In This Newsletter:
Chablis’ Greatest Exponent?
Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin
Caparzo Brunello Subscriber Special
Recent German Arrivals
Schätzel & Fritz Haag
Volpaia’s Perennial Tuscan Favorites
Including a Sub-$13/Bottle Case Special
Staff Recommended Burgundy
All $65 – $80
New Wine Spectator Review
Evening Land’s 2018 Chardonnay
Including a Steal on Charles Heidsieck’s BdB
Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin
“People often cite Domaines Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat as the two greatest exponents of Chablis, however, I would like to add a third – Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin. Over the last five or six years, Benoît Droin has really ratcheted up the quality. I cannot exaggerate how often Droin’s wines end up the best of the flight during the annual “Burgfest” blind tastings. Again and again, they shine against stiff competition. It is time to accept that Droin is now one of the leading producers in Chablis.” –Neal Martin, Vinous Media
In Stock Now:
Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis, Burgundy 2017 750ML ($31.95) $26 special, 18 bottles in stock now
Wine Advocate 89 points “The 2017 Chablis Villages is performing well from bottle, revealing pretty aromas of citrus fruit, white flowers and peaches. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and vibrant, with good flesh at the core and a precise finish.”
Stephen Tanzer 89 points “Pale straw-yellow color. Fresh but restrained scents of soft citrus fruits and oyster shell minerality. Then round and sweet in the mouth, but with surprising sappiness and lemony lift. This can be enjoyed anytime.”
The next best price is $37.99
Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Valmur, Chablis Grand Cru 2015 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 12 bottles in stock now
Neal Martin-Vinous 93 points “The 2015 Chablis Valmur Grand Cru comes across a little oaky on the nose, but the fruit handles it well. The bouquet is detailed and focused, with hints of dried honey and nutmeg developing in the glass. The palate displays good balance, a fine line of acidity and a smooth, almost creamy texture; hints of almond and white chocolate emerge toward the finish. This feels a little obvious in terms of winemaking at the moment, but I suspect it will evolve into a delicious Valmur. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.”
The next best price is $117
Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Valmur, Chablis Grand Cru 2017 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 8 bottles in stock now
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has come together nicely since I tasted it last year, picking up additional tension with further time on the lees. Unwinding in the glass with a reserved bouquet of green apple, iodine and citrus oil and framed by a subtle touch of wood, it’s medium to full-bodied, deep and structured, with chewy extract to burn and lively acids. This will demand some patience.”
The next best price is $79.99
Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Vaulorent, Chablis Premier Cru 2015 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 16 bottles in stock now
Neal Martin-Vinous 93 points “The 2015 Chablis Vaulorent 1er Cru has a very attractive bouquet of orange pith and gunflint infused with pressed yellow flowers. The poised, harmonious palate is well balanced, displaying a fine thread of acidity and just the right amount of salinity on the finish. This is a brilliant Vaulorent from Benoît Droin. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.”
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Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini dreamed of living on a vineyard from a young age. However, like it so often does, life intervened. After stints in both the entertainment and pharmaceutical industries, she followed her heart and purchased the historic Caparzo vineyard in Brunello di Montalcino in 1998.
Although vines had long stood on the Caparzo land alongside olive trees and forest, the vineyard itself wasn’t established until the 1960s. During the intervening years the vineyard passed from several different owners, never receiving the attention and care it deserved. After purchasing the property, Gnudi decided to focus on what she thought the estate would do best: high-quality wines based on Sangiovese.
With the help of Massimo Bracalente, she made investments to improve quality in both the vineyard and cellar, all the while staying true to regional traditions. Today, the results speak for themselves. Under Gnudi, the Caparzo vineyard has become a rising star within the region, and the 2016 bottling is undoubtedly the finest yet. So take advantage of our Subscriber Case Specials before it’s too late!
