Galloni: "The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines." Two Incredible Under $25 Bordeaux – Fass Cult Favorites

These Wines Are Fass List Cult Favorites for a Reason
 - Classic, Pre Global Warming, pre Michel Rolland Bordeaux
 - The Balance, Freshness and Complexity I Want

2016 Chateau La Reysse Medoc
 - Drop Dead Tiny Berry Fruit Intensity
 - Amazingly Complex, Powerful and Delicate 
 - For $24.99 - Just Amazing

2016 Clos du Moulin Medoc
 - Deep Red Fruits
 - The Last 200 Bottles (The French Sucked This Down)
 - Ridiculous Value at $18.99

I don't sell Bordeaux often but I am very enthusiastic about the ones I do sell and ChateauLa Reysse
is not only absolutely wonderful and classically styled Bordeaux it is also just one of the best values going. It has a cult following on the list. Finding and offering great value Bordeaux can be a challenge to say the least. Selling it is even harder.  The famous names are the famous names ...

Galloni: "The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines." Two Incredible Under $25 Bordeaux – Fass Cult Favorites

These Wines Are Fass List Cult Favorites for a Reason
 - Classic, Pre Global Warming, pre Michel Rolland Bordeaux
 - The Balance, Freshness and Complexity I Want

2016 Chateau La Reysse Medoc
 - Drop Dead Tiny Berry Fruit Intensity
 - Amazingly Complex, Powerful and Delicate 
 - For $24.99 - Just Amazing

2016 Clos du Moulin Medoc
 - Deep Red Fruits
 - The Last 200 Bottles (The French Sucked This Down)
 - Ridiculous Value at $18.99

I don't sell Bordeaux often but I am very enthusiastic about the ones I do sell and ChateauLa Reysse
is not only absolutely wonderful and classically styled Bordeaux it is also just one of the best values going. It has a cult following on the list. Finding and offering great value Bordeaux can be a challenge to say the least. Selling it is even harder.  The famous names are the famous names ...

The Greatest Value Pinots Region in the Greatest Value Pinot Country – Village Under $20 and Premier Cru Under $30 – Micro Production

One of Our Most Inside Baseball Wineries
 - In Germany, Rare and Spoken with in Hushed Tones
 - Only 4,000 Bottles Total

2015 Spater-Veit Pi No Trocken
 - Stunning 2015 Vintage
 - Red Riesling (Pinot Fruit with Riesling Minerality)
 - Beautiful Ripeness Yet Gorgeously Elegant
 - Village Pinot for Under $20?!  Case Purchase Value

2012 Spater-Veit Spätburgunder Piesporter (Formerly "P)
 - Current Release
 - Ageworthy and Very Serious
 - Like Great Vosne Romanee
 - Kaleidoscopic Nose - Black Cherry, Mineral Cinnamon, Spice
 - Rich, Structured, Grippy Palate
 - Incredible Value for Premier Cru Pinot Noir

Let's play a quick game of association.

The Rhone ... Syrah
Champagne ... Sparkling Wine
The Mosel ... did anyone reply Pinot Noir?

Mosel Pinot Noir has to be the most "inside baseball" of all German Pinot Noir regions.And let's face
it, outside of Germany almost no one outside of this list pays attention to German ...

The New Sangiovese: Alta Toscana (Emiglia Romagna) – $70 Quality "Brunello" for Under $30

As Beautiful an Expression of Sangiovese as Brunello

Gabriele Succi
 - In the Vineyards So Much, It's Unclear if He Owns a House
 - A True Master Winemaker 
 - Blazing a Trail in Brunello's Northern Shadow

2013 Costa Archi Riserva
 - The Naked Soul of Sangiovese
 - Like Really, Really Well Made, Incredibly Balanced Brunello
 - Densely Packed Nose: Terrific Spice
 - Powerful, Dnse on the Palate: Chocolate, Dark Cherries
 - Amazing Freshness and Balance
 - Long, Spicy, Licorice Finish
 - Amazing Structure - Built to Last

Every new popular region at one point made blah mediocre wines.

