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9/15/17 Burgundy from Jean-Yves Devevey

Hello & Happy Friday!
First a bit of store news…
Regrettably, our new store on Howe St has not opened yet. We hope to open in the next couple weeks, and we will keep you posted as to its opening.
Thanks for your support and patience!
As many of you know, each year Craig travels to France in April to visit Burgundy. This year the goal was to taste the upcoming 2015 vintage. This much-hyped vintage produced fantastic wines, and for the producer featured today, some of the best wines we’ve ever tried from him.
We decided to try something a little new with this newsletter. Since we feel that any Burgundy fan needs to try the new releases from our featured producer, we have decided to open all the wines up for you to try at an informal walk around tasting.
WHEN: Thursday, October 5th from 6:00-8:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: 1167 N Howe Street
WHAT: Taste the line up of 2015 Jean-Yves Devevey
COST: $25 per person
SIGN UP: Tickets are $25/Person. This is a informal walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 30 people. Attendees can stop in to taste anytime between 6 – 8 PM. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours and must be secured with payment. 312-666-4417.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

Jean-Yves Devevey
I met Jean-Yves through a mutual friend of mine who lives in Montreal and works in the business. We were actually in a bar in Beaune, when we ran into Jean-Yves who was there to get a beer after a long day of work. The two had met several times before, and soon after seeing each other, we were invited for a tasting at the cellar. I was immediately hooked on the wines.
Jean-Yves’s cellar is in the small hamlet of Demigny, which sits just on the Northern border of the Saône-et-Loire department in Southern Burgundy.
This is a small domaine, which manages 8 hectares of vines, 4 of which are owned by the family. Maybe its an overused statement, but Jean-Yves is truly a man of the vineyard. His journey in the wine business gave him the fundamental belief that working as naturally as possible, without the usage of chemicals in the vineyard is crucial to producing great fruit.
He is one of the most self-effacing winemakers I have ever met in 20 years in the business.
It is an important point because, I can tell you, virtually no one in the business knows about these wines. Possibly, In part because of the self-effacement, but also because of the size of the domaine. I can relate to Jean-Yves as a business owner. When you are hands on, and spend most of your time trying to do something to the best of your abilities, you often have little time for promotion.
WHY THESE ARE MUST BUYS: It’s hard to believe, but each year these wines keep getting better and better! The white wines at Devevey have always been terrific and incredible values, but in 2015 Jean-Yves produced his best red wines to do. Such purity and finesse, while at the same time have stuffing and length. THESE ARE WINES YOU WILL WANT TO DRINK EVERY DAY!
About the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune & Rully:
The Hautes-Côtes de Beaune is a large appellation, a series of non contiguous vineyards that start at Pernand -Vergelesses and continue down through Maranges, flanking the western side of the famous villages that lie between these two borders. Rully is in the Côte Chalonnaise and encompasses the villages of Rully & Chagny. The Hautes-Côtes produces an accessible, often nervy style of Burgundy and can be quite stylish and complex, especially when made under the deft eye of a producer like Devevey. Those of you who prefer a more lush and nutty style of Burgundy will be more attracted to Rully.
The White Wines
2015 Devevey Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc “Champs Perdrix”
This vineyard, whose name refers to pheasants and to stones (Burgundians really love their rocks and birds) is a very stony plot underneath which are shallow, clay soils. This is a well-managed site and pruned very meticulously. The result is a concentrated, yet bright Chardonnay. Incredible value.
$31.99 BTL / $383.99 CASE
2015 Devevey Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc “Les Chagnots 18 Lunes”
Les Chagnots is a particular plot located at the bottom of “Champs Perdrix”. Fewer stones are evident here, but the exposure is excellent. Jean-Yves extends the elevage of this wine to 18 months (thus the nickname “18 moons”). Of all the whites we are offering, this one offers the most nervy character, and those of you who prefer Chablis or mineral-driven Chassagnes will be sure to love it.
$36.99 BTL / $443.88 CASE
2015 Devevey Rully Blanc “Les Thivaux”
The lieux dit of Les Thivaux is in the western part of Rully and Devevey’s vines are planted on mostly clay, imparting a Meursault-like richness to the wine, at a fraction of the price. This wine is lush but maintains a snappy acidity. A beauty.
$38.99 BTL / $467.88 CASE
2015 Devevey Rully Blanc “La Chaume”
La Chaume is a 1.25 hectare plot of 28 year-old Chardonnay vines, planted on marl in the commune of Rully. La Chaume presents a gorgeous nose of apples and hazelnut and is bright and structured on the palate. A truly outstanding wine, drinking well now and aging well for a decade in the cellar.
$41.99 BTL / $503.88 CASE
The Red Wines
2015 Devevey Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge
A very pure and thoughtful expression of Pinot Noir, with red cherry and cranberry notes, earth and mineral. This is a lovely wine that begs to be drunk when young, but also has the ability to age. We recommend mid-term cellaring for this 3-5 years.
$32.99 BTL / $395.88 CASE
2015 Devevey Rully Rouge “La Chaume”

Rully is more well-known for its white wines than red, but from that 1.25 hectare plot, the vineyard of “La Chaume” has produced a magnificent 2015 red. A combination of red and dark fruits, forest floor, and that classic mineral streak running through it. Truly exceptional value. Drink now, but this can be held through 2023.

