We're ten days away from the end of 2017!! What to do? Why, celebrate, of course!! If you're in need of wine to celebrate with, we've got you covered!
As is customary this time of year, sparkling wines are very popular as celebratory wines, and we have good stocks of fizz ranging from sub $20 sparklers to fancy, hard to find Champagnes. Click here for a link to our selection of bubbles.
If you like to celebrate like I do, then maybe a bottle of Sauternes from our anniversary sale is the way to go. I always like to celebrate with Bordeaux's Gold wines, and a glass of Sauternes on New Year's Day is a must, if one is going to have a sweet year!
Remember, our sale lasts through January 2, 2018, so if you haven't checked it out, time is running short.
Our ever-popular, dry, pear-scented, Giavi Prosecco is quite an elegant drink for its party-wine price. Careful - the bottle tends to be finished before you know it!
2005 Château De Malle Sauternes 375ml Reg. $27.98 SALE $19.95
From a vintage known for its abundant level of botrytis, the 2005 de Malle is showing rich aromas with citrus fruit and spicy aromas. The palate is well-balanced and harmonious. It's in a great spot right now.
Vivacious Champagne-method bubbly produced from organically farmed Côt, Cabernet Franc, and Grolleau grapes, grown on limestone-clay hillside soils. Fresh and crisp, with surprising complexity.
2007 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 375ml Reg. $44.98 SALE $34.95
"The palate is very pure and balanced with a wonderful seam of acidity that slices through the viscous botrytis fruit, quite spicy on the finish" - Neal Martin
2004 Pascal Doquet Grand Cru Le Mesnil Sur Oger Coeur De Terroir Reg. $99.98 SALE $74.95
Or one can go the way of true vintage Chamagne with this 2004 Grand Cru from Pascal Doquet. Expressive, yeasty, and nutty, 2004 was great for Chardonnay-based Champagne.
2005 Chateau De Fargues Sauternes 375ml Reg. $59.98 SALE $49.95
Owned by the Lur Saluces family (former owners of Château d'Yquem), the 2005 de Fargues is Sauternes lover's dream. It's intense, complex, rich, and powerful. It's a great wine - for now, or for up to 15-20 years.
Unquestionably, Château d'Yquem is in a league of its own when it comes to quality and notoriety. Think about it. If you've tasted any vintage of Château d'Yquem, chances are you remember when, where, and with whom. If you've had enough Yquem that you've forgotten a few of these occasions, consider yourself lucky!
Here's an opportunity to get in on a legend in the making. The 2015 vintage in Sauternes was a great one. The botrytis was profound; the acidity levels healthy. Here's a short excerpt from what The Wine Advocate's Neal Martin had to say about the 2015 vintage in Sauternes: "The catalyst was a storm on August 31. The 9 millimeters of rain followed by warm sunny conditions was perfect for botrytis formation, the cool nights locking in the acidity. In some years, harvesters are at the beg and mercy of the capricious weather and hesitant botrytis development; but in 2015, the noble rot was so regular and even, that for once, vineyard managers could almost sashay into the vineyard and pick how they wanted."
Here's Mr. Martin's note from tasting the 2015 Yquem from barrel: "It has a show-stopping bouquet that is beautifully defined and very complex and exuberant, infused with greater mineralité than recent vintages - intense but not as flamboyant as say the 2009 Yquem at this stage. The palate boasts absolutely stunning balance. This is a Yquem without a hair out of place: fantastically pure, botrytised fruit caressing the mouth. That is as per normal. What distinguishes this Yquem is the sense of electricity that is imbued by that razor-sharp acidity. There is just unbelievably tension here and to be frank, there is little point in me continuing to write this note, because it is simply an astonishing Yquem that will rank alongside the 2001 and 2009."