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7/14/17 – Champagne Offers from Bérêche and R. Pouillon

Hello & Happy Friday!
Happy Bastille Day!
Today we celebrate alongside our French friends, la Fête Nationale.
What better way to celebrate than to offer you some very rare and truly exceptional Champagne from two stellar, artisan producers.
As many of you know, we go to great lengths to offer the truly best Champagne from the best small growers.
Both Bérêche and Pouillon are two producers that are at the top of their game. We had the pleasure of traveling to Champagne this April and tasting their new releases.
Read on to hear about some of their exceptional and limited production offerings.
You’d better believe we will be drinking some of these today ourselves!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Champagne Bérêche & Fils
Bérêche flew under the Champagne radar for way too long. Now we take every opportunity to share these magnificent wines with you.
The domaine was founded in 1847, yet it has been the recent innovative work of Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche that has made this one of the most talked about Champagne houses in recent years.
Building on the strong foundation of traditional Champagne making they learned from their father, Raphaël and Vincent now have a line up that includes an extraordinarily vibrant NV Brut Réserve, as well as several micro-cuvées that express different terroir, vintages and grape varieties.

Bérêche stopped all use of chemical herbicides in 2003 to ensure that the soil and fruit were as healthy and natural as possible. They began manually working their vineyards and are moving toward biodynamic farming of all their parcels. There are about 10 employees who oversee the vineyards.

The vineyards are planted in roughly equal proportions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier which, combined with the wide variety of terroirs, provides a great range of blending possibilities for Raphaël and Vincent. They use barrel aging and cork closures, rather than crown caps, for the secondary fermentation, which highlight the uniqueness of grape variety and terroir.
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NV Bérêche & Fils “Campania Remensis” Rosé
Extra Brut
The Bérêche “Campania Remensis” rosé uses the Roman name for the countryside around Reims. It also comes from a single terroir, the village of Ormes, just west of Reims in the Petite Montagne. It is a Champagne of unusual originality and elegance.
The 2012 base in this bottling is 65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 5% still red wine. Delicate salmon pink color in the glass with a nose of wild strawberry, blood orange zest, vanilla bean, raspberry, and ginger. We just featured this as part of the line-up for our Summer Sparkling tastings and were mesmerized by how many layers there were to this wine. Hands down one of the best bottles of Champagne we’ve opened this year – and at special pricing it’s about $20 less than normal retail. Under 6000 bottles produced.
$68.99 BTL / $413.94 SIX PACK CASE
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Champagne R. Pouillon & Fils
The Pouillon family has been growing grapes in Champagne for over a century, but it wasn’t until 1947 when Fabrice’s grandfather, Roger Pouillon, decided to produce wine from his holdings along with the help of his wife, Bernedette, and his uncle, Louis Baulant, a well-known winemaker and consultant in the region.
Fabrice joined his father in 1998 after finishing degrees in business and oenology, and by then the vineyard holdings had increased to roughly 6 hectares – 3 planted to Pinot Noir, 2 planted to Chardonnay and 1 planted to Pinot Meunier. Working in the grand cru of Aÿ and throughout the Vallée de la Marne and the Montagne de Reims, Fabrice is aiming to create expressive, terroir-driven wines with vibrant aromatics.
Like Bérêche, the energy and health the Pouillon vineyards is of utmost importance to Fabrice. In 2003, he began the work of conversion to organic viticulture and today he also incorporates several biodynamic principles into his work.
The grapes are all hand harvested and the wines are aged in a combination of stainless steel and older oak barriques where everything undergoes full malolactic fermention. Reserve wines are aged for up to 18 months and there is also a stainless-steel “solera” with wines dating back to the late 90’s.
Fabrice’s wines are exciting and terroir-driven with layered aromatics, fresh acidity, and incredible depth. Recently, Champagne Pouillon has introduced single parcel cuvées, much like we see with Bouchard, including the tête de cuvée Chemin du Bois, which is featured below.
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2008 R. Pouillon Grand Cru “Les Valnons” Extra Brut
 
This 100% Chardonnay cuvée is named after the famous hill “Les Valnons Froid Cul” in the Aÿ. This is one of the most ideally situated slopes in the area known primarily for its Pinot Noir. Pouillon goes against the grain with this rare and unique blanc de blanc from the famous slope in the Grand Cru village. It is an incredible Champagne that delivers a nervy mineral character with a distinctive richness on the palate. Ample notes of citrus and spice give way to a complex and beautiful finish.
$83.99 / BTL 
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2009 R. Pouillon 1er Cru “Les Blanchiens” Brut Nature
 
An equal blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the lieu-dit “Blanchiens” located on the slopes of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in the Vallée de la Marne. This cuvée speaks to the terroir of Mareuil in a powerful yet elegant way. Aromas of orange, spice and a hint of black tea on the nose, with notes of plum, raspberry preserve, honey and brioche that dance on the palate.
$82.99 / BTL
18 BOTTLES AVAILABLE 
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2008 R. Pouillon “Chemin du Bois” Brut
 
There are three steps during the process of making Champagne in which sugar may be added. Fabrice, however, decided to make a bold move of only using the sugars that naturally come from the grapes (rather than from sugar cane) in this cuvée. Made from 100% Pinot Noir from a single parcel in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, an area where grapes are able to retain a higher level of ripeness, this Champagne showcases what can be achieved from ripe grapes alone. There is no other Champagne quite like this one out there. The “Chemin du Bois” has an unctuous mouthfeel full of dried fruits, ripe raspberries and mirabelle plums. There’s a persistent minerality and acidity that makes for a long delicate finish.
$123.99 / BTL
6 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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NV R. Pouillon 1er Cru Rosé de Saignée Brut
 
This skin contact rosé is made with Pinot Noir grapes from the Premier Cru vineyard in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 20% of the juice in this cuvée comes from the previous year’s wine which stays in neutral barrels for 12 months. This blending balances the tannin it can get from the saignée method and makes for a more smooth and delicate mouthfeel. On the nose this rosé shows notes of musky cherry, red currant and white pepper. More red fruits and subtle spices show on the palate with a focused mineral finish.
$58.99 / BTL
10 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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The Anniversary of Arneis 7/7/17

Hello and Happy Friday!
It is a week of celebrations! We hope you all enjoyed your 4th. We took the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.
In addition to celebrating the birth of our great nation, as wine people we are also excited to celebrate with Luca and Elena from Vietti as they release the 50th vintage of their Roero Arneis. Without the help of Vietti, the white grape we know and love from Piemonte might otherwise have gone extinct. Instead, we get to feature it today in our newsletter.
With the summer turning up its heat, we are also getting new rosé into the store every week. If you find yourself in the mood to drink pink, we have plenty of selections for you.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Vietti & the 50th Vintage of Arneis
Most of you are quite familiar with wines from Vietti, as it is one of our favorite Italian producers. For anyone new to our newsletter or store, this is a great introduction to Vietti…
In 1919 the first Vietti wines were made by patriarch Mario Vietti. Then it was in 1952 that Alfredo Currado, the husband of Vietti’s daughter Luciana, continued to produce high quality wines from their own vineyards and purchased grapes. The Vietti winery grew to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries to export its products to the US market.
Alfredo was an innovator in winemaking for many reasons, one of which being that he invested a lot of time rediscovering and understanding the Arneis grape variety we are featuring today.
Arneis is best known from the region of Roero, inside of the larger Langhe zone of Piemonte. While its origins have been lost, it has gained a place in the world as Piemonte’s floral, fresh white wine. In 2004, Roero Arneis was officially recognized as a DOCG
Before 1967, however, this grape was on the verge of extinction until Alfredo, the “Father of Arneis,” vinified the first 100% Arneis. The 2016 vintage marks the 50th anniversary of Arneis for Vietti! It was because of Alfredo’s fine example of the variety that fellow vintners in Italy, and even those as far as the United States, began and continue to cultivate the grape.
The winemaking at Vietti is now lead by Luca Currado, Alfredo and Luciana’s son, with his wife Elena Penna in charge of the marketing and PR side of things; a family-run production through and through.
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2016 Vietti Roero Arneis
We feature the Roero Arneis today to celebrate the 50th Anniversary vintage of this wine and all of its success. Made from 25 year old vines in located in Santo Stefano Roero, it is fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks to retain freshness and acidity, and malolactic fermentation is blocked.
This wine has fresh floral aromas along with citrus, melon and a hint of almond. Well balanced and complex, it has both refreshing acidity and an enjoyable lingering finish.
$23.99 BTL / $287.88 CASE
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6/16/17 Friday Feature: Hot Summer Wines

