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8 Fabulous French Selections. Bordeaux, 90 point Syrah, BestBuy Bubbly, Cote-Rotie & more



2010 CHÂTEAU HAUT-RIAN BORDEAUX ROUGE "CUVÉE PRESTIGE"
$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Last night Bryan grilled burgers while watching the Steelers lose to Peyton Manning and the Broncos. While many football fans like to overreact after the first week, both for the good and bad, we're not going to do that with football. Instead, it will happen with this red wine. Yes, we've featured it before, but once again, it impressed upon Bryan just how good this wine is for a mere 15 bucks.

Super-seductive aromas of generous plum and blueberry with finesseful scents of sandalwood, fine herbs and after another year in bottle, developing some floral aspects. Ripe, mouth-filling, darker-toned, vinous and seemingly an Elvis black velvet kind of wine. Building complexity as it moves and seduces the palate, the energy from the limestone soils becomes very present, especially on the lingering, smooth finish. A rather upscale offering for not a lot of money, this wine will also develop well with some cellaring. Drink over the next 6-8 years. If you own a Riedel or Spiegelau Bordeaux glass, do use it and see just how good this is!



2010 ERIC & JOEL DURAND SYRAH
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE
90 POINTS – THE WINE SPECTATOR

From a superb, modern-thinking Cornas & St-Joseph producer, this 100% Syrah has ridiculous Northern Rhone character for not a lot of money. Early drinking and a great intro to Syrah from this area….and it has a 90 point review from The Wine Spectator: "Pure and silky, with lovely violet, white pepper, anise and plum notes that all glide through the velvety finish. Drink Now. 90 POINTS"



2011 DOMAINE DU SALVARD CHEVERNY BLANC
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

Drink Cheverny, just don't visit there. Reminiscing about a visit to the Loire Valley and this specific grower and village in 1996, Bryan got inspired to feature this flavorful white wine and tell a little travel story:

"Attached at the hip by the adjacent village of Cours-Cheverny, if you visit Cheverny you can have lovely white wine, but...Woke up, decided to take the bus from Blois instead of driving. The bus stops and basically leaves you off in the middle of a damn wheat field and then you have to walk about 20 minutes to find a cigarette-smoke-stained bar to wait and have a cup of coffee because you are early for your appointment. If you've been to France, you know which bar I am talking about, it's in many sleepy villages. After drinking 4 cups of dishwater disguising itself as coffee, Bryan then went on his visit to Domaine Salvard. Before we go into the wine, a very important question: How is it that a country that is so renowned for its creativity and influence in both food and wine cannot make a good cup of coffee?? If you ever want to kick a caffeine addiction, just go to France, have a cup of coffee or two and you'll quit. In Italy, you might have to wait two hours in the post office to mail a postcard, but damn-it, you are going to have good caffe!"

"We always get asked for tips about travel in France, but here is an important one to remember. While in France, if you are going to have your acid-reflux act up, don't do it with their coffee, do it with their brilliant wines! Domaine Salvard is a longtime Loire valley favorite and perennial apex buy. 84% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Chardonnay (Cheverny allows for 20% of another varietal to be blended in with the Sauvignon Blanc) and aged entirely in stainless steel. Intense ripe aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and just a hint of herbs. Intense, vibrant citrus notes carry through on the palate, with mineral, and mouth puckering acidity. An incredibly refreshing white that goes down quicker than a glass of water, this is one to stock up on especially if you like Sancerre and don't like the price. After the visit to the Domaine, the bus didn't arrive for another 2 hours, so it was back to the Bar Cheverny for lunch. I think I ate roadkill. Truthfully, I really try to block out any remaining flashbacks of Cheverny that I might have. As I said, drink the wine, maybe visit a Domaine, but don't visit the village although I've heard there is a decent castle in the neighborhood..."



AMPELIDAE BRUT "ARMANCE B"
$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

After a long absence the killer 15 buck bubbly, "Armance B" is back…and you better order some before Karen drinks it all!!

From the Haut Poitou, an obscure region of the southern Loire Valley which is more famous for Futuroscope and a frequent Departure point for the Tour de France, Ampelidae's "Armance B" Brut is made from 100%, 60 year old vine Chardonnay. This "Blanc de Blancs," while not being from Champagne, delivers terrific quality largely due to the old vines and the wine being raised in oak casks. Apple, puff-pastry, butter-tones, orange and mineral aromas glimmer from the glass and follow into a texture that dances with finesse and electricity, boasts excellent depth and mouth-watering fruit, then finishes with boundless character that is way more upscale than a 15 dollar bottle of fizz should ever offer. If you love bubbles that are very fine and affordable, then a bottle or six is in order!



