Two Burghound 91 Point Wines Under $36 – "You don’t truly love Burgundy unless you love Savigny Les Beaune."


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Savigny Les Beaune
 – A Burgundy Lover’s Burgundy
 – The Soul, The Truth of Burgundy

JJ Girard’s 2017
 – The Oldest Estate in Savigny
 – Girard Knows This Terroir Like No Other
 – His 2017s Are Sappy and Deeply Fruited 
 – They Almost Strut While Showing Their Sense of Place
 – He’s Almost Impossible to Beat in Burgundy at These Prices 

2017 JJ Girard Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Narbantons”
– More Gevrey-Like
– Lovely Gamey Element
– Ebullient Cherries, Cherry Flower and Stunning Sous Bois
– A Rockstar Burgundy for $35.99, 91 Points
– Drinkable Now, but Better in 3-6 Years

2017 JJ Girard Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru “Les Peuillets”
– Mineral and Wet Earth
– Juicy, Absolutely Beautiful Crunchy Ripe Fruit
– Tiny berry intensity
– Long Finish of Huge Fruit, a Hint of Mineral
– The One to Drink Young of the Pair
– …

The Mold Has Been Broken: The Liquid Magic of the New Radical of Barbaresco Danilo Quazzolo: Micro Amounts Of Barbaresco Riserva 2015 and Barbera


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Danilo Quazzolo
 – If I Could Make Wine and Had Land In Barbaresco, I’d Make Wines Like This
 – Old Vines
 – Psychotic Density
 – Stunning Fruit Yet Incredible Balance
 – Incredible Acidity
 – The Mad Genius of An Artist Winemaker
 – There Is Nothing Like These Wines in the Langhe.  Nothing.
 – A Teeny 2 Hectares of Pure Mad Genius

2016 Quazzolo Barbera d’Alba
 – Some of the Most Super Intense Fresh Fruit of Any Wine I’ve Ever Had
 – The Last 60 Bottles
 –  One of the Best Barberas I’ve Ever Had from Anyone, Ever

2015 Quazzolo Barbaresco Riserva
 – Unlike Any Wine I’ve Had from Piedmont
 – The Density and Complexity of 80+ Year Old Vines
 – The Added Density from Hand Selection
 – High Acid from the Vineyards
 – The Density of Grand Cru Burgundy – I’m Not Kidding
 – Should Cost $100+ – It …

If You Love Cru Beaujolais, You Must Try These Mountain Gamay from Savoie


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Mountain Gamay
 – So Different from Cru Beaujolais
 – A Serious Alpine Vibe  
 – Much More Floral and Mineral

Luc Bauer
 – Small Winery (3HA)
 – He Really Works the Vineyards
 – Terrific Terroir (Hillside Vineyards, Great Sun)
 – Biodynamic, Natural Style
 – The Precise Technique and Consistency of a Trained Engineer

2018 Le Grangeons d’Albarine (Luc Bauer) “REDACTED” IGP
 – Super Spicey Red Cherry Fruit
 – Incredible Purity and Energy
 – Great Spice, Amazingly Deep Fruit

2018 Le Grangeons d’Albarine (Luc Bauer) Gamay Beauregard
 – More Mineral Focused and Structured
 – Super Intense Sap
 – So Sappy and So Dense 
 – Sappy Pure Best of Season Cherry Fruit

I love Cru Beaujolais.  Some would argue that it’s the original wine geek wine.  Delicious and balanced in the right hands, it used to be really affordable to for the underpaid and underappreciated

wine lovers manning the floors at …

Under Your Nose: The Greatest Undiscovered Wines in Europe


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Why One of the Wine World’s Great Misconceptions Has Created A Huge Value Opportunity

Just Like Burgundy, There Are Certainly 20 Top Producers in the Langhe

But There Are Dozens More Great Ones That Cost Half As Much And Are Making Fantastic Wines for RelativeScratch

Fass Selections was created to find and deliver the great undiscovered wines in Europe.
Our initial raison d’etre was German Riesling. We followed that up by creating the best portfolio of German Pinot Noir and turning it into one of our most popular categories.  
After that was the Northern Rhone which is producing some of the best red wines in France.
One thing that underlies this value arbitrage is something that you wouldn’t expect.  Misconceptions.
People thought that German Riesling was almost all sweet and didn’t know that their dry wines are incredibly complex and very inexpensive for the quality.
No one even …

The End of an Era in Burgundy – The Last Harvest of JJ Morel Is Behind Us – One of Our Most Distinctive Winemakers


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2017 J.J. Morel St. Aubin Blanc “Traversaine”
– Only 400 Bottles Made/I Barely Have Any
– Terrific Aromatic Purity 
– Electric, Rich and Deep
– Very Concentrated with Incredible Depth
– Tremendous Inner Mouth Florality

2017 JJ Morel St. Aubin Blanc 1er Cru
– Roughly 250 Bottles Made/I Have Enough For CASE PRICING
– Blend of Famous 1er Crus “Chateniere” and “Les Combes”
– Wonderful Sappiness and Such Freshness
– Mineral, Green Apple, Sweet Lime
– Lemon and Lime Fruit with Brilliant Structure
– Remarkable Refinement
– Special Case Pricing

I’ve never had to write an email quite like this as this has never happened before in my professional

career.

