Today’s “Friday Feature” is what we call a mixed bag of goodies!
With so many incoming arrivals of allocated wines from around the globe, we thought we’d dedicate this newsletter to a more informal list of new arrivals. Call it a last minute Christmas list, or simply call it a list of wines that are a must for any wine enthusiast.
Many of these will sell out quickly, so please secure yours today.
We are happy to provide more in depth information about any of these, just ask!
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Jamie
Cédric Bouchard Champagne
Despite its tiny output of Champagne, somewhere around 15,000 bottles in total per year, Cédric Bouchard is known around the world as one of the top producers in the region. Located in the Cote de Bar, the southernmost part of the region, Bouchard makes a myriad of handcrafted Champagne, each bottle from one parcel, one vintage, and one grape. Fermented in stainless steel, always with indigenous yeast, no fining, no dosage, just pure expressions of place. These Champagne are slow to unwind, they deserve a rest in the cellar to express their true beauty. They are truly stunning, and one of Craig’s favorite producers anywhere in the world. Sadly, they are very, very limited (and we get a good allocation!). Champagne fans with a place in the cellar, do not miss these! They will sell out quickly.
2014 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Val Vilaine”
No need to wait on this, its a great introduction to the line-up, and a delicious expression of pure Pinot Noir.
$56.99 BTL / LIMITED
2009 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Côte de Béchalin”
Another offering that is open knit and ready to drink. Made entirely of Pinot Noir from a SW facing vineyard in Celles-sur-Ource. The 2008 blew everyone away at last weeks tasting!
$82.99 BTL / LIMITED
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Ursules”
The wine that started it all, Pinot Noir of incredible distinction from vines, the majority of which were planted in the early ’70’s. A stunning vintage for Ursules.”
$88.99 BTL / LIMITED
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “La Haute Lemblee”
Tiny .12 hectare vineyard planted to Chardonnay on Kimmeridgian soil. One of the most unique and incredible Blanc de Blanc Champagne bottlings. Such purity.
$106.99 BTL / EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “La Bolorée”
Another minuscule vineyard of just .217 hectare, La Bolorée is a very special Champagne made entirely of Pinot Blanc. The Côte de Bar is noted for producing limited quantities, but exceptional Champagne from this varietal. This is the icon. Truly amazing.
$128.99 BTL / EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
2012 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Presle”
Only the second vintage released of this fantastic Blanc de Noirs, made entirely from Pinot Noir from a relatively newly planted vineyard called “Presle.” Clay and limestone soils with a little Kimmeridgian mixed in. 10 different Burgundian clones of Pinot Noir were planted. Expressive, ripe, and a very long finish.
$121.99 BTL / EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
La Closerie Champagne
This is another one of those tiny grower Champagne houses with a cult-like following and allocated out to the best restaurants and wine shops. We feel lucky to be given some, and they are a must try for the Champagne enthusiast. Jérôme Prévost inherited 2 hectares of vines in the village of Gueux in the Montagne de Reims sub-region of Champagne. Initially he sold off the fruit to the local negociants. After working in the cellars of Anselme Selosse (the cult producer in Champagne), he was persuaded by his mentor to produce his own Champagne. The first few vintages were produced in the Selosse cellars in Avize. Today he has his own winery producing just two wines highlighted below. These are incredible wines.
2014 La Closerie Champagne “Les Béguines”
This is the main bottling from the single-vineyard “Les Béguines.” This is pure Pinot Meunier, from vines planted in the 1950’s. Fermented in a barrels, barriques and demi-muid, with indigenous yeasts. Just 18 months on the lees, bottled with no dosage. I don’t believe there is a better 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne that you can buy.
$95.99 BTL / EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
2014 La Closerie Champagne Rosé “Fac-simile”
One of the top Rosé Champagne produced. 100% Pinot Meunier vinified as a white wine, with the addition of barrel fermented red wine all from Les Béguines.” I’ve only tasted this once in my life, and all I can say is “epic.” Worth fighting for.
$143.99 BTL / THE MOST EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
YOUNG INGLEWOOD VINEYARDS
This past September, Craig traveled to Napa Valley to explore a wide range of producers. One of the highlights of the visit was tasting with winemaker Scott Young of Young Inglewood. The estate vineyard is in a coveted part of Napa Valley, the Mayacamas bench, on the far Southwest reaches of St Helena. This is Cabernet Sauvignon country, and that is the focus at Young Inglewood, but we are also including a fantastic Chardonnay from the sought after Michael Mara Vineyard at the base of the Sonoma Mountain range. We know you have a lot of choices in Napa Valley, and these wines are at the top of our list of rising stars. Scott really wants to make world-class and balanced wines, and he delivers. First time that these wines have been in Chicago! They would make a great gift to your Napa-loving friends and clients…or to yourself!
2012 Young Inglewood Vineyards “Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
$110.00 BTL / LIMITED
2014 “Venn” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2013 Young Inglewood Vineyards “Michael Mara Vineyard” Chardonnay
$60 BTL / LIMITED
5th generation Chablis estate, led today by Lilian Duplessis. One of the few organic producers in Chablis, the estate has a great range of bottlings, including some special Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. As we’ve warned you, Chablis is quickly disappearing from availability given the difficult weather related issues that have reduced yields, but luckily not quality. These are fantastic, and really great values across the board.
2015 Duplessis Petit Chablis
$25.99 BTL / LIMITED
2015 Duplessis Chablis
$32.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Fourchaume,” Premier Cru 45.99 BTL / EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Montmains,” Premier Cru $46.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Montée de Tonnerre,” Premier Cru
$51.99 BTL / LIMITED
2014 Duplessis Chablis “Les Clos,” Grand Cru
$71.99 BTL / EXCRUCIATINGLY LIMITED
MICHEL LAFARGE VOLNAY
What can I say aside from the fact that this is one of my personal favorite domaines in all of Burgundy. If you follow Burgundy, you know these wines. They are everything you want in Pinot Noir, pure, amazing definition, age worthy, just beautiful. PLEASE NOTE – these wines are due to arrive in stock the week of December 19th.
2014 Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge
$34.99 BTL / 12 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay
$74.99 BLT / 9 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Vendange Séléctionées” $81.99 BTL / 9 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Clos du Château des Ducs,” Premier Cru
$182.99 BTL / 3 bottles available
2014 Michel Lafarge Volnay “Clos des Chênes,” Premier Cru
$182.99 BTL / 3 bottles