2010 CHÂTEAU D'OUPIA MINERVOIS
$10.99 BTL./$131.88 CASE

The late Andre Iché would certainly have to be known as a Minervois Maestro and fortunately his family is keeping up his tireless and brilliant work maintaining the superb quality that has always been present at this fine estate. The ideal bistro wine, this is delicious with steak frites, hearty stews or any soulful fare. The makeup here is 60% Carignan (from vineyards up to 100 years old), 30% Syrah and 10% Grenache and like the rest of France in 2010, results were magnificent. Hearty, soulful Southern French scents of lavender-dust and thyme along with black pepper and black cherry follow into a texture that possesses generosity with freshness from front to back and finishing with broad wild-spice. A perfect bistro or outdoor party red wine, order some bottles or cases and invite some friends over!



2010 LOUIS-CLAUDE DESVIGNES MORGON CÔTE-DU-PŸ
$22.99 BTL./$275.88 CASE

Alert the media, there is a storm coming. Better yet, there is a celebrity sighting. Get the cameras, get the microphones…NOW!

The Red Scare that is Beaujolais Nouveau whose imminent arrival is later this fall is being warded off by a celebrity Beaujolais super hero. Louis-Benoit Desvignes is a true defender of real wine and most importantly, real Beaujolais.

A remarkable and ageworthy Morgon, the 2010 Côte-de-Pÿ is all from steep slope with schist soils and 70 year old vines. Monumental aromas that have pronounced minerality, perfume, violet, and raspberry sing from the glass. Very exquisite, this is virtual Grand Cru Beaujolais with generosity and richness all while maintaining its poised and debonair traits. Layered and old-viney, but never becoming thick or over the top, it finishes with lovely pomegranate and spiciness on the coating, detailed finish. This wine is glorious with a plethora of cuisines, however, we encourage you to cellar some due to its tendency to become pinote, as they say in Beaujolais, after 4-5 years. Drink over the next 10+ years with sausage & lentils, hearty mushroom dishes or a classic roasted chicken.



2002 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC PAUILLAC (5th Growth)
$49.99 BTL./$599.88 CASE

Owned by the Rothschild family who also own Château Mouton Rothschild, Château D'Armailhac was formerly known as Château Mouton-Baron Phillippe. This 5th Growth is always one of Pauillac's fine values and the sleeper 2002's price has now been lowered to entice and seduce Bordeaux lovers.

One of the more larger-scaled and structured versions of this always impeccable Bordeaux value Bordeaux, the 2002 is starting to finally give a glimpse of what is still to come. Broad, dense, almost black in color and bearing aromas with a vivid cherry fringe and prominent tobacco and graphite aromas that are still very primary. From a well-rounded attack, it builds on forward, attractively close-knit tannic structure underpinned by well-defined oak and beautifully harmonious blackcurrant and vanilla. The finish, long, powerful, rich and substantial, displays great balance and structure in a superb expression of the wine's origins. Cellar this until 2013 and then consume it through 2023 and probably beyond. Hard to believe there are still 4 cases of this Classified Growth Bordeaux available, so if you are a Bordeaux fancier, dive on this outstanding value!



2007 DOMAINE DUCLAUX CÔTE-RÔTIE "MAISON ROUGE"
$74.99 BTL./$899.88 CASE
Flying under the radar, brothers Benjamin and David Duclaux have become one of the top estates in the miniscule, but profound region of Côte-Rôtie. This particular collectible comes from the single vineyard, Maison Rouge and is entirely within the southern-end Côte-Blonde portion of Côte-Rôtie. A vineyard site that's steep enough to make a billy goat vomit, the soils for Maison Rouge are important to the wine and are exceptional. Solid granite drives the wine and 2007 is one of the great sleeper, overlooked vintages for this region that has been terraced and farmed for over 2000 years. A true and alluring expression of Côte-Rôtie, this wine presents fragrant aromas of spice, tar and a suggestion of olive-smoke which surround berry fruit, sanguine and licorice. The mouth-feel is of top Gevrey-Chambertin-like influence, luxurious. full of plum and pepper with fine, ripe and integrated tannins. A layer of earth and savory meatiness as well as a lingering, drawn out finish of fruitcake spices add to the mystique of this amazing and young offering. At age 5, it's still hiding within itself and needs a little more time, but the youthful material is profound. Drink 2014 – 2023.



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