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Le Souchais (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2012 Product #27452 (In Stock)
Le Souchais (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2012 Le Souchais (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2012

The brothers Couillaud are among the most outstanding winegrowers of the western Loire Valley.  And while their Muscadet is terrific, it was this complex and distinctive Chardonnay that captured our attention.  Rain, hail, and wind cut the Chardonnay harvest by about 40% in 2012, giving the Couillauds unusually concentrated, powerful, fruit.  They fermented about 8% in barrel and the rest in concrete tanks, allowing all of the wine to go through malolactic fermentation.  The result is an amazingly rich, creamy, almost Meursault-like Chardonnay with the zesty cut and minerality of a top Chablis.  Honey, cream, chalk, and tart green apple aromas and flavors are delivered with super energy and drive and linger on a long, mouthwatering, brilliantly complex finish.  This will be fantastic with rich seafood dishes and fresh cheeses.

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Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Blanc 2013 Product #28782 (In Stock)
Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Blanc 2013 Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Blanc 2013

Back in the old days, pretty much all white Bordeaux was a blend of the region’s three complementary grapes:  Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle.  As Loire Valley and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc became more popular in the 1980s, Bordeaux growers began phasing out first Muscadelle (too hard to grow) and then Semillon (usually pulled up in favor of Cabernet and Merlot).  The resulting Sauvignon-dominant (or 100% Sauvignon) white Bordeauxs can be a lot of refreshing, pool-side, fun – but they lack more traditional wine’s complexity of flavors and mellow, food-friendly, textures.

So, finding a traditional blend like this one is a real treat, especially at this great value price.  Give it a swirl and you’ll find a classic white Bordeaux nose of lemon/tangerine fruit, grapefruit pith, a bit of fresh mown grass, and the note of wet wool that Semillon brings to Bordeaux.  With air, a note of passion fruit and crushed savory herb emerges.  It’s light to medium-bodied and very fresh and happy in the mouth with flavors of lemon drop, tangerine, crushed herb and passion fruit puree.  On the finish, the fresh lemon and lime zest character comes forward and you’ll notice your mouth watering as the lemon and herb flavors linger on.   A lovely wine for any shellfish and herb dish or for salads with goat cheese.

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Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Rouge 2012 Product #28783 (In Stock)
Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Rouge 2012 Ch Haut-Pasquet Bordeaux Rouge 2012

We’re not sure why this very classic red Bordeaux isn’t a lot more expensive.  Unlike most “value” Bordeaux, it’s based the region’s best, most aristocratic grape, Cabernet Sauvignon.  The one-third Merlot adds volume and plumpness and the time part of the wine spends in new French oak barrels – a rarity in value Bordeaux – gives polish, spice, and added complexity.

The aromas here scream "Bordeaux" with dark black currant, milk chocolate, cedar and tobacco notes and chocolate covered cherries all intermingling nicely.  The aromas suggest a rich, luscious, wine and that’s just what you’ll find when you taste it, too.  Red and black currant and tangy cherry fruit flavors make up the wine’s core with bitter chocolate (unlike the milkier chocolate on the nose), cocoa powder accents, cedar and crushed herb accents lending complexity and interest.  Even though the texture is rich and full, the wine retains Bordeaux’s classic appetizing dryness and aristocratic restraint, with fine, crisp, tannins lying underneath the lingering savory soy and smoke flavors.  Performs like a $20 wine, which makes this price even more attractive!

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Ch La Roche St. Jean Bordeaux Rouge 2012 Product #28504 (In Stock)
Ch La Roche St. Jean Bordeaux Rouge 2012 Ch La Roche St. Jean Bordeaux Rouge 2012

A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%). This is a soft, fruit filled, take on Bordeaux that fills your mouth with juicy red currant and black berry fruit accented by a touch of spice.  Subtle notes of fresh herb and tobacco keep this anchored in Bordeaux, and there’s just the enough ripe tannin to let it work well at table (but not enough to get in the way of solo sipping).

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Vignobles De Balma CdR Villages Seguret Terrasse Pavee 2010 Product #27957 (In Stock)
Vignobles De Balma CdR Villages Seguret Terrasse Pavee 2010 Vignobles De Balma CdR Villages Seguret Terrasse Pavee 2010

A late release from the outstanding 2010 Rhone vintage, this pairs lush fruit with a fine graphite streak.

