines Chardonnay, Lodi 2019 750ML ($17.95) $12.50 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Rotation Wines Chardonnay, Lodi 2019 750ML ($199.95) $135 special (that’s only $11.25/bottle!)
No reviews for the 2019. 2018 review provided for reference.
Jim Gordon – Wine Enthusiast “This well-balanced wine is medium bodied, nicely driven by citrus and crisp apple flavors, and showing little oak influence. Smooth and a bit lively in texture, it tastes clean and fresh.”
Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2018 750ML ($39.95) $28 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2018 750ML ($449.95) $299 special (that’s only $24.92/bottle!)
Virginie Boone – Wine Enthusiast 93 points “This is a 100% barrel-fermented wine from such stellar sites as Mill Station, Sullivan and Walker Hill. Lively, fresh and focused, it has great acidity and tension, a pleasing energy and minerality that boosts lovely flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon and mango, finishing with balanced richness.”
Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2018 750ML ($119.95) $89 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-3 Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2018 750ML ($349.95) $255 special (that’s only $85/bottle!)
James Suckling 97 points “Sliced apples and limes on the nose with grassy and chamomile notes. But then it turns to honeysuckle, chalk and minerals. Full-bodied with papaya, sliced-pear and green-pineapple flavors. Tight and fresh at the end. Crunchy acidity. Solid density. Energetic finish. Drink now or hold.”
The next best price is $98.88
Rotation Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 2018 750ML ($17.95) $12.50 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Rotation Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 2018 750ML ($189.95) $135 special (that’s only $11.25/bottle!)
Galerie Wines ‘Latro’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2015 750ML ($59.95) $39 special, 25 bottles in stock now
Case-6 Galerie Wines ‘Latro’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2015 750ML ($239.95) $219 special (that’s only $36.50/bottle!)
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate 93 points “Deep purple-black colored, the 2015 Latro Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers up warm blueberry and plum notions with hints of black soil, stewed tea, menthol and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the fruits flavors completely fill the mouth, with blue fruit preserves and a lovely perfumed nature, featuring plush tannins and plenty of freshness defining the long finish. 425 cases produced.”
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All $36 – $49
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A cellar pick from an underrated village
Domaine Rollin Père et Fils Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc, Côte de Beaune 2017 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 10 bottles in stock now
Rosenthal Note “A consistently formidable wine that is sourced from four separate vineyard sites within the boundaries of Pernand. The average age of the vines (as of 2011) is approximately 35 years. A classic representation of the “taste” of Pernand with its intense minerality, hints of fennel and honey and broad-shouldered appearance. Aged on its lees for twelve months and bottled without filtration, it is particularly ageworthy. We buy five barrels per year (1500 bottles) for the US market.”
A standout from the 2018 vintage
Domaine Henri Boillot Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy 2018 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 23 bottles in stock now
William Kelley, Wine Advocate “Guillaume Boillot began his harvest in Volnay on August 27, finishing up two weeks later, around September 10, in the Côte de Nuits. This is once again an exemplary portfolio of wines, all of which come warmly recommended, but there have been a couple of changes that merit notice. In 2018, Boillot told me that he continued his practice of fermenting his red wines in barrel but that he shortened the time of maceration to avoid picking up too much oak-derived sucrosity. And certainly, this year’s collection of red wines shows a more completely integrated framing of new oak than last year’s. Indeed, the reds are so good that it’s appropriate to remember that, until Boillot’s father reoriented the estate toward white wine, this was a domaine best known for its reds. Mention of white wine is the cue to mention another development—that Boillot used a vertical press for all his whites in 2018. He’s very happy with the result, and I agree that these 2018 whites possess impressive chalky structuring extract that sets them apart in a vintage that can be somewhat facile. Boillot added that in 2018 he used a touch less new wood and fewer barrels from François Frères, which—reviewing my notes—does seem to have made for a range of white wines less marked by the toasty, nutty signatures that were once quite prominent at this address.”
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“A classic wine of this sector”
Henri Prudhon & Fils Les Rouges Gorges, Saint-Aubin Premier Cru 2015 750ML ($41.95) $36 special, 8 bottles in stock now
Importer (Neal Rosenthal) Note “His wine is produced from two separate parcels: one on a hillside above the hamlet of Gamay and the other from a parcel between Saint Aubin and Chassagne Montrachet. The average age of the vines is 50 years (as of 2011). A classic wine of this sector with compelling notes of animal and wild berries. The elevage is about 18 months before bottling; again, very little new oak is used.”
