A Taste Of Burgundy - December 2017

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:33 PM



2015 Chassagne-Montrachet

Château de la Maltroye

 2015 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet BottleChâteau de la Maltroye is located smack dab in the middle of the appellation of Chassagne-Montrachet. It’s surrounded by a host of Premier Cru vineyards including the eponymous monopole, Clos du Château de la Maltroye.  Jean-Pierre Cournut has been owner/winemaker since 1993, following his father’s retirement after running the property for some 20 years.  When asked about the 2015 growing season in Burgundy, Jean-Pierre replied, “It was a huge relief relative to the last few vintages.” Regarding the harvest, he later added, “the fruit was so clean, I basically paid people to watch it go by on the sorting table.”  Such was the case with 2015 white Burgundy; the fruit was perfectly ripe. It was apparent, early on, to Cournut that the wines would be very rich, so he did not perform any battonage on his wines. This village Chassagne is rich and concentrated, suggesting it will age well, though there is plenty of opulence showing already. We recommend drinking it from now-2030.

2015 Beaune 1er Cru Teurons

Domaine Albert Morot

2015 Domaine Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Teurons BottleWe are going to be hearing about 2015 red Burgundy for a long time. It’s a benchmark vintage of the highest quality with better than average yields. Burgundy expert Clive Coates, MW has written that in his opinion, the best Premiers Cru vineyards in the Beaune appellation are Grèves and Teurons, stating that they “produce Beaune at its most elegant: fullish, but properly round, rich and balanced, with plenty of depth.” The Premier Cru Teurons vineyard lies in the middle of the Beaune appellation due west of the village. Geoffroy Choppin de Janvry has been running the show and making the wine at Albert Morot since 2000. He immediately implemented organic techniques and now is officially certified. Regarding the 2015 harvest Geoffroy commented that the fruit was, “ripe and as clean as could be.”  For his 2015 Teurons, he used 20% whole clusters to give the wine freshness, and was light-handed with extraction. This terroir-driven wine is concentrated and complex. Time in the cellar will help; drink from 2021-2035. 

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December 2017 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:28 PM

December 2017 Dirty Dozen

Eleven months down,

One to go - Welcome to December!  There's not a whole lot of 2017 left, and now that we're in the middle of the Holidays, there are many reasons to celebrate.  To aid in this year's festivities, we've packed 12 bottles of wine, all different, all chosen for their value and versatility, and put them in a box with this handy write-up for one outrageously low price - pick up your December Dirty Dozen today!

The Chillables

2015 Saint Chinian, Petit Paradis $13.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Saint Chinian, a sub-region of the Languedoc between Minervois and Faugères, is planted mainly to red varieties. This exception to the rule is a perky, peach scented blend of Marsanne, Vermentino and Grenache Blanc. Terrific freshness with a smooth palate feel, this can work magic with rotisserie chicken, cold noodle salads or soups with winter greens.

2016 Picpoul de Pinet, Le Chevalier de Novato $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder     

Another alluring white from the Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet is both the name of the variety and the appellation. Grown along the estuaries of the Mediterranean, Picpoul has acidity like that of a Muscadet combined with the roundness of a white Rhône. An elegant start to a celebratory meal when paired with oysters on the half shell or smoked trout rillettes.

2015 Chardonnay, Dreyer Sonoma $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder        

For over twenty years, Dreyer Sonoma has been making top quality, super-affordable wines. Their Chardonnay comes from Carneros, a region that benefits from San Pablo Bay’s cooling breezes. A Chardonnay far more balanced and nuanced than most comparably priced ones, it’s a crowd-pleasing choice for cocktail parties and other festive gatherings.

2017 Unoaked Chardonnay, Good Hope $14.99, $11.99 reorder                  

Nope, you’re not seeing things; this is a 2017 Chardonnay, harvested this past spring.  The fruit comes from two vineyards, one ocean facing and the other in an inland valley.  The varietals are blended giving us the best of both worlds, zippy acidity and ripe yellow fruit.  Now that it’s crab season, feel free to pop one of these and get crackin’.

2016 Montravel Terrement, Château Puy-Servain $13.49, $10.79 reorder                      

Another wine, fresh off our latest container, is Daniel Hecquet’s Montravel Terrement Blanc.  Daniel pays homage to the Marquis de Ségur using a derivative of the word terroir to spotlight the vineyard the illustrious Marquis once owned.  It’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, and a great wine to serve with a vegetable tart with goat cheese.

2016 Touraine Rosé, Domaine des Corbillières  $16.79, $13.43 reorder 

The Domaine des Corbillières Rosé has been among our favorite Rosés for as long as we’ve been selling them.  In 2016, they crushed it!  This fine offering is impeccably balanced with hints of strawberry and melon-like fruit aromas along with stony minerals propped up by fresh, crisp acidity.  This is about as good as Rosé gets.  Try it with seared ahi tuna.

