I had dinner with a few clients last week and I brought a bottle of the 2011 Domaine Richeaume "Cuvee Columelle" with me to the dinner. I looked over what they bought and brought two bottles of wine they did not buy. Why? I want clients to taste as much as they possibly can between drinking with me, if they can, and opening bottles they have purchased as well. I also believe in every single of the wines I sell, and wanted to kind of be like "this is what you missed out on, ha!".  The consensus was that this is one of the great, relatively unheard of wine values left in the world.

Well, the 2011 Domaine Richeaume 'Cuvee Columelle' was the wine of the night by a wide margin.

OK - let's get it out on the table - I'm offering village Monthelie for around $50.  So I've either lost my

mind or I have a very good reason for doing so. People who know me, know since I can only offer 3-4 wines a week they better be damn good. People who also know me that I am all about what is in the bottle and not what is on the bottle.

Now, we all know from Comtes Lafon that you can make great red wine in Monthelie (their wines are worth the $60-$65 they cost).

Most Southern Rhone grenache is some combination of over-oaked, alcoholic, stewyand boring (yes, I

know, "tell me how you really feel").   We all know from Chateau Rayas that you can make wonderful Grenache wines that are Burgundian in style (balanced, pure and aromatic).  I've tasted a ton of nasty grenache in search of something with a similar profile to Rayas, and have only found two in my career. I'm offering one today.

I did not have a chance to experience this wine at the estate as you taste and spendmaybe 5-15 minutes with each wine after it has been opened. The Demets wines need 30-45 minutes to really open and show their stuff.

As soon as the wines had been properly rested after this spring ship I started sending emails to find out what people thought of the wines. I was particularly curious about Marie Demets as I shipped four different wines from them. I kept hearing about the Rose.

As many of you know 2012 Burgundy is in short supply, sometimes I have to act so quick that I will

miss it and thus you will miss it. I knew that I had to offer the 2012's from Beaumont after offering the 2008's last year and also tasting how great the 2012's were when I was on my last Burgundy trip. They have wonderful vineyards and have started to realize their potential now, after starting up in 1991 and marketing their first vintage in 1999.
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If there is one winery in my portfolio that literally gives me the chills is Laible. Theseare, for me one of

the top 3-5 Dry Riesling estates in Germany. The wines are singular: nothing tastes quite like them and each of their bottlings is a unique expression of the vineyard on which the grapes were grown.  Dry is the specialty in their little slice of heaven, otherwise known as Durbach which is just as steep as the Mosel.

As the reports keep coming in from happy Fass Selections clients, the beautiful Burgundies of Jean-Jacques Girard seem to be at the top of the list of wines that people are waxing poetically about. They are utterly classic Burgundies from underappreciated appellations that over-deliver on flavor intensity, terroir footprint, purity, ageability and freshness. They are so fresh and clean, having none to little of the Burgundian barnyard funk.

What is a Cuvee Ozzie?  It's a wine that is distinctive, small production and absolutely so fantastic that I want to put my name on it (well, the name of my beloved 20 year old cat).

I am thrilled to offer the 2013 Baron de l'Ecluse Cote de Brouilly "Cuvee Ozzie" for as little as $24.99 on the 4-pack. The wine is delicious. Just exhilaratingly delicious with a huge, bright ruby color, and a peppery, meaty classic Cote de Brouilly nose with elements of spice.

By now most of you know of the reliably consistent immortal wines of Martin Muellen.Whatever it is,

sweet, dry, desert style (coming soon!) or off-dry the man cannot make a bad wine. They also last an eternity open in the refrigerator. I have the 2012 Trabacher Huhneberg Kabinett feinherb rocking on day 3 as I write this E-Mail.  These wines are still available because when they were bottled, the wines from the Trabach area were much less well known than they are today.

Today, I am thrilled to offer two wines from Thierry Germain, one of the hottest, if not the hottest, producers in the Loire.  Germain is incredibly popular in France (many even whisper that his wines have vaulted past than those from the legendary Clos Rougeard).  He used to make highly extracted wines in 2004, 2005, 2006 and then he saw the light and fast forward to now and he is considered the top Chenin/Cab Franc guy in France now.
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