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Gold Selection Plan 1

Gold Selection Plan 1 - 24.95

2 Bottles of Red Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Chateau Hyot 2018 Cotes de Bordeaux

Grape Varietal: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux

JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS

"A rich, delicious red from this appellation with berry, plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with round tannins and a savory finish. Nice tannin ripeness. Drinkable now, but better in a year or two."

Chateau Hyot has been on our radar for years and has always been an exceptional value. Located close to St-Emilion geographically, this wine is also similar in style with a richness of fruit which has made the right bank of Bordeaux so famous. Perfectly ripened Merlot lends dark cherry, plum and chocolate notes while Cabernet adds flavors of juicy blackberry and silky tannins.

Critic James Suckling is also a fan giving this wine a score of 92 Points and calling it, "A rich, delicious red from this appellation with berry, plum and chocolate aromas and flavors."

This wine is ripe, ready to drink and possesses the lush fruit profile which make the 2018's from Bordeaux so pleasing. Seventh generation winemaker Amelie Aubert did a fantastic job with the excellent fruit brought in under perfect conditions. The wine is a traditional right bank Merlot-based blend with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged for 20 months in French oak where it mellows and softens.

Importantly, Michel Rolland consults on this wine. You may know Rolland as a tour de force who has advised on such notable California wines as Harlan, Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle. His Bordeaux clientele includes Angelus, Ausone, Pontet Canet, Leoville Poyferre and many more.

Velenosi 2017 Brecciarolo Rosso Bicerno

Grape Varietal: 70% Montepulciano, 30% Sangiovese
Origin: Rosso Piceno Superiore, DOC, Marche, Italy

JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS

"Medium dark purple color. Nose of black berries, a good load of spices, black earth and a hint of cedar wood. Even if the spices notes are quite bold on the palate, the berry flavors paired with the wine structure and silky tannins are not stopping the wine to clearly be enjoyable. Great wine to pair with food due to its acididity level on the finish."

Marche is region mostly known for their whites, Verdicchio di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica.

Even the most of the wine production end up being sold a “vino di Tavola”, you can some delicious values. Today’s bottle is one of them.

This is ripe, spicy, hedonistic example of Montepulciano with the structure brought by the addition of Sangiovese.

Delicious on gilled meats.

Gold Selection Plan 2

Gold Selection Plan 2 - 29.95

1 Bottle of Red Wine and 1 bottle of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Chateau Hyot 2018 Cotes de Bordeaux

Grape Varietal: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux

JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS

"A rich, delicious red from this appellation with berry, plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with round tannins and a savory finish. Nice tannin ripeness. Drinkable now, but better in a year or two."

Chateau Hyot has been on our radar for years and has always been an exceptional value. Located close to St-Emilion geographically, this wine is also similar in style with a richness of fruit which has made the right bank of Bordeaux so famous. Perfectly ripened Merlot lends dark cherry, plum and chocolate notes while Cabernet adds flavors of juicy blackberry and silky tannins.

Critic James Suckling is also a fan giving this wine a score of 92 Points and calling it, "A rich, delicious red from this appellation with berry, plum and chocolate aromas and flavors."

This wine is ripe, ready to drink and possesses the lush fruit profile which make the 2018's from Bordeaux so pleasing. Seventh generation winemaker Amelie Aubert did a fantastic job with the excellent fruit brought in under perfect conditions. The wine is a traditional right bank Merlot-based blend with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged for 20 months in French oak where it mellows and softens.

Importantly, Michel Rolland consults on this wine. You may know Rolland as a tour de force who has advised on such notable California wines as Harlan, Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle. His Bordeaux clientele includes Angelus, Ausone, Pontet Canet, Leoville Poyferre and many more.

