Monday VinopolPick May 4th

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Flash Sale

Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Vigna Liste, Barolo DOCG 2008 750ML ($119.95) Was $89, Now $79, 36+ bottles available
James Suckling 94 points, Antonio Galloni 93+ points “Cool veins of bracing minerality form the backbone in Borgogno’s 2008 Barolo Liste. Today, the 2008 is virtually impenetrable, as the vintage and the site have combined to produce a big, powerful Barolo that will require considerable cellaring before it is ready to show all its cards. Still, there is a lot to like here, especially for those who can be patient. Tar, smoke, incense and scorched earth all add gravitas on the close, but with more time in the glass some of the sweeter notes begin to emerge. The 2008 Liste is shaping up to be magnificent.” AG

Stephen Tanzer – Vinous 92+ points “Medium red. Lovely lift to the aromas of redcurrant, marzipan and rose petal. Sappy, sweet and concentrated; a step up in tangy, saline intensity and inner-mouth tension from the Fossati. Wonderfully silky and lush in texture but a bit youthfully unforthcoming today. Delivers terrific verve and energy to its red berry and floral flavors. Finishes with sweeter tannins than the Fossati, an enticing light touch and excellent length and life. This should evolve gracefully in bottle for 20 years or more.”

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Don’t miss the additional G. Borgogno Barolos on sale below!

New Arrival Special Feature
Crowley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2013 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 36 bottles available
Vinopolnote- A mid-weight Pinot Noir, very inviting for its purity and aromatic expression. A wine with energy; high-toned, balanced & bright. Just released. Will be around for long enough that you can try a bottle or two and come back for more; but if you want this on your table beyond May you’ll need to supply yourself in May. Made with fruit sourced from the La Colina, Tuckwilla and Gehrts Vineyards all in the Dunhee Hills.



This Week’s New Arrivals

L’Ecole No. 41 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley 2012 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special
Winery note “Perigee exemplifies this vineyard’s characteristic cedary, black cherry, richly structured elegance. Alluring aromas of mint, cigar box and raspberry, are accented with flavors of red currant, praline, truffle and earth, on a chalky tannin finish.”

Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 2013 750ML ($29.95) $24 special
Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 2012 750ML ($34.95) $27 special
Wine Spectator 90 points “Gravelly tannins underlie a plump core of black currant and black plum fruit, with smoky, meaty overtones adding depth to the finish. Finds a deft balance as the aftertaste lingers. Best from 2016 through 2020.” WS

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Belle Glos ‘Meiomi’ Chardonnay 2013 750ML ($21.95) $19 special
Wine Spectator 90 points “Showcases rich tropical fruit, with dashes of mango, marmalade and honeyed citrus that coat the palate while remaining elegant and delicate. A noteworthy achievement. Drink now through 2017.” WS

Belle Glos ‘Meiomi’ Pinot Noir 2013 750ML ($21.95) $19 special
Winemaker’s note “Meiomi (May-oh-mee) is a Pinot Noir that gets its fruit from the most noteworthy coastal areas in California. The wine is crafted, lush, balanced and luxurious. Three of the California’s most sought after coastal growing regions brilliantly meld together in this deeply flavored, stylish and truly balanced Pinot Noir; at its most fundamental core, it is an approachable, food friendly wine with a style and place all its own.”
Chateau Le Crock, Saint-Estephe 2009 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special
Wine Spectator 91 points “This is ripe, with a succulent core of braised fig and crushed plum framed by tangier iron and savory herb notes, which stay defined through the nicely racy finish. Not big, but persistent and focused. Best from 2013 through 2023.” WS


More, More Montille 2012 – featured further down in this newsletter
Domaine de La Janasse Cotes du Rhone Rose 2014 750ML ($19.95) $16 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 89 points “Light orange-pink. An array of ripe red berry and citrus fruit aromas are lifted by a bright mineral element. Chewy and broad in the mouth, offering sappy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that tighten up slowly with air. Finishes on a stony note, with lingering spiciness and a touch of lavender.” JR

Domaine Rabasse Charavin Cotes du Rhone 2012 750ML ($19.95) $16 special
Winery note “[Translated] 80% Grenache (10-40 years old), 15% Syrah (10-30 years old), 5% Mourvèdre. Traditional vinification in concrete tanks. Fruity and aromatic wine that pairs well with a casual meal or red meat.”

