In Today’s Newsletter:
Jump Start Offer: 2016 Opus One
Subscriber Special – The Best Value in Piemonte?
The Best Barolos of the Decade?
Philippe Jouan’s Top Tier 2017 Burgundy
Don’t Forget our Subscriber Special
On Francesco Rinaldi’s Classic Barolo-Ending Soon!
More Stock Added on the Legendary 2016 Produttori Barbaresco!
Staff Pick: Outstanding Value Oregon Pinot
New 2015 Northern Rhones from Guigal
Collector’s Corner: New Older Wines from Rousseau
Jump Start Offer
2016 Opus One
Arriving Friday, March 27th
Opus One Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 2016 750ML ($379.95) $319 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 99 points “Fantastic aromas that are complex and complete with blackcurrants, blueberries and herbs, such as basil and bay leaf. But always subtle. Full-bodied yet linear and very refined with a very persistent finish. It shows drive and brightness. So refined at the end. Needs at least three to five years to come together.”
Wine Advocate 98 points “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Opus One offers up bold, expressive black and blue fruits: warm black plums, black cherries, blackcurrants and wild blueberries with a beautiful undercurrent of lilacs, roses, fertile loam, underbrush and Indian spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is a tightly coiled spring ready to explode, with fantastic tension and wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins, finishing very long with a mineral lift.”
Decanter 98 points “Love the juiciness of this, right off the bat, rich deep black cherry rippling with menthol and eucalyptus notes, and these beautiful floral aromatics that Opus gets in the best years. A very classic style, touches of baked vanilla, rosemary and olive. Harvest 9th September to 12th October (starting off slowly then speeding up as the heat rose). 1% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot completes the blend, 17 days skin contact.”
Jeb Dunnuck 97+ points “The 2016 Opus One is brilliant and shows yet again that 2016 was a magical vintage for Napa Valley. Based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with 8% each of Petit Verdot and Merlot, with 5% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Malbec, its deep purple hue is followed by a beautiful bouquet of black cherries, crème de cassis, and blueberry fruit intermixed with notions of cedary spice, toasty oak, graphite, and flowers. With an almost Bordeaux-like class and structure, this full-bodied beauty has no hard edges, plenty of ripe tannins, and is extraordinarily pure, elegant, and long. It can be drunk today (give it a healthy decant) or cellared for 2-3 decades.”
Antonio Galloni 96+ points “The 2016 Opus One is a wine of real breadth and power. Black cherry, plum, leather and spice flesh out effortlessly, but what stands out most is the wine’s textural intensity and sheer power. Readers will have to wait a number of years until the 2016 is at its best, but it is clearly another in a line of gorgeous recent Opus Ones from Michael Silacci and his team.”
The average price nationally is $367
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The Best Value in Piemonte?
The results are spectacular and offer a glimpse into the future of the winery. The wines are solid, deep, and built to last – echoing the family and their tie to their home and spectacular vineyards. From atop the hill where the winery sits, you can overlook the two main vineyard sites and understand the difference in microclimate, soil type and techniques for farming. The Bricco di Nieve side of the hill is steep, breezy and has beautiful older vines that produce the gorgeous Sori Paitin Barbaresco. The other side of the hill has the looser iron rich soil that is the Serra vineyard and it’s slightly more approachable wines.
When looking for value in Piemonte, Paitin is clearly at the head of the class because of the ratio of quality to price—at least for now. Like every other great value region, one day the world will wake up and notice how wonderful these wines are. In the meantime, though, buy as much as you can—especially at these Subscriber Special prices. At least until Friday at 6PM or these wines sell out, these good deals are even better.
Paitin Subscriber Special Pricing Valid Until Friday, March 20th at 6PM (PT)
In Stock and On Subscriber Special Now:
Paitin di Pasquero-Elia ‘Serraboella’, Barbaresco DOCG 2014 750ML ($41.95) Was $33, Now $29 Subscriber Special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 92 points “Currant, strawberry, cherry, floral and leafy flavors are the highlights of this racy, elegant red. Balanced on the firm side, with excellent length. Best from 2020 through 2032. 800 cases made.”
