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Boulay 3 Day Sale! 5-26-24

 
 
 
We’ll get to Boulay, but first…..a few thoughts on Sancerre

It’s my belief that we’re witnessing a return to glory for the region of Sancerre. Not that the prestige ever quite went away, but wine drinking society certainly turned its back for a bit on what they perceived to be a region and a style that was almost too classic, too well understood. Part of the problem was that Sancerre experienced a major jump in production following the 90s and early 2000s that wasn’t always backed by top quality juice in the bottle. At its best, this region shows a wonderfully complex side of sauvignon blanc that no other place can. That steely lemon and grapefruit citrus, delicate white flowers, and subtle smoky aromas of gunflint.
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Donnhoff May Sale 5-25-24

Donnhoff
 

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Despite being one of the smallest growing regions in Germany, the Nahe is one of the most compelling. Combining the heft of the Rheingau with the elegance and minerality of the Mosel, the region offers something no other can boast: winemakers Helmut and Cornelius Dönnhoff. That’s a lot of faith we hoist on the shoulders of this family, but anyone who knows the wines knows that it is well deserved.
 
Dönnhoff is one of our favorite German producers, and one we stock by the pallet-load. They excel with both dry and off-dry wines, producing some of the highest rated and most enthusiastically praised Rieslings in nearly every vintage. Their privileged location in the Nahe, includes some of the finest and most geologically diverse vineyards in all of Germany.
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Vinopolis Newsletter 5-24-24

 In This Newsletter:

All New Arrivals: Nanclares, Envinate, and Comtes de Lefon

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Our Summer Roses are in Bloom

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Are You Ready for Vietti?

 
New Arrivals
 
 
SPAIN
 

Alberto Nanclares y Prieto.
 

 
Some of the world’s greatest investments are happy accidents… just ask winery owner Alberto Nanclares. An economist who loved the sea, he moved with his wife to Castrelo, a small town near Spain’s Atlantic Coast, and began to take an interest in the Albarino vines planted on his new property. Interest turned to love which turned to obsession and in 1997 he decided to found his own winery.
 
While he began as a garagiste, his production expanded over time and he eventually hired his friend Silvia Prieto, a technician and enologist as a consultant, but she soon became an equal partner in the operation. 
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Los Bermejos Sale & Close-Out Featurette 5-23-24

In This Newsletter:
 
Los Bermejos
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Vinopolis Close-Out Sale Featurette: Guy Charlemagne
 

 
Los Bermejos
 

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Walk the moonscape of the Spanish island of Lanzarote, and you would never suspect the volcanic ash could support life of any kind. But grapevines, and in particular high-quality wine grapes, thrive in marginal conditions.
 
The few growers that remained on the island after volcanic eruptions in the 18th century carved hollows into the ash to help direct rain and dew towards the roots. The vines see half the average rainfall of typical wine regions. The ash provides unique protective properties, as it prevents phylloxera from taking hold. Grafting is unnecessary under traditional methods.
 
Ignacio Valdera founded Bodegas Los Bermejos in 2001.
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Arriving This Week 5-22-24 PM

In This Newsletter:

Arriving Soon: The wines of Vincent Paris and Coquina

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Your Guide to Goodfellow Family Cellars

             Closeout Roses from Commanderie de Peyrassol

 
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Vincent Paris.
 

 
The wines of Vincent Paris are often described as bold, but what does it mean to be bold? For the soft-spoken Vincent, one of the Rhône’s fastest rising stars, he would prefer to let his stunningly focused and evocative wines do the talking. And they are wines that beg to be noticed.
 
Vincent prunes his branches to just 4 bunches of grapes per vine (versus a typical five to seven bunches) which encourages a dense and powerful concentration in the fruit, but these are not heavy-handed. Quite the opposite, these are wines with a lift and freshness that complements the bolder aspects of the wine’s expression without tamping down its largesse.
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