In Today’s Newsletter:
Closeout Pricing on Heymann-Löwenstein
Mosel’s Finest Dry Wines?
Our Best Selling Barolo Re-Arrives This Month
Cavallotto’s 2016 Bricco Boschis
Domaine Pierre Gelin
Burgundy Insider’s Secret
Another Best Seller Re-Arrives Next Week
Il Poggione’s Magnificent 2015 Brunello
New Reviews from Mosel Fine Wines
A Different Color of Red
Closeout Pricing on Heymann-Löwenstein
Mosel’s Finest Dry Wines?
Reinhard Löwenstein fits in with this region, then, as an absolute perfectionist who will do any and everything possible to make sure that his wines are as profound as possible. His yields and selection in the vineyards are made solely with quality in mind and he holds his wines back longer before release than most German producers—cash flow be damned.
In terms of style, the word that comes to mind when tasting these wines is ‘mineral.’ Not minerality paired with fruitiness, like with much Mosel Riesling, but sheer rockiness in liquid form. The wines are lean, racy and benefit from air or a few years in bottle. They are also incredibly rewarding in the way that only the great wines of the world can be.
In Stock and Priced to Move:
Heymann-Löwenstein ‘von blauem Schiefer’, Mosel 2015 750ML ($44.95) Was $33, Now $26, 11 bottles in stock now
Wine Advocate 91 points “The 2015 Riesling Von Blauem Schiefer opens with a beautifully clear and slatey bouquet of perfectly ripe Riesling flavors. The wine is round, piquant and salty on the palate, reveals picture book finesse and transparency and is extremely stimulating in its dry but perfectly balanced finish. The aftertaste is pretty long and already complex. If you are looking for a picture book wine of the terraced Lower Mosel, this is the one you have to taste. Thirteen percent of alcohol can hardly taste lighter and more stimulating.”
David Schildknecht – Vinous 90 points “Scents of fennel and basil along with intimations of crushed stone set the stage for a relatively cool, restrained set of flavors. Yet the palate is richly textured, lush and expansive. Piquant and incisive notes of lemon peel and mustard seed offer invigoration on a soothingly yet stimulatingly sustained finish suffused with cooling green herbs and vividly underlain with wet stone. The primary sources for this “blue slate” bottling are nowadays the Weisenberg and Fahrberg, immediately upstream from the Uhlen (which is divided between the communes of Winningen and Kobern), along with vineyards in Klotten, a good 20 miles upstream from Kobern, that are farmed by the family of a former Heymann-Löwenstein stagiaire.”
VinopolNote: Soil is blue slate, brownish clay with iron oxide
Heymann-Löwenstein Kirchberg Riesling, Mosel 2015 750ML ($49.95) Was $39, Now $33, 4 bottles in stock now
Wine Advocate 92 points “The 2015 Riesling Kirchberg ‘VDP Grosse Lage’ opens with a generous and warm, ripe Riesling aroma intertwined with some herbal and iron lemon flavors on the clear and elegant nose. This is a full-bodied, charming, finessed and elegant wine with fine tannin structure and a dry and persistent finish. Still young, the Kirchberg will benefit from further bottle aging.”
Mosel Fine Wines 92+ points “This wine is rather reduced but offers a gorgeously flowery nose of pear and Provence herbs. It proves superbly elegant on the palate where grip and saltiness define the aromatics. Great multi-layered complexity already comes through in the long and airy finish. This is still very primary and in need of bottle age to balance out but this beauty will easily turn into the most complete and elegant expression of Kirchberg we have taste to date. This is hugely impressive and has even some upside potential. 2018-2025.”
VinopolNote: Soil is Reddish slate, sandy-quarzite rich in iron
Heymann-Löwenstein Kirchberg Riesling, Mosel 2016 750ML ($44.95) Was $39, Now $33, 5 bottles in stock now
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 91 points “The 2016 Riesling Kirchberg ‘VDP Grosse Lage’ is super ripe and flinty on the nose, with caramelly aromas. Pure, fresh and mineral, with a fine, mineral structure and lingering salinity, this is a tensioned Riesling with good phenolic structure.”
