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Utterly Captivating: Back-Vintage Conterno:
2006 Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia
In 2006, Cascina Francia offers up precise and classical Nebbiolo scents and flavors with freshness and structure backed by a punchy intensity. It isn't shy in the power department, but also struts the breeding and finesse. The grandeur and architecture of the wine is amazing.
"The airy finesse is simply stunning"
2020 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett
The 2020's pristine clarity and incredible harmony promises that it will age beautifully. Schaefer's wines are some of the most consistent that we know. Still, when they nail a vintage watch out - the results are stunning.
The Oldest of the Old School, Part Two:
2010 Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre
These are profoundly eye-opening wines that remind you that Bordeaux is capable of haunting nuance, delicacy, and a whispering complexity. Don't miss the 2010. It is poised to be one of the greats of this unyielding traditionalist.
"This is absolutely superb"
2020 D'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds
Taillepieds is one of d'Angerville's wines that people get obsessed with. There's a group of people who hold Taillepieds even more dear than Ducs.
Rare and Limited:
2015 Chartogne-Taillet Hors Série Extra Brut
For quite some time, Chartogne-Taillet has been among the most exciting addresses in Champagne.
"I have never had a Hubacker at such a high level."
2019 Keller Hubacker Grosses Gewächs
The 2019 Hubacker possesses a level of elegance that we've never seen before, along with an explosive mid-palate. It has incredible purity, precision, and class.
Chinon "Grand Cru" - 2020 Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot
The Other Egon Müller:
2019 Egon Müller Le Gallais Wiltinger braune Kupp Spätlese
Egon Müller's 2019s are amazing. Out of the entire lineup, the most shocking of Müller's 2019s is the Le Gallais Wiltinger braune Kupp Spätlese.
Coche-Dury, Colin-Morey, Dauvissat, Lafon, Lamy, Leflaive, Raveneau, Roulot & More
Don't Miss Vintage - Burgundy Distance Runner
2020 D'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Champans
This explains why every vintage I always make it a point to cellar a healthy amount of Champans. The 2020 is destined to be an epic example of the wine.
The Other Side of Coche - Only Bottles In The Country:
2020 Coche-Dury Monthelie Rouge
Coche-Dury is world-renowned for his epic white Burgundies. Today, we explore a different side of Coche - his stunning work with Pinot Noir. We need to mention right from the start that the 2015 Coche-Dury Monthelie Rouge is very limited.
Watershed Vintage, Part II: Back Up The Truck Edition
2021 Schafer-Frohlich Bockenauer Schiefergestein Trocken
The wines of Schäfer-Fröhlich are some of the best in all of Germany. It's already clear that the 2021s will go down as one of the greatest collections of this elite estate.
Loire Benchmark - Lowest Price:
2020 François Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés
These are the time-tested benchmarks of Sancerre, collected by the same people who chase down the best wines in the world. The Monts Damnés is always a favorite.
Piedmont Elite, Part Two:
2018 Brovia Barolo Rocche
The 2018 Rocche has an explosive set of aromatics. You get an emphatic streak of minerality and precise notes of herbs, spices, and floral notes. It's not a powerhouse wine, but it boasts a wonderful harmony and clarity of expression.
2018 Laherte Les Grandes Crayeres Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
This is an amazing bottle of Champagne. The combination of terroir-soaked honesty and sophistication made it stand out.
Chave, Dom Perignon, Ganevat, Lamy, Lafarge, Bartolo Mascarello,
Montevertine, Muller, Taittinger & More
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow:
2021 Tempier Bandol Rosé
The 2021 rosé flaunts both a deep structure and a zippy freshness. The combination makes for very exciting drinking. The classic profile is on bold display - flowers, herbs, citrus, spice, and a subtle, scorched earth minerality.
Mastery On Display:
2019 Lafon Meursault Clos de la Baronne
The 2019 Clos de la Baronne is stunning. It combines presence and intensity with a precision and drive that's thrilling. Everything is expertly woven into a silken high-toned profile and a punchy minerality.
2000 Château Cheval Blanc
There is no doubt that the 2000 is among the greats of this storied château's history.
2021 Pepiere Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine Clos des Briords
Clos des Briords takes Muscadet close to its platonic ideal of jagged saline minerality.
2020 Bachelet Côte de Nuits-Villages
Typically, Côte de Nuits can be characterful, but also rugged and rustic. Bachelet takes the appellation to a nearly unimaginable level of textural elegance and ageability.
Piedmont Elite - Lowest Price:
2018 Brovia: Barolo Brea - Ca' Mia & Barolo Villero
We've enjoyed bottles from the 70s and 80s, but for us, Brovia has really kicked it into high gear since 2004. Brovia is producing wines every bit on the level of producers like Mascarello, Rinaldi, and Conterno.
Agrapart, Dom Pérignon, Laval, Ledru, Peters, Savart, Taittinger & More
Today, I'm happy to offer a list covering some of my favorite Champagne producers.