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Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-25-2020
The quality that this entry level champagne exhibits is stunning! The golden fruit notes are laced with a wonderful saline quality, and the minerality is accompanied by a savory-ness that adds a rich layer of complexity. The finish is long, and the lusciousness of the whole thing lingers with you.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2018 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 01-16-2020
This is a fantastic expression of Syrah. Strong structure with elegant fruit; a really lovely combo to see what happens in the years to come. The fruits come across as dark red and black, with some purple fruited notes. There's a delightfully long finish that has the fruit elements as well as a soft touch of meatiness.
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2017 Nor'Wester by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury
Review Date: 12-31-2019
If you want to know what the nose of a great Pinot Noir should be like, pick this up. The fruit is sweet and bright, but it's tempered with a really lovely dark earthiness...It's absolutely intoxicating. On the nose alone, this wine over-delivers! On the palate, it's a simple being; fresh red fruits laced with a bit of smokiness / brambliness. As a weekday wine, this is exactly what I want; a compelling nose that I can enjoy all evening long with the simplicity that should pair perfectly with many of my simple weekday meals.

Jean-Jacques Lamoureux Pinot Blanc Champagne
Review Date: 06-19-2019
Extremely aromatic and light on its feet, this champagne dazzles and delights! Lemon zest, citrus fruit, and floral notes leap and bound across the senses against a backdrop of soft minerality, and lit with accents of pale golden honey.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2019
There is definitely an authentic presence about this wine. The fruits are uncomplicated and delicious; I mostly got notes in the ripe pear category. And the yeast notes present here reminded me of classic Brioche that was freshly baked that morning. Overall, it was like being with a friend who presents themselves openly and honestly, without all the flippantry of someone seeking your attention.
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Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2019
If you’d like a study on what “toastiness” in Champagne tastes and smells like, look no further! As most of my colleagues have already pointed out, 7 years aged on the lies adds a lot of complex yeast characteristics that pair lovingly with the simple and pure fruits. This is mostly ripe and clean apple driven, but the yeast…it’s almost as if you toasted a slab of Brioche and let the edges burn a little bit.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2019
An all-star for the price! The main driving notes here are in the ‘pear’ category, with lovely apricot-like accents. Because of the 3 years of aging sur-lie, the yeast notes on the nose are reminiscent to Pain au Levain. Will do great poured on its own for a party, or served on the dinner table with just about any meal!

2010 Launois "Special Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Ships as a 1.5L Due to Bottle Size/Shape)
Review Date: 12-04-2018
Not every champagne gets to enjoy the label of “vinous,” but this one here deserves it completely! The moment you bring the glass to your nose, you get lost in how deep it goes. On the palette, clean orchard fruits are laced with a little bit of salinity and nuttiness, with a minerality that will leave you breathless, and a finish that goes on for a ridiculously long time. Absolutely incredible! I’ll certainly be putting away a few bottles for myself, as will a few of my colleagues, so you’d better get this quickly!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

1993 Joël Taluau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 09-13-2018
It’s very rare that you find a perfectly cellared Cabernet Franc from Bourgeuil, and even more rare for it to be anywhere near this old! But this has aged so beautifully. The savory, earthy, and bell peppery notes of Cabernet Franc are elegantly presented in this wine. And the fruit on this wine would fool you to believe that it’s not from 1993! They’re still fresh and full of life. As time passes by, the fruit joyously plays side by side with the earthy tones to create a harmonious melody long after the cork releases this young spirited wine.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart