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 …

The Degas of Burgundy: One of the Masters of the Elegant Style – Janotbos, a 1er Cru and Value Red and White


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Janotbos Is An Absolute Star 
 – Incredible Clarity in All Elements
 – Textbook Elegant 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

2016 Domaine JanotBos St. Aubin 1er Cru “En Criot”
 – Stunningly Vivid Fruit with Incredible Freshness
 – Fruit Complexity Has So Much Pure Green Apple, Apricot
 – Power and Concentration Matched with Epic Purity, Fruit, Acid and Freshness
 – His Most Accessible, Delicious Wine
 – The Sleeper Value of His Portfolio at $45.99

2016 Domaine Janotbos Macon-Vergisson
 – Macon Whites Are Alwas Fun to Drink But Rarely Serious
 – JanotBos’ Elegant Style Makes This a Stunning Value
 – Nose as Complex As Much Pricier Cote d’Or Whites: Lean, Mineral, Saline , White Flowers, Hazelnuts
 – Palate: Power and Concentration 
 – Matched with the Epic …

A Wine That Creates a New Category – Sparkling Italian "Pinot Noir" You Must Try Plus a Magical Nebbiolo from a Rising Young Star


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An Absolute Discovery In the Middle of Absolute Nowhere
 – You Can Hardly Find This Place
 – These Wines Are Incredibly Underpriced 

Roccia Rossa Sparkling Nebbiolo Rosato, NV 
 – I Would Have Bet My Entire Sneaker Collection I Would NEVER Sell an Italian Sparkling Wine
 – I Am Now and That’s How Great This Wine Is
 – Méthode Champenoise, 4 Years of Age 
 – Vaporizes Almost Every Champ at This Price Point ($33.99)
 – A Must Buy for Champagne Lovers
 – Toasty, Yeasty, Complex, Mineral, Super Juicy
 – Micro Production
 – The Geekiest Sparkling Wine You’ll Ever Buy
 – Made from Nebbiolo (the Pinot Noir of Italy)
 – It Has The Most Old School Nebbiolo Character One Can Imagine

Roccia Rossa Bramaterra 2015
 – Our Craziest Nebbiolo “Value” at $27.99
 – Haunting Dried Rose Aromatics – Truly Great
 – Crazy Palate Complexity YET Delicate
 – Lalou Yields (17 …

I’ve Tasted More Riesling Than 99.99% of Humans — It’s Very Rare for me to Find Something New, and Wonderfull- The Naked Joy of Weingut Sven Nieger


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Sven Nieger – A New Very Important Estate
 – Wines of Pure Terroir … Nature in a Bottle … Magic
 – I’ve Never Had Anything Like Them
 – Indigenous Yeasts
 – Already a Top 20 Dry White Producer in Germany
 – Like if Ziereisen made Riesling
 – Long Offer – Please Try And Read It All
 – Debut Vintage in 2013
 – Made In A Garage

2016 Sven Nieger Riesling “ungeshminkt”
 – Nose: Superbly Mineral, Floral, Subtle with Deep Stone Fruits
 – Incredible Structure and Density
 – Really, Really Long and So Fine
 – Superb Citrus Fruits, Apricot, Peach Pit

2016 Sven Nieger Riesling “unbestechlich”
 – One of His Grand Crus
 – A Wow! Nose
 – Minerality on the Nose is Just Bonkers
 – Flowers, Vineyard Peach, Apricot on the Pithy and Fleshy Nose
 – Incredibly Persistent and Present 
 – Gets to Every Nook and Cranny of Your Palate

When I was …

From Enfant Terrible to Top 10 in Volnay – Pierrick Bouley’s 1er Cru Volnay and the Oddest Price Imperfection in Burgundy


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Pierrick Bouley
 – In Burgundy, No Star Remains Unknown for Long
 – Pierrick’s Wines Are Getting Recognized 
 – Prices Are Increasing
 – His 1er Crus Will Cost $100-$150 before Long
 – Buy As Much As You Can Store of These

2017 Pierrick Bouley Volnay 1er Cru “Santenots”
 – Some People Think It’s the Best Vineyard in Volnay
 – Compare with Lafon at $170-$198, Rossingol $130-$140
 – Nose: Regal, Stunningly Complex. Big Licorice, Gorgeous, Floral
 – Palate: Textured, Huge Mid Season and Dark Cherry Fruits
 – World Class Inner Mouth Aromatics
 – Palate Staining and Saturating

2017 Pierrick Bouley Bourgogne Côte d’Or
 – New Classification Between Regional and Village Appellations
 – This Should Cost A Minimum of $30 for Low End Producers
 – The Cheapest Bourgogne Côte d’Or Is $33
 – I’m Selling for $22.99 – No Idea Why This is So Inexpensive
 – Maybe Because It’s New and No …

An off the Charts Delicious Under $20 Wine from Our Cult Pinot Producer Enderle & Moll – Stock Up for Parties


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Enderle and Moll Make Some of the Rarest Pinots on Earth
“Best Customer Only” list at Top Restaurants
Micro Production, Organic, One of Germany’s Top Winemakers
This Is His Entry Level Wine
 – Stunningly Delicious
 – I Got an Insane Direct from the Winery Price
 – This Is a Wine for Everyone
 – The Beautiful Fruit from Terrific Vineyard Work
 – The Poetic Transparency of a Great Winemaker
 – Delicate and Refined Beneath the Deliciousness

The Best Wine for a Price You Don’t Have to Think About for Any Wine You’ll Ever Buy. 

Enderle and Moll is the cult winery that every top German collector wants.  Their wines are sold for

hundreds of dollars in certain top restaurants. They are “top customer only” at some places. Production is incredibly small and it’s almost impossible to get the top bottlings.  I’ve only sold the top bottlings to the …

The Franz Liszt of Burgundy: A Child Prodigy Burst on to the Scene with 2 Genius Pommards – IMPORTANT


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Our New Burgundy Prodigy
 – Raised in the Vineyards
 – His First Vintage at 18
 – The French Have Bought Almost All of Their Wines 
 – First US Offer
 – Style Is Polished Traditional: Less Rustic, Very Elegant, Amazing Fruit

2017 Domaine Michel Rebourgeon Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens
– Classic Rugiens and Will Age for 25+ Years
– Old Rugiens Can Compete with Anything in Burgundy
– Nose: Outrageously Complex: Deep Perfectly Ripened Mid Season Cherries
– A Background of Stoniness and Super Minerality
– Palate: Beyond Brilliant: Dense, Powerful, Concentrated and So, So Sappy
– Serious Structure and Major Sap Explosion on the Finish
 – Rugiens Bas Is Now Getting Grand Cru Pricing ($135-$200)
 – This Wine Is $67.99
 – Incredible and One of the Best Stories I’ll Ever Sell

2017 Domaine Michel Rebourgeon Pommard “Cuvee William”
– A Wine That Can be Drunk Now or Cellared
– …

My Don Draper St. Joseph: A New Producer Making 2,000 Bottles of Superbly Elegant Wine at Pre-Brand Prices


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My Babies in St. Joseph Are Growing Up 
 – Prices Are Increasing
 – Some of My Customers Are Getting Priced Out
 – I’ve Been Researching Like Crazy for New Ones

Cave Pinheiro
 – A New Tiny Estate a Few Miles South, Next to Cornas
 – 2,000 Bottles Made
 – Reminds Me of the Brilliant St. Josephs of Fauterie
 – An Elegant Density

2017 Cave Pinheiro St. Joseph Cuvee Les Blachons
 – Nose: Intensely Mineral and Super Floral
 – Palate: Inner Mouth Florals are off the Charts
 – Fantastic Dark Berry Concentration
 – Remarkable Elegance
 – Astonishing Length
 – Gorgeous Texture

2017 Cave Pinheiro St. Joseph Classique
 – Nose: Ripe and Classic: Smoke, Leather, Violets, Licorice
 – Palate: Juicy, Concentrated, Terrific Trademark Fassy Acidity
 – More About Finesse than the Denisty of the Blachons
 – A “Yesteryear” Value at $23.99 Direct from the Estate

Don “…only likes the beginnings …

Our Most Popular White Wine: for a Reason – It’s the First Riesling Every Year and I Keep It Under $25 … Because I Can – "2018 Is the Next 1959!"