$39.99 BTL / $479.88 CASE
2015 Devevey Volnay
As many of you Burgundy fans know, Volnay has been decimated by weather related issues over the past handful of vintages. Luckily 2015 in Volnay was almost a return to normal. Devevey produced a wine that is exactly what you want from Volnay, pretty red fruit, finesse, purity and an exceptionally long finish. We just drank a bottle this week. Its delicious, but will gain in complexity through 2025.
$61.99 BTL / $743.88 CASE
2015 Devevey Beaune “Pertuisots” 1er Cru
This has always been the top red from Devevey, and the 2015 is spectacular. Beaune is home to the most extensive vineyard in the Côte de Beaune. “Pertuisots” is one of 36 Premier Cru’s in the village. The soil is calcerous and clay, rich of sediments with excellent drainage. This is a wonderfully aromatic red with more dark than red fruit, spice and good structure. You can drink now, but it will be at its best between 2020-203.
$69.99 BTL / $839.88 CASE
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9/8/17 Maison Blanche Bordeaux

Hello & Happy Friday!
We are starting off this newsletter with the announcement of an upcoming wine tasting! It’ll be the first tasting we host at the new Perman Wine Selections location and we’re very excited. Space will be limited and tickets must be secured in advance.
WHEN: Friday, September 29th from 5:30-7:00PM (you can arrive at any point in that window of time)
WHERE: 1167 N Howe Street
WHAT: Sample the wines of Cantina della Volta
COST: $10
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. Call 312.666.4417 to sign up.
This will be an informal, walk-around tasting led by Beverly Malen of Imports Inc. She is pouring and talking about Cantina della Volta, one of our favorite producers in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Looking to elevate Lambrusco, Cantina della Volta uses the Champagne-method for their sparkling wines and also makes a delicious still Chardonnay. Emilia-Romagna is known as Italy’s food capital, and nothing pairs with nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano and salty Prosciutto di Parma better than a well made Lambrusco.
Tickets are $10.00/Person. This is a walk-around tasting and limited to approximately 30 people. Tickets are fully refundable with 72 hours and must be secured with payment. 312-666-4417.
This week’s newsletter focuses our attention on a region that generally doesn’t find itself in the spotlight at Perman Wine Selections. There are many reasons why we often avoid Bordeaux, but in the case of Maison Blanche, we will always put our differences aside.
This is a fantastic producer dedicated to quality over quantity. The property is certified organic and biodynamic, and not only do the wines speak to a sense of place, they are balanced, elegant and age-worthy. Definitely worth trying now or laying down for a treat later.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

