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  • DOMAINE VINCENT DAUVISSAT 2013 CHABLIS LES FOREST 1ER CRU

    Item #: 321341
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    BURGHOUND 92 POINTS: "There is an abundance of Chablis character here with notes of iodine, algae, citrus and much...
    BURGHOUND 92 POINTS: "There is an abundance of Chablis character here with notes of iodine, algae, citrus and much more discreet nuances of mineral reduction along with hints of dried yellow orchard fruit. The silky yet entirely serious medium-bodied flavors exhibit plenty of minerality on the citrusy and hugely long finish that is clean, dry, long and balanced. This highly impressive effort should reward up to a decade of cellar time though drink well before that if desired."
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  • 1749 2015 SAUVIGNON BLANC LOIRE VALLEY

    Item #: 322274
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    With a forward nose of vivid fruits, from gooseberry to white peach and white grapefruit, melded with a touch of river water, lanolin and nougat, t...
    With a forward nose of vivid fruits, from gooseberry to white peach and white grapefruit, melded with a touch of river water, lanolin and nougat, the palate on 1749 continued and expanded on the initial fruit-laden theme. Sweet yet almost tart, notes of star fruit, more gooseberry and white grapefruit merged with a lush mouthfeel, counterbalanced by good acidity to keep it clean and buoyant. Hints of apricots, orange blossoms and clover honey furthered the delicious depth on the palate. The finish is fresh and quick but with a lingering fruit essence and mixed floral touch that reverberates nicely.

    This wine is perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having and has a classic Loire Valley profile with a nice dollop of New Zealand-esque citrus-- it’s balanced, clean, fresh, uplifting and clearly a worthy Hi-Time Wine of the Month. Enjoy!
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  • A & P DE VILLAINE 2014 BOURGOGNE BLANC LES CLOUS

    Item #: 333545
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The de Villaines farm three appellations within the Côte Chalonaise, namely Bouzeron (Aligoté), Rully (Chardonnay) and Mercurey (Pinot Noir). Their...
    The de Villaines farm three appellations within the Côte Chalonaise, namely Bouzeron (Aligoté), Rully (Chardonnay) and Mercurey (Pinot Noir). Their single-vineyard parcels are stunning examples of what this complex and amazing terroir can yield. Though their wines are quite enjoyable young, their ability to age well is what one might expect from a master such as de Villaine. Much of this is due to both the diversity of his vinestock and his organic and biodynamic methodology in the vineyards, both of which Aubert stands by with great conviction. He also ferments his Mercureys in wood cuves, a style adopted from DRC.
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  • A & P DE VILLAINE 2014 RULLY BLANC LES-SAINT-JACQUES

    Item #: 345447
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The richest white Burgundy in the de Villaine stable, this Rully is an exercise in balance. Hazelnut and quince paste greet the nose, followed by a...
    The richest white Burgundy in the de Villaine stable, this Rully is an exercise in balance. Hazelnut and quince paste greet the nose, followed by a dense mouthful of ripe, succulent yellow fruits. Despite its voluptuousness, the wine is dry, fresh, very stony, and even salty—mouthwateringly delicious. This vintage is magnificent for Les Saint-Jacques, and ample proof of the high quality of terroir in this southern stronghold of Burgundy. The fact that it isn’t premier cru, well, that’s proof of a talented grower, because it sure does taste like it. —Dixon Brooke
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  • ABBATUCCI 2014 FAUSTINE VV BLANC VIN DE FRANCE

    Item #: 333925
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    100% old-vine Vermentinu selected from a parcel with very low yields (20 hl/ha)
    Hand harvested in the morning at prime maturity and immediatel...
    100% old-vine Vermentinu selected from a parcel with very low yields (20 hl/ha)
    Hand harvested in the morning at prime maturity and immediately pressed
    Wine is vinified in stainless steel cuve
    Fermentation takes place after a brief cold-soaking
    Slow fermentation at 18 degrees Celsius
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  • ABBATUCCI AJACCIO 2014 CUVEE FAUSTINE