Genius can be fleeting or it can happen in brief spurts and then it’s finished. It can last many years, decades even a lifetime. Genius is not constrained by any maximum or minimum limit. But sometimes it must come …

The Best Wine from One of the Top 5 Estates in Germany: One of the Best Grosses Gewachs/Grand Cru Wines in Germany: Under $54 (Allocated)


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2018 in Germany
 – One of the All Time Great Vintages
 – Two Winemakers Have Compared it to the Legendary 1959
 – Similar to 2014 White Burgundies and 2008 Champagne

Battenfeld Spanier
 – One of the Top 5 Estates in Germany
 – Has Won Every Award Imaginable
 – Always Consistently Great – In Great Vintages, They Are Transcendent

2018 Am Schwarzen Herrgott GG
 – Their Best Wine 
 – Power, Balance and Concentration Equal to Any Burgundy
 – Grand Cru Elegance and Finesse
 – Very Limited and Will Be Allocated (Sorry)

“Winemaker of the Year” 
Vinum 2018

“Vintner of the Year 2015”
Falstaff

I sometimes feel like Battenfeld Spanier is our Taj Mahal.  People always say that the Taj Mahal is

very famous but gets little attention from Indians.  Similarly, Battenfeld Spanier has been with us for 6+ years. I sometimes feel that they don’t get as much love …

The Baden Pinot Noir New Wave Welcomes A New Winemaker – The Next Big Thing after Möbitz, Enderle & Moll and Max Geitlinger


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2015 Sven Nieger Pinot Noir “Matthis”
 – One of the Best 2015 German Pinots Stephan Rheinhardt Tasted
 – The Best Cherries in a Bowl of Hundreds
 – Huge Heavy Spice, Exotic Spices after Air, Moss, Tree Bark
 – 80 Cases Made, Only 20 Left
 – These Will Be Allocated at Some Point Soon

I can only imagine what a film lover felt like in the 60’s discovering the French New Wave. Varda, Trufffaut, Godard, Resnais, Bazin, Demy and more. New brilliance with each new name. At Fass Selections we might not have the Nouvelle Vague but we do have the Baden New Wave which started around 2013 in the USA and a bit earlier in Europe. Just like the French New Wave. We are always just a little bit late but we happen to do an excellent job popularizing and mainstreaming what once were obscure things. French New Wave Cinema …

"If Andi will not become a Top Winemaker I will be an idiot." Stuart Pigott


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Andi Schneider Has Joined The Club
 – Totally Different Style from Frohlich and Donhoff
 – Refined Nahe Fruit But with Thunderous Minerality
 – Some of the Craziest Values I Sell…from Anywhere

2017 K.H. Schneider Marbach Riesling “GG” Trocken
 – An Utterly Amazing Wine for $29.99 
 – 2016 Was 95 Points From Piggot
 – Pure, Elegant, Preceise Minerality
 – Interwoven Nahe Fruit 
 – A Brilliant, Yet Distinctive Nahe Masterpiece

2017 K.H Schneider Marbach Riesling Spatlese 
Yes, We Mostly Drink Dry German Wines Now
But There Is No Better Dessert Wine for the Money 
 – The Greatest of Easy Pleasures
 – The Glorious Essence of Fruit in a Bottle
 – 2016 was 96 Points from Piggot 
 – $22.99!

Stuart Piggot is one of the most experienced and well respected German wine critics.  He originally

turned me on to Andi Schneider several years ago.  The Nahe …

The Greatest Value Pinots Region in the Greatest Value Pinot Country – NEW Grand Cru Under $30 – Micro Production Plus Plus a $17.99 Delicious Every Day Pinot – German Glou Glou


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2014 Spater-Veit Pinot Noir Reserve
 – NSG Grit, Grip and Structure
 – The Elegance, Finesse and Head Spinning Aromas of Vosne-Romanee
 – Ridiculous Floral and Fruity Nose
 – Ripe, Concentrated Yet Elegant, Fresh Palate
 – A New Top Wine (for $29.99)
 – 24 Months On The Lees
 – Only Sold to Rich Germans and Me
 – Brand New Wine

2016 Spater-Veit “Slate”
 – A Big Fat Kiss of Pinot Noir
 – $17.99 Each on 4 Plus Case Pricing (Party Wine)
 – Delicious Fruit, Amazing Freshness
 – What You Want After a Bad Day
 – You Cannot Find Pinot Noir This Good At This Price Anywhere
 – German Glou Glou
 – New Name (Used To be Rotwein)

Before I get into today’s offer I’d like to speak about the unexpected universal praise of the Spater-

Veit Pinot Noirs I get from all of you who have bought them. There …