Arrowine https://www.arrowine.com Your neighborhood store with a national reputation! Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:32:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.9 https://i1.wp.com/www.arrowine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-square_logo_transparent-512x512.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Arrowine https://www.arrowine.com 32 32 55876105 2015 Red Burgs from Pommard favorite Domaine Gabriel Billard https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/wine/2015-red-burgs-pommard-favorite-domaine-gabriel-billard/ Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:32:31 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=17105 Burgundy winemaker Claudie Jobard has been an Arrowine favorite for years. So was her mother, Laurence Jobard. And now Claudie is becoming a full-fledged superstar in Burgundy. Top Burgundy Domaines have picked her to make their wines, including Grand Crus selling …

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Burgundy winemaker Claudie Jobard has been an Arrowine favorite for years. So was her mother, Laurence Jobard. And now Claudie is becoming a full-fledged superstar in Burgundy. Top Burgundy Domaines have picked her to make their wines, including Grand Crus selling for several hundred dollars per bottle. Yet she still makes the wines for her family’s tiny Pommard estate, Domaine Gabriel Billard. These are gorgeous wines!

Today our E-mail Sale features TWO fabulous 2015 vintage single-vineyard Pommards from Domaine Gabriel Billard:

  • One is from 55+ year old vines in the terrific villages level “Les Vaumuriens” vineyard located just above the world-famous Pommard 1er Cru “Les Rugiens” vineyard.
  • The other is from 80+ year old vines in the exceptional, mid-slope Pommard 1er Cru “Les Charmots” vineyard.

Both are distinctive, deep, complex, long and gorgeous red Burgundies made from 100% pinot noir. Each wine is from the exceptional 2015 vintage (more below). These great red Burgundies have a loyal following. Both, though, are made and sold in tiny quantities. We expect them to sell out, so please don’t wait to order.

2015 Domaine Gabriel Billard Pommard “Les Vaumuriens”  (AOC Pommard, Burgundy, France)
Reg. $59.99
E-mail sale! Order 1-5 bottles: $49.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles (mix or match): $46.99 per bottle
12+ bottles (mix or match): $44.99 per bottle

 

2015 Domaine Gabriel Billard Pommard 1er Cru “Les Charmots”  (AOC Pommard 1er Cru, Burgundy, France)
Reg. $79.99
E-mail sale! Order 1-5 bottles: $67.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles (mix or match): $64.99 per bottle
12+ bottles (mix or match): $59.99 per bottle

  • To order, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC)
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • Mix or match the two wines for best pricing (for example an order of 8 bottles of one wine and 4 of the other would be charged at the lowest 12+ bottle price for both wines).
  • The wine arrives tomorrow, Wednesday January 24th, 2018.
  • Sale prices are good for one week or until supplies sell out (whichever comes first). Quantities are tiny and strictly limited, we expect a sellout.

Burgundy lovers have been waiting for this e-mail. The red Burgundies from Domaine Billard have become serious sensations at Arrowine in the dozen vintages we have worked with the wines from this amazing family estate. The wines available today, from the great 2015 vintage, are some of the greatest wines we’ve ever had from this estate, and that’s not a small complement!

Wine lovers should be stockpiling 2015 red Burgundies. The vintage is sensational. These Pommards are among the very best wines you’ll find from the Côtes de Beaune at the village and 1er Cru level. The reasonable prices make them some of Burgundy’s fines values. These are collectible, ageworthy, exclusive, and truly excellent.  Somehow, though, at least for now, they’re extremely inexpensive compared to other top Burgundies from in and around Pommard.Laurence & Claudie Jobard with Doug Rosen

About Claudie Jobard:

Claudie Jobard is a legitimate superstar. She was born to be a great wine-maker and has shown prodigal talent in addition. Claudie’s mother is renowned winemaker Laurence Jobard (she made the wines that made Domaine Drouhin famous). Claudie’s father ran a top Burgundy vine nursery and helped in planting countless great Burgundy vineyards. Claudie now makes wines for some of our favorite estates in Burgundy. She’s so talented that she was selected to the prestigious, high-profile position of head winemaker for the revered Maison Remoissenet of Beaune.

Some of our favorite Burgundies of all, though, are the great Burgundies she makes for two tiny, less-heralded, less-expensive family owned properties. One has her own name, the other has the name of her Grandfather, Gabriel Billard.

About 2015 in Burgundy:Jobard Wind Mill

You should be stockpiling 2015 Burgundies! It’s a sensational Burgundy vintage. The Wine Advocate rated the vintage 94 points in the Côtes de Beaune. Wine Enthusiast said 95 points. But that’s not the whole story. It’s a rare vintage with wines that achieved excellent ripeness and sweet fruit without sacrificing any aromatic complexity or freshness. Add in impressive concentration and perfectly balanced ripe tannins, and it’s easy to see why many critics seem to be trying to outdo each other in praising the 2015 Burgundy vintage.

Arrowine’s Burgundy insider, Doug Rosen, was recently in Burgundy to evaluate the wines. Here are his thoughts:

“It’s not hype. It’s all true. The 2015s are the most complete, lush and forward reds from Burgundy I’ve ever tasted. They’re so precocious and utterly delicious they’ll be hard to resist on release. But don’t let the opulent fruit fool you; they’ll keep too. And they won’t close down like the 2005s. They have the upfront fruit of Oregon’s finest combined with the lacy, filigreed minerality that only comes from Burgundy. Wow! Take out a second mortgage!” –Doug Rosen, Arrowine

Allen Meadows of Burghound.com has written extensively about the great 2015 vintage. If you’re a Burgundy enthusiast, I encourage you to subscribe and read all he has to say. He breaks down individual sub-regions and explains the growing conditions and what to expect in the wines. To generalize, here’s is view of the overall quality….

2015 – A Great Vintage, Indeed the Greatest Since the Legendary 2005 …Hot and dry worked in 2015 because it is a genuinely great vintage and it’s a great vintage from top to bottom.” –Allen Meadows, Burghound.com #65, Jan. 2017.

If you want great Côte de Beaune red Burgundy from 2015, you won’t find better in the price range than these Pommards made by Claudie Jobard. Load up! But don’t wait. They will sell out.

billard vaumuriens bottle2015 Domaine Gabriel Billard Pommard “Les Vaumuriens” 

Fewer than 200 cases were made of the this gorgeous Pommard. It comes from 55+ year old vines in the excellent “Les Vaumuriens” vineyard, located on the Pommard hillside directly above Pommard’s famed “Les Rugiens 1er Cru” vineyard near the Volnay border. This high vineyard produces wines of great intensity and complexity.  Production is miniscule. We’re grateful for our allocation, one of largest in the world, but there still won’t be anywhere near enough wine. This is a vineyard that, in great years like 2015, makes wines that rival (and often exceed) many Premier Crus. Act fast.