Hello and Happy Friday!
We would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who shop with us and read our newsletter. We hope you enjoy your day and get to spend time with your family!
The summer tastings saw great support from all of you and are currently sold out. We do have a wait list for each of them, should you want to put your name down in case of cancellations.
Finally, we just want to remind anyone who doesn’t live in the neighborhood that this weekend is the Taste of Randolph street fair, so anticipate heavier than normal traffic in the area and even more difficulty finding parking. The Taste runs from today through Sunday. If you prefer not to brave the crowds, remember that we are happy to deliver wine to you via UberRush – like last-minute Father’s Day gifts, or any of the delicious summer wines are are featuring today on the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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New Wines to Battle the Heat
Domaine la Madura
Saint-Chinian, France
 
We’re sure by now you’ve heard us mention this producer and hopefully you’ve tried one of their wines by now as well. We strongly believe Cyril and Nadia Bourgne, of La Madura, are one of the best producers in the Languedoc, it’s almost difficult not to mention them on every newsletter. What makes their wines so special is a combination of passionate and dedicated winemaking, and that it’s done so in a region that offers a variety of different types of soils, expositions and elevation levels. This allows an estate like La Madura, who has several parcels planted with different varieties, the ability to blend.
If you’re not hip to La Madura yet…it is broken up into a series of small plots, which is typical of the estates in the Languedoc, where the region’s best terroir is found. Not just the soil but the altitude also varies considerably from one plot to the next, which means that harvest can be spread out and grapes are able to be picked at peak ripeness.
The estate has vineyards planted with local Rhône varieties, but also Sauvignon Blanc, which isn’t typical of the region. Cyril worked with the grape in Bordeaux for many years, and knows what it takes to produce quality Sauvignon Blanc. He and his wife make two white wines from this grape along with a little Piquepoul blended in.
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2015 Domaine La Madura “Grand Vin” Blanc
This is the latest release of their top white wine, the “Grand Vin” Blanc. They upped the Piquepoul in this vintage to 20% (with the remaining 80% being Sauvignon Blanc). Fermented in French oak barrels and aged in 225L casks. The oak imparts complex aromas of hazelnuts and grilled almonds, yet by no means is there any oaky distraction. Faint smoky and floral notes also appear on the nose. On the palate, it’s rounded yet fresh with vibrant flavors of citrus, honeydew and wild herbs coming through.
Whether you are already a fan, or you are a newcomer to La Madura, this is the perfect time to grab and try the new vintage. For those newcomers, we’re certain you’ll be converted into just as big of fans as we are!
$27.99 BTL / $335.88 CASE
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Schloss Gobelsburg
Kamptal, Austria
Schloss Gobelsburg is one of the oldest wineries in Austria and has some 35 hectares in historical vineyard sites around the castle. The monks of the Zwettl Monastery managed the winery until 1995 and have been practicing organic and ecologically sustainable farming for decades.
Every vineyards site belonging to the estate has its own specialties and particularities with different soil and micro-climatic conditions. From the sun-exposed terraces and the Gaisberg mountain to the extensive garden facilities around Gobelsburg castle, the vines are subjected to a wide range of conditions.
The most important grape varieties for the estate are Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Over the centuries, these varieties have proven to be the most suitable for the surrounding soils and climate. Small amounts of red wine have also enjoyed a very long tradition at Gobelsburg Castle: the abbots of all Cistercian monasteries meet once a year in Burgundy, and as a result, the monks were continuously in contact with winegrowing in Burgundy and have been successfully growing Pinot Noir in the area for a long time.
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2016 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner
For this wine, the grapes are harvested from the best sites around Heiligenstein (Lamm, Grub and Renner). The Grüner Veltliner is grown in younger vineyards (under 20 years old) throughout the estate.
The 2016 is full of fresh aromatics of green pear, lemon peel, grapefruit, pomelo and the signature hint of smoky white pepper. This is a zesty, refreshing white to be enjoyed on its own or with your favorite summer salads and appetizers.
$15.99 BTL / $191.88 CASE
 
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Bernard Baudry
Loire Valley, France
This is another producer whose new vintages we look forward to getting every year, and the Baudry family never disappoints. The estate is located in a small hamlet called Cravant-Les-Coteaux, a village from which almost half of the production of AOC Chinon is sourced.
Bernard’s son, Matthieu, joined the family domaine in 2000 after studying winemaking in the Mâconnais and Bordeaux. They work 25 hectares of vineyards composed of gravel, sand, limestone, silica, and clay. The variations of terroir and vinification methods make each of their cuvées unique and distinct. The Baudry’s are traditionalists and focus most of their attention on the Chinon Rouge, however the small amounts of Chinon Blanc and Rosé produced by the father and son duo are definitely worth seeking out.
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2016 Baudry Chinon Rosé
 
The grapes for this rosé come from two different parcels which are hand picked and then undergo a direct press. This is a method of making rosé similarly to how you would make white wine (very little skin contact). The short amount of skin contact results in a beautifully pale-salmon hued rosé.

Quite delicate on the nose with notes of white fruit and wild strawberry, yet still those hallmarks of bell pepper and plum you get from Cabernet Franc are present as well. With a refreshing and bright palate it acts as the perfect compliment to any light summer cuisine.

$18.99 BTL / $227.88 CASE
 
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6/9/17 – Summer Show-Stoppers

Hello and Happy Friday!
Many of you already saw the newsletter we sent out yesterday with a list of Summer Tastings – we have already sold out of both Summer Champagne & Sparkling tastings, but we still have some spots available for the Spanish Galicia tasting and would love to see you there! Details below:
Thursday, July 20th
7:00-9:00PM
Extraordinary Wines of Galicia
$60
Also known as “Green Spain,” Galicia sits in the northwestern most corner of Spain, influenced heavily by the cooler Atlantic Ocean. Vines have been planted here since ancient Roman times and it is a region focused on indigenous grapes – varieties such as Mencía and Albariño, as well as Godello, Loureiro, Caiño, Treixadura, and countless others.
Join us as De Maison Selections own Steven Alexander walks you through rare and limited production wines from the region to highlight the very best of Galicia.
To secure your spot(s) please call 312-666-4417 with your payment information. Tasting reservations are fully refundable 72 HOURS prior to the date of tasting.