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Battenfeld Spanier 2018 Molsheim
 – The Calling Card of One of the Top 5 Estates in Germany
 – The First Riesling We Offer Every Year
 – If You Love Dry Riesling You Will Love This
 – If You’ve Never Had Dry Riesling You Will After Trying This
 – One of the Iconic Wines in Our Portfolio
 – Brilliant Fruit Itensity Married with Insane Structure
 – A Blend of 2 Grand Cru Vineyards (20 Year Old Vines)
 – Normally a Fantastic 1er Cru – In a Great Vintage, You Are Getting Grand Cru Quality for $25.99

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 …

Two White Burgundies from a Top, Top White Producer – Meursault 1er Cru and Monthelie – These Will Double In Price Within 5 Years


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Boussey is Not an Emerging Star – He is a Star
 – These Wines Can Compete with the Best in the Cote de Beaune
 – They Will Double in Price (At Least) within 5 Years
 – Some of the Best Values in Burgundy 

His 2017s Are Epic Works of Beauty

2017 Laurent Boussey Meursault 1er Cru “Charmes”
 – Nose: Aromatic, Layered, Complex, Super Mineral, Citrus, Hazelnuts
 – Palate:  Effortlessly Balances Pure Power with Terrific Intense and Echoing Acidity
 – Echoing Finish: Salty, Mineral, WOW.
 – Sick, Sick, Sick, Sick Complexity.
 – A Chance to Taste the Pure Beauty of Burgundy for Well Under $100 (It’s Only $55.99)
 – Compare Mega-Negociant Charmes at $90-$100 This is Way, Way Better

2017 Laurent Boussey Monthelie Blanc
 – Nose of Apple, Huge White Flowers, Mineral, Apple Skins, Hazelnuts
 – Bright and Sappy, Lemony Intensity
 – Great Length – Mineral and Salty
 – Amazing …

The Estate that Makes Wine from Grapes that Nobody Has Ever Heard Of in a Place Nobody Has Ever Heard Of


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2018 Domaine des Rutissons Verdesse IGP Isere
– Only 13 hectares of this Grape in the World
– One of the Oldest White Grape Varieties in the World
– Nose: Floral, Lemon, Grapefruit and Very, Very Mineral
– Palate: Huge Acidity, Juicy Sweet Lemon, Super Intense Deep Minerality
– Roundness Juxtaposed with Brilliant Acidity and Freshness

2018 Domaine des Rutissons VDF La Bete
– A wine that Speaks of a Place I Didn’t Even Know Existed
– Stunning, Unique Nose: Smokey, Super Fresh. Loads of Wild Berries, Coulis, Currents, Flowers, Forest Scents, Red Currants, Glorious Spice
– Palate: Stellar Inner Mouth Aromas, Sap and Deepness

– Startling Values Because Made From Obscure Grapes in Obscure Place

One of the selfish reasons I love discovering new estates is that I get to write about them and and

introduce them to an anxious public ready to explore new vinous boundaries. It is …

Rare Hermitage (Only 2nd Vintage, 2015 Was Other) – The Titanic Depth and Concentration of 2017 Hermitage Combined with the Hauntingly Elegant Luyton House Style


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2017 Michelle Luyton Hermitage “Allegresse”
 – An Affordable Taste of What the “Other Half” Drinks
 – Aromatics Are Almost Super Terroir
 – The Depth of Fruit is Unconscious
 – Nose: Pepper, Meaty, Leather, Earth and Herbal 
 – Deep, Deep Blackberry 
 – Structured with Incredible Length
 – Will Last 2-3 Decades
 – Only 280 Bottles Made
 – A Crazy Rare, High Quality Collectors’ Item

The great hill of Hermitage is about as impressive and awe-inspiring as any great place in the world.

It could theoretically be the 8th wonder of the world. It as majestic as the great pyramids and as imposing as Mt. Everest and it’s not getting any bigger. That is the allure of Hermitage. It is finite. It it also expensive.  Chave/Sorrel are but a few names that can attract rabid fan bases (and stratospheric prices).  I still cannot believe that I am lucky enough to …