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Baumard Clos Du Papillon Savennieres 2014 
Characteristics: 100% Chenin Blanc from 35 year old vines planted to this single vineyard's schistose sandstone and ingeous rhyolite soils -an absolute marvel and Chenin Blanc at its best.

Domaine des Baumard produced some of the finest examples of Savennieres, including the single-vineyard "Clos du Papillon" from a site along the Loire notable for the presence of soapstone in its slate soils. Jean Baumard and now his son Florent are universally regarded as the finest winemakers in the appellation. Their wines are among the most unique and rewarding in the world: honeyed, dry whites of unmatched concentration, perfume, and longevity.

The butterfly shape of the vineyard gives "Clos de Papillon" its name. The soils are predominantly made of schist, sand and sandstone over rhyolite. The vines are 35 years old. Harvest is performed manually in successive passages through the vineyard. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures. The wine then remains on the lees for 9 months in tank before bottling.

Domaine des Baumard is situated right in hte heart of Anjoy, in the town of Rochefort-sur-Loire, just south of the town of Savennieres itself. The property has been in the Baumard family since 1634 but it was reconstituted and improved by Jean Baumard in the mid-1950s. Since 1992 the estate has been run with the meticulous care of Jean's son Florent and the Domaine is now regarded as one of the greatest producers in the Loire Valley and one of the greatest producers of white wine in the world.
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $376.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Beaucastel Hommage 1/1500 2005 
Characteristics: Its deep color serves as a prelude to strong scents that are bold but never excessive. It combines smoothness and austerity, telling of the perfection of its terroir. This is a passionate wine. 11% alcohol by volume.
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Origin: France - Rhone
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $1,080.00/bottle
Bottle size: 1500ML
Bottles Per Case: 1
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Bouchard Beaune Marconnets 2011 
Characteristics: Bouchard Père & Fils 2011 Beaune Marconnets Premier Cru, Côte de Beaune | 12.5% | An outstanding domaine wine that is estate grown and made at the Château de Beaune at the heart of the Côte-d’Or of great character with wisps of pomegranate, the evocative and restorative fragrance of ferns caught right in their vernal yawning stretch at springtime, a bursting mouthful of crunchy red currants and a tenor timbre of woodsy spices both firm and warm. For all its immediate charms this intimate glimpse at Marconnets is more a crepuscular midsummer plunge in a lake than a warm midday soak of late Summer. It is a marvel to ponder and an even more rewarding wine in which one could simply engross oneself; it is a joy that consumes you, whose guiles you wish to be a part of and whose memory sustains you –perhaps even haunt you into a deeper faith in aesthetics and reliance on the reality that is terroir. For table talk, the name Marconnets is named for the Germanic tribe, the Macromans who lived in this northern most part of Beaune long ago in the 3rd century A.D.. Since 1791, Bouchard has farmed this 1er Cru of chalky marl to reveal every nuance Pinot Noir can translate from this fascinating parcel and the 2011 are drinking especially well –even now in their youth.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 25, 2014 (Fruit)
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $520.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune Rouge 2015 
Characteristics: Joseph Drouhin 2012 Chorey-lès-Beaune, Bourgogne | 13% | Pinot Noir according to Chorey-lès-Beaune remains one of the best values out of Burgundy for everyday drinking –especially when it is made at the hands of the Drouhins. Biodynamic viticulture is de rigueur. A horse drawn plow prevents weeds. Integrated Pest Management prevents pest. Low yielding vines planted over 50 years ago ensure their wine bear a gout de terroir.

Just north of the city of Beaune between Savigny-lès-Beaune and Aloxe-Corton stretches the alluvial plain of the Saône River. The soils here are a mix of limestone, free draining sand and water retaining clay yielding Pinot Noir of the elegant and refreshing sort. Feminine in all its purity and clarity, from the glass this expresses light red cherries, bright blackberry notes, cranberries and mild tannins. It has a fair complexion overall with a scrumptious taste, a little spice and an appetizing bay leaf note at the finish. Was an absolute joy with juniper marinated back strap of venison seared and served rare –a tender wine for a tender cut.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, February 14, 2015 (Fruit)
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $292.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Gaillard Cote-Rotie Rose Pourpre 2004 
Characteristics: Pierre Gaillard’s 2004 Rose Pourpre is strong, refined and worth ageing. Derived from the parcel of Côte Rozier on the slopes of Ampuis from a gifted parcel just below the justly famous La Landonne vineyard whose wines retail between $400 and $500 a bottle, this south facing amphitheater is comprised of the same brown schist, rich in iron oxide and remains one of the warmest parts of Côte Rôtie. This plot, measuring less than two acres, turns out exhilarating Syrah wines with extremely peppery noses balanced by the sweet and sour tension of plums and roasted meats. Given ten years to come into its own and mature into a great wine, the 2004 Rose Pourpre embodies this to be sure but now also bears tertiary notes of lofty pine resin and heady roses in bloom –all grounded by a meaty bouillon bottom –there is nothing like an aged Syrah that is still fresh despite all these savory, dry roasted mushroom depths. This is a fragrant wonder just opening into a glorious and graceful stride.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, November 21st, 2014 (Nether Day)
Origin: France - Rhone
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $720.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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