The Wine Wire: A Rare Bird-Terret Blanc from Leon Barral

There were rumors about this wine flying around for a number of years.  It existed, it was great but Didier Barral was unsure about exporting it. When it appeared on a sale sheet and was available for sampling, we couldn’t say no. And we are glad we didn’t- it’s a fascinating savory and wonderful experience, a rare white wine from the Languedoc made by a esteemed producer.

 

Terret is one of the ancient grapes of the Rhône, originating in the Hérault department. The Terret Noir is one of the allowed grapes in Chateauneuf-du-Pape but in my experience I can only recall one producer (Château Beaurenard) using it, and this really was more for sentimental reasons, as it still was cultivated in the plot they call Boisrenard in honor of their Grandfather.

 

The white I have never heard of being used, nor in my years of tasting can I recall any wine who included it in its blend. Didier Barral of Domaine Leon Barral in Faugères, in the Central Languedoc, has refused to replant his ancient vineyard of Terret Blanc, but instead makes this rare wine each year, and it has finally arrived in Chicago. This is definitely in the natural wine camp, made without sulfur, in a intentionally (but only) slightly oxidative state, yet still maintains freshness and vibrancy.

 

Leon Barral Blanc Vin De Franc $49.99/BTL. 

11 Bottles Available

Posted in The Wine Wire

Friday Feature 06/06/14: Canadien Jewels from Pearl Morissette

Hello & Happy Friday!

 

Things will be back to normal around here next week as Craig returns from his adventures in Italy. So we will be open on Mondays again!

 

This week’s feature arrived a few weeks ago. As is often the case, I went to the back room, which sometimes I also like to call chaos alley, to familiarize myself with the new arrivals. Amongst the cases I found some compelling looking wines from a producer called Pearl Morissette, located in Canada’s Niagara Peninsula.  I was curious about tasting the wines and had just begun to write the winery with questions when in came the distributor of the wines with a compact French looking man who turned out to be none other than François Morrisette, the winemaker! So I was able to get some very good inside information, straight from the horse’s mouth, as they like to say.

 

Onto the feature!

 

Have a Glorious Weekend!

 

Craig (in Italy) & Sheb (home base)

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Pearl Morissette

 

Pearl Morissette winery is located in a sub-region of the awkwardly named Niagara Escarpment, called Twenty Mile Bench. When I asked François about this, he called it marketing, although the Niagara Escarpment is considered geologically significant and runs through Michigan and down into our state, Illinois. Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Riesling are grown.

 

I asked François about his winemaking experience, and he casually mentioned that he had been the assistant winemaker at Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier. WHAT?He suddenly had my attention. The Chambolle produced at Domaine Mugnier are among the finest and most sought after red Burgundies in the world. Although he had handled a bit of Chardonnay before (from the holdings in Clos de la Maréchale), Cabernet Franc was new to him when he started. We were able to taste several vintages at the shop and the wines are seriously impressive. We suspect these wines will gain in popularity in the next few years, so do not miss your opportunity to get on the boat early!

 

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chardonnay

2010 Pearl Morissette Chardonnay “Cuvée Dix-Neuvième”

 

As a self-proclaimed non-interventionist, François produces a stylish yet not overwrought Chardonnay with ripeness and delicacy. The acidity is fresh but not overwhelming, and while I hesitate to call it Burgundian (because only Burgundy is really Burgundy), it certainly does have an old-world sensibility to it.

 

And while it may not appeal to the maxi-dress clad, toned and tanned Orange County crowd, it will appeal to a broad range of Chardonnay lovers. All aging takes place in used barrels, with extended lees contact. This wine exhibits winning flavors of fresh apples and pear, lacy minerality and medium weight.

 

758 cases produced

 

$37.99/ BTL.-$227.94/CASE OF 6

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2010 Pearl Morissette Cabernet Franc “Cuvée Madeline”

 

Cabernet Franc lovers, unite and take over. For me, I love all expressions of this ancient grape equally, from the rare unicorn called Cheval Blanc, to elegant Chinons, rustic Bourgueils and everything in between.

 

Pearl Morissette’s version has a spot-on nose of damson plums and bell pepper, the hallmarks of any great Cabernet Franc. There is a lush ripeness in the palate, and a tenderness in its weight that beckons to Pinot Noir. It’s simply a little pleasure bomb.

