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  1. DOMAINE SYLVAIN BZIKOT 2018 PULIGNY MONTRACHET

    Item #: i_351736
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This wine is made by the Polish emigrees, the Bzikot family, arriving just before the start of World War II. From nothing, they acquired skills by working for other winemakers, eventually building an impressive 4 hectare domaine of the some of the best vineyards in Puligy-Montrachet. Sylvain is a rising star in the region. This wine is from a great plot on Puligny bench, adjacent to those of Domaine Leflaive. The Bzikots are meticulous with their wines and this one shows the attention to detail. One third of the wine is vinified in barrels, only 5% which are new - the rest in stainless steel maintaining all the fresh aromas and flavors. Clean and fresh! Fresh apple, pear, acacia florals, oak spice nd mineral aromas. The palate is precise with green and gold apples, pears, muted oak, and stony minerality. Pair with roast chicken, white fishes, washed rind cheeses. Clean and fresh! Fresh apple, pear, acacia florals, oak spice nd mineral aromas. The palate is precise with green and gold apples, pears, muted oak, and stony minerality. Pair with roast chicken, white fishes, washed rind cheeses.
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  3. DOYARD 2014 EXTRA BRUT CLOS DE L'ABBAYE BLANC DE BLANCS

    Item #: i_321806
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 96+
    "This Vertus domaine numbers among my favorite addresses on the Cote de Blancs, and the Doyard family's vinous, incisive Champagnes deserve a place in any well-stocked cellar. Deep, concentrated and characterful, everything that bears the Doyard label is well worth serious attention." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.

    The Doyards trace their roots in Champagne back to the 17th century. Maurice Doyard was the first in the family to make wine in the village of Vertus, officially signifying the domaine's foundation. In 1979, at the ripe old age of 20, Yannick Doyard took over the estate, quickly turning it into a beacon for precise, mineral-etched Champagnes they're known for today. They employ a 'non-dogmatic' approach to biodynamic farming, utilizing absolutely no herbicides or pesticides, and most vineyards are still worked by horse.

    Yannick Doyard's pride and joy is his Clos de l'Abbaye which is a true tete de cuvee triumph from the beautiful 2013 vintage. Derived from an actual, walled "clos" in the heart of Vertus behind the family estate, the Clos de l'Abbaye is planted with 60-year-old Chardonnay vines, bio-dynamically-farmed and horse-plowed. Fermented and aged in older, neutral Burgundy barrels with no malo, it sees a long, 54 months sur lie prior to release at a mere 2 grams/liter of dosage.

    Only in these very strange times would we be offered an augmented allocation a well as a discounted price on such a crown jewel. Quantity is limited, don't miss out on this truly remarkable Champagne.

    WINE ADVOCATE 96+ POINTS - "The 2013 Extra-Brut Premier Cru Clos de l'Abbaye is brilliant, mingling notes of citrus oil, peach and pear with hints of wheat toast and walnuts in an incipiently complex bouquet. Full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, the vintage's racy acid spine is cloaked in a textural, enveloping core of fruit, concluding with a long and resonant finish. This derives from a walled 0.40 ha plot of 60-year-old cordon-pruned vines just behind the winery in Vertus; only the first press juice is used. This is a strikingly good Champagne."
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    was $109.99 Special Price $99.95
  4. DOYARD 2015 EN VIEUX FROMBRE COTEAUX CHAMPENOISE

    Item #: i_375204
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is a 100% Chardonnay, made from over 50-year old vines. Fermentation and ageing in 5 to 6 year old barrels. No malolactic fermentation. Medium intensity nose full of citrus. Chalky and walnutty in mouth. Medium acidity with a dominant of citrus.
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    was $85.95 Special Price $79.98
  5. DOYARD BRUT VENDEMIAIRE BLANC DE BLANCS

    Item #: i_377844
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 91
    Wine Spectator: 93
    "This Vertus domaine numbers among my favorite addresses on the Cote de Blancs, and the Doyard family's vinous, incisive Champagnes deserve a place in any well-stocked cellar. Deep, concentrated and characterful, everything that bears the Doyard label is well worth serious attention." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.

    The Doyards trace their roots in Champagne back to the 17th century. Maurice Doyard was the first in the family to make wine in the village of Vertus, officially signifying the domaine's foundation. In 1979, at the ripe old age of 20, Yannick Doyard took over the estate, quickly turning it into a beacon for precise, mineral-etched Champagnes they're known for today. They employ a 'non-dogmatic' approach to biodynamic farming, utilizing absolutely no herbicides or pesticides, and most vineyards are still worked by horse.

    Doyard's "Vendemiaire" is an entry-level Champagne in name only, as this forty-dollar bubbly easily rivals Grande Marque fare commanding twice its modest price. From 45+ year-old Chardonnay vines primarily in the village of Vertus, along with parcels in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru, Oger Grand Cru, Avize Grand Cru, and Cramant Grand Cru, this year's cuvee is based on the 2014, 2013, and 2012 vintages. Only 15% malo, the vins clairs are aged in older Burgundy barrels before a remarkable 60-months (quite a lot for an entry-level cuvee!) sur lie prior to release.