The average price is $38
Wine Spectator 95 points “Sweet cherry and strawberry fruit is framed by earth, eucalyptus, tobacco and tar notes in this rich yet firm red. The assertive tannins suggest a glacial evolution but the lasting impression of fruit shows this wine’s potential. Best from 2022 through 2040. 815 cases made.”
Paitin di Pasquero-Elia ‘Sori Paitin Vecchie Vigne’, Barbaresco DOCG 2011 750ML ($99.95) Was $89, Now $79 Subscriber Special, 29 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 95+ points “The 2011 Barbaresco Sorì Paitin Vigne Vecchie is just as stunning as it has always been. A wine of extraordinary purity, the 2011 is laced with rose petals, spices, mint, sweet red berries. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannin is simply magnificent. At the same time, the power and breadth of Serraboella comes through in spades.”
The average price is $96
The Best Barolo of the Decade?
Vietti’s 2016 Crus Mezmerize and Delight
Vietti is a classic producer working in a neo-classic style, in our minds. The wines aren’t ultra-traditional, but they do combine what Luca Currado values most about traditional wines of the Piedmont with modern cellar practices. The result is a set of wines that show tons of Nebbiolo character and distinct terroir signatures, but with a certain elegance that’s all Vietti. The true hot ticket is the 2016 Crus, which are arriving here one week from Friday, but unfortunately are highly allocated. These are, in the words of Antonio Galloni, the Italian reviewer extraordinaire, the “Vietti’s 2016 Barolos are stratospheric” “don’t miss” wines, and in sum, the 2016s are “truly epic wines that will define their legacy at Vietti.”
This is beyond high praise. This is singing-from-the-rooftops of the glory of the wines praise.
So what are YOU waiting for?
Arriving March 27th from Vietti:
Only 16 bottles remaining!
Vietti Ravera, Barolo DOCG 2016 750ML ($349.95) $279 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 100 points “The 2016 Barolo Ravera is bursting with all of the tension that is the most singular characteristic of this site. Freshly cut flowers, white pepper and mint lend energy to a wine that is very shy and tightly wound today. Then again, it is Ravera. Macerated dark cherry, lavender, mint, crushed rocks and sage race out of the glass in a potent, stunning Barolo endowed with magnificent purity and translucency. The 2016 is quite simply a stunning, breathtaking wine. Don’t miss it.“
The next best price is $299.99
The average price is $349
Only 35 bottles available!
Vietti Lazzarito, Barolo DOCG 2016 750ML ($299.95) $219 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 98 points “The 2016 Barolo Lazzarito is another stunning wine in this range. The 2016 is the first vintage of the Lazzarito I can remember tasting in which intensely mineral notes accompany the more savory, earthy notes that are so typical of this site. Graphite, sage, dried flowers, crushed rocks, menthol, dried rose petal, mint, licorice and blood orange race out of the glass in a breathtaking, towering Barolo that hits all the right notes from the start to its chiseled, strikingly detailed finish. The 2016 Lazzarito is one of the most classically austere wines in this range. In a word: Magnificent.“
The average price is $282
Vietti Rocche di Castiglione, Barolo DOCG 2016 750ML ($399.95) $319 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 99 points “The 2016 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is rich, sumptuous and elegant. Light on its feet yet also wonderfully deep and nuanced, the 2016 possesses off-the-charts resonance, energy and aromatic intensity. All the elements come together in a profoundly expressive Barolo endowed with tremendous class and pedigree. Ample, creamy and explosive, this is a wine of textural resonance and pure power.”
The next best price is $410
We offer eight Vietti wines in stock or on their way soon. Shop the selection on our webstore!
Philippe Jouan’s Top Tier 2017 Burgundy
Philippe Jouan has vaulted himself into the top tier of Burgundy producers since taking over the family domaine (Henri Jouan). Based in Morey-Saint-Denis, he’s producing Burgundy both ethereal and intense, in the style of his spiritual cousin (and fellow Weygandt import), Jacky Truchot.
As you’d expect, these are wines that combine beautiful, crystalline fruit, gorgeous aromatics with a hidden power. They’re the Burgundy equivalents of spider webs—delicate and intricate but with surprisingly strong and intense for their weight. The village and premier cru wines all deliver enormous value, even as that category of wine seems to escalate in price by the day.
