This may be the heaviest-hitting sale list of Burgundy that I've ever put together. As we head into La Paulée weekend, I wanted to present a really impressive list. You have everything from Bachelet Côtes de Nuits Villages to DRC Richebourg.
Josko Gravner is perhaps the most provocative and influential winemaker in Italy's Friuli region. In his I'll Drink to That! interview he recounts his journey from his family's farm to becoming the relentlessly reflective iconoclast he is today.
Today, we present a range of wines from all over the world except from Burgundy, all at the sharpest prices. You'll have to wait until tomorrow for the lowest prices on Burgundy.
As you can imagine, the 2012 Clos de la Maréchale is a very serious expression of the 1er Cru. The site is amplified in a big way. It's intensely soil-inflected with floral and spice notes. There's a crazy punch and concentration to the wines with a deeply etched detail.
Chave's 2012 Hermitage takes these vintage characteristics and adds a stern mineral backbone and epic scale. This is as good as the vintage gets. As all great Chave's do, the 2012 delivers regal grandeur with a refined elegance. There may very well be no Syrah on the planet...
The 2012 is a particularly intense and complex example of this consistently over-achieving bottle. Burghound sums it up well, "This offers excellent complexity and the mid-palate concentration is impressive. A terrific villages." The 2012 is particularly clear and blatant...
Both wines are all about their minerality. Anything else merely serves as an accent. There's a kinetic, chalky textured energy to them that's lovely. Of the two vintages, 2012 shows a more sculpted and denser profile. The 2010 is starting to show some of the complexity that...
The 2012 Renaissance is one of the great surprises of the vintage. We buy this bottling every year, but I'm not sure that we've seen a vintage that has succeeded like this one.