Here’s how it tastes:  This is the greatest “Vaumuriens” yet! Think concentration and body like the 2012 or even 2005 combined with purity and freshness like 2010 or 2014!

It has very deep ruby color as well as excellent concentration and impeccable refinement and elegance. With an expressive floral nose of violets, dark cherries and red berries this is beautifully and intensely perfumed. The palate shows the dense, rich core of fruit that good Pommards always show, but with an elegance and delicacy around the core that only great, usually 1er Cru, Pommards show (and only in great years). The flavors are deep, pure and expressive, with cherry/raspberry fruit, and a wonderful spice and mineral nuance. This starts out “pretty” then it actually builds on the palate to “deep and gorgeous”.  This offers an intense, pure and beautiful drinking experience today. It will be hard to resist drinking it now, but please be patient. Experience shows this will develop nuance and become fleshier and more textured over the next two to three years. Then you can enjoy it at peak over the following half decade at least.

2015 Domaine Gabriel Billard Pommard 1er Cru “Les Charmots” 

The tiny (0.40 hectare) plot where this is grown is in the heart of the famous slope of Pommard premier cru vineyards between the village of Pommard and Beaune toward the top of the hill. This is a top level burgundy. Collectors clamor over wines like this, but usually pay much more. Don’t wait though, availability is tiny and strictly limited. This sells out every year and this is a special year.

Here’s how it tastes: More muscular and dense, yet even more refined than the Vaumuriens, this is fantastic 1er Cru Pommard. From a vintage known for full, balanced and expressive wines, this hits all the right notes and shows remarkable depth and concentration. The aromas saturate the olfactory senses with ripe black cherries, blackberries, and intense blue flowers. The palate has the classic Pommard cherries and berries along with a deep red licorice nuance and a touch of stone dust mineral. What really sets it apart, though, is the mouthfeel. This is substantial and palate-clinging wine. What Burgundy lovers describe as “pinot sap” makes this linger very long on the finish. The supple tannic structure suggests this will reach peak expressiveness in 3 to 5 years and hold at that level for at least 6 or 7 additional years. If you love pinot noir and the way it expresses itself in Burgundy, don’t miss this wine. Less than 100 cases are usually made, though. Arrowine gets a great allocation, but it never lasts. They’ll disappear in minutes in a great vintage like 2015. Don’t wait to order.

Ordering:

Again, to order, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. Mix or match the two wines for best pricing (for example an order of 8 bottles of one wine and 4 of the other would be charged at the lowest 12+ bottle price for both wines). The wines arrive tomorrow, Wednesday, January 24th, 2018. Sale prices are good for one week or until supplies sell out (we expect a sellout).

Thank you for taking the time to read about these truly great red Burgundy values from the great 2015 vintage.

Jim Cutts

Arrowine

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Big discount on the great 2015 vintage of best-seller Chateau Jouclary. https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/wine/big-discount-great-2015-vintage-best-seller-chateau-jouclary/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:47:19 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=16966 Château Jouclary Cabardès Rouge answers the question: “What’s the most complex, unique and delicious red wine I can get for $12?“. That’s the reason this top-value red has been a top-seller for over a decade. This Cabardès combines the best …

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Château Jouclary Cabardès Rouge answers the question: “What’s the most complex, unique and delicious red wine I can get for $12?“. That’s the reason this top-value red has been a top-seller for over a decade.

This Cabardès combines the best characteristics of affordable Bordeaux wines (texture, herbal complexity) and the best characteristics of Languedoc and Rhone reds (concentrated ripe fruit and spice) and puts them in one delicious, impressive and unique wine. Today we have the exceptional 2015 vintage.

Stock up at a fantastic E-mail Sale price. Our $8.99 sale price (by the case) isn’t just the lowest price we’ve seen in the U.S.A. on this vintage. It also matches our lowest sale price on the 2005 vintage!

2015 Château Jouclary “Cuvée Tradition”, Cabardès Rouge (Languedoc, France)
Our Reg.: $11.99 per bottle
E-mail Sale! 6-11 bottles: $9.99 per bottle
Case (12+ bottles): Only $8.99 per bottle 

  • To order, please call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • This top red wine bargain arrives tomorrow, Friday January 5th, 2018.
  • Prices are good for one week or until wines sell out.

What a great E-mail Sale we have today! The featured wine is one of the best values in the wine world. And that’s at the regular price. Call today and you can order it at a ridiculously low, deeply discounted E-mail Sale price (save up to 25% off the already low price). Get this great red wine for as little as $8.99 per bottle. It is the lowest price we could find anywhere in the USA for this wine. It even matches our lowest case sale price for the 2005 vintage. Previous vintages sold out quickly. This will too; don’t wait. How often do you see a price tag like this on a wine with flavors that have drawn comparisons to Châteauneuf du Pape and Bordeaux?

I know of few other reds under $20 that offer as much complexity and depth as the Château Jouclary “Cuvee Tradition” does at just $11.99. The value in this wine is just amazing–some of the best in the wine world. It’s been a perennial customer and staff favorite for over a dozen years straight. These guys get it right every year.

But in some years, it’s even better. The new 2015 vintage is especially great. It is just a little fuller, deeper and richer than other Jouclary vintages. And it remains complex, fresh, pure and balanced. You’ll understand that this is a special vintage with one taste. And you’ll really appreciate it as you enjoy the whole bottle.

About Cabardès: 

Cabardès is a wine-grape growing region. It’s located just outside the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, in the south west corner of France (just to the west of Minervois). The Cabardès area is unusual in that it is influenced by both the sun of the Mediterranean and the cool moderating winds from the Atlantic. As such, it is the only AOC appellation (officially recognized quality wine growing region) that requires the use of both Bordeaux (Atlantic) and Rhone (Mediterranean) grape varieties in the blend.

Good Cabardès wines combine the best of Bordeaux and Rhone. It means you’ll feel the depth and velvety structure of a fine right-bank Bordeaux. Plus, you’ll taste the bright berry fruits and spice of a good Rhone red. Yes, it has all that depth, generous mouthfeel, and complex fruit, spice and mineral flavors. And yet it’s a wine that is smooth enough to just drink by itself. This all means it’s a stunning value at our regular price of $11.99 (or even at the $15-20 price it frequently sells for elsewhere). And that’s especially true in excellent years like 2015.

About Château Jouclary and their Cabardès “Cuvée Tradition”:

Robert Gianesini acquired Jouclary in 1969 and added to the property in 1990. Robert’s son Pascal now runs the 60 ha estate.

The Cuvée Tradition is an un-oaked blend of about 30% merlot, 30% cabernet franc, 20% syrah and 20% grenache. Gianesini grows each variety in the type of soil that allows for ideal varietal expression. That’s possible because of Jouclary’s multiple distinct soil types. Merlot and cabernet franc thrive in the estate’s heavier clay soils. The syrah and the outstanding 70 year old grenache vines prosper in the lighter sandy limestone soils. Gianesini aged this wine in concrete tanks to enhance the texture without adding oaky flavors. This wine truly reflects the special place and special vineyards where it is grown.

