Editorial

Editorial October 15, 2020

In these times when travelling far away becomes complicated or even impossible, we are pleased to present our new selection "Fall-Winter 2020/2021" which, like a tourist leaflet, takes you to discover some of the best French and European producers.

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destination Bordeaux

The great novelty of Bordeaux is the arrival in our cellars of the 2018 vintage. Even if bottling has often been delayed due to the health crisis, no less than a hundred vintages have already been bottled: 15 dry white wines, 3 sweet white wines, 57 reds from the left bank and 29 from the right bank.

The beautiful summer of 2018 has given Bordeaux (as almost everywhere in France) great and beautiful red wines, certainly long-lasting. Unless you take advantage now of their ripe and generous fruitiness, they will have to be forgotten in your cellar for 5 to 8 years for the unclassified vintages and 10 to 15 years minimum for the greatest. In the meantime, the 2017 reds, with tannins as soft and fine as their price, will allow you to wait for a long time.

Several producers make their entry or their return in our catalog this season:

  • Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2017, the 1er cru classé of Sauternes at its best since its purchase in 2014 by Mr. Denz (Cristallerie Lalique),
  • Haut-Bergey 2018, an organic vintage of Pessac-Léognan, as delicious in white than in red,
  • Barragane 2018, the jewel of the Closeries des Moussis, an organic micro-cru from the south of Médoc held by two passionate women,
  • Moulin de la Rose 2018 and Ségur de Cabanac 2018, two magnificent wines made by Mr. Delon's craftsmen, authentically Medocain,
  • Beychevelle 2018, even better rated (19/20) than the 2016 (18.5/20) in the Bettane+Desseauve 2020 guide,
  • Latour 2012 et Forts de Latour 2012 + 2014, back in our selection for the first time since its withdrawal from primeur sales 8 years ago.
  • De Côme 2018, small cru bourgeois (superior) which has the great merit of being the first of Saint-Estèphe to have obtained the organic certification, after 7 years of relentless efforts.

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destinations outside Bordeaux

Three new cuvees of Champagne : at Piollot organic (Champs Rayés, 100% chardonnay), at Égly-Ouriet (Les Prémices, entry-level) and at Bollinger (mysteriously named PNVZ15, 100% pinot noir),

The discreet and gifted Laurent Roumier, grandson of Georges Roumier, at the head of 12 ha very well located on Chambolle-Musigny and Vougeot,

Five Priorat of Álvaro Palacios. If his flagship wine L'Ermita is at the price of world icons, the other 4 from Camins del Priorat to Finca Dofì, much more affordable, perfectly reflect Álvaro's work and talent,

Le Crocine organic estate and its  Cuvee Eva 2016, which by the softness of its tannic structure is a perfect introduction to the great wines of Tuscany,

Domaine de Terre Nere organic, on the volcanic slopes of Etna, with a splendid dry white at the level of the best Mediterranean productions and 4 reds combining the translucent robe and bouquet of pinot noir with the tannic finesse of the Barolo of Piedmont.

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special destinations

For our Tasting Offers, we have chosen 4 wines, a dry white and three reds, entering their peak phase and therefore as much ready to taste as to cellar for later:

  • Doisy-Daëne dry white 2014, with a perfect balance between tension and fruitiness, freshness and roundness, elegance and aromatic power,
  • Pontet-Canet 2008 organic, the archetype of the great Pauillac with its blackcurrant, cedar and graphite aromas,
  • Feytit-Clinet 2014, on the terroir of Clinet, the most reasonable price of the great Pomerol,
  • La Marginale 2016 organic, the reference vintage for the reds of the Domaine des Roches Neuves, magnificent proof that Saumur-Champigny is indeed the second homeland of Cabernet Franc.

Moreover, because the end of year festivities are approaching, we have added two exceptional categories which can be as many beautiful gifts to offer:

• The Legendary Magnums, 32 Bordeaux Grand Crus in magnum and individual stamped wooden cases from the Château,

12 vintages from 2001 to 2014 of Mouton-Rothschild, the most regular of the Médoc's first classified growths over the last 20 years while remaining cheaper than its counterparts.

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Finally, to celebrate in our own way the Brexit that will take effect on January 1st, we thought it would be appropriate to offer you two vintages of Nyetimber, the best producer of sparkling wine using the Champagne method in England.

We wish you a pleasant journey ahead, first by browsing through our catalog and secondly by uncorking excellent bottles.