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Our 40th Anniversary Sale continues ...
And, as in years past, our most popular annual sale will be extended through the end of the year. That means savings on wines from all over the shop for the rest of 2017!
Now that we're in the middle of the holidays, maybe it's time to leave some of our favorite "weeknight wines" in their respective boxes and pop the cork of something a little more special. Our sale has that covered.
Do you like Burgundy? If you're reading this email, that's a rhetorical question. We've picked out a handful of highlights from our Burgundy wines on sale; both red and white. These wines were great values BEFORE they went on sale - You've got to love them now!
First, a trio of fancier reds from the outstanding 2012 vintage. Clive Coates, MW, has written that, "There are some who regard the potential of 2012 reds as superior to anything recent, and that includes 2010, 2009, 2005 and other years." That motivated me to stock up on 2012's.
For the whites, we have 3 different vintages represented, including the already famous 2014. If studying vintage charts is your thing, then you probably know that the quality has been great for white Burgundy for quite some time, year after year. These fancy whites will impress all who sample them. - Peter Zavialoff
2012 Xavier Monnot Beaune 1er Cru Les Toussaints
Reg. $55.98 SALE $39.95
"The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is lush to the point of opulence with good mid-palate density before culminating in a beautifully complex, round and solidly complex finish." - Allen Meadows, Burghound
Sounds like he liked it.
2014 Claudie Jobard Rully Blanc Montagne La Folie
Reg. $27.99 SALE $19.95
Claudie Jobard is Laurence Jobard's daughter. Laurence was head oenologist at Maison Josef Drouhin for 3 decades. Winemaking is in her blood - and we love her wines. Don't let the low price put you off - this is special wine!
2012 Château de la Matroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean
Reg. $64.99 SALE $45.95
Made by the meticulous Jean-Pierre Cournut (he's a former aeronautical engineer), the wines from Maltroye are known for their high-toned expression and balance. The clay soiled vineyard of Clos St. Jean allows the fruit to ripen fully, giving the wines a core of crunchy berry-like fruit.
2012 Xavier Monnot Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes
Reg. $106.99 SALE $59.95
White Burgundy lovers know one cannot go wrong with Meursault, though there is something particularly special about the wines from the Charmes vineyard. This 2012 is ready for action with bright pear and apple fruit, stony mineral, and a crisp finish. Yum!
2012 Stephane Magnien Grand Cru Clos-Saint-Denis
Reg. $149.99 SALE $114.95
The youthful Stephane Magnien may only have 4.5 hectares to tend, but in what impressive vineyards do they lie??!! This Clos-Saint-Denis will be the wine to pour for New Year's 2025, but there may not be any around by then.
2013 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Dent De Chien
Reg. $199.99 SALE $124.95
And in the super-special wine department, there is this Dent de Chien. Rumor has it that these two plots once belonged to the Grand Cru Le Montrachet vineyard. This wine certainly gives credence to that claim.
If it's Burgundy and it's not Chardonnay, but Sauvignon Blanc - you're drinking Saint-Bris!
What?!! Aligote is not the only "other white grape" of Burgundy? Nope. Saint-Bris is yet another exception to the rule that says white Burgundy must be Chardonnay. Saint-Bris is an appellation in the northwest region of Burgundy, just southwest of Chablis, where the dominant white grape grown is Sauvignon Blanc. This might seem strange at first, but if you look at a map, you'll notice that Saint-Bris is closer to Loire Valley's Sancerre than to Beaune.
At The Wine House, we've been on the hunt to expand our direct-import Burgundy portfolio, especially from under-represented regions. To this end, we've been scouting out leads, tasting a lot, and in general, doing our homework. Newly arrived Domaine Verret, with the "Imported by: Wine House Limited, San Francisco, CA" sticker (that's us!) on the back label, met our criteria for offering wines of quality, value, and an authentic sense of place. I remember tasting samples of their wines last year and liking the Saint-Bris immediately. I wasn't concerned that this lesser known appellation would be too esoteric for our clientele. I was confident that those who shop with us and enjoy fresh, vivacious Sauvignon Blanc would be drawn to this wine.
The limestone soils contribute to the zippy minerality, though the texture of the wine is rather round. Super aromatic, on the nose exhibiting more exotic fruits and less cut grass aromas. As you can see from the photo above, I enjoyed a glass of Saint-Bris as an aperitif out on the back deck, enjoying the last of summer's warm rays after work last Saturday.
A month into the new school year, I've got the carpool arrangements nailed down and the after school activities locked in. Now into Fall, the days are recognizably shorter and the nights significantly cooler. I've been hitting the farmer's market hard, trying to satiate my lust for vine-ripened tomatoes. At home, I've planted my first ever fall/winter vegetable garden. I've already begun harvesting lettuce and kale. Some time soon, I'll be braising greens and serving it with this lovely, evergreen-scented Saint-Bris. It should be a tasty match! -- Anya Balistreri