 

Again, as with the Chardonnay, neutral barrel aging is employed along with extended lees contact, which imparts gorgeous richness and texture.

 

618 cases produced

 

$42.99/ BTL.-$257.94/CASE OF 6

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Friday Feature May 30th, 2014: The New 6 for $60 Something-Sampler, Portuguese Edition.

Hello and Happy Friday!

Hope you had a great week!

 

In Perman Wine news, Craig is currently in Italy, exploring the Marche & Piemonte.

 

That means Perman Wine will be closed this coming Monday, June 2nd, 2014. Otherwise, hours as are usual.

  

We appreciate your patience as we continue to juggle these travel schedules.

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If you haven’t heard – we are declaring May the month of Portugal!

 

And, it being the last Friday of the month, and that means time to unveil another Six for $60-Something sampler!

The 6 for $60-Something is Chicago (and the world’s) best monthly value wine sampler!

So for the first time ever, we have an all Portuguese Sampler. Many of Portugal’s top wine regions are featured, including the Douro, Dāo and Vinho Verde, among others.

All of these selections are available by the bottle and the case, but there is no better way to learn about a country than by trying a variety of its wines.

If interested in a sampler, simply stop by the store, or send us an email and we can coordinate delivery or shipping.

Craig (from Italy) & Sheb (home base)

 

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6 for $60-Something Sampler

palhete

2005 Gravato Palhete-Beira Interior

In the spirit of bringing the world to your door, or at least your tongues, we present a strange dinosaur that probably shouldn’t exist, but yet still does. Somehow Craig, in his dogged way, has spearheaded the bringing of this triceratops to the market. And so, we introduce to you: Palhete!

When Craig first told me about his travels in the Beira Interior, it sounded so remote and lonely that I couldn’t help think of a beloved old stuffed animal named Paddington Bear who hailed from darkest Peru. His yellow boots and hat were removable, but perhaps I digress.

This brings us to the puzzle of having to try and describe the wine known as Palhete. If I were given a glass of Palhete and no other information, I would say that I had in front of me, the darkest rosé known to mankind or the lightest, most pale and ruby-hued red. Upon tasting I would remark upon the nose, rich with overripe strawberries and blueberries, and its warm and inviting rush of earthiness.

The story of Palhete is one of the bringing back of antiquities, of going back to a pre-media and pre-technological time, when the assertive red grapes of the Beira Interior needed to be tempered, and this was done by adding a bit of white wine. You might compare it to the Claret of old; the pale red wine that used to come from the Bordeaux region, long before the advent of Michel Rolland, beloved by the English and now just a memory.

We expect that this might be polarizing and we are ready for this; so be forewarned. It’s a fruity, heady animal. And yes, it needs to age, so 2005 is the current vintage. We recommend drinking this slightly chilled.

$12.00/BTL.-$144.00/CASE OF 12

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2011 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Rufo” Tinto-Douro

We were lucky to spend a few days with Francisca Van Zeller last week, the endearing daughter of Cristiano Van Zeller, once of Quinta do Noval and now of Quinta Vale D. Maria. This was a wonderful cultural exchange, and we were able to learn so much about the family, their vision and the making of the wines.

Quinta Vale D. Maria is an incredible property located on the Douro River, whose vineyards grow on the steep banks flanking either side, precariously winding. Many of the vines on the estate are quite mature; these are used in the estate bottlings and single vineyard designations.

“Rufo” is the everyday drinking wine from Quinta Vale D. Maria. They use the fruit from younger vines on the estate, as well as some purchased fruit from various cousins in the same region. The wine is a blend of Touriga Franca & Touriga Nacional. Complex, full-bodied and powerful, this is an outstanding value

$14.00/BTL-$168.00/CASE OF 12

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2012 Quinta do Ameal Loureiro-Vinho Verde

One of the more fascinating aspects of Portuguese wine is how varied and different each region’s climate and terroir is. And while wines such as the “Rufo” above come from warm, Mediterranean climates, Portugal’s Vinho Verde region in the north is a much cooler area, and has a continental climate influenced greatly by the Altlantic Ocean to its west.

Vinho Verde is Pprtugal’s largest region and is broken down into 9 sub-regions. White grape varities tend to dominate here, and although this region is internationally famous for a light, spritzy quaffer made from Alvarinho, other styles of wine are made.