Subscriber Case Specials expires Thursday, June 17th
Pre-Arrival ETA Late-July:
Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($49.95) $44.50 pre-arrival special
Case-6 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($289.95) $255 pre-arrival Subscriber Case Special ends 6/17 (that’s only $42.50/bottle!) ***case special will not appear online, please call/email/stop by to order***
Case-12 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2016 750ML ($499.95) $479 pre-arrival Subscriber Case Special ends 6/17 (that’s only $39.92/bottle!) ***case special will not appear online, please call/email/stop by to order***
Wine Spectator 96 points “Ripe, sweet cherry and raspberry fruit are accented by floral, mineral and wild herbs in this alluring red. A backbone of dense, dusty tannins provides support, and the ripe fruit returns on the savory finish. Excellent length. Best from 2023 through 2043. 15,000 cases made, 8,500 cases imported.”
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Schätzel & Fritz Haag
Much like German wine in general, the Rheinhessen is in the midst of a wine renaissance. While being credited with the first established vineyard in the entire country dating back to the Roman era, the majority of the area was previously too cold to produce Riesling at a satisfying level of ripeness. As a result, the region became largely devoted to bulk wine production post-WW II (most notably the infamous Liebfraumilch). That has all changed largely due to Weingut Schatzel, a family producer that has been growing wine grapes since 1304. The vineyards managed by Schatzel in the Roter Hang (Red Slope) have been compared to the terraces of Côte-Rôtie and the Mosel due to their steepness and distinctive soil. Composed of bright red slate and quartzite that reflects and absorbs heat to assist in ripening, this is the “Grand Cru” of the Rheinhessen.
In order to express the varietal character as well as the terroir differences, Schatzel bottles their wines by vineyard. Encompassing over 5 separate vineyards within the Rhineterasse, the resulting wines walk a tightrope of minerality between fleshy and austere fruit expression, encompassing a spectrum of flavor ranging from passionfruit, lemon curd, ginger juice and peaches. The cornucopia of jasmine, valerian flower, lavender stem, wet slate, crushed nutmeg and charred grapefruit aromas challenge you to not finish the glass in record time. In spite of drinking beautifully now, these are built to age and should only get more ethereal. These are fabulous examples of why Riesling is considered one of the rare “universal pairing” wines of the world.
In Stock Now:
Weingut Schätzel Hipping Riesling Trocken, Rheinhessen 2017 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 16 bottles in stock now
Stuart Pigott-jamessuckling.com 94 points “Could a white wine be fresher than this? Fabulous white-peach and herbal character with lots of mineral power at the complex, racy finish.”
Weingut Schätzel Nierstein Silvaner, Rheinhessen 2017 750ML ($34.95) $29 special, 20 bottles in stock now
Winery note “Honeydew melon, white fruits and earthy undertones. Slightly reductive, herbal, nutty and mineral character. Bone dry and juicy on the palate. Extremely complex for 11% vol.”
Weingut Schätzel Olberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs, Rheinhessen 2017 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 18 bottles in stock now
Stuart Pigott-jamessuckling 94 points “Considering this has only 11.5 per cent alcohol, there is extraordinary depth and vitality. The long finish is sleek and fine-grained, without any hint of edginess. Attractive white-fruit aromas, too. Drink or hold.”
Only 1 bottle left in stock (18 bottles re-arriving in July)
Weingut Schätzel Pettenthal Riesling Kabinett Grosses Gewächs, Rheinhessen 2017 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Stuart Pigott-jamessuckling 95 points “Forget the rules, pack your bag, grab this bottle and leave your old life behind! Savage mineral beauty, combined with light body and enormous brightness. Drink or hold.”
Weingut Schätzel Reinschiefer Riesling, Rheinhessen 2017 750ML ($34.95) $29 special, 21 bottles in stock now
Stuart Pigott-jamessuckling.com 92 points “Delicate white-fruit character and a delightful lightness of touch make this rather charming, in spite of its slightly eccentric personality. Long, lemon and mineral finish. A blend of wines from the top sites in Hipping, Ölberg and Pettentha. Screw cap.”
Pre-Arrival ETA July:
Weingut Schätzel Nierstein Riesling Kabinett, Rheinhessen 2017 750ML ($34.95) $29 pre-arrival special
Stuart Pigott-jamessuckling 92 points “So much freshness and energy with tons of elderflowers and white fruit. Super-crisp and very clean palate and a breathtaking finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”
“Oliver Haag has made an absolutely brilliant set of wines in 2018 and this may well be the single finest vintage collection of young wines I have ever tasted from this iconic estate in Brauneberg. It is a flat out brilliant vintage for Weingut Fritz Haag; these are amongst Germany’s very greatest examples of the 2018 vintage” –John Gilman, View From The Cellar
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Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Grosses Gewächs, Mosel 2014 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2014 Brauneberg Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling trocken GG displays a lovey, pure and refreshing stony bouquet with lemon and bright fruit flavors, as well as very delicate slate aromas. This is a beautiful dry Riesling of great finesse and elegance that is light but intense in its mineral complexity. Very pure, salty and provided with a lovely intensity. The wine is bottled with 13% alcohol, but you don’t taste it. Very promising.”
Wine & Spirits “The Brauneberg Juffer Sonnenuhr GG – Grosses Gewächs, Germany’s equivalent of “grand cru” dry wines – can be intimidating in their power, but let the 2014 GG warm up in the glass and the acidity wends through the wine in a joyous way, making the concentrated fruit taste juicy and thirst quenching while it simultaneously embeds the earthy flavors into memory.”
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, Mosel 2018 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 4 bottles in stock now
John Gilman 96 points “The 2018 Juffer-Sonnenuhr Goldkapsel Auslese is even a hair better this year, as it shows just a touch more exotic creaminess on the attack, simply stunning backend mineral drive and great acids for the vintage. The bouquet is celestial in its blend of lime, mirabelle, pear, a lovely foundation of slate, honeycomb, just a whisper of mossiness and notes of lilacs and violets in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure, focused and impeccably balanced, with superb acids and grip, laser-like focus and a very, very long and complex finish. This wine just dances across the palate. 2026-2085.”
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel 2018 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 11 bottles in stock now
John Gilman 95+ points “The 2018 Juffer-Sonnenuhr Auslese is one of my absolutely favorite wines in the cellar this year, as again, there is no botrytis here and the wine is a legend in the making. The brilliant bouquet soars from the glass in a blaze of lime, pear, violets, a hint of the yellow plum to come, salty soil tones, honeycomb and a vibrant topnote of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is pure, refined and fullish in profile, with a creamy core of fruit, excellent acidity and grip and a very long, very precise and beautifully mineral-driven finish. This is stunning juice! 2025-2075+.”
Pre-Arrival ETA June:
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel 2018 375ML ($699.95) $499 pre-arrival special
John Gilman 95 points “The 2018 Juffer TBA is just a bit higher in residual sugar than the Beerenauslese this year, as Oliver estimates that it is around one hundred and eighty grams per liter. This too is a gorgeous wine in the making, offering up refined bouquet of mirabelle, honey, white cherries, candied violets, citrus zest and a nice touch of saltiness from the slate. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, creamy and very long and complex, with excellent focus and grip, sound acids and a very long, pure and zesty finish. Utterly captivating and borderline criminal to spit. 2019-2100.”
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Volpaia’s Perennial Tuscan Favorites
Including a Sub-$13/Bottle Case Special
We love the great wines of Tuscany—there’s something about the heart of Italy that’s utterly captivating. Perhaps no producer stands out more than Volpaia, whose high-altitude Chiantis have become perhaps our best-selling Chianti, year in and out. Volpaia first came to our attention when they placed multiple wines on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list over several years. Since then, their Chianti Classico and Riserva have become customer favorites thanks to their big, bold personalities.
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Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany 2018 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 92 points “The 2018 Chianti Classico is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine that captures the essence of the estate’s high-altitude vineyards. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, licorice, mint, pine and cedar are some of the many aromas and flavors that are woven throughout. The 2018 is gracious, inviting and impeccable in its balance.”