How does it taste?

This deep ruby colored wine leads with black raspberry fruit, floral and spice box aromas I associate with old-vine grenache. It also has black cherry and herb nuances from the Bordeaux varieties. On the palate, red flame plum, currants and dried cherries round out the fruit expression. At the same time, subtle flavors of herbs and spice add fascinating complexity. The wine has a supple velvety texture (from the syrah and merlot?) and a delicious lingering finish. There’s a lot going on in this wine. It has far more complexity than other wines at this price.

Jouclary is amazingly versatile with food. It even works all on its own. Fancy foods, simple foods, hearty dishes, light dishes, cassoulet, pasta, chicken, lamb, you name it. Serve this beautiful bargain with anything!

Ordering:

Again, to order, please call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. This top red wine bargain arrives tomorrow, Friday January 5th, 2018. Prices are good for one week or until wines sell out.

Thank you for taking the time read about this red wine bargain. Order some– I know you’ll enjoy it!

Jim Cutts

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Hot from #17 spot on brand new Spectator “Top 100 Wines of the Year” List and just $14.99 each by the case! Tarima Hill. https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/email-specials/tarima_hill/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:16:50 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=16710 Critics can’t seem to say enough great things about the delicious 2015 Tarima Hill Old Vines from Bodegas Volver in the Alicante region of Spain. Check out some of the reviews below! Wine Spectator awarded it 92 points. They named …

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Critics can’t seem to say enough great things about the delicious 2015 Tarima Hill Old Vines from Bodegas Volver in the Alicante region of Spain. Check out some of the reviews below! Wine Spectator awarded it 92 points. They named it a Smart Buy. And now they’ve picked it for spot #17 on their prestigious Top 100 Wines of 2017 list. It earned 91 points from Vinous. And Parker’s Wine Advocate is waiting to rate this 2015 after rating the 2014 vintage 92 points. This 2015 is clearly even better! Even with all this acclaim, it still sells for just $17 (for now)! Expect the price to start climbing, though. Get it now!

2015 Bodegas Volver “Tarima Hill” Old Vines (Alicante, Spain)
Reg. $16.99
E-mail Sale! 6-11 bottles: $15.99 per bottle
Case (12+ bottles): $14.99 per bottle

  • To order, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • The wine arrives tomorrow, Wednesday November 29th.
  • Supplies are limited. The sale is good for one week.

More About the Tarima Hill Old Vines Red from Bodegas Volver (information from the winery):

This red comes from old vines planted between 1935 and 1970 in Spain’s Alicante region at an elevation of 2,100 to 2,400 feet. This 100% ungrafted Monastrell was organically dry-farmed and cultivated completely by hand. It grew in several vineyards located in important Alicante areas between the Sierra de Salinas, Sierra de Umbria, and the Sierra de la Sima.

The soil is dry and shallow, and is primarily composed of limestone, which is the mother rock. The soil is intermixed with large chunks of pure chalk. The largest marble quarry in Europe is located near our vineyards, testament to the chalky quality of the soils. Marble is the product of chalk, or calcium carbonate, that has been compressed over a very long period of time.

We harvested entirely by hand in October. The team sorted the fruit meticulously at the winery. Fermentation was in stainless steel open tops with indigenous yeast. We transferred the wine to primarily new French oak Bordelaise and Burgundy barrels and some second use barrels for malolactic fermentation. After about 14 months of aging, we bottle the wine without filtration or fining.

Here’s what the wine press has said:

The Wine Spectator rated it 92 points. They named it a Smart Buy, too. And then, just last week, they awarded it spot #17 on their Top 100 Wines of 2017 list. Every other wine in the top 24 spots sells between $25 and $109 per bottle! Here’s the review:

“This red shows grace and depth. Black cherry, plum, mineral and smoke flavors mingle harmoniously over well-integrated tannins, while lively acidity keeps this focused. Not showy, but all the pieces fit together. Balanced, in the modern style. Drink now through 2025. 10,000 cases made. 92 points. Smart Buy. #17 Top 100 Wines of 2017.” Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Dec. 31, 2017 Issue. 

Josh Raynolds of Vinous wrote:

“(made from vines planted in 1935 and 1970; fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks and aged in new and used French and American oak barrels) Bright purple. Heady, exotic aromas of candied dark fruits, incense, vanilla and smoky minerals, backed by subtle floral notes. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering intense blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Hangs on with strong tenacity on the finish, which features velvety tannins and an echo of sweet blue fruit. Drink 2019-2024. 91 points.Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May, 2017.  

And for Wine Advocate fans, here’s what Robert Parker said about the winery and the 2014 version of this wine (he has not, yet, reviewed this 2015, but it is clearly even better than the 2014):

“This is one of the top value wineries in all of Spain, working from generic appellations such as La Mancha to Jumilla and Alicante. They produce an amazing amount of inexpensive, high-quality wine that sells for a song.”

“Lastly, the 2014 Tarima Hill, from Alicante, is also 100% Mourvèdre aged 20 months in French oak and from the oldest vines of the estate, planted 1935-1975. They are also relatively high elevation, at 2,000 to 2,400 feet above sea level. This wine shows wonderful, pure aromatics of blueberry, black raspberries, chalk and spring flowers. The wine has beautiful, full-bodied texture, impressive ripeness and purity and length. The minerality is present, and the wine a heck of a value. Drink over the next 4-5 years. 92 points.” Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #226, Aug. 30, 2016.  

Ordering:

Again, to order just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. The wine arrives tomorrow, Wednesday November 29th. Supplies are limited. The sale is good for one week or until the wine is sold outThank you for taking the time to read about this highly-acclaimed, award-winning value. Stock up on this bold red while supplies last.

Jim Cutts

Arrowine

 

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Happy Thanksgiving! https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/uncategorized/happy-thanksgiving/ Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:45:25 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=4004   Arrowine & Cheese Holiday Hours Thanksgiving Day:  Closed Friday November 24th: Closed Saturday November 25th: 10am to 8pm Sunday November 26th: 11am to 5pm   Arrowine & Spirits Holiday Hours Thanksgiving Day: Closed Friday November 24th: Closed Saturday November …

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Herve Rafflin Champagne La Nature’l Premier Cru Extra Brut: Top-of-the-class and drastically under-priced! https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/wine/herve-rafflin-champagne-la-naturel-premier-cru-extra-brut-top-class-drastically-priced/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:27:07 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=16684 Be among the first in the U.S.A. to experience the beautiful NV Hervé Rafflin “La Nature’l” Premier Cru Extra Brut Champagne. This is a rare Champagne. It is among the best finds ever from Arrowine’s Doug Rosen. And remember, Doug …

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Be among the first in the U.S.A. to experience the beautiful NV Hervé Rafflin “La Nature’l” Premier Cru Extra Brut Champagne. This is a rare Champagne. It is among the best finds ever from Arrowine’s Doug Rosen. And remember, Doug and Arrowine introduced the U.S.A. to Champagne houses like Cedric Bouchard (Roses de Jeanne), Bereche, Jerome Prevost and more. Yes, today’s find, Rafflin, belongs in this distinguished company. And it belongs high on the list! Not only is this an elegant rarity, this Premier Cru Extra Brut is an amazing Champagne value, too.