The producer Quinta do Ameal is located in the sub-region of Lima, and specializes in a white variety called Loureiro. Loureiro is in possession of very fine acidity and has lovely, floral aromatics including acacia blossom, orange and of course, the laurel bay leaves for which it was named. This wine is as crisp and refreshing as one could ever want, and we are positive this will become your favorite summer white.

$14.00/BTL.-$168.00/CASE OF 12

SPECIAL JUNE 2014 PRICING ONLY, REGULAR PRICE IS $17.00/BTL.

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bica

2010 Quinta da Bica Colheita Tinto-Dão

The Dão region and its tiny neighbor, Lafões, are Portugal’s most mountainous wine regions, protected on either side by the Beira Interior, and the Beira Atlantico. High altitude here is responsible to extreme diurnal changes; cool nights coupled with long, temperately warm days result in elegant, perfumed wines of great character.

Quinta da Bica is yet another stunning estate winery (there is an abundance of natural beauty throughout the country, truly) who produce a range of red, white and rosé wines all made with a blend of the regional grapes. In this case we have Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) & Jaen (aka Mencia).

This medium-bodied, oak-aged red does not disappoint; there are cherries and early summer raspberries in the nose, a hint of warm earth and a regal character that reminds of good Bordeaux Superior.

$13.00/BTL.-$156.00/CASE OF 12

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Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé NV- Vinho Verde

We talked a little bit about the Vinho Verde region above with Quinta do Ameal. However, a Portuguese 6 for $60 -Something Sampler would be incomplete without featuring the planet’s most quaffable wine style. This is the portion of our sampler we like to think of as cheap n’ happy. A  slightly sparkling, fruity wine appropriate for picnics, poolside and BBQs.

The rosé is produced at Quinta da Aveleda and employs three grapes: Vinhāo, Azal Tinto & Borraçal. Don’t worry, I am in the dark about these three too. All I know is that you could drink the heck out of this wine and probably still walk a straight line, but let’s not test my theory. All in moderation, please.

According to the website, Casal Garcia is the “ambassador of happiness” for the world. One is encouraged to share their Casal Garcia drinking experiences on instagram using the hashtag #casalgarcia (oh boy). They also recommend drinking this wine only in friendly and relaxed atmospheres, so please do not bring to Goth Night at your local club and use the bottle to cut someone.

$8.00/BTL.- $96.00/CASE OF 12

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2011 Lagoalva “Espírito” Tinto-Tejo

You can sort of think of Tejo as the Cotes du Rhône of Portugal; a warm, fertile region with alluvial soils and an array of food crops. The Espírito line from Quinta Lagoalva is part of a greater co-op making very drinkable, affordable wines. Many of you bought and loved their rosé last year; so on our all-Portuguese sampler we decided to feature the red.

The grapes employed here are Touriga Nacional & Castelāo, a hardy and adaptable grape (like France’s Grenache) that grows happily and productively wherever it is planted.

The resulting wine is a light-bodied, easy-drinker with candied cherry flavors, low tannins and a sunny nature.

$8.50/BTL.-$102.00/CASE OF 12
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Friday Feature May 23rd, 2014: Champagne Georges Laval Has Landed!

Hello and Happy Friday,

We’ve always been Champagne fans through the course of our lives in the wine business.

We also both agree that it is the region of the world that has most significantly changed over the course of this time.

When we first started in the business, the conversation regarding Champagne mainly centered on the négociants, or Champagne houses that both purchased grapes and owned their own vineyards.  We would chat about house style, about the current release of the Vintage Champagne and then when we were lucky enough to try them, talk about that producers Tête de Cuvée, names like Cristal, Winston Churchill, and Dom Pérignon.

In just under two decades, that has completely changed.

Perman Wine Selections currently carries only one of those major négociant names.  We aren’t dogmatic about the fact that only small producers can make great wine, but the truth is, Champagne is such an incredibly complex region that as we have evolved in our wine passion, we’ve become more curious about all the little factors that make a Champagne taste the way it does.

There is a revolution going on in the Champagne region today. Much of the younger generation has taken over.  With that a curiosity that truly delves into the concept of terroir, and strives to make the absolute best Champagne possible.
There is less talk about brand image, and more about what is in that bottle.  In fact, the wines of Champagne have never been better than they are today.