The Reds

2014 Nero di Troia, Cantine Le Grotte $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Nero di Troia is the third most planted grape in Puglia after Negroamaro and Primitivo. Think of Puglia geographically as the heel up to the mid-calf of Italy’s boot. Nero di Troia is a purple skinned grape that when ripe, expresses rich fruit and mild tannins. Lots of forest berry juiciness here. Match-ups include slow roasted pork, brisket or mushroom lasagna.

2015 Bobal, Aula $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Bobal is the native grape of Spain’s Utiel-Requena region just west of the city of Valencia. The climate here is a cross between Mediterranean and continental. Hot, dry days give way to cool nights, providing ideal conditions for growing wine grapes, especially Bobal. Raspberry, cherry and a hint of balsam notes prevail. Serve with pizza, pilaf or pasta.

2015 Vranec, Jordanov $12.98 net sale price, $11.68 reorder

Jordanov is located just fifty miles south of Skopje, Macedonia’s capital and largest city. In this region, Vranec reigns supreme. A black-skinned grape, Vranec produces a full-bodied red with flavors of sour cherry and cassis. If you tend to enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, you’re in for a treat! This can easily stand up to a rib roast with Yorkshire pudding.

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Inacayal $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

One of Argentina’s best-known enologists, Adriano Senetier founded Inacayal in 1997 in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, identifying the vineyard as mineral-rich alluvial soil.  He sold the winery in 2010, but stayed on as the grower.  The 2015 Cabernet is full in body, with spicy aromas and dark, earthy notes.  Sure to be a hit with a juicy steak!

2015 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Le Farnete $14.59, $11.67 reorder

They’ve been allowed to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in Carmignano since Medici times.  TWH pal Enrico Pierazzuoli blends it (20%) with Sangiovese to make both his Carmignano and Barco Reale.  Think of it as a “baby Super-Tuscan,” with fresh red fruit up front and a medium bodied finish. This works great as a spaghetti red or with a Pizza Margherita.

2016 Château De Cranne, Bordeaux $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Be the first ones on your block to taste a bona fide 2016 red Bordeaux!  The vintage will be a famous one for years to come, and this wine is a terrific sneak-peek as to why.  Elegant, yet ripe fruit intermingles with zippy, fresh acidity, all in balance with no harsh tannins.  It’s not Margaux, but hey, it’s a 2016 that’s ready to drink with those lamburgers. 

The December 2017 Dirty Dozen - $109  

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Holiday Hours And More From Our Anniversary Sale

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:25 PM

We're hoping you all had a nice Thanksgiving!

We all did, and though we are all still full from all of that food, we're OPEN today, regular hours: 10:00 - 6:00.  We will also be open tomorrow, Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 - 5:00.

And for your calendars, we are usually closed on Sundays, but we will be open the following two Sundays:

Sunday, December 17:  Noon - 4:00PM

Sunday, December 24:  Noon - 4:00PM

They're here!

The Holidays, that is.  With Turkey Day behind us, we now see December coming into view, and all the madness that comes with it!  The timing of our Anniversary and its subsequent sale is perfect for those of us needing wine for all of our December entertaining, as the sale will run through the end of the year!

To give you an idea as to what may be on sale, here are a couple of goodies from our Rhône section:

2013 Ventoux Rouge, Domaine Fondrèche

Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti is no stranger to the Rhône Valley, having spent a few years under the tutelage of the widely respected, André Brunel.  Sébastien has some of the finest terroir in the Ventoux region, east of the river.  In 2013, he discontinued his prestigious "Nadal" label, and combined the fruit which normally went to those bottles with his entry-level "Fayard," to make this Ventoux Rouge.  Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, think of it as a classier wine than previous incarnations of his entry-level red.  With that sale price, it's a no-brainer!

Reg. $16.99  Sale $9.95

Or ...

if your needs call for something a little more special, there are some fancy northern Rhône wines on sale too, such as:

2011 Côte Rôtie Champon's, Domaine Stéphane Pichat

The wines from Côte Rôtie can be some of the hardest wines to track down.  The vineyards are located on super steep hillsides along the banks of the Rhône River in the north, and let's just say machine harvesting is impossible.  We've been importing Stéphane Pichat's Côte Rôtie wines since the 2010 vintage, and we've been loving them ever since.  We're not alone here, here's what former Wine Advocate Rhône Valley reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck had to say about Pichat's 2011 Champon's:

"Comprised all of Syrah and aged 24 months in 40% new French oak, the 2011 Côte Rôtie Champon’s exhibits a perfumed, complex bouquet of black raspberry, smoke, incense, saddle leather, violets and underbrush. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant and pure 2011 that can be consumed any time over the coming 10-15 years.