    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Firm acidity and a chalky underpinning create a snappy, lip-smacking frame for the flavors of baked white cherry, star anise, ground ginger, chopped almond and biscuit. Finely meshed and harmonious, with the flavor range carried on the delicate, creamy mousse. Drink now through 2024."AN (12/19)

    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The forthcoming release of the NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Vendémiaire is based on the 2014 vintage and was disgorged in September 2019, so it's arriving on the market now. Revealing an inviting bouquet of orchard fruit, warm bread, oyster shell and pastry cream, it's medium to full-bodied, pillowy and charming, without quite the same incisiveness of the 2013-based cuvée, concluding with a saline finish."
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  6. DROUHIN 2018 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET MORGEOT MARQUIS DE LAGUICHE 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_353855
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    DECANTER 95 POINTS - "This isn’t strictly speaking a domaine wine from Joseph Drouhin, but the contract with the Marquis de Laguiche is so long that it might as well be. Showing impressive concentration, yeasty, textured weight, delightful 25% new wood and notes of beeswax and lanolin, it finishes with freshness, minerality, commendable poise and some skin-tannin grip. Drinking Window 2022 - 2030."

    JOHN GILMAN 93 POINTS
    90 - 93 BURGHOUND
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    $139.99
  7. ETIENNE SAUZET 2017 BIENVENUES BATARD MONTRACHET

    Item #: i_352509
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Decanter: 96
    DECANTER 96 POINTS - "Bâtard can be a little too rich for its own good on occasion, but that's definitely not the case here. Elegant and pale in colour, this benefitted from early picking and careful winemaking to deliver freshness alongside pear and quince fruit and subtle 25% new oak."
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    $629.99
  8. ETIENNE SAUZET 2018 PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1ER CRU LA TRUFFIERE

    Item #: i_350483
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 92-94
    Decanter: 94
    DECANTER 94 POINTS - "Dense, spicy and even a little tannic, it has a lovely combination of understated power and freshness, with a tangy, salty finish and skilfully judged 30% new wood. Another vineyard that performed well in the heat of 2018. Drinking Window 2021 - 2028."

    VINOUS 92 - 94 POINTS - "Puligny-Montrachet La Truffière 1er Cru comes from a 0.15-hectare parcel on red clay soils. The bouquet is adorable, offering orange and apricot blossom, crushed rocks and hints of menthol with aeration, and eventually gaining impressive intensity. The palate is, conversely, quite taut and linear, but shows great depth and mineralité, conveying palpable energy on the finish that leaves the tongue tingling. Superb."
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    $169.99
  9. FEVRE 2015 CHABLIS BOUGROS COTE BOUGUEROTS GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_345116
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 93
    Wine Spectator: 93
    Burghound: 93-96
    Decanter: 97
    DECANTER 97 POINTS: "Cote Bouguerots is a distinct, late-ripening, sector within Bougros Grand Cru on even steeper slopes (45 degrees in parts) which are a shallow mix of clay and gravel. This plot was identified by Didier Seguier and is a personal favourite of his. Acidity is more pronounced here than in the warmer, more generous Bougros. Flinty, austere yet fine, there is an electric intensity which bodes well for long-term ageing. Still very youthful, this has great length and class on the finish. Oak treatment is similar to Bougros - subtle and adding to texture rather than flavour."

    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS: "The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote de Bouguerots was the standout wine when I tasted the range of William Fevre from barrel. Now in bottle, the nose has closed down, but there remains a brooding intensity here and superb mineralité. The palate is very well balanced with a touch of orange zest and quince on the entry. There is a keen line of acidity here and quite a powerful finish that lingers long in the mouth. Give this three or four years in bottle and it should offer another ten years of drinking pleasure."

    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS: "Offers apple, lemon and stone flavors, backed by a firm structure. Lean and taut, yet balanced, persisting through the long finish. Best from 2019 through 2025."

    BURGHOUND 93 POINTS: "A reserved but ripe nose features white fruit and floral notes that are set off by deft touches of classic Chablis character and wood. There is both good richness and power to the concentrated, vibrant and mineral-driven medium plus weight flavors that also possess ample amounts of dry extract that confer a textured feel to the impressively intense and mouth coating finish. This too is really quite good."
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    $104.95
  10. FICHET 2018 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET

    Item #: i_353732
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BURGHOUND 91 POINTS - "A completely different aromatic profile presents notes of rosemary oil, resin, white-fleshing fruit and a subtle touch of wood. The delicious, round and appealingly vibrant flavors possess good intensity and while the mid-palate is not especially dense, I like the depth and length."
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  11. FICHET 2018 MEURSAULT MEIX SOUX LE CHATEAU

