Wednesday, May 23, 2007

New Arrivals - May

This container was finally unloaded May 18th, and I am ECSTATIC about the quality of this group of wines. Mill├ęsime has made a name for itself with its stellar selection of Rhones. This latest shipment takes it to a new level with lots of new 'top-drawer' producers, many never before seen on our shores.

COSTIERES ET SOLEIL
One of my original suppliers, the Cave de Generac producers excellent Costieres de Nimes wines that are true bargains. They also produce Seattle's very first French box wine, the Ch. des Alouettes. I've added a couple of Vin de Pays boxes to answer calls for a white and a rose box.
2006 COSTIERES DE NIMES ROSE "DOMAINE DU PRINCE"
2005 COSTIERES DE NIMES ROUGE "DOMAINE DU PRINCE"
2005 COSTIERES DE NIMES ROUGE "ALOUETTES" BIB 3L
2006 VPOC CHARDONNAY "GRAVESSAC" BIB 5L
2006 VPOC SYRAH ROSE "GRAVESSAC" BIB 5L

DOMAINE LA MONTAGNE D'OR
Another USA first for Millesime is also a first of another sort! The very first 'grower' box wine we've ever carried is easily the best box available!
2006 COTES DE VENTOUX ROUGE BIB 5L
2006 COTES DE VENTOUX ROUGE "CUVEE AMARENS"
2004 CDRV SEGURET ROUGE "EXCELLENCE" **CDC HACHETTE 2007

DOMAINE MARTIN
I first learned of this estate in France in the 90s as a go to source for sturdy wines at excellent prices. The younger generation has revamped Domaine Martin, producing award-winning wines of power and elegance - the prices are still excellent, by the way!
2005 VIN DE PAYS DE VAUCLUSE (GRENACHE/MERLOT)
2004 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES ROUGE PLAN DE DIEU
2005 COTES DE RHONE VILLAGES ROUGE RASTEAU
2004 COTES DE RHONE VILLAGES ROUGE CAIRANNE

DOMAINE LA FOURMONE
What can I say about La Fourmone? They have been in the top tier of Vacqueyras producers forever.
2004 VACQUEYRAS ROUGE "TRESOR DU POETE" MDO PARIS 2006, CDC HACHETTE 2006, WA87-90
2003 VACQUEYRAS ROUGE "MAITRE DES CHAIS" MDO PARIS 2006
2004 GIGONDAS CUVEE FAUQUET

DOMAINE BENEDETTI

2004 COTES DU RHONE ROUGE "VIEUX CLOS" MDO CVI 2006
2004 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE ROUGE MDO CVI 2006
2001 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE ROUGE MDO CVI 2003
2004 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE ROUGE "LARMES PAPALES"
2003 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE ROUGE "LARMES PAPALES"

DOMAINE MATHIEU

2004 COTES DU RHONE ROUGE "CHATEAUMAR"
2004 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE ROUGE "MARQUIS ANSELME" **** DECANTER
2004 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE ROUGE "VINI DI FELIBRE" *** DECANTER

OLLIER-TAILLEFER (OK, it's not a Rhone but it's pretty close). More exciting wines join the Grande Reserve Rouge this time around.

2006 FAUGERES BLANC "ALLEGRO" (ROLLE, ROUSSANNE)
2006 FAUGERES ROSE "COLLINES"
2005 FAUGERES ROUGE "GRANDE RESERVE"
2004 FAUGERES ROUGE "CASTEL FOSSIBUS"


TBC

Tasting June 4th

Following on the heels of our rather well-attended "Loire" tasting, we will be trying the latest batch of "Rhone" arrivals at MILLESIME, Monday june 4th from 10 to 4. Trade only, free parking. We look forward to your visit!