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Tuscany 2017 750ML ($41.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles available
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Volpaia is an immensely rewarding, inviting wine. Juicy and racy, with no hard edges, the Riserva captures the allure of this warm, dry year. There is plenty to like in the 2017, starting with its depth and volume, I won’t be surprised if the Riserva turns out to be even better than this note suggests. Sweet red fruit, cedar and blood orange give the 2017 striking aromatic intensity and lift.”
Castello di Volpaia Citto Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2017 750ML ($19.95) $14 special, 36+ bottles available
Case-12 Castello di Volpaia Citto Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2017 750ML ($199.95) $149 special (that’s only $12.42/bottle!)
Importer Note “The Chianti Classico Riserva has a ruby-red hue with a trace of garnet. The nose is elegant, displaying hints of spice and fruit. This a well-structured wine with smooth tannins and a long finish. Barrel Aging: 24 months in oak casks (combination of Slovenian and French) and minimum 3 months in bottle. Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese. A record year for heat and drought throughout the growing season. This condition presented extremes which began early bud break in the vineyard, followed by a spring frost over late April. The frost affected the lower portions of the Volpaia estate. Spring and summer months were dry with higher than average temperatures. Rainfall in mid-September helped the grapes achieve complete ripeness of tannins and other phenolic compounds despite low yields.”
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Domaine Rollin Père et Fils Sous Frétille, Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru 2017 750ML ($79.95) $66 special, 21 bottles available
Rosenthal Note “This vineyard is a relatively recent acquisition by the Rollin family (the 2000 vintage was the first to issue from the domaine) but it is a parcel of old vines in one of the elite lieu-dits of the village. The vineyard is situated on slopes overlooking the village and is just around the corner from Corton Charlemagne. A powerful wine that benefits from several years of bottle age … only 35 cases per annum are allocated to us for the USA.”
The average listed price is $76
Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault, Côte de Beaune 2018 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 19 bottles available
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 91 points “Aromas of pear, green apple, white flowers, fresh pastry and toasted hazelnuts introduce the 2018 Meursault Village, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive wine that’s chalky and structured, showing real depth and tension. As usual, it’s a blend of superior lieux-dits, including Narvaux, En la Barre, Limuzin and Clos du Cromin.”
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Bruno Desaunay-Bissey Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes, Côte de Nuits 2015 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 7 bottles available
Wine Advocate 90 points “The 2015 Vosne-Romanée Village is excellent, opening in the glass with a classic bouquet of black cherry, currants, game bird and rich soil. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with juicy acids, supple tannins and a sappy core of fruit. This doesn’t hit the highs of the domaine’s grander appellations, but it is an attractively unpretentious communal wine with creamy old-vine concentration, and it should evolve attractively over more than a decade.”
VinopolNote “From 80+ year old vines, farmed sustainably. The bulk of the holdings of the estate are in the village of Vosne and the wines show the touch of someone who has lots of experience with these wines. A really superb villages level Vosne.”
Domaine Forey Père et Fils Morey-Saint-Denis, Côte de Nuits 2017 750ML ($79.95) $69 special, 22 bottles available
Neal Rosenthal “Forey’s village-level Morey-Saint-Denis consists of two minuscule holdings of vines between 30 and 50 years of age (one in Clos Solon and one in Les Crais.). Fermented with 70% whole clusters and aged in demi-muids like the Bourgogne above, the 2017 displays impressive density on its otherwise lithe and energetic frame.”
Burghound “An expressive nose of red currant, pomegranate and a floral whiff possesses good freshness. There is once again good verve to the caressing and round middle weight flavors that also culminate in a refreshingly delicious and lingering finish if not especially complex finale. This too should be approachable on the younger side.”
François Gay et Fils Ladoix Rouge, Côte de Beaune 2010 750ML ($79.95) $69 special, 6 bottles available
Importer note “Domaine Gay François et Fils, situated in Chorey-les-Beaune, is a family domaine with 8 hectares. Pascal Gay took over the farm from his father François in 2003 and is now the 8th generation wine maker.”
