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"Very focused and elegant"
2018 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. The 2018 Côte de Nuits - Villages boldly flaunts these characteristics. 

"In a word, wonderful"
2019 Ballot Millot Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières

For me, the most shocking wine of the superb lineup is the 1er Cru Les Genevrières.

Brilliance in the Côte des Blancs:
2013 Agrapart Minéral

For us, 2013 in Champagne is a truly exciting vintage that will likely be considered a great one in due time.

"This is quite a beauty!"
2020 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Kabinett

Scharzhofberger Kabinetts, in any vintage, thrive on a steely finesse that's full of cut and mineral-drenched length that boasts the wine's nobility.

Riesling Royalty:
2013 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

When it comes to Riesling, the Trimbachs are royalty. Trimbach differentiates itself from nearly every other Alsatian producer by the clarity and detail of their wines. There is always a premium placed on rigor.

The Incredible Lightness of Beaujolais:
2019 Yvon Métras Beaujolais

When you catch Métras Beaujolais in the right vintage, watch out.

There are few wines as delicious, agile, and simply gulpable.

Grand Cru Benchmark - Revisited:
2018 Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin

Simply put, Bachelet's Charmes is one of the greatest wines of Burgundy. 

"His growing mastery shows in the quality of his 2019s"
2019 Thierry Pillot St. Aubin Le Ban

What makes Pillot’s wines so captivating is their unmatched purity and crystalline character. 

Champagne!
Agrapart, Billecart-Salmon, Cristal, Dom Pérignon, Selosse, Suenen, Taittinger & More

Loire Benchmark
2020 Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clos des Briords

Showstopping Champagne
2014 Laherte Freres Les Empreintes Extra Brut

Laherte's Empreintes is among the most impressive and eye-opening Champagnes we've tasted this year. Over the past handful of years, Laherte has emerged as one of the most talented growers in Champagne.

No Precedent:
Wasenhaus Single-Vineyards

They are some of the most exciting wines in Germany. For us, Wasenhaus' work is a powerful example of how a young generation of German winemakers are reinventing German wine.

Peerless:
1996 Château d'Yquem

In any vintage, Yquem delivers an aristocratic, dizzying complexity. It's jam-packed with nuance and an almost overwhelming impact.

"A genuine 'wow' wine"
2019 Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

2019 is one of those vintages. The wines are jaw-droppingly good. Burghound sums up the collection in the following way: "The 2019s are stunningly good and not to be missed."

The Dynamic Duo:
2017 Brovia Barolo Villero & Rocche

Brovia's Villero and Rocche are two of our favorite expressions of traditional Barolo. 

"One of the great successes of the vintage!"
2020 Willi Schaefer Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett

As the Mosel Fine Wines quote above makes clear, Schaefer produced some of the top wines of the vintage. For us, their incredibly finessed kabinetts lead the charge. 

Red Burgundy 1999-2019:
D'Angerville, Dujac, Fourrier, Mugnier, Rousseau & More

Untamed Beauty:
2017 Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

The 2017 really highlights Chevillon's ability to combine muscle with finesse and purity.  It has a bone-crushing and brooding structure, but there's also a beautiful transparency and subtle complexity.

Without Peer:
2020 Pascal Cotat Chavignol Rosé

The 2020 is an especially vivid and concentrated vintage of the rosé. There's plenty of chalky tension and incredibly pure layered red fruits. 

The Beating Heart of Chambolle:
2018 Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny

Regardless of the vintage, Bertheau's Chambolle is a Burgundy of supreme gracefulness and understatement. It's a bottle I reach for often. 

The King of Fleurie:
2019 Métras Fleurie VV

The Fleurie VV is the bottling that sums up Métras' style the best. There's a soaring and totally gorgeous perfume and a spine of dark crushed rocks. It's a wine that explodes from the glass with violets, purple fruits, and jet-black minerality.

German Elite:
2020 Schäfer-Fröhlich Stromberg Grosses Gewächs

Since its debut vintage in 2012, the Stromberg GG has competed with the Felseneck GG for the honor of Schäfer-Fröhlich's top dry bottling. 

Personality To Spare:
2017 Brovia Barolo Brea - Ca'Mia

They are among Barolo's great traditionalists and recent vintages have been showing this estate at the height of its powers. 

White Burgundy:
Coche-Dury, Colin-Morey, Dauvissat, Leflaive, Liger-Belair, Raveneau & More

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