Vinopolpick Monday Edition – August 24th 2015

Monday, August 24th 2015

Flash Sale; New Week, New Arrivals; Staff Picks; Arriving Next Week; Castell’in Villa – Classic Chianti; Domaine Leroy; Vintage Report: 2007 Champagne; Domaine Dujac and Dujac Fils & Pere

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New Arrival Special Feature

Adelsheim Vineyard Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2011 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 special
Wine & Spirits 93 points “Delicate and savory, this wine’s scents of forest floor berries, horehound and a whiff of cinnamon and clove lead the charge in the glass. The flavors reflect that spiciness, accenting mild fruit notes of cherry and Asian plum, with an impressive delicacy and briskness at once. It needs some time; then serve it with duck breast.”
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 90 points “Light, bright red. Fresh red berries, rose oil and Asian spices on the perfumed nose. Silky, open-knit raspberry and floral pastille flavors show good depth and become spicier with air. Quite suave, with plush red fruit note clinging on a long, smooth, subtly tannic finish. This sexy pinot should be in its prime within the next couple of years.” JR

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!
The average price is $50

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Snowden Vineyards Lost Vineyard Merlot, Napa Valley 2012 750ML ($44.95) $39 special
Antonio Galloni 88 points “The 2012 Merlot Lost Vineyard is a pretty wine to drink now and over the next few years. Silky and nicely textured in the glass, the 2012 shows good depth along with the outgoing personality of the vintage. Hints of tobacco, cedar and spice are laced into the finish.” AG

Domaine Chofflet-Valdenaire Givry Rouge, Cote Chalonnaise 2012 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special
Importer note “100% Pinot Noir from 30 year old vines. The Givry Rouge AOC comes from several sloping, amphitheatre vineyards in Russilly on limestone-clay soils with southeast exposures. Unusually for the region, Chofflet- Valdenaire’s Givry AOC vineyards are on the protected middle and upper slopes where the temperatures are highest throughout the day, giving the fruit extended opportunity to ripen. At harvest, the grapes are 100% destemmed and given 5 days of cold maceration, after which fermentation begins with native yeasts. Denis Valdenaire prefers periodic light foot-treading to crush the grapes (done four times in 2010) and he pumps the juice over the cap of skins twice daily. Two-thirds of the cuvée is aged in 228 litre oak casks averaging four years of age, and the balance is matured in concrete tanks. The parts are assembled in July and bottled before the next harvest. Production in 2012 was lower than in the 2 previous vintages. The 2012 is packed with bright, succulent dark cherry fruit and represents outstanding value in estate-bottled 2012 Burgundy. 2000 cases made.”

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Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Santenots, Volnay Premier Cru 2011 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Burghound 90 points “This offers a step up in aromatic elegance with a pure and highly complex nose of extract of cassis, plum, violets and black cherries. There is a very suave and seductive texture to the delicious, lacy and lightly mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that firm up on the solidly long finish. This is markedly finer than the Cardeuse but only a bit more complex.”

Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2013 750ML ($69.95) $59 special
Wine Advocate 87-89 points “The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes Rouge is a blend of the oldest vineyards in the center of the appellation, between 40 and 50 years old. It is matured in a maximum 20% new oak. It has a dark berry, red plum and marmalade-scented bouquet that is fresh and lively. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy redcurrant and cranberry fruit, crisp acidity and a slightly foursquare but focused finish. This just does not quite reach my expectations at the moment.” NM

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Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Les Vergers, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($119.95) $89 special
Wine Advocate 91-93 points “The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers, which debuted in 2002 and comes from purchased grapes, was taken from tank and will be bottled next February/March. Matured in around 25 to 30% new oak, it has a floral bouquet: hints of white flowers accompanying the citrus fruit dallying with walnut. The palate is lively and citric on the entry with orange zest and Clementine notes, the acidity taut and lending linearity toward the long, shaved ginger-tinged finish. This should be a delight once in bottle.”NM

