I’m so excited for today’s newsletter.
First, some big news on the logistical front.
I am thrilled to announce our partnership with the newly launched UberRush. This is a door to door delivery service, kind of like Uber for your booze!
Here is how it works. You call in or email an order, give me a delivery address, and I contact UberRush on your behalf. It immediately gives me a locked in price quote when I type in the address. After completing our transaction, in just minutes your wine will be on the way to you. It will text you when its in route. Next thing you know, you meet your wine at the door. It’s that easy.
This is a game changer in my opinion.
Going to a BYOB and want your wine and beer to meet you there? Check!
Need some wine on a Saturday? Before it was expensive and subject to the whims of a dinosaur-like, not-to-be-named courier service.
Above all, it works with your busy lifestyle and allows us to offer delivery any time we are open.
This is not a replacement for our trusty courier Dennis. If you have a big order, or need the wine lugged up to your office or residence, UberRush is not the answer.
So keep the Perman Wine / UberRush combo in mind for your last minute delivery needs.
Another reason for the excitement is based on all the incredible, rare, and delicious wines I am offering on today’s Friday Feature!
This time of year, so many new wines arrive that I can’t keep up in my communication of these to you.
Today’s Friday Feature focuses on many of our most rare recent arrivals. Due to the amount of wines we are offering, I’ve kept descriptions brief.
Many of these wines are in such limited quantities that they will sell out quickly.
Please let me know if you have any questions on these world-class offerings.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Pierre Yves Colin is garnering a lot of attention in the Cotes de Beaune, and the excitement surrounding his wines is palpable. His name is now uttered in the same hushed breaths as Roulot, Coche & Lafon. In 2005 he split from his family’s domaine, taking with him his 6ha inheritance. The Colin-Morey label also includes purchased fruit from Puligny-Montrachet as well as some Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet & Bâtard-Montrachet.
Pierre Yves has evolved dramatically as a winemaker since his departure 11 years ago. In response to the growing concerns over prematurely-oxidizing white Burgundies, he has stopped all battonage (lees stirring) and the cellar is not heated to hasten the malolactic fermentations. He is utilizing less new oak, bigger casks (350 L pieces versus the traditional 228 L barrique) and the wine goes through longer elevages (time in barrel). Finally, the bottles are sealed with wax that has not been treated with peroxide.
Now, about Saint-Aubin. This is a village that sits directly behind and to the west of Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet. To proclaim that it is the same due to its proximity is overstating the situation, but to ignore it’s great value would be dismissive. The Colin family, from whom Pierre-Yves is descended, owns quite a nice chunk of Saint-Aubin. And Pierre-Yves’ lawful inheritance included several hectares of 1er Crus in this relatively ignored village. Saint-Aubin makes up 60% of his total production. The rows that Pierre Yves owns are optimally situated upon hillsides, and the resulting wines are stunning.
2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Blanc
The fruit comes from outside Puligny & Saint-Aubin, a fantastic entry into this producer’s style.
15 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin ‘Le Banc”
A single vineyard that continues up the valley from Les Castetes, sometimes called “Le Ban”.
6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin ‘Les Combes 1er Cru’
25 ha vineyard south of Chassagne, mineral driven with good richness.
8 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin ‘Champlots 1er Cru’
A steep, south-west facing vineyard overlooking the village of Gamay. This plot is farmed mainly by the Colin family.
6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin ‘En Remilly 1er Cru”
This may be the most well-known vineyard in all of Saint-Aubin and considered, critically, to be the best. It is the closest to Le Montrachet and in possession of steep, stony soils. This is one to lay down for a few years.
6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
Cédric Bouchard Champagne
One of the top 5 producers in Champagne today. I don’t think there are many winemakers in the world more meticulous than Cédric Bouchard. The idea is simple: one grape, one terroir from a single vintage. That is what Cédric does. If anyone believes that Champagne from the Aube, can’t be as good as one from Le Mesnil, Ambonnay or any other village in the heart of Champagne, then they haven’t tried Cédric Bouchard. With only around 15,000 bottles produced per year, these are allocated in bottles and not cases. Do not miss these!
2013 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Roses de Jeanne – Val Vilaine”Blanc de Noir
100% Pinot Noir planted on Kimmeridgian soil. “Val Vilaine” is always expressive in its youth, and is the one in the line-up that you can pop and drink right away.
$58.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2008 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Roses de Jeanne – Côte de Béchalin” Blanc de Noir
100% Pinot Noir from the vineyard of Côtes de Béchalin.” This has the longest time on its lees of all Bouchard’s Champagne, a total of 80 months. The 2008 is spectacular and accessible if drinking now.
$89.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2011 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Roses de Jeanne – Les Ursules” Blanc de Noir
100% Pinot Noir, the most well-known of the lieu-dit because it was the first under the Roses de Jeanne label. 35+ year-old vines, 28 months on its lees. Most importantly a wine to give some time to. If drinking now, please decant, otherwise hold from 2018-2025.
$89.99 BTL. / ONLY 18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
BALLERS INQUIRE INTO MAGNUMS
2011 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Roses de Jeanne – Presle” Blanc de Noir
You’ve never seen it, I’ve never seen it. Brand new wine made entirely of Pinot Noir from 10 different Burgundian clones, vines which were planted in 2007. 3 years on its lees. Stunning now, but please hold for another couple years, drinking from 2018 – 2023.
