Vinopolis Newsletter– 9/22/23

Special Arrival
Hailing from northern Piedmont, Timorasso has long been thought an interesting native varietal with exceptional aging potential. Ten months in ceramic vessels, stainless steel tanks and large oak casks – on the fine lees, which are kept in suspension with frequent batonnage tame this into a complex and expressive wine worthy of Vietti’s name
Vietti Timorasso Derthona Colli Tortonesi 2021 750ml $38 special, 18 bottles available
Jeb Dunnuck 92 Points “A pale straw color, the 2021 Derthona Timorasso is set to be released in May of 2023. It has a savory richness to its aromatics of pine resin, fresh lime flower, and melon and is tangy on the palate, with medium body, saline, the stony texture of wet asphalt, Meyer lemon, and chamomile. It feels very much like a Chenin Blanc, but a fresh style in a warm vintage. It is long on the palate with mineral persistence.”
New Arrivals
“Beaux Freres, Newberg”
Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2021 750ml $69 special, 12 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 Points “I tasted the 2021 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley about a month after it was bottled, but it doesn’t seem to matter—it bursts from the glass with generous pomegranate, cranberry and raspberry preserves aromas and accents of orange peel, aniseed and tea leaves. The palate is stunning: it strikes a balance between highly concentrated, nuanced fruit and an uplifted, silky structure, and it has a particularly elegant finish.”
Winery Note “Our Willamette Valley cuvée features fruit grown on select vineyard sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. The wines benefit from the same integrity in the winemaking process as our estate wines. The sites are farmed sustainably and managed to very low yields. We age the wines in the same French oak barrels used in our estate bottling, however the percentage of new oak is intentionally lower.  This wine is not fined or filtered.”
“Benton Lane, Monroe”
Benton Lane First Class Reserve Chardonnay 2019 750ml $24 special, 12 bottles available
Winery Notes “Complex and elegant with bright aromas of unripe tropical green pineapple and mango. The wine reveals notes of dry sweet herbs, grapefruit zest, and white pepper that unfold into flavors of Asian pear, honeysuckle, quince, and ginger. Medium bodied with a balanced palate, creamy mouthfeel, and bright acidity.”
Benton Lane Estate Grown Pinot Noir WV 2021 750ml $21.90 special, 24 bottles available
Winery Notes “From the southernmost region of Willamette Valley wine country, And tasty! 750ml of red berry richness.”
Faust “The Pact” Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 750ml $89 special, 8 bottles available
James Suckling 96 Points “Redcurrants and blackcurrants with some violets and crushed earth. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins. Fine, velvety tannins that are open and grounded. Firm and tight finish. Drinkable now, but better in 2024.”
Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2021 750ml $33 special, 13 bottles available
James Suckling 93 Points “A linear and tight white with sliced lemon and green apple, as well as hints of honeysuckle. Medium body with a creamy texture and a salty, jasmine undertone to the fruit at the finish. Solid phenolics. Drink now or hold.”
Leviathan Proprietary Red California 2020 750ml $28 special, 12 bottles available
James Suckling 93 Points “Lots of black olive, tar and asphalt with black fruit. Medium to full body with firm and linear tannins that run the length of the wine. This is a multi-region blend with a large percent from Sonoma. 56% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 13% petite syrah, 7% syrah, 5% petit verdot and 4% cabernet franc. Drink or hold.”

Guy Larmandier Cramant Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut NV 750ml $59 special, 34 bottles available
Importer’s Note “From Chardonnay vines in the Grand Cru village of Cramant. The total absence of any sense of sweetness in this Brut Zéro allows the limestone to take center stage, and it presents in a more piercing and saline manner than in Larmandier’s Brut wines. Despite its relative rigorousness and austerity, however, this is by no means a difficult wine. Rather, it will appeal to those who relish the sort of palpable, intense mineral character Champagne is capable of when made in such a straightforward fashion. Aged 3 years sur lattes.”
Brovia Barolo 2019 750ml $69 special, 36 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 Points “On a shortlist of “Annata” wines to buy from Piedmont this year is the Brovia 2019 Barolo. Made from a blend of fruit from Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba, this wine delivers a very sharp and chiseled performance that puts a priority on directness, freshness and length. This pretty wine has a pronounced fruity side and a mineral side, and these two parts converge beautifully. There are hints of dried mint and licorice on the close of this must-have wine.”
Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Ochetti 2019 750ml $19 special, 24 bottles available
Wine Advocate 91 Points “Softly pliant and silky, the Renato Ratti 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo Ochetti shows fine and nuanced detailing with lots of genuine and delicate character of the grape. The fruit is subtle in this wine, but the bouquet affords more room to crushed stone, blue flower and powdered licorice. The wine’s finely shaped texture would work next to a simple plate of egg noodles and grated Parmigiano.”
“Domaine Alphonse Mellot, Loire Valley”

Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Blanc La Moussiere 2022 750ml $36 special, 12 bottles available
Winemaker’s Note “La Moussière is the estate’s flagship cuvee, its richness, energy and precision defining the Alphonse Mellot style. This 100% Sauvignon white wine has a floral and fruity nose combining white flowers with citrus fruits, a resplendent golden robe with glints of green, and a lively, refreshing palate.”
Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Blanc La Demoiselle 2022 750ml $49 special, 6 bottles available
Not yet reviewed, 2021 review provided for reference
Vinous 92 Points “La Demoisellle is part of the narrow slice of Sancerre vineyards that are planted on clay-flint. The vines tumble towards the Loire to the east of the village, separated from the rest of the appellation’s limestone-based vineyards to the west of the fault line that slices through the area. The 2021 is a crisp, pure style with the flint giving a sense of direction throughout while the mid palate is suffused with a fragrance akin to elderflower, pineapple and pear. Tangy and balanced, it is very attractive in youth for its primary aromas but can evolve.”
Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Blanc “Le Paradis” 2022 750ml $79 special, 6 bottles available
Importer’s Note “From a south-facing, 1.4-hectare plot with 55-year-old vines on clayey limestone soils, the 2014 Sancerre Les Paradis is very bright and clear on the nose, displays spicy white and green fruit aromas and lemony flavors. The wine was fermented in conical wooden vats and in oval casks and aged on the fine lees for ten months before it was stored for another six months in vats.”
Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond 2020 750ml $99 special, 5 bottles available $99 special, 6 bottles available
Not yet reviewed, 2019 review provided for reference
Wine Advocate 93+ Points “Compared to other whites, Mellot’s 2019 Sancerre Edmond is definitely from another world of thinking and winemaking. The nose indicates a more “natural” approach since it is more generous in its autumn-like fruit aromas (from dry old vines in fact) as well as more oxidative and phenolic. However, as it takes in more air, the purer and finer the wine becomes. The intensity and richness is combined with mineral structure, fine tannins and a sustainability coming from the soils. This wine has enormous energy and is, in the end, a great one and with lots of iodine.”
Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Generation XIX 2019 750ml $99 special, 6 bottles available
Not yet reviewed, 2018 review provided for reference
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 94 Points “The 2018 Sancerre Génération Dix-Neuf (XIX) opens with a very clear, pure and, given the warm and dry vintage, beautifully fresh and mineral-scented bouquet with flinty and yeasty notes intermingled with white fruit aromas. Generously fruity but also salty, pure and tensioned on the palate, this is a full-bodied and elegant but thrilling 2018 Sancerre with a spectacularly long and iodine-laced finish.”
10 Reds Under $25
Saint Cosme Micro-Cosme Grenache-Pinot Noir NV 750ml $13.50 special, 36+ bottles available
Winemaker’s Note “This fusion of Grenache and Pinot Noir delivers aromas and flavors of strawberry, gingerbread, almond, cinnamon and heirloom rose.”
Palacio Quemado La Zarcita Extremadura 2018 750ml $16 special, 22 bottles available
Palacio Quemado La Zarcita Extremadura 2018 Case of 12 bottles $199 (That’s $16.58 per bottle) 2 cases available
Vinous 91 Points “Opaque magenta. Red and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the expressive nose. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering spice-accented raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a musky hint of licorice. Finishes long and juicy, with repeating florality and gentle tannins adding final grip.”
VinopolNote “A vineyard blend of the rich and dark Port grapes Trincadeira Prieta and Touriga Nacional in addition to Garnacha and Syrah.”
Bodega Diaz Bayo Roble Ribera Del Duero 2020 750ml $13.50 special, 36+ bottles
Winery Note “100% Tempranillo, between 900 – 920 meters; vines planted 1960 – 1995 in clayey-calcareous limestone; hand harvested; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; aged 8 months in used French and American oak barrels; aged 6 months in bottle.”
Castello Di Camigliano Poderuccio 2018 750ml $16 special, 36+ bottles available
Castello Di Camigliano Poderuccio 2018 Case of 12 750ml bottles $175 special, 8 cases available (That’s $14.58 per bottle!)