Heymann-Löwenstein ‘R’ Winninger Uhlen Roth Lay Auslese Goldkapsel, Mosel 2007 375ML ($99.95) Was $59, Now $49
Wine Spectator 96 points “Candied citrus, jujube, sweet spice and quince paste aromas and flavors mark this sweet, bracing Riesling, which is light on its feet and resonates on the finish with a mouthwatering feel and echoes of citrus. Best from 2012 through 2045.”
Wine Advocate 95 points “Lowenstein’s 2007 Winninger Uhlen Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule Roth Lay (as in the corresponding dry wines, the letter “R” is prominent on the label of this A.P.#9) benefits from counterpoint and collaboration among bright citrus, rich pit fruit essences, and the honey of botrytis. For all of its enormous sheer ripeness and concentration, this retains a striking sense of delicacy. A snappy, spicy, pungent streak – taken together with vivid, diverse pit fruits and citrus – serves for exhilaration in a finish of memorable length and energy, with a vivid impression of crushed stone one hardly expects in a wine of such sweetness and prominent botrytization. There seems to be something of a personality role reversal at work this year, because the corresponding Rottgen Auslese is cool and refined whereas this Uhlen displays more of the piquancy and (as French growers might say) nervosite that I associate with Rottgen. But then, botrytis is always something of a wild card, so that a wine like this is profoundly and unpredictably influenced by the precise microclimatic conditions for and differences in the nature of that fungus. No doubt this too will be worth following for two or more decades.”
Heymann-Löwenstein ‘R’ Winninger Uhlen Roth Lay Auslese Goldkapsel, Mosel 2010 750ML ($199.95) Was $129, Now $89
Heymann-Löwenstein Rottgen, Mosel 2016 750ML ($59.95) Was $49, Now $39
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2016 Riesling Röttgen ‘VDP Grosse Lage’ is pure and flinty on the nose, with bright fruit and mineral aromas on the nose. On the palate, this is a piquant, fresh and well structured as well as intense and persistent Riesling with cacao flavors in the finish. Terribly fresh and piquant, this is a remarkable Riesling. Tasted February 2018.”
Heymann-Löwenstein Schieferterrassen, Mosel 2015 750ML ($39.95) Was $27, Now $19
David Schildknecht – Vinous 89 points “A penetrating and unusual aromatic mélange features zesty grapefruit, gooseberry, lemon peel, dill and musky floral perfume. Full-bodied and glycerol-rich, this finishes with strongly alkaline and stony undertones as well as fruit pit piquancy and fenugreek pungency, its tart elements contributing slight edginess but also undeniable invigoration. This is serious stuff for an intro-level wine, even if “serious” also implies a certain lack of charm. I suspect that bottle development will provide further fascination.”
“The 2015er Trocken Schieferterrassen is made from the Estate’s holdings in Winningen (Domgarten, Brückstück and Hamm) and Kobern (Fahrberg and Weissenberg) as well as from declassified fruit from its “cru” vineyards. It offers a gorgeous nose of marzipan, herbs and spices. The wine is delicately baroque and full of character on the palate as ripe yellow fruits are nicely complemented by spicy herbs and a hint of tartness in the finish. 2018-2025” –Mosel Fine Wines
VinopolNote: A blend of parcels from various slate soils
Heymann-Löwenstein Schieferterrassen, Mosel 2016 750ML ($37.95) Was $27, Now $19, 10 bottles in stock now
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 89 points “The 2016 Riesling “Schieferterrassen” is ripe and flinty on the nose, spicy and piquant, with lingering salinity and intense fruit on the palate. Tensioned and stimulating, with good ripeness, but a lush and elegant wine.”
Heymann-Löwenstein ‘B’ Uhlen Blaufusser Lay, Mosel 2016 750ML ($69.95) Was $57, Now $49
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 93+ points “The 2016 Riesling Uhlen B ‘VDP Grosse Lage’ is pure, fresh and rich at the same time, with flinty aromas on the nose. Full-bodied, precise and piquant on the palate, this is an elegant, fresh and salty Riesling with a lot of tension and length. Powerful. Long.”