Fresh & refined
Fougeray de Beauclair Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrées, Côte de Nuits 2013 750ML ($69.95) $39 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Gilbert & Gaillard 92 points “Beautiful ruby-red. Ripe, raspberry-dominant nose that reveals itself more after swirling. The palate is well-structured and firm yet lively. Lovely fruit expression with lots of refinement and freshness. An adolescent wine that needs lengthy cellaring.”
Concentrated & complex
Domaine Collotte Fixin Les Crais de Chene, Côte de Nuits 2018 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 24 bottles in stock now
Weygandt-Metzler Importer note “The Marsannay Crais de Chene is from 40+ year old vines on clay-limestone soil. The vines face east to gather the sweet morning sun. Due to the old age of the vines, the grapes are very small and concentrated with flavor. Completely destemmed, the wine is aged in barrel, 30% new, for 12 months.”
“A robust, cherry-flavored wine of strength and vigor”
Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet Mes Vieilles Vignes Rouge, Côte de Beaune 2013 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 11 bottles in stock now
Importer note “Pillot exploits over a hectare of vineyards planted in 1960 to Pinot Noir at the village level. This is a robust, cherry-flavored wine of strength and vigor. A simple, satisfying red from a village that should be more recognized for the quality of its reds, this being a prime example.”
A “no-brainer” from a staff favorite producer
Pierrick Bouley Monthélie Aux Fournereaux, Côte de Beaune 2016 750ML ($47.95) $39 special, 11 bottles in stock now
Fine Wine Review 88-92 points “5.25 hl/ha here. The nose shows ripe crushed blackberry fruit. The mouth is dense and pure with good structure to support the wild blackberry fruit. If this wine were available in any quantity, it would be a no-brainer.”
Classic red fruit and earthiness
Domaine Marc Colin et Fils Santenay Vieilles Vignes, Côte de Beaune 2017 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special, 11 bottles in stock now
Neal Martin – Vinous 89-91 points “The 2017 Santenay Vieilles Vignes Champs Claude, ages in 15% new oak, has a lovely, quite subtle seaweed scent that permeates the red berry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine bead of acidity, taut and linear with admirable precision towards the finish. This is my pick of the domaine’s three reds this year. (DIAM closure)”
William Kelley – Wine Advocate “The 2017 Santenay Vieilles Vignes hails from a very old parcel and is deeper-pitched than Colin’s other reds, exhibiting notes of cherries, rich soil tones and peonies, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered palate that’s earthy and nicely concentrated.”
Burghound ‘Outstanding Top Value’
Domaine Rollin Père et Fils Aloxe-Corton, Côte de Beaune 2015 750ML ($69.95) $49 special, 5 bottles in stock now
Burghound 89-91 points “Outstanding Top Value. Here the wood is no longer subtle though it stops short of dominating the menthol, spice, earth and game-inflected liqueur-like red and dark pinot fruit scents. The rich, full-bodied and overtly powerful flavors brim with dry extract that coats the mouth and buffers the moderately firm tannic spine shaping the lingering finish. An excellent Aloxe villages.”
“Opulent and utterly delicious”
Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Côte de Beaune 2013 750ML ($69.95) $49 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Importer Note “It’s impossible to discuss Chassagne-Montrachet without mentioning the name Bernard Moreau. Year to year, this celebrated producer vinifies and bottles some of the purest, most thought-provoking wines of the appellation. Employing a style of wine making that might best be described as hands-off, Bernard produces Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are sensual, opulent and utterly delicious.”
Burghound “A pungent nose offers up notes of pepper, earth and red berry fruit scents. There is notably more volume and richness to the medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a mildly rustic finish where the supporting tannins are phenolically mature.”
A terrific vintage drinking great today
Catherine et Claude Maréchal Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes, Côte de Beaune 2012 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Importer note “Sourced from a 1.78 hectare plot of old-vine Pinot Noir (the oldest having been planted in 1955) planted to clay/silt/limestone soils from the lieu-dits of Les Peuillets, les Pimentiers, and les Liards. The grapes are destemmed and fermentation proceeds naturally with the solid materiel being punched down twice a day until fermentation completes. The wine is aged for 10 months in barrel, 10% of which is new.”