$125.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2011 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Roses de Jeanne – Les Hautes Lemblée” Blanc de Blancs
If your a Blanc de Blancs enthusiast, loving all that is Chardonnay from Champagne and haven’t tried this single vineyard from Bouchard, you are missing out. Mineral inflected, and wonderfully elegant. Decant if drinking now, but best from 2020-2030.
$114.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2011 Cédric Bouchard Champagne “Roses de Jeanne – La Bolorée” Blanc de Blancs
If you haven’t discovered Pinot Blanc from Champagne, then this is a must try. Easily one of my favorite Champagnes, and difficult to put into words how good it is. I was lucky enough to try a 2007 in April at the winery, and it was mind blowing. Give this time in bottle, you can decant one now, but best to drink 2020-2030.
$147.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2014 Cameron Pinot Noir “Ribbon Ridge,” Willamette Valley, Oregon
We are super fortunate to be the exclusive retailer of Cameron Winery in the Midwest. If you’ve ever been to Oregon you know the cult-like status of these wines within the state. So much so that, I’ve begged owner/winemaker John Paul for years to give me some for my deserved customers.
We’ve typically only received in the past Arley’s Leap, and the two top Pinot’s from Clos Electrique and Abbey Ridge. Those aren’t at everyday prices – but 2014 Ribbon Ridge is.
All the Pinot comes from Alan Foster at Foster Farms in the Ribbon Ridge AVA of the Willamette Valley.
It offers a mixture of dark and red fruit notes, underly earth and spice notes and a really long, complex finish. You can drink this now, but it can evolve for 10 years in bottle.
At $28.99 this is a steal. It will sell out quickly, or at least should!
$28.99 BTL. / ONLY 60 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2014 Thibaud Boudignon Savennières “Les Fougerais,” Loire Valley, France
Every April when I travel to France I pay special attention to what is hot in the wine world. When you visit top restaurants, and wine shops all through the country and see one or two wines that everyone has, despite their limited nature, you know its worth checking out.
Such was the case with this wine from Thibaud Boudignon, a young superstar in the Loire Valley making wines from Anjou and Savennières.
This Chenin Blanc was one of the best wines I tasted in France, and I spent a week visiting the best of Champagne and Burgundy!
It strikes the perfect balance, between the intensity that Chenin can get in Savennières, the mineral notes that come along with its schist soil origins, and the freshness that Chenin from the region brings.
A wine to decant and drink now, or to drink over the next decade. Easily one of the best Savennières I’ve had in a long time.
$49.99 BTL. / $599.88 CASE
Jean Foillard Morgon
In wine-geekdom circles, one of the Kings of Beaujolais. Highly sought after, and deservedly so. Age-worthy Morgon.
2014 Jean Foillard Morgon “Cuvée Corcelette”
80 year-old vines planted on sandstone. Aged in a combination of used oak and founder. Rich but with an underlying elegance. Drink now – 2025.
$39.99 BTL. / 10 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2014 Jean Foillard Morgon “Côte de Py”
From 10 to 90 year-old vines planted on a mixture of Schist, Granite and Manganese. A wine with some serious, underlying structure. One of the most famous Cru’s for its ability to age. Decant and drink now, or hold through 2030.
$39.99 BTL. / 8 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
Cappellano is on my short list of the greatest producers in the Barolo region of Italy. The winery is tiny, not so much bigger than my store. It’s limited production, roughly 10,000 bottles of total production, is quickly snapped up by enthusiasts of the region. Yet, ultimately what makes this winery so special is their vineyards, the majority of the Cappellano vines sit in the Gabutti cru, one of the best of Serralunga d’Alba and Barolo in general. Piedmont enthusiasts should not miss these.
2014 Cappellano Dolcetto d’Alba
Dolcetto is thought of as the “everyday” wine in Piedmont. This is one of the best Dolcetto you can get your hands on. From the Gabutti vineyard, it has some serious beauty and power to it.
$35.99 BTL. / ONLY 4 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2011 Cappellano Barbera d’Alba “Gabutti Vineyard”
Barbara from the Gabutti vineyard, and it really takes on that character with its extended aging in barrel and bottle. On the structured style of the grape varietal. An amazingly complex Barbera.
$48.99 BTL. / ONLY 6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2012 Cappellano Nebiolo d’Alba
Cappellano primarily grows in Serralunga, but this Nebbiolo comes from the nearby village of Novello. This Nebbiolo is one that can be approached early, decant and drink now, and it will also age for a decade.
$48.99 BTL. / SADLY ONLY 1 BOTTLE AVAILABLE
2011 Cappellano Barolo “Pié Rupestris”
An exceptional single vineyard Barolo from the Gabutti vineyard. True to the nature of Serralunga, this isn’t a shy wine, its brooding in its youth, somewhat “sauvage.” With time, it reveals its beautiful red fruit, fennel and truffle aromas and flavors. The 2011 does open with decanting, even in its youth its worth checking in. But we all know that patience is rewarded and ultimately you can drink this over 2 decades. One of the best.
$93.99 BTL. / ONLY 12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE