Marie Jacqueson are built upon old vines, from crazy mineral soils, producing wines at a such a qualitative level that if they were from further north in the tony neighborhoods of Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny or Meursault, would be 3x the price. For my money, these lights out 2019s, are must-buys for any discriminating Burgundy buyer that would prefer to have 3 bottles of excellent Rully rather than just one of most Meursault. She makes special wines. Only 72 bottles. I apologize in advance.
95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
With 2016’s just starting to hit the market, this one was arguably the most enticing of the bunch. I snagged everything I was allowed (12 cases) and am setting them free today for just $49.50/bottle. Unfortunately, thanks to the world’s most important wine critic taking notice of this tiny, over-achieving estate their prices will likely rise in the near future. But for now, just enjoy a knockout Tuscan Sangiovese for the prices you used to see but can no longer find — unless it’s a small producer flying under the radar… for as long as it lasts.
Tank-fermented and aged Chardonnay from the heart of Burgundy is a classic pairing for summer cuisine of all types. The Talmard family have been naturally farming Chardonnay vines in the village of Uchizy for generations. Vinified in tank with no oak influence makes for the purest of Chardonnays; fresh and fruity, with ripe-pear fruit and zippy acidity. It’s a classic summer white.
Austin Hope hasn’t just been Paso Robles’ hottest commodity, but arguably one of the country’s brightest rising stars with his Top 10 debut in last year’s Wine Enthusiast’s annual “Top 100 Wines of the Year” list. But as Paso prices start to catch up to their Napa Valley foes, Hope’s greatest trick with his ‘Quest’ bottling is how he manages to pack so much punch in a bottle that can be had today for less than $25/bottle.