September Newsletter: Consider the Glass, 2011 Maume P-A, New Quintarelli, Southwestern Gems

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Highlights from this month’s newsletter…

2012 BEAUJOLAIS

LIMITED QUANTITY ALERT

by Katya Karagadayeva

Despite the challenges that 2012 posed in Beaujolais—there was frost, there was hail, and there was rain—the talent of our producers and a late ripening season blessed us with another spectacular, elegant vintage. One problem—there is very little of it to go around!

2012 JULIÉNAS “BEAUVERNAY” • DOMAINE CHIGNARD

We are excited to introduce a new wine from our beloved Fleurie producer, Domaine Chignard, and to add another grand cru to our Beaujolais collection. Juliénas, located in the far north of the region, is known for wines with backbone, and the Beauvernay is no exception. It comes from a granite hillside vineyard with sixty-year-old vines and exhibits a beautiful aroma and finesse—a true Chignard classic. Fans of Chignard’s Fleurie must not miss this new arrival.

$24.00 per bottle $259.20 per case

CHRISTOPHE BUISSON

RISING STAR OF SAINT-ROMAIN

by Steve Waters

If ever there was an up-and-coming producer everyone should check out, Christophe Buisson has earned my vote. He is a perfectionist who makes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with purity and finesse, mining the stony, limestone slopes of Saint-Romain. Kermit told me that he noticed the potential of Saint-Romain back in the late seventies. He recalls urging Jean-François Coche to acquire some vines there.

If you haven’t tasted Christophe’s pleasure-filled wines, these new arrivals are going to convince you: he’s a producer worth following and his prices are more than reasonable . . . for the moment.

2011 SAINT-ROMAIN BLANC “SOUS LE CHÂTEAU”

This is a single-vineyard Chardonnay that would probably be classified as a premier cru over the hill in Meursault or Chassagne-Montrachet. Freshness and a distinct minerality draw your nose into the glass, and the broad flavors and rich texture will linger in your mouth for minutes. I clocked it!

$40.00 per bottle $432.00 per case

2011 SAINT-ROMAIN ROUGE “SOUS LE CHÂTEAU”

From the same vineyard as above but an opportunity to see how Pinot Noir tastes from the limestone and clay soils of Sous le Château. Brimming with expressive fruit, here is a great example of what Christophe can create in a young red. I once overheard Aubert de Villaine call a Pinot Noir sexy, so I’ll do the same for this lovely beast.

$39.00 per bottle $421.20 per case

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