Ermitage Du Pic Saint Loup Rouge ‘Tour de Pierres,’ Pic Saint Loup 2013 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
“Clear and brilliant cherry red in colour. On the nose there are notes of liquorice, red fruits, pepper and leather with an empyreumatic aspect. Full, fresh (gun flint) and balanced in the mouth. Pepper and liquorice can be detected as well as strawberry.”–Winemaker Notes

Domaine de La Janasse Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2012 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
Wine Advocate 92 points “A custom cuvee for Eric Solomon made by Christophe Sabon, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Reserve comes from older vines on the estate and is a blend of 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan and the balance Mourvedre and Cinsault. Aged 12 months in foudre, it’s another superb value from this estate, and since 2011, the Cuvee Reserve has been a significant step up over the estate’s classic Cotes du Rhone release. Drinking well past its humble price point, this 2012 exhibits notions of kirsch, blackberry, smoked meat, graphite and copious licorice nuances to go with a medium to full-bodied, pure and layered feel on the palate. It shows the purity of the vintage, as well as the richness and texture that this estate is known for. It should continue to thrill for another 4-5 years.” WA

Marc Deschamps Pouilly-Fume Les Porcheronnes 2011 750ML ($31.95) $26 special
Importer note “This cuvée is a blend of wine from several sites scattered on the hilltop of Les Loges, specifically “La Cote”, and “Les Griottes”. These are some of the younger vines of the estate, now (2012) averaging 20 years of age. Combined this is a two hectare site on clay-limestone soil. This is the most elegant and sprightly of the quartet of Pouilly Fumés produced by Deschamps.”

Domaine Maurice Schoech Cotes d’Ammeschwihr, Alsace 2013 750ML ($24.95) $19 special
Importer note “[The Cotes d’Ammeschwihr] is harvested from hillside vineyards situated at the beginning of the valley that leads to the village of Les Trois Epis. This wine is primarily Pinot Blanc with a touch of Muscat … a fine, elegant wine of great value.”

Domaine Daniel Dugois 2011 Auréoline Savagnin 2011 750ML ($29.95) $26 special
“Rich, fruity and very ripe, this is a wine with toast, spice and luscious apricot and green plum flavors. Still young, it has intense potential to yield a full-bodied, intense wine with great acidity as well as fruitiness.” – Wine Enthusiast

Domaine Saint Aix Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Aix Rose, Provence 2014 750ML ($17.95) $14 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 88 points “Light, bright pink. Ripe red berries and tangerine on the deeply scented nose and in the mouth. Round and fleshy, with a hint of white pepper adding back-end lift and bite. Closes supple, broad and gently spicy, with good cling and a touch of succulent herbs.” JR

Chateau Viella Tradition, Madiran 2011 750ML ($17.95) $14 special
Winery note “[Translated] Tannat, the classic grape of the Madiran appellation, brings structure and typicality. Cabernet Franc enhances the fruity character and helps create a more complex bouquet. The wine is a deep, dark red. The complex nose evokes ripe grapes. There are elegant, mouth-filling tannins. This structured wine will improve with a few years of cellars (up to five to seven) but it already offers excellent feel. Serve with red meats or grilled duck breast.”

Domaine Daniel Dugois Arbois Trousseau Grevilliere, Jura 2011 750ML ($31.95) $28 special
VinopolNote: 100% Trousseau from 60 year old vines grown in clay, marl and gravel soil in the village of Arsures, near Arbois.

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Monchiero Rocche di Castiglion Faletto, Barolo DOCG 2010 750ML ($41.95) $36 special
Wine Enthusiast 95 points “Balsamic herbs, hay, cedar, dense black cherry, white pepper, sage and balsamic notes emerge from this focused, vibrant Barolo. The lingering finish is bolstered by bright orange peel laced with Mediterranean herbs. It’s tightly tannic but impeccably balanced with tremendous cellaring potential.” WE
Torre Oria Brut Reserva Cava, Valencia NV 750ML ($14.95) $11.90 special
90% Macabeo, 10% Parellada
Wine & Spirits 91 points; Winery note “Straw yellow color with golden highlights. Plentiful small bubbles forming uniform vertical streams and a good head. Powerful, clean and persistent aromas. Fresh on the palate with a magnificent presence.”

