Newsletter 5/29/23

In This Newsletter:

2022 Bandol Roses, Tavels, and more!
Staff Pick
Thibaud Boudignon Rose 
Featured Winery
Weingut Max Ferdinand Richter 
May Sale- Rhone Wines
FINAL DAYS– Ends Wednesday!
June Sale- Spanish Wines
Monsant, Rioja, Priorat, and more!
Hidden Gems
“The Other White Burgundy,” Romanee-Conti goes to Provence, and more
Special 3 Day Collector’s Sale
Bond Estates

Arriving June 2nd
Grands Bois Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2022 750ml $14 special, 36 bottles available
Vinopolnote “50% Grenache, 50% Mourvèdre. 13% alc. Certified Organic.
The epitome of quality & value in the Côtes-du-Rhône, Marc Besnardeau’s wines are ripe, vibrant & delicious! Direct press only, 20 days low temperature fermentation in stainless steel tank. Lychee color and peach/lychee bouquet. Very fresh on the pallet with peach and fruit drop flavors.”
Reverdy Sancerre Rose Terre De Maimbray 2022 750ml $26 special, 36 bottles available
Vinopolnote 100% Pinot Noir, Hand harvested, Direct Press. Aged in stainless-steel. Sustainable. A classic: light pink, long and superb mineral acidity.
Domaine La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose 2022 750ml $26 special, 36+ bottles available
Vinopolnote “78% Mourvedre, 18% Grenache, 4% Cinsault. Limestone soil, hand-harvested. Certified Organic. Bottled exclusively for Weygandt-Metzler Importing & the American market. The 2022 is fresh, typical Bandol with more spices this year than in previous years. A lot of character, less dark – classic. Lower yields than last 2 vintages, so more substance but great acidity. Partial malo and maceration of the Cinsault and Mourvèdre.”
Manissy IGP La Belle Etoile Rose 2022 750ml $11.90 special, 36 bottles available
Importer’s Note 
Rosé wine. Southern Rhône, France. Organic. 50% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, 25% Grenache. Covering an area of 1.5ha, this site is bathed by the sun and swept by the mistral on a flat plain that rich in limestone with a clay subsoil. Entirely hand-harvested organic grapes that have a cold maceration before being pressed. Low temperature fermentation with indigenous yeasts, which allow the yeast to develop its fruit flavors. Aged in stainless steel tank. Given the name “beautiful star” by the Manissy Brotherhood’s missionary preist, the grapes originate from organically certified vineyards owned by wine-maker Florian André’s mother.
Manissy Tavel Tete De Cuvee Rose 2021 750ml $26 special, 24 bottles available
Importer’s Note “Grenache , Clairette, Cinsault. 13.5% alc. Certified Organic. Over 100 years old, the Tête de Cuvée was the first wine to be made by the Château starting in 1915 by the Brothers of the Holy Family and is still made in the traditional way; Grapes are destemmed, crushed and cold-soaked for 24-48 hours before pressing, native yeast fermentation for 15 days. Aged in 225-litre barrels for 12 months. Rich and complex, this unusual cuvee develops flavours of candied fruit and spices. Delicious flavours, excellent length.”
Manissy Tavel Cuvee Des Lys Rose 2022 750ml $17 special, 36 bottles available
Importer’s Note “50% Grenache , 25% Syrah, 25% Clairette Rose, Direct Pressing. 13.5%. Certified Organic
Young Florian Andre manages Château Manissy, a property of an ancient religious order of Monks in Tavel. These full-bodied Grenache-Clairette rosés fill the bistros & fine restaurants of Paris
each summer. Quintessentially ‘Tavel’ in character, the 2022 is crammed with juicy red berries (strawberries and raspberries) lifted by a touch of grapefruit and citrus zest.”
Arriving July
Chateau Laforge St Emilion 2009 750ml $75 special, 36 bottles available
Wine Advocate 96 Points “From proprietor Jonathan Maltus, this blend of three terroirs, two on sand and one on gravel, is a blend of 92% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. About 2,000 cases are produced, and the prodigious 2009 is the finest vintage to date. Inky blue/purple, with notes of licorice, camphor, black truffle, blackberry and blueberry, this full-bodied wine has massive concentration yet at the same time displays elegance and harmony. The equilibrium and 60+-second length make for a huge, massive, but incredibly well-balanced wine, like a shadow of the proprietor himself. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.”
Staff Pick
Thibaud Boudignon Rose De Loire 2022 750ml $24 special, 36+ bottles available
This Rose is amazingly fresh with notes of citrus, orange blossom, and other floral notes. Very savory. You understand why they call the Loire the garden of France when you drink this wine.”
Featured Winery
Weingut Max Ferd. Richter
Founded in the 17th century and family run for 9 generations, Weingut Max Ferd. Richter has been instrumental in establishing the reputation of Mosel as one of Germany’s finest wine regions.

