Welcome to the October 2019

Cellar Book

There are wineries which have been driven by craft, tradition, and just deliciousness for years, decades, and in some instances centuries. These wineries are the pinnacles of fine wine. This is our list of the producers we feel are worthy of collecting, worthy of drinking, and worthy of a bit more reading. Our cellar book is here for you to learn, drool, and of course shop. Cheers.

Krug

Among sommeliers, no Grande Marque garners as much love and respect as Krug. The style at this relatively small house is broad and oftentimes fashionably oxidative, influenced by aging in oak barrels rather than steel tanks. Even though this often makes the wines more approachable and delicious in youth, even the house classic Grande Cuvée gains from a few years of cellaring, and oftentimes a decades-old bottle of Krug has been the “wine of the night” even among stellar companions.

Krug, '166th Édition' MV
$185.00
Krug, '164th Édition' MV Magnum
$450.00
Krug, '166th Édition' MV Half Bottle
$80.00

Pierre Péters

One of the original grower champagne houses. Rodolphe, the current proprietor, continues the legacy of making some of the greatest blanc de blancs champagne created in the area. Central to the Domaine is the outstanding Chétillons vineyard in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The Péters estate has become synonymous with this vineyard, or perhaps it’s the other way around. In youth, the wines here are piercing with finesse. After a few years of maturity, they blossom out, showing layers of minerality and subtle spice.

Pierre Péters, 'Les Chétillons' Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2012
$175.00
Pierre Péters, 'Cuvée Réserve' Blanc de Blancs NV
$65.00

Domaine Dujac

It's easy to forget that Domaine Dujac was founded by the now-iconic Jacques Seysses in the late 1960s. It feels like a benchmark that has always been there. The number of winemakers in the region and around the world who model their philosophy on Dujac is impressive. The quality here speaks for itself. Dujac sits at the top of the hierarchy of producers in Burgundy. The Domaine is most commonly associated with the grand crus of Clos de la Roche and Clos Saint-Denis but their plethora of premiers cru and village wines are all worth collecting and drinking as often as humanly possible.

Dujac Fils et Père, Gevrey-Chambertin 2009
$150.00
Dujac Fils et Père, 'Malconsorts' 1er Cru Vosne-Romanée 2005
$725.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Combottes' 1er Cru Gevrey-Chambertin 2016
$285.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Malconsorts' 1er Cru Vosne-Romanée 2008
$750.00
Domaine Dujac, Morey-St.-Denis 2005
$185.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Echezeaux' Grand Cru 1995
$1,000.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Echezeaux' Grand Cru 1996
$1,200.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Clos de la Roche' Grand Cru 2001
$1,400.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Echezeaux' Grand Cru 1999
$1,200.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Les Beaux Monts' 1er Cru Vosne-Romanée 2016
$375.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Malconsorts' 1er Cru Vosne-Romanée 2016
$575.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Clos de la Roche' Grand Cru 2016
$685.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Malconsorts' 1er Cru Vosne-Romanée 2009
$785.00
Domaine Dujac, 'Malconsorts' 1er Cru Vosne-Romanée 2013
$395.00

Comtes Lafon

Dominique Lafon took over this already storied family Domaine in 1985 and has realized the potential of an extraordinary portfolio of vineyards. The white wines here truly number among the greatest in Burgundy, while the reds are fantastic values, comparatively, and still somehow flying under the radar. The vineyards, centered around Meursault (Comtes Lafon is the only property to own vineyards in all premiers crus of the village) are cultivated along with biodynamic principles since 1989. The wines here have taken a turn for a leaner, more elegant style lately, and the results are magnificent.

Comtes Lafon, Monthélie Blanc 2010
$125.00
Comtes Lafon, Monthélie Blanc 2009
$125.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Clos de la Baronne' 1er Cru Meursault 2016
$165.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Charmes' 1er Cru Meursault 2016
$300.00
Comtes Lafon, Monthélie Blanc 2013
$125.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Clos des Chênes' 1er Cru Volnay 1987
$350.00
Comtes Lafon, Volnay 2010
$165.00
Comtes Lafon, Volnay 2011
$145.00
Comtes Lafon, Volnay 2009
$175.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Clos de la Baronne' 1er Cru Meursault 2016 Magnum
$350.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Santenots-du-Milieu' 1er Cru Volnay 2016
$190.00
Comtes Lafon, Meursault 2011
$175.00