"This mouthfilling red displays unctuous plum and boysenberry fruit flavors that course along nicely, thanks to lively spice and toasted anise notes, with a strong graphite steak. Fleshy, but excellent acidity is well-embedded on the finish. Drink now through 2015."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011 Product #28466 (In Stock)
Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011 Villa Botanica Cabernet Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011

For everyone who wants rich Cabernet Sauvignon flavors and texture without California's elevated alcohols (and very elevated price tags!).  From 25 year-old, sustainably farmed, vines grown along the Canal du Midi in France's Languedoc region, not far from Carcassonne. The fruit achieved wonderful ripeness in 2011, with the Cabernet Sauvignon delivering blackcurrant, fresh herb, and spice notes and the 30% Syrah dark blackberry, blueberry, and smoke aromas and flavors. No oak here, but plenty of smoked mineral and earth complexity to go with he gushing blueberry/blackberry juicy on the soft, lush, finish. A great grilling, party, and sipping Cabernet with just the right touch of French flair!

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Le Paradou Grenache 2011 Product #28179 (In Stock)
Le Paradou Grenache 2011 Le Paradou Grenache 2011

A project of importer Eric Solomon and Ventoux's Frederic Chaudiere, this comes from 40-60 year-old Grenache growing in high-altitude vineyards named for a 400 year-old farmhouse.  Bursting with ripe, juicy, strawberry and cherry fruit with rich accents of damp earth and cracked black pepper.  It's full in texture and flavor, but with plenty of body but also a nice sappy freshness.  A bold bistro red to enjoy with or without food.

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Ch Blouin Bordeaux 2012 Product #28415 (In Stock)
Ch Blouin Bordeaux 2012 Ch Blouin Bordeaux 2012

Here's a classy Bordeaux value to enjoy right now. It's a "Right Bank" blend of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc that delivers pretty aromas and flavors of redcurrant, blackberry, and dark cherry fruit with just the right touch of Bordeaux herb and warm smoked stone. Hard to find estate bottled Bordeaux of this quality at anything like this price today!

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Dom De l'Hemoniere Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013 Product #28467 (In Stock)
Dom De l'Hemoniere Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013 Dom De l'Hemoniere Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013

This could just be the perfect year-round Sauvignon Blanc - refreshing enough for summer heat and rich enough for mid-winter seafood.  It's 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the middle Loire valley (not too far from Vouvray), and shows off lovely ripeness in 2013.  Sweet pink grapefruit, green melon, and Granny Smith apple aromas carry through to the generous flavors where a touch of spice and lime zest kick in, too.  Nicely full in the mouth but juicy clean at the end with just a touch of grapefruit zest and cut grass. Pretty darn delicious.

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Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2013 Product #28554 (In Stock)
Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2013 Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2013

A fine, honest, bottle of Chardonnay with notes of green apple, chalk, limes kin and toasted nuts.  Clean and fresh from start to finish - a little Chablis-like, actually - with good length and a touch of saline mineral on the mouthwatering finish.  Very classy Bourgogne, especially at this price!

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Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2012 Product #28597 (In Stock)
Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2012 Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2012

A refreshing, balanced blend of 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Clairette from biodynamic producer Ferraton Pere et Fils.  This all-tank white Cotes du Rhone gains body and round, peachy aromas from the Grenache Blanc.  Aromas of white flowers and ripe citrus invite you to take a sip.  Then, the Clairette keeps everything fresh and snappy, and the finish clean.

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Leon Vatan Sauvignon Blanc Fleurs Sauvages 2012 Product #28677 (In Stock)
Leon Vatan Sauvignon Blanc Fleurs Sauvages 2012 Leon Vatan Sauvignon Blanc Fleurs Sauvages 2012

This value-priced Sauvignon Blanc just screams value!  Not too grassy, this Sauvignon is raised entirely in stainless steel to highlight its clean, vibrant citrus flavors.  Aromas of pithy, fresh lemon and a touch of herb invite you to take a sip of this fresh, mineral wine, perfect for salads full of fresh farmers' market produce or light seafood dishes.

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Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2013 Product #28754 (In Stock)
Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2013 Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2013

A rich and bright Cotes du Rhone blanc from 60% Viognier, 10% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, and 10% Bourboulenc done all in tank.  The aromas are nice and fresh with viognier's white flower notes accented by fresh peach and apricot scents.  In the mouth, it's richly textured but stays fresh and not at all heavy as is delivers peach and green apricot fruit with just a touch of mineralty on the layered finish.  A lovely sipper and great with freshwater fish!

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Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml Product #27035 (In Stock)
Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml

This is stony, pure, Chablis with plenty of crisp fruit and slatey mineral and just a touch of roundness from limited use of neutral oak.  Creamy without any sign of heaviness and very nice length for a Village wine.