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Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes Blanc, Languedoc-Roussillon 2014 750ML ($19.95) $14 special
Wine Advocate 90 points “The 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes is a terrific, medium-bodied, bright and juicy effort that’s loaded with notions of citrus blossom, lime and hints of green herbs. Made from 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne that was brought up almost exclusively in tank (10% in new oak), buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming year.” WA

Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages ‘Chimeres’, Languedoc-Roussillon 2013 750ML ($21.95) $18 special
Case-12 Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages ‘Chimeres’, Languedoc-Roussillon 2013 750ML ($249.95) $199 special (that’s only $16.58/bottle!)
Wine Advocate 93 points “A joint venture between Jean-Marc Lafage and Eric Solomon, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres is just another example of the brilliance of the 2013 vintage in the Roussillon. Coming all from the schist soils of Maury and a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan that spent 8-12 months in 500-liter barrels and concrete, it possesses a deep purple color to go with savory notes of kirsch and assorted darker berry fruits, pepper, truffle and damp earth. Full-bodied, thrillingly textured and with incredible purity of fruit, this knockout effort stays lively and elegant, with fine tannin, terrific length and no hard edges. It will knock your socks off over the coming 4-6 years.” WA

Chateau Saint-Roch ‘Kerbuccio’ Maury Sec, Languedoc-Roussillon 2013 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 special
Case-12 Chateau Saint-Roch ‘Kerbuccio’ Maury Sec, Languedoc-Roussillon 2013 750ML ($299.95) $219 special (that’s only $18.25/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
Wine Advocate 95 points “One of the most incredible values I’ve tasted in a long, long time, the jaw-dropping good 2013 Kerbuccio Maury Sec (this is a new appellation dedicated to dry wines from Maury) is 40% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Grenache, all from the black schist soils of Maury, that spent eight months in concrete tank prior to being bottled unfiltered. Its inky purple color is followed by fabulous aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, violets, crushed rocks and licorice. Full-bodied, seamless and incredibly textured, all while staying fresh and pure, it’s an off-the-charts Roussillon that will drink well for 5-8 years, possibly longer.” WA

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Just a reminder about our current shipping specials during this season:

For the Mid-West, East, and South during the summer season we are offering UPS Three Day Select Service for the price of UPS Ground for shipments that would normally travel four or more business days to their destination.

We offer flat rate shipping on any size single order / single shipment
-to Oregon for $17,
-Washington & Idaho for $20,
-and California for $25

These rates do not apply to orders held in storage here for any reason
Multiple orders consolidated into one shipment do not qualify for flat rate shipping.

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Staff Picks

Chateau Quinault L’Enclos, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 750ML ($59.95) $49 special
Case-12 Chateau Quinault L’Enclos, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 750ML ($599.95) $499 special (that’s only $41.58/bottle!)
“Quinault L’Enclos is the all-organic side-project of Cheval Blanc (conversion began in 2009 and was completed in 2012). The wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from vines that average 45 years in age. The wine opens with a hint of vanilla and savory herbs. On the palate, the flavor develops into notes of black raspberries, dark chocolate and forest floor. It is well-balanced and smooth on the finish. Excellent today, this ’09 would cellar well for 5-7 years.”

San Fereolo ‘Austri’ Langhe Rosso 2005 750ML ($31.95) $29 special, 6 bottles available
San Fereolo ‘Austri’ Langhe Rosso 2007 750ML ($31.95) $27 special, 21 bottles available
San Fereolo ‘Austri’ Langhe Rosso 2001 750ML ($49.95) $39 special, 7 bottles available
“Dogliani lies within a wilder, less trodden pocket of Piedmont. Classically known for their Dolcetto, the region has inherited Barbera and Nebbiolo from its esteemed neighbors. Across a handful of small parcels across Dogliani, the San Fereolo estate has managed to produce wines full of character and depth with little manipulation and great respect for the region.

“The 2005 bottling of their ‘Austri Langhe Rosso’ is as good a place as any to begin exploring. Aromatics burst out the gate, with cherry and leather at the forefront. The interplay of spice, earth, and minerality make it fun to drink, keeping the palate interested but not overwhelmed. Mostly Barbera, a kiss of Nebbiolo adds structure and depth. Lovely now, but likely even better in a few years’ time.