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All of the sudden it is starting to feel a lot like summer here in Chicago. With that in mind we decided to feature three wines that we feel are perfect for warm weather drinking.
As with most of what we feature at Perman Wine, these are quite limited, so secure your bottles today by emailing us your order!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Summer Show-Stoppers 
Selvagrossa
Last night at the store the world-famous winemaker (or at least famous to us) Alberto Taddei was in the house at Perman Wine as we tasted the excellent wines of his family winery in Pesaro, Italy. As the “Mayor of the Marche” he makes a great range of white and red wines. Selvagrossa is located just outside of Pesaro along the Adriatic coast. They have 5 hectares of vineyards surrounding the winery and family house. They work naturally in the vineyard, favoring low-yields and working with local grapes like Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo as well as international varieties like Cabernet Franc and Merlot. As we’ve told you many times before, the Marche is one of the most undiscovered region of Italy, and Selvagrossa is one of its top producers.
2016 Selvagrossa “Ica” Rosato
Noticing the world wide rise in popularity of dry Rosé, as well as their penchant for enjoying to drink it themselves. Alberto decided to produce a Rosato from the family property. He chose to use Ciliegiolo for the Rosato because of its pretty aromatics, typically with bright wild cherry notes. 2016 marks the first vintage of the Rosato ever produced, and tasting it last night, we know this is going to be one of our customers’ favorite rosé of the summer. As his first foray into Rosato, only 100 cases were produced, and we were lucky to get our request in early!
This Rosato will arrive in a couple weeks, and we highly encourage you to reserve your bottles or cases today, as we don’t expect to have enough to sell off the shelf. 
$17.99 BTL / $215.88 CASE – LIMITED
 
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Mas Jullien
 
The wines of Mas Jullien have graced our newsletters before. This week we are featuring the rosé which is one of the most structured and complex rosés you can find in that category. From the humble Pays d’Hérault in the Languedoc, producer Olivier Jullien is one of the pioneers of producing high quality wines in the region.
Long ago, there was plenty of bulk wine coming out of the area, vineyards were being overcropped and the quality certainly suffered. It was in 1985 that Olivier graduated with a degree in viticulture and oenology and he took it upon himself to work his family’s vineyards and find other top quality vineyard sites. He also, unlike his father in the past, established a cellar on the estate and began vinifying and bottling his own wines to ensure quality and excellence.
We are very glad Olivier chose this venture and chose to believe the terroir could in fact produce great wines, we certainly think it does!
2016 Mas Jullien Rosé
Not only are we in love with the Mas Julien Blanc (we still have a small amount of the 2010 in stock) we are also in love with Olivier’s Mas Julien Rosé. It is a siagnée rosé from fruit grown on the high-altitude vineyards of the Terraces du Larzac, using a blend of 50% Cinsault, 30% Mourvèvdre and 20% Carignan. Fermentation takes place in stainless with native yeasts. This is a wine that is in that small category of rosés that tastes fabulous now, but can improve with a few years of age.
It offers plenty of freshness and minerality with a great purity of fruit that comes through. Sweet herb notes are accompanied by wild strawberry, quince and bright red fruit notes on the palate.
$27.99 BTL / LIMITED
 
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Domaine Monier-Perréol
Jean-Pierre Monier is a humble farmer in the Northern Rhone, farming his family’s five hectares of vineyards on high-altitude slopes in Brunieux. Not only does he farm grapevines, his land is also made up of cherry, apricot and peach orchards as well, all of which he farms biodynamically, with certification awarded in 2006.
In 2008 Jean-Pierre’s friend, Philippe Perréol, started making wines in Monier’s cellar from his own vineyards. They have their own separate labels as well as the Monier-Perréol label which uses grapes from both producers’ vineyards. Philippe works his vines just like Jean-Pierre, believing in and upholding the same biodynamic philosophies.
2013 Domaine Monier-Perréol Saint-Joseph

The fruit for this Saint-Joseph is from 15-30 year old vines on granite and loess soil. The 2013 vintage was cooler, so the grapes retained plenty of acidity. As Jean-Pierre stated, “Every vintage is different. The key is to guard the freshness and acidity but avoid the green astringent notes.”
This wine certainly does all of the above. The acidity brings plenty of structure yet freshness to this wine with gentle dark fruit and floral aromas framed by a definite black olive and peppercorn character that is present on the palate as well. It shows complexity but is still very much light on its feet. A perfect companion to summer time grilling.

$29.99 BTL / 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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6/2/17 Allocations & New Releases

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
There are still a few spaces available for the in-store tasting with the charismatic and talented Italian winemaker Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa on June 8th.
Please read on for more information:
WHEN: Thursday, June 8th from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Alberto Taddei of Selvagrossa, one of the premier producers from the region of Le Marche in Italy, will be in Chicago and in the store pouring some of his (and our) favorites for you to taste and learn about!
Here at Perman Wine Selections we are big fans of the wines coming out of Le Marche, particularly from our good friends at Selvagrossa. Located on Pesaro’s foothills facing the Adriatic coast of Le Marche, it is a very small estate with only five hectares of vineyards.
Alberto will be showing four wines from his estate. If you love Italian wines and want to expand your horizons beyond Tuscany, this is a great opportunity to do so.
COST:  $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) will be very limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 20 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday June 5th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.

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The Friday Features alone is not enough for us to tell you about all the great wine that comes to our store.
So every once in a while we write a newsletter such as today, where we highlight a wide array of recent arrivals, including many rare and allocated wines.
If you ask any wine nerd or Super Somm, having a newsletter that includes the likes of Cappellano and Allemand is kind of crazy. These are simply some of the greatest wines of the world, and we fight hard to get the small allocation we do.
So please take advantage of this offering. We’ve covered a lot of ground, with some value drinkers, to those aforementioned collectors items.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Exciting Allocations and New Releases
 
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Cappellano
Cappellano is a legendary producer, even amongst the producers of great Barolo themselves. We get just a few bottles in total of these offerings, and they are truly sublime.
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2013 Cappellano Nebbiolo d’Alba
Cappellano primarily grows in Serralunga, but this Nebbiolo comes from the nearby village of Novello. It is Nebbiolo that can be approached early, decant and drink now, and it will also age for a decade.
$45.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED

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2012 Cappellano “Gabutti” Barbera d’Alba
 

Barbera from the Gabutti vineyard, and it really takes on that character with its extended aging in barrel and bottle. Definitely a more structured style of the grape variety. An amazingly complex Barbera.

$49.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
 
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2012 Cappellano “Pié Rupestris” Barolo
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. This will open up with decanting, even in its youth its worth checking out. But we all know that patience is rewarded and ultimately you can drink this over 2 decades. One of the best.
$104.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
$249.99 MAG / 1 MAGNUM AVAILABLE
 
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De Moor
One of the greats of the Chablis region, the 2015’s from De Moor are exceptional. Pure, racy, and soil driven. They are fantastic values. And remember, Chablis has gotten hammered in recent years with frost and hail, so its important to stock up.
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2015 De Moor Aligoté
From a small plot in Chitry of 20 year old vines- mineral driven and fresh.

$27.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED

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2015 De Moor “L’Hum des Temps” Chablis 

Another “micro-plot” of Chardonnay, 17 years old, planted on rocky Kimmeridgian limestone in the town of Courgis. A wine of intense minerality.

$35.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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2013 De Moor “Les Vendangeur Masqués” Chablis

“The Hidden Harvest” Chardonnay from 2 separate parcels in Courgis. All processes are driven by gravity here – a really racy yet textural wine.

$34.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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Thierry Allemand
Rarely do these wines even get to the newsletter, but they came in and we thought, well, now is as good a time as any. Cornas is one of the greatest appellations on the planet for Syrah, and Thierry’s wines have achieved ultra-cult status, deservedly so.
Thierry works with a few different single vineyards (called climats), and we are offering two of them: Reynard and Chaillot. This is an unique opportunity to get your hands on something highly allocated and very rare.
2014 Thierry Allemand “Chaillot” Cornas
 
100% Syrah cuvée made up of all younger vines. 5-40 year average vine age on limestone and granite soils.

