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$52.99

“Light yellow-gold. Orange and pear aromas are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and honeysuckle. Silky in texture and nicely precise, with juicy orchard fruit flavors and a tangy note of Meyer lemon. Dry but in no way austere. Blends depth and energy smoothly and finishes with excellent clarity and nervy cut.”

91 points – International Wine Cellar (Stephan Tanzer)

$21.99

The Cab Franc fruit is just so palpable, like the grapes were just picked and crushed a few days ago. Redolent of the quaffable characteristic we all totally love in this wine. ORGANIC

$129.99

The Pierre Péters estate, situated in the heart of the “Côte des Blancs” in the village of Le Mesnil sur Oger, has been a family house for six generations and has produced Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagnes since 1919.

Champagne grower-producer, the wines come exclusively from own vineyards. The house currently operates just over 19 hectares of Chardonnay, mainly located in the communes of Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant.

The family has developed from generation to generation, its own selection of grapes (mass selection). They have been able to maintain and age vineyards which are now 30-years old on average. Each year in respect of the environment, they adapt the cultivation methods to obtain healthy grapes. so that The Champagne expresses more precisely the richness, subtlety and the elegance of the great “terroirs” of the Côte des Blancs.

Les Chétillons
This is the name of our special vintage which refers to a beautiful “lieu-dit”, a place found in the Grand Cru village of le Mesnil sur Oger. They  own three plots of old vines (aged over 45 years), acquired in 1930. Each parcel is vinified separately and blended to produce a single vineyard vintage. All the power and the minerality of the Mesnil’s calcareous soil is expressed in this wine produced since 1971. Its reputation has surpassed estate borders and even Michael Edwards himself describes Les Chétillons as “one of the most beautiful pieces of land of Champagne.

“The Grand Brut Cuvee Les Chétillons articulates its mineral birthplace with greater precision than anywhere in Champagne outside the thundering single vineyards of Krug itself, and no vintage expresses this more exhilaratingly than 2008. Its length is in another league, navigating undeterred for minutes, propelled by an acid line that shimmers like jet exhaust.”

$19.99

Fresh, unadorned style, with a floral frame to the light-bodied persimmon, pear and green almond notes. Shows good dry cut through the finish.

$45.99

Winemaker’s Notes

This is becoming very fine, and watch out; it’s entirely different from its old apples-and-butter form, more oystery and chalky and ginger and talc, with the apple-butter thing skulking in the mid-palate. It’s racy, on the tensile side. I’d be a lot happier with three more grams of rs, but you won’t agree if you prefer a vigorously dry Champagne.

Critical Acclaim
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits – “Scents of ginger and chalk hold this wine to a long, narrow frame. The flavors are precise and floral, yielding scents of cherry blossoms and supple apple notes. It feels tight and austere, classical in its profile, a mouthwatering Champagne for salmon tartare. Best Buy”
V 91
Vinous / Antonio Galloni – “The NV Brut Cuvée Ste.-Anne is, as always, a terrific introduction to Alexandre Chartogne’s wines. Equal parts Pinot and Chardonnay, the Ste.-Anne offers lovely textural breadth and nuance. Almonds, honey, mint and dried pears open up nicely in the glass. Think of the Ste.-Anne like a village-level Burgundy from a top grower. Best of all, the Ste.-Anne is a terrific value in fine, artisan Champagne. Drink this forward, supple Champagne over the next few years.”
WS 90
Wine Spectator – “An elegant aperitif, with a fine, creamy mousse and vibrant acidity enlivening the delicate flavors of black cherry, chalky mineral, creamed apple, pastry and lemon zest. . Drink now through 2019.”