And all of those regions had one trailblazer who figured out how to make great wines.

And in Emilia Romagna, that winemaker is Gabriele Succi.

His Story
His wines hit the list about a year ago and I've been getting incredible feedback from the list.  It's
almost impossible to get Brunello ...

I’d Say "I Hate to Say I Told You So" But I’d Be Lying. Vailloni Is "Discovered" – 95 Points $32.99

I've Been Going On and On and On About Alto Piemonte
I've Been Banging the Drum about Podere ai Vailloni

And Now the Secret Is Out

The Latest in a Long List of Our Wines to Hit it Big

2010 Podere Ai Valloni Boca "Vigna Cristiana"
 - Stunning Refinement
 - Nose: Crazy Intense Roses, Massive Cherries, Minerals and Cooling Blue Fruits - So Layered
 - 2010 Ripe, Juicy Fruit to Go with the Aromatics
 - Roses Galore on the Palate
 - Absolute Magic

One thing about our Alto Piemonte portfolio is for some reason up until now we never got reviewed
by anybody. It's ok. It was the same way with German Spätburgunder and Martin Müllen and Andi Schneider. Then the reviews came in and many of those wines are highly allocated now. Well, I am thrilled and giddy and dancing in my apartment right now as we got our ...

The Next in a Line (9th) of Great Fass Selections Burgundy Producers (the Rest Have Doubled in Price Since Our First Offer)

Everyone Complains That There Are No Values in Burgundy 
 - I Keep on Finding New Producers that Later Double in Price
 - Here's Another ...
 - His Style Combines Density Impecably Balanced with Freshness with Stunning Secondary and Tertiary Flavors
 - The Complexity, Finesse and Nuance of Burgundy with Power
 - Do NOT Miss This Producer While He's Affordable
 - The Cote de Beaune Murat But Better

2016 Is the Best Burgundy Vintage Since 2010

2016 Laurent Boussey Pommard
 - As Brilliant a Village Pommard as I've Ever Had
 - The Rare Pommard That Can Be Drunk Young
 - Awesome length, Acidity and Freshness
 -  Inner Mouth Aromas are Unreal

2016 Laurent Boussey Monthelie "Sur la Velle"
 - Sick Nose: Herbal, Earthy, Potpourri, Red Ripe Cherries, Strawberries, Coffee 
 - BIG Wine and Super, Super Suicy
 - Broad Array of Intense Flavors and Sap
 - I Just Had the 2015 of This ...

2008 Champagne, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."

The 2008 Jadis Is Insane
 - There Is No Champagne Like This for $54.99
  - Grand Cru Levels of Aromatics, Density and Balance
 -   A Sensory Experience Like Almost Nothing I've Had
 - You Can Smell the Colors and Taste the Smells (Like Leary)
 - Amazing Young
 - Changed 40 Times in 30 Minutes
 - 6+ Pricing (It's THAT Good And The QPR Is Beyond Great)
 - A Wine You'll Want to Drink from Your Cellar for a Decade

NV Caillez-Lemaire Rose 
 - Nose is a Bunch of Fruits Laid Out on a Bed of Limestone
 - Very Complex, Unreal Depth
 - Unbelievable Wine for Under $38 - It Has It All

Today I am offering one of the best Champagnes I will ever sell for the quality and for the money. As many of you know I hold the 2008 vintage in reverence as it is incomprehensible ...

