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Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)
Review Date: 11-10-2011
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Produced totally from Pinot Meunier, this outstanding Champagne, a recent Gary Westby find, offers incredible richness and lushness both on its doughy, yeasty, nutty, and spicy perfumed nose and across its viscous, complex, well-focused palate. With all this Gem’s depth of flavor, it is still amazingly balanced with superb structure and length. You get a gondola full of great Champagne, here, for a ridiculously reasonable price. I would put this up against any of named Champagnes that are selling for $75.00 or more a bottle. The Guys (Anderson, Eby, The Beaner, and Rizzo) have informed me that this Gem will be our house Champagne for the holidays. 12.0% ABV
Drink from 2011 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

1997 Labegorce, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-8-2011
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This is our fourth shipment of this wine and, to tell you the truth, the first ones left me wondering what Clyde saw in it. Those shipments resulted in wines that seemed austere, a bit “musty” and “rustique,” and totally uninteresting. This shipment, however, came from Anthony Barton’s (Léoville- and Langoa-Barton) cellar, which the first set of shipments did not, and the wine, simply put, is amazing! Medium-deep ruby in color, this Gem shows nothing less than the great aromas of aged Bordeaux at its best. The adjectives are endless: cedar, opulence, terroir, silkiness, seamless, integrated tannins, great complexity, broadness, viscosity, etc., etc… A great wine of great value that would rival aged offerings that are three to four times its price, and a statement as to how storage conditions can affect the presentation of a great wine. Anderson has informed me that we need cases of this Gem for the month. 12.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2020
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Review Date: 3-4-2009
As our Alsatian wine buyer, Eric Story, pointed out to me, recently: “Most people outside of the region don’t think about Alsace for sparkling wine, but wait until you try this puppy!” He was right both times. Most people don’t know, and I couldn’t wait to have another glass after I tasted the first. This is an impeccably delightful, refreshing Brut rosé, produced entirely from Pinot Noir and bottle-aged on yeast for two years before disgorgement. The resulting wine is a sparkler that shows a lovely pinkish hue, very fine bead, and bright yeasty, strawberry and spicy fruit characteristics on the nose that carries well to the dry, clean, yet abundantly fruity palate. Try it with a grilled salmon dinner or seriously consider it for your next party. Anderson and the girls have informed me that this will be our house sparkler for spring and into summer, if it lasts that long. 12% abv
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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