The truth will get out eventually. And what is that truth? That Vincent Ledy is the man. Passionate as they come and about as talented as any winemaker I've come across. He is thankful for every parcel

that has come his way. His parcels are from "humble" appellations but, man, what Vincent does with those parcels is like what a magician does with a hat. He gets every last ounce of terroir out of those parcels and you have simply, some of the most expressive wines I have ever tasted. He uses no new oak and he is obsessive about where he sources his old barrels from and they must be clean to avoid imparting off flavors. Also because there is no new oak to cover up mistakes (think lipstick on a pig) he has to make great wine or he will be exposed.

Of Course Our Prices are about 33% More Well Priced than Ms. Teague Paid as We Buy Direct

In last week's  Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague wrote about a new generation of winemakers producing terrific wines at great values. And she was talking about 3-tier pricing. So if they are some

of the best values in Chablis via 3-Tier pricing what are they at Fass Selections? I'll go out on a limb and say that these are the best values in Chablis.

I remember in a galaxy far, far away a long, long time ago when I was working at Chambers Street

Wines as a salesperson and Overnoy sat on the shelf gathering dust. We had two wines, as that was all that was imported back then. The red and the white. Poulsard and Savagnin, I think.  I drank a few bottles of each. I mean at around 15 a bottle take home cost it was an afterthought. The wines were interesting, but for me, not particularly noteworthy was my conclusion.
1

There are wines that I have wanted to sell at Fass Selections since way before I even knew I would

open Fass Selections. Georges Laval Champagnes were at the top of the list. Only very few had heard of Laval 2-3 years ago, but now the cognoscenti have spoken and I agree. They are simply remarkable Champagnes. Certified organic since 1971 in the small village of Cumieres that you really don't think of when you think of royalty in Champagne.

I love Marcel Richaud. I think that is how I started the first e-mail offer. Well the love has only

grown stronger since the last two offers as many of you have tasted the wines and been blown away. They need time, the need huge decants but the balance and purity of these wines almost cannot be beat in the Southern Rhone. He is very non interventionist and uses minimal sulfur and as a fault you have big wines with astonishing purity. He has always been a rockstar in France.

"One problem there could be for you is that wine importers in many countries have been slow

to pick up talented young German winemakers, even when they're as hot as Andi Schneider. So if this winemaker's Rieslings are not yet available where you are, then tell your friendly local wine merchant/importer to contact Andi at the address below NOW.

It is such a treat to work with Phillipe Billard of the very old school Pommard estate Billard-Gonnet.

The wines are unapologetically old school and traditional but are not inaccessible. They benefit tremendously from aging and will age longer than most burgs in your cellar but they can be drunk young with a healthy decant or opening well before they are served. But these are, make no mistake, built for long aging.

Sebastien Dampt has become one of our core producers and it is very easy to see why.Whenever I

taste Dampt with anybody they are just blown away by them. The quality price ratio is perhaps the best in Chablis. Sebastien is still relatively young and is getting better every year (he learned from his father, one of my favorite producers, so he was quite good when he started).  Allen Meadows at Burghound is also a fan (we're big fans of the longtime leading American Burgundy critic).

You may recall the story that it was a bottle of Scheurebe from Paul Weltner that inspired me to start

Fass Selections.  I tried one of Paul's wines Scheurebes and I was simply blown away.  I knew that these wines from an unheralded grape and an unheralded region (Franken) would be very hard to sell through the traditional 3 tier system as they would be too expensive after marking them up three times.  I also knew that they were unique and some of the best dry wines in Germany.

In the latest Burghound, as per usual, Raquillet is at the top of the heap with his 2012's getting scores

mostly in the 90s from the notoriously stingy Allen Meadows.  The wines are in such demand that I was only able to sell one of them as I started late in the game.

I'm not making that mistake again this year with the 2013s.

I am thrilled to be offering two great wines from Francois Raquillet today.
Loading