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The Sorcerer's Apprentice:
Michel Fallon Ozanne Blanc de Blancs (2018)
As a side project, Fallon makes a tiny amount of wine from his family's vineyard in Avize, Selosse's home turf. Production is somewhere around 1,000 bottles.
"Clear and crystalline"
2022 Schäfer-Fröhlich Felseneck Grosses Gewächs
There is a strong case to be made that the Nahe reigned supreme in 2022. These are wines with some of the structure of 2021 yet with an uncanny lightness and elegance.
"His growing mastery shows in the quality of his 2019s"
2019 Paul Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean
The 1er Cru Clos St. Jean is one of the brightest in the range with floral notes. It has a nervy and radiant core of stony minerality. The wine also has a soaring power that serves as a nice complement to the tension-filled core.
Rare, Revelatory Loire:
2020 Bernaudeau Vin de France Les Onglés
The wines have a clarity, a deep mineral imprint, and liveliness that is fascinating and straight-up delicious.
"A very beautiful, delicate wine that captures the best this vintage has to offer."
2019 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
The aging curve for Bartolo Mascarello's Barolos is epic. The 2019 will have no trouble seeing its 20th birthday.
"The 2010 Montrose is insanely beautiful."
2010 Château Montrose St. Estèphe
The 2010 Bordeaux vintage is one of my favorites of the past couple of decades.
Red Burgundy 1990-2021:
Barthod, Dujac, Fourrier, Mugneret-Gibourg, Rouget, Roumier, Rousseau & More
There's a lot of star power included below. For example, there are five different lists for Mugneret-Gibourg and Roumier and four for Rousseau.
Back Up The Truck: Loire Edition
2022 Sables Verts Saumur-Champigny Glouglou
Sables Verts' Glouglou was an instant favorite. We discovered Sables Verts earlier this year and they became a go-to for honest and very fairly priced Loire wine.
In Peak Form:
Lafon Meursault & Volnay
In recent vintages, it's become clear that Lafon is at the top of his game.
The Alpine Distance Runner:
2019 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Nera
Neal Rosenthal, Ferrando’s importer, speaks of a 1964 Etichetta Nera that hit its apogee in 1998—at 34 years of age. This is a bottle that rewards patience.
"Crystalline precision and fabulous depth" - Revisited:
2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé Magnums
Few wines marry opulence with rigor so seamlessly as the Comtes de Champagne Rosé. I can't tell you how many times I've been blown away by bottles of Comtes de Champagne Rosé.
The Crown Jewel - Lowest Price:
2022 Pascal Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte
Pascal Cotat's 2022 La Grande Côte is epic. There's a soaring and layered complexity that's backed by serious architecture. You get a vibrant core of gripping chalkiness and saline minerality.
Keller RR Turbo Charged
The 2022 RR is silky and has a driving tension. As usual, the RR stands in contrast to Keller's dry wines with its darker mineral expression with wet stones and moist earth, even tobacco and clay.
"Impressive and recommended"
2021 Tribut Chablis 1er Beauroy
Tribut's 2021s are dazzling and crystal-clear expressions of Chablis' unique minerality.
Bernard-Bonin, Carillon, Colin-Morey, Dauvissat, Lafon, Liger-Belair, Pillot, Raveneau, Roulot & More
2022 Emrich-Schönleber Grosses Gewächs
There is perhaps no other German wine estate with a track record of such ruthlessly mineral, profoundly rigorous dry Rieslings. If you are lucky enough to have any Schönleber GGs from 2004 onward, you know the exquisite fine-ness these wines evolve into.
Grace and Understatement Revisited:
2021 Jouan Chambolle-Musigny
The 2021 Chambolle shows all of the hallmarks of this classical, and throw-back vintage. It is intricate, expressive, and profoundly soulful.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow:
2022 Tempier Bandol Rosé
The 2022 offers depth and power alongside a dazzling, bright backbone. The classic profile is on bold display - flowers, herbs, citrus, spice, and a subtle, scorched earth minerality.
2018-2019 Chave Saint-Joseph Clos Florentin
Chave's wines are some of our favorites, and we have a particular soft spot for his Saint-Joseph. Along with Pierre Gonon, Chave produces our favorite expression of Saint-Joseph. Chave's St. Joseph is something we cellar each vintage.
Sub-$20 Burgundy Curiosity
2021 Trousselle Coteaux Bourguignons Rouge
Since discovering the wines a few years ago, Trousselle has been our go-to producer for everyday Burgundy.
2021 Roulot Meursault Villages
"This is an excellent Meursault village" -Burghound
The villages designation is very deceiving. It seems like Burgundy's hierarchies based on centuries of accumulated wisdom are suspended when it comes to Roulot's Meursault Villages. It is world-class.
The Sublime, Whispers of Grüner Veltliner
Today we present a three-vintage vertical of Grüner Veltliners from a reclusive farmer near the Czech border in Austria.
This is only the second time we've ever seen a small allocation of these wines; we believe it's only the second time any wine has been released from this curious cellar.
Allemand, Bénetière, Chave, Gonon, Jamet, Rayas & More
The list below includes many of the region's top producers and covers its stars and lower-key talent.