Domaine Matrot La Pièce Sous Le Bois, Blagny Premier Cru 2010 750ML ($79.95) $69 special, 7 bottles available
Importer note “Joseph Matrot (1881-1963), the grandson of owners of a family wine estate in Puligny-Montrachet and Blagny, lived with his wife, Marguerite Amoignon, and their three children at Château d’Evelle. Marguerite also owned a beautiful wine estate in Meursault. In 1914, they took up residence in Marguerite’s family home, which is today the seat of Domaine Matrot, and decided to develop and extend the estate. Over the course of generations, Domaine Matrot continued to expand with the addition of new vineyard holdings, and in 2000 began harvesting the vineyards organically. Today, sisters Adèle and Elsa Matrot are in charge of the management and winemaking of the Domaine, ensuring that the family-run domaine will be in good hands for many years to come. Observing careful cultivation and vinification techniques, Domaine Matrot wines offer purity of fruit and terroir-driven character.”
The next best price is $88.33
Jérôme Chézeaux Rue de Chaux, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2017 750ML ($89.95) $75 special, 6 bottles available
Importer note “Located almost dead-center in the appellation, Rue de Chaux is perhaps the most quintessentially “Nuits-Saint-Georges” among Chezeaux’s premier crus. Jerome owns a mere 0.29 hectares in this steep, topsoil-deficient vineyard, and his ever-elegant touch yields a wine of both grace and power. Darkly fruited, dense, and slightly brooding, it also offers an enchanting savory-spicy perfume.”
Domaine Henri Gouges Clos des Porrets Monopole, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2017 750ML ($119.95) $79 special, 15 bottles available
Decanter 94 points “This hails from a mid-slope premier cru on the south side of Nuits and mixes clay and limestone soils within the Gouges’ 3.7ha monopole. It’s an intense, aromatic and comparatively early-drinking style with some chalky freshness, medium-weight tannins and a hint of volatility.”
Domaine Faiveley Les Porêts-Saint-Georges, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($119.95) $79 special, 16 bottles available
James Suckling 91 points “Pretty dark fruits such as blackberry and blueberry with hints of spice. Full body, tight center palate, and fine tannins. Better in a year or two, but very delicate, firm and delicious.”
The next best price is $96
Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay Les Brouillards, Volnay Premier Cru 2017 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 21 bottles available
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 90-92 points “The 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards exhibits beautiful nose notes of orange rind, wild berries, cassis and rose petals. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, supple and satiny, with a lavishly textural attack, melting tannins and a succulent core of fruit, concluding with a long finish. In 2016, this cuvée was so small that Glantenay included it in his Volnay AOC, but happily, 2017 marks its return to the range.”
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Evening Land’s 2018 Chardonnay
“Vibrant and steely, with layers of lime and Meyer lemon that show wet stone accents, building toward a snappy finish. Drink now through 2023.” –Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
Arriving Friday, June 18th:
Evening Land ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills 2018 750ML ($39.95) $33 pre-arrival special
Tim Fish-Wine Spectator 93 points “Vibrant and steely, with layers of lime and Meyer lemon that show wet stone accents, building toward a snappy finish. Drink now through 2023.”
Erin Brooks-Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2018 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard has pretty aromas of elderflower, poached pears, quince and bakers yeast. In the mouth, it’s medium -bodied and satiny in texture, fleshing out to broad, savory tones and finishing long and fresh. Fruit for this cuvée comes from both the younger and older vines.”
Also Arriving Friday:
Evening Land ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2018 750ML ($39.95) $33 pre-arrival special
Erin Brooks-Wine Advocate 91 points “Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Estate has gently broody scents of blackberries, earth, dried violets and herbs. The light to medium-bodied palate is soft, bright and spicy with earthy undertones and fresh acidic lift, finishing delicate and long.”