“I’m particularly happy to have the ’01 and ’07 vintages in the shop as well, adding context to the estate’s efforts and giving all the more reason to dive deeper into beautiful corner of the wine world. Onward!”

Teofilo Reyes, Ribera del Duero 2011 ($29.95) $24 special, 36+ bottles available
Case-12 Teofilo Reyes, Ribera del Duero 2011 ($319.95) $259 special, 3 cases available (that’s only $21.58/bottle!)
“Bodegas Reyes was founded by Juan Jose and Luis in 1994, under the supervision of his father, Teofilo Reyes, who hoped to bring some continuity from his 50 years of experience.% 100 Tempranillo. The wine is hand harvested and aged in French and American oak for 16 months. On the palate, wonderfully dense, layered dark fruit gives way to supple tannins and a nice, long finish. Notes of spice, oak, and anise compliment this well produced wine. Great value at $24 per bottle, or our case-12 special for $21.58 each!”

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Classic Chianti
Castell’in Villa

Nestled on the Castelnuovo Barardenga hill in the southern-most part of the Chianti Classico zone is the estate of Castell’in Villa, a historic hamlet dating to the 13th century. The estate is owned and operated by Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa. She and her husband purchased the estate in 1968; they updated the 13th century farmhouse and began to expand vineyard plantings. She found herself the sole owner less than a decade later when her husband passed away, and she dedicated herself to renovating the estate. She expanded the vineyard plantings to 54 hectares and replanted white grapevines with Sangiovese. Using clonal selections from estate’s vineyards, she planted the Poggio delle Rose vineyard, the estate’s top site. The soil is composed of the alluvial sand and pebbly soil seen throughout the estate with the addition of clay and limestone.

The wines are produced from handpicked estate grapes from vines planted among the olive groves and forest. They are aged in French oak barrels and held back for two additional years to ensure greater maturity upon release. The IGT is a blend of Sangiovese and of Cabernet Sauvignon that was grafted over existing vines in 1983. The wines show elegance and balance with a classic nose of dried fruits, minerals and flowers.

Castell’in Villa Wines Arriving Friday, August 28th

Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico DOCG 2010 750ML ($27.95) $21.90 pre-arrival special
Ian D’Agata–Vinous 91 points “Bright red. Flinty red cherry and smoky underbrush on the refined nose. Classically dry and firm, this midweight Chianti delivers plenty of pure sangiovese flavor (licorice, flint, red cherry) and seems slightly more accessible to me than past versions of this wine, which usually started out life tough as nails but evolved beautifully and showed rare ageworthiness. Chianti Classico does not get any better or any more traditional than this.” ID

Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2006 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva hits all the high notes. Ripe and structured, yet also wonderfully contained, the 2006 boasts stunning depth, power and richness. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2006 is also likely to require a considerable amount of time to come around. All the elements are in the right place for the 2006 Riserva to develop into a splendid wine. The mid-weight, firm style is classic Castell’in Villa.” AG

Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2008 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Ian D’Agata—Vinous 92+ points “Good bright red. Nose began closed and brooding, but showed vibrant notes of redcurrant, mint and dried flowers with aeration, complicated by a strong mineral quality. Sweet and nicely lush in the mouth, with suave flavors of redcurrant, herbs and tobacco joined on the back end by a very strong element of gunflint. The long finish features a firm acid spine and youthfully chewy but noble tannins.” ID

Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2009 750ML ($59.95) $47 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 92 points “Rich, enveloping and beautifully layered, the 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva is a rare Riserva that will drink nicely with minimal cellaring. Sweet tobacco, licorice, leather, cedar and underbrush meld together as this radiant, supple Riserva opens up in the glass. More classic elements of structure emerge on the finish.” AG

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Castell’in Villa ‘Poggio delle Rose’, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2009 750ML ($79.95) $69 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 93+ points “Castell’in Villa’s 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio delle Rose captures the generosity of the vintage while retaining a gorgeous sense of freshness and energy. Red stone fruit, tobacco, menthol, sage and leather nuances are bright and nicely focused, but with the additional breadth provided by the warm vintage. A long, silky finish rounds things out in style.” AG