    Item #: 321291
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Abbatucci's red is otherworldly. Like nothing you've ever tried, the native Sciacarellu planted in granite screams out of the glass in a blaze of w...
    Abbatucci's red is otherworldly. Like nothing you've ever tried, the native Sciacarellu planted in granite screams out of the glass in a blaze of wild glory. Fresh and supremely textured, long and complex, this is a medium-bodied red that is guaranteed to evoke "wows." It has a spirit and character all its own.
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  • AGRAPART BRUT SEPT CRU

    Item #: 379709
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    JOHN GILMAN VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 92 POINTS-"It had been a few years since I last tasted a bottle of Agrapart’s lovel...
    JOHN GILMAN VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 92 POINTS-"It had been a few years since I last tasted a bottle of Agrapart’s lovely “Les 7 Crus” cuvée. The wine is really lovely, offering up a pure and complex bouquet of apple, tart pear, chalky minerality, citrus zest and fresh-baked bread. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core, elegant mousse, fine focus and a very long, zesty and perfectly balanced finish. This is one lower dosage bottling that is drinking with style and grace in its youth. 2016-2030."
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  • AGRAPART 2009 EXTRA BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS MINERAL

    Item #: 325818
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "A big, rich wine, [it] brings together the radiance and intensity of the vintage, with ...
    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "A big, rich wine, [it] brings together the radiance and intensity of the vintage, with the freshness that is so typical of the Agrapart Champagnes. Today, the 2009 looks like it will also offer readers quite a bit more early gratification than is often the case. Almonds, pears, spices, mint and dried flowers are some of the notes that are laced into the finish. The Minéral emerges from old-vine parcels [in Cramant] the Champboutons and Les Bionnes lieux-dits. Dosage 5 grams/liter; disgorged June 2015."

    PETER LEIM 2 STARS - "True to its vintage, this is forward and fruity, showing an ample ripeness. At the same time, it’s underlined by a piercing core of chalky minerality, turning more tense and pointed on the long, fragrant finish. It’s an excellent version of this cuvée, and a fine successor to the brilliant 2008. Last tasted: 11/15."

    Brothers Arthur and Fabrice Agrapart have guided the rise of their family’s Champagne estate since 1984. Blessed with a patrimony of outstanding Côte des Blancs vineyard parcels (mostly Grand Cru rated) the duo has maximized the potential of their land through rigorous biodynamic viticulture practices and non-interventionist winemaking techniques. Their hard work and skill has resulted in consistently high critical acclaim and, as one would expect, a burgeoning fan base. While it is great to see the family’s dedication and hard work pay off, their success has caused our allocations to grow smaller with each new release. These latest vintage bottlings are in particularly short supply.
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    Regular Price: $109.95

    Special Price $89.98

  • AGRAPART 2009 EXTRA BRUT L'AVIZOISE

    Item #: 376417
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 93
    The Avizoise is made from Les Robards and Voie d'Epernay, fermented in neutral 600-liter barrels and bottled with four grams of dosage.
    The Avizoise is made from Les Robards and Voie d'Epernay, fermented in neutral 600-liter barrels and bottled with four grams of dosage.
  • AGRAPART EXTRA BRUT TERROIRS

    Item #: 325554
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92
    1 1/2 Stars ChampagneGuide.net-"Compared to Agrapart's 7 Crus, this is both finer in texture and larger in body-you ...
    1 1/2 Stars ChampagneGuide.net-"Compared to Agrapart's 7 Crus, this is both finer in texture and larger in body-you see the influence of grand cru terroir not only in finesse but in puissance as well. It's intensely chalky under the silky notes of pear, green citrus and guava, anchored by vibrant acidity, and it feels fragrant and flowery on the long finish, demonstrating a superb balance and focus. Last tasted: 11/13."-Peter Leim
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  • AGRAPART EXTRA BRUT COMPLANTEE

    Item #: 377256
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS-"The NV Extra Brut Complantée Grand Cru is bright, intensely floral and lifted, with plent...
    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS-"The NV Extra Brut Complantée Grand Cru is bright, intensely floral and lifted, with plenty of jasmine, white orchard fruit, chalk and white pepper overtones. Floral notes continue to develop into the finish in what is a very delicate and gracious Champagne. Even so, I would prefer to give the Complantée a bit more time in bottle, as it is compact and tightly wound today. As the name states, the Complantée emerges from a parcel planted with seven verieties that are authorized in Champagne: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Petit Meslier, Pinot Blanc and Arbanne, all vinified together. The current release is a blend of 2013 and 2012 vintages done in tonneaux, with full malolactic fermentation. Dosage is 5 grams per liter." Disgorged June 2016.