"A solidly complex and reasonably refined nose features notes of dried flowers, lemon zest, mineral reduction and a hint of iodine. There is good energy to the racy and well-detailed middle weight flavors that possess a seductive texture before terminating in a persistent, clean and moderately dry finish. This harmonious effort should mature quickly. Outstanding Top Value."Allen Meadows 89 points

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Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Rouge 375ml Product #27792 (In Stock)
Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Rouge 375ml Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Rouge 375ml

Dolin Vermouth's are pretty much the same today as they were when first introduced in 1821.  Made from white wines and fresh and dried herbs and botanicals from Chambery, they are all complex, fresh, and just as delicious on their own as they are in a complex cocktail.

The red vermouth is frankly sweet but with plenty of bright acidity and bitter herb at the end to keep things fresh.  A touch of cherry/berry fruit and plenty of caramel, bitter herb, and exotic spices hold sway here with citrus peel and herb flavors lingering nicely.

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Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Blanc 375ml Product #27793 (In Stock)
Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Blanc 375ml Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Blanc 375ml

Dolin Vermouth's are pretty much the same today as they were when first introduced in 1821.  Made from white wines and fresh and dried herbs and botanicals from Chambery, they are all complex, fresh, and just a delicious on their own as they are in a complex cocktail.

The Blanc vermouth is super aromatic with extravagant scents of crushed herbs and flowers. Full of fruit, herb, and nutty flavors, this is frankly sweet but with great acidity and a clean, lingering, finish.

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Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Dry 375ml Product #27794 (In Stock)
Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Dry 375ml Dolin Vermouth De Chambery Dry 375ml

Dolin Vermouth's are pretty much the same today as they were when first introduced in 1821.  Made from white wines and fresh and dried herbs and botanicals from Chambery, they are all complex, fresh, and just as delicious on their own as they are in a complex cocktail.

The dry style vermouth shows a pure, almost sweet-smelling, nose of white wine, herbs and wormwood.  In the mouth it's pure, herbal, and very clean with just enough body and ripe fruit to impart roundness.  Finishes clean, complex, and fresh with no bitterness.  This would be a fine match with fresh pesto!

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Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Petit Bourgeois 2013 Product #28614 (In Stock)
Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Petit Bourgeois 2013 Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Petit Bourgeois 2013

Basically a “baby Sancerre”, this exciting young Sauvignon Blanc is grown on the same chalky slate soils you’ll find across Sancerre from 10-40 year-old vines, fermented in stainless steel and allowed to rest 3 months on the fine lees.  The vineyard is located just outside the legal boundary of Sancerre, but the flavors make you feel right in the middle!

As in the past, generous, fresh, aromas of fresh flowers, just cut grass, white grapefruit, and a hint of wet stones burst from the glass.  Then you’ll find a tad more richness and zest to the crisp citrus and green apple fruit, tangy gooseberry, and fresh grass.  As the refreshing acidity wells up to make your mouth water, a bit of Sancerre’s trademark “gun flint” character shows underneath the juicy bright fruit.  There’s a wonderful rich/brisk, sweet/sour contrast in this wine that will delight and fascinate with every sip.  Served cold, it’s thirst quenching and refreshing.  Let it warm up a touch and it’s layered, complex, and a fantastic match for seafood, fresh vegetables, and – of course – goat cheese.

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2010 Product #27135 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2010 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2010

We’ve said it before, and it still applies here:  If you don’t love this robust, poised, and oh-so-flavorful red, then perhaps Cotes du Rhone just isn’t for you.  Philippe makes a few different tanks of this blend of Grenache, Carignon, Syrah, Counoise and Cinsault, and then importer Olivier Daubresse chooses the very best for us. 

This year’s release shows off all the character and quality of the outstanding 2010 Rhone vintage. Intense aromas of inky crushed black raspberry, blackberry, cassis, and black licorice get extra complexity from notes of earthy lavender, violet and chocolate.  The palate is medium-bodied, focused, and fully flavored with layers of squid ink, tangy raspberry, black cherry, and tary, licorice-like, accents. The flavors expand with more blue/black fruit, fresh herb, and cracked black pepper in the back, lingering over fine mineral and sweet tannin on the finish.  This will age beautifully for 5+ years, but I don’t know you’d resist drinking it tonight.

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Ch De Lascours Merlot Vdp d'Oc 2000 Product #27984 (In Stock)
Ch De Lascours Merlot Vdp d'Oc 2000 Ch De Lascours Merlot Vdp d'Oc 2000

Years ago, importer Olivier Daubresse teamed up with this small estate in Pic St. Loup for a special project - a Langeudoc Merlot aged in 100% new oak.  It was a majestic wine, but hard as nails, needing time.  Now, 13 years later, the results are very impressive as the mature wine gushes with dark red currant, black olive, earthy tobacco, and warm spice aromas and flavors. Firm, powerful, impressive.

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