Mosel Fine Wines 92 points “This offers a gorgeous nose of candied grapefruit zest, some star fruit, ripe pear and apple, all wrapped into the telltale classy touch of fine spices and herbs so typical of the Estate. The wine is medium-bodied on the palate and leaves a beautifully pure, spicy and mineral-loaded feel in the long and delicately powerful finish. This is a gorgeous wine in the making with a hint of power and nice saltiness in the after-taste.”
Heymann-Löwenstein ‘L’ Uhlen Laubach Grosses Gewachs Riesling, Mosel 2016 750ML ($69.95) Was $59, Now $49
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 93 points “From a slate soil with 10% chalk, the 2016 Riesling Uhlen L ‘VDP Grosse Lage’ shows licorice, flinty and bright fruit aromas on the nose. Juicy, piquant and tensioned on the palate, this is an intense and complex Riesling with lush and intense fruit. The finish is long and promising. Tasted February 2018.”
Mosel Fine Wines 92+ points “This offers a stunning even if still rather reduced nose of pear, grapefruit, start fruit, ginger and smoky elements. The wine is beautifully balanced on the palate, where creamy fruits are nicely wrapped into a hint of acidity and some superb mineral and herby elements. The delicately powerful after-taste oozes refinement, under-toned freshness and multi-layered complexity. This is a gorgeous Uhlen L in the making and one with great upside potential as the wine gains in elegance at maturity.”
Heymann-Löwenstein ‘R’ Uhlen Roth Lay, Mosel 2015 750ML ($89.95) Was $79, Now $69, 1 bottle in stock now
Wine Advocate 95-97 points “Tasted from the barrel and still dusty in its ripe golden color, the 2015 Riesling Uhlen R ‘VDP Grosse Lage’ (which is always bottled late) combines super ripe, rich and intense tropical fruit aromas (pineapples) with the spicy flavors of red (iron-rich) slate. The palate, however, is stunningly pure and finessed, highly elegant and almost light whereas the finish is very long, full of salt, grip and tension. A great promise!”
Mosel Fine Wines 94 points “This delivers an stunning nose with great depth, cool aromatics and finesse as notes of spices, mint, dried herbs, white peach, citrus peel and smoke and flowery elements emerge from the glass. The wine starts on the cool and fresh side on the palate, and only gradually develops its structure and intensity as it unfolds. It offers great length and intensity without ever being overpowering. The after-taste is just subtly and delicately tart. This dry Riesling is quite a tour de force and amply confirms our initial high expectations from cask (see Issue No 32 for the initial tasting note). 2022-2035.”
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Our Best Selling Barolo Re-Arrives This Month
Cavallotto’s 2016 Bricco Boschis
These are incredibly expressive wines and are very true to their vineyard terroirs. Antoni Galloni describes them as “made in a style that offers the fruit density of contemporary Barolos with the structural underpinnings that are found in more traditionally made wines.”
We’ve secured an additional allocation of the legend-in-the-making 2016 Bricco Boschis
—a stunning wine with a 98-point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and a 99-point score from Kerin O’Keefe at Wine Enthusiast. That’s incredible praise for a wine under $100, much less under $80, but we’re able to offer it for just $75. It re-arrives this month, however we expect this allocation to disappear just as quickly as the last.
Pre-Arrival ETA November 20th:
Cavallotto Bricco Boschis, Barolo DOCG 2016 750ML ($89.95) $75 pre-arrival special
Kerin O’keefe-Wine Enthusiast 99 points “Aromas of woodland berry, underbrush, hazelnut and camphor form the nose along with a whiff of rose petal on this captivating, delicious wine. The full-bodied structured palate is still young and primary but already shows raspberry compote, ripe Marasca cherry, star anise, tobacco and the barest hint of game. Tightly knit noble tannins and fresh acidity provide the firm frame and impart serious aging potential. Hold for even more complexity. Drink 2026–2056.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 98 points “All of these wines from Cavallotto deliver a very floral and perfumed subtext that gives lift and delicate buoyancy to the overall bouquet. This is the Castiglione Falletto magic that shows so well in this classic vintage. The 2016 Barolo Bricco Boschis offers dried cherry, sandalwood, bramble and forest floor. The wine reveals a slightly wild and untamed character that adds to its interest and personality. Overall, this is an elegant wine with a streamlined and elegant finish. The aromas are focused and bright. I can’t wait to taste the Riserva expression from this site when it is released in three years’ time.”
