White Wine of the Year: Village Meursault, 2017, Fantastic Young Grower, There Was No Other Choice This Year

The Only Thing More Common on the Internet Than Complaints about Politics Is the Price of Burgundy
 - Burgundy Is NOT Crazy Expensive
 - It's Just Our Ridiculous Distribution System
 - But the $55-$85 Going Rate for for Stunningly Mediocre Negociant Meursault Is a Crime Against Nature

Today, A Gift from the Wine Gods
 - $37.99 for Outstanding, Small Production Vieilles Vignes Meursault - Direct from the Estate

2017 Laurent Boussey Meursault Vieilles Vignes
 - Nose: Super Mineral, Super Expressive, So Nutty, Appealingly Salty
 - Palate: Enormous Power and Concentration
 - Big, Rich, Buttery Apple and Pear Fruit
 - Finish: An Ocean of Rich, Salty, Juicy Sap for Days;  like a Squeegee

It is that time of year now of eggnog, turkey, Charlie Brown's Xmas, bitter cold weather, leaves
changing colors and of course the rollout of Fass Selections wines of the year. As always there is an interesting ...

Shakespeare Wrote Plays Too: The Irony of an E-Mail Convincing People to Buy Two of the Great Auslesen of the Mosel, 94/95 Points (At Super Low Prices)

Average Ratings for 2017 Auslese:
 - JJ Prum 93.8 Points, $90
 - Spater-Veit 94.5 Points, $35.99
 - Spater-Veit Has Always Been an UndiscoveredGem
 - Qualitatively Same Level as J.J. Prum

2017 Spater-Veit Piesporter Goldtropfchen Auslese
 - "a simply remarkable success!"
 - Tropical, Herbal, Red Fruited and Decadent
 - Balanced and Elegant
 - Drink to 2057

2017 Spater-Veit Piesporter Domherr Auslese
 - "the sharp precision of a top-end Auslese from the Saar with the charm of the Middle Mosel"
 - More Sharp Edges and Laser-Like Acidity
 - Nose: Pineapple, Cassis, Apricots and Peaches
 - Palate: An Exercise in Precision, Depth, Unreal Richness and Gorgeous Finesse
- Drink to 2047

"We will not beat around the bush: If finesse and elegance are what you look for in Mosel wines, this Estate (Spater-Veit) is simply a must. The 2017er wines and the few 2016er which we have back-tasted ...

Keller’s Rockstar Protege: Juliane Eller Is the Darling of the Riesling Geeks – Fass List Favorite, Get on the List While You Can

The Eller Style
 - Gorgeous Fruit Presence, Just this Side of Ripe
 - Remarkable Denisty and Concentration Like a Coiled Fist
 - Crystalline, Sparkling Minerality
 - Balanced, Integrated Richness
 - Utterly Striking
 - These Wines Could be Among the Best in Germany with 5 Years of Age

2017 Juwel Riesling Trocken
 - The Quality of a German Village Wine Costing Twice the Price
 - Crackling Acidity
 - Gorgeous Cirtus Fruit
 - At $19.99, One of the Best Values in German Riesling

2017 Juwel Riesling Trocken "Fruhmesse"
 - The Minerality Is Abolsutely Piercing
 - Insane Concentration on the Finish
 - A Fass Cult Favorite
 - One of the Top Sites in the Rheinhessen
 - Please Buy Enough to Hold Some for 5 Years 

There are many mentors and even more proteges in the wine world.  But there are few who have risen
so far so quickly as Julienne Eller....

To Hell with Burgundy Inflation. I Have a New Superstar Whose Wines Compete Quality-Wise With $75+ $34.99, $28.99

2016 is the Most Transparent Vintage Since 2010

The Triple Whammy of Value (Read on)
 - There May Be No Better Under $35 Burg Offers This Year

2016 Laurent Boussey Monthelie 1er Cru "Les Champs Fulliot"
 - Nose: Remarkable Complexity - Tart Cherries, Dark Cherries, Refined Minerals
 - Palate: Incredibly Sweet Fruit: Super Juicy 
 - Insane Inner Mouth Aromas
 - Lip Coating
 - Young, The Power and Finesse of Its Neighbor Clos de Chenes
 - With Age, This Will Be Profound
 - A Ridiculous Value at $34.99

2016 Laurent Boussey Savigny Les Beaune "Les Saucuors"
 - Nose: Gorgeously Floral and Mineral
 - Superb Complexity from 50+ Year Old Vines
 - Would Be $45+ at 3 Tier Retail (and Worth It) - $28.99 Here
 - Nose: Gorgeously Mineral and Super Floral

This offer is basically the triple whammy of value.  When I say these compete with wines that ...