$151.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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2014 Thierry Allemand “Reynard” Cornas
100% Syrah cuvée made up of all older vines. 34-90 year average vine age on decomposed granite soils.
$169.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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2015 Do Ferreiro “Cepas Vellas” Albariño
People ask Craig all the time what some of his favorite wines are. Well you are looking at the newest release of one of his “dessert island” wines. Do Ferreiro is the top producer of Albariño in Galicia in Spain.
“Cepas Vellas” is a wine made entirely from Albariño from a vineyard sitting on mainly sandy and granitic soil in the region of Galicia. The sand helped resist phylloxera, and today the vines are over 200 years-old.
This is a wine that tastes good in its youth, and gains complexity as it gets older.  It also marries well with all that is seafood: oysters, octopus, goose barnacles (called percebes in Spain), scallops, razor clams, hake (merluza), and more.
A rare and simply amazing white wine.
$49.99 BTL / $599.88 CASE
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2014 A Coroa “200 Cestos” Godello
Craig has been watching and tasting from this producer for many years. Today they are making some of the best white wines in Galicia, and this is one of the best white wines of Spain.
Deriving it’s name from the 200 baskets (or cestos) that are harvested from a single-vineyard selection from A Coroa. The fruit coming from 65 year old Godello vines is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged on it’s lees for nine months. This leads to a wine with aromas of fresh grass and honeysuckle, with a mouthfeel that has richness and bitter fennel and lemon verbena infusion characteristics.
$36.99 BTL / $443.88 CASE
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Ameztoi 
This is the top producer of Getariako Txakolina (and a fan favorite in our store). Ameztoi has 20 hectares of vines planted in the best locations near the Atlantic Ocean in the province of Getaria. For seven generations they have worked with the indigenous varieties of Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, producing arguably the greatest interpretation of the summer drink of choice.
2016 Ameztoi Txakolina
 
Produced in the traditional style, a little carbonation is added at bottling to provide the signature natural spritz we love. Classic briny salinity and zesty lime notes.

$19.99 BTL / $239.88 CASE
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2016 Ameztoi “Rubentis” Txakolina Rosé
The vibrant rosé has both the red and white indigenous grapes and is also bottled with a bit of carbonation. Bursting of candied red fruits matched with a lime infused edge, it often disappears in a heart beat.
$19.99 BTL / $239.88 CASE
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2009 Bodegas Mauro “Terreus” Pago de Cueva Bajo
One of the iconic red wines of Spain, and a must for those that love full-bodied examples of Tempranillo.
Bodegas Mauro was created in 1978  and located in the Duero river valley in Tudela. This location prohibits Mauro from being part of the Ribera del Duero DO. Nevertheless, these wines have established a worldwide reputation. The “Terreus” is made from a single vineyard of Tempranillo and a few Grenache vines, both close to 100 years old. It is only produced in exceptional vintages and the 2009 is certainly that. Showing impressive minerality and a nose dominated by black fruit and licorice with floral undertones.
This is an incredible and special price for this wine, which normally retails for almost $150 per bottle, if you can even find it. This has a long life ahead of it.

$104.99 BTL / 5 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2013 Domaine Petitot Ladoix “Vieille Vigne”
The domaine, in the village of Corgoloin, has been passed down through 3 generations of vignerons. Husband and wife team Hervé and Nathalie Petitot are now at the helm. The Ladoix vineyard neighbors the great hill of Corton and often produces delicious and highly underrated wines. This Ladoix has a very expressive nose of black and red fruits and spices. The mouthfeel is supple and fresh, with a good concentration of fruit and a persistent finish.
We were able to strike a deal to get the price of this wine down a few dollars, and you aren’t going to find many “everyday” drinking Red Burgs at this price point! Delicious, and a great value!
$29.99 BTL / 22 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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Domaine De La Grand’Cour
Jean-Louis Dutraive now runs one of the oldest Domaine properties in Fleurie with a reputation for producing some of the most renowned cru wines of Beaujolais. His father, Jean Dutraive, began this legacy in 1969, with Jean-Louis joining him in 1977. Jean-Louis took up organic practices and in 2009 the domaine officially became certified organic. All work is carried out manually in the vineyards and harvesting is done by hand. No sulphur is used during fermentation, and all wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Quintessential Fleurie.

2015 Domaine De La Grand’Cour Fleurie

Classic Fleurie with ripe red fruits, black pepper and hints of violet on the nose. Blackberry and plum-skin appear on the palate along with licorice and forest floor notes that are framed by a firm acidity.
$37.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
 
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2015 Domaine De La Grand’Cour “Chamgpagne” 

One of the finest lieux-dits in Fleurie with granite sand top soils over granite bedrock, and vines with the average age of 70 years.
$48.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
 
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2015 Domaine De La Grand’Cour “Le Clos” 
This wine is almost reminiscent of a Gevrey-Chambertin offering such complexity and evolution in the glass.
$39.99 BTL / EXTREMELY LIMITED
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Friday Feature – Chenin and Cidre – What More do You Need?

Hello and Happy Friday,
Our newsletters and selections are inspired by our lives, and most notably our travels.
Having settled back in from a recent trip to France, today’s newsletter was born out of nostalgia from this recent jaunt. While its true that we just traveled to Burgundy and Champagne, our dinner wines often veered away from the local wine.
To be honest we found ourselves drinking a lot of Chenin Blanc at dinner. There is no doubt that Chenin Blanc is one of the world’s most noble grape varieties. It also almost always over delivers for the price you are paying, and on any restaurant wine list it is likely to be one of the best quality-to-price-ratio wines.
Recently we tried a couple of absolutely outstanding Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. This is one of the top places in the world for Chenin Blanc. It is sad for me to point out that in recent vintages, weather hasn’t been kind to the region. The wines featured on today’s newsletter were not made in the 2016 vintage due to catastrophe weather. So we call upon you to stock up on the wines today, as you won’t see them for a couple years. I’m surprised that CNN hasn’t run with a “CHENIN SHORTAGE” headline on the top of their feed.
We also decided to feature, for the first time ever, a cider producer on our newsletter. This is a “real deal” cider producer from Normandy in France. Cider is one of the best things to drink with food, and these in particular are must tries for any fans of the beverage. They are also extremely limited, with only about 120 bottles coming in the Chicago market per year.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