The top of his range is his Clos-St.-Denis. The Clos was historically the most famous vineyard in the town (hence the appendage of Saint-Denis to Morey), though in recent years that honor has probably moved to its next door neighbor, Clos de la Roche. Jouan makes some of the finest Clos-St.-Denis out there, and it’s definitely the best deal in this tier of Burgundy, at under $250/btl (under $220, even!).
These arrive Friday in limited quantities: the most we could secure of a single bottling was 24 bottles (and some are already close to sold out). As such, you’d better act quickly if there are bottlings you’re intrigued by.
Arriving Friday, March 20th:
Philippe Jouan Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2017 750ML ($279.95) $219 pre-arrival special
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 92-94+ points “The king of the cellar, the 2017 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru wafts from the glass with expressive aromas of wild berries, dried rose petal, grilled game bird, rich soil and blood orange. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, ample and broad, with a deep core of succulent fruit that cloaks its elegantly satiny and supple structuring tannins, concluding with a long, fragrant finish. This is a lovely Clos Saint-Denis that will be well worth seeking out in bottle.”
Philippe Jouan Clos Sorbe Vieilles Vignes, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru 2017 750ML ($179.95) $149 pre-arrival special
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 92-94+ points “The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbé unfurls in the glass with a complex bouquet of cherries, raspberries, raw cocoa, candied peel and cinnamon. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, velvety and supple, with melting tannins, a succulent core of fruit and a long, sapid finish. From 80-year-old vines in what is arguably Morey’s finest premier cru, this wine is one of the Côte de Nuits’ best-kept secrets.”
Philippe Jouan Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits 2017 750ML ($99.95) $77 pre-arrival special
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 89-91+ points “From a parcel of 80-year-old vines touching Chames-Chambertin, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echézeaux is, as usual, Jouan’s finest village wine. Wafting from the glass with aromas of smoky plums, cassis, loamy soil and licorice, it’s medium to full-bodied, fleshy and richly structured, with good concentration and juicy acids.”
William Kelley – Wine Advocate 90 points “The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes is showing well from bottle, unwinding to reveal aromas of cherries, raspberries and peonies mingled with sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, deep and lively, it’s a characterful, nicely-balanced wine that is well worth seeking out.”
William Kelley – Wine Advocate “Aromas of cherries, cassis, candied peel and plums introduce the 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Village, a medium-bodied, sapid and satiny wine with a juicy core of fruit, melting tannins and a lingering finish. This cuvée derives from the lieux-dits Crais Gillon, Corvées, and Le Village.”
Don’t Forget our Subscriber Special
On Francesco Rinaldi’s Classic Barolo
Until Wednesday at 6PM
These thrilling wines are always priced very attractively, an amazing feat considering the history and renown of the estate. They’re best known for their two cru bottlings, Cannubi and Brunate, which are from some of the most storied vineyards in all of Barolo, but don’t sleep on their Barolo normale. All three wines are extremely ageworthy, but the 2015’s seem to show a bit more flesh and early drinkability than usual.
To put more of these in your cellars and on your tables, we’re dropping the prices on all three 2015 Francesco Rinaldi Barolos until we close for business on Wednesday. This is a fantastic chance to buy some of the best classical 2015 Barolos at the best prices in the country.
2015 Francesco Rinaldi Special Pricing Ends Wednesday, March 18th at 6 PM Pacific
Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Barolo Le Brunate, Barolo DOCG 2015 750ML ($79.95) Was $59, Now $49 Subscriber Special, 26 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 91 points “Rinaldi’s 2015 Barolo Brunate is a powerful, dense wine. Hints of spice, licorice, leather, game and cherry develop with time in the glass. The power and intensity of the year are very much in evidence. But there is also a slightly roasted quality and an aggressiveness in the tannin that I am not used to seeing. Tasted three times with consistent notes.”