Champagne fans need to experience the wines of Hervé Rafflin. All of Rafflin’s Champagnes are special wines. They’re made by hand in tiny quantities and are as expressive as Champagne can be. This wine, the  “La Nature’l” Premier Cru Extra Brut was Doug’s pick of the year from this house. It’s as pure, evocative and transparent as Champagne gets. Stunningly, you can get it for as little as $42.99. That’s less than many mass-produced grocery-store brands sell for! It’s twice the wine! You can only get this rising Champagne star at Arrowine!Herve Rafflin Champagne

NV Hervé Rafflin Champagne “La Nature’l” Premier Cru Extra Brut  (Champagne, France)
Reg. $59.99
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $47.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $44.99
Case (12+ bottles): $39.99

  • To order please call Arrowine.  We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. 
  • The Champagne arrives tomorrow, Wednesday November 22nd, 2017.
  • Sale prices are good for one week if supplies last (but this small production exclusive Champagne will likely sell out sooner).

Don’t wait. Rafflin made under 700 cases of this great Champagne. We’re getting all we can. We secured about 3% of world-wide production for Arrowine’s e-mail customers. But it won’t be enough.

Many Americans have never had truly great Champagne. That’s because oceans of mass-produced “good, not great” Champagne has long dominated imports.

Great Champagne is all about the wine behind the bubbles. Hervé Rafflin gets this. He shows it with every bottle of Champagne he produces. Every bottle is a unique and expressive wine made into Champagne in the classic Champagne method. Hervé is the new generation of the Rafflin family. It’s a family that’s been growing wine grapes in Champagne since 1840. They have just five hectares of vineyards. And what vineyards they are!

Rafflin’s vineyards are in top-quality sites. The vineyards are in Champagne’s excellent Ludes sub-region. Located south of Reims, near the village of Mailly-Champagne, their vineyards produce incredibly high quality, rich, concentrated fruit. Their vineyards are all classified Premier Cru, and their vineyard work exceeds even the high standards of this prestigious region.

In the past, the Rafflin family sold all of their fruit to other producers. Rafflin’s fruit has appeared in high-end, highly-rated Champagnes under a variety of labels. Now they’re keeping some of their best fruit, from their finest vineyard plots, grown at low yields to promote concentration and intensity of flavor. Hervé Rafflin is making special wines with unique style and attention to detail. He’s proud to have his name on the label and he puts his best into every bottle.

Rafflin works fastidiously in the vineyards. It means he picks rich, concentrated and complex fruit. Though his boutique operation is tiny in scale, he makes his wines in a first-class, state-of-the-art facility. He is able to use the resources of the nearby co-op of Chigny-Les-Roses where Hervé’s uncle is the director. Like every great winemaker, Hervé’s touch is in knowing what to do and when. And then being patient. The result is a stunning Champagne.

The excellent fruit quality, with richness and concentration, means that the base wine is very complete. It needs little dosage, and Rafflin only used about 1.8 g/l. “Brut” Champagne can use up to 12 g/l.  Rafflin treated this Champagne to extended lees aging of about 48 months to enhance the mouthfeel and show off the complexity of his fruit. It’s about triple the 15 month standard for NV Champagne. And it’s another reason this is special.

Most amazing is the price. This top-quality, family-grown, hand-crafted, Premier Cru, Extra Brut Champagne is actually priced lower than most mass-produced grocery-store big-brand Champagnes. Order plenty! This is a Champagne you’ll want to go back to again and again. But order soon too; quantities are strictly limited.

Here’s more on this great Champagne:

This Champagne, the NV Hervé Rafflin Nature’L 1er Cru Extra Brut, comes from the sensational base vintage of 2012. As Jancis Robinson explained, 2012 was: “An exceptional vintage in Champagne. Despite low yields thanks to frost, hail and disease early in the season, August saw conditions improve dramatically resulting in exemplary maturity, acidity and grape health at harvest.” Decanter called the 2012 vintage “Exceptional” and rated it 5/5 (the last 5/5 vintage was 2008).

This is a blend of 35% pinot meunier, 34% pinot noir and 31% chardonnay from vines up to 48 years old. Rafflin made the wine simply and patiently, vinifying it in stainless steel tanks. Total SO2 is very low, about 35 mg/L. The original wine was bottled in 2013 and aged on its lees until disgorgement in 2017. About 8,000 bottles were made.

Here’s how it tastes:

This pale lemon pulp colored Champagne has a fine and delicate bead. The pure and intense aromas bring to mind poached pears, red berries and crushed stones. The palate is impressively pure, rich and concentrated with fine silken texture and excellent energy. The finish is pure, clean, long and pleasing. There is a perfect balance of vibrancy and richness that is very “vinous” and leaves the palate coated with delicate red fruit and stony minerals. This leaves higher-priced “Grandes Marques” NV Brut Champagnes in the dust. Serve this in a full-bowled red wine glass (not a skinny flute) to get the full aromatic experience. This is Champagne you can lose yourself in– the aromas and flavors saturate your senses and evolve minute by minute as the wine warms and airs.

Champagne fans should stock up. Even if you don’t usually seek out Champagne, consider this. It’s a wonderful wine to start any meal or any celebration. It’s perfectly dry yet has the concentration to pair beautifully with all kinds of seafood and poultry dishes. We’ve never seen a review. This is the sort of low-production wine that could jump in price markedly with one mention in a popular review. Stock up before that happens! And please remember you heard about it from Arrowine first!

Ordering:

Again, to order please call Arrowine.  We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. The Champagne arrives tomorrow, Wednesday November 22nd, 2017. Sale prices are good for one week if supplies last (but this small production exclusive Champagne will likely sell out sooner).

Thank you for taking the time to read about this top-of-the-class, drastically under-priced, tiny-production Champagne.

Jim Cutts

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Philippe Alliet’s top level single-vineyard Chinon reds beat Bordeaux at 5x the price! https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/wine/philippe-alliets-top-level-single-vineyard-chinon-reds-beat-bordeaux-5x-price/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:21:37 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=16383 Philippe Alliet’s top level single-vineyard Chinon reds beat Bordeaux at 5x the price! Philippe Alliet believes that Chinon wines (100% cabernet franc) can have the depth, concentration and structure of great Bordeaux. He also believes they can accomplish this without losing …

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Philippe Alliet’s top level single-vineyard Chinon reds beat Bordeaux at 5x the price!