Vintage Champagne Saturday $74.99 and $57.99 for 2005 and 2007 – Raiding Perseval Farge’s Cella

We've Done Well for Perseval Farge and Now We Are Getting the Super Rare Stuff

2005 Perseval Farge Millesime Brut 197
 - 80 Cases Made
 - 55% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Noir, 14% Pinot Noir
 - Super Mineral, Super Structured: Uncommon Depth
 - Crazy Value for $74.99
 - 93 Points Stephan Rheinhardt/Wine Advocate

2007 Perseval Farge Millesime Brut 199
 - 100 Cases Made
 - Get Your Geek On! 57% Pinot Meunièr and 43% Chardonnay
 - Proustian Levels of Cerebral Expressiveness
 - Palate: Sappy and Intense with Serious Grip and Depth
 - One of Our Great, Aged Geeky Wines for $57.99

There's a new value play at Perseval-Farge and that is the rare vintage cuvées. This will be only the
second time that I've offered these extremely limited cuvées and since the escalation in prices of the prestige cuvées (La Pucelle, Les Goulats, Jean-Baptiste) these are the value play right ...

The End of Ennui: The Brilliant, Transportative, Different Wines of Gilles Berlioz – One of the Top Winemakers in France

Sadly, The Last Offer of Berlioz's Wonderful 2017s

2017 Gilles Berlioz (Domaine de la Partage) Chignin Bergeron "Les Fripons"
 - Incredible Nose: Hay, Yellow Fruits, Beeswax, Alpine Purity
 - Insane Fruit Complexity: Guava, Pear, Peach, Apricot
 - Amazing Density and Complexity
 - Would Cost $75+ in Burgundy

"Thou soul destroying fiend, I've heard
It by philosophers averred
That thou alone dost come,
To visit with thy pale unrest
The chambers of the human breast,
Where too much happiness hath fixed its home."
from Stanzas to Ennui, Charles Lloyd 1823

I've always loved the word ennui.  One could say bored, of course, but that is rather pedestrian. Bored
sounds like you just aren't quite clever enough to think of anything to do.  Ennui has that wonderful French hint of existential crisis.  You've explored everything and it's all just too familiar.  Nothing excites you.

Sadly, for wine ...

Remember When Top Cornas Cost Under $33 and Great Crozes Was Under $23? Well, That’s Happening Today

2017 Remy Nodin Cornas "Les Eygas"
 - Only 100 Cases Made
 - Nose: Herbs, Dark Cocoa, Meat, VIVID Dark Berry Fruit 
 - Palate: Uncanny Juxtaposition Between Insane Ripe Fruitand  Ridiculous Freshness
 - Under $33 for Killer Cornas

Remy Nodin 2017 Crozes-Hermitage "Le Mazel"
 - Nose: Pure and Heavenly Raspberry, Dark Fed Fruits, Savory
 - Palate: Insane Fruit and Freshness, Granite
 - His High End Crozes - Phenomenal Value at $22.99

Today I am thrilled to offer the greatest Cornas value ever, the 2017 Remy Nodin Cornas"Les
Eygas" for as little as $32.99 bottle on a 4-pack. I can't believe how cheap this wine is for the quality. The site, Eygats is great and Domaine Courbis made a 100 point Cornas (Jeb Dunnuck) in 2015 from this site. That color, first of all is what strikes you. It is as compelling a color for a red wine as you ...