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Domaine Pierre Gelin
Burgundy Insider’s Secret
Scanning our selection, the Clos de Bèze will understandably be the most eye-catching; it is after all one of Burgundy’s most celebrated Grand Cru vineyards. However, don’t sleep of Gelin’s premier Cru bottlings, including monopole Clos Napoleon. They over-deliver -not something we’ve come to expect from Burgundy in recent years.
The only downside is that our allocations were extremely limited, with only 1-2 bottles remaining of many of these recent arrivals. So look below for your favorite recent vintages and discover what insiders in-and-around Gevrey-Chambertin already know, Gelin is a name worth knowing.
In Stock Now:
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Napoleon Monopole, Fixin Premier Cru 1989 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Napoleon Monopole, Fixin Premier Cru 1999 750ML ($149.95) $99 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Napoleon Monopole, Fixin Premier Cru 2008 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Burghound 89 points “Here the nose also displays a hint of crushed herb to the wild red berry fruit and earth aromas. There is excellent energy and detail to the supple and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that conclude in a moderately austere, focused and well-balanced finish. This is really quite pretty if a bit edgy and I would suggest allowing this to age for a few years before cracking a bottle.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Napoleon Monopole, Fixin Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($119.95) $99 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Burghound 91 points. “Outstanding. A pretty and ripe mix of red and blue pinot fruit is cut with lovely notes of violets and pungently iron-infused earth that merge into even earthier medium-bodied, supple and quite forward flavors that possess a delicious finish brimming with dry extract and only a hint of rusticity. This powerful, mouth coating and serious effort is an excellent example of the vineyard.”
Wine Spectator 90 points “Sweet cherry and strawberry flavors lurk at the core of this red, showing a trace of mint. Rich and smooth, this firms up on the finish, with a dense line of tannins. Best from 2016 through 2028. 0150 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Napoleon Monopole, Fixin Premier Cru 2010 750ML ($119.95) $99 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Burghound 91 points “Outstanding. An expressive nose combines dark berry fruit with notes of plum and red currant, all of which is laced with hints of earth and green tea. There is plenty of punch to the precise and detailed flavors that possess a silky mid-palate along with subtle mineral nuances on the persistent finish. This beautiful effort should amply repay mid-term cellaring.”
Wine Spectator 90 points “This pure red evokes strawberry, cherry, currant and spice aromas and flavors. Features a persistent underlying savory element, ending with berry fruit and saline notes. Best from 2015 through 2024. 125 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Napoleon Monopole, Fixin Premier Cru 2012 750ML ($69.95) $59 special, 5 bottles in stock now
Burghound 90 points “A more deeply pitched and slightly riper nose reflects intensely earthy and sauvage aromas of underbrush and dark currant. There is good richness to the round yet attractively detailed medium weight flavors that possess plenty of minerality that adds a touch of lift to the more powerful and ever-so-mildly rustic finale. This well-balanced effort should also drink well young if desired.”
Wine Spectator 89 points “Graphite, sandalwood, strawberry and spice flavors highlight this delicate red. Harmonious, featuring a combination of fragrance and intensity, with a lingering finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 156 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos de Meixvelle, Gevrey-Chambertin 2008 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Burghound 89 points “Outstanding. This is also distinctly earthy and rather somber today with dark berry fruit and hints of animale that are also reflected by the fresh and energetic medium-bodied flavors that are supported by moderately rustic tannins plus excellent complexity and persistence for a wine of this level. Worth considering.”
Wine Spectator 88 points “A darker style, displaying black cherry and blackberry notes, with a touch of tobacco. Dense tannins shore up the finish. Moderate length. Best from 2013 through 2020. 200 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos de Meixvelle, Gevrey-Chambertin 2010 750ML ($119.95) $89 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 89 points “A supple, expressive red, with aromas of cherry, licorice and cinnamon. On the chewy side, featuring dense tannins and a gripping, spicy finish. Best from 2016 through 2029. 250 cases imported.”