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Bodegas Avante ‘Tineta’, Ribera del Duero 2012 750ML ($17.95) $14 special
Case-12 Bodegas Avante ‘Tineta’, Ribera del Duero 2012 750ML ($179.95) $138 special (that’s only $11.50/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 91 points “(fermented in stainless steel tanks, with malo in small oak barrels, followed by 22 months of aging in French and American oak casks): Deep ruby. Sexy, perfumed aromas of cherry, blueberry and potpourri, with subtle licorice and dark chocolate qualities emerging with air. At once plush and lively, showing very good depth–and juicy acidity–to its black and blue fruit flavors. Supple tannins arrive late, adding shape to the sweet, spice-tinged finish.” JR

Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros Garnacha, Madrid 2013 750ML ($16.95) $11.90 special
Case-12 Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros Garnacha, Madrid2013 750ML ($179.95) $129 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 90 points “(all garnacha): Bright red. Smoky, spice-accented raspberry and cherry on the perfumed nose, with a bright floral accent building with air. Brisk and racy, offering fresh red fruit and rose pastille flavors and a hint of blood orange. I might have guessed this to be pinot. Finishes taut and clean, with a lingering redcurrant note and lacy tannins sneaking in slowly.” JR

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Bodega Bernabeleva Navaherreros Garnacha, Madrid 2012 750ML ($24.95) $17 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 91 points “(100% garnacha): Brilliant ruby-red. Fresh, intensely perfumed red and dark berries on the nose, with mineral, camphor and floral nuances building in the glass. Spicy raspberry and boysenberry flavors pack a solid punch but carry no excess weight. Finishes with very good spicy lift, fine-grained tannins and mineral-driven persistence.” JR

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The average price is $21/bottle

Bernabeleva Arroyo del Tortolas, Madrid 2012 750ML ($41.95) $33 special
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 92+ points “(100% garnacha): Brilliant ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes Asian spices, raspberry, potpourri and smoky minerals. Extremely tight on the palate, offering vibrant red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a jolt of blood orange. Opens up slowly on the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and silky, harmonious tannins. This one should age slowly.” JR

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The average price is $39/bottle

Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2012 750ML ($39.95) $31.90 special
Winemaker’s Notes: “The Pesquera Tinto’s cherry red color reveals its youth and fruitiness. Its aspect is clean and appears to be glyceric. On the nose, the wine’s intense bouquet reveals the best dark fruit marked by impeccable wood aromas. Hints of fallen leaves and spices such as vanilla. On the palate, the smooth entry becomes lush with abundant ripe tannins and an excellent balance between its acidity and heat. The presence of the well-integrated oak complements the fruit and spice beautifully to display a wine of great balance. A refined, long-lasting and elegant finish.”
Von Winning Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Riesling Trocken, Pfalz 2013 750ML ($34.95) $27 special
“Tasty, barley and cask-y notes behind a grainy delineated Riesling; less creamy than the ’12 and showing some of ’13’s more pointed edge, but it delivers length, clarity and some ineffable Pfalz-ness, and they tell me it will be smoother by the time its bottled.”

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Weingut Holger Koch Bickelsohler Herrenstuck Pinot Noir, Baden 2013 750ML ($31.95) $27 special
VinopolNote: A peppery and elegant German Pinot Noir.