Known for their supreme committment to quality, all of their grapes are kept to low yields, hand-picked, soft-pressed, and cold fermented in old oak barrels. Each single vineyard bottling represents a unique experience that reflects the varied patchwork of soil types that make up their estate vineyards.

These are wines of great clarity and concentration, as engaging as they are elegant.

Vintage Wine Points Price/Quantity
2018 Max Richter Sonnenuhr Kabinett Feinherb 750ml 93 Wine Advocate $21.90 special, 7 bottles available
2018 Max Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Kabinett 750ml 92-94 Wine Advocate $21.90 special, 30 bottles available
2018 Max Richter Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Trocken 750ml 93+ John Gilman   $24 special,  20 bottles available
2018 Max Richter Sonnenuhr Kabinett 750ml 93-95 Wine Advocate $24 special, 27 bottles available
2018 Max Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Spatlese 750ml 94-96 Wine Advocate $29 special, 36+ bottles available
2018  Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr Spatlese 750ml  95-96 Wine Advocate $33 special, 18 bottles available
2018 Max Richter Wehlener Sonnenhuhr Uralte Reben 750ml 91 Mosel Fine Wines $39 special, 42 bottles available
2018 Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr GG 750ml 94 James Suckling  $45 special, 28 bottles available
2018  Max Richter Juffer Sonnenhuhr Auslese 750ml  96-97 Wine Advocate $49 special, 47 bottles available
2018 Max Richter Wehlener Sonnenhuhr Auslese*** 375ml 97 Wine Advocate $59 special, 7 bottles available
May Sale- All Rhone Wines
Last Three Days To Save!

Buy 6-11 bottles for a 5% discount
Buy 12+ bottles for a 10% discount
Ends May 31st at 6pm… the best selection is NOW!
Discount does not apply to pre-arrival wines or case discounts.
Discount will not display online, we will adjust your invoice before charging your card.

Each 1.5L (Magnum) bottle will be counted as 2 bottles when applied to the discount.
Each 3.0L bottle will be the equivalent of 4 bottles.
6.0L bottles will be counted as 8 bottles.

This is first come / first served and limited to stock on hand.

Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2018 750ml $69 special, 30 bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 92-95 Points “One of the gems in the Northern Rhône lineup is the 2018 Côte Rôtie, which, as with all of Louis’ wines, wasn’t destemmed and was brought up in 30-40% new oak. Stunning aromatics of black raspberries, olive tapenade, ground pepper, violets, and assorted meat notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, opulent, seamless Côte Rôtie that has a smoking good texture. Count me impressed.”

Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2020 750ml $69 special, 23 bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 Points “I loved the 2020 Côte Rôtie, which is certainly the standout from the North. Coming from both the southern and northern ends of the appellation, it’s full-bodied, ripe, and textured, yet never loses a sense of Côte Rôtie elegance. Lots of bacon fat, exotic flowers (I wrote liquid violet in my notes), and gamey blue fruits define the nose, and the balance is spot on, it has silky tannins and is just another brilliant wine.”