Maison Blanche
It’s not often we feature a Bordeaux producer, so you know this is one we really believe is make extraordinary wine. Unlike a lot of the “modern” Bordeaux producers, Nicolas Despagne, of Maison Blanche is making classic, age-worthy wines.
Maison Blanche holds both organic and biodynamic certifications, quite a noteworthy feat in Bordeaux. With the determination to produce wines of quality and authenticity, as well as preserve the environment, Nicolas worked tirelessly to make it happen. It’s not just Nicolas’s determination and passion that makes him such a great winemaker, it’s also in his blood – the Despagne family roots in Bordeaux go back three centuries.
The family inherited the vineyards in Montagne in 1972, as well as those in Saint Emilion, Pomerol and Libourne. The actual estate dates back to 1875 under the Constant-Pineau family, handed later to Louis Rapin. Rapin replanted many of the vines between 1938 and 1964 and the holdings were expanded upon by the Despagne family to their current 32 hectares.
Vineyards are situated on gentle slopes of clay-based soils, comprised of Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines with an average age of 45 years. These soils provide the best raw material to make that classic and age-worthy style of Bordeaux that we know and love. Nicolas goes to great measures to ensure the essence of this pristine fruit is maintained, so all harvesting is done strictly by hand.
The vinification process involves minimal intervention, allowing only native yeasts to carry out fermentation and very little sulfur is added throughout the entire process. To maintain the character of the fruit, fermentation takes place first in stainless steel, then is racked into a combination of new and used French oak barrels. For this particular cuvée, the wine rests for 18 months before bottling.
This is without a doubt the flagship wine of the estate. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with extremely low yields to produce wines with amazing concentration and complexity. All of the vintages we’re featuring have enough structure to hold up in your cellar for some time, yet aren’t too heavy for a taste now… We understand it can be hard to wait for such great wines.
2013 Maison Blanche Montagne Saint-Émilion
Still in its youth, this wine has an ethereal character on the nose, with layers of fruit, mineral and spice. If you can wait, this wine has the ability to age for 20 more years.
2010 Maison Blanche Montagne Saint-Émilion
This wine can be enjoyed now for its strength and character, or laid down for 10 to 20 years to really appreciate its finesse. Available in 1.5L format only.
$81.99 1.5L MAG / VERY LIMITED
2008 Maison Blanche Montagne Saint-Émilion
Excellent structure with a beautiful balance of powerful, fleshy fruit and lively acidity. Certainly one you could also cellar to enjoy in its maturity.
2000 Maison Blanche Montagne Saint-Émilion
This vintage offers aromas of plum, blueberry, cedar and leather that opens up to beautiful floral aromatics. The tannins have certainly softened giving way to an elegant and smooth mouthfeel with fruit notes still present along with earth, mineral and spice.
1999 Maison Blanche Montagne Saint-Émilion
Surprisingly still bursting with blackcurrant, raspberry and blueberry aromas, yet mature notes of cedar, smoke and coffee also come through. This wine is polished and has great acidity with a long, insanely delicious finish.
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9/1/17 – French Odds & Ends

Hello and Happy Friday!
First things first, Perman Wine Selections will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday and we hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend!
But before the weekend arrives, we’ve got some tasty wines to entice you…Every once in a while we write a newsletter where we highlight a wide array of recent arrivals, including many rare and allocated wines. This is one of those times.
Very limited offerings from some of our favorite producers in Burgundy, Jura and Chinon have recently been made available to us and we’re excited to have them in the store for you! Whether you want to experience them for yourself, add them to your cellar or give them as a special gift, these wines will not disappoint.
Due to the extremely limited quantity of these featured wines, we will confirm all orders individually and might not be able to fulfill all requests. And as always, we are happy to deliver wines to you if you aren’t able to make it to the store.
Have a great holiday weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

French Odds & Ends
Domaine Fourrier
The Domaine Fourrier (previously known as Pernot-Fourrier) has a history in Gevrey Chambertin that extends over four generations. The estate was founded by Fernand Pernot during the 1930s and 1940s. Unmarried and childless, he enlisted the aid of his nephew, Jean-Claude Fourrier, who took over the Domaine in 1969.
Domaine Fourrier owns 9 hectares of vineyards spread amongst the communes of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny and Vougeot. The holdings are scattered up and down the slopes and range from village to Grand Cru level. The impeccably tended vineyards are composed of vines of an average age between 50 and 70 years old.
Jean-Claude’s son, Jean-Marie now oversees the estate. Working with Mother Nature, intervening as little as possible in order to allow the vines, the terroir and the vintage to express themselves, is the basis of Jean Marie’s winemaking philosophy.  Sélection massale (use of cuttings from their own vines) is the only method used to replace missing or failing vines. Respect for terroir is a paramount principle. Chemical fertilizers are not used and treatments to combat fungus and insects are applied only when absolutely necessary. To capture the individual, unique expression of terroir in his wines, Jean-Marie vinifies each vineyard separately, not only the Premier and Grand Cru sites.
What ends up in the glass is a pure expression of terroir with as little interference as possible by the winemaker. Domaine Fourrier’s wines possess superb balance, enchanting elegance, finesse and complexity.
2015 Domaine Fourrier Vieilles Vignes

This special bottling is sourced from vines with an average age of 80 years, many of which were planted as far back as 1929.



2015 Domaine Fourrier “Aux Echezeaux”
Fourrier owns 0.47 hectare in this vineyard which is on the southern side of Gevrey, immediately on the border with Morey-St-Denis. Because of its location, it is a more tender and elegant wine, less tannic and more silky than the other Gevrey village wine produced at the domaine.
2015 Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny
The Fourrier family has a series of small holdings within Chambolle Musigny. The village parcel covers .39 hectare and the vines were planted in 1936. Fourrier’s style marries particularly well to the finesse that is so critical to the proper expression of the Chambolle terroir.
2015 Domaine Fourrier 1er Cru “Les Gruenchers”

In Chambolle, Fourrier has two separate 1er Crus. The more important (in terms of quantity) is the Les Gruenchers where the family owns .29 hectare. The vines were planted in 1928.