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Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Riesling, Kamptal 2013 750ML ($19.95) $16.60 special
Wine Spectator 92 points “Offers ripe aromas and flavors of beeswax and sage honey, with kiwifruit, melon and white currant hints. This has some dried mango notes, with an exuberant finish of white pepper and lemon curd. Drink now through 2022.” WS

Weingut Bernhard Ott Feuersbrunner Rosenberg Gruner Veltliner Erste OTW Lage, Wagram 2013 750ML ($64.95) $51.90 special
Wine Advocate 92 points “According to Bernhard Ott, the 2013 Grüner Veltliner Rosenberg Erste Lage comes from “the very best loess cru of the Wagram.” The vineyard (in 280 and 320 meters above sea level) is located in a topographic basin that is open to the south but provides a high level of protection from the wind and has an excellent heat-conserving capacity. The vineyard is bordered to the north by a mixed forest on Tertiary gravels from a former watercourse of the Danube River whereas the calcareous, silty soils of the vineyards developed from a thick blanket of loess which can be up to 20 meters thick. Ott’s vines are more than 50 old and give a remarkable elegant and well balanced Veltliner with an intense citrus color and a lovely purity of ripe, juicy peaches and mangoes intermixed with fresh, clear mineral flavors on the nose. Gentle and remarkably elegant on the palate, the full-bodied wine matches its natural richness and fruit intensity with freshness and a nice piquancy in a very delicious way. Its elegance and balance is really beautiful.”
Terry Theise notes: “The exegesis of loess here. Wet cereal, polenta and honey and buttery scrambled eggs; it has an imposing salty force, pure power, not just the alcohol-facsimile of power; eucalyptus and ginger; a vibrating mass of ur-salt, magma; a singular vintage of this GV icon.”’

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Weingut Willi Brundlmayer Gruner Veltliner Alte Reben, Kamptal 2008 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special
Terry Theise notes: “You get to make a stylistic choice; the ’08 is out of diapers, and it’s all green beans and twigs, with the cool angularity of the vintage, and with a kind of power having little to do with strength but rather with a precise expressiveness.”

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Just a reminder about our current shipping specials during this season:

We offer flat rate shipping on any size single order / single shipment
-to Oregon for $17,
-Washington & Idaho for $20,
-and California for $25

These rates do not apply to orders held in storage here for any reason.
Multiple orders consolidated into one shipment do not qualify for flat rate shipping.

Arriving This Week
Arriving Thursday, May 7th

Jerome Prevost La Closerie Les Beguines, Champagne NV (2012) ($149.95) $119 pre-arrival special
Importer note “100% Pinot Meunier. Jermone Prevost’s vineyard, Les Beguines, is located about 10 km west of Reims. It was planted in the late 1950’s, fortunately prior to the age of “super clones”, so with original massale selection cuttings. He harvests all grapes by hand, and ferments with indigenous yeasts using a mix of used barriques and 600L demi-muids. The champagnes are disgorged about 18 months after bottling, and finished with no dosage so as to preserve the sanctity and purity of the wine underneath.”

Jerome Prevost La Closerie Fac-Simile Extra Brut Rose, Champagne NV 750ML ($199.95) $179 pre-arrival special
VinopolNote: The Fac-Simile is produced in tiny amounts and includes red wine produced from a section of the vineyard affected by court- noué (Fanleaf degeneration), a disease that reduces vine vigor resulting in concentrated berries.

Arriving Thursday, May 7th

Domaine Rene Rostaing Les Lezardes Viognier, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes 2012 750ML ($39.95) $29 pre-arrival special
A non-appellation white from several parcels of old vines immediately adjoining Condrieu

Domaine Rene Rostaing Les Lezardes Syrah, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes 2012 750ML ($39.95) $29 pre-arrival special
A non-appellation red from several parcels of old vines immediately adjoining Côte-Rôtie to the north.

Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Cuvee Classique Ampodium 2012 750ML ($79.95) $59 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 92 points “Starting with Rene’s classic Cote Rotie, the 2012 Cote Rotie Ampodium is a mostly destemmed blend from Rene’s 13 different terroirs. It’s aged in a combination of demi-muid and older barrels, with just 5% being new. It’s smoking base cuvee that does everything right, offering up tons of sweet blackberry, wild herbs, pepper, spice and olive aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, beautifully textured and with impressive concentration, all while stay classic and elegant, it’s a no-brainer purchase and will have 15-20 years of longevity.” WA

Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2012 750ML ($159.95) $133 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 96 points “Getting a big “Wow” in the notes, the 2012 Cote Rotie la Landonne offers additional richness, concentration and depth, with notes of lots of floral and violet notes intermixed with cassis, cruhsed rock and pepper. Full-bodied, concentrated and with building tannin, it needs 4-5 years in the cellar and will keep for 20-25+.” WA

Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie – Cote Blonde 2012 750ML ($179.95) $159 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 97 points “I think the best wine here (at the moment anyways) is the 2012 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. More reserved and closed initially, it has subtle, yet seductive notes of black raspberry, blackberry, toasted spice, smoke earth and cured meat that gradually open up in the glass. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, substantial Cote Rotie that has awesome polish to its tannin, a great mid-palate and a smoking finish. It too needs short-term cellaring, but will keep for 2-3 decades.” WA
Arriving Friday, May 8th

Evening Land Gold Label Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills 2012 750ML ($99.95) $89 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 96 points “Fresh, elegant and expressive, with a lovely open texture that lets the spicy, minerally pear and pineapple flavors glow brightly as the finish gains momentum. Has depth and sinuous shape. Drink now through 2020.” WS

Evening Land White Label ‘Seven Springs Vineyard – Summum’ Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills 2012 750ML ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 96 points “Bright and vibrant, this is dazzling with its depth of pear, tangerine cream and pineapple flavors, plus a cascade of mineral aromatics that tumble through the very long finish. This has intensity on a relatively light frame, and then backs off and lets the flavors coast for what seems like minutes. Drink now through 2025.” WS

Evening Land Blue Label Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2012 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 93 points “Silky, expressive and minerally, this medium-weight red layers its blackberry, black cherry, tar and river stone flavors and aromatics on an open frame, lingering easily on the polished finish. Drink now through 2022.” WS

Evening Land Silver Label ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2012 750ML ($69.95) $59 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 96 points “Sleek and silky, brimming with raspberry, blackberry, pear and licorice flavors that come together seamlessly on the long, polished finish. This has depth and presence. Drink now through 2022.” WS

Evening Land Gold Label ‘Seven Springs Vineyard – La Source’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2012 750ML ($11.95) $99 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 98 points “Seductive, silky and supple, this red layers its gorgeous currant, plum, blueberry and spice flavors on a lithe frame, coming together harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2022.” WS

Giacomo Borgogno Repricements

Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo DOCG 2006 1.5L ($219.95) Was $179, Now $149, 5 magnums available
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The 2006 Barolo is the finest young, straight Barolo I have tasted from Borgogno in a long time, maybe ever. It embodies everything that Barolo is, from the mysterious bouquet to the mid-weight expression of fruit to the firm yet regal tannins. This is simply gorgeous juice. A sensual me´lange of sweet dark cherries and leather lead to freshly cut roses, tar and licorice in this deceptively medium- bodied wine. It reminds me of the Baroli I tasted as a young person, the wines that taught me the breadth that only Nebbiolo is capable of. The powerful finish suggests the wine will age for a number of years, but with some air, the 2006 is striking even today.” AG

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Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo DOCG 2007 1.5L ($219.95) Was $169, Now $149, 6 magnums available
Antonio Galloni 92 points “The 2007 Barolo is gorgeous. In keeping with the style of the house, it boasts a considerably firm core of tannin that supports the fruit. There is plenty of 2007 intensity and richness in the glass, but those elements are balanced by the wine’s pure structure and inner tension. The 2007 can be enjoyed young if given some air, and it should drink nicely for a dozen years, if not longer. Even with all the tannin, I don’t see this being an especially long-lived Barolo.” AG

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Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo DOCG 2008 1.5L ($219.95) Was $179, Now $149, 6 magnums available
Antonio Galloni & James Suckling 92 points “Borgogno’s 2008 Barolo shows what a beautiful vintage this is. Dark red cherries, plums, tobacco, wild flowers, savory herbs and tobacco are some of the many notes that emerge from the glass. Over the last two years, the 2008 has blossomed beautifully in bottle. This is the best bottle I have tasted so far. The 2008 is a blend of fruit from San Pietro, Bricco delle Viole and Cannubi/San Lorenzo, all in the village of Barolo.” AG