Saint Cosme Gigondas Le Claux 2017 750ml $99 special, 6 bottles available
Vinous 96 points “Brilliant violet. Highly perfumed black raspberry and cherry liqueur aromas are accompanied by potpourri, mocha, vanilla and baking spice nuances, along with a smoky mineral flourish that builds in the glass. Juicy and appealingly sweet, displaying palate-staining red and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that show superb depth and a smooth, seamless texture. Deftly balances richness and vivacity and finishes extremely long and spicy, with smooth, harmonious tannins and a subtle echo of candied flowers and kirsch.”
Saint Cosme Gigondas Le Claux 2018 750ml $99 special, 21 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95-97 Points “Everything about the all-Grenache 2018 Gigondas le Claux is big. From the huge black cherry and blackberry fruit, to the insane levels of concentration, the rich, velvety tannins and the never-ending, licorice-tinged finish, this beauty should evolve positively for at least a decade and a half.”
Saint Cosme Gigondas Le Claux 2020 750ml $119 special, 30 bottles available
Vinous 98 Points “Opaque red. Sharply defined red fruit, floral and Moroccan spice aromas, along with intense mineral, garrigue and cola nuances. Shows superb depth as well as vivacity on the palate, offering juicy red and blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors and an exotic hint of blood orange. Finishes impressively long and precise with firm tension, discreet tannins and reverberating red fruit and floral notes.”
Saint Cosme Gigondas Le Poste 2020 750ml $119 special, 14 bottles available
Wine Spectator 96 Points “A behemoth of a wine, with dense layers of sweet, ripe plum sauce and mulled cherry that take a dark, savory turn on the palate, coated in melted iron, black licorice, balsamic reduction and singed herbs. Despite its massive power and coiled energy, this is surprisingly delicious now, with beautiful harmony to the texture and structure. A wine to savor and contemplate. Drink now through 2040.”
Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2020 750ml $128 special, 16 bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 97-100 points “At the moment, the 2020 Gigondas Hominis Fides looks to be the standout of the three single vineyards, although all three are beautiful wines in the making. It certainly offers the most power and concentration, with lots of ground pepper, Provençal garrigue, violets, and loamy soils notes, as well as a darker cassis and berry-driven core of fruit. It builds beautifully on the palate, with ample structure, incredible balance, and a great, great finish.”
Vintage Wine Points Price/Quantity
2020 Saint Cosme Crozes Hermitage 750ml 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck $39 special, 36+ bottles available
2020 Saint Cosme St Joseph 750ml Jeb Dunnuck 91-93 $39 special, 54 bottles available
2017 Saint Cosme Deux Albion Rouge 1.5L   $39 special, 4 bottles available
2018 Saint Cosme CDP 750ml Wine Spectator 93 Points $45 special, 36+ bottles available
2019 Saint Cosme CDP 750ml   $49 special, 36+ bottles available
2018 Saint Cosme Gigondas 750ml Jeb Dunnuck 93 points $49 special, 9 bottles available
2020 Saint Cosme Gigondas 750ml Wine Spectator 94 points $49 special, 36+ bottles available
2017 Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 750ml Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points $55 special, 8 bottles available
2019 Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 750ml Jeb Dunnuck 95-97 Points $69 special, 4 bottles available
2018 Saint Cosme Gigondas 1.5L Jeb Dunnuck 93 points $79 special, 26 bottles available
2020 Saint Cosme Condrieu 750ml Wine Spectator 94 Points $84.50, 9 bottles available
2019 Saint Cosme Gigondas 1.5L Wine Specator 95 points $99 special, 11 bottles available
2020 Saint Cosme Gigondas 1.5L Wine Spectator 94 points $99 special, 23 bottles available
June Sale- All Spanish Wines
Big Scores and Big Savings

Buy 6-11 bottles for a 5% discount
Buy 12+ bottles for a 10% discount
Ends June 30th at 6pm… the best selection is NOW!