Domaine Jean-François Ganevat
The landscape of the Jura is a sight to behold, and the perfect picture of how a mountainous region nestled between Burgundy and Switzerland should look. The Jura is home to 40 different grape varieties with styles so different that they easily overwhelm anyone unfamiliar with the region.
In the charming hamlet of La Combe, Jean-François Ganevat is making barrels and barrels of his diverse yet traditional wines. He comes from a long family history in wine, dating as far back as 1650, although the family supplemented their grape growing with a dairy that produced milk destined for the local cheese, Comté, until 1976.
After working both for his father and for the prestigious Domaine Jean-Marc Morey in Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean-François returned to the Jura in 1998 to take over the family domaine. With only 8.5 hectares under vine, the family had seventeen different local red and white varieties planted – a dizzying variation considering the small size of the vineyards.
Jean-François converted the domaine to biodynamic practices and creates a stunning number of cuvées, ranging between thirty-five and forty every year! All of his wines are de-stemmed by hand. He is also committed to minute doses of sulfur, so low in fact, that many fear it hurting the wines during transport. He curbs this issue by aging many of his whites on the lees for extended periods of time, anywhere from two to eleven years!  Jean-François Ganevat is truly a master of his craft.
NV Domaine Ganevat “La Combe” Cremant du Jura
Champagne method sparkling made from 100% Chardonnay.


2006 Domaine Ganevat Cuvée Prestige

Made from Savagnin planted on clay and marl soils.

2014 Domaine Ganevat “Le Montceau” Blanc

A wine made by both Jean-François and his sister Anne. 100% Chardonnay.


2008 Domaine Ganevat “Le Cuvée du Pépé”

Made from 70 year old Chardonnay vines.


NV Domaine Ganevat “Le Jaja du Ben”

A unique joint project with his sister, Anne, made from 50% – 60% Gamay grapes from Beaujolais blended with 40% – 50% indigenous Jura varieties with an average vine age of 80 years.


2013 Domaine Ganevat “Les Chalasses Vieilles Vignes”
100% Chardonnay vines planted in 1902 on gray marl soil.

2006 Domaine Ganevat Vin Jaune

Made from 100% Savagnin vines planted in 1948.


Domaine Olga Raffault
Since Olga’s death a few years ago, Domaine Olga Raffault has been run by her granddaughter Sylvie.
The winemaking is most traditional. The grapes are handpicked and fermented in stainless-steel. The wines are then aged in larger, neutral oak and sometimes chestnut barrels traditional in the region. Wines from “les Picasses” spend two to three years in oak, to soften the tannins, and is usually released about 4 years after the vintage.

Raffault’s ‘les Picasses’ often has a light garnet color belying the depth of fruit flavor and complexity. Its style is rustic, quite earthy, with hints of orange zest and deep, dark cherry flavor. The tannins are soft, but present, and the mineral complexity in the finish is superb.

The estate also makes two more red cuvées, “les Barnabés” and “les Peuilles”, and a limited-quantity white wine from the Chenin grape, Chinon Blanc le Champ-Chenin.

We are excited to offer you some library vintages released by the domaine. If you want to explore aged Cabernet Franc from Chinon, or if you need a special occasion gift, these incredibly limited bottles are perfect for just that. Make sure to decant just shortly before serving.
1977 Olga Raffault “les Picasses” Chinon

1978 Olga Raffault “les Picasses” Chinon
1979 Olga Raffault “les Picasses” Chinon
1983 Olga Raffault “les Picasses” Chinon
1985 Olga Raffault “les Picasses” Chinon
1989 Olga Raffault “les Picasses” Chinon
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8/11/17 Two Terrific Reds

Hello & Happy Friday!
The new store continues to progress, and this week our shelves are being installed by the talented crew of Lagomorph Design. Things are starting to get real. We can’t wait to fill them with our favorites.
And speaking of favorites, this Friday we wanted to talk about two of our most beloved red wines. We know that those of you who prefer red wine are probably tired of hearing about the latest summer whites and rosés, and even though summer is still going strong, we got in some spectacular reds that we wanted to share with everyone.
If you like reds with complexity and a balance of fruit and earth/mineral notes, both of these will excite you as much as they do us. They are great alternatives to older red Burgundy, without the steep hit to your wallet.
Have a great weekend,
Craig, Jamie & Evie