Domaine Marquis d'Angerville

Volnay is an enigmatic place. It is nestled between villages that make mostly white wines — or robust, hefty reds. But here, perhaps the most elegant and subtle wines in all of Burgundy are made. That reputation owes a lot to the d’Angerville estate, a fixture of the highest quality Volnay for over two centuries. Guillaume d’Angerville, the current proprietor, took over the estate in 2003, after his father Jacques’ death. He continues the philosophy of low intervention, letting the vineyards express themselves without getting in the way. The result is an exceptional lineup that ranges from the delicious Bourgognes to the singular premiers crus, with Fremiets typically being polished and joyful... Champans, curvier and denser... Taillepieds, structured — and for the lover of a classic, nervous Burgundy. The top of the hierarchy is Clos des Ducs, a mythical vineyard and a wine that deserves a few years of cellaring to really blossom out. Few wines in Burgundy can match its beautiful perfume once matured. And forget what you know about Volnays being light, soft wines for easy drinking – almost none have a track record of being age-worthy like the Clos des Ducs.

Marquis d'Angerville, 'Taillepieds' 1er Cru Volnay 2016
$175.00
Marquis d'Angerville, 'Caillerets' 1er Cru Volnay 2015
$195.00
Marquis d'Angerville, 'Champans' 1er Cru Volnay 2015 Magnum
$385.00
Marquis d'Angerville, 'Caillerets' 1er Cru Volnay 2016
$185.00
Marquis d'Angerville, 'Champans' 1er Cru Volnay 2016 Magnum
$400.00
Marquis d'Angerville, 'Clos des Ducs' 1er Cru Volnay 2015 Magnum
$600.00
Marquis d'Angerville, 'Champans' 1er Cru Volnay 2015
$185.00
Marquis d'Angerville, 'Clos des Ducs' 1er Cru Volnay 2016
$275.00
Marquis d'Angerville, 'Champans' 1er Cru Volnay 2016
$175.00

Roumier

Founded in 1924 and independently bottling since 1945, Domaine Georges Roumier has steadily built an astonishing reputation and its wines are among the most sought after in Burgundy. There is a substantial, earthy and cerebral quality to the wines across the portfolio, expressed nowhere more profoundly than in the Bonnes Mares, top of its class by a mile. With age, an incredible underlying elegance and beauty emerge.

Roumier, 'Clos de la Bussière' 1er Cru Morey-St.-Denis 2004
$255.00
Roumier, Chambolle-Musigny 2006
$340.00
Roumier, Chambolle-Musigny 2003
$325.00
Roumier, 'Clos de la Bussière' 1er Cru Morey-St.-Denis 2006
$280.00
Roumier, 'Les Cras' 1er Cru Chambolle-Musigny 2003
$500.00
Roumier, 'Clos de la Bussière' 1er Cru Morey-St.-Denis 2002
$500.00
Roumier, Chambolle-Musigny 2002
$425.00
Roumier, Chambolle-Musigny 2004
$359.00
Roumier, 'Les Cras' 1er Cru Chambolle-Musigny 2004
$525.00
Roumier, 'Clos de la Bussière' 1er Cru Morey-St.-Denis 2016
$250.00

Comtes Lafon

Dominique Lafon took over this already storied family Domaine in 1985 and has realized the potential of an extraordinary portfolio of vineyards. The white wines here truly number among the greatest in Burgundy, while the reds are fantastic values, comparatively, and still somehow flying under the radar. The vineyards, centered around Meursault (Comtes Lafon is the only property to own vineyards in all premiers crus of the village) are cultivated along with biodynamic principles since 1989. The wines here have taken a turn for a leaner, more elegant style lately, and the results are magnificent.

Comtes Lafon, Monthélie Blanc 2010
$125.00
Comtes Lafon, Monthélie Blanc 2009
$125.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Clos de la Baronne' 1er Cru Meursault 2016
$165.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Charmes' 1er Cru Meursault 2016
$300.00
Comtes Lafon, Monthélie Blanc 2013
$125.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Clos des Chênes' 1er Cru Volnay 1987
$350.00
Comtes Lafon, Volnay 2010
$165.00
Comtes Lafon, Volnay 2011
$145.00
Comtes Lafon, Volnay 2009
$175.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Clos de la Baronne' 1er Cru Meursault 2016 Magnum
$350.00
Comtes Lafon, 'Santenots-du-Milieu' 1er Cru Volnay 2016
$190.00
Comtes Lafon, Meursault 2011
$175.00