Alto Piemonte Is The Hot New Region in Italy and These Are 3 of the Most Elegant Wines Made

These Are 3 of the Best Nebbiolo-Based Wines for the Price in Italy
 - Prices Will Certainly Rise as the Region Gets More Attention
 - These All Have the Structure to Age
 - At These Prices, These Are Incredible Values from a Small, Small Producer

2009 Podere Ai Valloni Boca Vigna Cristiana
 - Amazing Nose of Roses and Cherries
 - Ripe 2009 Fruit - Big Cherries, Minerals, Blue Fruits
 - Great Complexity and Elegance

2007 Podere Ai Valloni Boca Vigna Cristiana
 - The Fassier of the 2 Wines
 - Stunning Nose - Dried Roses, Fresh Roses, Crazy Complexity
 - Dazzlingly Pure on the Palate: Red Cherries and Minerals
 - The Purity of a Much, Much More Expensive Wine

2017 Podere Ai Valloni Colline Novaresi "Gratus"
 - The Most Refined "Inexpensive" Italian Wine we Sell
 - Enormous Palate Impact: Fresh and Stunningly Juicy Fruit
 - So Harmonious. Gorgeous, Gorgeous Wine

My ...

Two Remarkable 1er Cru German Whites from a Top 10 Producer – Geeky Beyond Compare and Unbelieveably Good

2017 Weltner Iphofer Julius Echter-Berg Sylvaner Erste Lage
 - The Precision of Roulot, the Ostentatiousness of Coche-Dury
 - I Love This Vineyard's Character but It's Tough to Master
 - Weltner Kills It in 2017
 - Nose: Captivating, Spellbinding, Big, Mineral, Floral, Spicy
 - Dramatic Levels of Extract and Power
 - One of the Great Sylvaners in the World

2017 Weltner Rodelseer Kuchenmeister Riesling Trocken
 - Perhaps Our Geekiest Riesling
 - Crazy, Crazy, Crazy Minerality: Almost a Study in Minerality
 - The Fruit Is There - But More to Balance the Minerals
 - So Well Balanced.  So Well Made.
 - $24.99 for Top Tier 1er Cru Wine
 - You Will Drink This All Fast

There is nothing like the brilliant wines of Paul Weltner. It's been 5 years. I've tasted the competition and have tasted Paul's wines with age and it's no question that he is a top 10 ...

The Most Singular Burgundies in My Portfolio: Micro Production, Biodynamic, Natural and Almost Impossible to Describe

"this is the type of wine you pull out on a Tuesday night if you really want something extra."- Customer 365

2016 Jean-Jacques Morel Bourgogne Blanc "Les Genouvrees"
 - 700 Bottles Made
 - Piquant Green Apple Skin
 - Insanely Complex; Village Puligny Quality Level
 - "Expensive Burgundy" Quality Level for Under $30

2016 Jean-Jacques Morel Puligny-Montrachet 
 - 300 Bottles Made
 - Incredible Concentration and Purity
 - Awe Inspiring Finesse

Recently I had three semi similar experiences with the wines of J.J. Morel that illustrate the fervor
people can have over these brilliant wines.
- One client randomly had a bottle of the 2014 St. Aubin 1er Cru with another client and was so enthralled by the wine that he ordered so much Morel I'd never seen anything like it before. This is someone who is drinking Ramonet/PYCM and the like on a regular basis. I remember speaking with ...

Romeo’s Parting Words at Juliet’s Balcony: The Last of the Brilliant Whites of Enderle & Moll for 2017

And Now, The Rare, Allocated Whites of Enderle & Moll

2017 Enderle and Moll Weiss/Grau
 - Very Clear and Elegant Wine 
 - Loads of Beautiful Juicy Fruit
 - Fascinating Herbal Complexity

2017 Enderle & Moll Müller-Thurgau "Pur"
 - Intensely Mineral with Superb Minerality
 - Beautiful and Vivid Red Apples

2017 Enderle & Moll Weissburgunder "Muschelkalk"
 - "flavors of nuts, taut tannin structure and is a very delicate and very noble wine."

"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow."

Romeo & Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2, William Shakespeare

It is with sadness that I announce the final offer of the 2017 whites from Enderle & Moll. These are among the most sought after, brilliant and distinctive wines in my portfolio.  They are also, oddly, among the most inexpensive. 

Everyone got as much as they wanted ...