Evening Land ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ Rosé of Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2020 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special
Winery note “The Seven Springs Rosé comes from the young Pinot Noir vines planted up on the vineyard’s East Ridge. These densely planted vines grow in well-drained soils and receive a full day of sunshine during the growing season. This cuvée offers a lively acidity, fresh fruit flavors and subtle floral characteristics.”
Arriving Friday from Evening Land’s Newest Project, Salem Wine:
Salem Wine & Co. Chardonnay Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2018 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 pre-arrival special
Erin Brooks-Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2018 Salem Wine Co. Chardonnay has a a nose of elderflower, pear, baker’s yeast and lemongrass with touches of beeswax. The palate is medium-bodied with broad, savory flavors, bright freshness and a long, flavorful finish. This is made from younger vines a few hundred feet away from the older vines in Seven Springs vineyard, planted with a slight south-facing exposition.”
Salem Wine & Co. Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2018 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 pre-arrival special
Erin Brooks-Wine Advocate 91 points “The 2018 Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir has a nose of ripe red and black berry jam with touches of powered sugar and spices. The medium-bodied palate has ripe fruits with a grainy, fresh frame and long finish.”
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Evening Land ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ Rosé of Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2019 750ML ($29.95) $21.90 special, 30 bottles in stock now
Winery note “The 2019 Seven Springs Rosé of Pinot Noir comes from young vines Pinot planted up on the vineyard’s East Ridge. These densely planted vines grow in well-draining soils and receive a full day of sunshine during the growing season. The gradual and even ripening that occurred during the 2019 growing season resulted in beautifully layered wines, with nuance and refinement. For the rosé, we were fortunate to realize a depth of flavor and aroma across the bright fruit and floral spectrum while still retaining mouthwatering acidity and freshness. The wine opens with a subtle whiff of reduction followed by under-ripe strawberries, white flowers, and dried apricots. The palate is lively and whimsical and begs for a dish like fritto misto or a salde nicoise.”
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Including a Steal on Charles Heidsieck’s BdB
Charles Heidsieck is one of the great and historic houses of Champagne. However, because of their small size they tend to be overlooked. Their house style is notable for its richness and texture, incorporating long aging on the lees and significant amounts (20+%) of reserve wines in their NV blends. Best known for their classic Brut Réserve, Charles Heidsieck was one of the pioneers of the Blanc de Blancs style in the mid-20th century. And after decades of producing some of Champagne’s finest vintage Blanc de Blancs, the house relaunched their NV Blanc de Blanc in 2018. After tasting the wine, we’re left wondering what took them so long. In a few short years the wine is already being regarded as one of the best flagship Blanc de Blancs in the region.
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Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs, Champagne NV 750ML ($99.95) $66 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
William Kelley – Wine Advocate 92 points “Based on the 2012 vintage, the latest rendition of Heidsieck’s NV Blanc de Blancs incorporates some 20% reserve wines, derived from younger vintages to emphasize what Cyril Brun described as the “youthful” side of Chardonnay, in contrast to the mature expression of that cépage offered by the house’s Blanc de Millénaires. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of citrus oil, white flowers, green apple and walnut oil, complemented by some of the empyreumatic nuances so typical of the base vintage, it’s a medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and incisive wine that’s lively and inviting. It was disgorged last year with nine grams per liter dosage.”
Decanter 92 points “One of the pioneers of the blanc de blancs style, Charles Heidsieck only relaunched its 100% Chardonnay NV Champagne in 2018. Round but incisive and fresh, this has lovely balance between its creamy, woody mouthfeel and its fresh, saline acidity. A lovely food wine.”
The next best price is $79.89
More Trending Champagne, in Stock Now:
R.H. Coutier Cuvée Tradition Grand Cru Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($49.95) $36 special, 20 bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 92 points “[Review for prior disgorgement] The NV Brut Tradition Grand Cru is fabulous. Rich, ample and creamy in the glass, the Brut Tradition captures all of the natural intensity of Ambonnay in its expansive personality. Pinot Noir drives this blend in both its flavor profile and weight. Red cherry, plum, cinnamon, cedar and dried flowers are some of the many notes that build over time. This release is based on 2013, with 40% reserve wines. Disgorged: November, 2019.”