Importer Note “The two flagship bottlings at Francesco Rinaldi e Figli are the single cru Baroli, Brunate and Cannubi. Brunate is one of the greatest vineyards the Barolo region, lying on the border between La Morra and Barolo proper, with each village sharing the vineyard (though with the lion’s share lying within the village boundaries of La Morra). Wines from the Brunate vineyard are prized for their depth, power and brilliant balance, and the example from Francesco Rinaldi e Figli is one of the very greatest examples of Brunate made. In a great vintage it demands at least a decade to really begin to soften, and generally is not in full bloom until its twentieth birthday.”
The average price is $69
Antonio Galloni 93 points “Today the 2015 Barolo Cannubi is an elegant, classy wine. The Cannubi also seems to have handled the heat of the summer more gracefully than the Brunate. Silky and sensual, the 2015 is very attractive today. The aromatics are perhaps just a touch forward, but the 2015 makes up for that with its suave, inviting personality. Crushed flowers, mint, licorice and sweet berry fruit add to the wine’s charm. I wouldn’t push my luck on aging too much, but the 2015 is undeniably appealing.”
Decanter 93 points “The source of this very traditional wine is Rinaldi’s 2.2ha holding in Cannubi Boschis. It can be a very structured wine, but in 2015 there’s greater opulence than usual. Tasted from cask, it displays heady juicy raspberry aromas, discreet but perfumed. It’s concentrated on the palate but also fresh and silky, combining lush textures with tension and drive thanks to welcome acidity on the persistent finish. Drinking Window 2021 – 2038.”
Importer Note “The other single vineyard bottling is the Cannubi, which is made from the single greatest vineyard in the village of Barolo, as well as one of the most famous individual crus in the entire region. Cannubi was the first vineyard name to be famous in the Barolo region, and to this day a bottle of 1752 Cannubi is still treasured by the wine-producing family of Manzone, and is considered the oldest, extant bottle of Barolo still in existence. The vineyard is most famous for the fabulously perfumed wines that it produces, for Cannubi is not the most powerful cru in Barolo, and much like Romanée-Conti in Burgundy, it is cherished for the fabulously complex aromatics and round, suave palate impression that it provides when fully mature. This is not to say that Luciano and Paula Rinaldi’s Cannubi is a delicate wine, for it is a deep, intensely-flavored and concentrated Barolo of great pedigree and elegance- once it is fully mature. Like the Rinaldi Brunate bottling, eight to ten years is required in top vintages, and the wine is really at its blazing best at age fifteen to twenty.”
The average price is $72
Antonio Galloni 91 points “The 2015 Barolo is gracious, airy and light on its feet. Sweet tobacco, cedar, dried cherry, spice and licorice are all nicely lifted in a sensual, open-knit Barolo that will drink well right out of the gate. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. Rinaldi’s straight Barolo is a terrific wine in its peer group.”
Importer Note “Francesco Rinaldi e Figli makes two non-cru denominated bottlings, one of Barbaresco and one of Barolo, made from a blend of different parcels. The Barolo is made from vineyards in the towns of Barolo, Castiglione Faletto and La Morra…the standard Barolo bottling is aged for three years in large cask before it is bottled and made available for sale. Both wines are built for aging, and typically will be at their best from six to ten years out from the vintage. Like all of the wines from Giuseppe and Paola Rinaldi, they are beautiful, classic expressions of their underlying terroirs, with well-integrated tannins, tangy acids and beautiful complexity and balance. Both improve immeasurably if decanted an hour prior to serving.”
The average price is $54
2015 Francesco Rinaldi Special Pricing Ends Wednesday, March 18th at 6 PM Pacific
More Stock Added
On the Legendary 2016 Produttori Barbaresco
2016 is one of the best ever vintages in Barbaresco, combining elegance, beautiful aromatics and just enough power and richness to keep the wines absolutely compelling. Everything we’ve tasted from the year suggests these are going to go down as absolute legends—even at this price point. In fact, entry level Barolo and Barbaresco from great vintages have produced some of our favorite drinking experiences 10-15 years from the vintage. We sold out of the first round of this wine, but secured more at exceptional pricing—this is still going to be under $40 a bottle. The next round arrives Friday, in perfect time to ship to your socially distanced cellar.
Arriving Friday, March 20th:
Produttori del Barbaresco ‘Barbaresco DOCG’, Piedmont 2016 750ML ($49.95) Was $45, Now $39 Subscriber Special
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2016 Barbaresco is a tight and beautiful wine that will require more time to unwind and soften. This beautifully balanced vintage is characterized by a tight inner core of fruit that underlines the graceful aging capacity of these wines. The 2016 is shaping up to be one destined for long cellar aging. Now in its youth, the wine offers wild berry, rose and licorice aromas.”
Wine Enthusiast 95 points “Cellar Selection. Enticing aromas of violet, woodland berry, loose vineyard soil, wild mint and a hint of spearmint shape the intensely fragrant nose. The tense, young palate is still nervous but already boasts finesse, showing wild raspberry, crunchy red cherry, white pepper and star anise. Firm, refined tannins and racy acidity give it a linear, almost austere elegance, while bright acidity keeps it focused and balanced. Drink 2026-2036.”
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2016 Barbaresco is a stunning wine with tremendous richness for this bottling. Ample, deep and powerful, the 2016 exudes pedigree and class from start to finish. I can’t remember a straight Barbaresco here with this much fruit density and unctuous richness, and yet there is more than enough tannin and overall structure to give the wine its classically leaning feel. A blast of sweet red cherry fruit, tobacco, menthol licorice and smoke hits the potent finish. What a wine!”
Also Now Available: Magnums! Arriving ETA September:
Produttori del Barbaresco ‘Barbaresco DOCG’, Piedmont 2016 1.5L ($99.95) $88 pre-arrival special
Staff Pick: Excellent Value Oregon Pinot
The 2017 Biggio Hamina Van Deuzer Pinot Noir is incredibly aromatic, with scents of cherries and fresh strawberries and herbal notes of basil and eucalyptus. A lovely essence of crushed cherries dominates the palate with soft, very slightly earth laden plum and raspberry curves, the finish long and silky with hints of spice. It is a youthful wine with old world grace and would be the perfect companion with soft ripened cows milk cheese and spicy or mild cured meats.
In Stock Now:
Biggio Hamina “Biha” Pinot Noir, Van Duzer Corridor Ava 2017 750ML ($24.95) $17 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
No reviews for the 2017 vintage. Review is for reference.
Josh Raynolds 91 points “[2016 Vintage] Shimmering red. Vibrant, mineral- and spice-accented red fruit and floral scents, along with a savory herb nuance and a hint of smokiness. Appealingly sweet and sharply focused on the palate, offering lively redcurrant, raspberry and rose pastille flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Silky tannins come on late and support a seamless, floral-driven finish that hangs on with strong tenacity.”
Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany 2017 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special
Case-12 Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany 2017 750ML ($359.95) $269 pre-arrival special (that’s only $22.42/bottle!)
James Suckling 95 points “A very fresh 2017 with plenty of tight and linear tannins that give the wine energy and drive. Medium to full body. Racy finish. This is impressive. Fantastic texture and complexity on the palate with purple fruit and wet earth. Drink or hold.”
A fantastic value in powerful, old-school Gigondas.
Clos du Joncuas Gigondas, Rhone 2016 750ML ($39.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Clos du Joncuas Gigondas, Rhone 2016 750ML ($479.95) $359 special (that’s only $29.92/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 93 points “Vibrant ruby. Smoke-accented cherry and red berries on the highly perfumed nose, which takes on sexy incense and baking spice nuances with air. Smooth, concentrated and appealingly sweet, offering mineral- and spice-accented boysenberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors and a spicy touch of cracked pepper. Finishes silky, sweet and impressively long, with harmonious tannins and lingering spiciness.”
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2016 Gigondas is a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It’s full-bodied, plush in texture and maybe even a bit warm, but this big and balanced wine offers plenty of black cherry fruit and hints of cinnamon and allspice. Velvety and long on the finish, it should drink well for 6-7 years.”
Decanter 93 points “Pure stewed damsons on the nose, really enlivening, with some wild strawberry within. The palate is medium-bodied, with gentle, textural wet-clay tannins and vibrant damson acidity. Drinkable, svelte and very well put together and in good balance.”
“The best Chianti Classico ever made here in living memory”
Castello di Bossi Berardo, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015 750ML ($41.95) $36 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
James Suckling 98 points “The floral aromas are so enticing with rose petals and lavender, which follow through to a full body with beautiful density of fruit. A long and complete finish. The best Chianti Classico ever made here in living memory. Even better than the 1961. Drink or hold.”