One of Germany’s Most Awarded Producers, Their Most Elegant Grosses Gewachs Plus An Amazing Riesling Value

2017 Battenfeld-Spanier Nieder-Flörsheimer Frauenberg Grosses Gewachs
 - One of the Best Noses on a Grand Cru Riesling That I sell
 - So Harmonic and Balanced, it Almost Boggles the Mind
 - Stupifying Complexity
 - Maybe The Most Elegant Wine of The Rheinhessen in 2017
 - Amazing Texture and Vivid, Precise Flavors
 - A Top, Top Flight Wine for Under $55 - Direct from the Estate

2017 Battenfeld Spanier "Ex-Prime" Riesling
 - At $16.99 on a Case Purchase, Maybe Our Best White Value of the Year
  -The Only Gutswein I Sell - It's That Good
 - Minerality and Acidity But Great Fruit
 - Vivid Apricot and Ripe Peach Skins
 - Buy As Much As You Can Store

"Winemaker of the Year" 
Vinum 2018

"Vintner of the Year 2015"
Falstaff

"My own perspective is that while his wines have long been impressive in their relatively strict way, Spanier, along with his clearly talented team, ...

One the Greatest Champagnes I Have Ever Had

One of the things I love about dealing with  very old European wineries and cultures in general is the preservation of tradition. Now, don't get me wrong not all traditions are good, not all are bad either, but some have become less prevalent due to various reasons and sometimes traditions are tweaked with advances in climate, technology and the such. When I visited Isabelle Benoit of Perseval-Farge this last month she could hardly contain her excitement as she had a very special new cuvee that she wanted me to taste. Boy did it not disappoint. It is super rare and when I say rare, this is the first ever time at Fass Selections I will debut a unicorn wine. This might be one of the unicorniest  wines ever. Please indulge me.

For people who just want to see the price of today's and skip the time the wine is the ...

6 Questions with Sven Klundt

6 Questions used to be a regular feature that I used to adore reading in the Sunday NY Times Magazine.  Now I want to bring the format to Fass Selections by featuring our favorite wine producers and their candid responses to questions. I love this format as it extends beyond the traditional wine questions and shows am irreverent human side to all the people I work with and work with us. I hope you enjoy this series and the latest installment is from the wonderful Pfalz burgeoning superstar, Sven Klundt.

1- What was the last great wine you had that was not one of yours?
The last wine that deeply impressed me was a Clos St.-Jacques of Armand Rousseau. It was vintage
1991 and I shared it with a few good winemaker friends on a trip to Sylt.

2- What was the last great meal you had?
That ...

REMs Murmur: The Greatest Debut White I’ve Ever Tasted – 1er Cru Chassagne "Abbaye de Morgeot"

"Abbaye de Morgeot"
 - A Burg Geek's Dream of a Vineyard
 - Only a Handful of Growers Including Ramonet and PYCM
 - Rare: Only One OtherWine on the US Market (2x Our Price) 
 - Rich, Nutty Wines of Incredible Energy and Minerality

2016 Pierrick Bouley Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru "Abbaye de Morgeot"
 - Only 546 Bottles Made
 - Elite Level White Burgundy from Elite Level Terroir
 - Blind, Will Hold Its Own with Niellon and Ramonet
 - The Nose: Huge High Toned Mineral and Floral Aspects
 - A Memory of Nature: The smell of a plush field after a storm which makes the air so crisp and so clean that you cannot breathe in enough of it.
 - Juicy and Explodes with Complex Tiny Mineral Periodic Table Level Complexity
 - The Ultimate Burgundy Geek/Collector Wine 

REM's Murmur was one of the most historic debut albums in the history of rock....