J.L. Chave

The Chave family is nothing short of royalty in the world of wine. The current Jean-Louis is the 16th generation in father-son succession who have tended vines in St. Joseph and the fabled hill of Hermitage, possibly the birthplace and arguably the pinnacle of the Syrah grape. While several producers now separate out their various plots in Hermitage (perhaps a nod to the more marketing-savvy neighbors in Côte-Rôtie), Chave is all about the art of blending together these components into a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. The results is a wine that captures the soul of the Hermitage, structured and full, with hauntingly wild and floral aromas. In a handful of vintages, there is another label, Cuvée Cathelin. It’s not intended to be a prestige-cuvée, but rather a way for Jean-Louis to express a specific nature of a vintage that may not work in the Hermitage. Worthy of special mention is the wines from St. Joseph, not to be looked down upon as secondary. Remember that this is the ancestral home of the family, and Jean-Louis has been dedicating all his resources to re-establishing the terraced vineyards here. We will wish we had held on to more of these wines soon.

J.L. Chave Selection, 'Offerus' Saint-Joseph 2016
$36.00
J.L. Chave, Saint-Joseph 2016
$90.00
J.L. Chave Selection, 'Mon Coeur' Côtes-du-Rhône 2017
$25.00
J.L. Chave, Hermitage Blanc 2007 Magnum
$475.00
J.L. Chave, Hermitage Blanc 2000 Magnum
$725.00
J.L. Chave, Hermitage Blanc 1989
$600.00
J.L. Chave, Hermitage Blanc 2015
$295.00
J.L. Chave, Hermitage Blanc 1999
$300.00
J.L. Chave, Hermitage Blanc 2000
$300.00
J.L. Chave, Hermitage Blanc 2007
$225.00

T. Allemand

One could argue that the Thiérry Allemand turned the tide for Cornas. His tireless, and many years of thankless work to resuscitate vineyards that were abandoned or deemed too hard to work for the money the négociants were willing to pay for the grapes did not go unnoticed for long, and slowly a cult-like following was built. Cornas’ start grew alongside Thiérry’s. There are two wines, Chaillot and Reynard (sold to him by mentor Noël Verset), although the distinction isn’t necessarily always along the lines of terroir. The vines for Reynard are older, and the wine tends to have a brighter, more floral streak alongside the classic black olive, brambly fruit and smoke notes. In a handful of vintages there is also a tiny quantity of Sans Soufre wine, just labeled Cornas, a wine of mythical status.

T. Allemand, 'Chaillot' Cornas 2014
$225.00
T. Allemand, 'Reynard' Cornas 2008 Magnum
$850.00

Domaine Tempier

Tempier is about old wine. BIG bottles of old wine. Domaine Tempier lies in the small region of Provence in the south of France, right on the Mediterranean –– known for their Bandol Rouge, made with mostly Mourvèdre... these are intense, age-worthy wines. 

Tempier, 'Cuvée Cabassaou' Bandol 1992 Double-Magnum
$850.00

Valentini

Valentini is one of the most singular wines in the world, not only for how it tastes but in what it represents. It is one of the pinnacles of Italian wine, despite being from a region whose reputation for creating great wines is as good as Guy Fieri's reputation for opening outstanding restaurants. The wine is weird, impossible to find and proving to be timeless. For years, Valentini had produced wine in a mythic way, never speaking about their winemaking in detail. For this reason, no other producer has been able to emulate their style. Their lineup includes: Trebbiano, Cerasuolo, and Montepulciano. 

Valentini, Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo 2018
$125.00
Valentini, Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo 2017
$150.00
Valentini, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2015
$155.00

Cerbaiona

Cerbaiona, one of the greatest estates in Tuscany, is tiny but mighty: The wines are a top-tier example of traditional Brunello and very small production makes them highly sought after. Diego Molinari, a retired pilot, purchased the estate in the late ‘70s to pursue his dream of winemaking and it’s easy to see why he was attracted to the region — the fruit strikes a perfect balance between the warm ripeness common in the south AND the structure associated with the north. The straightforward process at Cerbaiona uses the traditional techniques of the region. Nothing is taken away and nothing is added. Wine critic Antonio Galloni once said, “If forced to drink only one wine from Montalcino, I might very well choose Diego Molinari’s sumptuous Brunello.” 

Cerbaiona, Rosso di Montalcino 2016
$65.00
Cerbaiona, Brunello di Montalcino 2009
$185.00
Cerbaiona, Brunello di Montalcino 1983
$425.00
Cerbaiona, Brunello di Montalcino 1986
$345.00
Cerbaiona, Brunello di Montalcino 2008
$175.00

Soldera

Soldera was a confident, respected, and very talented winemaker. His style of Brunello endured the hype of an era in Montalcino which was chasing the flavors of California. Today, Brunello is returning back to being identified as elegant, long-lived, and wine of quality rather than brand. Soldera always stood for that.  He made wines that are ready to drink young as juicy, tart and with some pasta. They have also proven to age as well as any other iconic region too. The older wines become very elegant, light, and earthy. 

