I tend to look past generic vintage hype when evaluating wines; there is so much variation between

sub regions and even microclimates that it is hard to generalize.  Having said that, I tend to agree with the across the board consensus (among wine lovers, wine makers, wine critics, sommeliers, importers, distributors and retailers) that the 2012 Burgundy vintage is as good as it gets. It has it all. Fruit for days, density, volume in the mouth, structure to age for a very long time, incredible early drinkability on certain wines, site character and mouth cleansing acidity that brings it all home.

Two Absolutely Joyous Wines from a Forgotten Region - It Won't be Forgotten for Long

Everyone has personal preferences when it comes to wine, which has no bearing on any sort of quality hierarchy. Your favorite wine does not have to be considered the best wine and vice versa.

Quality in wine can be discerned by some things like length, depth, complexity, structure, etc. But notice one thing quality cannot be quantified in is pure unadulterated joy.

One of the biggest hits of the last year has been the clamor over the brilliant red and white St. Josephs

of Aurelian Chatagnier. I think that he makes one of the great Cote-Roties no one knows about and I have been trying to offer his Cote-Rotie since Fass Selections opened.  I was always told NO.. until today.

This is just a stunning wine. To get this much density, power and complexity out of 8 year old vines is damn near miraculous. It is grown on a tiny .2 hectare parcel.

Andreas Laible is certainly one of the best dry winemakers in Germany.  He has a style that is unique

- the wines have fruit but they are really driven by perhaps the best balance of any wines in Germany along with stunning minerality and remarkable expression of terroir.  They are delicious and have broad appeal but are also fascinating to drink.  Klingenberger, in my opinion, is his magnum opus; it is simply a glorious experience to drink this wine.

I always will hold a special place in my heart for Herve Murat. My first French producer visit and

also his 2010's were the first ever Fass Selections' E-Mail.  The 2010's were great, 2011 was even better even though it is perceived as a difficult vintage.  2012 is a great year in Burgundy and Herve's winemaking continues to improve.  We all got in early before Herve attained cult status in France and so we've been able to retain our reasonably-sized allocation.

The summer is usually lousy in wine retail.  For some reason, we had a really good summer so I

figured it was time for a thank you to customers for their loyalty.  So I'm offering a one time only 10% case discount if you buy more than 12 bottles in this order.

These wines will all be here in mid-September (98% of them) and we'll be reaching out to you to ship wines at that point or shortly after so there's a short wait to get whatever you buy here.

Lyle: You gotta buy this wine. It's insane.

Bob: (Not His Real Name): Bored-Oh stinks and puts me to sleep

Lyle: No really, you have to try this. I never say that.

Bob: Oh fine, give me a bottle so I don't have to hear about this anymore....blahblah...blah.....

3 months later

Bob: Holy Crap.  I had that Raysse (sp) you sold me.  It was delicious.  Really, really good fruit. Great balance, really well made. Delicious.  I was shocked.

I love St. Joseph.  I've sold a lot of St. Joseph.  But as the region becomes more famous, it's getting

harder to find values (even for me).  More importantly, it's getting harder for young, talented winemakers to find affordable vineyard land.  As I've said before, and will say again, Crozes-Hermitage is the new St. Joseph. There is a new generation of young vignerons making some exciting wine in Crozes-Hermitage.

Dealing with winemakers like Florent Garaudet is a blessing and a curse.  The good thing is that his wines are all great and very inexpensive for the quality because he's young and no one (other than his Burgundian winemaker peers) has heard of him.  The bad thing is that he has many small bottlings all of which are great and I can't offer them all at once.

I had to choose two, a Puligny Montrachet, a Meursault, a Monthelie Blanc (his most famous wine) and a Bourgogne Blanc.

As I said in the previous Domaine des Beaumont e-mail, 2008 seems to be when they figured it all out

and 2010 is the vintage that put them on the map. I was very very lucky to secure three wines, including two of their best Grand Cru's. In fact I have offered now 3 vintages of their Clos de la Roche and Clos St. Denis and two vintages of the great Gevrey 1er Cru, Cherbaudes.