The Dali of Burgundy – Some of the Most Precise Wines in France – St Aubin 1er Cru and Rully

Janotbos Is An Absolute Star 
 - Incredible Clarity in All Elements
 - Textbook Winemaking
 - Almost Beyond Reality Itself
 - If You Love Burgundy or a Terroirist, These Are Must Buys
 - I Buy These Direct So That Are Steals for What they Are

2015 Domaine JanotBos St. Aubin 1er Cru "En Criot"
 - Stunningly Vivid Fruit with Incredible Freshness
 - Fruit Complexity Has So Much Pure Green Apple, Apricot
 - His Most Accessible, Delicious Wine

2015 Domaine JanotBos Rully
 - Striking Amount of Pebble-Stone
 - Crazy Aromaics: Yellow Fruit, White Flowers, Spice and Pineapple
 - Acidity Gives this Wine Tension and Freshness

Salvador Dali is one of my favorite painters. An absolute titan of the Surrealist Movement, his
paintings can be confused for photographs at first glance except they have even more detail than a photograph.  That and the fact that Dali's twisted mind always twisted reality in ...

Uh Oh – The Langhe Portfolio Is Getting Points – Rattalino Scores a 97 for a 2013 Barolo

We've Heard This Story Before 
 - Boy Discovers Winery ... Boy Sells Wines ... Love Wines ... Winery Gets Points ... Wines Get Expensive / Allocated 
 - This Has Happened in France and Germany
 - Valloni Just Got 95 Points
 - Now Rattalino Rings the Bell With a 97

2013 Rattalino Barolo Trentaquattro 34
 - Classic Tobacco and Rose on the Nose - Really Pretty
 - The Fruit Is An Absolute Crescendo
 - A Ridiculous Bottle of Barolo for $47.99 (would be $70+ 3 tier)
 - Straight from the Cellar
 - Entering Its Drinking Window
 - Classic, Classic Old School Barolo
 - Mineral, Floral Nose
 - Serious, Deep, Concetrated Fruit
 - 97 Points Decanter

2012 Rattalino Barolo Bussia Trentacinque 35 
 - Monumental Density and Concentration
 - Dark, Dark Fruit Enrobed with Licorice and Spice
 - Amazing Structure
 - Brilliant Bussia Vineyard
 - Just Entering It's Window
 - Maybe My Favorite Barolo We've Sold
...

From the Winemaker Behind Petrus and Dominus. Incredible 2016 Bordeaux, Under $40

2016 Chateau Samion
 - The Finest Satellite Wine I've Ever Had 
 - Vivid Nose of Raspberry Confit, Plum, Cocoa, Earth
 - Terrific 2016 Grip
 - Tastes Like a $100 Bottle of Bordeaux
 - Special Case Pricing

2016 Vieux Chateau St. Andre
 - Supple, Silky, Juicy
 - A Bit More of an Early Drinker than the Samion
 - Just a Great Classic Yet Deep Bottle of Bordeaux for $32.99

Below is what Antonio Galloni has to say about 2016 Bordeaux.

"The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines. The word that comes to mind, unfortunately so often overused, is balance. In technical terms, the 2016s boast off the charts tannins that in many cases exceed those of wines from massive vintages such as 2010. And yet, the best 2016s are absolutely harmonious, with the tannins barely perceptible at all. The 2016s also have tremendous energy and bright, acid-driven profiles, with many wines ...

BURGHOUND HATH SPOKEN!!! Sebastien Dampt Gets His Due with His Best Vintage Ever – Insane QPRs

Sebastien Now Ages the Wines Longer in the Tank and the Bottle
 - Significant Uptick in Complexity

2017 Has 2014's Snap and 2015's Deep Fruit

2017 Sebastien Dampt 1er Cru Cote de Lechet
 - Our First and Still Most Popular Chablis
 - Nose: Classic Lechet - Mineral, Seashells, Lemon Zest, Lime
 - Terrific Complexity and Density on the Palate
 - Incredible Concentraion, Super Juicy and Awesomely Intense
 - 92 POINTS BH, $26.99, BONKERS QPR!

2017 Sebastien Dampt Chablis AC
 - Nose: Minerals and Flowers, Nice Lime Zest, Appley Fruit
 - Unique Chablis Minerality
 - 90 POINTS BH, $19.99, BONKERS QPR!

I love to listen to all kinds of music.  Opera, classical symphonies, hip hop, some jazz. But there is
always a place in my heart for some old time rock n roll.  Kansas, Boston, Aerosmith, The Who, The Clash, The Cars.  There's something about it ...

