Friday Sips


FRIDAY SIPS
New Arrivals From France
Today September 7 from 1:30 - 6:30
Come by today to taste new arrivals from France including the new arrival of HAUT-RIAN Bordeaux Blanc as well as an epic 11-buck COTES-DU-RHONE. Champagne and Burgundy will be open as well.


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2017 CHATEAU HAUT-RIAN
BORDEAUX BLANC
$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

Finally, the new release is here! Moreover, as much as we continue to state it, this may be one of Michel and Pauline Dietrich’s finest yet. Oh, and it is now dressed in a new and exciting label.

2017 was a smaller vintage in quantity but for this white wine the quality is impeccable. Armed with the usual lemon-lime and mineral aspects, there is an old vine presence that clings beautifully to the palate. Lots of spine and elevation, this wine extends beautifully. As usual, its tasty fruit aspects are shining now and minerality will come on even more later in the fall. Don’t be remiss, get this 10-dollar wonder and drink it over and over and over again!



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2016 GRAVENNES COTES-DU-RHONE
$10.99 BTL./$131.88 CASE

Domaine Des Gravennes, located in Suze-la-Rousse, one the northernmost villages of the Southern Rhone Valley is a family operation run by brothers, Luc and Remi Bayon de Noyer. who produce the wine utilizing organic techniques.

From the delicious 2016 vintage, the blend is 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and to put it mildly, this is tremendous juice for $11! Soulful and full-flavored with refinement, polish and sophistication that that is associated with the Gravennes Plateau of Suze-la-Rousse. Purple and pepper personified - blackberry, lavender, smoke, and classic Rhone peppery aspects. In the mouth, it is a warm, poised full glass of wine. Curvaceous and chock full of Provencal flavors this is a joyful red wine for everyday use. Have with Mediterranean cuisine but it will pair very well with burgers, pizza, barbecued ribs, roasted veggies and more.



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2015 MARECHAL BOURGOGNE ROUGE
'CUVEE GRAVEL'
$31.99 BTL./$383.88 CASE

Claude Marechal gets so much out of his wines that come from his humble appellations, yet interestingly, only one is a Premier Cru. Based in Bligny-les-Beaune, Claude Marechal produces 12 different wines from six villages. Bourgogne Rouge is not merely a leftover wine at this estate; it is one of the specialties and receives as much care as the estate’s offerings that are more expensive.

It is always admirable when a producer delivers up a great Premier or Grand Cru in Burgundy but the real test is how good is their Bourgogne or village wines. Back in the day, there were certain wine scribes who would declare that one should only drink Premier or Grand Cru, which now has become archaic due to such high quality and attention to detail. Sensuous aromatics suggest lovely wild strawberry, cinnamon stick, kisses of cocoa, pronounced lavender and exotic spice. More dry than New World Pinot Noir, this wine penetrates deep and is poised and multi-faceted. Complete and very sophisticated for Bourgogne Rouge, it is refined, suave pure and long with pepper and plum dominating the focused finish. Braise some beef and then pour a mushroom sauce over it and get ready to be launched! Drink over the next 8-10 years.



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CHAMPAGNE PAUL DETHUNE
BRUT GRAND CRU
$39.99 BTL./$479.88 CASE

A grower with all of their holdings in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, Pierre Dethune is widely regarded as one of the elite stars of grower Champagne. The Brut Grand Cru is a magical offering for such a fair price. Charming to the nose, this bubbly will also allure you to its scents of wheat, brioche, yellow apple, and fine elegance. 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay and also 30-50% of Reserve wines, its richness and layered texture is impeccably offset by a satin-like mousse that caresses the mouth and finishes with plenty of vibrancy and persistence.






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