Castello Di Camigliano Poderuccio 2018 Case of 6 750ml bottles $91.50 special, 4 cases available (That’s $15.25 per bottle!)
Vinopolnote “A blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Sangiovese.”
James Suckling 90 Points “Lots of blackberries and tar, together with black-olive character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and structured. A little raw, but should come around nicely with bottle age. Drink from 2020.”
Domaine La Solitude Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2020 750ml $16 special, 30 bottles available
James Suckling 92 Points “Tons of black-cherry and ripe-blackberry fruit, but not a jot overripe. This is a bold and substantial wine for the appellation, thanks to the healthy dose of soft tannin. Plenty of licorice and spice, plus a hint of tar at the long finish. Carries 14% alcohol effortlessly! A GSM blend of 50% grenache, 40% syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Drink now.”
Chateau Goubau “La Source” Cotes De Castillon 2015 750ml $18 special, 22 bottles available
Chateau Goubau “La Source” Castillon 2015 Case of 6 750ml bottles $99 special, 6 cases available (That’s $16.50 per bottle)
Winery note “The second wine of Chateau Goubau comes from the vineyard parcels facing south and south-west on the slopes bordering the domain’s natural source. Made from a blend of 95% Merlot grapes and 5% Cabernet Franc grapes, the wine is spicy and fresh with aromas of red fruits, plums and spice. On the palate the wine is crunchy and fruity with black fruit flavours and a touch of spice; the finish is lively and appealing. Drink now for next three years.”
Bow & Arrow Rhinestones Red 2021 $19 special 750ml 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. 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.”
Muga El Anden De La Estacion Rioja 2018 750ml $19 special, 19 bottles available
Muga Rioja El Anden La Estacion 2018 750ml Case of 12 750ml bottles $199 special, 5 cases available (That’s $16.58 a bottle!)
Vinous 90 Points “Dark ruby. Ripe red fruits, vanilla and pipe tobacco on the nose, with spice and woodsmoke nuances emerging as the wine stretches out. Gently sweet and supple on the palate, offering juicy cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors braced by a spine of tangy acidity. Smooth tannins add shape and subtle grip to the persistent finish, which leaves a warm red fruit preserve note behind. Drink: 2022-2027.”
D’Angelo Aglianico Del Vulture 2019 750ml $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available
WINE SPECTATOR #49 – TOP 100 WINE OF 2022 “Compact and fresh, this medium- to full-bodied red reveals macerated black raspberry fruit accented by notes of dried sage, graphite, fig cake and mineral, with firm, dusty tannins. Let this open in the glass or decant ahead of time. Best from 2023 through 2029. 7,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported.”
Coe Cellars Mission Hill Sangiovese 2020 750ml $24 special, 36 bottles available
Vinopolnote “Coe Cellars produces just one wine: a 100% Sangiovese Grosso (the specific clone used in Brunello Di Montalcino) grown exclusively in the Mission Hill Vineyard in Walla Walla. Dedicated to making “as old world of a wine in the New World as possible,” Coe Cellars’ Sangiovese has a ripe cherry profile, with hints of savory dried herbs around the edges, lithe tannins, and a pleasantly tart finish. Blind fold us and we’d swear this is from Tuscany.”
Staff Pick Winery
Domaine Catherine et Claude Marechal


Maybe it would be a misnomer to call this Domaine “underrated” when they frequently receive great reviews from magazines like Burgundy Report and Burghound. Maybe a better way to describe them is “flying under the radar.”
These wines are more representative of older-styled Burgundy, so many of the bigger periodicals pay them no mind. But for aficionados in the know, these wines are great and they are an absolute steal.
Volnay and Pommard for under $60? These are price points that have all but evaporated from Burgundy in the recent past.
Catherine et Claude Marechal Bourgogne Gravel 2020 750ml $33 special, 11 bottles available
Catherine et Claude Marechal Chorey Beaune 2019 750ml $41.90 special, 9 bottles available
Catherine et Claude Marechal Ladoix 2019 750ml $41.90 special, 12 bottles available
Catherine et Claude Marechal Pommard Chaniere 2017 750ml $59 special, 3 bottles available
Catherine et Claude Marechal Savigny Beaune VV 2017 750ml $49 special, 11 bottles available
Catherine et Claude Marechal Volnay 2019 750ml $59 special, 7 bottles available
Close-out Sale

Emrich-Schonleber Fruhtau Riesling Trocken 2020 750ml WAS $41.90   NOW $33 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 93 Points “The 2020 Monzingen Riesling trocken Frühtau comes from younger vines in the Frühlingsplätzchen and opens with a clear, fine and reductive bouquet with coolish stony and herbal notes. Crystalline and very elegant on the palate, this is a tight, straight and still challenging, very mineral dry Riesling that will benefit from longer bottle aging. The finish is long and enormously salty. A wine to keep.”