Soldera, 'Case Basse' Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Magnum
$1,850.00
Soldera, 'Case Basse' Brunello di Montalcino 2014 Magnum
$1,500.00
Soldera, 'Case Basse' Brunello di Montalcino 2014
$600.00
Soldera, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Magnum
$1,200.00
Soldera, 'Case Basse' Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001
$850.00
Soldera, 'Case Basse' Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1994
$950.00
Soldera, 'Case Basse' Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1991
$900.00
Soldera, 'Case Basse' Brunello di Montalcino 1994
$625.00
Soldera, 'Case Basse' Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1998
$795.00

Cappellano

Teobaldo Cappellano is one of the most influential figures in the history of Italian wine. Although by no means outside of Barolo is his name a household one, he carved the path for what’s today’s traditional and also natural wine movement in Italy. In the 1980s and 90s as Barolo was gaining international success, many producers began to change their style in an effort to receive high scores and high prices. Reluctant to bend to fads, Cappellano championed traditional winemaking, was an early adopter of organic farming, only used native yeasts, and made decisions based on curiosity and craft rather than economics. Today, under the leadership of Augusto Cappellano, the winery makes two Barolos. “Rupestris” which is from the historic vineyards and the ultra-rare “Piè Franco” which is from vines planted on original rootstock. Both are long-lived, funky, and prove that Teobaldo was ahead of his time. 

Cappellano, 'Gabutti' Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
$60.00
Cappellano, Nebbiolo d'Alba 1980
$145.00
Cappellano, 'Troglia' Barolo 1958
$395.00
Cappellano, 'Pie Rupestris' Barolo 2013 Magnum
$550.00
Cappellano, 'Pie Rupestris' Barolo 2013
$220.00
Cappellano, 'Pie Rupestris' Barolo 2006
$245.00

Rioja

Producers like C.V.N.E (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España), López de Heredia and La Rioja Alta are some of the most traditional + age-worthy wines in the world. All based in Rioja, Spains most deserving fine wine region, these are earthy, fresh, and distinctive. Although we’re psyched about some of the new wines coming out of Spain today, these old school producers can’t be overlooked. 

López de Heredia, 'Cubillo' Crianza Rioja 2010
$25.00
López de Heredia, 'Viña Bosconia' Reserva Rioja 2007
$42.00
López de Heredia, 'Viña Tondonia' Reserva Rioja Blanco 1973
$925.00
CVNE, 'Imperial' Gran Reserva 1966
$300.00
CVNE, 'Imperial' Gran Reserva 1957
$275.00
CVNE, 'Imperial' Reserva 1966
$225.00

Keller

It’s far to say that German wine is paradoxical. Most of its production is at worst, loathed, at best, ignored. At the same time there is no doubt among wine lovers that the best wines, usually Riesling-based whites,  are truly world class, and perhaps even the best and most ageworthy white wines in the world - certainly when factoring value-for-money and consistency into the evaluation. But the top-lists have been pretty static and highly focused on producers of classic off-dry and sweet wines, primarily in the Mosel valley. Enter Klaus-Peter and Julia Keller, who have single handedly done more to change that perception in the global wine market in the recent years and paved the way for leagues of ambitious young german wine producers. While Keller does make sweet wine, and do grow other things than Riesling (all worth room in your drinking habits), the dry single vineyard Rieslings are where all the hype is. These reach these shores in minute quantities, and no-one gets full cases of any single wine. These are beautiful and intense wines, sculptured around piercing acidity with layers of hauntingly complex aromatics wreathed around it. We joke that people still need converting to drink Riesling (it’s not a joke at all in fact), and if there is any producer to bring the skeptics around, Keller is it. 

Keller, 'Abtserde' GG 2017 Magnum
$700.00
Keller, 'Hubacker' GG 2018 Magnum
$495.00
Keller, 'Hubacker' GG 2018
$225.00
Keller, 'Réserve' Grauer Burgunder Trocken 2018
$65.00
Keller, 'RR' Riesling 2017
$60.00
Keller, 'Von der Fels' Riesling Trocken 2018
$40.00
Keller, 'Von der Fels' Riesling Trocken 2017
$40.00
Keller, 'Limestone' Riesling 2017
$30.00
Keller, Riesling Trocken 2018
$28.00
Keller, Grüner Silvaner Trocken 2017
$20.00
Keller, 'RR' Riesling 2018
$0.00