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(posted 10/19/2011)

Come watch Larry demonstrate how to slide oysters back with dispatch and then look to the list below for terrific tried and true wines perfect for your next oyster feed...

What's that? You only drink red wine? Well... although you must have that fever checked we even have the right wine for you! Have a glance and get shucking!

To learn more about pairing oysters and wine -even reds- CLICK HERE to read more of the fun we had coming up with these perfect pairings

Featured Wines


Baumard Clos Du Papillon Savennieres 2008 
Characteristics: Some upfront notes of pears and green olives lead to himts of melon and green apples. But most notably is the beautiful bracing acidity on the finish.
- wine tasting note by PDC, 9/9/11
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $344.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Blanchet Pouilly-Fume Calcite 2009 
Characteristics: Super aroma that rushes out of the glass, packed with lime zest and minerals and talc that hits all corners of the palate and continues to push and push. Rather aggressive, but in the right way ... a wine that is persistent. Finish is where the smokiness comes through, with very interesting complexity that begs for smoked salmon or oysters on the grill. Fabulous!
- Wine Tasting Note by JK, 4/8/11

Blanchet 2009 Calcite Pouilly Fumé
Named for the calcareous slopes that lend a verve as only limestone soils can, the Calcite is an arrestingly stunning wine with plenty of mineral snap –even in comparison to the wines from the famously toe tapping Sancerre across the River Loire. Here’s Sauvignon blanc speaking in the eloquent aromas of lime liqueur, nettles, clean scented hops with alert flavors of lemons and limes bit off the rind. Great mineral lines highlight its soaring angularity –like a high cheekboned debutante whose solitary kiss could haunt a man the rest of his life. 13% alcohol by volume.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, January 2011
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $192.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Blanchet Pouilly-Fume Silice 2006 
Characteristics: Silice refers to the silex soil that predominates the "Les Loges" vinyard. 2006 and silex combine to produce nevery, precise wines that somehow still expresses a lushness mid-mouth. Stoney, lemon zest and white pepper. - LAC
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $21.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Blanchet Pouilly-Fumé Silice 2009 
Characteristics: Aromas of wet limestone, lemon rind and that gunpowder smell of those caps you would toss on the ground and make go ‘pop’ as a child. The palate is bright and lean with yellow grapefruit, more lemon rind and a decided chalky quality. They weren’t kidding about that limestone! Pleasant, persistent finish.
- wine tasting notes by JL, 4/8/11

Blanchet 2009 Silice Pouilly Fumé
It pains me to taste such an ideal match for briny fruits-de-mer without any freshly shucked oysters on hand! Silice is Blanchet’s glorious Pouilly Fumé whose very scent and flavor celebrate the flinty soils beneath these vines of Sauvignon blanc. Anyone who wishes to tilt against the terroir of Pouilly Fumé will be knocked from their skeptical high horse by the first scent and sip. Mineral gunflint hit the palate like a cold plunge both arresting and invigorating. Couple those with lime blossom and vibrant cut greens, and you’re a believer. Talcy aromas rise from a perfumed palate that closes with a mineral snap –this is polished and pure. 13% alcohol by volume.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, January 2011
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $20.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Blanchet Pouilly-Fume Vieille Vignes 2008 
Characteristics: As a year has made quite a difference, I am revisiting this with a new note to convey how this lovely Pouilly Fume has really progressed. It is just as much alive and dynamic as it was when it came bursting out of the gate but the pulsating acids are now ameliorated by a body/mouthfeel that has rounded out. A penetrating citric lime and mineral bedrock is as compelling as it is lastingly impressive.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, April 2011

Pale golden-green in color. The nose develops a subtle floral and earthy aromas. Notes of stony minerals and lemon give the wine a beautiful structure balanced by a fruity roundness, with a finish marked by hints of citrus fruits.
- wine tasting notes by KS, July 2010