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Castell’in Villa Santacroce Toscana IGT 2007 750ML ($79.95) $59 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2007 Santacroce is a huge wine endowed with tons of richness and sheer textural depth. Dark cherries, plums, graphite, incense and tobacco burst from the glass in this intense, powerful wine. I very much like the way the 2007 fleshes out with time in the glass. It is a young, young wine that needs time to shed some baby fat and develop its bouquet. In 2007 Santacroce is more than 50% Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time, signaling the direction the wine will take as it gradually becomes a pure Cabernet Sauvignon.” AG

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Domaine Leroy
Arriving September 4th

“Domaine Leroy brings to mind the difference between good wines and the very best; it is, in fact, the absolute summit of Burgundy.” –Michel Bettane

“Lalou Bize-Leroy. The controversial Lalou must drive many Burgundians crazy given the extraordinary quality of her wines, and the high prices they fetch. She is an uncompromising winemaker, with a portfolio of red and white Burgundies that qualitatively have no peers.” –Robert Parker

“Leroy, absolute perfection. More than a model, the wines are an absolute reference. No other winery in the world holds itself to a higher standard in terms of exactitude in its viticulture. This unique winemaker lives for her vines and nothing else. Every new vintage is, for her, an event to live up to each year: produce, from the lowest possible yields, wines that are the absolute voice of their terroir.” –La Revue du Vin de France

Originally a negociant who took over her father’s company, Maison Leroy, Lalou Bize-Leroy found it more and more difficult to source wines to her exacting standards. In the late 1980s, she acquired Domaine Charles Noellat in Vosne Romanee, renaming it Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Philippe Remy in Gevry-Chambertin. Since then, she has expanded to 23 hectares, including vineyards in some of the top Grand and Premier Crus in the area: Richebourg, Les Boudots in NSG, and Clos de la Roche among others.

She is a passionate supporter and an early adopter of biodynamics and has unique vine training systems. In the 1993 vintage, which had some of the worst mildew conditions, she refused to go back to chemical treatments despite claims that she was killing her vines. The result was a drastically reduced crop size, yet wines that received near-perfect scores. Bize-Leroy does not hedge the vines (clip the ends to keep them short, which she believes harms the next year’s crop). Rather, she allows the vines to curl over the high trellising, which minimizes the formation of additional flower bunches.

The vines are old and managed to produce severely limited crops. She replaces where necessary from her own cuttings. The vines are restricted to only 4 bunches per vine with a yield near half the maximum allowed. In the winery, grapes are painstakingly sorted by hand on non-moving tables before being fermented without destemming. Domaine Leroy is a revered domaine of Burgundy and LaLou Bize-Leroy the “uncompromising” “perfectionist” at the helm, to quote the professional reviewers. The wines are limited in production and focused solely on quality and pure terroir; “the absolute summit of Burgundy.”

Domaine Leroy Wines Arriving September 4th

Domaine Leroy Aux Allots, Nuits-Saint-Georges 2011 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2011 Nuits St.Georges Les Allots has a striking bouquet, more immediate than the Pommard with lifted mineralite, beautifully defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins, waves of black currant and raspberry fruit underlined by superb tension and poise. Everything is reined in toward the finish that is very composed with a long aftertaste and spicy coda. Excllent.” WA

Domaine Leroy Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Lavieres 2011 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2011 Nuits-St-Georges Aux Lavieres has a nose born of the sky more than the earth: airy, lifted and feminine. Touches of cold limestone emerge with time that are entrancing. The palate is vibrant and vital on the entry with a silver thread of acidity, a gradual build in the mouth with shimmering dark cherry and bergamot, then a gentle grip on the tense and teasing Vosne-like finish. Superb.” WA

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Domaine Leroy Pommard Les Vignots 2011 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special
Burghound 89 points “There is a soft touch of wood to the notably ripe yet cool and airy aromas of plum, cassis and wet stone. There is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract on the detailed finish that exudes a fine minerality. This balanced effort delivers fine depth and length for its level.” BH