    Item #: i_353731
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    VINOUS 93 POINTS - "The 2018 Meursault Meix Sous Le Château has another taut, strict but compelling bouquet with orange blossom and light flinty aromas. The palate is fresh and vibrant with tangerine mixed with apricot and ginger, quite persistent in the mouth whilst maintaining plenty of delineation. Excellent."
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  12. FICHET 2018 RULLY BLANC

    Item #: i_353770
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  13. FONTAINE GAGNARD 2018 BATARD MONTRACHET GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_322397
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Decanter: 95
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS: "Blockier and denser than the Criots, the 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with scents of honeycomb, orange oil, white flowers and toasted nuts. Full-bodied, fleshy and textural, it's lively and long, its rich core of fruit underpinned by ripe acids. Broad-shouldered and expressive, this will drink well sooner than the tighter-knit 2017."

    DECANTER 95 POINTS: "Céline Fontaine sources her excellent Bâtard from four parcels on the Chassagne-Montrachet side of the Grand Cru, totalling 0.4ha. This is an effortlessly complex Chardonnay, combining depth and texture with scented oak, taut acidity and the power and concentration to age. The one-third new oak is beautifully integrated here."
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    $279.99
  14. FONTAINE GAGNARD 2018 CHASSAGNE LA ROMANEE 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_305388
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "Wafting from the glass with aromas of pear, white flowers, beeswax and a light touch of reduction that might be derived from this sample bottle's Diam closure, the 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée is medium to full-bodied, layered and muscular. Underpinned by lively acids, this is the most complete and concentrated premier cru in the range this year."
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    $119.99
  15. FONTAINE GAGNARD 2018 CHASSAGNE LES VERGERS

    Item #: i_353773
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers is one of the highpoints of the portfolio this year, unwinding in the glass with scents of citrus oil, white flowers, green pear and oatmeal. Medium to full-bodied and elegantly textural but lively, it retains tension and grip in this warm vintage."
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  16. FONTAINE GAGNARD 2018 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET LES CAILLERETS 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_305158
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92
    Burghound: 92
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets marries notes of citrus oil and white flowers with aromas of pear and peach. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and fleshy, it reveals fine depth at the core and promising chalky grip to balance its mid-palate fat."
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    $109.99
  17. FONTAINE GAGNARD 2018 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET V.V.

    Item #: i_302714
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  18. FONTAINE GAGNARD 2018 CRIOTS BATARD MONTRACHET

    Item #: i_352150
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Dramatic and expressive, the 2018 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru exhibits aromas of orange rind, peach, honeyed pears and marzipan. Full-bodied, supple and textural, it's an enveloping but youthfully structured wine that will reward at least a couple of years of bottle age. Céline Gagnard told me that this site handled the hot conditions well."
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    $289.99
  19. FONTAINE GAGNARD 2018 MONTRACHET GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_352181
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95
    Vinous Media: 94
    Decanter: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Aromas of clear honey, blanched almonds and pear mingle with hints of citrus blossom and orange oil, introducing the 2018 Montrachet Grand Cru, a full-bodied, elegantly textural wine that's supple and enveloping, with lovely depth and dimension at the core, underpinned by lively acids. Long and perfumed, this is an elegant, expressive Montrachet from Fontaine-Gagnard."
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    $799.99
  20. FRANCOIS LUMPP 2018 GIVRY CRAUSOT BLANC 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_353822
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  21. FRANCOISE BEDEL 2011 VIN CENT BULLE COTEAUX CHAMPENOISE BLANC

    Item #: i_325478
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Certified biodynamic (BIODYVIN)

    Vin Cent for Vincent Deseaubeau, (a.k.a. Mr. Bubbles) and Vin Cent Bulle because it sounds like Vin Sans Bulles or vine without bubbles. The first release was the 2011 vintage which was made from 100% Pinot Meunier pressed directly and aged for 22 months in enameled tank and French oak barrels. Successive vintages resemble more closely the estate’s vins clairs with small portions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir making it into the final blend.
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    was $54.95 Special Price $49.98
  22. GEORGES LAVAL 2015 BRUT NATURE LES CHENES 1ER CR CUMIERES

    Item #: i_377585
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Les Chênes, a single-vineyard Champagne made of pure Chardonnay, was first bottled as a separate wine in the 1994 vintage. Laval makes it exclusively from musts with a high (for Champagne) minimum ripeness of 11 degrees. Les Chênes is a highly-regarded site located on the mid-slope along the road to Hautvillers, just to the east of the village of Cumières, and the terrain here is highly calcareous, with only about 40 centimeters of topsoil above the bedrock of chalk. The first vintage of Les Chênes yielded just 400 bottles, and today Laval’s maximum production of this wine is about 1,700 bottles, produced only in the best years and released as a Brut Nature.
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    was $189.95 Special Price $159.98
  23. GUFFENS HEYNEN 2012 POUILLY FUISSE PREMIERS TRIS

    Item #: i_353671
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $119.99

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