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Loire Benchmark:
2021 Pepiere Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine Clos des Briords

Clos des Briords takes Muscadet close to its platonic ideal of jagged saline minerality.

"Lovely stuff"
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.

Champagne:
Agrapart, Dom Pérignon, Laval, Ledru, Peters, Savart, Taittinger & More

Today, I'm happy to offer a list covering some of my favorite Champagne producers.

Hitting The Bullseye:
Dehu Champagne Cuvée Initiation Extra Brut (2019)

We've always admired their profound authenticity, verve, and pristine intensity.  Still, simply put, Déhu nailed it with his 2019 Initiation. 

2021 Emrich-Schönleber Grosses Gewächs:
Frühlingsplätzchen & Halenberg

Bulletproof White Burgundy:
2020 Carillon Puligny-Montrachet

The wines of Jacques Carillon may keep a lower profile than some others in Burgundy, but they are no joke. You'd be hard-pressed to find Burgundies as carefully crafted as Carillon's. 

German Elite - Watershed Vintage:
2021 Schäfer-Fröhlich Stromberg Grosses Gewächs

"My answer is: Carema"
2018 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca

Carema is alpine Nebbiolo of breathtaking grace.

"Very fine quality"
2020 Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet

The Chassagne combines explosive aromatics with power and a beautiful gracefulness.

"What a wine!" -2018 Oddero Barolo Brunate

Everything is in place for the 2018 Brunate to age beautifully. It's rare that you find such precision and harmony in a wine. This should not be missed. 

"There is no estate in the entire Rhône Valley making finer wines."
2018 Allemand Cornas Reynard

Allemand takes Cornas to a level of expressiveness and finesse that no one can compete with.

The Oldest of the Old School: 2005 Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre

Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre's Jean-Pierre Boyer has overseen every vintage after 1950 and produces Bordeaux in an utterly unyielding style.

Chinon Masterpiece: 2020 Baudry Chinon Grézeaux

Baudry's style is beautifully detailed, vividly transparent, and refined.

White Burgundy:
Coche-Dury, Colin-Morey, Dauvissat, Lafon, Lamy, Leflaive, Raveneau, Roulot & More

A Giant of the Nahe
2021 Emrich-Schönleber Grosses Gewächs: Frühlingsplätzchen & Halenberg

Cooler vintages, like 2021, have become painfully rare in Germany. This is a special opportunity to witness the brilliance of Emrich-Schönleber in all of its razor-sharp glory. 

"Worth a special effort to seek out"
2016 Agrapart Minéral Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

In any vintage, Agrapart's Minéral is a dynamite Champagne. It is one of the most riveting expressions of Chardonnay to be found. 

"Like stepping back into Piedmont's past"
2018 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

Montestefano is famous above all else for how it marries elegance, detail, and intensity. It's a wine that soars with a tightly coiled class.

"Benchmark Stuff" -2017 Hureau Saumur-Champigny Lisagathe

Lisagathe is Hureau's top wine. In 2017, it's a stunning bottle.

Keller Rarity:
2020 Weingut Keller Kellerkiste von den Grossen Lagen

Across the range, the wines have an indescribable complexity, silken harmony, and breeding. It's very clear that the wines work on a world-class level. 

"Excellent"-Lowest Price:
2019 Génot-Boulanger Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

The 2019s will surely cement their status as one of the most exciting producers of white Burgundy.

Red Burgundy: Arnoux-Lachaux, Bachelet,
Barthod, Engel, Fourrier, Lafarge, Leroy, Mugneret-Gibourg, Rousseau & More

The Other Egon Müller, Part Two:
2021 Egon Müller Le Gallais Wiltinger braune Kupp Kabinett

The 2021 is a brilliant example of the Wiltinger braune Kupp Kabinett that was too good to pass up.

Hierarchies Crumble:
2020 Coche-Dury Bourgogne Blanc

There's no getting around it... Coche is special. Even his Bourgogne Blanc works on an elite level.

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