This leads us into our Friday Feature today – one which we have anticipated for seemingly forever.
Champagne Georges Laval has landed, arriving at our store this coming Tuesday, and we are incredibly excited to share the new releases with you!

 

Craig & Sheb

 

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About Champagne Georges Laval:
Champagne Georges Laval and its proprietor and winemaker Vincent Laval is in our opinion one of the top three producers in the Champagne region today.
It really doesn’t get any better for us, and it’s for several reasons.

Vincent Laval is one of our favorite people in the world. Personally, he is one of the nicest, most humble people you will have ever met.  You can feel his personality in the Champagne.

Almost no Champagne producer has worked as diligently in the vineyard for as many years as George Laval did, and now his son, Vincent does today.  They have farmed organically for well over 30 years.  In fact, at a time when helicopter spraying of pesticides was popular in Champagne, it was Georges Laval who took that spray and sprayed is neighbors vineyards for them, so that the helicopter wouldn’t pollute his vineyard.

The result of all this hard work in the vineyard over the years are vines that dig their roots incredibly deep into the ground. So much so that Laval lets his Champagne go through Malolactic and yet, based on their vibrancy, you would never think this was the case.

The past two years, Craig has made the pilgrimage to Champagne to meet and taste with dozens of producers.  The highlight of these trips is always his visit to the tiny cellars of Vincent Laval.  This is one of the most artisan producers he has ever seen.  Everything is by hand here, and it shows in the product.

We feel absolutely fortunate to be able to get a small allocation of the 10,000 bottles that Vincent produces each year.  We are one of the few cities in the US to receive the wine, and the only city in the Midwest.

 

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Lavalbrut

Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature NV 

 

From his beautifully farmed vines in the village of Cumières, this is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 25% each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  The base of this NV is from the 2010 vintage, with 10% of Reserve wine from the 2009 vintage.

 

Vincent used to produce two NV’s, one dosed as a Brut and the other without any dosage, a Brut Nature.  He now is only producing a Brut Nature.  There are very few producers that can pull this off, as it requires a lot of detail in the farming of the grapes.  With Laval, and in particular with this wine, it is perfectly balanced, and it seems even a little silly worrying about the dosage.

 

Champagne is so complex that we often recommend certain producers and styles based on a customers palate.  In this case,  we believe that every single one of our customers must try this.  It may change your life and your understanding of Champagne like it did ours!

 

$76.99 BTL. / ONLY 120 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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rose

Champagne Georges Laval Rosé Brut NV

 

For the first time ever in the Midwest, the Rosé has arrived!

 

This is not a wine that Laval makes every year, in fact, he didn’t make one in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

 

This version is a blend of two vintages, 2009 and 2010.

 

In fact this foot-troden Rosé, you can view it being made in this excellent local TV news story. Why can’t our local news be a little like this?

 

The Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier all from Cumières.  The majority of the fruit comes from three of his top vineyards, old-vines in Les Chênes, Les Hautes Chèvres and Longues Violes.

 

This is not your simple, light, fruity style of Rosé.  It is concentrated, yet fresh, multi-layered with notes of wild strawberry and rhubarb.  The finish is never ending, and while I will have a hard time resisting drinking my stash of it now, I know from experience with Vincent’s Champagnes that a few years in bottle will bring out more magic.

 

This is a very, very rare offering, and a must for any Champagne enthusiast.

 

$109.99 BTL. / ONLY 60 BOTTLES AVAILABLE (YES, THAT’S ALL FOR THE ENTIRE MIDWEST OF THE US)

Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Features/Newsletters, Newsletter

Friday Feature 5/23/14 – The new Six for $120-Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!

Some house news to start – Craig is taking to the air again, this time his destination is Italy! Expect a full Piedmontese report as well as some other surprises.

With his being gone, we have altered the store hours for the next couple weeks.

Please Note:

Perman Wine is CLOSED on Monday May 26th (Memorial Day so stock up the Saturday before!) and also CLOSED Monday, June 2nd, 2014.

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In other news, it is that time again, the second to last Friday, when we introduce our latest Six for $120-Something sampler.

This month’s is an incredible array of deliciousness, that is not to be missed! Probably one of our best $120-Something samplers ever!

Keep in mind these wines are available by the bottle with the exception of one, but who are you kidding, just do the whole sampler, you can drink it this month if you really try! Also, our first rose of the year makes its appearance.

In all seriousness, the sampler is a great way to stock your monthly wine rack. It also provides a great way to learn about wine. Most importantly the wines are delicious!

So what are you waiting for, come on down today to pick yours up!

Cheers,

Craig & Sheb

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2012 Quinta do Ameal “Escolha” Branco Seco-Vinho Verde, Portugal
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The Wine Wire: Marie-Noëlle Ledru

This is a simple story of one woman, one cat and 2 hectares of vines in Ambonnay. A viticultrice still interested in exceptional quality, so much so that each degorgement in still performed by hand. This is the kind of Champagne that inspires and unhinges, if just for the possibility that something so good, does exist.

 

N.V. Champagne Marie-Noëlle Ledru Grand Cru Brut $58.99

2006 Champagne Marie-Noëlle Ledru Grand Cru Brut Nature $64.99

2008 Champagne Marie-Noëlle Ledru “Cuvée de Goulte” $84.99

Posted in The Wine Wire

Friday Feature 05/16/14: Champagne Georges Laval

Hello and Happy Friday,

We’ve always been Champagne fans through the course of our lives in the wine business.

We also both agree that it is the region of the world that has most significantly changed over the course of this time.

When we first started in the business, the conversation regarding Champagne mainly centered on the négociants, or Champagne houses that both purchased grapes and owned their own vineyards.  We would chat about house style, about the current release of the Vintage Champagne and then when we were lucky enough to try them, talk about that producers Tête de Cuvée, names like Cristal, Winston Churchill, and Dom Pérignon.  

In just under two decades, that has completely changed.

Perman Wine Selections currently carries only one of those major négociant names.  We aren’t dogmatic about the fact that only small producers can make great wine, but the truth is, Champagne is such an incredibly complex region that as we have evolved in our wine passion, we’ve become more curious about all the little factors that make a Champagne taste the way it does.

There is a revolution going on in the Champagne region today. Much of the younger generation has taken over.  With that a curiosity that truly delves into the concept of terroir, and strives to make the absolute best Champagne possible. 
 
There is less talk about brand image, and more about what is in that bottle.  In fact, the wines of Champagne have never been better than they are today.

This leads us into our Friday Feature today – one which we have anticipated for seemingly forever.  
 
Champagne Georges Laval has landed, arriving at our store this coming Tuesday, and we are incredibly excited to share the new releases with you!

 

Craig & Sheb

 

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About Champagne Georges Laval:
 
Champagne Georges Laval and its proprietor and winemaker Vincent Laval is in our opinion one of the top three producers in the Champagne region today.  
It really doesn’t get any better for us, and it’s for several reasons.
 

Vincent Laval is one of our favorite people in the world. Personally, he is one of the nicest, most humble people you will have ever met.  You can feel his personality in the Champagne.

Almost no Champagne producer has worked as diligently in the vineyard for as many years as George Laval did, and now his son, Vincent does today.  They have farmed organically for well over 30 years.  In fact, at a time when helicopter spraying of pesticides was popular in Champagne, it was Georges Laval who took that spray and sprayed is neighbors vineyards for them, so that the helicopter wouldn’t pollute his vineyard.  

The result of all this hard work in the vineyard over the years are vines that dig their roots incredibly deep into the ground. So much so that Laval lets his Champagne go through Malolactic and yet, based on their vibrancy, you would never think this was the case.

The past two years, Craig has made the pilgrimage to Champagne to meet and taste with dozens of producers.  The highlight of these trips is always his visit to the tiny cellars of Vincent Laval.  This is one of the most artisan producers he has ever seen.  Everything is by hand here, and it shows in the product.

We feel absolutely fortunate to be able to get a small allocation of the 10,000 bottles that Vincent produces each year.  We are one of the few cities in the US to receive the wine, and theonly city in the Midwest.  

 

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Lavalbrut 

Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature NV 

 

From his beautifully farmed vines in the village of Cumières, this is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 25% each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  The base of this NV is from the 2010 vintage, with 10% of Reserve wine from the 2009 vintage.  

 

Vincent used to produce two NV’s, one dosed as a Brut and the other without any dosage, a Brut Nature.  He now is only producing a Brut Nature.  There are very few producers that can pull this off, as it requires a lot of detail in the farming of the grapes.  With Laval, and in particular with this wine, it is perfectly balanced, and it seems even a little silly worrying about the dosage.  

 

Champagne is so complex that we often recommend certain producers and styles based on a customers palate.  In this case,  we believe that every single one of our customers must try this.  It may change your life and your understanding of Champagne like it did ours!

 

$76.99 BTL. / ONLY 120 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

 

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rose 

Champagne Georges Laval Rosé Brut NV

 

For the first time ever in the Midwest, the Rosé has arrived!  

 

This is not a wine that Laval makes every year, in fact, he didn’t make one in 2006, 2007 and 2008.  

 

This version is a blend of two vintages, 2009 and 2010.  

 

In fact this foot-troden Rosé, you can view it being made in this excellent local TV news story. Why can’t our local news be a little like this?

 

The Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier all from Cumières.  The majority of the fruit comes from three of his top vineyards, old-vines in Les Chênes, Les Hautes Chèvres and Longues Violes.  

 

This is not your simple, light, fruity style of Rosé.  It is concentrated, yet fresh, multi-layered with notes of wild strawberry and rhubarb.  The finish is never ending, and while I will have a hard time resisting drinking my stash of it now, I know from experience with Vincent’s Champagnes that a few years in bottle will bring out more magic.

 

This is a very, very rare offering, and a must for any Champagne enthusiast. 

 

$109.99 BTL. / ONLY 60 BOTTLES AVAILABLE (YES, THAT’S ALL FOR THE ENTIRE MIDWEST OF THE US)

Posted in Friday Feature, Friday Features/Newsletters, Newsletter

Friday Feature 05/09/14: 2013 Mas Jullien Rosé

Hello and Happy Friday! 
 
No-one is on vacation this week so that is great news! We are open normal hours and here to serve all your wine needs.
 
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Surprisingly, we still have a few spaces open for our Portuguese winemaker event on Tuesday May 20th. So here is a re-cap of what is happening:
 
Francisca Van Zeller of Quinta Vale D. Maria – one of the Douro regions top estates will be in Chicago!  To celebrate we are throwing her a party / tasting.

When: Tuesday May 20th, 2014
 
What Time: Stop in anytime between 5pm & 7:30PM
 
Cost: $25 Per Person
 
RSVP – You must RSVP, only 25 spots available. Please call the shop with a credit card to reserve your space. 312-666-4417

Details: The Van Zellers have been associated with Port and the Douro for well over 200 years.  After selling the famed Port house Quinta do Noval in 1993, Cristiano Van Zeller soon purchased the historic estate of Quinta Vale D. Maria.  The Douro, so rich in history for Port production, was starting a new chapter at the time, one where dry red wines would be made in the Valley, in this case from a single Quinta or property.

In just a short time, the wines of Quinta Vale D. Maria have become known around the world for their quality.  We are excited to present a wide range of wines from the estate.  We will of course have Ports, three different kinds.  But even more exciting are the reds we will taste, from their inexpensive “Rufo,” to their flagship Quinta Vale D. Maria, and even three super-rare, world class reds, C.V., and the two single vineyards, Vinha da Francisca and Vinha do Río.  The production of these wines is absolutely tiny, and it is very rare to get to taste them.

This is going to be an epic tasting, and we are so thrilled to have Francisca here.  Hope you can make it!

 

Have A Great Week-End!
 
Craig & Sheb
 
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2013 Mas Jullien Rosé-Coteaux du Languedoc, France

 

We went a little crazy last week with a long-winded exposition about Burgundy, so this week we are going to keep it short and sweet. As we untangle ourselves from winter’s relentless chokehold, it is time to start drinking some rosé!

 

We adore the wines of Mas Jullien and are encouraged by the great story behind the winery. Where once the Languedoc was simply miles of overcropped vineyards whose grapes got sold to the local co-op, destined for cheapo plonk, which the French once more elegantly referred to as “vin ordinaire”.

 

Olivier Jullien took over the reigns of this estate in 1985, and immediately started to look at the vineyard through an oenologist’s eye, converting to organic farming techniques, reducing the crop yields, and identifying the various terroirs in the 15 hectares of vineyards for which he had just become responsible.

