The big news this week is the impending 25% tariff on wine made in France, Spain and Germany. There is a lot of hope that this will get settled before the 10/18 effective date, but we have our concerns. In the event that tariffs do stick, many vendors in the import trade will want to delay shipments. This is a smaller issue for young wine but could have a “run on the bank” impact for the gray market. We will keep you updated and may scale back offering wine that is not yet in the US for the time being. Today’s offer is pre-arrival, but the US importer, Becky Wasserman, and our wholesale partner have confirmed pricing and are reliable counterparties! As always, please reach out with any questions or comments regarding this evolving mess.
Moving to better topics, we have some engaging opportunities, starting with the 2017 Lafarge release. We have mentioned before that 2017 is a spectacular vintage for terroir transparency and complexity without weight. Given the run of spectacular work from Lafarge in recent years, these are must-haves for Volnay fans. And if you somehow are not a Volnay fan, well, it’s time to take another look. The Ducs and Chênes are two of the very best wines in the Côte de Beaune! And don’t overlook the old school, fragrant and subtly nutty Meursaults, and the vivid and beyond refreshing Aligoté.
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Aigrots $84 (91-93 NM)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Beaune 1er Cru Grèves $99 (91-93 BH)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne-Aligoté Raisins Dorés $24 (89-91 NM)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Meursault $55 (89-91 BH)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Meursault Vendanges Sélectionnées $59 (91-93 NM)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay $59 (89-91 BH)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Vendanges Sélectionnées $79 (90-92 NM)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes $240 (94-96 NM)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Château des Duc $159 (95-97 NM)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Pitures MAG $320 (92-94 NM)
- 2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans $159 (92-94 NM)
Sticking with 2017, we have the extremely rare 2017 Dujac Romanée St. Vivant. One of the best parcels on earth in the hands of a master of finesse. There are only two barrels made, so to have 12 bottles on offer is a real honor. Remember a huge chunk of thetwo barrels go to the vineyard investors as dividends. The supply of this wine for therest of us is far below two barrels and seems to be less than even one. The wine is in 3-pack OWC, so orders in increments of three are welcome.
- 2017 Domaine Dujac Romanée St. Vivant x12 $1900 (93-96 BH)
Pivoting to Champagne, we have 2009 Cristal mags at zero premium to bottles. Cristal, mags and cheap are words seldom mentioned together, so back up the truck. The ’09 is more of a hedonistic wine than the ’08. But nothing is like the ’08, and that’s OK. This is an approachable wine and a damn good one. It will age in its own right.
- 2009 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut MAG $409 (96+ AG)
To end this week, we have some new arrivals from Piedmont and Tuscany. We are very excited to offer two explosive Barolo that have knocked me over when ordered off a restaurant list and two wines from Tuscany that are perpetual front runners for best of the region. And magnums… because they really are better!
- 2012 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis MAG x5 $259 (94 AG)
- 2013 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Via Nuova x6 $75 (96 AG)
- 2014 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia MAG x3 $420 (93 WA)
- 2016 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia x25 $260 (100 WA)
- 2015 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Toscana IGT MAG x3 $149 (94-96 WA)