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Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Cannubi, Barolo DOCG 2008 750ML ($179.95) Was $149, Now $119, 22 bottles available
James Suckling 96 points “A dense, chewy wine with plum and dried fruit character. Lots of mineral, sandy and balsamic character. Full body, ripe tannins and a flavourful finish. Structured and rich. Serious Cannubi. Needs at least three or four years of bottle age.” JS
Antonio Galloni 94 points “Violets, tar, smoke, rose petals, spices and dark fruit are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2008 Barolo Cannubi. An intense, dramatic wine for the year, the 2008 boasts layered fruit and equally thrilling structure, even if at times it is a bit rustic. This is a decidedly burly wine from Cannubi, a vineyard mostly associated with finesse. It will be interesting to see how things come together in bottle. Today, it is the wine’s striking inner perfume that makes me most hopeful for the future.” AG

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Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Fossati, Barolo DOCG 2008 750ML ($119.95) Was $89, Now $66, 23 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 93 points “A mesmerizing wine, the 2008 Barolo Fossati opens with hints of plum, black cherry, menthol, violets and licorice. There is an elusiveness to the Fossati that is marvelous to behold, as the wine seems to constantly change in the glass. Now that it is in bottle, the wine has shut down a bit, but its inner sweetness and perfume are still very much in evidence.” AG

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The average price is $83
More, More Montille
Newly Arrived

“As with all good stories, this one takes us on a journey through time. The past, its roots; the present, the new generation; evolution, not revolution… An erudite blend, balanced between tradition and modernity…we dare say it is the continuity of change.” –Domaine de Montille

The origins of Domaine de Montille can be traced back to the middle of the 17th century at Créancey in the Auxois region, with the Lords of Commeau. ‘The domaine pre-dates the revolution; it was created in the 1750s,’ states Hubert de Montille. A strong focus was on revitalizing a particular Burgundian notion called ‘terroir.’ Each appellation and each climat that the monks classified and cultivated gives a wine its distinct personality, showing a wide range of complexities. Étienne explains, ‘Above all my father looked to respect the authenticity of each of his terroirs by making wines of moderate alcohol, elegance and refined aromatic purity.’

Over the course of 20 years, Domaine de Montille progressively (and naturally) turned to organics, and eventually to biodynamics. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and synthetic fungicides were completely abandoned so that the soil and vines could return to their more natural state.

By 2011, Domaine de Montille had 20 hectares of vines, of which 75% were Premiers or Grand Crus. Montille wines are known for their great aromatic purity, with a focus on favoring balance and elegance over power and extraction. These wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular.

Newly Arriving Montille Wines:

Domaine de Montille Meursault Les Narvaux du Dessous 2012 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 1 bottle available
Stephen Tanzer–Vinous 91 points “Pale straw with a yellow tinge. Attractive lift to the peach and spicy aromas. Purer and more expressive than the Poruzots from Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet, with brisk, well-integrated acidity and a penetrating stony quality intensifying the stone fruit and brown spice flavors. Finishes long and firm. This is excellent.” ST

Domaine de Montille Les Perrieres, Meursault Premier Cru 2012 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 2 bottles available
Burghound 90-92 points “Here too strong sulfur and reduction render the nose impossible to assess. As one would reasonably expect this is intensely mineral-driven with an excellent sense of energy and tension to the saline-inflected flavors that display only moderate depth on the otherwise wonderfully long and well-balanced finish. My range offers the benefit of the doubt that more depth will develop with age.” BH

Domaine de Montille Le Cailleret, Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 2012 750ML ($199.95) $179 special, 1 bottle available
Stephen Tanzer–Vinous 93+ points “Straw-yellow. Ripe, leesy, deep aromas of stone fruits and smoky minerality complicated by an exotic suggestion of orange. Rich, fat and sweet, boasting excellent density to its concentrated, seamless flavors of stone fruits and crushed rock. Almost massive for this cuvee and in need of four or five years of bottle aging to express itself more fully.” ST

Maison Deux Montille Soeur et Frere Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($449.95) $369 special, 1 bottle available
Burghound 91-94 points “This is also quite firmly reduced at present. There is good verve and plenty of underlying tension to the unusually big-bodied flavors that display an abundance of both mouth coating dry extract along with ample amounts of the hallmark minerality that helps to shape the intensely saline and beautifully persistent finish. This is quite dry and exhibits slightly better overall complexity than the Corton-Charlemagne.” BH

