The Protege of One of the Dry Wine Masters ofthe Mosel: The First Winemaker from the Brilliant Stefan Steinmetz's "Coaching Tree" 

Stefan Steinmetz, of the winery Gunther Steinmetz is one of the great young winemakers in Germany.

I've sold boatloads of his wines and he has a huge following, particularly in New York.  He also has the best palette for wine I have encountered in Germany.  So when Stefan Steinmetz says, I have a friend who is making brilliant Mosel Riesling my ears perk up, and I listen. On my most recent trip to Germany, Stefan's close friend and protege, Christophe Licht, came over with some samples and we had a tasting.The wines were remarkable. They are made in a wonderful pristine laser-like style with oodles of precise fruit and Mosel slate minerality.

I'm an absolute freak for blanc de blancs.  I love blanc de noir as well but well made blanc de blancs has everything that I love in white wine; that gorgeous, feminine quality, and the balance of fruit,

minerality and acidic backbone.  I didn't sell much of it in my previous lifetimes because the price of champagne had gotten so high, the price to value got out of whack.

The last 2 vintages, I offered this wine too late in the year, maxed out my allocation and had to disappoint a bunch of people  So this year, I've learned my lesson and am offering it in August in a

sneak attack on the French (who love this wine).  For those of you new to the list, I'll review my notes on Marsanne's St. Joseph:

1) St.

My first offer was the Herve Murat Hautes-Côtes de Nuits "Les Herbues" 2010 for $19.99.  I was

thrilled to offer such an incredible wine at such a great price; I knew it couldn't last though.  Everyone is now recognizing that Herve is a genius and the prices have increased (still a great value though and his wines get better every year).

You are officially warned: Julien Crucandeau is another rock star and these prices are going to go up as he gets the recognition he deserves.

(This is going to be a long E-Mail but trust me, you need to read it because these are two spectacular and unusual wines and there is a lot of background that goes into understanding why they are so special).  

Herve Murat was the first official Burgundy appointment in Fass Selections history and he'll always have a special place in my heart. I was very nervous as I had never been in the position of pitching anything to a producer before.

What if I told you that the absolute best value Pinot Noir I have had since Fass Selections opened was not from Burgundy. It's weird I know as I sell a lot of killer values in Burgundy because of my direct from the winery business model.  But this wine will change your perspective on what Pinot Noir can be

more than any other I've sold.  We all know that legendary wine critic Jancis Robinson is a fan of Enderle & Moll.  She was ahead of the curve and the 2012 Liason is their best version yet...

Today's offer is an embarrassment of riches.  The first wine is the 2013 BattenfeldSpanier Am

Schwarzen Herrgott Grosses Gewachs which can be had for $49.99 a 3-pack; this is a ridiculous value for something this high quality.  This wine is similar to the great white wines of the world for 2 reasons.  First, it has The Wall of Flavor.  When you taste it your palate is almost assaulted with fruit, minerality and acidity.

As I was wandering along the Salon des Vins this past February in Tain l'Hermitage, I happened upon

a table where there was a young man pouring St. Joseph red and white, and what caught my eye was that the label said St. Joseph from Domaine de la Cote St. Epine. One of my favorite winemakers, Herve Souhaut, made St. Epine. I tasted two wines; one red and one white. The winemaker's name was Mikael Desestret and his wines were utterly brilliant. The best St.

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!".

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).
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