2015 Produttori Case Specials
“The Produttori del Barbaresco cooperative, founded in 1958, produces some of the top Barbarescos in the region, made in a traditional style… [A] factor in Produttori del Barbaresco’s success is its focus on Nebbiolo. The best grapes go into the single-vineyard riservas, only in top vintages. Nebbiolo grapes that don’t make the cut for the crus go into the Barbaresco, an excellent wine on its own, or may be declassified into the Nebbiolo Langhe. The nine vineyards all lie within the Barbaresco commune. The Produttori’s 64 farmer members are paid based on quality… ‘Every little effort to improve quality is rewarded,’ explains Vacca. The 2015 harvest delivered quality and distinctive characters from each vineyard.… The wines need three to five years to really hit their stride, but they have the tannins to age two decades or longer.” – Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Insider
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Produttori del Barbaresco Montefico, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($99.95) $59 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Produttori del Barbaresco Montefico, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($449.95) $336 special (that’s only $56/bottle!)
Kerin O’keefe-Wine Enthusiast 96 points “Cellar Selection. Balsamic aromas of camphor and new leather mingle with scorched earth and mature black-skinned berry on this full-bodied red. Mirroring the nose, the enveloping palate delivers ripe Marasca cherry, black raspberry and licorice alongside tightly knit, fine-grained tannins before a hazelnut close. Drink 2022–2030.”
Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($99.95) $59 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($449.95) $336 special (that’s only $56/bottle!)
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano rounds out this series of wines from Produttori del Barbaresco. Ample and resonant on the palate, the Montestefano shows all the natural breadth that is so typical of this site. On the palate, the Montestefano is rich and explosive, with tremendous depth and fabulous overall balance. Dark cherry, plum, espresso, licorice and spice build into the dark, sumptuous finish.”
Monica Larner – Wine Advocate 94 points “This is the last wine I tasted in this group of nine from Produttori del Barbaresco. The reason I placed the 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano last is because it is usually considered to be the most powerful and determined in the flight. However, when you really get down to it, this vintage is more tight, streamlined and ethereal than expected. It is saving the best for later, and indeed, the wine is poised to evolve and open fully many years from now. There is a note of shyness here or restraint. Exactly 16,036 bottles were made, and this Riserva demands patience.
Produttori del Barbaresco Muncagota, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 31 bottles in stock now
Case-6 Produttori del Barbaresco ‘Muncagota’, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($449.95) $336 special (that’s only $56/bottle!)
Kerin O’keefe – Wine Enthusiast 97 points “Editor’s Choice. Rose, red berry and star anise aromas align with earthy whiffs of forest floor and new leather. The full-bodied, delicious palate doles out succulent Morello cherry, black raspberry, licorice and chopped mint set against a backbone of firm but refined tannins. It’s already gorgeous but will be even better with just a few more years of bottle age. Drink 2022–2030.”
Produttori del Barbaresco Pora, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Produttori del Barbaresco Pora, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($449.95) $336 special (that’s only $56/bottle!)
Kerin O’keefe – Wine Enthusiast 95 points “Underbrush, wild herb and dark-skinned-berry aromas form the nose along with a whiff of camphor. On the firm, structured palate, tightly knit but noble tannins offset dried Marasca cherry, cranberry, orange zest and star anise. Tense and youthfully austere, it needs a few years to unwind. Drink 2022–2027.”
Produttori del Barbaresco Rio Sordo, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($89.95) $59 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Produttori del Barbaresco Rio Sordo, Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($449.95) $336 special (that’s only $56/bottle!)
Monica Larner – Wine Advocate 96+ points “This wine usually falls somewhere in the middle of the Riserva continuum (starting with the most lithe and elegant wine and ending with the most powerful) presented by Produttori del Barbaresco in this knockout series of nine single-vineyard expressions. The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is another personal favorite. This group of Ovello, Rio Sordo, Asili and Rabajà (that sweet spot of neighboring vineyard sites in Barbaresco) is especially profound in 2015, striking a careful balance between elegance against power. The Rio Sordo offers tight and sharp fruit complete with a little tannic pinch or crunch on the close. Production is 13,333 bottles.”
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