    This is a field blend of Pinot Noir, Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Arbanne and Petit Meslier, all harvested and pressed together. It’s rare to find these varieties planted in a grand cru terroir as exalted as Avize. Tiny productions. Extremely limites!
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  • ALAIN VOGE 2013 CORNAS LES CHAILLES

    Item #: 345736
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS: Wine Spectator - "A focused, chalk-edged style, with piercing savory and olive note...
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS: Wine Spectator - "A focused, chalk-edged style, with piercing savory and olive notes out front, backed by red currant and bitter cherry flavors. The racy, mouthwatering finish allows the chalky spine to stretch out. Will be a winner when the fruit fills out fully. Best from 2017 through 2027." VINOUS MEDIA/ ANTONIO GALLONI-92 POINTS "Opaque ruby. Vibrant and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense dark berry and floral scents complicated by suggestions of olive, pungent flowers and smoky minerals. Juicy, concentrated and gently sweet, offering sappy cherry and black currant flavors that become more lively and spicy with air. Shows excellent power and spicy thrust on an impressively long, youthfully tannic finish, leaving notes of dark berry liqueur and allspice behind."
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  • ALIANE 2013 BOURGOGNE (PINOT NOIR)

    Item #: 322342
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    100% Pinot Noir. Sustainable farming. Blend of grapes from the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune. Yields of 3.1 tons/acre. Hand harvested, doubl...
    100% Pinot Noir. Sustainable farming. Blend of grapes from the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune. Yields of 3.1 tons/acre. Hand harvested, double sorting table. Traditional Burgundy vinification in open tanks with regular pigeages. Natural yeasts. 100%French oak barrel aging for 8 months. 100% MLF. Light filtration before bottling..Balanced, fresh and soft Burgundian Pinot Noir with rich fruit.Brilliant ruby color. Generous red fruit and dark berry. Hints of earth, white pepper, oak, and violet. Balanced on the palate with refreshing acidity. Mellow tannins. Medium body. Ready now, Drink to 2022. 1000 cases produced.
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  • ALIANE 2013 MORGON COTE DU PY

    Item #: 333313
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This has dark, almost glowing color of young Gamay, and wonderful fruits of mulberry/plum fruit with flecks of violet, clove and mineral. This come...
    This has dark, almost glowing color of young Gamay, and wonderful fruits of mulberry/plum fruit with flecks of violet, clove and mineral. This comes from 35-55 year old vines planted in volcanic soils. It is hand picked and hand sorted, fermented with natural yeast and given 12 months in oak with 10% new. Beaujolais still delivers a lot for the fare and this is a friendlier version that displays all the charm of the vintage.
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  • ALIGOTE 14 ALEX GAMBAL

    Item #: 345944
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • ALLIET 2012 CHINON V.V.

    Item #: 345078
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • ANDRE & MICHEL QUENARD 2015 LES ABYMES SAVOIE

    Item #: 321045
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    100% JACQUERE

    From 50 year old vines grown on marl and limestone. This light easy driking wine is the perfect hot weather wine. Low alcoh...

    100% JACQUERE

    From 50 year old vines grown on marl and limestone. This light easy driking wine is the perfect hot weather wine. Low alcohol, light and flavorful perfect before dinner or for just sitting on the patio taking in the sun.
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  • ANDRE CLOUET (2006) BRUT CLOS DE BOUZY 1.5 LITER

    Item #: 376424
    Bottle Size: 1.5L


    The Clos here is a walled old-vine Pinot Noir vineyard that is situated between the Clouet family's house and the cuverie at the base of t...