 

Those vineyards are planted in hillsides around the village of Jonquières, just north of the city of Montpellier. The rosé is a blend of Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault & Syrah, delicate and heady all at once. Flavors of strawberry fruit leather, quince paste, orange peel and the feint allure of Mediterranean herbs, the kind that grow in abundance in a region kissed by the sun a lot more than ours; all these can be found inside this lovely wine.

  

$28.99/BTL.- $347.88/CASE OF 12

ONLY 48 BOTTLES AVAILABLE.

 

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Friday Feature 05/02/14: 2012 Releases from Domaines Clavelier & Humbert Frères

Hello & Happy Friday!

 

What an exciting Friday Feature we have today.  Both of us have traveled to Burgundy in the last two months . It reminded us (we didn’t need that much reminding) that Burgundy really is one of, if not THE, most special growing regions on earth.

 

Our travels there allowed us to taste from a multitude of vintages, looking back at some 2010′s, tasting 2011′s and most currently 2012′s, as well as tasting some 2013′s out of barrel.  There are differences between the vintages, but one thing we both feel strongly about is that not a single person on earth, not a critic, not a winemaker, not the good Lord in heaven himself, can accurately assess vintages so early.

 

On top of that, while there are differences with the vintages, Burgundy, both red and white, have had some really nice showings in all of these years.  There is something for everyone, and most importantly the wines are delicious.

 

I bring up that last word because so many people think that Burgundy is something that should be put up on a pedestal, something that you have to tweet about or say you are down with like some gang affiliation.  The fact is, Burgundy is like any other wine, a wine to drink, whether that is young, in its mid-life or fully mature.  To us, it tastes great at any stage of the game.

 

A little State of the Union Address:  For the most part Burgundy is sold out.  We’ve visited the caves, the cages are empty and there are speculations from every corner of the world willing to buy the “best” producers’ wine.  What keeps Burgundy available to us are the good relationships of those that we have been working with in the region for many years.

 

Despite the good news that many of the top wines are still available to us, they won’t be for much longer.  Importers and distributors are over taking out bank loans to hold inventory for buyers that may or may not come to the table.  With that statement, it brings us to our offering today.

 

Perman Wine Selections is the exclusive retailer in Ilinois for two of Burgundy’s most prestigious estates, Bruno Clavelier and Humbert Frères.  Bruno Clavelier makes pure wines from old vines in some of the most prestigious vineyards in the Côtes de Nuits, including: Les Beaux-Monts in Vosne-Romanée and La Combe d’Orveau in Chambolle-Musigny.  His vines are ancient, his vineyards are meticulous, and we’d rather drink these than many labels with the words “Grand Cru” printed on them.

 

Humbert Frères, a producer that Craig just visit in Gevrey-Chambertin, is also THE BEST producer in the village. I know many will geek out on Armand Rousseau who holds some great Grand Crus, but there is no one that makes more consistent, delicious and complex Burgundies than Humbert.  Maybe that will read a tad controversial, but its something we truly believe.

 

This is a one time offer.  We need your orders by Friday, May 9th.  We’ve offered these wines at special pricing for this offer.  If we buy extra wines, and they go on the shelves, they will do so at higher prices.

 

If you have made it all the way to the end of this introduction, we applaud your concentration and dedication.  Honestly, these are ridiculously good wines that we can’t recommend enough!

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Craig & Sheb
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About 2012:

 

2012 is described by Clive Coates as, “…quality-wise – 2012 has turned out, not merely ‘all right’, but really very good indeed, if not perhaps even very fine.” For the winemakers in the Côte d’Or, 2012 presented many challenges, the most trying of which was a cool, wet, and downright miserable spring. Fortunately, the Côtes de Nuits was spared the unrelenting hailstorms that devastated their neighbors further south, especially in the village of Volnay. The vintage was saved by a relatively calm August and September, but the ravages of the spring left very little fruit to harvest. As a result, there is very little wine to offer.

 

 

Domaine Bruno Clavelier:

 

Domaine Bruno Clavelier is located in Vosne-Romanée, and often gets overlooked due to his famous neighbors (DRC, Leroy & Méo-Camuzet, to name a few). His wines are a compelling combination of aromatic elegance and profound depth. Bruno has been an unflappable advocate of organic farming and preserving bio-diversity in a region that is, frankly, dominated by one pursuit. He was a major contributor to a development in the use of pheromones as an alternative to chemical pesticides and this technique has been adopted all throughout Burgundy. Bruno’s wine are made for the long haul, although they are generous and pleasurable, even in their infancies.