Philippe Alliet believes that Chinon wines (100% cabernet franc) can have the depth, concentration and structure of great Bordeaux. He also believes they can accomplish this without losing any of the distinct and gorgeous complexity and unique personality that defines Chinon.

His profound wines from the great 2014 vintage prove that he’s right. Critics agree. The Wine Spectator selected his least expensive “entry level” Chinon from 2014 for their prestigious list of Top 100 Wines of the Year after they awarded it 91 points. (The also selected the 91 point 2015 the next year!) His 2014 “Vieilles Vignes” Chinon was called “rock-solid” and scored even higher, with 93 Spectator points.

Today we have his greatest wines– his barrel-aged, single-vineyard selections from top vineyards on Chinon’s finest hillsides. They rival or surpass many Bordeaux reds that are 5 times the price! They are wines of depth, power and elegance that can last for decades. Fans of cabernet franc need these. Collectors that want to cellar the very best red wines of the Loire Valley region should stockpile them. And those seeking to build a collection of top-level wines that can age and improve while sticking to a budget should read carefully.

Wine #1:

2014 Philippe Alliet Chinon “L’Huisserie” (AOC Chinon, Loire Valley, France) 
Reg. $34.99 
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $31.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $29.99 per bottle
12+ bottles: $27.99 per bottle

Wine #2: 

2014 Philippe Alliet Chinon “Coteau de Noiré” (AOC Chinon, Loire Valley, France) 
Reg. $42.99 
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $38.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $36.99 per bottle
12+ bottles: $34.99 per bottle

  • To order, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • These excellent, 100% cabernet franc, reds arrive at Arrowine tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.
  • Sale prices are good for one week or until supplies sell out.

Here’s more about Domaine Philippe Alliet:

Critics call Domaine Philippe Alliet a “reference point” producer in Chinon, and he’s only getting better. He’s a clear leader of a new wave of Loire winemakers. They’re changing what you can expect from Loire red wines. His wines often even outperform wines from Loire stars like Joguet, Baudry, and Raffault.

He runs his family-owned wine estate, together with his wife Claude and his son Pierre. Alliet makes concentrated, structured and balanced wines. He strives for low yields and optimally ripe fruit. There are no “thin” or “green” wines here. He achieves this through diligent (even obsessive) vineyard management.

Philippe travels to Bordeaux several times a year. He considers the greatest wines of Bordeaux (like Cheval Blanc) his models for what the cabernet franc variety can achieve. His wines display that kind of structure, power, purity and balance!

To achieve this takes an amazing effort. He grows fruit organically at yields far lower than is typical in Chinon (and even lower than is typical for top Bordeaux properties). The estate’s vineyards are fabulously located. He owns ideal plots on some of the most optimal hillsides in Cravant-les-Côteaux, an area considered the finest part of Chinon. He starts with low-yielding old vines. Then he uses green-harvests and canopy-controls to lower yields further and promote optimal ripeness. At harvest, he’s meticulous about timing and rigorous about fruit selection.

Both of these wines came from vineyards considered among the region’s best. Philippe totally de-stemmed the fruit to de-emphasize the green or “vegetal” characteristics that are prominent in many Loire Valley reds. He utilized only native yeasts and a long, slow maceration period (up to five weeks) to achieve gentle but ample extraction. Critics and wine lovers consider his wines among the greatest red wines of the Loire Valley. That’s true even of his lowest-priced entry-level wine but it’s especially true of his top single-vineyard offerings.

About the 2014 vintage:

Very simply, 2014 is among the greatest vintages in the history of the Loire Valley. That’s true generally for the entire region and in particular for cabernet franc. Vinous rated the 2014 vintage of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc at 94 points. That means that 2014 ties (with 2005) as the highest rated vintage for Loire Cabernet Franc since the legendary, 95 point, 1996 vintage.

More about Wine #1: 2014 Philippe Alliet Chinon “L’Huisserie”:

“L’Huisserie” is a steep south-facing vineyard. It has exceptional clay soil with flinty gravel and high limestone content. Located in the “premiere côte” of Chinon, this organically-farmed vineyard has vines over 20 years of age. These vines are fully mature yet young compared to Alliet’s other top vineyards. These exceptional vines create concentrated fruit noted for violet aromas, energetic black and red fruit, mineral complexity, and elegant texture.

Alliet harvested the 2014 “L’Huisserie” into small containers at very low yields (about 33 hl/ha). He vinified it over three plus weeks in concrete vats. He allowed the wine to age for 18 months in 500L barrels (mostly used) to enhance the flavors and complexity.

Here’s how it tastes: The color is very deep ruby red, almost black at the core. The aromas are gorgeous. Floral violet notes merge with black cherries, raspberries, blackberries and herbs like fennel and bay. The energetic palate has ripe red and black fruit, licorice, and minerals balanced with palate-refreshing acidity. The tannins are noble and fine and the texture is fresh and firm. This amazing expression of cabernet franc is exceptional now after airing in a decanter for half an hour. Better yet, allow it to develop a bit more in the bottle and drink it between 2019 and 2026.

 Acclaim: I have not located a review in any U.S. publications, but consider:

  • Alliet’s regular 2014 Chinon earned a score of 15.5 (/20) points from La Revue du Vin de France (LRVF). The Wine Spectator awarded it 91 points (and selected it for their prestigious Top 100 Wines of the Year list).
  • The 2014 Alliet Chinon “Vieilles Vignes” earned 16.5 points from LRVF. It’s Spectator rating was 93 points.
  • This wine, the 2014 Chinon “L’Huisserie,”earned 17.5 points from LRVF. This rare accomplishment is considered the equivalent of a rating in the mid to high 90s.
  • They wrote “17.5 / 20. + Coup de Coeur. Density and softness are the essence of  this spherical wine, liquorice, and carried by an invigorating acidity. Irresistible from its youth but armed for the guard, it imposes itself with ease by its participating harmony of flavors. A real treat!” (The Guide to the Best Wines of France 2017,  RVF)

More about Wine #2: 2014 Philippe Alliet Chinon “Coteau de Noiré”:

This is, simply, one of the finest red wines of the Loire. The “Coteau de Noiré” vineyard is outrageously steep (40% slope) and is considered perhaps the greatest of Chinon’s “Grand Cru” level vineyards. It is a wine that defines the greatness of the cabernet franc variety. And this 2014 is perhaps the best “Coteau de Noiré” yet. This is wine for the patient with the potential to age for two decades with good storage.

The 2014  “Coteau de Noiré” was hand harvested into small containers. Yields were extremely low. Vinification lasted over three weeks in neutral vats. It was then aged for 18 months in French oak barriques (80% new).

Here’s how it tastes:  The color is extremely deep ruby with purple reflections and black at the core. The aromas are rich, deep and complex with lilac and violet enhancing black raspberry and blackberry fruit, chocolate and licorice. The powerfully structured palate shows dark fruit that builds to show herbs, spices, chocolate and vanilla. Powerful and exceptionally long, this will benefit from 3-4 years in the cellar and can evolve favorably until it is two decades old.