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2015 Domaine Marie Thibault “Premier Nez” Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Blanc
Despite not coming from a winemaking family, Marie Thibault-Cabrit has gained over a decade of experience honing her craft as a winemaker and sharing her passion of wine with others.
Marie began wine making in the early 2000s though studied the process long beforehand, obtaining degrees in biology and oenology in college. She also spent time working for François Chidaine in Montlouis, and it was during this time that she fell in love with the grape varietal of this wine, Chenin Blanc.
Marie has been working with Chenin Blanc, along with Gamay, Côt and Grolleau, on her 3.5 hectare domaine in Azay-le-Rideau since 2011. Azay-le-Rideau is not a very well known area in the Torraine appellation, however, we’re certainly excited about what Marie is doing there.
Once she obtained the domaine, Marie began immediately farming organically in 2011 and is now certified organic since 2014. Her parcel of 50 year old vines are on gentle slopes of white clay and limestone soil. These soils certainly produce a wine that is mineral driven and full of character.
The vines receive no chemical treatment, weeds are pulled out by hand, virtually every single aspect in the vineyard is done through manual labor. Once picked, the grapes see very little intervention in the winery, eventually seeing 18 months of aging in neutral barrels and bottled unfiltered. This non filtration really lets the fruit and terroir speak for itself, and boy does it ever.
The Premier Nez has ripe stone and tropical fruit notes on the nose, with hints of white flowers, chamomile tea and spice. There are similar notes on the palate with a strong underlying minerality which gives this wine such delicious complexity and a very satisfying finish.
You could enjoy this wine as an apéritif, as well as with chicken or grilled seafood. It could also pair well with goat milk-based cheeses and even a torchon of foie gras. Let’s face it, no one should deny themselves of a little foie and Chenin Blanc.
Very limited, so make sure to stock up now!
$28.99 BTL / $347.88 CASE
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2015 Le Sot de l’Ange “La Goujonnière” Touraine Azay-le-Rideau Blanc
Though Quentin Bourse’s label Le Sot de l’Ange roughly translates to “Idiot Angel,” Quentin on the contrary could easily be described as a genius winemaker. He hasn’t been in the winemaking business for an extensive amount of time, but like all geniuses he caught on quickly.
Quentin spent time working in vineyards of various producers, including the famed Vouvray producer, Domaine Huet. After his time spent working with these different producers he became obsessed with winemaking and took over a friend’s 12 hectare estate in 2012.
It’s this obsession that has led Quintin to put in relentless work in the vineyard and be continuously innovative and meticulous in his winemaking to produce as perfect as a wine as he possibly can.
There is indeed some serious work that goes into each vine, as Quentin adheres to biodynamic practices in his vineyard, which is tricky and very rare in the area of Azay-Le-Rideau in the Toraine. In much of this area the soils are clay and silica with white silex stones peeking through.
By upholding the biodynamic practices, Quentin is able to capitalize on all the soils bring to the vines. He also ensures that the grapes reach peak phenolic ripeness by inspecting and picking the grapes, berry by berry, by hand with the help of only 20 or so of his close friends.
This “by hand” process doesn’t stop there. The grapes are then sorted manually four times before being whole-cluster fermented with indigenous yeasts in tank.
The wine is then gently pressed and aged in three different vessels, (this is where you see Quentin’s meticulous nature shine through) he uses a type of oak barrel made to his exact specifications deemed the “cigar” barrel, clay amphora, and terra cotta amphora. The terra cotta barrel actually adds a layer of texture to the  wine.
The final result is a wine with an expressive nose of stone and white fruit, orange blossom and  hints of baking spice. There are delicate fruit and citrus notes on the palate and has a velvety texture but still with plenty of acidity to make this a perfectly (and meticulously) balanced wine.
Only 60 bottles for the entire Illinois market, so speak now or miss out on this epic Chenin.
$31.99 BTL / $383.88 CASE
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Cidre 2 Table
There couldn’t be a more appropriate name in the world for a Cider producer. That is because Cider is one of the great adult beverages to pair with food. An artisanal, dry Cider like the two we are featuring today can work through a long meal, pairing with everything from seafood to steaks.
Cyril Zangs is obsessed with making great cider, and in his short time in the business, he has become well-known in the cider world for his delicious Normandy ciders. Their complexity comes from the diversity of types of apples grown in his orchards. They are hand harvested, separated by variety and ripened in their barns.
The apples are then grated, put into a hydraulic press for gently pressing and the juice goes into vat for a 6 month fermentation process. The unfiltered ciders go into bottle, stored, disgorged by hand and commercialized.
We have two excellent ciders for you to choose from. It’s impossible to choose, so just try them both! And remember to buy multiple bottles because they quickly disappear at the dinner table!
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Cidre 2 Table “Brut” 2015
This is an incredible blend of 69 different varieties of apples. Bone dry, beautiful fruit, but yet rustic. This has great texture, and will be really fantastic with more meat based dishes, from chicken to pork to steak.
$21.00 PER 750 ML BTL / $252.00 CASE 
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Cidre 2 Table “This Sider Up” 2015
Another beautiful cider, this time produced from 9 different varieties from a single orchard just off the coast in Normandy. Another bone dry cider, this with a more mineral and fruit driven style. Very elegant and perfect with seafood or just to sip. Super complex.
 
$23.00 PER 750 ML BTL / $276.00 CASE
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Introducing Champagne Piollot

Hello and Happy Friday!
Every April, Craig travels to France to visit with producers in Champagne and Burgundy. Due to his travels, the store will be closed the following dates:
Store Closed Monday, April 17th
Store Closed Monday, April 24th
 
Today’s newsletter is the result of Craig’s extensive travel in the Champagne region. We are very excited to release for the first time in Illinois the beautiful Champagne of Roland Piollot of Champagne Piollot. These incredibly expressive bubbles are not only delicious, but also true reflections of their terroir, and also incredible values.
We can’t recommend them enough!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Champagne Piollot
There are few more historic regions in all of France than Champagne. Despite its long history, the last two decades have brought an incredible amount of change.
The backbone of the Champagne region has always been its thousands of family growers. Historically the majority of these growers sold their fruit to larger Champagne houses, called négociants.
One of the most significant changes over the last 20 years has been the emergence of grower Champagne houses, those that don’t sell their fruit, instead producing their own Champagne from these grapes.
There are a lot of benefits to the grower Champagne movement. The first and most significant is that there has been an increased focus on organic and sustainable viticulture.
The second most significant benefit is that we as the consumer now have a better concept of the “terroir” of Champagne. We know what a Pinot Noir based Champagne from the village of Cumières taste like. We can compare different expressions of Chardonnay Côte des Blancs. And even underdog regions like Montgeux and the Aube are getting their deserved share of praise.
Which leads me into the focus of our newsletter today, the brilliant Champagne of Roland Piollot of Champagne Piollot.
Over the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to taste with Roland and visit his winery located in Polisot, a beautiful and idyllic village in the Aube region of Southern Champagne.
Roland is a 5th generation grower, and for years his family had sold much of their fruit to négociants. Shortly after Roland joined the family business after his studies, they stopped selling their fruit, and instead became a grower Champagne house.
There are many reasons why these wines are special, but I wanted to highlight some of the most important.
  • Terroir. We have true expressions of terroir in these single vineyard Champagnes.
  • Organic viticulture. There are no chemical products or fertilizers used in the vineyards. Piollot has gone through the exhaustive process of certify the vineyards as organic, and also applies Biodynamic principles to his work.
  • Massal Selection. All of the vines are Massal Selection, no clones. Roland’s father, Robert, was the leader in the region for Massal Selection, having started a grafting business in the 1950’s. This genetic diversity in the vineyard is widely thought of as producing grapes with more complexity.
  • Old Vines. More than half of the vineyards are over 40 years-old.
  • Passion. You can’t underestimate the passion that Roland has for growing grapes and producing Champagne true to its roots. You can really feel the energy in these wines.
Needless to say we are very excited to introduce these to you. Not only are they great Champagnes, they are exceptional values given the work that goes into them.
Please do not miss these!
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2011 Champagne Piollot “Champs Rayes” Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 
This is one of two Blanc de Blancs produced at the estate. This one made entirely of Chardonnay from Noé-les-Mallets, an area just 18 kilometers northeast of Polisot. Roland blends from two vineyards for “Champs Rayes,” the majority of the cuvée from a vineyard comprised of striped marl.
It is a gorgeous Champagne, with very elegant bubbles, ripe stone fruit, citrus and hazelnuts. Incredibly complex and crowd pleasing.
$49.99 BTL / $599.88 CASE
 
*Magnums (2013 vintage) also available $99.99 BTL, please inquire
 
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2013 Champagne Piollot “Colas Robin” Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature
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The other Blanc de Blancs from Piollot is made entirely of Pinot Blanc, a speciality of the Aube region. The vineyard of Val Colas Robin in Polisot was planted by hand in 1955.
It is rare in Champagne to find an entirely Pinot Blanc based Champagne, and this one, along with the beautiful expressions from Gerbais and Bouchard, is a must try for any Champagne enthusiast.
Apple and citrus combine with notes of spice and mineral. It is both concentrated and fresh, with a finish that goes on and on. Absolutely beautiful.
$51.99 BTL / $623.88 CASE

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2012 Champagne Piollot “Les Gravelées” Rosé Brut Nature 
Roland’s smallest production, a foot-tread Rosé made entirely of Pinot Noir from a south-facing parcel in Polisot.
This Rosé Champagne is both pure and discreet, with aromas of rhubarb, dark cherry skin and hints of licorice. Good breadth in the mid-palate without ever feeling heavy, it finishes long with warming baking spices.
A truly impressive Rosé Champagne
$58.99 BTL / $707.88 CASE – ONLY 40 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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4/7/17 French Underdogs