Run by the young Stéphane Pichat (who worked for Jean-Michel Gerin and Gilbert Clusel in the Rhone, as well as a stint in Sonoma), Domaine Pichat has produced superb wines in both 2011 and 2012. The vinification here is quite modern, with the grapes mostly destemmed, and then plenty of new oak (and extended duration) used in aging (also called elevage in French). Nevertheless, the wines show beautiful Cote Rotie meatiness and have seamless, polished textures. Moving to the 2011s, this too is a serious, solid lineup that makes the most of the vintage."

Reg. $63.99  Sale $45.95

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40th Anniversary Sale!

Some Super Sale Pricing On Wines To Stock Up On This Holiday Season

Now that it's December ...

things are getting busy.  The calendar's filling up, party and dinner invitations are making the rounds, and this time next month it will be 2018!  If there is any time of year when it just makes sense to have good stocks of wine handy, it's right now.  As our 40th Anniversary Sale continues through the month of December, we've not only slashed prices on some of our finest offerings, we've also lowered the prices of several wines in the "everyday wine" category, giving you all the opportunity to stock up for all of your December entertaining.    

As far as wines to stock up on, here are a few super deals:

2015 Domaine la Hitaire Les Tours

Reg. $10.79

SALE $5.95

Quite a deal on this entry-level white from Gascogne.  Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Gros Manseng are the grapes; a light, dry, crisp easy to like white is the result. 

2014 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau Hauts-Côtes de Beaune Clos Marc

Reg. $21.49

SALE $12.95

Light and rustic, this entry-level red Burgundy is just the type of wine one might expect to be served by the glass in some of France's bucolic locales.
2013 Domaine Fondrèche

Ventoux Rouge

Reg. $16.99

SALE $9.95

This is about as good a deal on red wine as it gets.  Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti now includes grapes which used to go into his premium Nadalcuvée in this Ventoux.

2014 Domaine Pierre Savoye Morgon Tradition

Reg. $18.49

SALE $13.95

Cru Beajolais here; Morgon is well-known for its relatively sturdy profile.  Here we have black cherry, wild cherry, forest floor, and some earthy goodness without any sticky tannins.
2014 Domaine Les Guignottes Montagny Les Guignottes

Reg. $21.59

SALE $12.95

Montagny is in Côte Chalonnaise in southern Burgundy.  This is a great Chardonnay to pop in the fridge and pour with dungeness crab.

2014 Domaine Sainte Barbe Mâcon-Villages Les Tilles

Reg. $19.99

SALE $14.95

The consensus among wine writers is that 2014 was THE best vintage for white Burgundy in quite some time.  This un-oaked beauty is clean and expressive.
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40th Anniversary Sale!

Special Prices For Special Bottles For Your Upcoming Special Occasions

If you're going to launch a business in November ...

your anniversary is always going to be around Thanksgiving.  A holiday of that magnitude may steal the thunder of any anniversary celebrations, unless of course, you're a wine merchant!  As many of you know, our anniversary celebration comes with a big sale which coincides with the most festive season!  It's our way of saying thank you to our customers for your support throughout the year.

Inspired by a long time customer's request, "for 6 nice bottles from your sale to serve to guests on Thanksgiving," I made some choices.  The parameters were, "something nice, try to keep it under $50 per bottle (on average), and let's do one Champagne, two whites, two reds, and something sweet."  My personal inclination is to question why the sweet wine is relegated to the end, but my personal inclinations are just that.  This customer also shared the fact that they have eschewed the traditional Thanksgiving meal in favor of surf & turf.  Okay, the wheels were turning; being someone's personal wine shopper can be a fun gig; living vicariously and all.   Here's the what and why ... - Peter Zavialoff




Reg. $54.98

SALE $39.95

Let's get this party started.  What better way than rosé Champagne? 

Dry and crisp with a kiss of red fruit.  Very nice!

2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru

Les Sentiers

Reg. $91.99

SALE $59.95

Stéphane Magnien has vines in some fantastic vineyards.  The 2012 Chambolle Sentiers will steal the show at this dinner. This is special stuff here!  
2014 Chateau de la Matroye


Reg. $57.99

SALE $39.95

How about following that up with some fine white Burgundy from what critics are calling the best vintage in a long, long, time?  "Lovely stuff and worth a look." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Chateau les Grandes Murailles


Reg. $49.98

SALE $39.95

This tiny property atop the plateau near the village of St. Emilion is now run by the same team as neighbor Clos Fourtet, whose 2012 is also on sale ... for twice as much.  This is the real deal!
2011 Maison Dampt Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Reg. $74.99

SALE $49.95

Talking about "nice" bottles; here's one from Chablis' most prestigious Grand Cru!  Spicy, crisp, and mineral driven.


2007 Chateau Suduiraut



Reg. $48.98

SALE $39.95

With all the goodness preceding it, the 2007 Suduiraut will certainly be the icing on the cake of this or any dinner.  Don't be afraid to try it as an aperitif either!
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