Delicate and pretty, this Burgundy is all charm.
Henri Prudhon & Fils Les Frionnes Rouge, Saint-Aubin Premier Cru 2015 750ML ($41.95) $36 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Henri Prudhon & Fils Les Frionnes Rouge, Saint-Aubin Premier Cru 2015 750ML ($479.95) $389 special (that’s only $32.42/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
Importer (Neal Rosenthal) Note “The Prudhons own a solid hectare of vines between 30 and 60 years of age in this premier cru that lies just to the north of “Les Perrieres.” In keeping with the Prudhon house style, “Frionnes” emphasizes the freshness and raciness of Saint-Aubin—there is virtually no new oak used in its elevage, and there’s a certain restraint and brightness to the fruit that feels self-assured and very terroir-loyal.”
Burghound “A spicy and again attractively fresh nose offers up notes of red currant, black raspberry and a hint of violet. The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is also sappy and round with reasonably good vibrancy to the naturally sweet finale. This should be enjoyable young if that’s your preference.”
A great value in pizza night wine.
Il Poggione Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2017 750ML ($24.95) $14 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Il Poggione Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany2017 750ML ($299.95) $149 special (that’s only $12.42/bottle!)
Winery Note “A younger, more fruity wine, it is produced from Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet grapes. After the fermentation it ages in large French oak barrels and barriques. The winemaking and the combination of these three varieties, make this wine soft and ideal for the everyday enjoyment. Ruby red in colour; on the nose it is intense, with notes of red fruit, sweet spices and vanilla. On the palate it is soft and with a good and pleasant acidity. A wine for every meal, ideal with white meats, pasta and medium strength cheeses, and even a casual pizza.”
The next best price is $15.69
The average price is $17
Andy’s staff pick is a beautiful, powerful (yet balanced) Syrah.
Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah, Yakima Valley 2015 750ML ($69.95) $59 special, 23 bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 94 points “Coming from the Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, the 2015 Syrah La Serenne is full-bodied, fresh and elegant, with classic cooler climate Syrah notes of peppery herbs, darker berry fruits, lavender, spring flowers, and smoked earth. It has terrific complexity and glides over the palate, making for a sensational Syrah from Washington State. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.”
Wine Advocate 94 points “All from Dick Boushey’s vineyard in Yakima Valley, the 2015 Syrah La Serenne was also all destemmed and brought up in barrel. It’s a more elegant, complex and nuanced Syrah compared to the Cote Rousse and offers classic notes of blackberries, peppery herbs, lavender and spring flowers. Full-bodied, fresh and lively, drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years.”
Don’t think they’re resting on their laurels, though—Guigal’s 2015’s are among the best wines they’ve ever made, especially from the northern Rhone. We have the ’15 Cote Rote “Brune et Blonde” and the ’15 St. Joseph arriving late this month and both represent exceptional value in big, bold wines. As you’d expect given their reviews, pricing and pedigree, these probably won’t last long, so grab them now.
Arriving ETA March:
E. Guigal Saint-Joseph, Rhone 2015 750ML ($31.95) $28 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 93 points “This has some complex, smoked-meat aromas with an array of fragrant spices and peppery notes, as well as ripe, dark berries. The palate is powerful and yet elegant. This delivers a lot of dark-berry flavor in a fresh, sleek and powerful frame. Drink in 2020.”
Wine Advocate 92 points “Aged in second fill barrels, the 2015 Saint-Joseph is another huge success. Sourced from the southern end of this sprawling appellation, off granitic sites, it showcases aromas of crushed stones and discrete pencil shavings, which frame bright cherry notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, poised and fresh, with lingering tart berry flavors on a long, stony finish. JC”
The average listed price is $35
#21 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019
Wine Spectator 96 points “Dark and winey, this is youthfully tight, with a core of intense black cherry and black currant preserves, encased within layers of olive, singed alder, juniper and iron. Very focused and driven through the finish. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2022 through 2038. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 23,333 cases made, 700 cases imported. — JM”
Josh Raynolds – Vinous 94 points “Glass-staining ruby. Powerful black/blue fruit, floral pastille, cola, olive and incense aromas pick up a smoky mineral nuance as the wine opens up. Fleshy and expansive in the mouth, offering intense, spice- and smoke-inflected black raspberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and olive paste flavors and a hint of candied licorice. Finishes seamless and impressively long, with an echo of sweet blue fruit and building tannins that add youthfully firm grip.”