    The Clos here is a walled old-vine Pinot Noir vineyard that is situated between the Clouet family's house and the cuverie at the base of the Bouzy ampitheater. Made entirely from this site the Clos de Bouzy is made only in exceptional years and is bottled exclusively in Magnums to ensure optimum development of time.

    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS
    -"The 2006 is the first release of Clouet's Clos de Bouzy, a 100% Pinot bottled only in magnum. Considering the year and the richness of Pinot from Bouzy, the Clos de Bouzy is surprisingly bright and floral in its aromas and flavors. The Pinot is mostly felt in the wine's richness and texture. Dried pears, flowers, spices and anise emerge over time, but the 2006 is first and foremost a wine of subtlety. It will be interesting to see if the 2006 puts on additional weight in bottle. .Magnum only. (05/13)."
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  • ANDRE CLOUET BRUT GRANDE RESERVE GRAND CRU

    Item #: 376772
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS-"Unfortunately I was only able to taste one new release from Andre Clouet this year. The NV ...
    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS-"Unfortunately I was only able to taste one new release from Andre Clouet this year. The NV Brut Grande Reserve emerges from the glass with layers of hazelnut, pear, spice and dried flower aromas. This rich, creamy wine impresses for its balance and sheer richness. I loved it. This is Lot L06. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014."(11/11)

    Fashioned from 100% Bouzy and Ambonnay Pinot Noir form the 2009 and 2008 vintages with 30% of the base wine fermented in used Sauterenes barrels. The bouquet is open airy with inviting sourdough, yellow plum, citrus and Macintosh apple notes. This is a concentrated, but not at all ponderous, Champagne with a palate that features appetizing summer and citrus fruits seamlessly wedded to oak derived notions of honey, toast and brown spices. The low (6g/l) dosage works well here to keep everything lively while also letting Champagnes chalk and soil character to come to the fore. This intricately crafted Brut beautifully marries power and poise in way that one seldom finds at this low price point.
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  • ANDRE CLOUET BRUT ROSE GRAND CRU

    Item #: 376767
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    THE CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 95 POINTS-"'I say 10% of the blend is from my blood!' declares Jean-Francois Clouet, who has cha...
    THE CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 95 POINTS-"'I say 10% of the blend is from my blood!' declares Jean-Francois Clouet, who has changed the style of his family's rose to a fresher and more direct mood, not so soft, aiming for the lively impression of malic acidity, even though it goes through full malolactic fermentation. The result is arose that epitomises elegance and focus, in the midst of generous red fruits that characterise Bouzy and Ambonnay. This cuvee encapsulates the wonderful talent of Pinot Noir to build and rise on the finish, opening to wonderful characters of perfumed rosehip, pink pepper and pomegrate. An undercurrent of fine, chalk mineral texture, accurate line and persevering length define a pristine and enticingly priced rose.
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    Regular Price: $49.95

    Special Price $44.98

  • ANDRE ROBERT 08 BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS

    Item #: 276892
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The wine shows a complex range of aromas from white flower to fresh fruit. The wine is long and refreshing in the mouth, balanced with underlying m...
    The wine shows a complex range of aromas from white flower to fresh fruit. The wine is long and refreshing in the mouth, balanced with underlying minerality. A vintage with a great aging potential.

    Champagne Andre Robert was born in 1960 with the purchase of the Robert estate but winemaking goes back several generations in the family. Henry Robert, an officer during WWI, came back to a devastated land. Most of Champagne's vineyards were either war torn or disease ridden. With not much more than a horse, he acquired a small plot of land and nursed the vines back to health. Persistence paid off and in the 1930's, Henry founded the first wine cooperative in Champagne.

    During WWII, Andre Robert, who was just a teenager at the time, joined his father and the horse. Toward the end of the 1950's, a tractor replaced the horse and Champagne Andre Robert's first commercial wines were released in 1962.

    Bertrand Robert took over the property in 1981 after studying enology in Reims. Over the last three plus decades, he has remained committed to the principles that were first forged by his grandfather ninety years ago. No insecticides or anti-decay products are used. As if reciting a mantra from the French Revolution he proclaims, "We practice 'viticulture durable.' Respect the water, respect the earth, respect the air."