Burghound 89 points “Outstanding. This is a bit more deeply pitched than the Clos Napoléon with a lovely mix of both red and dark pinot fruit scents where the earth character is different as well as it’s slightly less pungent and it’s less iron-infused as well. There is good freshness and verve to the ultra-refined medium weight flavors and the tannins are incredibly fine grained, particularly for a villages level wine. A Gevrey of finesse and refinement.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos de Meixvelle, Gevrey-Chambertin 2012 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 91 points “Rich, displaying candied cherry, currant, earth and spice flavors. This stays fresh and balanced on the long finish, with well-integrated tannins. Best from 2016 through 2028. 156 cases imported.”
Burghound 89 points “Outstanding. A notably ripe and intensely earthy nose of assorted dark berries, humus and game nuances is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The very generous and equally ripe middle weight flavors are very Gevrey in character with a robust finale that displays only a trace of austerity. This well-balanced effort should reward up to a decade of cellaring. Very solid quality here and worth your consideration.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos de Meixvelle, Gevrey-Chambertin 2013 750ML ($79.95) $69 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 89 points “This is sleek and crisp, offering cherry, black currant and spice flavors, filling out midpalate and finishing in a more compact earth-and-spice frame. Best from 2017 through 2024. 156 cases imported.”
Burghound 89 points “Outstanding. A pungently earthy and gently wooded nose is composed by equally fresh red currant, plum, earth and herbal tea notes. The supple, round and pure medium-bodied flavors possess very fine complexity along with the typical Gevrey sauvage character on the refreshing and inviting finale. This vibrant and balanced effort is a quality Gevrey villages and worth your interest.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos de Meixvelle, Gevrey-Chambertin 2014 750ML ($79.95) $59 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 89 points “Marked by a distinctive licorice aroma, this dense, sinewy red offers tannins that wrap around the cherry pie, spice and menthol flavors. Finishes on the burly side. Best from 2019 through 2028. 245 cases imported.”
“The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin Clos de Meixvelle is a monopole located in the middle of the village (the walled vineyard next to the Les Deux Chevres hotel for those that go there). It is a flat vineyard with clayey soil and stone deposits, and this vintage was destemmed. It has a tightly wound blackberry and briary-scented nose, broody at first but opening with time. The palate is smooth on the entry with quite fine tannin. This is well balanced with nicely integrated oak, sappy black fruit and iodine towards the easy going, gentle, flavorsome finish.” –Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos de Meixvelle, Gevrey-Chambertin 2015 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 90 points “An intense aroma of cherry pie introduces this taut, elegant red. Spice and earth notes add complexity and vivid acidity focuses the long finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. 210 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Prieur, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2007 750ML ($69.95) $59 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 91 points “Smooth as silk, with spicy berry, red currant, earth and graphite aromas and flavors. The sweetness and tannins are in balance, and this lingers with a sweet berry and spice aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 30 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Prieur, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2008 750ML ($69.95) $99 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Wine Spectator 90 points “Round and rich, featuring black cherry, black currant and spice flavors. A graphite note creeps in as this matches its supple texture with a firm structure. Nice length. Best from 2013 through 2024. 40 cases imported.”
Burghound 90 points “A restrained, airy and cool nose mixes a variety of red berry fruit aromas with stone, earth and a hint of spice. As it almost always is, this is really quite refined and this impression is accentuated by the fine-grain of the tannins on the moderately austere, persistent and complex finish. As with several of the wines in the range, there is just a mild hint of youthful asperity but because there is a good level of dry extract this should reasonably age out.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Prieur, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2009 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 92 points “A rich, smooth red, with black cherry and black currant flavors permeating to its edges. Spice notes peek out, and the tannins are buried. Fine length. Best from 2015 through 2030. 50 cases imported.”
Burghound 91 points “A very fresh and expressive nose speaks of relatively high-toned red pinot fruit and while there are background nuances of Gevrey character, this is more a wine of air than earth. The supple and refined lightly mineral-inflected flavors are delicious, understated and beautifully persistent. This silky effort is very much worth considering.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Prieur, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 91 points “Shows plenty of cherry and pomegranate flavors, along with a racy structure that defines the berry, spice and mineral notes. Stays firm on the finish but should settle down with time. 40 cases imported.”