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
Last night we had a fantastic tasting at the store focused on the “underdogs” of France. The idea for the tasting was born out of March Madness. In the tournament, we all love to root for the underdog.
So we began to think, what if we did a tasting that focused on the “underdog” appellations of France?
Last night’s tasting proved that there are so many great wines produced in France outside of the famous wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace and the Rhône Valley.
Today’s newsletter is a recap of last night’s tasting. It is full of unique and delicious wines that we highly recommend to you. Some of these are quite limited, and we’ve noted those with few remaining bottles. Email us to secure your bottles today.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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2014 Domaine Les Poëte Blanc, Reuilly
We love the brilliant wines of Guillaume Sorbe of Domaine Les Poëte. This fantastic example of Sauvignon Blanc displays perfect balance, with citrus and herbs well integrated in a medium-weight frame. This shows what great farming can do for Sauvignon from this humble appellation.
$26.99 BTL / $323.88 CASE

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2013 Vin des Fossiles “Cuvée Adrien” Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire
 
Jean-Claude Berthillot is doing brilliant work in the Saône-et-Loire from his 8 hectare esteate. This may be one of the greatest Chardonnay values we have in the store, a wine that has fresh stone fruit qualities, medium weight, and a long, dry finish. Its simply delicious.
$21.99 BTL / $263.88 CASE -26 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
 
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2015 Domaine des Marnes Blanche Savagnin, Côtes du Jura
We are convinced that the Fromont family is making some of the best wines in the Jura today. This Ouillé style of the local Savagnin grape is really fantastic, displaying the richness of Savagnin, along with flowers, pear and earth notes. It is a truly gastronomic wine, and also has a great future ahead of it in bottle. Jura fans should not miss this.
$34.99 BTL / $419.88 CASE – 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
 
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2014 Jean-Baptiste Arena “Grotte di Sole,” Corsica
Very few names are as famous in the Corsican wine scene as Arena. This stunning and complex white wine from Jean-Baptiste Arena comes from he Grotte di Sole vineyard or “sunny grotto,” which is a South-facing vineyard in the Patrimonio region. Old-vine Vermentino, this has layers and layers of citrus and herbs with an underlying minerality. Exceptional and very rare.

$53.99 BTL / $647.88 CASE – 11 BOTTLES AVAILABLE

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2010 Mas Jullien Pays d’Hérault Blanc

I’ve always felt this to be one of France’s greatest white wines. A humble Pays d’Hérault from one of the great winemakers of the Languedoc, Olivier Jullien. A blend of Clairette, Carignan Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc. Fresh and dried stone fruit, flint, honey, and a finish that goes on forever and makes you salivate. Stunning wine, and worth every penny.

$49.99 BTL / $599.88 CASE – 24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Domaine Sérol “Les Millerands,” Côte Roannaise

50 kilometers west of Lyon, crossing the Loire River you arrive in Roanne. The Côte Roannaise AOC was born in 2004. Yet the Sérol family has been growing grapes for 5 generations. This delicious, juicy red wine is pure Gamay Noir grown on granite. Its fresh and elegant, but also complex and ready to pair with a wide array of foods.

$21.99 BTL / $263.88 CASE
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2011 Thierry Tissot “Mataret” Mondeuse, Bugey
Last call on this fantastic wine from Thierry Tissot in Bugey. Restoring the Mataret vineyard, which locals knew as an excellent vineyard back in its day, it then fell into disrepair. Tissot has luckily began to restore it, planting Altesse and Mondeuse. This red made from Mondeuse is one you should decant, because with a little air it displays its beautiful red fruits with just a touch of rusticity that makes it so food friendly.

$15.00 BTL / $180.00 CASE
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2012 Château de Cayrou “La Tour du Cayrou,” Cahors
A name to know in the appellation of Cahors. Located in Southwest France, Cahors has seen a resurgence alongside the world wide popularity of Malbec, locally known as Côt Noir. Julien Goursaud has done brilliant work with this well-situated property, right on the Lot river. “La Tour du Cayrou” shows beautiful dark fruit, medium-plus weight, with earthy, spice and freshness on the long finish. One of the better Cahors we have tried in some time.
 
$23.99 BTL / $287.88 CASE – 22 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
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2013 Domaine du Moulin “Florentin,” Gaillac
We love the work the Hirrisou family of Domaine du Moulin is doing in Gaillac. This humble appellation that sits Southeast of Cahors and due east of Fronton, produces wines made from the local Braucol grape. “Florentin” is one of the top wines of the domaine, made entirely of Braucol, fermented and aged in oak. It is hearty, with dark fruit, spice and structure. A wine to enjoy with red meat, this will also age for a decade in bottle.
$38.99 BTL / $467.88 CASE
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2013 Domaine La Madura “Grand Vin” Rouge, Saint-Chinian
One of our favorite wineries in the Languedoc, Cyril and Nadia are making excellent wines in the Saint-Chinian appellation. This, their top red is predominantly made from Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a little bit of Grenache and Carignan. The brand new 2013 just arrived and we had a sneak preview, look for this in the upcoming 6 for Everyday, $30 and under edition. It’s fantastic.
$29.99 BTL / $359.88 CASE
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3/17/17 – Quinta Vale d. Maria Releases

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
One more call out for anyone interested in a fun, informal walk-around tasting in the store on Thursday, March 23rd with a fantastic California producer:
WHEN: Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Hobo Wine Company tasting, with owner-winemaker Kenny Likitprakong.
People are always asking us for values from California. Most of the great value wines that come from California tend to be bulk juice with questionable origins marketed to the masses. Those are not wines we stand behind at Perman Wine Selections.
One of the most exciting discoveries on my trip to California last year were Kenny’s wines. They come from real places, he has great relationships with the farmers, and his excitement and passion come from wanting to deliver great wines at every day price points. It is a refreshing change of pace from the California mainstream.
COST: $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 30 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday March 20th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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Quinta Vale d. Maria
Just recently returning from a work trip to Portugal, its perfect timing to announce the new releases from one of, if not THE, top producers of the Douro Valley in Portugal.
We have a lot of exciting new releases in this newsletter, including two new incredible, world-class white wines, and a line-up of Tawny Ports that are very rare and incredible!
Don’t miss these!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Quinta Vale d. Maria

The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site for a reason, the twists and turns of the valley, the incredible steep, terraced hillsides all along the Douro river are a sight to be seen.
Beauty, however, is not responsible for making great wine. The terroir and those who carefully farm, harvest, and make the wine are responsible. Quinta Vale D. Maria ranks as one of the most beautiful vineyards I have ever visited, as well as one of the most torturous to farm and work in.
The history of Quinta Vale D. Maria starts in 1996, when it was acquired by Cristiano Van Zeller and his wife Joana. The property had been in Joana’s family for many years. A huge restoration of the property needed to take place, as well as increasing of vineyards through new plantings and long-term leases.
Today, Quinta Vale D. Maria has 31 hectares of vineyards. The family owns 16 hectares and they are planted to vines 60-80 years old.  There are 10 hectares which have a long lease with vines between 25 and 80 years, and new plantings of 5 hectares occurred in 2004 and 2007.
With each new vintage it is important to remember that generalizations about the vintage don’t paint the whole picture.  If you have ever been to the Douro you know it offers many different expositions, elevations, and even slight changes to the soils.  Different Douro estates, within a few kilometers, all experience variations in vintage that ultimately impact their wines.
A range of wines is made at Quinta Vale D. Maria, from their value range called “Rufo” to the estate red, Curriculum Vitae, single vineyard wines, and of course Port. This year they released to new white wines to the market that we are very excited about. The estate wines and Ports are very limited in terms of quantity can often be difficult to find.
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2013 Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Tinto
This is the flagship wine of Quinta Vale D. Maria.
There are over 40 different traditional grape varieties blended in this wine, with an average vine age of 60 years.  The vineyards are co-planted with these indigenous varieties and harvested together.  Some of the names include Tinta Amarela, Rufete, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Francisca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Sousão.
After harvesting, the grapes are foot trodden in traditional lagares, or open top stone tanks, with this process typically lasting 1 to 3 days.  There is temperature controlled lining in the lagares to ensure a fermentation range in the 22 to 27 degree Celsius.  Malolactic fermentation takes place in oak casks of two different sizes, and then the wine is aged for 21 months in barrique (75% new, 25% 1 year).
This has the concentration you would expect from a Quinta Vale D. Maria wine, but finishes with more freshness and great length.  I had a chance to taste a 2004 vintage with Cristiano, which was a cooler vintage, and it was still in great shape.
The best part about this wine is that it can be opened now (give it a little time in a decanter) and will age nicely over a decade.
We are the only source for this wine in Illinois, because of its big press, it quickly sold out worldwide.
$59.99 BTL / LIMITED