Guest Post – Matthew Cohen (Partner At Fass Selections) on The Terroir of Concrete

Debunking the Terroir of Concrete

A friend and I have a running argument on whether it is even theoretically possible to have a great restaurant in a particular city.  I say, “wow, I had a great pasta dish last night,” and he replies, “impossible, it’s impossible to have a restaurant with great food in Orange County.  I have derisively called his belief linking restaurant quality and location, “the terroir of concrete.”  Of course, concrete has no terroir - it’s concrete. 

Let’s look at the two main rationales behind the terroir of concrete.

1) You can’t get great ingredients in most places.
It is certainly true that you cannot get ALL great ingredients in ALL places.  You can’t get fresh from
the ocean Nantucket Bay Scallops anywhere except the Northeast.  You can’t get incredible produce of most types in many places.

But so what?  ...

Pavlov’s Favorite Wine: Ready to Drink Montefalco Sagrantino – Not a More Delicious Wine in the Portfolio

2014 Montioni Sagrantino di Montefalco
 - Ready to Drink Sagrantino 
 - The Power of Sangrantino
 - Deep, Dark, Intense Fruits, Spice
 - Great Balance
 - Likely the Most Flat Out Delicious Wine I Sell
 - At $30.99, You Will Want to Buy a Good Amount

2015 Montioni Montefalco Rosso
 - For $18.99 You Will not Find a More Delicious Bottle of Wine
 - BIG Cherry Fruit
 - Classic Sangiovese Spice and Licorice
 - Perfect Acidic Balance - So Juicy and Fresh

We all have heard of the famous series of experiments where Pavlov proved his theories of classical
conditioning.  He paired the feeding of dogs with an unrelated stimulus over time and eventually, the dogs began to salivate when exposed to the unrelated stimulus.  This research and the theories that resulted from it provided the underpinning for a significant amount of new research as well as ...

The Crown Prince Ascends: Alain Michelot’s Nephew Comes into His Own – Top 3 NSG Plus My Favorite HCDN

2015 Vincent Ledy Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru "Les Porrets St. Georges - Jeunes Vignes" 
 - One of the Top 3 NSG Producers
 - Classic Les Porrets: Intense Fruit, Fresh and Refined
 - Super Aromatic Spectrum: Spices, Flowers, Wet Earth, Deep Berry Fruit, Deep Black Cherries, Stoney Minerals
 - Very Limited

2015 Vincent Ledy Bourgogne Hautes-Cote de Nuits
 - Easily Top End Village or 1er Cru Quality
 - Incredible Palate Presence and Fruit
 - As Deep and Rich an HCDN That Has Ever Been Made
 - The Prima Facie Case Against the Argument that You Cannot Get Great Burgundy for Under $31
 - Maybe Last Vintage for This Blend

Ledy's 2015s are unreal wines that just are truly profound and will age as long as the most famous
names. These are no frills, built for the long haul wines that truly shine with age. They are incredible young and one ...

The Thorle Brothers Blow the Doors Off – The Offer that Breaks the QPR Formula: $43.99/95 pts, $24.99/94 pts.

2016 in the Rheinhessen Was a Historic Vintage
Probstey "Grand Cru"
 - Some of the Best Pinot Noirs I've Had from Anywhere in Germany
 - Incredibly Hedonistic
 - Deep Cherry Fruit with Incredible Detail 
 - Full & Layered Aromatic Spectrum
 - $43.99 for Pinot This Level of Quality Is Unheard of
 - 95 Points from Pigott

Village Saulheimer Kalkstein
 - Please Do Not Sleep on This Wine (Sick Value Under $25)
 - Young Grapes from Grand Cru Sites
 - The Power and Balance of the Grand Crus 
 - 94 Points from Pigott - INSANE QPR

"A handful of producers are making serious wines from this grape (Spätburgunder), but in our
tastings only Thörle blew our minds." - Stuart Pigott on the 2015 Thorle Spatburgunders

"Even Thörle shines more brightly with Spätburgunder, aka pinot noir; its 2016s are the best to date for the variety there." - Stuart ...

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 ...