New Older Wines from Rousseau
The wines of Rousseau have no peer in Gevrey-Chambertin. No other grower has produced wines with their level of profundity and a similar track record over the decades. From top to bottom, they are the class of the village. We are always on the hunt for their wines—as you’d expect they’re maddeningly scarce and correspondingly expensive, but worth the trouble to track down.
These are some of the pinnacles of Burgundy, up there with anything made by DRC, Roumier, Leroy or any of the other usual suspects, all with excellent provenance and in good condition. There are only small quantities of each bottling available, so if something strikes your fancy, don’t delay—it’s not often we can get these wines in.
Arriving Late March:
Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special, 2 bottles available
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 93 points “Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a well defined and quite earthy bouquet, plenty of sous-bois character here, gently unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit, fine tannins and a harmonious, caressing finish that demonstrates assiduous use of new oak. Everything just seems to effortless in this delightful Charmes-Chambertin from Armand Rousseau. Tasted September 2016.”
Antonio Galloni 92-94 points “An explosive, exuberant bouquet makes a strong first impression in the 2013 Charmes-Chambertin. Those signatures follow onto the palate, where the Charmes is quite opulent. Dark cherries, plums, spices and new leather blossom in a decidedly racy, supple Charmes that should drink well with minimal cellaring.”
Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special, 5 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 92-94 points “Intensity and volume are the first things that come to mind in the 2012 Charmes-Chambertin. Layers if blue/blackish fruit blossom in a wine that is beautifully textured and vibrant throughout. I very much like the intensity here. I tasted two different barrels of Charmes, both in different states of their evolution, which is why generally speaking I feel the wines aren’t fully formed just yet.”
Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 750ML ($499.95) $399 pre-arrival special, 1 bottle available
Antonio Galloni 91 points “Red stone fruits, plums, menthol, rose petals and spices take shape nicely in the 2011 Charmes-Chambertin. In 2011, the Charmes-Chambertin is a bit savory and herbal, but it otherswise shows lovely balance and terrific overall depth in a pliant, mid-weight style that is best enjoyed over the next 10-15 years.”
Neal Martin-Wine Advocate 90 points “Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. Rousseau’s Charmes-Chambertin 2011 has an earthy bouquet, just a little stemmy but nicely defined with brambly red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins and plenty of tertiary fruit, foursquare and a little austere on the saline, angular finish that does improve in the glass. This just needs to find its groove, but there is potential, especially because it performed so exquisitely a few months back.”
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Antonio Galloni 92-94 points “The 2010 Charmes-Chambertin is deep, fleshy and totally seductive. It boasts striking inner perfume that serves as a recurring thread with which endless nuances of fruit are woven together. Finessed, silky tannins provide the backbone for all of the aromas and flavors to shine. I loved the integrity of the fruit in the Charmes. Rousseau’s Charmes is roughly 60% Mazoyères and 40% true Charmes.”
Antonio Galloni 91-93 points “The 2009 Charmes-Chambertin emerges from the glass with lovely radiance and openness in its ripe, juicy fruit. The Charmes is already rather forward, and at this stage appears to be a relatively early-maturing wine. The oak is also a bit pronounced. Sweet, textured floral notes wrap around the long, polished finish. Rousseau’s Charmes is technically 60% Mazoyères.”
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2008 750ML ($799.95) $699 pre-arrival special, 1 bottle available
Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru ‘Clos des Ruchottes’ Monopole 2007 750ML ($899.95) $799 pre-arrival special, 1 bottle available
Wine Spectator 94 points “Elegant and beautifully poised between pure raspberry, cherry, wild berry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors and a vibrant structure. This graceful, linear red is very harmonious—deceptively so, in that you might want to drink it now. Needs a few years to gain complexity. Best from 2012 through 2025. 20 cases imported.”
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