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2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Curriculum Vitae” Tinto
Before Cristiano decided to make his two single vineyard wines, Curriculum Vitae was considered the top wine of the house.  Today, it is one of the top three, but still one of the most impressive wines made in Portugal.
The grapes are grown in one of their vineyards along the river Torto.  It is a North-facing vineyard, very old vines, with more than 80 years of age.
The grapes are foot trodden at Quinta Vale D. Maria for 2 days at a cool temperature between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius.  50% of that juice is fermented in the same lagares, and the other 50% in stainless steel vats.  Aging is done in barrique, 75% new and 25% one-year barrels.  Production is usually around 5,036 bottles.
It leans toward dark fruits, with notes of black cherry and plum, and also shows some baking spices from the oak, yet the finish has soft tannin and great length.
I have no problem with someone opening and decanting a bottle right now.  In fact I would ask that next time you need a gift bottle for someone that is over immersed in wines like Napa Cabernet or even Châteauneuf-du-Pape, that you bring a bottle of this to try!
This of course will age nicely in one’s cellar for 10-20+ years.
$99.99 BTL / LIMITED
 
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2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha da Francisca”
A single plot on the Quinta Vale D. Maria estate, the vines for Vinha da Francisca were planted in 2004. The 4.5 hectare vineyard is planted with Tinta Francisca (an old variety introduced in the Douro in 1756), Touriga Franca, Sousão, Rufete and Touriga Nacional.
Like the others, the grapes are foot trodden in lagares, but also fermented in those lagares. The wine is racked into Allier oak, undergoing malolactic fermentation in those barrels and aging.
The hallmark of this wine is its aromatic exuberance, always teeming with beautiful red fruits, mineral and spice.  It has a very seductive, silky texture that firms up a bit at the end.
Only 7,800 bottles produced, and this will be very rarely seen in the United States.
$99.99 BTL / LIMITED
 
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2014 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha do Rio”
The amazing thing about the Quinta Vale D. Maria estate is that every plot is identified and many vinified on their own.
It was this knowledge of the different terroir within the property that led Cristiano Van Zeller to make a special wine from his oldest parcel on the property.  Called Vinha do Rio (River Vineyard) it sits at a lower elevation, very close to the river.  The vines were planted over 100 years ago.
The wine is fermented and aged in the same manner as Vinha da Francisca, but the flavors and identity are completely different.
Compared alongside the Vinha da Francisca, the aromas introduce a dark cherry, red currant note alongside darker berries, notes of mineral and cocoa.  Texturally, this is much richer and more full-bodied than Vinha da Francisca, but again with that hallmark balance and complexity.
With only 2696 bottles produced, this is very rare stuff indeed. This is always the wine that sells out the fastest from the winery and usually from our store as well.
Cellar and drink from 2020 through 2036+.
This is one of the greatest red wines of the Iberian Peninsula.

$149.99 BTL / LIMITED

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2015 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Curriculum Vitae” Branco
Only the second release of this new wine from Quinta Vale D. Maria.
Since we are offering this alongside the following wine “Vinha de Martim” we should explain the differences as if you are (and should be) tasting them side by side.
The best white wines of the Douro are grown in old-vine, high altitude vineyards. Both the Curriculum Vitae white and the Vinha de Martim white come from different parcels/vineyards. They are both field blends, from very old-vines, and both barrel fermented and aged.
According to winemaker Joana Pinhão, “The body and soul of the wines are quite different. CV is always richer, bigger and bolder while Martim engages more mineral character, more vibrant acidity and beautiful citric aftertaste. CV is a more ‘horizontal’ wine and Martim a more ‘vertical’ one.
We’ve decided to included a recent review from The Wine Advocate for more complete tasting notes.
“The 2015 Branco CV is an old vines (over 80 years) field blend, aged for nine months in French oak (80% new and 20% second use). This is potentially a brilliant Branco in the making. It was wholly unevolved when seen this summer in Porto, just before bottling, but it has all the earmarks of a great white. Showing exceptional concentration and equally good structure, this has the intensity and power to support and lift the concentrated fruit. Its only flaw at the moment is that it shows too much oak, but as noted with some of the others here, that’s to be expected when it was not even yet bottled. It has the structure and mid-palate to pull it in. This has the potential to age well, but let’s be a bit conservative just now. It should also improve with a couple of years of cellaring, at the least, so don’t dive in right away. As an aside, I couldn’t easily decide whether I liked this or the Vinha de Martim (also reviewed) more. That, perhaps, showed a bit more zing and this a bit more concentration, but they both do everything well. I would give this CV the nod for the moment, though. 95 Points, Mark Squires.”
An incredible white wine that we suggest treating like a fine White Burgundy, drinking at cellar temperature, and out of a Burgundy stem.
Truly incredible.
$78.99 BTL / LIMITED – ONLY 24 BOTTLES IMPORTED
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2015 Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha de Martim” Branco

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The first ever release of “Vinha de Martim.” Please see notes from CV Branco above. Below another description from The Wine Advocate.


“The 2015 Vinha de Martim “Vale da Maria” is a new offering, sourced from a north and east-facing single vineyard (over 80 years old). It is getting somewhat difficult to differentiate between the many levels and labels here, but here is another. It is a field blend aged for nine months in French oak (75% new and 25% second use). This one proves its case. Simply brilliant, this emphasizes its zing and zest in its youth, its core of acidity beautifully supporting the fruit. Intense and gripping on the finish, this has exciting grip and fine penetration. Not quite bottled when seen, this looks very promising, to say the least. It will be interesting to see how this new offering performs. 94-95 Points, Mark Squires.”

For those that love a “saltier” more mineral white wine. A really special white wine.

$71.99 BTL / LIMITED – ONLY 24 BOTTLES IMPORTED
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A QUICK NOTE ON THE FOLLOWING PORTS:
When you talk about the greatest Port families of Portugal, you have to include the Van Zeller family. As far back as 1780, the family was a Port wine shipper. Up until 1993, Cristian Van Zeller was the head of Quinta do Noval, one of the most prestigious Port houses and producers of the iconic “Nacional,” considered by most to be the great Port of Portugal.
Below we have a great line-up of Ports, including a couple that come from the Quinta Vale D. Maria property, an excellent look into a single Quinta Port. There is also an incredible range of Tawny Ports. The older, the more rare, and we are incredible lucky to score some of the 30 and 40 Year-Old Tawnys, of which they bottled very little. There is also a special “Colheita” which is a vintage dated Tawny from 1975. This wine is bottled under the Van Zeller label.
If you are a Port lover, we do not want you to miss these, they are truly special.
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Quinta Vale D. Maria Reserve Port “Lot 14”
One of two Ports in the line up that falls under the Ruby category. Technically a single harvest Reserve port, it is not permitted by law to make single harvest Reserve Port. The family sort of went around this with crafty naming, hence the “Lot 14” in place of 2014 vintage.