Acclaim: Again, I have not located reviews yet in U.S. publications. La Revue du Vin de France (LRVF) awarded this great 2014 an amazing 18.5/20, their highest rating ever for any vintage of this prestigious red. This rating is the quality equivalent of a score in the upper 90s. It was also selected for the Coup de Coeur” award. They wrote: “What vigor, purity and precision in the intense and profiled flavors of this extraordinary material! Elegant, harmonious, this serene wine is surprisingly close to the original flavors of the grape, served by a breeding of excellence. ” (The Guide to the Best Wines of France 2017,  RVF)

Ordering:

Again, to order these terrific, 100% cabernet franc reds, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. These excellent, 100% cabernet franc, reds arrive at Arrowine tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, 2016. Sale prices are good for one week or until supplies sell out.

Thank you for taking the time to read about Domaine Philippe Alliet and his highly acclaimed, cellar-worthy, world-class single-vineyard wines from Chinon.

Jim Cutts

Arrowine

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An Arrowine Exclusive: 2014 Il Palagio Chianti Classico https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/wine/arrowine-exclusive-2014-il-palagio-chianti-classico/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:27:15 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=16338 The special Il Palagio Chianti Classico comes from a small, family-run, third-generation winery in the “sweet spot” of Chianti Classico. Their winery is in the famed Chianti village of Panzano and their estate vineyards are in Panzano’s world-famous “Conca d’Oro” (“Golden Valley”). …

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The special Il Palagio Chianti Classico comes from a small, family-run, third-generation winery in the “sweet spot” of Chianti Classico. Their winery is in the famed Chianti village of Panzano and their estate vineyards are in Panzano’s world-famous “Conca d’Oro” (“Golden Valley”). This renowned section of Tuscany’s Chianti Classico zone is home to superstars of Tuscan wine, including Fontodi and Castello dei Rampolla.

To find Chianti Classico under $20 per bottle is unusual. To find estate-bottled, top-quality Chianti Classico from select vineyards in the Conca d’Oro under $20 is a rare opportunity.

2014 Azienda Agricola Il Palagio Chianti Classico DOCG
Regular: $24.99
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $21.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $19.99 per bottle 
12+ bottles: $17.99 per bottle

  • To order, just call either Arrowine location to order. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • This wine will arrive tomorrow, Friday, October 6th.
  • E-mail Sale prices are good for one week, or until supplies run out. Availability is very limited on this wine!

About the Il Palagio estate:

Azienda Agricola Il Palagio was founded in 1969 by Dario Piccini. It is now run by his granddaughter, Monia Piccini, and her husband, Franco Guarducci, along with talented winemaker Marco Chellini. It is fabulously located near the village of Panzano’s famed “Conca d’Oro”, in the heart of the Chianti Classico DOCG, equidistant from Florence and Siena.

They make wine exclusively from their 7.5 hectares of estate vineyards. Each of their vineyard plots is in a privileged location. They’re at 400 to 500 meters of elevation and have rocky, clay-schist Galestro soil. The estate is focused almost entirely on growing extremely high-quality sangiovese (they have one small merlot plot). They work the vineyards by hand, diligently and uncompromisingly, to the extent that they call their vineyards their “second home”. They’ve gotten to know, in Monia’s words, “each stone, every plant.”

Their hands-on, labor-intensive, quality-focused vineyard practices mean they don’t need chemical treatments. They’ve been 100% organic for over a decade (and certified by ICEA since 2010). Their vinifications are precise and clean, with a focus on translating the pure expression of vineyard and vintage into the bottle. Their diligent work in the vineyard and cellar allows them to bottle their wines without filtration.

The winery and vineyards are under a mile from Fontodi (who’s top-rated wines Arrowine’s clients have been enjoying for over a decade). Il Palagio’s wines, including this Chianti Classico, their “Ignobile” blend, and even their top level Chianti Classico Gran Selezione are of exceptional quality, and they are among the finest values in all of Tuscany. The estate’s wines are admired for their aromatic expressiveness, concentration, and purity.

A note on the “Azienda Agricola Il Palagio” name:

Be aware that at least three different wineries in Tuscany include “Il Palagio” in their name! This is Azienda Agricola Il Palagio. It is a small family winery with wonderfully located vineyards in Panzano’s Conca d’Oro, in the heart of Chianti Classico. This is not Tenuta Il Palagio, which gets attention in the media for being owned by the musician Sting. This also is not the larger Fattoria Il Palagio from San Gimignano.

More about the 2014 Il Palagio Chianti Classico:

Il Palagio grew the fruit for this wine in their family-owned estate vineyards on two adjacent hillsides just to the west of the village of Panzano in Chianti. It is 100% sangiovese and 100% hand harvested. Marco Chellini fermented the selected fruit in stainless steel tanks for 12-18 days. The cap was submerged for gentle extraction, and there were frequent délestages.

The wine was then racked into medium-sized oak barrels for 12-18 months of aging, followed by an additional 12 months of aging in the bottle before release. The result is a pure and exacting expression of sangiovese grown in some of Chianti Classico’s finest, best located vineyards. Fewer than 1,500 cases were produced.

Here’s how it tastes:

This Chianti Classico has bright ruby red color. It has expressive aromas of dried flowers, red berries, cherry pits, and sage. In the cooler 2014 vintage, this emphasizes expressive, medium-bodied, pretty red fruit and spice character. The palate shows raspberries and cherries combining with sweet spices. The finish is long-lasting, pure, balanced and complex with subtle oak smoothing the fine tannins. This is a very food-versatile wine. Delicious with poultry, beef, or pasta, it will also shine when paired with grilled meats or sausages. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years.

This tiny boutique estate rarely submits wines for review. If you have any of the “Ignobile”, try a bottle! The style is similar, but this Chianti Classico comes from lower yields and finer vineyard locations.

Ordering:

Again, to order please call either Arrowine location to order. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. This wine will arrive tomorrow, Friday, October 6th. E-mail Sale prices are good for one week, or until supplies run out. Availability is very limited on this wine!

Thank you for taking the time to read about this delicious Tuscan red from some of Chianti Classico’s best vineyard locations.

Jim Cutts

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This 2015 Loire white ($14.99 best) is noticeably better than the 92 point 2014! Bruno Cormerais! https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/wine/bruno-cormerais-muscadet-sevre-et-maine/ Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:00:04 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=16320 The brand-new 2015 Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vieilles Vignes” is clearly even better than the 92 point 2014. Here’s the review of that 2014 from Vinous: “Bright, zesty lime, sea breeze and quarry dust suggestions of chalk on …

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The brand-new 2015 Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vieilles Vignes” is clearly even better than the 92 point 2014. Here’s the review of that 2014 from Vinous:

“Bright, zesty lime, sea breeze and quarry dust suggestions of chalk on the nose introduce a palate of energetic brightness and grip, tactile mineral impingement and mouthwatering salinity. A half hour in the glass brought additional clarity and mineral nuance, and the finish positively shimmers in its vibrant citrus-mineral interaction. What an incredible value! Drink 2017-2024. 92 points.” 