Burghound 90 points “Noticeable wood frames the more deeply pitched dark currant, spice and once again pungently earthy nose. The supple medium-bodied flavors possess a more refined mouth feel thanks to the relatively fine grain of the supporting tannins, all wrapped in a contrasting finish that is borderline robust. This will need a few years to fully harmonize.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Prieur, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2014 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 92 points “This tightly wound version delivers black cherry, blackberry, violet and light underbrush flavors. Though compact, this is concentrated and firmly structured, with a long finish. Best from 2020 through 2033. 50 cases imported.”
Burghound 91 points “Outstanding. Reduction presently mars the nose so be sure to decant this if you’re going to open a bottle soon. By contrast there is good energy and volume to the subtly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that possess a beguiling mouth feel, all wrapped in a lingering and well-balanced finale where a hint of wood appears. This should drink reasonably well young if desired but reward up to a decade of cellaring.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Clos Prieur, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2015 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 93 points “A well of pure black currant and black cherry flavors are at the heart of this linear red. Backed by a solid backbone of tannins, this remains saturated and long. Shows fine balance and an aftertaste of fruit and mineral. Best from 2023 through 2040. 40 cases imported.”
Burghound 91 points “Outstanding. As it usually is, this is notably more elegant with its admirably pure nose of spicy, violet, earth and dark berry liqueur-like aromas. The more refined middle weight flavors possess a lovely mouthfeel and good minerality that really comes up on the delicious, attractively textured and solidly complex finish. Worth considering.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits 2008 750ML ($259.95) $189 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 93 points “This red is elegant yet powerful, with cherry, raspberry, mineral and spice notes coursing through, staying persistent from start to finish. Fresh and vibrant, with a long, fruit- and spice-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2030. 50 cases imported.”
Burghound 92 points “This is also markedly reserved at present though there is an abundance of the hallmark spice notes to the violet, stone and red berry fruit aromas. The mouth feel is supple and refined, thanks largely to the fine and well-integrated tannic spine that is phenolically mature, all wrapped in a balanced, long, stylish and classy finish. This is a lighter weight Bèze but one that will repay admirably a decade plus of cellaring and last for much longer.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits 2009 750ML ($399.95) $289 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Wine Spectator 97 points “This pure red is infused with black cherry, black currant, licorice, spice and mineral flavors. Intense, yet stays focused and harmonious, showing freshness and great intensity on the finish, with a long aftertaste of fruit and spice. Best from 2016 through 2038.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits 2010 750ML ($299.95) $249 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Wine Spectator 95 points “Round and fleshy, with intense cherry, raspberry, wild berry, earth and spice flavors. Succulent and persistent, showing great balance and well-integrated tannins, delivering an aftertaste of cherry and spice. Best from 2017 through 2035. 40 cases imported.”
Burghound 93 points “Not surprisingly this is completely different from any of the foregoing wines with its strikingly spicy aromas of fresh and pure wild red berries, warm earth, wet stone and a hint of humus. There is good richness and excellent intensity to the detailed and mineral-inflected medium weight plus flavors that possess good phenolic maturity and a firm core of ripe tannins on the strikingly long finish. By the standards of the appellation this is not a particularly big or robust Bèze but the balance is impeccable and the harmony among structural elements is really lovely.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits 2011 750ML ($199.95) $159 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 91 points “This rich style is full of black cherry, blackberry, mineral and spice flavors, with hints of briar and tobacco. Firm and dense, presenting a lingering aftertaste of briar and leaving a lasting chalky sensation. Best from 2017 through 2027. 50 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits 2013 750ML ($219.95) $199 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 94 points “This is laced with violet, black currant and blackberry flavors, accented by earth and tobacco notes. The tannins are firm, intensified by the vibrant acidity. Shows a streak of purity and pedigree that makes this complex, long and appealing. Best from 2020 through 2035. 66 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits 2014 750ML ($219.95) $189 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 94 points “Bright, macerated cherry is the unifying theme of this juicy, elegant red, along with floral, spice and underbrush flavors. Builds to a long, muscular finish, where the tannins hold court. Spice details linger. Best from 2021 through 2036. 90 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits 2015 750ML ($249.95) $219 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Wine Spectator 95 points “Though packed with cherry and black currant fruit, this red is impenetrable and cloaked in spicy oak. With air, the mineral core emerges and builds to a long finish. In time, all the elements will come together. Best from 2024 through 2042. 55 cases imported.”