Domaine Leroy Les Narbantons, Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru 2011 750ML ($799.95) $699 pre-arrival special
Burghound 92 points “Subtle reduction masks the subtle points of the nose though there appears to be good ripeness to the mostly dark berry fruit and earth aromas. There is excellent volume to the delicious, complex and solidly well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a relatively powerful, balanced and mouth coating finish. It’s rare to see a Savigny with this kind of muscle yet have it delivered with grace.” BH

Domaine Leroy Les Beaux Monts, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2011 750ML ($999.95) $799 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 96 points “The 2011 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts had a slight reduction on the nose that soon blows away. The fruit is darker and broodier here than Aux Brulees with mulberry, raspberry, wild hedgerow and a touch of black olive compote. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, structured tannins lending this Vosne a firm backbone. It is beautifully balanced and extremely pure, not a hair out of place toward the delineated, feminine finish. This should age beautifully – the laser-like focus absolutely riveting.” WA
Burghound 95 points “While the increments to which I refer are small they are nonetheless noticeable as this is aromatically slightly fresher, more elegant and more complex all at once. The highly expressive nose is gorgeously layered, spicy and cool with its ultra-pure dark pinot fruit, plum, cassis and wet stone scents. The medium weight flavors are impressively rich but there is a palpable sense of underlying tension and energy that make this a pleasure to taste. Moreover the borderline pungent minerality adds more lift, particularly on the overtly austere, linear, focused and hugely persistent finish. As good as the Brûlées is, and make no mistake it is terrific, this just offers another level of class and refinement.” BH

Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanee Les Genevrieres 2011 750ML ($599.95) $499 pre-arrival special
Burghound 92 points “There is enough reduction present to notice but not so much that it completely hides the spicy character of what appears to be very ripe black pinot fruit. There is a highly seductive mouth feel and texture to the extract-rich middle weight flavors that possess amazing depth for a villages level wine, all wrapped in a highly persistent finish that really fans out like a peacock’s tail. An exquisite effort.” BH

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Domaine Leroy Wines Available Here Now

“…pay serious attention to Aligote. In the hands of top growers such as Laurent Ponsot and Lalou Bize-Leroy, Aligoté has proven to be capable of yielding wines of true character and pedigree that age exceptionally well. Aligoté tends towards a profile of white stone fruits and citrus. Most wines lie somewhere between the intense minerality of Chablis and greater body typically associated with the Chardonnays of the Côte d’Or.” –Antonio Galloni

Domaine Leroy Bourgogne Aligote 2009 750ML ($89.95) $59 special, 14 bottles available
VinopolNote: One of the few producers to make serious and ageworthy Aligote. A textural and weighty wine.

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Domaine Leroy Bourgogne Aligote 2010 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 8 bottles available

Domaine Leroy Bourgogne Rouge 2009 750ML ($69.95) $59 special, 13 bottles available

Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2007 750ML ($1,799.95) $1,599 special, 2 bottles available
Wine Advocate 96 points “Kirsch, rose hip, and soy intensely scent the Leroy 2007 Clos De La Roche, which reveals brightness and finesse as well as a saline savor unusual for its appellation. To be sure, notes of leather and crushed stone as well as smoked and roasted meats contribute further and perhaps more site-typical complexity. But it’s the sheer finesse, buoyancy, and vibratory energy on display that most amaze, leaving your tongue and gums a quiver and your salivary glands pumping helplessly. There is also a faint hint of heat, but its effect is negligible given what’s going on around you when you swallow (or, in my case, spit). Look for 20 or more years of excitement.” WA

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Vintage Champagnes of 2007:
With Age Comes Wisdom

Surprisingly warm spring months translated to early-blooming fruit – the particularly hot April led to May flowering, a full month ahead of schedule. Hopes were high, though rainy summer months proved to be humbling. Mid-July held host to a handful of hailstorms, and August was warm and windy. Fall was ultimately more stable, with an early though satisfactory harvest. Richard Geoffroy of Dom Pérignon characterized the growing season, rather aptly, as “very emotional”.