Among Italy’s numerous wine regions, the Mount Etna region in northeastern Sicily seems an unlikely site for producing quality wines. Mount Etna is an active volcano that has erupted from time to time for thousands of years. Nonetheless, it is one of Italy’s most intriguing wine regions and vintners are now scrambling to purchase vineyard property in the area.
Etna’s primary vineyard sites rise up the slopes to an elevation of 3,500 feet and higher – the highest commercial vineyards in the world. The steep slopes and terraced vineyards are difficult to navigate with mechanical equipment so most of the vineyard work and harvest has to be done by hand. Winters at these elevations can also be harsh and the summers hot and dry. You have to be committed, patient and tough to run a winery on Mount Etna.
The vineyards are rich with volcanic nutrients that add to the complexity of the wines. Wine production is mostly dry reds and whites. By regulation reds must have a minimum of 80% Nerello Mascalese, a little-known indigenous variety that is produced only in the Mount Etna region. It is a deeply colored, thick-skinned variety that contributes gritty tannins and vibrant acidity to the Etna Rosso blend. It is often blended with another native grape, Nerello Cappuccio.
Passopisciaro’s Andrea Franchetti arrived on Mt. Etna in 2000 as one of the first of the modern wave of producers drawn to the volcano. There he found 70-100 year-old bush-trained vines across the northern side of the volcano. The old vineyards were situated at optimal sites between 550 and 1000 meters (1800ft – 3300ft) above sea level.
The grapes for his wines are taken from various contrade(crus, much like you see in the region of Barolo) of Malpasso, Guardiola, Santo Spirito, Favazza and Arcuria. Generally, the higher crus are on a more gravelly soil, the lower ones in a deeper powder made with more oxidized, older lavas.
2014 Passopisciaro “Passorosso” Etna Rosso
Formerly Passopisciaro, “Passorosso” is made from Nerello Mascalese, blending fruit from different contrade of varying altitudes and soil types on the volcano.
This wine is a holistic expression of the breadth of flavors that Etna can produce from its unique growing environment. The wine ages in large, neutral oak barrels and is bottled unfiltered, presenting an interpretation of Nerello Mascalese that is bright, pure, red-fruited, mineral, and herbaceous. With age, it will begin to lose its color and gain exotic aromas of rosemary, sandalwood, and spice. The first vintage of Passopisciaro was in 2001. Starting with this vintage, the newly named “Passorosso” has been designated Etna Rosso DOC.
$35.99 BTL / $431.88 CASE
R. López de Heredia
It all started with Don Rafael López de Heredia who first discovered the land in Rioja Alta in the 1800s. He knew even then that the area offered the perfect combination of soil and climate to produce world-class wines.
Generation after generation the land has been passed down through a family of artisan winemakers, with María José currently at the helm. For her, everything she does in the vineyard and cellar is rooted in tradition, with a non-conformist and self-critical attitude that enables her to produce unique wines of supreme quality.
In fact they have such conviction of the superiority of their land that since 1877 there has not been a single grape from another wine region ever been used to make any of their wines. In addition to the exceptional site of their vineyards, they uphold viticultural practices that ensure wines of terroir.
Typically, Rioja is not known to produce wines of terroir. However, the wines of López de Heredia very much break the mold. Each of their vineyard sites produce a wine specific to the identity of their soil and microclimate.
The wines of López de Heredia are definitely cult wines with a worldwide demand which inevitably leads to small allocations. So if you have yet to try their wines, you definitely don’t want to miss getting your hands on a bottle.
2005 R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Bosconia Reserva
The Viña Bosconia comes from their 15 ha El Bosque vineyard. It sits next to the river Ebro at an altitude of 465m on south facing foothills of the Sierra Cantabria range. The vines have an average age of 40 years, planted on clay and limestone soils. The grapes that come from this vineyard site always elicit wines that are full-bodied yet elegant, and have great expression and complexity.
Made primarily of Tempranillo and traditionally blended with 15% Garnacha, 3% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo. Bosconia is aged for five years in American oak barrels and then rested in bottle until release. This aging process brings out some incredible aromatics of wild cherries, spice, vanilla and earthy autumnal notes of dried leaves and cedar.
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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

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.
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
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.
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 
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
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
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
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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

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.
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

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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Extraordinary Wines of Galicia
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.


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

Summer Show-Stoppers 
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
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
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.


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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.


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

Exciting Allocations and New Releases
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.
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.


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.

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.
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.
2015 De Moor Aligoté
From a small plot in Chitry of 20 year old vines- mineral driven and fresh.


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.

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.


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.

2014 Thierry Allemand “Reynard” Cornas
100% Syrah cuvée made up of all older vines. 34-90 year average vine age on decomposed granite soils.
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
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
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
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
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.


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!
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.

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.
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.
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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

Friday Feature
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
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
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!
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 

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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