From 80 year old vines on Blanchet's calcareous holdings comes this definitive Pouilly Fumé replete with minerality, nettles, a touch of herbs, zippy and ripe citric fruit and the verdant fragrance of ferns. At once both alert and composed, this is just the sort of wine that pulls people across the river from Sancerre to see what heck is going on in the mineral laden vineyards of Pouilly Fumé. Vinified in stainless steel, nothing at all detracts from the story told by old vines –a focused and compelling tale of place and the Sauvignon Blanc that suits it best.
Tasting note by Nicholas D. Livingston, February 2010
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $192.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Cotat (Pascal) Grande Côte Sancerre 2006 
Characteristics: The bouquet here is floral. Blue bells and lilac; not the strong lilac like from a vase full but that ethereal fragrance on clear spring morning when the nearest bush is over a block away, haunting. Full and lush in the mouth with notes of honey and papaya. Stunnind wine.
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $52.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Francois Cotat Culs Beaujeu Sancerre 2017 
Characteristics: A big fruit nose of carmelized Meyer lemon, baked apple, nutmeg and oyster shells. The mouth is clearly from a ripe vintage. The same ripe lemon/lime quality from the nose comes through in the mouth plus a little cherry blossom. I'm inclined to think this wine will be fantastically rich after a couple more years in the cellar. - WB (tasted February 2009)
Origin: France
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $480.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Francois Cotat La Grande Cote Sancerre 2017 
Characteristics: One of the superstars for Sancerre, Cotat remains on his game with the 2007 Culs Beaujeau. Plenty of crushed oystershell, sea salt and gin like notes in the nose are followed by searing lemon and grapefruit, and firm acids to finish. While still slightly closed upon this review, this wine will develop into another classic beauty. Best paired with shellfish.-CM (tasted February 2009)
Origin: France
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $480.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Gaston Chiquet Brut Tradition  
Characteristics: This Champagne is 45% Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and is a blend of the 2002, 2001 and 2000 vintages. The Chardonnay is planted in pure chalk in Aÿ, the Meunier in chalk covered with clay in Dizy, and the Pinot Noir in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The average age of the vines is 25 years and the dosage is 8.8 grams. Always allowing malolactic conversion, the Chiquet mark is its lovely complexity of floral aromas that work well in a softer, rounder, more approachable style. Pinot Meunier lends a bouncy quality that makes for an extremely chummy Champagne –at once both playful and calm. Look no further for the case of fizz to have on hand in your cellar should some unexpected cause arise that you really ought to celebrate properly -say a friend's engagement, the arrival of a child, a house warming, a special meal or even staying in on a Wednesday night. One should always have some Champers on hand and it's as though Gaston Chiquet is working on your behalf to make this happen -like he's looking after you –and doing a better job than any fairy godmother.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 2011
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $55.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Haton Champagne Brut  
Characteristics: Really active mousse, like a snow globe in the hands of a 3 year old. The nose is so gorgeous; one will occasionally make notice of baked bread but this is a magnitude beyond that. Lovely baked goods with almond paste. As light on the palate as a snow flake on the tongue; a delicious wine, freshly cut melon and, don't let this put you off 'cause its really great, a mimosa nuance. This is one of the great bargains in real Champagne.
-Wine review by LAC, December 21, 2009
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $37.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Haton Champagne Rose  
Characteristics: The colour is a pink with salmon pink shades, enhancing the white and creamy head.
The fruitiness of the nose is mostly based on red berry aromas. The fruity mouth is full-bodied and soft.
30% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Meunier, 25%Pinot Noir, and addition of Reserve wines.
-notes from Haton
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $40.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Hautes Noelles Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu 2010 
Characteristics: To my mind these are the flavoured vineyards sites of Muscadet. The area is only 717 acres of the 32000 cres in the general appellation and the influence of the large shallow lake moderates the climate to ensure even ripening; not a given in Muscadet. This as well as the granite and shist soils produce wines of great minerality and a notable flowery fragrance. In the 2010 the minerality is high enough to yield a mouthwatering, yummy wine. Alcohol 12%. Notes by LAC. 9/20/2011.
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $120.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Hautes Noelles Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu 2009 
Characteristics: This is one of my favorite vintners in the Loire. The wines, as the man, are mindful. His property is located in Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu where granite and shist define the soils and the lake moderates the temperatures. Grapes grown on granite tend to be more aromatic and those on shist, more mineral. What a happy consequence for Haut Noelles muscadet. To me the wine smells like sliced cactus sprinkled with kosher salt and drizzled with a squeeze of fresh lime. The flavours are fresh and lively and delicate yet not so much as to let your attention slide. I could drink this everyday and never get bored. - Wine reviewed by LAC. August, 2010.
Origin: France
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $112.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Hebrart Brut Rose  
Characteristics: Lovely cerise cover and smother the face in bright, constant kisses of cherries along a persistent bead and lovely mousse. Absolutely lovely color, this is elegant and graceful but with more flesh on its bones than say a Keira Knightly but not far off the mark, more so the lovely Kate Mara –although with the Champagne being rose and she a darling red head, this might be color biased. All the same, the palate on this wine is bright as the day is long and awash in cherries and wild plums with a lovely texture, an equipoise balance without a single heavy low note but rather the lofty ethereal power of delicate rose Champagne as it ought to be.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 2011
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $57.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Hebrart Cuvee de Reserve Brut  
Characteristics: With all its red fruit and cherries, this is immediately lovable for being bright, focused and pert. The juicy acidity is reminiscent of freshly pressed apples in that they’re brand spanking new like raw cider before any oxidation sets in –the best way for them to be in such a non vintage. Disgorged in 12/09, this is comprised of 60% 2007, 20% 2006, and 20% 2005. 81% Pinot Noir from Mareuil (neighboring none other than the Clos de Goisses), Avenay, and Bisseuil, the balancing 19% is Chardonnay also from Mareuil. Though a silkier wine than the previous year Terry Theise explains how the 2007 makes it tauter, and that “the signature fragrance is there, and again there’s a stealthy richness on the midpalate: with five minutes in the glass it really exhales. Let’s call it a spicy version of this sumptuous yet articulate wine.” Articulate is really the bon mot here because this Champagne’s eloquence seems so readily intelligible that at first glance this no doubt seems a straight shootin’ sensible Champagne as one might expect from Vallee de la Marne but then a wry romantic takes over as it starts to read as a gifted poet speaks –like Wallace Stevens in that many would never have guessed this Connecticut business man America’s finest poet in his day. Upon reflecting on Stevens’ gifted choice for words and flowing cadence in daily speech one might have known but these charms can go unnoticed to those who forget to look up and take notice. Descriptive poetry is so much a part of this that it’s almost as though it lives and breathes the iambic pentameter. A glass of this has an innate and effortless ability to project the voice of this wine from the muse of its hills of the Vallee de la Marne, of chalk and limestone. Hand selected grapes, gently pressed, fermented in petite cuvee, and allowed to convert their malic to lactic acids, are all along crafted by hand down to the remuage of riddling each and every bottle manually. No wonder this is a wine of mineral depth and pride of place. Only small grower Champagne can do Brut Non Vintage like this in an way that hit even the high notes, while making it seem so easy, and keeping it from being too serious. Nice an easy does it.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 2011
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $53.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Pehu-Simonet Blanc de Noirs  
Characteristics: "All 2006 and all Verzenay (Les Noues and Les Perthois), old vines, 60% vinified in wood. Disgorged 6/09, this reveals a thrilling glimpse into the deep well of Verzenay: like plum and saffron cake, wholly original and yummy.
Wine review by Terry Theise
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $78.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Pehu-Simonet Brut Selection  
Characteristics: Any worlds of concern fall away while nosing this Champagne –similar to the moment when the accompanying symphony fades from audible focus as Rhadames Angelucci’s oboe rings out, revealing the orphic powers of that legendary musician along with the enveloping warmth of the high woodwinds when and only when the reeds are at the right lips. David Pehu is the gifted gift to Champagne in this case and it the brighter place for hosting his transcendent talent. 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay and 100% Grand Cru, this is a Champagne with momentum. All the Chardonnay is from Verzenay and the Pinot Noir is from Verzenay, Verzy and Sillery. The majority of the cuvée is from 2007 vintage (70%) and the balance is reserve wines. 10% of the total cuvée is fermented in 4-5 year-old oak and the dosage is 8 grams per liter. One might think knowing these specs would be enough to recreate this wine but that’s absolute folly –like claiming an oboe will sound the same from any other than Rhadames Angelucci. You must hear it for yourself to know the joys it brings as imagination and wishful thinking fall short no matter how colorful.
- Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, February 2011