Emrich-Schonleber Halenberg Spatlese Riesling 2018 750ml WAS $41.90 NOW $33 special, 18 bottles available
Vinous 93 Points “Lightly poached pear and white peach gain a welcome bit of brightness from fresh lime, so that an effusively ripe and soothingly creamy Riesling still delivers animation and refreshment. At the same time, there is a sense of lift and delicacy here that goes beyond what was exhibited by this year’s Kabinett, and which perfectly fits the floral perfume that wafts through this wine’s entire performance. A bittersweet hint of cassis and subtle piquancy of fruit pit add counterpoint to the complexly layered, bell-clear finish.”
Emrich-Schonleber Halenberg TBA Riesling 2018 375ml WAS $299 NOW $249 special, 21 Bottles Available
Wine Advocate 98+ Points “The 2018 Halenberg Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese is incredibly pure and aromatic on the nose where super ripe but clear peach aromas are displayed. Extremely rich and refined on the palate, this is a ripe, terribly sweet but refined, fresh and salty-piquant TBA with a stimulating finish. A fabulous wine.”
Emrich-Schonleber Monzinger Kabinett Riesling 2018 750ml WAS $28  NOW $21.90 special, 17 Bottles available
Vinous 90 Points “This wine’s 10% alcohol is a tip-off not just to its modest level of residual sugar but also to the extreme ripeness of the 2018 vintage, which, as Schönleber acknowledged, represented a challenge to the Kabinett genre. It was picked in the last days of September. It manages in fact to display more than enough delicacy and refreshment to justify its labeling.”
Emrich Schonleber Riesling Lenz 2020 750ml WAS $28  NOW $21.90 special, 36 bottles available
Stuart Pigott 93 points “Such a joyful and delicious dry riesling with a tidal wave of stone and citrus fruit, as well as berry and herbal notes. Long, succulent finish that says “drink me!” Drink or hold.”
Screaming Eagle The Flight 2019 750ml WAS $1099  NOW $999 special, 5 bottles available
James Suckling 99 Points “Extremely floral and aromatic with violets and lavender throughout. Black olives, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, very fine-grained tannins that run the length of the wine. Goes on for minutes. A greenish undertone comes out at the end with some spearmint, green tea and green olive. About two-thirds merlot. Best after 2028, but already stunning.”
J.H. Selbach Zelt Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2019 750ml WAS $18  NOW $14 special, 36+ bottles
VinopolNote “Purchased fruit from the one of the “Grand Cru” vineyards of the Mittelmosel.”
Selbach-Oster Bern Badstube Riesling Spatlese 2019 750ml WAS $33  NOW $28 special, 36+ bottles
Wine Advocate 93 Points “The 2019 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese is very clear, pure and flinty on the intense, elegant, crunchy and slatey nose. Salty, piquant and lush on the palate, this is a crystalline, pure and salty Badstube that is juicier and rounder than the 2018. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.”
Selbach-Oster Estate Riesling Feinherb 2019 750ml WAS $21.90  NOW $17.50 special, 36+ bottles available
Winery Note “Selbach-Oster Rieslings are not ‘Zeitgeist’-trendy wines that change according to the whims of fashion. Nor are they ‘made’ according to a recipe. Though they are deeply delicious, they do not seek to ‘seduce’ with short-term exotic aromas from specially cultured yeasts, aromatic enzymes or ice-cold fermentations.”
Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schloss Schmitt Auslese 2021 750ml WAS $69  NOW $59 special, 19 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95-96 Points “The 2021 Zeltinger Schlossberg Auslese Schmitt exhibits a very clear, coolish and piquant bouquet with concentrated white (stone) fruit and crushed stone aromas with some hints of caramel. Very delicate and finessed on the palate, this is a piquant and saline, crystalline and playful Auslese in a digestible sweet style. The finish is crunchy, crystalline and slatey, which gives iodine flavors and lots of tension that uplifts the richness of this promising beauty.”
Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2019 750ml WAS $28  NOW $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Mosel Fine Wines 90 Points “The 2019er Zeltinger Riesling Kabinett Trocken comes from Estate holdings mainly in the Himmelreich (90%) as well as Schlossberg (10%). It offers a beautifully refreshing and light nose of white peach, apple, mint, herbs, anise, and spices. The wine develops good presence and the intensity of a Spätlese on the palate and leaves a nicely herbal and spicy feel in the surprisingly assertive but very satisfying finish.”
Vaglio Blanco Tupungato 2020 750ml WAS $16  NOW $14 special, 36+ bottles available
Vaglio Blanco Tupungato 2020 Case of 12 750ml  WAS $169  NOW $149 special, 4 bottles available
Brazos Wine Importer Note “This is a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Semillon from El Peral in the Uco Valley, Mendoza. The nose is lively and bright with notes of green apple, pear, whites flowers, and a little green pea. The palate is well balanced with dense fruit and crisp acid.”
Vaglio Chacra Malbec 2018 750ml WAS $16 NOW $14 special, 36+ bottles available
Vaglio Chacra Malbec 2018 Case of 12 750ml bottles WAS $169 NOW $149 special, 4 bottles available
James Suckling 93 Points “A dense, compact malbec with intense, blackberry and wet-earth character. Full body. Creamy texture. Tangy and delicious on the finish. Ends with green tobacco and tar. Excellent.”
Vaglio Temple Malbec 2018 750ml WAS $16 NOW $14 special, 36+ bottles available
Vaglio Temple Malbec 2018 Case of 12 750ml WAS $169 NOW $149 bottles available
James Suckling 93 Points “This is always a delicious red with lots of crushed-berry and walnut character. Full-bodied, dense and juicy. Lots of old-vine character. Succulent.”
Rizzi Barbaresco Riserva Boito 2015 750ml WAS $99  NOW $89 special, 15 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 96 Points “Cellar Selection. Camphor, pipe tobacco, iris and mature black-skinned fruit aromas shape the nose on this full-bodied red. Delicious and structured, the firm palate delivers succulent black cherry, raspberry and licorice framed in firm, tightly knit but noble tannins. Drink 2023–2030.”
Rizzi Barbaresco Nervo 2017 750ml WAS $59  NOW $49 special, 13 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 95 Points “Rose, violet and perfumed berry aromas lead the nose followed by whiffs of camphor and culinary spice. Full bodied, supremely elegant and surprisingly fresh for the hot vintage, the savory palate delivers ripe Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and crushed mint alongside taut, refined tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. Drink 2022–2032.”

Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello Di Montalcino 2017 750ml WAS $199 NOW $159 special, 11 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 Points “The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino La Cerbaiola grows in intensity in the glass, with delicate aromas that are especially floral and light in character. Instead of blackberry or blackcurrant, this elegant wine delivers cassis and cranberry. Instead of overt spice, you get licorice, balsam herb and camphor ash. The Salvioni house style is ethereal and light, and although that extra vintage ripeness and concentration does register on the palate, farming and winemaking at this estate puts an emphasis on acidity over power or structure. These choices were particularly important in 2017.”
Salvioni Cerbaiola Rosso Di Montalcino 2018 750ml WAS $89 NOW $79 special, 23 bottles available
Vinous 93 Points “The 2018 Salvioni Rosso di Montalcino leads off with a zesty, fresh display of Sangiovese fruit, as a mix of cherry and strawberry is complemented by hints of sweet spice, leather and gorgeous exotic florals. On the palate, I’m finding a wonderfully pure expression, focused on ripe red fruits with energizing acids and subtle spice, as pretty inner rose develops toward the close. Hints of fine tannin and minerals mingle throughout the finish, and a staining of black cherry lingers on and on. What a beautiful, feminine, and truly enjoyable vintage for the Salvioni Rosso.”
Collector’s Corner
White Burgundy


Domaine Dujac Puligny 1er Folatieres 2019 1.5L $599 special, 1 bottle available
Burghound “Outstanding! Smoky reduction currently overshadows the underlying fruit though there is fine freshness and verve to the nicely delineated middle weight flavors that are supported by firm acidity on the clean, dry and linear finale. Like the 2018 version, this attractively persistent effort could use better depth, but the underlying material appears to be present for that to occur.”
Domaine Dujac Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres 2020 750ml $259 special, 2 bottles available
Domaine Dujac Puligny 1er Cru Folatieres 2020 1.5L $599 special, 1 bottle available
Vinous 90-92 Points “The 2020 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 1er Cru has a nicely detailed bouquet with fine delineation, orange pith and light linen scents developing with time. The palate is well balanced with tangy orange zest on the entry, quite linear and strict with a fresh finish, though it does not quite possess the mineralité of the Combettes.”