$23.99 BTL 
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Quinta Vale D. Maria 10 year Tawny Port
$36.99 BTL / LIMITED
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Quinta Vale D. Maria 30 yr Tawny Port
$99.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
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Quinta Vale D. Maria 40 yr Tawny Port
$149.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
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Quinta Vale D. Maria Vintage Port 2011
$59.99 BTL / LIMITED
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Van Zeller “VZ” 1975 Colheita Port
Colheita (pronounced Col-yate-a) is a single vintage-dated Tawny Port, (all grapes are from one harvest) which are aged in small used oak barrels. In Portugese the word “Colheita” actually means “harvest”.
A Colheita Port must be aged in cask at least 7 years, though eight years is pretty typical, and they may spend as many as 50 or more years maturing in wood. Look for the date of bottling on the front or the back label (“Bottled In 19XX  or 20XX”) along with the words “matured in wood” or “aged in cask”. Colheitas offer excellent value as these wines are well aged, can be considered outstanding quality Tawny Ports, and are less expensive than similarly aged Vintage Port.
Colheita must be “declared” after approval by the I.V.D.P. (Port and Douro Wine Institute, located in Oporto). There is even less Colheita produced than Vintage Port, approximately 1% of all Port production. It is far more popular in Portugal than here in the U.S. where it is just becoming of intrigue in recent years.
Colheitas change dramatically during extended time in cask and take on flavors of dried fruits, nuts, citrus and exotic spices, while becoming very smooth and complex the older they get.
This Colheita was bottled in 2016, with 40+ years in cask. Truly epic.
$259.99 BTL / VERY LIMITED
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Spring Releases from Paolo Scavino!

Hello and Happy Friday!
 
Just a quick reminder that we are hosting an informal walk-around tasting in the store on Thursday, March 23rd with a fantastic California producer. Call now to reserve your spot!
WHEN: Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30PM to 7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: Perman Wine Selections, 802 W Washington Blvd.
WHAT: Hobo Wine Company tasting, with owner-winemaker Kenny Likitprakong.
People are always asking us for values from California. Most of the great value wines that come from California tend to be bulk juice with questionable origins marketed to the masses. Those are not wines we stand behind at Perman Wine Selections.
One of the most exciting discoveries on my trip to California last year were Kenny’s wines. They come from real places, he has great relationships with the farmers, and his excitement and passion come from wanting to deliver great wines at every day price points. It is a refreshing change of pace from the California mainstream.
COST: $10 per person
SIGN UP: Secure your spot by calling the store with your payment information. Even though this is not a sit down tasting, space (and wine) is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. 312.666.4417
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 30 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours (Monday, March 20th). Tickets must be secured with payment. Please call the store at 312-666-4417.
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Flavor Flav once suggested that you shouldn’t believe the hype. While I’m a big P.E. fan, in the case of 2013 Barolo, you should believe the hype!
This is the time of year when we start to see trickling in the new releases from some of the top producers in Piedmont.
Paolo Scavino is amongst the best producers of Barolo. Founded in 1921, Elisa and Enrica Scavino are the fourth generation heading up the winery. There are many things special about Scavino, but a tasting of their line-up reveals a tour around the appellation. Not only does Scavino make Barolo blended from different communes, but they have an incredible line-up of single vineyard offerings from the villages of Roddi, Verduno, La Morra, Barolo and Castiglione Falletto.
On Wednesday night, we here at Perman Wine tasting through the range of 2013 Baroli, and can confirm wholeheartedly their greatness.
We also got the rare chance to taste what is on the short list of the best wines of Piedmont, the Riserva from Rocche dell’Annuziata, which is currently from the 2011 vintage. It is one of the best Barolo I have tasted in the past year.
All the wines below (with the exception of Cannubi) have just arrived in Chicago.
Don’t miss these!
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie
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Paolo Scavino
This week we had the pleasure of tasting through the latest 2013 releases of the famed Barolo estate, Paolo Scavino, which were spectacular as always.
As huge fans of the region, we have always tried to offer our customers a handful of the top growers from the region. The Scavino wines are always highly recommended, and this most definitely includes the list below.
Now in its fourth generation, under Elisa and Enrica Scavino, this is a special estate that owns 23 hectares of vines in 19 Barolo Crus (vineyards).
If you have traveled to the region (and we love to ourselves), then you have witnessed the beautiful rolling hills where vineyards seemingly are everywhere. What isn’t apparent is that within the vast landscape, only a few of these vineyards are truly exceptional.
So when you get a chance to taste with a winery like Scavino, and notice the exceptional quality, they will tell you it is because they have the honor of working with grapes from so many magical  and prized vineyards.
Aside from the terroir, there is the family.  Dedicated to their vineyards and grapes, Elisa’s father is also a great innovator in the winery, even designing tanks that allow the cap to be totally submerged, a process that is more gentle, and just one example of the total thought process that goes into making the most beautiful wines, and letting the terroir shine through.
The 2013 Cru wines are really fantastic.  The vintage was very wet in the beginning, which delayed harvest by a couple of weeks, but enthusiasts are already likening the 2013 wines to the legendary 2010 vintage: classic with plenty of acidity, firm but ripe tannins and near-perfect balance in the best examples. If you love finesse in wines, then this is truly your vintage.  We were blown away by them!
The Cru Barolo will likely sell out as they always do, so it is important to order now. Don’t miss these truly exceptional examples of Nebbiolo!
P.S. – Please inquire about magnum formats, as many of the Cru selections are available in large format.
 
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2013 Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo
A great introduction to the highly anticipated 2013 Piedmont vintage.  We were stunned by the complexity and pedigree of this wine, and the incredible value it offers. Drink now or hold even for 5-8 years.

$21.00 BTL / $252.00 CASE

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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo
This is the flagship wine of the estate, utilizing fruit from each of their seven crus in its production. Each plot is vinified and aged separately, then blended to produce a harmonious wine that is both representative of the vintage, various terroirs, and philosophies of the Scavino family.
$39.99 BTL / $479.88 CASE
 
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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Carobric”
This wine is produced from three cru vineyards: Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione and Fiasco. Historically Barolo was always a blended wine and this bottling harkens back to those days.
$64.99 BTL / $389.94 SIX PACK CASE
 
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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Bricco Ambrogio”
 

This cru is in the commune of Roddi, in the north. A perpetual charmer, Ambrogio always drinks beautifully when young, but is also a wine to lay down for the ages.

$52.99 BTL / $317.94 SIX PACK CASE


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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Monvigliero”
 

From Verduno, the proximity of this cru to the Tanaro River creates a special micro-climate, resulting in a wine with elegant aromatics, a mineral edge and powerful fruit.

$64.99 BTL / $389.94 SIX PACK CASE
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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Cannubi”
 

Undisputedly the most important cru in the commune of Barolo,  this is a rich, age-worthy wine with unbridled tenacity and an expressive, haunting nose.

$84.99 BTL / $509.94 SIX PACK CASE – PRE-ARRIVAL, DUE TO ARRIVE MAY


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2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Bric dël Fiasc”
This was the first single vineyard wine from the Scavino family back in 1978.  The Fiasco vineyard is an exceptional site, and the wine can best be summed up as a perfect combination of power and fitness.


$84.99 BTL / $509.94 SIX PACK CASE


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2011 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva “Rocche dell’Annunziata”
One of the great crus in La Morra, the Scavino family was able to purchase a plot here in 1990, and this yields an elegant ethereal wine, one of their most graceful and aromatic bottlings. This is a northwest facing hillside with an altitude of about 300m. This wine is in possession of beautiful floral aromatics and attractive cherry fruits- truly stunning even in its infancy.

This is always one of the top wines of Barolo!


$164.99 BTL / $989.94 SIX PACK CASE
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