$29.99

 

Grape Varieties : Grenache 84%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 6%
Age of the Vineyards : Very old vine stocks, almost 100 years old
Geographic Situation : On the communes of Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Soil in alluvial terraces is composed of galets (large rounded pebbles) mixed with sandy red clay
Methods of Cultivation : Principles of the “agriculture raisonnée”, a philosophy of production to guarantee :
– a first-quality product
– a completely safe product
– a better respect of our environment
The utilization of traditional techniques; ploughing, hand harvesting and sorting by each grape-picker.
Methods of Vinification : De-stemming of the grapes, maceration for a period of 20 days minimum.
Part of the wine is stored in “barriques” for one year.
Wine & Food : Serve at 16° to 18°
Appearance : deep ruby red in colour
Nose : raspberries, spices, vanilla and a hint of violet
Palate : strong structure with well-blended tannins. Flavours of jammy red fruit with a touch of vanilla and developing earthy notes and hints of truffles.
Its balance makes it excellent to drink now, however it will certainly develop its full character over time.
This is a perfect wine for all celebrations.Peak : 5 to 10 years
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Grape Varieties : Grenache 70%, Syrah 25%, Mourvèdre 5%
Age of the Vineyards : For Syrah and Mourvèdre, 30 years average age
For Grenache, from 40 to 95 years old
Geographic Situation : Bordering the area of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s appellation, between the communes of Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape; the soil in alluvial terraces is composed of galets (large rounded pebbles) mixed with sandy red clay
Methods of Cultivation : Principles of the “agriculture raisonnée”, a philosophy of production to guarantee :
– a first-quality product
– a completely safe product
– a better respect of our environment

The utilization of traditional techniques; ploughing, hand harvesting and sorting by each grape-picker.
Methods of Vinification : De-stemming of the grapes, maceration for a period of 20 days minimum
Part of the wine is stored in barriques for one year
Wine & Food : Appearance : a deep red color of ruby or ripe cherry
Nose : bouquet of ripe red fruits and bilberries
Palate : good tannic structure. The nose of ripe fruits is confirmed on the palate and develops to some hints of raspberries and blackcurrant. A well-balanced and harmonious wine which displays a great length.
This wine is well suited to all meat and game dishes, and is also the perfect accompaniment to all cheeses.
$49.99

90 Points Wine Spectator: “On the chewy side, with ganache and Black Forest cake notes leading the way, followed by loam, plum sauce, roasted fig and singed alder flavors that form the core and finish. Should drop the chewy edge quickly enough. The core of fruit has a bursting feel. Best from 2015 through 2021. 2,410 cases made.” – James Molesworth

$129.99

Shows stunning depth and drive, with a deep well of blackberry and plum sauce and a lush structure. Superlong, with spice and anise echoing on. A tremendous young wine in the making. Tasted non-blind. Score range: 95-98 Wine Spectator

$46.99

This dark ruby/plum-colored wine offers notes of dusty, loamy soil intermixed with unsmoked cigar tobacco, red and black currants, a hint of crushed rock, and very good depth, purity and balance. The overall impression is one of elegance and flavor intensity. Consume it over the next 5-7 years.

Returning to the Saint-Émilion of her childhood, Olivia Le Calvez has found her new home on the plateau of Puisseguin. She co-founded Château Clarisse in 2009 with her husband, the world-renowned hotelier Didier Le Calvez, formerly of The Pierre and The Plaza in New York and currently of The Bristol in Paris. Named after their daughter, the property is planted with nearly 11 acres of Merlot and two acres of Cabernet Franc.

The name Puisseguin comes from the word Puy, meaning “mount” or “hill,” indicating its elevation as the highest point in the Gironde valley. This attribute, combined with its southern exposure, clay-limestone soils and mild microclimate, make it an exceptional environment for growing vines. The vines of Château Clarisse average 25 to 30 years in age, though Cuvée Vieilles Vignes comes from a parcel of 70-year-old Merlot vines.

In 2010, Olivia hired winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt to be in charge of viticulture and winemaking. Stéphane believes in letting the soils and the vineyard make the wine, employing minimal intervention so the wines express the energy and the essence of their origins. For Château Clarisse, this means traditional wines with a soft, lush, mellow base and a modern expression of deep fruit.

 

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