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Apr

30

2011

Posted by Joe Salamone

Coudert's Cult Fleurie
2010 Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive
The New Release of the Beaujolais Icon

Alain Coudert's Cuvée Tardive is a serious contender for the most ageworthy and profound Beaujolais.

I do not say so lightly. The 1999 Cuvée Tardive remains the best Beaujolais I've ever drunk. I had it in 2007, and it was STILL youthful.

This is indeed the anti-Beaujolais-Nouveau, sourced from two east-facing parcels of vines over 80 years old and boasting a most formidable structure. The typical profile of Roilette's wines is one of dark fruits (black cherries, mulberries, plums), olives, licorice, smoke, mint, a complex array of flowers and a salty, meaty, nutty quality.

Apr

28

2011

Posted by Joe Salamone

While Piedmont's Langhe superstars Barolo and Barbaresco hog much of the spotlight, Nebbiolo grows and makes good - even great - wines under various aliases throughout Northwestern Italy. The wines may lack the muscle of Barolo and Barbaresco, but they make up for it in perfume, nervosity and delicacy.

Northern Piedmont: This region includes Gattinara, Ghemme, Bramaterra, Fara, Lessona, Sizzano and, of course, Boca. Nebbiolo (called Spanna here) is often blended with Vespolina and Uva Rara.

Carema: Also in northern Piedmont, but just southwest of those mentioned above. Carema sits in the shadows of Mt. Blanc and is on the border of the Valle d'Aosta region. Nebbiolo (here called Picoutener or Picotendro) grows at high altitudes in fantastically terraced vineyards rooted in poor stony soils. Compared to the wines from Gattinara, Lessona, Boca, etc., the wines of Carema are even more brisk and ethereal.

Valtellina: In Lombardia and bordering Switzerland, these vineyards reach over 2,000 feet. Nebbiolo (locally called Chiavennasca) can be blended with other grapes (Rossola, Pignola, Prugnolo and Pinot Nero). This is the most "nervous" Nebbiolo, full of flowers and sometimes subtle gamey notes. The four Crus are Sasella, Grumello, Inferno and Valgella, which may appear on labels. There's also a tradition of beefing up the region's light wine by drying grapes, Amarone-style; they call this Sforsato.

Donnas and Arnad-Montjovet: From the eastern section of Valle d'Aosta near Carema, these are light and crisp Nebbiolos (called Picoutener or Picotendro).

 

Apr

28

2011

Posted by Joe Salamone

Library Release Northern Nebbiolo
1989 Castello Conti Boca
Age and Altitude Unlock Perfume, Poise, Mineral

Past Barolo and Barbaresco, in the cooler and higher elevations of Northern Italy, beautiful and haunting things happen to Nebbiolo...

The ravishing, high-wire nature of these unique expressions of Italy's most noble grape become all the more thrilling as they age, which is what makes today's 22-year-old such a fascinating find.

Apr

27

2011

Posted by Stephen Bitterolf

Riesling at its Most Intellectual / Wildest
2009 Rebholz "Grand Cru" Dry Rieslings
Special Pre-Arrival Offer on the 2009 Grosses Gewächs

Hansjorg Rebholz is one of the quietest, most unassuming men in the world of German wine.

Which may explain why, despite the fact that he is making some of the greatest dry Rieslings in all of Germany, he remains little known in the U.S.

Today Joe and I try and do something to change that, bringing you the 2009 collection of Rebholz's "Grand Cru" dry Rieslings, the Grosses Gewächs as they're called, at special pre-arrival pricing.

Apr

27

2011

Posted by Ian McFadden

Volnay Cellar Treasure
1999 Angerville Volnay 1er Clos des Ducs
Small Parcel at the Lowest Price in the World

For the Burgundy lover, to say nothing of the Volnay specialist, this is one of those wines that will sell itself.

After all, we have a confluence of superlatives:

One of the greatest sites in Volnay, one of the greatest producers in Volnay, one of the great vintages of the last 20 years and the lowest price in the world.

Apr

26

2011

Posted by Stephen Bitterolf

Melusine: The Final Vintage
2007 Melusine Grüner Veltliner
Grüner Veltliner at its most Forceful, most Burgundian

Marion Ebner's cult Grüner Veltliner project comes to an end with the beautiful 2007 vintage.

Today we offer the final few cases discounted $40 a bottle.

It's an easy ploy, the whole "almost 50% off" thing.

And it is a crazy deal, a ludicrous deal, one of those deals everyone should take advantage of. The only price in the U.S. for this bottle of wine is $88.50 - today we offer the final few cases for $49.95.

Apr

26

2011

Posted by Robert Schagrin

Trimbach Madness Continues
2002 Cuvée Frédéric Emile 750mls and 1.5Ls
Straight from the Maison: Bottles and RARE Magnums

"Here is a wine to strain through your teeth... possessed of vivacious, ripe acids, lemon, grapefruit and faintly bitter black fruit notes over a foundation of chalk, leading to a long, juicy finish." -David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate

As was emphatically proven last week, the Freddy Emile is a cult Riesling if ever there was one.

Seriously, we got a hundred or so requests AFTER we had already sold out of the 2001. And the requests continue to roll in, well over a week later...

So today we respond to the obvious demand by offering up our (much smaller) parcel of the 2002 Frédéric Emile at a similarly ridiculous price.

Apr

25

2011

Posted by Ian McFadden

What Clos Vougeot Can Be
1999 Mugneret-Gibourg Clos Vougeot
At the Intersection of Geek and Collectible

This is one of the finest examples of Clos Vougeot, one of the finest examples of what the Mugneret sisters are capable of.

Clos Vougeot is a bit infamous.

To put it bluntly, this is a vineyard that often underperforms. It's a big vineyard (relatively speaking) and certain parcels just aren't deserving of their Grand Cru status.

On the other hand, when Clos Vougeot is good it is very good - nestled up against Musigny as it is, with a similar textural elegance, the suave, airy, satiny fruit can be among the most seductive out there.

Apr

23

2011

Posted by Joe Salamone

The Chef d'Oeuvre
2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon: MAGS & D-MAGS
An Aptly Grand Tribute to a Beaujolais Torchbearer

It's impossible to overestimate Marcel Lapierre's impact on Beaujolais.

The torchbearing vigneron died last October, but not before helping the Beaujolais region perform an about-face, inspiring its revolution from a region of cheap, mass-market plonk to a region of terroir, a place where the great wines have depth, purity and distinct character.

Apr

22

2011

Posted by Robert Schagrin

Greater Heights, More Intensity
RARE 2002 Dom Pérignon MAGNUMS
Possibly The Greatest DP Yet
and at the Lowest Price in the U.S.

"Extraordinarily firm, confident, intense nose... Nothing remotely sweet or fat - though it's as intense as a Montrachet... This already delivers but has such backbone and great acidity... Really reaches every hidden cell of the palate. LVMH at its very best?"
- Jancis Robinson

Only time will tell, but at the very least, this is on the short list of the best Dom Pérignons ever produced. Even Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy agrees, comparing it to the house’s biggest cellar legends.

Today I am pleased to be able to offer the new cellar legend: 2002 Dom Pérignon out of the rare MAGNUM format.

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