 

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aligote

2012 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Aligoté

 

Working with yet another ( see below) grape rare for the Côte de Nuits, Bruno makes a superb Aligoté Doré from 85+ year old vines which he describes as having “notes of citrus and exotic fruits (pineapple) but it can also age for a few years to evolve into more complex flavors”. A great example of white wine from this region.

 

$28.99/ BTL.

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passetoutgrains

2012 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains

 

Passe-tout-grains falls under the same umbrella as Bourgogne Rouge, but it is a type of Burgundy we see less and less these days. It requires a minimum of 30% Pinot Noir and 15% Gamay, and also allows for white varieties.

 

There is very little Gamay left on the Côte de Nuits, and what is left is often made into simple wine for harvesters to drink, but Bruno has a plot of old vines Gamay & Pinot Noir (75+ years) which he directs into this cuvée. The blend is 90% Pinot Noir & 10% Gamay.

 

$27.99/ BTL.

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combebrule

2012 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée “La Combe Brûlée”

 

Stony, well-drained soils contribute to finesse coupled with power in this special single vineyard. These are 85+ years old vines, to the west and above Grand Échezeaux.

 

$112.99/BTL.

 

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beauxmonts

2012 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée “Les Beaux-Monts 1er Cru” 

 

Situated on the border of Chambolle & Vosne, this is one of Bruno’s most powerful and structured wines, yet always tender, with a supple, velvety texture.

 

$164.99/BTL.

 

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orveau

2012 Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny “La Combe d’Orveau 1er Cru”

 

The original planting for the vines here in this well-situated plot right above Le Musigny, was 1930, with additional pantings in 1992. Fine, perfumed and deep.

 

$179.99/BTL.

 

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corton

2012 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Corton Grand Cru “Rognet”

 

The vines here were re-planted in 1999 and Bruno’s plot has good altitude. A plush style that he describes as offering a “… velvety character (peach, candied fruits, figs) with ample charm, punctuated by smoky (ham) nuances and punctuated by a fine minerality in the finish.”

 

$195.99/BTL.

 

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Domaine Humbert Frères 

 

The brothers Humbert, in Gevrey-Chambertin, are creating wines that reflect an old-school, uncompromising style of Burgundian winemaking that has fallen by the wayside. Their holdings in the north, close to Brochon contains some of the oldest vines planted on roche mère (mother rock) and this is the place where Gevrey becomes dense and tannic. The brothers work in a reductive style, insuring long-lived wines that will reward patient buyers. Cousin Bernard Dugat-Py is right next door.

 

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poissenot

2012 Humbert Frères Gevrey-Chambertin “Poissenot 1er Cru”

 

A fantastic, south-facing hillside vineyard on light, stony soil. An extension of the Estournelles vineyard. Only around 4,000 bottles produced per year.

 

$119.99/BTL.

 

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charmes

2012 Humbert Frères Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

 

One of the most beautiful examples from this Grand Cru vineyard that borders Mazoyères. The Humbert vines are over 50 years-old on average. Only about 1,000 bottles are produced per year.

 

$174.99/BTL.

 

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The Wine Wire: More Enticing Burgundy From Domaine Fourrier

If you desire any 2011 wines from the esteemed Jean-Marie Fourrier look no further. Lots of great info here from Neal Rosenthal, Fourrier’s national importer. There is not much wine and all orders are subject to availability. Please call the shop 312-666-4417 or email orders@permanwine.com.

2011 Domaine Fourrier Bourgogne Blanc $42

2011 Domaine Fourrier Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru $280

2011 Domaine Fourrier Échezeaux Grand Cru $299

2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin “Cherbaudes 1er Cru” $140

2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos St. Jacques 1er Cru” $299

2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Combe Aux Moines $168

2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin “Aux Échezeaux” $88

2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Old Vines $94

2011 Domaine Fourrier Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru $420

2011 Domaine Fourrier Morey St Denis “Clos Sorbes 1er Cru” $140

2011 Domaine Fourrier Morey St. Denis “Clos Solon” $88

2011 Domaine Fourrier Vougeot “Les Petits Vougeots 1er Cru” $140

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