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Domaine de Montille Les Sizies, Beaune Premier Cru 2012 750ML($89.95) $69 special, 3 bottles available
Winery note “This Beaune Premier Cru “les Sizies” is a bit like a younger child of the family. With the Bourgogne rouge, it allows the discovery of the de Montille touch, the style of the Domaine. This 1.62 hectare parcel of vines planted on rather clay-dominant soils at the foot of the slope offers a generous wine, capable of showing its full potential even at a very young age. It will drink well without requiring much wait but it will surely surprise with age thanks to its assertive character and complexity.”

Domaine de Montille Pommard Les Cras, Cote de Beaune 2012 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 3 bottles available
Winery note “Pommard “Les Cras” is our only red Côte de Beaune village level wine. The origin of the word “Cras” comes from “rocky hillsides”, a term often used to designate a lower elevation vineyard whose soil is constituted of rubble and pebbly stones. Very well situated at the top of the lieu-dit with a slight slope toward the south and between the intersection of two Premier Crus (“Les Combes Dessus” and “Le Clos Micot”), this 0.5 hectare parcel’s soil is gravelly with a high quality red clay that is very typical of Pommard. Planted at the beginning of the 1980s, this vineyard gives generous, profound and sappy fruit.”

Domaine de Montille Les Grands Epenots, Pommard Premier Cru 2012 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 3 bottles available
Burghound 89-92 points “A deft application of wood sets off an agreeably fresh nose that features notes of black raspberry liqueur and just turned earth nuances. There is an appealing vibrancy to the velvet-textured medium-bodied flavors that possess very fine volume and mid-palate weight before terminating in a lingering finish. Here too there is just a trace of dryness but the supporting tannins appear to have the requisite phenolic ripeness such that it should dissipate with a few years of bottle age and my predicated range offers the benefit of the doubt.” BH

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Domaine de Montille Les Champans, Volnay Premier Cru 2012 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 6 bottles available
“Here the intensely earthy nose is also quite somber and reserved with its array of various dark berry fruit and discreet humus aromas. There is good volume and a sleek muscularity to the mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that possess that lovely sense of underlying tension yet culminates in a mildly austere and dry finish. This is likely to add depth and flesh out somewhat with bottle age but I’m less certain that the balance is going to improve with time and my suggested initial drinking window reflects this concern.”—Burghound

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Domaine de Montille Les Pezerolles, Pommard Premier Cru 2012 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 92-94 points “The 2012 Pommard Les Pézerolles is a beauty, but it is going to require serious time to fully come together. The interplay of dark red fruit, acidity and minerality is simply dazzling. Vibrant and nuanced to the core, the 2012 boasts fabulous tension and pure power. There is so much to look forward to here.” AG

Domaine de Montille Les Rugiens, Pommard Premier Cru 2012 750ML ($199.95) $159 special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 91-93 points “Savory herbs, wild flowers, mint and black fruit all take shape in the 2012 Pommard Les Rugiens. The aromatics are nicely lifted, while there is plenty of vintage 2012 fruit and tannin to fill out the wine’s frame. Here it is the wine’s balance that impresses most of all.” AG

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Domaine de Montille Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($219.95) $179 special, 1 bottle available
Antonio Galloni 93-96 points “The 2012 Corton Clos du Roi is a model of delicacy and finesse. Dark raspberries, wild flowers and savory herbs all meld together gracefully in a wine that is all about transparency, nuance and detail. Texture and a total sense of polish are some of the signatures that are impossible to miss. Dried herbs, crushed flowers and anise are all woven together nicely through to the finish.” AG

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Domaine de Montille Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2012 750ML ($279.95) $249 special, 1 bottle available
Antonio Galloni 93-95 points “A deep, structured wine, the 2012 Clos Vougeot boasts superb intensity to match its expressive, layered personality. Blue and black-toned fruit, cloves, leather and violets. Next to the Corton, the ClosVougeot is dense and resonant, with multiple dimensions that slowly reveal themselves with time. Today, the 2012 is massive and imposing, yet I find a level of purity in the fruit that is absolutely striking.” AG

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