This is first come / first served and limited to stock on hand.
Discount does not apply to pre-arrival wines or case discounts.
Discount will not display online, we will adjust your invoice before charging your card.
Vinedos Paganos El Puntido Rioja Gran Reserva 2008 750ml $69 special, 19 bottles available
Wine Advocate 97 Points “I was greatly impressed by the 2008 El Puntido Gran Reserva, a wine with a more traditional profile than the majority of wines from the Eguren family. At age 14, the wine is glorious, still young and with a mixture of primary and more developed notes. It goes more in the direction of the old wines, with balsamic notes of incense and cedarwood, mushrooms and some berries and herbs. It’s complex and elegant, with fully resolved tannins. This was bottled back in May 2011, so it’s been in bottle for over a decade, and the texture shows it. It has 14% alcohol and a pH of 3.55. This matured in brand-new French oak barrels for 28 months, and the wine has absorbed the oak completely.”

Espectacle Del Montsant 2018 750ml $119 special, 17 bottles available
Wine Spectator 98 Points “As with other wines, I also tasted the 2018 Espectacle del Montsant next to the 2017 to catch up, as I last tasted the region some 16 months ago. 2018 was a cooler year of slow ripeness, and the grapes achieved an amazing 16% alcohol. The wine is truly spectacular, true to its name. It has tons of violet notes and aromatic herbs, the palate is gentler, and the tannins are rounder, polished and elegant. It has full body but isn’t heavy. There is a lot of complexity, and the wine developed slowly in the glass, showing nuances of cereals, kirsch, orange peel and lots of spices and herbs. It’s opulent and full, deep and complex. Amazing in its style. Some 6,500 bottles produced.”
Sierra Cantabria Finca El Bosque Rioja 2019 750ml $139 special, 12 bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points “The 2019 Finca el Bosque is another single vineyard and comes from a site on a deep, gravelly escarpment overlooking the Ebro River. It offers more ripe blue fruits and cassis as well as sappy herbs, flowers, violets, graphite, and chalky minerality. It shows a more elegant, flawlessly balanced, incredibly pure style on the palate, with ultra-fine tannins, wonderful overall balance, and no hard edges. This is pure class. Give bottles 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following two decades of more.

Terroir Al Limit Les Tosses Priorat 2014 750ml $219 special, 7 bottles available
Wine Advocate 98 Points “Already bottled in June 2016, slightly earlier as it usually spends two years in foudre to avoid excessive fatigue because of too much oxygen in the wine, the 2014 Les Tosses is pure Cariñena from an old vineyard on slate soils at some 650 meters altitude. There is none of the rusticity I often link to the grape, this is extremely floral and perfumed, with plenty of violets, a little earthy too. The palate is extremely balanced, and I don’t remember tannins as elegant as these in a Cariñena before. There is length, freshness and a very, very long finish. This might very well be the best vintage of Les Tosses so far. This wine feels very young and it’s a bit shy, but giving it time it is just amazing. It should be much better with a little more time in bottle. If you decide to pull the cork soon, make sure you give it some time to breathe. There are 1,946 bottles produced. The vineyard is almost two hectares, and Dominik Huber only used part of it for this bottling, and the rest goes to Torroja. But, his idea is to increase the volume so he’ll take longer to sell this vintage so he can keep the wine for one year longer in bottle before selling it. Smart thinking…”
Clos Erasmus Priorat 2019 750ml $228 special, 15 bottles available
Wine Advocate 98+ Points “The serious and powerful 2019 Clos Erasmus feels quite classical Priorat, with notes of graphite, black fruit and licorice; it’s a solid Priorat with weight, concentration and clout. There are still some smoke, toast and spice notes from the élevage—100% in barrel, some 40% of them new, for around 18 months—and the wine always needs a little bit of time in bottle. Despite the 15.5% alcohol, the wine comes through as balanced and with freshness, there is no heat or sensation of alcohol; you need the tannins and acidity to counterbalance the alcohol, and they are doing that here. This is more balsamic, aromatic and exuberant. It’s showy, hedonistic and rich, a solid Erasmus. The tannins are still quite present and need some more time to be resolved. 3,300 bottles were filled in May 2020.”