Mont Gravet 2019 IGP Cotes de Gascogne

Grape Varietal: 100% Colombard
Origin: IGP, Cotes de Gascogne, France

The nose is lush and rich with tons of mixed tree fruits, apricots, white peaches and pear, supplemented by sweet brown spice tones and a touch of gravel. The palate is lush and viscous but lifted by easy acidity as many of the scents turn to flavors: the sweet stone fruits from the nose, joined by a touch of Golden Delicious apple, are enhanced by some floral nuances with honeysuckle and wildflowers, citrus, a hint of lanolin and minerality. Slightly rounded but floating lightly in the mouth with acidity, this is fresh, delicious wine-- we will enjoy this one in the spring sunshine and during the balmy nights of summer.

Pair with foods you'd eat pool- or sea-side: white fish tacos, veggie dishes, salads, not-too-spicy pork, chicken. And, like many of Mont Gravet's compatriot dry rosés from the South, it's a heck of a bargain and tastes much pricier.

Wine Tip

A typically oceanic grape variety, the COLOMBARD only likes the land of Gascony where it willingly bequeaths great generosity to the wines with aromas of citrus and exotic fruits that distinguish it from all the others: grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, pineapple. It is the flagship variety for the Côtes de Gascogne, representing half of the white plantings and it is the base of the dry white wines.

Platinum Selection 1

Platinum Selection 1 - 49.95

Lafage 2018 Narassa Cotes Catalanes

Grape Varietal: 70% grenache, 30% Syrah
Origin: Cotes Catalanes, France

JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS

"Almost all Grenache yet with 8% Syrah, the deep purple 2018 Narassa gives up a gorgeous bouquet of blueberries, kirsch liqueur, smoked game, violets, and lavender. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and has a great finish."

"I've raved time and time again about the quality -and value - coming from Domaine Lafage's Jean-Marc Lafage" - Robert Parker

"At this quality, they could charge three to four times the price" (2017 Narassa) - Jeb Dunnuck

The wines of Domaine Lafage are undoubtedly some of the greatest values in the world. The estate has created custom cuvees with its importer Eric Solomon and is producing absolutely gorgeous wines. We previously emailed an offer for Bastide Miraflors which was a runaway success.

Today, we are offering the 2018 Narassa which is a full-bodied, richly fruited wine which is deeply satisfying. We sold a lot of Narassa from the previous vintage and this wine is another success boasting a rich palate of dark fruit! We are able to offer this delicious wine for $17.99 per bottle and it's hard to believe how good this wine is for the price.

Jeb Dunnuck totally agrees and awarded this wine 93 Points. He described this wine as having a "gorgeous bouquet" and as "rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and has a great finish." He has previously stated about Narassa, "At this quality, they could charge three to four times the price."

Narassa is made from a single lieu dit, or vineyard site in the Cotes Catalanes near the village of Maury. It is planted with Grenache and Syrah on black schist soils lending the wine classic notes of black fruit and intense minerality. The wine is hand-harvested, undergoes a cold soak before fermentation and spends its time in a mix of concrete tanks (80%) and wood barrels (20%). The result is a rich, crowd-pleasing style with impressive texture and generosity of fruit.

Chateau Poujeaux 2012 Moulis en Medoc

Grape Varietal: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Origin: Moulis en Medoc, Bordeaux, France

WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS

"This is a complex wine that's dry at the heart and powered with dark tannins. Slowly the juicy fruit shows through on the mid palate, yielding a wine that offers the potential of solid fruits and excellent acidity."

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS

"Fleshy and compact, offering dark plum and black currant paste flavors lined with briar, ganache and roasted tobacco leaf. Shows solid grip and depth."

Platinum Selection 2

Platinum Selection 2 - 49.95

1 Bottle of Red Wine and 1 Bottle of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Lafage 2018 Narassa Cotes Catalanes

Grape Varietal: 70% grenache, 30% Syrah
Origin: Cotes Catalanes, France

JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS

"Almost all Grenache yet with 8% Syrah, the deep purple 2018 Narassa gives up a gorgeous bouquet of blueberries, kirsch liqueur, smoked game, violets, and lavender. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and has a great finish."

"I've raved time and time again about the quality -and value - coming from Domaine Lafage's Jean-Marc Lafage" - Robert Parker

"At this quality, they could charge three to four times the price" (2017 Narassa) - Jeb Dunnuck

The wines of Domaine Lafage are undoubtedly some of the greatest values in the world. The estate has created custom cuvees with its importer Eric Solomon and is producing absolutely gorgeous wines. We previously emailed an offer for Bastide Miraflors which was a runaway success.

