2012_05_01 : New Arrivals
Vin de Pays de l'Hérault, Grange des Pères, 2009
What do say about Grange des Pères? It's a cult wine in France that is hardly known in other countries outside of sommeliers and wine geeks. Laurent Vaillé set up shop in the Languedoc and decided to devote himself to making killer wine. The red is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah, and Mourvedre, White is Roussane, Marsanne, and Chardonnay. Allocations are tiny, and let's not even talk about the white. This needs at least 5 years in the cellar, and can easily sit 10-15 years. Sometimes people cry when they see empty bottles of recent vintage Grange des Pères.
80.00€ TTC / 66.89€ HT per bottle
Marsannay Clos du Roy, Sylvain Pataille, 2010
Sylvain Pataille is a name to watch in Burgundy. When David Croix came by for a tasting and dinner in the fall, I asked him to recommend a few winemakers I should go visit in Burgundy. His buddy Pataille was the first name off the list All of Sylvain's vines are in Marsannay, that village north of Gevrey that decided in the mid-century to concentrate on making rosé and bistro wine for Dijon - turns out that was a bad move, and people are just now realizing that the great terroirs in Marsannay such as the Clos du Roy can make some great Pinot. Keep an eye out - in the next few years Clos du Roy is the most likely candidate for the new 1er crus in Marsannay.
24.50€ TTC / 20.50€ HT per bottle * 264.60€ TTC / 221.40€ HT per case
Crozes-Hermitage Entre Ciel et Terre, David Reynaud, 2009
Man, we had to work to get these wines in here -- everyone was all "ooooooo Daveeed, send us your wine, it's sooo gooood." And David ate lunch at Spring and a few weeks later we had the wine on the list -- the classic 'way to the man's heart through the belly approach'. Entre Ciel et Terre is the grand cuvée, and one of the best wines I've ever had from Crozes. Old-vine Syrah is vinified for 18 months in concrete eggs (yes, folks, David is biodynamic, and he's also married). For a wine this rich, it's amazing that there is zero oak, but that's how it is. It's also bottled with zero sulphur, and yet ages surprisingly well - think 3-5 years on this one.
35.00€ TTC / 29.26€ HT per bottle * 378.00€ TTC / 316.00€ HT per case
Bellet Le Clos, Clos Saint-Vincent, 2010
100% Rolle from the tiny appellation of Bellet just outside Nice. I had the excellently humbling experience of being blind-tasted on this wine recently over at the Bristol. My expert analysis of the wine pegged it as 'probably from the east, judging from the great acidity and ripeness, but in any case delicious'. Turns out it was the same Bellet blanc that we've had on the list at Spring for a while now. The moral is, there's not many whites from the south of France that are this fresh, subtle, and tasty. A great summer fish wine.
36.00€ TTC / 30.10€ HT per bottle * 388.80€ TTC / 325.08€ HT per case