Chardonnay crop was strong across the board, though Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir saw more variations in maturity and yields due to the unstable weather. Finesse takes the forefront in the vintage, with slightly lower alcohol levels and impressive acidity. 2007’s selections are delicate, given the climate shifts, but quality is certainly there – one must simply be cautious in seeking it out.

The vintage at large is bursting with aromas; great precision and clarity can be found throughout the handful of selections we currently offer in the shop. These wines would be fantastic in celebration or pairing alongside meals alike (we can’t stop salivating in writing this), though there is plenty of life ahead for those who wish to cellar.

2007 Champagnes Available Here Now

Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque – Fleur De Champagne Brut 2007 750ML ($219.95) $99 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Spectator 93 points “Driven by smoky minerality, this firm and balanced Champagne offers a subtle palate of pineapple pâte de fruit, blackberry tart, lemon preserves and fleur de sel. Offers a long-lasting finish. Drink now through 2027. 600 cases imported.” WS

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Nicolas Maillart Premier Cru Brut 2007 750ML ($69.95) $49 special, 21 bottles available
Wine Spectator 91 points “Toasted almond and pastry dough notes lead the way in this creamy Champagne, with aromatic accents of spun honey, lemon preserves, beeswax, toasted cumin and clove spice emerging along with well-knit acidity on the finish. Drink now through 2024.” WS

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Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru Brut 2007 750ML ($149.95) $129 special, 31 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 94 points “What a pleasure it is to taste the 2007 Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons. An absolutely impeccable Champagne, the 2007 is gorgeous today. Crushed flowers, sage, almonds, lemon peel and ripe, juicy pears inform the supple, resonant finish. In 2007, the Chétillons is a model of grace and finesse. This is the first vintage Rodolphe Péters made from start to finish, and he nailed it.” AG

Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d’Or Premier Cru Brut 2007 1.5L (299.95) $239 special, 3 magnums available
Wine Spectator 94 points “A skein of ground spice unravels through flavors of black cherry coulis, crème de cassis, honeycomb and brioche in this elegant version. Mouthwatering acidity and a lightly chalky texture push through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2025.” WS

Louis Roederer Brut 2007 750ML ($89.95) $69 special, 4 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “Pale golden in color, the Roederer 2007 Vintage Brut offers a classic and highly elegant as well as intense and complex bouquet of tea, fruit and floral aromas indicating freshly cracked wheat grain, malt, ripe and slightly cooked apples, lime peels, quince, oranges and roasted almonds. The palate is pure, fresh, mineral, highly elegant, very vinous, complex and persistent. The aging potential is excellent here.” WA

Champagne Aubry Le Nombre d’Or Sable Blanc de Blancs Campanae Veteres Vites Brut 2007 750ML ($89.95) $79 special, 1 bottle available
Stephen Tanzer 92 points “made from 30% chardonnay, 30% petit meslier, 20% arbanne and 20% pinot blanc, with a very low dosage of 2 g/l; disgorged June, 2012): Light yellow. Intensely perfumed bouquet of orchard fruits, tangerine, chamomile and anise, along with a suggestion of ginger and a mounting floral element. Firm and dry in the mouth, with chewy pear skin and citrus flavors giving way to deeper peach and nectarine on the back half. Shows a suave blend of richness and energy, finishing very long, with lingering spiciness and minerality.” WA

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Deutz Blanc De Blancs 2007 1.5L ($159.95) $139 special, 1 magnum available
Stephen Tanzer 91 points “Light, bright straw. Lemon zest, green apple and chalky minerals on the fragrant nose. Dry and precise, offering energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors that pick up anise and honeysuckle nuances with air. Closes stony and long, with lingering floral and iodine notes.” ST

Deutz Brut 2007 1.5L ($129.95) $109 special, 1 magnum available
Wine Spectator 91 points “A sleek, minerally version, creamy in texture, with hints of chalk and smoke underscoring the subtle lemon meringue pie, crushed black currant and graphite notes. Drink now through 2022.”WS

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Demarne-Frison Goustan Brut Nature NV 1.5L ($149.95) $99 special, 5 magnums available
Distributor note “50% pinot noir from Les Clos de la Cote, 50% Chardonnay from Les Cotannes, and all from 2007. As the bulk of a tiny production from a new producer Goustan is a superb first effort, showing a hearty core with vibrant acidity.”