Domaine Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits 2002 1.5L ($499.95) $399 special, 1 magnum in stock now
Burghound 90-93 points “Subtly spicy and rather reserved aromatically, revealing wondrously complex earthy red fruit aromas and medium weight, moderately structured yet remarkably powerful, muscular flavors of outstanding depth with an explosive finish that lasts and lasts. In particular, the balance is absolutely impeccable and 2002 is perhaps the most impressive cask sample of this wine I have ever tasted chez Gelin. In short, this wine has the “wow” factor and given the price that it sells for relative to the alternatives, definitely one to buy.”
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Another Best Seller Re-Arrives Next Week
Il Poggione’s Magnificent 2015 Brunello
Il Poggione is a contradiction in the best way—a traditional Brunello that’s often approachable young. An age-worthy wine that doesn’t have to be aged. A wine that’s top tier collectible and respected, while remaining in the reasonable stratosphere of affordability. And the 2015 is a phenomenal vintage to explore, full of rich fruit, dark minerals, savory/spice notes wrapped around a classic tannic profile. This will age gracefully in your cellar or blow your socks off now.
Pre-Arrival ETA November 10th:
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2015 750ML ($89.95) $62.50 pre-arrival special
Case-6 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2015 ($539.95) $359 pre-arrival special
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 97 points “The Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a darker and more concentrated appearance than many of its peers. The wine is beautifully abundant and fragrant in the most exuberant and expressive manner. You will recognize aromas of moist soil, tobacco and smoke. Candied cherry hovers over the entire bouquet. Fruit is sourced from older vines (all over 25 years old). Il Poggione occupies a special spot within the Montalcino appellation, and the area always produces slightly more concentrated and powerful wines. I find that to be particularly true in this gorgeous 2015 vintage. I am also very attracted to that almost dusty note of crushed mineral that rides long on the full-bodied finish. Il Poggione’s Brunello is also distinguished by firm, youthful tannin that need a few more years to unwind. Luckily, there are quite a few bottles to go around, with some 200,000 made.”
Eric Guido-Vinous 97 points “Il Poggione 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers up a dark, earthy, almost animal-like expression, showing black soil and undergrowth, giving way to crushed black cherry, dusty spice, and dried florals which lift the experience. On the palate, soft, fleshy textures usher in fresh cherry and strawberry, as brisk acids add energy, with savory herbs and minerals saturating, as the 2015 Il Poggione’s fruit nearly masks its structural core. The finish is long yet fresh, with classic, fine tannins, dried red fruits and pretty inner floral tones lingering throughout this perfectly balanced expression. The 2015 s pure class and built for the cellar.”
James Suckling 96 points “So many sour cherries rise up from the glass, along with orange rind and lemon peel. The full-bodied palate has a very serious and concentrated core of florals and fruit, and the tannins have an iron-fisted, strapping build. Long, chewy and structured. One of the best in years from here. Drink from 2025.”
Wine Spectator 95 points “Wild herb and Mediterranean macchia notes mark this expressive red. Though well-endowed with tannins, this is on the sleek side, showing vibrant acidity. Cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco flavors join the party as this cruises to a long finish. Best from 2023 through 2042. 9,000 cases made, 1,750 cases imported.”
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Il Poggione Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2017 750ML ($24.95) $14 special
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Winery Note “A younger, more fruity wine, it is produced from Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet grapes. After the fermentation it ages in large French oak barrels and barriques. The winemaking and the combination of these three varieties, make this wine soft and ideal for the everyday enjoyment. Ruby red in colour; on the nose it is intense, with notes of red fruit, sweet spices and vanilla. On the palate it is soft and with a good and pleasant acidity. A wine for every meal, ideal with white meats, pasta and medium strength cheeses, and even a casual pizza.”
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2013 750ML ($89.95) $59 special
Case-6 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany 2013 ($519.95) $336 special
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 96 points “The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino lives up to the impeccable reputation garnered by this estate over the years. This is a profound and beautifully rendered Sangiovese that delivers bold and luscious fruit quality with black cherry and spicy plum at the start. The bouquet follows through with mild oak notes of smoke, tar and toasted nut. There is another aromatic component that includes crushed stone and dried herb or mint. This Brunello shows elegant evolution in the glass and promises a very long aging future ahead. Some 200,000 bottles were made, so it should be easy to locate this excellent wine.”