Bodegas Muga Aro 2019 750ml $349 special, 4 bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 100 points “Pure magic, the 2019 Aro is 70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano from a plant by plant selection of the Muga family’s oldest vines of Tempranillo, blended with a substantial portion of Graciano. This dense purple behemoth has a primordial bouquet of pure cassis, graphite, crushed stone, lead pencil, new leather, and hints of spring flowers. Building incrementally on the palate, with full-bodied richness, a huge mid-palate, and ripe, velvety tannins, this is one heavenly Rioja that deserves 7-8 years of bottle age and will age like a First Growth from Bordeaux. Hats off to the team at Muga for another incredible wine.”

Hidden Gems
Some great bottles lurking the Vinopolis shelves 
Triennes Sainte Fleur Viognier IGP 2020 750ml $18 special, 36+ bottles available
Two of Burgundy’s greatest names – Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac, and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – are the partners behind this pioneering property in Provence, northeast of Marseille and due east of Aix-en-Provence. In less than two decades, they have transformed this stunning 46-hectare site into one of the top wine estates in Southern France.
Moillard Bourgogne Aligote 2021 750ml $19.50 special, 36+ bottles available
“The other White Burgundy.” Aligote is a fresh, slightly herbal white grape that that likely evolved from Pinot Noir. It’s been a small prescence in Burgundy for  It’s pretty fantastic as a pairing for seafood and pork.
Bow & Arrow Rhinestones Red 2021 750ml $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Winery Note 
“To understand Rhinestones we have to talk about the Cheverny region of France’s Loire Valley where, by law, the red wines must be a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir. We follow this stricture with all the Pinot and Gamay fruit we source from Johan Vineyard. The blend is determined by nature and vintage. Aged in a mixture of concrete and old barriques, this wine is the flagship of the Bow & Arrow operation and communicates what we’re about as much as anything we make. Effortlessly drinkable but rewards detective work if you’re in the mood.”

Special 3 Day Collector’s Sale
Bond Estates

“Critics say Napa has an ego. But what it really has is a gargantuan appetite for life and a palpable hunger for success.”

-Karen MacNeill, The Wine Bible

After his first winery (Harlan Estates) became a critical and financial success, Bill Harlan began Bond Estates to focus exclusively on high quality single vineyard bottlings from five vineyards: Melbury, Quella, St. Eden, Vecina, and Pluribus. Calling them his “Grand Crus,” each wine is crafted as a celebration of the unique characteristics of each vineyard.

Ego or not, the wines of Bond Estates are made to last. Bill Harlan, the owner, thinks in the long-term, having purchased his winery and vineyards thinking of his children and grandchildren and preserving the character of the Napa Valley long into the future. It’s a 200 year plan, he says.

For three days only we’re offering these wines on saleSale ends Thursday at 6pm

Buy 1-2 bottles 5%
Buy 3+ bottles 10%
This is first come / first served and limited to stock on hand.
Discount will not display online, we will adjust your invoice before charging your card.
Vintage Wine Points Price/Quantity
2003   Melbury 750ml 97 points Wine Advocate $449 special, 6 bottles
2015   Melbury 750ml 98 points Vinous $649 special, 1 bottle
2018   Melbury 750ml 98 points Vinous $819 special, 1 bottle
2010 Melbury 1.5L 98+ Points Robert Parker $849 special, 1 bottle
2015 Quella 750ml 97 points Vinous $649 special, 1 bottle
2018 Quella 750ml 97 points Vinous $819 special, 1 bottle
2015 St Eden 750ml 100 points Dunnuck $699 special, 1 bottle
2018 St Eden 750ml 97 points Vinous $819 special, 1 bottle
2003 Vecina 750ml 96+ points Wine Advocate $379 special, 5 bottles
2018 Vecina 750ml 99 points Vinous $819 special, 1 bottle
2003 Pluribus 750ml 98 points Wine Advocate $399 special, 4 bottles
2012 Pluribus 750ml 97 points Vinous $419 special, 1 bottle
2018 Pluribus 750ml 99 points Vinous $819 special, 1 bottle
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