2015 Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vieilles Vignes” (Loire Valley, France)
Reg. $19.99
E-mail Sale!  1-5 bottles: $17.99
6+ bottles: $15.99
12+ bottles: $14.99

  • To order, just call Arrowine.  We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • The wine arrives tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.
  • The sale price is good for one week or until the wine sells out.

This pure, intense, concentrated and very mineral white wine from a prestigious spot in France’s Loire Valley should be $30-$40. It would earn this price, or more, by any fair measure of comparing the value of different wines from different varieties and different regions. Take advantage of one of the best white wine values in the world!

Here are some of the features that make this delicious white so special:

  • This vibrant, concentrated, dry and complex mineral white wine was estate grown.
  • It came from some of the region’s best vineyard sites with low yields and old vines (40+ years of age).
  • Bruno Cormerais, a star producer in the Loire Valley, crafted it carefully, by hand (along with his son Maxime).
  • Many journals have praised this winery as one of the best of the region. The Wine Advocate wrote “…Clisson-based Bruno Cormerais’s is one of his region’s as yet relatively unheralded stars.”
  • They harvest at full ripeness, later than some of his peers. It’s risky, but it makes for more flavorful and concentrated wines.
  • They vinify with natural yeast, and ferment parcel by parcel to isolate the best character of each site.
  • Cormerais made this white wine with a painstaking traditional process that requires 14 months of aging on the lees (“sur lie”). This enhances the textural richness and complexity of the wines.
  • They also aged the wine in the bottle to make it more integrated and exceptional when released.
  • It has the potential to age for at least another half decade (with good storage).

Yes, white wines this intense, complex, viscous, long and textured almost always sell for a much higher price. If you’re serving oysters, mussels or clams, I don’t know if there’s a better wine available even if you spend triple! Order this today for as little $14.99 per bottle.

About the 2015 vintage:

This dry Loire white wine comes from the great 2015 vintage. This vintage earned the highest vintage rating ever for Loire Dry Whites! Wine Enthusiast rated 2015 as a 96 point vintage. It was a perfect followup topping the (also great) 95 point 2014 vintage. Going back to 1990, Wine Enthusiast did not rate any other vintage above 94 points. As JancisRobinson.com wrote: “…2014 and 2015 make a magic pair…“.

More about this wine:

This bone dry, concentrated, vivid, mineral, complex, and textured wine comes from the “melon de bourgogne” grape variety. As the name suggests, this variety originally came from France’s Burgundy region. Now, almost all of the “melon de bourgogne” produced comes from the region of Muscadet, close to the city of Nantes and the mouth of the Loire River. Star producer Bruno Cormerais is in the fabulous “Sevre et Maine” sub-zone of the Muscadet region. This estate and it’s vineyards are located in the famed village of Clisson. The granite soils in this area make Clisson Muscadets the most sought-after Muscadets in the world.

This could be your #1 pick with oysters, shrimp or any kind of seafood. This white is superbly drinkable today and has the potential to age at least 5 more years. From 40+ year old vines in a top spot in Muscadet’s famous Sevre et Maine zone, this lees-aged white combines ripe fruit with a palate-clinging racy texture and a saturating mineral personality. It is the ultimate white with any seafood, especially shellfish.

This isn’t just a good wine at a good price, it’s a gorgeous wine at an unbelievable price. The danger here is that if you get accustomed to this much character, complexity, length, and texture in a white wine, you may never be able to replicate it without spending much more!

More about Domaine Bruno Cormerais:

This winery, run by Bruno Cormerais and his son Maxime, is becoming a star in the Loire Valley. The estate is in the sought-after Clisson area, near the Maine river. The granitic soils of this area are so good that Clisson recently earned it’s own appellation that will appear on labels in future vintages.

If you’ve tried their wines, you’re not at all surprised their fame is growing. If you’ve tasted the wines you saw the stardom coming. The Wine Advocate wrote: “… Clisson-based Bruno Cormerais is one of his region’s as yet relatively unheralded stars.” And that’s just the start of the recognition they’ve attained.

Here’s a much more expansive excerpt from “Les meilleurs vins de France 2010, Le guide des 101 meilleurs vins de France” (“The Guide to the 101 Best Wines of France”) written by Bertrand Rougier that explains, in part, what’s special about Cormerais:

“The atypical soils are composed of the splendid and reputable granites of Clisson. The parcels of old vines are up to 70 years old, the yields are limited by short pruning, grass left between the rows, the grapes are harvested (by hand) at full maturity, natural yeasts are used, and fermentation is temperature controlled. And, cherry on the cake, Bruno Cormerais is not only a vigneron attached to his terroir, but also an ardent innovator, a clever experimenter, who has succeeded in imposing the wines of Muscadet as among the best of France.

Here’s how the 2015 Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vieilles Vignes” tastes:

This very pale lemon-pulp yellow colored wine has green reflections. It has expressive and beautiful aromas that bring to mind yellow flowers, lemon tarts, and sea shells. The palate is both rich and racy with palate-clinging texture. Flavors bring to mind green apple skins and lemon curd wrapped around a core of pure minerals. The texture is both refreshing and substantial. The flavors linger long with citrus and minerals. This is very long, refreshing, and complex and a wonderful partner with shellfish or other seafood. Get enough to enjoy it now and over the next two to five years!

Ordering:

Again, to order call Arrowine.  We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. The wine arrives tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. The sale price is good for one week or until the wine sells out.

Thank you for taking the time to read about this exciting Loire Valley white wine.

Jim Cutts

Arrowine

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Award-winning “Better than Chateauneuf” 2015 Petit Clos Maia as low as $16.99 per bottle https://www.arrowine.com/latest-offerings/wine/award-winning-better-chateauneuf-2015-petit-clos-maia-low-16-99-per-bottle/ Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:32:43 +0000 https://www.arrowine.com/?p=16275 Superstar winemaker Geraldine Laval has done it again! Her 2015 Clos Maïa “Le Petit Clos” is far better than many Chateauneuf du Papes. She’s made one of the prettiest and classiest grenache-based wines. From anywhere! She grows her fruit in a …

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Superstar winemaker Geraldine Laval has done it again! Her 2015 Clos Maïa “Le Petit Clos” is far better than many Chateauneuf du Papes. She’s made one of the prettiest and classiest grenache-based wines. From anywhere! She grows her fruit in a first-class vineyard in the Terrasses du Larzac, a top spot in Southern France’s Languedoc region. The 2015 vintage is stunning. The region had it’s best (and highest rated) vintage so far this century in 2015. The price is simply incredible for a wine of this quality.

