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. It is also a treat to work with Phillipe because Burgundy is about trends and Phillipe does not care about trends. The wines are made the same way as they always have been. He also has a wonderful and plentiful stock of inventory from recent vintages.

Allen Meadows says this about the Billard-Gonnet estate.

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.

I love a great deal and today's wine is a rare chance for most of us to be able to drinkwine made by one of the top estates in Boreaux, for only $75.  I am thrilled to be able to offer the 2010 Chateau Vincent from Margaux for $74.99 on a 3-pack. The chateau is located within Chateau Palmer's estate. The wines are in "fermage" which means Palmer manages the vineyards, does the vinification and then pays Vincent in "young wine", which is press wine.

There is nothing like killer Blanc de Blancs. Next to Chablis this might be my favorite iteration of Chardonnay. But that is like picking your favorite child. It's impossible. It has such intense minerality

along with a luxurious mouth-filling quality and that tell-tale yeasty minerality. Plus a wonderful salinity and a profound nuttiness with age. And I have a great one today.

This is vintage as well and harvested from a single parcel.

So last year I tasted the 2004 and 2005 Keller Spatlese Trocken S many times side by side to decide

what to sell. The 04 this time last year was an electric wine with brilliant minerality in harmony with waves of fruit and the beautiful crisp 2004 acidic kick. The 2005 had all the parts but still had a hint of wood.  I decided not to sell it as I wanted to wait until it was ready.  Fast forward one year and I tasted the 2005 again and was blown away.

Don't we all wish we all got in on the ground floor on PYCM (Pierre Yves Colin Morey)?The wines

are better than ever and allocations are super tight (if you can get them). He also raised the stakes for high quality micro-negociants that wine lovers thirst over. His St. Aubin's have redefined what great St. Aubin can be. Most wine lovers who love Burgundy tend to turn their nose up at negociants. Granted some do stink and are boring many of them can be very good and provide great value.

So you may have noticed that we have been sending some e-mails out on Wednesdays. We have a

pretty solid 3 email a week thing going with two mid end and one high end wine on Friday but we have been sneaking in a new offer, what we call internally "Lyle Wine Wednesday." These are wines that I passionately am behind and love very much but, because they are less well known, they don't sell enough to get a spot on Tuesday or Thursday. They are unusual wines by definition.

I was at the Salon des Vins this recent February in Tain l'Hermitage and I was sulking. I had just

tasted the sick Cornas of Guillhaume Gilles and wanted to sell the wines and he said he was already represented in America so I then asked him who was his choice for the best wineries in the room. He immediately pointed me in the direction of Michelle Luyton.
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