    A member of the Independent Wine Producers Federation, Robert does not purchase any fruit and all of the wines are made on the estate. This may not sound like a big deal but while there are a lot of small growers in Champagne, the vast majority of the wines are made by very large houses that buy fruit and often use a variety of production facilities.
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  • ANDRE ROBERT BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS

    Item #: 352326
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    IMPORTER'S NOTES-"100% Chardonnay. Dosage 8 to 9g/L. Blend of 2009 and 2010 vintages. Located in the Côte des Blancs...
    IMPORTER'S NOTES-"100% Chardonnay. Dosage 8 to 9g/L. Blend of 2009 and 2010 vintages. Located in the Côte des Blancs, Bertrand Robert's family’s plots sit on some of the most prized terroir in the world, much of it in the Grand Cru territory of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. Aromas of yeast, apple, walnut and fresh bread complemented by hints of white flowers and acacia. Complex, subtle and pure, offering precise minerality backed by citrus, stone fruit, brioche and ginger flavors. Finishes long and with a chalky texture. It is hard not to be delighted by this bubbly’s fresh mix of white flower, acacia, and orchard fruit aromas. In the mouth this Champagne is vividly juicy and filled to the brim with ripe apple, white peach and nectarine flavors that are imbued with pervasive inflections of wet stones and seashells. The finish, which fades only with greatest reluctance, tantalizes with subtle glimmers of allspice, ginger and brioche.

    The Robert family has been in the Champagne growing business for well over a century, but it wasn’t until 1961 that André Robert established the family’s own estate brand and production cellars. In 1997 André’s son Bertrand took over management of the operation. Today he farms some 27 acres split into dozens of tiny garden sized parcels. His vines average between 25-30 years of age with the lion’s share being Chardonnay planted in the Le Mesnil cru. Bertrand practices Viticulture Raisonnée, a protocol that emphasizes natural measures to control pests and rot with chemical treatments used only as a last resort. So once again, as we have seen with other top growerproducers, the quality of this Champagne is a natural outgrowth of family pride combined with generations of local knowledge along with a deep reverence for the land.
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  • ANGELUS 2009 ST EMILION

    Item #: 311367
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 99
    ROBERT PARKER 99 POINTS - "A candidate for one of the finest Angelus produced to date (and there have been many, i...
    ROBERT PARKER 99 POINTS - "A candidate for one of the finest Angelus produced to date (and there have been many, including 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2005), this blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc was fashioned from tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts a black/purple color along with a gorgeous perfume of blueberry liqueur, spring flowers and graphite. In the mouth, notes of incense and cassis also emerge from this velvety-textured, full-bodied, intensely concentrated 2009. With silky tannins, low acidity and spectacular purity, texture and depth, it is already approachable (although I’m sure proprietor Hubert de Bouard would think drinking it now is akin to infanticide), but should keep for 20-30+ years."
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  • ARMAND DE BRIGNAC BLANC DE NOIR "ACE"

    Item #: 378331
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • ARMAND DE BRIGNAC BRUT ACE OF SPADES

    Item #: 325288
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This is the hip ultra-luxury cuvee made by Cattier. It is packaged in a gold bottle with a pewter card-spade with an A on it instead of a label, g...
    This is the hip ultra-luxury cuvee made by Cattier. It is packaged in a gold bottle with a pewter card-spade with an A on it instead of a label, giving rise to the nick-name ace of spades. It is a favorite of many musicians and has been popping up in celebrity circles and music videos. It is made exclusively from Premier and Grand Cru-rated villages in three different terroirs: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. The blend is 40% Chardonnay, 40%, Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier.The original de Brignac name was registered by the Cattier family in the late 1940s or early 50s, according to Jean-Jacques Cattier. It was chosen at that time by his mother, who had been reading a novel featuring a character named de Brignac. In naming the new Champagne itself, Cattier states those involved came up with Armand, it sounded kind of noble.
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