Today, we are offering the 2018 Narassa which is a full-bodied, richly fruited wine which is deeply satisfying. We sold a lot of Narassa from the previous vintage and this wine is another success boasting a rich palate of dark fruit! We are able to offer this delicious wine for $17.99 per bottle and it's hard to believe how good this wine is for the price.

Jeb Dunnuck totally agrees and awarded this wine 93 Points. He described this wine as having a "gorgeous bouquet" and as "rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and has a great finish." He has previously stated about Narassa, "At this quality, they could charge three to four times the price."

Narassa is made from a single lieu dit, or vineyard site in the Cotes Catalanes near the village of Maury. It is planted with Grenache and Syrah on black schist soils lending the wine classic notes of black fruit and intense minerality. The wine is hand-harvested, undergoes a cold soak before fermentation and spends its time in a mix of concrete tanks (80%) and wood barrels (20%). The result is a rich, crowd-pleasing style with impressive texture and generosity of fruit.

Mullineux 2019 Old Vine White

Grape Varietal: 74% Chenin Blanc, 8% Clairette Blanche, 6% Grenache Blanc, 7% Viognier, 2% Semillon Gris, 2% Macabeo, 1% Verdelho
Origin: Swartland, South Africa

The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift. The grapes come from vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg and the rolling, iron-rich hills west of Malmesbury.

Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus fruit and Christmas spices. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds and peaches, and a clove-like finish. Best served at about 12 ˚C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.

All White Selection

All White Selection - No more than $45.00

2 Bottles of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Mullineux 2019 Old Vine White

Grape Varietal: 74% Chenin Blanc, 8% Clairette Blanche, 6% Grenache Blanc, 7% Viognier, 2% Semillon Gris, 2% Macabeo, 1% Verdelho
Origin: Swartland, South Africa

The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift. The grapes come from vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg and the rolling, iron-rich hills west of Malmesbury.

Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus fruit and Christmas spices. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds and peaches, and a clove-like finish. Best served at about 12 ˚C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.

Fuchs Henry 2018 Sylvaner

Grape Varietal: 100% Sylvaner
Origin: Ribeauville, Alsace, France

Organic

Paul Fuchs has been brilliantly managing the family estate for over a decade. He is recently supported by his sister Julie for the marketing part. He avails a beautiful heritage of old vines in the famous Ribeauvillé vineyard.

Purist and conscientious, he produces precise wines, in a dry style, and the wines keep improving every year.

Ecocert certification (Organic) obtained in 2011 is the result of a rigorous soils work, with low intervention in the cellar.

Wine Tip

Sylvaner was the dominant grape variety after WWII. The production back then was mostly cheap bulk wine, and Sylvaner was notorious to have generous yields. Nowadays, the remaining vines from this era are producing much less. If you add much better viticultural and vinification practices on top of that you understand why Sylvaner is one of my favorite Summer wine.

Champagne Selection

Champagne Selection - No more than $45.00

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Faniel & Fils Perlane Brut Rose

Grape Varietal: 34% Chardonnay, 66% Pinot Noir
Origin: Cormoyeux, Marne
Disgorgement Date: December 2020
Dosage: 6.5g/l Brut

Perlane, with its prefix reminding us of a “pearl”, is a rosé with voluptuous aromas, that holds the elegance and liveliness of a cultured pearl shining with an intense pink. Just by hearing its name, we can glimpse all the sensations we will experience in the mouth (felinity, soft effervescence, voluptuousness).

The effervescence is fine and lasting, with salmon pink tints. The nose detects a voluptuous character of red fruits and sweets. Upon tasting, the mouth is round, smooth and balanced. The aromas of red fruits last and its notes of pink pomelos provide a fresh and sustained finish.

This bottle is a blend of 2017 (59%) and 2016 (41%).

The wine shows a hint of reduction at the opening, it gets even better if you wait few minutes before you taste it.