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. Oger, Mesnil and Cramant maybe but Cumieres? There is Rene Geoffroy, and he is good can be great, but he is no Georges Laval. These are wines made in a way, that if I chose to make Champagne, I would probably make it this way.

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.

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.
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