Nicolas Maillart Premier Cru Extra Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($54.95) $45 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 90 points “A blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the NV Extra-Brut Premier Cru was disgorged in February 2019 with three grams per liter dosage. Offering up aromas of crisp green orchard fruit, dried white flowers and citrus oil, it’s medium to full-bodied, racy and incisive, with a perceptibly drier, tangier profile than Maillart’s more enveloping Brut Platine.”
Winery Note “Golden in colour with a fine, lingering bead. Aroma: Intense with notes of fruit and hazelnuts and a sligth toastiness. Taste: The initial impact is wonderfully fresh and vinous, followed by great finesse. Food and wine: Aperitif, white fish like haddock or cod. Pinot Noir is dominant, with a complement of Chardonnay that brings freshness to the blend. The high percentage of reserve wines (30 to 40%), aged in barrels, confers a high regularity and style to this Brut Platine. Only “Grand” and premier crus are used in this wine, with origins in the Montagne de Reims, on vineyards managed by us. With a very gentle process, we keep all the richness of the grapes. Aged around three years on its lees, this Brut Platine develops all its richness. A natural balance and freshness allows a low dosage (3 g/l).”
Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé, Champagne 2011 750ML ($59.95) $46 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
No reviews for the 2011 vintage. 2010 review provided for reference.
Wine Spectator 92 points “This elegant blanc de blancs shows a pleasing vibrancy from the lively bead and bright acidity, both well-meshed to pretty floral and spice accents and flavors of Gala apple, biscuit and lemon zest. Creamy. Drink now through 2025. 16 cases imported.”
Lilbert-Fils Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($69.95) $49 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 93 points “This graceful Champagne is like the finely tailored suit that somehow never goes out of style, with a lovely overtone of minerally chalk and brine enticing you into the glass, where flavors of apricot and Marcona almond, and hints of passionfruit coulis and pickled ginger, ride the fine, satinlike mousse. Disgorged autumn 2018. Drink now through 2028.”
Savart L’Ouverture Blanc de Noirs Premier Cru Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($59.95) $49 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-12 Savart L’Ouverture Blanc de Noirs Premier Cru Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($599.95) $529 special (that’s only $44.08/bottle!)
John Gilman 91+ points “The l’Ouverture cuvée from Monsieur Savart is composed entirely from pinot noir grown in the village of Écueil, with half of the vins clairs barrel-fermented and raised in cask and the other in tank. Only the reserve wines that go into the blend have gone through malo for this wine, which is aged under cork, rather than crown cap prior to disgorgement. This release was disgorged in September of 2020 and finished with a dosage of seven grams per liter. It offers up a lovely nose of white peach, apple, patissière, chalky soil tones and a nice touch of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and complex, with a fine core, good mineral drive, frothy mousse and lovely focus and balance on the long and youthful finish. This is a lovely bottle that will be even better with a few years in the cellar. 2021-2040+.”
Bérêche et Fils Brut Réserve, Champagne (2018) NV 750ML ($59.95) $51.90 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 92 points “Disgorged in July 2020 with seven grams per liter dosage, the NV Brut Réserve (2018 base) is the latest rendition of this wine. Bursting with aromas of orange oil, crisp orchard fruit and fresh bread, it’s medium to full-bodied, fleshy and gourmand, with tangy acids and an enveloping, pillowy profile.”
André Clouet Un Jour de 1911… Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($99.95) $74.50 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Antonio Galloni 93+ points “[Review is for a prior disgorgement] The NV Grand Cru Cuvée 1911 emerges from the glass with the most haunting of perfumes. Sweet rose petal and jasmine are some of the nuances that emerge over time. Despite recent disgorgement, the purity of the fruit and the extraordinary elegance of the mousse are hard to miss. This is an exceptional, elegant version of the 1911 that should drink beautifully for years to come. The bottle I tasted needed quite a bit of air to open up, so readers should be patient with the wine at this stage.”
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