The "Una Furtiva Lagrima" of the Rhone: The Single Best Value in Côtie-Rôtie, The Most Beautiful Wines in the Rhone for Me

2016 Christophe Billon Côte-Rotie "Les Elotins"
 - All from Côte Brune
 - A Top 10 Cote-Rotie Producer for Under $45
 - Top Notch Complexity
 - Lovely Floral Elegance
 - No Regrets: Stock up and Drink When You Want

2016 Christoph Billon IGP "Corendies"
 - Our Best Value Entry Level Rhone
 - Gorgeous, Delicious, Juicy Syrah
 - Floral Aromatics and Complexity of a Much More Expensive Wine
 - Best "Tuesday Night" Syrah Value Around at Under $25

I listen to a good amount of opera. I love it when I work. And there are a large number of beautiful
arias.  "Che Gelida Manina" from Puccinis La Boheme, "Celeste Aida" from Verdi's Aida and the incomparable "Queen of the Night: from Mozart's Magic Flute spring to mind as a few favorites. But for me, the most hauntingly beautiful is "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore.  It is sung by ...

Our Burgundian Jewel: Micro Production, Terrific Terroir – Stunning Grand Cru Red and a Stunning White

I Have Other Great Producers in Burgundy 
 - But Remi Poisot Has the Best Terroir
 - Tiny Production, a Labor of Love
 - I Get Small Allocations, and I'm Thrilled to Sell Them
 - What Burgundy Is All About

2016 Remi Poisot Corton Bressandes
 - The Most Feminine of the Corton Grand Crus
 - Amazingly Complex Nose, Stunning Fruit, Terrific Complexity
 - Like Chambolle-Musigny Meets Corton
 - An Insane Value at $82.99 Each for a 6-Pack

2016 Remi Poisot  Pernand Vergelesses Blanc
 - Just What You Want in a Village White Wine
 - Rich, But Balacned with Bracing Acidity
 - Terrific Citrus Acidity
 - So Well Made and So Delicious
 - Very Hard to Get Village Burg This Good for Under $30

Remi Poisot when all is said and done is my best "value" producer. What he does with his three Grand Crus is nothing short of remarkable. These ...

Today, We Are All Kings for a Day: Dense, Elegant, Stunning Hermitage Rouge for Under $50

The Hill of Hermitage Towers Over the Rhone Like Mount Olympus
 - These Are Revered Wines That Normally Cost Hundreds or (Even Thousands) of Dollars
 - Luyton is a Fass Discovery and Even the French Are Behind the Curve
 - A Relatively New Producer That Leapt up the Quality Hierarchy with Her Stunning 2015s (and Has Stayed There in 2016)

2016 Michele Luyton Hermitage
 - Epic Nose: Blackberry Fruit, Red Raspberry, Grilled Meats, Blood, Mashed Dark Flowers
 - Stunningly Gorgesous, Dense, Tiny Berry Fruit
 - Luyton's Elegant, Complex Style Has Continued Even with These More Dense Wines
 - This Is a Remarkable Wine at Any Price and for Under $50, It's an Insane Buy (Special 8 Pack Pricing)
 - Only 500 Bottles Made

Before I get into this offer two things I want to talk about briefly. I hope it will be brief (and likely you do as well).

The ...

Gianolio’s "Les Demoiselles d’Avignon" The Exquisite Barbaresco from the Incredible 2015 Vintage That Will Make Him Famous

In a Country of Ebulliance, There Is No Winemaker More Unassuming 
 - Totally Under the Radar in the States
 - Starting to Get Traction in the UK
 - That All Will Change in 2015...

2015 Tomaso Gianolio Barbaresco
 - Nose: Beautiful, Pure Fresh Cherry, Licorice, Herbs, Smoke
 - Palate: Dark Cherry, Spectacular Density
 - Echoing Hints of Licorice
 - Lovely Anise Internal Aromatics
 - Absolute Special Occasion Wine for $29.99 (Case Pricing)

2015 Tomaso Gianolio Barbera d'Alba Superiore
 - Amazing Year for Barbera
 - A Wine of Terrific Palate Energy 
 - Incredible Traditional Barbera
 - Wonderful Barbera Fruit

La Dolce Vita: 2015 Tomaso Gianolio Barolo Chinato
 - I've Been Dying to Sell This Wine
 - Just Buy A Bottle of This - The Month You Drink It After Dinner Will be the Happiest Month All Year
 - The "Nose of 1,000 Things at Once"
 - Can Last for Months ...