For those of you who do not follow baseball, Giancarlo Stanton is one of the best hitters in baseball.

Unfortunately, no one pays much attention to him because he plays for a team that is generally pretty awful, the Miami Marlins.  At Fass Selections, I am trying to assemble an All Star Team of producers. I'm not just looking for well known players who play for the Yankees or the Red Sox.  I want the best producers, no matter where they are located; the Giancarlo Stantons of wine.  And Domaine Breliere typifies that to a T.

They are making astounding wines and are  by far the best producer of Rully in Burgundy's Cote Chalonnaise.  I was shocked to find out that they were not in the United States.

Vincent Ledy believes in the true essence, nature and fundamental beauty of terroir like almost no

winemaker I've ever met.  He expounds upon it like a man discussing the love of his life and his eyes attain a far off look when he discusses the inherent beauty of each of his plots.  Most Burgundian winemakers add new French Oak to their red wines to give them added structure and flavor; Ledy believes that this is not only unnecessary, but almost sacrilege.

Is he crazy?  


Visiting Laible is always one of the highlights of my trip to Germany every year.Offering them to the

list is another highlight as well. There is nothing like a Laible wine because they are grown in a unique microclimate by an incredibly talented winemaker.  The wines have an indescribable purity, clarity and mineral fruit balance.  Laible's wines have received so much love and positive feedback it is remarkable.

Georges "Le Grec" Lelektsoglou is an abolsute legend amongst winemakers in the Northern Rhone.

The entire region knows him as "The Greek."  Every winemaker says, "you have to go and meet The Greek." He wears soccer jerseys, smokes cigs and knows Rhone wines like few other in the region. He has been visiting winemakers and vineyards for over 30 years and his knowledge of the terroirs and the winemakers is almost unparallelled.

This is one of those embarrassment of riches offer. By now many of you have tasted the 2011's

of Sebastien Dampt. They are mineral, salty, brisk, have wonderful deep flavors and textures, with classic Chablis character and are excellent values. They have been amongst the whites that have been emphatically praised by the whole list. Sebastien is a young guy and he thinks outside the box for what is considered normal winemaking in Chablis.

I was very excited to visit Phillipe Brugnon in Rilly La Montagne as one of the most highly regarded

wine stores in France carries this and Selosse in their store and no other Champagnes. Phillipe Brugnon is making incredibly elegant, complex Champagne.  Don't be fooled by the price - these are 1er cru from Montagne but from lesser known villages and in the hands of a terrific winemaker, they are incredibly good and ridiculous values.

It was a crisp day in Tain l'Hermitage at the Salon des Vins and I was sulking. I had just tasted the

brilliant Cornas of Guillhaume Gilles and was bummed to find out he was represented by Neal Rosenthal. Oh well, you can't win them all.  I then asked Guillhaume who he thought the best talent in the room was and he immediately pointed to Michele Luyton; I headed over there in a flash. Michelle Luyton, is an absolute wonder.

Long time subscribers will recall that I was introduced to Marie Elodie by Jeremy Seysses of Domaine

Dujac, one of the top wineries in Burgundy.  Marie Elodie is one of the best winemakers I know and conforms to no standards as to how Beaujolais is made. She is uncompromising and makes wine her way. This is no light, elegant, carbonic Morgon that smells like spice and fresh red fruit, which I love, but this is an apple to that orange.

I'll never forget my first glass of a Julien Cruchandeau wine.  I got the glass and sniffed it, and sniffed it

again.  And again.  After about five minutes, I realized that at some point, I really should taste it.

There are a range of fruit profiles in Burgundian wines and don't get me wrong, I love them all.  But in Burgundy, what you are really paying for are the heights of aromatic complexity that only Burgundy can achieve.

With the NCAA tournament upon us I have decided to throw my hat in the ring and say Corton is the winner, especially at the prices I am offering today. I have VERY LITTLE wine today and I will have to allocate. These wines are so good that even one bottle, if that is what it comes to, will make anybody who buys these very happy.

I'll start with what I have a little bit of. The 2012 Corton from Jean-Jacques Girard is a profound bottle of Grand Cru Red Burgundy.