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2007 Champagne Arriving in September 2015

Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee Premier Cru Brut 2007 750ML ($149.95) $125 special, 28 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 94+ points “Another gorgeous wine, the 2007 Coeur de Cuvée is rich, ample and totally seductive. In 2007, the Coeur de Cuvée is intensely aromatic and highly expressive, with striking textural resonance throughout. Creamy and spherical through to the finish, the 2007 is a model of elegance and sumptuousness. The 2007 can be enjoyed today for its generous personality or cellared for another decade-plus.” AG
Terry Theise notes “This will continue Laurent’s streak of making the best wine in Champagne from “difficult” vintages, and indeed this is as good as the GREAT 2001—and maybe better. It brings a nettle-y green sting to the magnificent grace and concentration of this ever-improving wine. The length is replete with pepper, leather and verbena; the salt and stocky savor are mindbending—dried porcini, rare duck breast, clove and satsumas, all into a seemingly endless finish you want scoop back out of your mouth and drink again.”

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2013 Dujac Fils & Pere and Domaine Dujac
Arriving Late September

Limited Availability!

Maison Dujac Fils & Pere Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits 2013 750ML ($99.95) $79 pre-arrival special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 89-91 points “The 2013 Chambolle-Musigny is pliant and expressive in the glass, with round, silky tannins in support of the voluptuous fruit. The Chambolle is a bit more generous through the mid-palate and finish, with plenty of classic Chambolle red-toned fruit and lovely overall balance.” AG

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Maison Dujac Fils & Pere Gevrey-Chambertin 2013 750ML ($99.95) $79 pre-arrival special, 6 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 88-90 points “The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin is quite pretty. Rose petals, mint, sweet spices and anise all lift form the glass. In this vintage, the Gevrey is especially floral and savory, much of that coming from the inclusion of 25% whole clusters.” AG

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Maison Dujac Fils & Pere Morey-Saint-Denis 2013 750ML ($99.95) $79 pre-arrival special, 6 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 90-92 points “The most complete of the village wines in the range, the 2013 Morey St. Denis is super-appealing. Precise and lifted, the 2013 impresses with terrific overall balance and class. The long, silky finish gives the 2013 considerable appeal, even at this early stage. Savory herbs, mint and a dash of licorice add the final notes of complexity.” AG

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Domaine Dujac Chambolle-Musigny 2013 750ML ($119.95) $89 pre-arrival special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 89-91 points “Dujac’s 2013 Chambolle-Musigny bristles with energy, tension and nuance. Bright red cherries, plums, flowers and mint flesh out in a village-level Burgundy of true distinction. The 2013 is a blend of fruit from Drazeys and Fremières.” AG

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Domaine Dujac Morey-Saint-Denis 2013 750ML ($119.95) $89 pre-arrival special, 6 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 89-91 points ‘The 2013 Morey St. Denis is beautifully focused and lifted in the glass, with lovely mid palate depth and pliancy. This is an especially aromatic, feminine style of Morey. Dark red cherry, plum and spice notes are given an extra bit of brightness by the minerality of the year.” AG

Domaine Dujac Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($199.95) $169 pre-arrival special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 90-92 points “A deep, pungent wine, the 2013 Morey St. Denis 1er Cru shows the wilder side of the village. Game, smoke, licorice, tobacco and incense are pushed forward in a textured, energetic Burgundy that appears to have a bright future. The Morey 1er Cru is a blend of fruit from Ruchots, Clos Sorbé, Millandes and Charrières.” AG