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. All Grand Cru.
Rose petals and dried cherries on the nose with elements of sweet toast. Very rich and nicely rounded in the mouth with more red cherry fruit and pieces of licorice, spice, and strawberry fruit throughout. Delicious and decadent with hints of sweet vanilla and a dry, crisp finish.
- Wine Tasting Note by KS, February 2011
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $55.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Pierre Gimonnet Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs  
Characteristics: Delicate apple aromas greet the nose with a rising perfume penetrating the whole olfactory. Lithe structure is bright and dry with an expert tension that’s taut and stimulating with a chalky mineral quality and a kiss lifted fruit. In a word: delighted. This is 100% Chardonnay from Cuis. It is 74% from 2007, 6% from 2006, 14% from 2005 and 6% 2004. Gimonnet is has 25 ha of vines in the Côte de Blancs which makes him one of our largest growers. His Grand Cru holdings are in Cramant, Chouilly and Oger for Chardonnay and he also has a little Pinot Noir in Aÿ (Grand Cru) and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (1er Cru). His 1er Cru Chardonnay is all in Cuis, which some say gives more power than Cramant (Bollinger is the largest land owner in Cuis). Over 70% of Gimonnet’s plantings are vines over 30 years old, which is very rare in a region with the average age of vines being only 25 years. Gimonnet is always stainless fermentation and full malolactic. The dosage is 8 grams.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston with notes from Terry Theise, February 2011
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $58.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Vintage Brut 2004 
Characteristics: Angelic as if back lit, this is Champagne as a rewarding afterlife would have it –with great Satsuma citric tendrils that work their reach to every part of the olfactory bulb and enlightening every corner of the palate with the sap of berry bushes and a texture that is sure to evolve over the years to come. Richer as it opens up, hazelnuts and nimble butter brittle are balanced by ripened acids and a refreshing texture akin to jicama –complexity abounds and is sure to inspire the chef in all of us.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 2011