V. Girardin Quintessence Corton Charlemagne 2017 750ml $219 special, 35 bottles available
Wine Advocate 93+ Points “The 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Quintessence de Corton-Charlemagne was one of the most introverted wines in the range when I revisited it from bottle, unwinding to reveal scents of pear, white flowers, confit citrus and a delicate top note of petrol. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, ample and satiny, with a deep and intensely concentrated core, but it’s still very reserved after its recent bottling. Some patience will be in order here, though at maturity, I’m sure my score will look conservative.”
Wine Advocate 93-95 Points “From a single parcel in Aloxe that neighbors one of Domaine Coche-Dury’s, the 2017 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Quintessence de Corton-Charlemagne offers up a lovely bouquet of ripe citrus fruit, white flowers and honeycomb. It’s full-bodied, textural and massively concentrated, with a deep and layered mid-palate, succulent acids and a long, expansive finish. This expresses the ampler, more powerful side of Corton-Charlemagne and it’s one of Girardin’s finest 2017s.”
Jadot Corton Charlemagne Heretiers 2016 750ml $249 special, 17 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 96 Points “From vineyards owned by the inheritors of the Louis Jadot estate, this wine has all the power expected from this vineyard. Its density and richness are palpable, even when crispened by a fresh citrus edge. Wood aging adds spice and enhances the aging potential.”
Lucien Le Moine Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2016 1.5L $379 special, 1 bottle available
Vinous 92-95 Points “Musky scents of citrus fruits, gardenia, white rose, anise, smoke, fresh herbs and earth. Very dry, rich and thick, but with a remarkably sappy, penetrating quality to its citrus and floral flavors. The extremely slow-building, edge-free finish stains the palate with licorice and menthol. Utterly distinctive grand cru Chablis–but then this bottling has been consistently stunning since its inaugural 2012 vintage.”
Lucien Le Moine Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2017 750ml $179 special, 2 bottles available
No reviews for 2017, see 2016 review above for reference.
Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2020 750ml $1,899 special, 1 bottle available
Burghound 95-97 Points “Don’t Miss! A wonderfully floral-suffused nose reflects additional notes of petrol, citrus, white orchard and a hint of oak toast. The bigger and richer flavors also possess a gorgeous mouthfeel that is almost delicate yet racy with excellent delineation on the youthfully austere and beautifully balanced finish that just goes on and on. This is potentially a magnificent Bâtard and it’s going to be interesting to compare this with the Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet in a decade’s or so time. In sum, I would offer the same advice – if you can find it, buy it.
Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet 2020 750ml $2,499 special, 1 bottle available
Burghound 96-98 Points “Don’t Miss! Strikingly elegant, cool and restrained aromas are comprised by notes of citrus confit, mineral reduction, anise, exotic tea and the classic acacia blossom nuances. The almost painfully intense medium-bodied flavors are at once succulent yet chiseled while the practically pungent minerality adds a sense of lift to the hugely long finish that is youthfully austere and Zen-like in its harmony. This is quite simply majestic in its class and grace and is a wine that should age effortlessly for years.”
Marc Colin Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2019 750ml $699 special, 1 bottle available
Burghound 95 Points “A cool, pure and very pretty and stylish nose freely offers up its array of various floral elements that include rose petal and acacia blossom as well as a variety of spice nuances on the pear and apple scents. The gorgeously textured, intense and concentrated larger-scaled flavors possess superb depth and persistence on the beautifully well-balanced finale. This is really quite classy and is more a Bâtard of refinement than raw power and muscle.”
Marc Colin Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2021 750ml $799 special, 1 bottle available
Wine Advocate 93-95 Points “The 2021 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru unwinds in the glass with aromas of pear, confit orange, lemon zest, white flowers, crisp green apple and buttery pastry. Full-bodied, satiny and multidimensional, it’s rich but chiseled, with chalky structuring extract and a long, expansive finish.”
Marc Colin Montrachet Grand Cru 2020 750ml $1,999 special, 1 bottle available
Jasper Morris-Inside Burgundy 97-99 Points “Two barrels of one year old wood, racked yesterday but not sulphured. Clear noble lemon and lime. I think the racking has brought the bouquet forward: this certainly is more immediately readable than the Bâtard. Sublime, racy with such depth of character, picks out all the best bits of the preceding wines. Nothing super ripe, nothing over tense, just the correct balance at a majestic scale.”
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