 

2015 Clos Maïa “Le Petit Clos”, IGP Pays d’ Hérault, Languedoc, France
Reg. $24.99
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $19.99
6-11 bottles: $17.99 per bottle
Case (12+ bottles): $16.99 per bottle

  • To order, just call either Arrowine location. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • The wine arrives tomorrow, Friday September 29, 2017.
  • Sale price is good for one week.

Geraldine Laval is young. She made her first vintage from her newly-acquired, old-vine, “Clos Maia” estate in 2009 and she is still in her thirties.

Still, she already earned a top level reputation. Her very first wine from her very first vintage amazed people, including many critics. Among the plaudits, it was selected as wine #13 on La Revue du Vin de France’s (LRVF’s) list of top Grenache wines from around the world! Her tiny winery sold out of that super-reasonably priced wine almost instantly.

Her wines continue to thrill, vintage after vintage. The next vintage, the 2010, was selected for LRVF’s “Guide to the Best Wines of France 2013”! Then, on her 2013 vintage, they wrote:

“2013 is definitely a turning point. More seductive at every tasting, it reaches a refinement and a sensuality rare in Languedoc.”

About the 2015 vintage:

The superb 2015 vintage may well be another turning point. It is the finest “Petit Clos” we’ve tasted! It’s also the region’s highest rated vintage this century! Wine Enthusiast rated the Languedoc’s 2015 vintage at 93 points (“excellent”). That’s a higher rating than any vintage since 1998.

About Geraldine Laval:

The accolades for Geraldine Laval don’t surprise those that know her. She trained with revered winemakers throughout France, like Olivier Leflaive in burgundy, Jean-Louis Chave in the Rhône,  Château Cantenac-Brown in Margaux, and Olivier Jullien and Julien Zernott (Pas de l’Escalette) in Languedoc. She learned all about precision winemaking. And she impressed everyone along the way. She’s always showed prodigious talent. Those she’s worked with have raved that she seems to always make the right choices, and at the right times.

Geraldine Laval and Clos Maïa will continue to be names that you should know if you love masterfully hand-crafted wines from southern France.

About this wine:

This is the exclusive and impressive 2015 “Le Petit” Clos Maïa. It is world-class, elegant grenache from award-winning winemaker Géraldine Laval and her acclaimed project with Olivier Jeantet called Clos Maïa. Grown in a great vineyard in a sought-after spot in Southern France, it is stunning. And the price is crazy low for a beautifully aromatic wine that’s dripping with elegance and class.

You should experience this wine. Arrowine was the first source of this wine in the USA. We get the best allocation and offer the best price! Since we first offered the 2010 vintage, our customers have been crazy for this wine. With every vintage, new customers have converted and become loyal fans. It has steadily become one of our most talked about and most asked about wines from the Languedoc. Call soon to order your share. We now have the exceptional 2015 vintage. But supplies are strictly limited.

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Geraldine Laval made the 2015 “Petit Clos” from organically-farmed grenache. She, and partner Olivier Jeantet, grew it on the slopes of the Terrasses du Larzac. The vineyard is high above the city of Montpellier at about 1,300 feet of elevation. They harvested by hand, used only native yeast, and bottled the wine at the estate.

Grenache rarely gets this pure and elegant in the Languedoc region. It takes a master like Geraldine Laval to grow it right, harvest it right, and to somehow capture the pure vineyard expression in the bottle. It’s a relatively new winery (less than a decade old) and they make only a few hundred cases. But this is a wine that any fan of grenache (even far more expensive grenache-based wines, like Chateauneuf du Pape) should experience. Very little of this wine makes it out of France and Arrowine is proud to be the first and best source to offer it in the USA.

The character is pure, and the texture is so elegant and pretty. The mouthfeel is really closer to Burgundy than Chateauneuf! But the flavors are all grenache– in the best possible way. You’ll smell flowers and ripe red and black fruit. You’ll taste red fruit, black fruit, and plenty of subtle spice. It is deep and substantial enough to work well with robust wintertime meals (stews and roasted meats). This is a wonderful wine for lighter summer meals, too, since it isn’t oaky, sweet or heavy. It’s more about elegance and complexity than about weight. It’s a classic food wine. You can answer the question “What does it go with?” with “What do you have?”!  You can even drink this flavorful and elegantly textured red wine with no food at all. This is a wine you should not miss.

About Terrasses de Larzac:

When seeking her own property, Geraldine Laval chose the Terrasses de Larzac because of its unique combination of altitude, presence of water, and well-drained limestone soils. Today she has four hectares planted at 400 meters of altitude. She and her crew work naturally without the use of any chemicals. The depth of the soils allows the roots to plunge easily and the limestone gives extra minerality. The association of freshness (due to the altitude) and sufficient water in the relatively hot Languedoc climate is a perfect combination to produce wines that are elegant and precise. Laval aged this Petit Clos in concrete tronconique tanks. She made only a few hundred cases. Arrowine is proud to be the premier US retailer of this wine.

Here’s the review of the 2010 from Le Revue du Vin de France’s (RVF’s) influential “Guide to the Best Wines of France 2013”:La Revue du Vin de France

“Le Petit Clos 2010 is a pure Grenache subtly perfumed with notes of very fresh wild raspberry and strawberry, its great fine tannins give it a great characterand magnifies its delicate fruit. Geraldine Laval and Olivier Jeantet acquired a few plots in 2009 of high vineyards (350-400 m) in the Terrasses du Larzac. After solid training and internships with many great French winemakers, and with a focus on natural balance of the grapes to produce flavorful and pure wines, the estate shows a remarkable mastery after only three years of work. We fell in love with this singular product, a coherent emblem of the new wave of the Languedoc.” (The Guide to the Best Wines of France 2013 – RVF)

And here’s our tasting note for the 2015 Le Petit Clos Maïa:

The medium ruby-purple colored 2014 Le Petit Clos Maïa is a classic and elegant (even “Burgundian”) expression of grenache with texture and balance. Aromas of raspberries, cherries, lavender and violets start out pretty and then intensify as the wine airs.  The palate, too, opens and expands with time airing in a decanter or in the glass. This is perfectly balanced. It has ripe, rich, mouth-filling fruit balanced by restraint, elegance and finesse. This is substantial and ripe, yet it never turns jammy or syrupy. It adds some notes of garrigue spice (lavender, sage, rosemary and wild thyme) to the pure red and black fruit. And it presents the complete package in a classy, silky, long finishing style. The focused finish is lithe with fresh ripe fruit, savory spices and delicate tannin. It’s terrific today. It should also improve for a year and provide memorable experiences through 2023.

Ordering:

Again, to order, just call either Arrowine location. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. The wine arrives tomorrow, Friday September 29, 2017. The E-mail Sale price is good for one week or while supplies last.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the exceptional 2015  Clos Maïa “Petit Clos” from brilliant young winemaker Geraldine Laval and her excellent Clos Maia estate.

Jim Cutts

Arrowine

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