Ian D’agata – Vinous 95 points “Bright red. Pure, refined red cherry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors complicated by sweet spices and aromatic herbs. Deep and multilayered, the wine boasts polished tannins and a harmonious acid spine that lifts and extends the red fruit on the long, suave finish. An essence of Sant’Angelo in Colle with bigger body and palate weight than, for example, the Brunellos of Montosoli, but still sleek and refined as the best wines of Sant’Angelo in Colle can be. The cool-climate-styled 2013 vintage is precisely the type of year in which Il Poggione excels: this lovely, focused wine is the best classico Brunello from Il Poggione in years. Superb.”
Il Poggione Vigna Paganelli, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2012 750ML ($129.95) $79 special
Wine Advocate 95 points “Here’s a beautifully rich and succulent Brunello that drinks very nicely straight out of the gate. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli delivers a warm, inviting and velvety presentation. This bold wine is redolent of black cherry and dried blackberry with sweet almond, toasted spice and balsam herb on the long finish. What stands out most, however, is the wine’s rich texture that floods the mouth from front to back. That richness is fueled by the warmth of the vintage but also by the magnificent oak integration. This Riserva is aged in botti grandi for four long years. Bottle production is 45,000 strong.-ML”
Wine Enthusiast 95 points “Big, but polished, this full-bodied wine offers subtle, alluring aromas of baked plum, fragrant blue flower and pipe tobacco. The succulent, chewy palate brings juicy Morello cherry, raspberry jam and licorice tones framed in firm, velvety tannins. Drink 2020–2030.-Kerin O’Keefe”
James Suckling 97 points “Rather sweet due to the super ripe vintage. But there’s also great subtlety, enormous depth and a ton of tannin behind the opulence. The super long finish is incredibly focused. Try to wait until at least 2020. This stunning Brunello has decades of life ahead of it.”
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Mosel Fine Wines 92 points “The 2019er Im Pitterberg Riesling GG, as it is referred to on the consumer label, offers a quite captivating nose of green herbs, white pepper, lime, thyme, dill, greengage, grapefruit, candy floss, and mint. The wine is playful on the zesty and energetic palate and leaves a nice feel of zesty fruits as well as some bitter-sweet presence and tartness in the nicely dry finish. A hint of power adds presence to this beautiful but rather ostentatious expression of dry Riesling. 2023-2031”
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A Different Color of Red
Pelaverga is a grape that yields wines somewhere darker than rosé, but not by a whole lot. It’s a grape of charm and elegance—woodwinds more than electric guitar. I will admit that this is not the dominant ideology when it comes to red wine these days (which is very much ripeness and power über alles), but Peleverga (and a handful of wines like it) is a grape that I find myself using with increasing frequency at the dinner table.
Perhaps that’s just how I eat—there’s not a lot of meals at home that are just steak/potatoes/etc. and so the number of nights that Cabernet seems called for is limited. By contrast, Pelaverga’s lilting, rose and white pepper accented aromatics and red-fruited flavors provide a welcome pairing to everything from fish to pastas and all manner of roasted veggies, especially if they have a touch of spice to them. It’s an obscure grape (grown in Piemonte) but we could apply this sort of aesthetic to a number of other delicious wines in the store. To start with, though, try staff favorite producer Castello Di Verduno’s 2018 Pelaverga and see if a different color of red might be useful to you.
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Castello di Verduno Basadone Pelaverga, Piedmont 2018 750ML ($27.95) $24 special
Importer Note “Pelaverga is indigenous to the village of Verduno, it produces red wines that are light in color but savory and distinctive on the palate. Reminds me a lot of Grignolino, another geeky Piedmontese variety. This one is aged in stainless steel before bottling without filtration. The winery’s website cannot be improved on for a description: ‘Soft, though bright ruby red. Intense fragrant nose, showing clear spicy overtones of black pepper and nutmeg, as well as fruity sensations reminiscent of cherries in spirit and strawberries. Nicely-balanced, lingering dry flavour.’ Great with salumi. I would drink this at cellar temperature.”
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