The 2004 Spécial Club is 48% from Cramant (Grand Cru, 25% of this is from the old parcels from “Fond du Bâteau,” planted in 1911 and from “Buissons,” planted in 1913); 35% From Chouilly (also Grand Cru, 30% of this “Mont Aigu” planted in 1951 and 5% from “Ronds Buissons”); the balance is 17% 1er Cru from Cuis (“Croix-Blanch” and “les Roualles”). The dosage is 5 grams.

The Club began in 1971, under the name Club de Viticulteurs Champenois, when a group of about a dozen growers banded together to create, in effect, a prestige cuvée of grower champagne. Being small houses in the shadow of huge and powerful négociant firms, they reasoned that the marketing power of the collective would be greater than that of any individual member, and so decided to create an exclusive label and bottle that would be used only by Club members, and only for their top wines. Quality, of course, was of paramount concern to the founding members, and it still remains at the core of the Club philosophy today. In order for a wine to be released under the Club label, it must be estate-grown and must adhere to strict rules of viticulture and vinification, as well as undergo blind taste tests by a panel of Club members—once as vin clair, or still wine, and again after three years of aging on its lees in bottle. Some wines have failed this test.

Once the Club has agreed that the base wine is of sufficient quality, the grower is then permitted to put the wine in the Spécial Club bottle and induce the second fermentation. After a minimum of 3 years of aging, the wine may be disgorged and tasted a second time by the Club. If the Club approves of the finished product, it may be labeled and sold as a Spécial Club wine.

Detailed notes by Terry Theise
Origin: France - Champagne
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $92.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 6
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Saumur Champigny Reserve de Vignerons 2009 
Characteristics: Well well…at last! The Loire Valley enjoys a balmy vintage and Cabernet Franc then reminds us it is not always lean and leafy. Instead 2009 brought plenty of sun and warmth to tease out all the floral charms and juicy fruit one yearns for from Saumur-Champigny. Even for all its ripened cheer, the vintage has proven to preserve the mineral backbone without upstaging the plumy fruit or hampering the gentle spice that lifts off the glass like small scented roses and exotic violets. I find this just the sort of juicy red for summer picnics, autumnal roasts, winter feasts and spring bruncheons. That’s right: this is so compatible with food that it can dance like Fred Astaire any time, any way, and with any partnering food WITHOUT upstaging it. It even recently did a nimble little ditty with oysters! Ever meet a red that could accompany oysters?!
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, September 2011
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $128.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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St Pierre Sancerre 2009 
Characteristics: Ah! Sauvignon Blanc as only Sancerre can do –as only the Prieurs can foster: High toned limes and nectarines make you sit up and take notice. Both bright and mineral with bursts of citrus on the palate, this is thoroughly pleasing and completely engaging with a juniper berry top note and evergreen herbal qualities that call your mind from that previous sip into the action of another sip and another and another. This reminds one why Sancerre is essential for bright, tangy foods and surely a place worth a pilgrimage if you adore Sauvignon Blanc. A nicely ripened vintage could be just the segue for your reluctant friends into the mineral world of great Sancerre.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, September 2011
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $200.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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