Domaine Dujac Aux Combottes, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($259.95) $219 pre-arrival special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 91-93 points “The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes is impressive. Power and explosive to the core, with fabulous energy, the Combottes is wonderfully alive in the glass. The 2013 is intensely perfumed and light on its feet, which is to say very much in the style of the year. Deceptively medium in body, the 2013 boasts notable depth, especially on the finish, where a crescendo of flavors and textures is utterly captivating.” AG

Domaine Dujac Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013 750ML ($349.95) $279 pre-arrival special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 92-95 points “Dujac’s 2013 Charmes-Chambertin boasts serious intensity in its fruit backed up by equally imposing tannins. The flavors tend toward the darker end of the spectrum, while the overall structural feel suggests this is a Burgundy for the cellar. Overall, this is a tremendous showing from the Charmes. Dujac’s Charmes is a blend of fruit from Charmes and Mazoyères.” AG

Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Grand Cru 2013 750ML ($399.95) $349 pre-arrival special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 93-95 points “The 2013 Echézeaux is one of the most open, expressive wines in the range today. Silky tannins and a pliant, resonant mid-palate convey an impression of suppleness that is unusual, even for Echézeaux. That theme continues through to a beautifully sculpted, generous finish. I expect the 2013 will drink well relatively early for a Grand Cru.” AG

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Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2013 750ML ($499.95) $399 pre-arrival special, 6 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 94-97 points “Another superb, multidimensional wine, the 2013 Clos de La Roche boasts remarkable complexity, starting with exquisite aromatics, finely-sculpted fruit and firm yet polished tannins. Layers of flavor flesh out in all directions in a resonant, expansive Burgundy endowed with pure pedigree. There is a lot going on in the glass, although it is the wine’s totally sublime sense of harmony that is most captivating at this early stage. I can’t wait to taste the 2013 from bottle.” AG

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Domaine Dujac Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2013 750ML ($499.95) $399 pre-arrival special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 93-96 points “The 2013 Clos St. Denis is a wine of detail, nuance and precision. All the classic Clos St. Denis signatures are present, but it’s almost as if they are expressive in miniature in the 2013. Feminine and supple throughout, the 2013 Clos St. Denis shows the more finessed side of Morey, and it does so in grand style.” AG

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Domaine Dujac Les Beaumonts, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($319.95) $279 pre-arrival special, 6 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 92-94 points “The 2013 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts is a powerful, deep wine endowed with superb textural richness. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, licorice and new leather all find support in beams of underlying minerality that give the wine its energy and pulsating salinity. The Beaux Monts is shaping up to be a jewel.” AG

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Domaine Dujac Aux Malconsorts, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($349.95) $299 pre-arrival special, 3 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 93-95 points “The 2013 Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts is a gorgeous wine for so many reasons, but especially in the way it constantly changes in the glass. At times, it is the wine’s dark, spiced fruit that is pushed forward, while at other times, the bright, citrus-inflected notes typical of the year are more prominent. An exquisite, beautifully layered Burgundy, the 2013 Malconsorts is going to provide fabulous drinking for several decades. Next to the Beaux Monts, the Malconsorts its quite a bit more reserved. Jeremy Seysses notes that yields here were lower than in 2012.” AG

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Maison Dujac Fils & Pere Chambolle-Musigny 2011 750ML ($119.95) $79 special, 1 bottle available
Stephen Tanzer 88 points “Good bright red. More perfumed on the nose than the village Morey, offering cherry and floral aromas. Juicy, fruity and energetic, with red fruit flavors accented but not dominated by pepper and herbs. Finishes with firm, slightly dry-edged tannins and good lift.” ST

Domaine Dujac Aux Combottes, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2011 750ML ($249.95) $199 special, 3 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 91+ points “Captivating aromas of pristine red fruits, minerals and underbrush, plus a whiff of porcini. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, with terrific high-pitched precision to the red raspberry and cherry flavors. Lovely cut here, as well as a tannic spine that calls for four or five years of aging. Jeremy Seysses noted that with the estate’s clonal material, their grapes are riper. “We start pulling leaves on the north side of the vines not long after the flowering, and we get thicker skins,” he told me, adding that the estate’s 2011s are tannic wines.” ST