French Classics - Too Many New Acquisitions to Make Individual Offers
These wines are being consolidated in Europe now, for arrival in the New Year.
(Italy and Spain Tomorrow)

Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay 2019s
We are very pleased to have grabbed a small parcel of these very highly rated 2019s from this up and coming producer on the Cote de Beaune. The feeding frenzy for the 2019 vintage has thrown a sharp contast between the grand crus of the Cote de Nuits and top wines of the Cote de Beaune. If you want to chase Rousseau and Roumier's top wines, go ahead, they are sure to be fantastic, if you open them at the right time, but the option of a case of Glantenay (or any number of other fine Cote de Beaune producers) for a bottle of the other is hard to reconcile.
Volnay Brouillards 2019 - $75
91-93 points Wine Advocate  - "The 2019 Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards is showing very well, bursting with notes of smoky berry fruit, plums and spices. Medium to full-bodied, gourmand and enveloping, with fine tannins and lively acids, it's a touch more dynamic than the similarly sensual 2018 rendition."
Volnay Santenots 2019 - $89
92-94 points Vinous  - "The 2019 Volnay Les Santenots 1er Cru is the only cru completely de-seemed as Glantenay felt that it was already powerful. It has a clean and pure bouquet with red cherries and wild strawberry, undergrowth and light black pepper scents. The palate is well balanced, succulent and fleshy, a generous Santenots that benefits from Glantenay's decision to eschew stems. Quite saline on the finish, this is excellent (Drink between 2024-2040)"
Pommard Saussilles 2019 - $110
92-95 points Wine Advocate  - "The latest rendition of a cuvée that goes from strength to strength, Glantenay's old vine 2019 Pommard 1er Cru Les Saussilles offers up notions of Griotte cherries, cassis, potpourri and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, racy and concentrated, with superb depth at the core and a saline finish, it's well worth seeking out. As I've written before, this climat takes its name from the Combe Saussilles, a shallow ravine that divides the communes of Beaune and Pommard—and, importantly, an air drainage for cool breezes from the Hautes-Côtes."
Volnay Caillerets 2019 - $115
92-94+ points Wine Advocate  - "There's only one barrel of the 2019 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets, but it's one of the high points of the range, soaring from the glass with notes of peonies, orange rind, wild berries and raw cocoa. Medium to full-bodied, layered and ethereal, it's long and mineral, with bright acids and a saline finish."
Pommard Rugiens 2019 - $115
92-94+ points Wine Advocate  - "There are two barrels of the 2019 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens, and Glantenay opted to destem the fruit from the bottom of the vineyard—which touches Rugiens Bas—while retaining some 30% whole bunches from the higher part. Unwinding in the glass with notes of peonies, wild berries, orange rind and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and elegantly muscular, with bright acids and powdery tannins."
Claude Riffault - Rare and Collectible Sancerre
We are lucky to have found a half case each of these rare birds. These are the 2018s, and not reviewed, though Stephan Reinhardt, writing in the Wine Advocate, scored the 2019 vintage of these wines 94-95 and 95-96 points, enthusing "These younger vintages include several new highlights, namely the single-parcel wines 468 and 538, which, tasted as barrel samples, are among the finest and most expressive Sancerres I have tasted in many years."
Made by Stephane Riffault (whose brother makes the wine at Etienne Sauzet) from small sections of old vine plantings on Kimmeridgean clay, these two wines are classic Sancerre, not some dressed-up, over-the-top cabaret act. 

Sancerre Monoparcelle 469 2018 - $59 
Sancerre Monoparcelle 538 2018 - $65 

Emmanuel Darnaud: Fine but Affordable Syrah from St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage

Another exciting new find for us, Darnuad's wines have caught the eye of the Wine Advocate's Joe Czerwinski:
St Joseph Dardouille 2018 - $49
96 points Wine Advocate  - "Every bit as good as I thought it was from barrel, the monumental 2018 Saint Joseph La Dardouille is one of the best Saint Josephs to have ever crossed this taster's lips—certainly in the Top 10. Hints of cedar accent deep notes of blackberry liqueur, underlain by a bed of crushed granite. Full-bodied, richly concentrated and textured, it's a prodigious effort that must be tasted to be believed. Despite the size and extract, there's a sense of cool restraint and even a bit of refreshment on the lengthy finish. Give it another year or two; it should drink well for at least a decade beyond that."
Crozes-Hermitage Le Fils du Temps 2018 - $49
94 points Wine Advocate  - "Marked by intense aromas of licorice and seared beefsteak, Darnaud's 2018 Crozes Hermitage Au Fil du Temps backs those up with notes of blueberries and black olives. Full-bodied, richly concentrated and tannic—but supple and ripe—with a bright, refreshing and lengthy finish, it's a beauty of a Crozes to drink over the next decade."
Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2018 - $30
93 points Wine Advocate  - "The remarkable thing about Darnaud's 2018 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes is how unforced it feels, showing great amplitude and length while at the same time remaining silky and elegant. Hints of violets and blueberries emerge on the nose of this full-bodied effort. Expansive and enveloping yet effortless, it should drink well for a decade or so."

Domaine de Pegau
No introduction needed:
Chateauneuf du Pape Reservee 2019 - $55
95 points Wine Advocate  - "Pegau's 2019 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvée Réservée is almost Burgundian in character, the way it balances upfront generosity with mouthwatering length. The flavors are different, offering hints of crushed stone, underripe pineapple, white peach and dried spices, then this medium to full-bodied wine adds vaguely chalky textural elements on the long finish. Silky and streamlined, it does a wonderful job of preserving freshness throughout."

Chateau la Nerthe - Revisiting a Great from 2016
2016 was an extraordinary vintage in the Southern Rhone; the best of its generation. At 5 years, the wines are singing. Thsi is a chance to stock up, re-load or back-fill thhis magnificent vintage, if you missed it.
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Cadettes 2016 - $99
97+ points Jeb Dunnuck  - "Similarly colored, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes is a Grenache-heavy blend that includes 38% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It was not destemmed and was brought up in 28% new barrels, with the balance in foudres. It offers more cassis, graphite, spicy wood, and minerality, full-bodied richness, a deep, powerful texture, integrated acidity, and awesome structure. It's a rock star wine from this estate that won't hit maturity for a decade and will keep for 10-15 years after that in cold cellars. It’s the finest wine from this estate since the 2010, 2005, and 1998. (Drink between 2025-2040)"

Michael Glasby |
2266 Central Street #3
Richmond, CA 94801


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