“The Birth of a Grand Cru”

In Cabernet, Rose, Uncategorized on July 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm



2013 Moulin de Gassac Rose &
2011 Daumas Gassac Rouge
It was an improbable beginning for what famed oenologist Emile Peynaud, winemaker for four of Bordeaux’s five First Growths, would term “the Birth of a Grand Cru.” Yet Charlemagne, the penultimate lover of wine, all those centuries before, knew what he was doing. Gassac’s steeply sloped, ice age scree-covered hillsides rival the best soils in Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. As Peynaud commented after just one trip around the property, “It is quite possible to make Grand Cru wine here.”

Improbable, and impossible, but through heroic perseverance, the Guibert family has succeeded in bringing their wines to the attention of the world. We have two on offer, meeting the needs of all your summer drinking activities – from a picnic by the sea with rose, to a formal meal of roasted lamb with the rouge. Both are scrumptious.

The rose’s beautifully woven texture rests on a backbone of ripe fruit and mineral-driven flavors. It is a DRY rose, made from Grenache. Aromas of freshly picked strawberries, white peaches, hints of tarragon and rosemary spring from the glass. Its full-bodied texture is compellingly dry, leaving mineral hints of the French countryside after a light rain. The finish is crisp and dry, refreshing, urging you to drink the next glass – a perfect bottle for sharing in the afternoon sun.


The pedigree of the Daumas Gassac Rouge hints at the power and longevity of the wine itself: born of the Languedoc’s greatest Cru translated by own-rooted First Growth Cabernet vines, this is very serious wine. Vivid and swirling aromas of black cherries, cassis, cedar, wood smoke, and graphite invite the drinker into the ultimate drinking experience. The wild countryside plays a part: touches of olives, roasted game, and garrigue add layers of complexity. The palate is succulent with integrated tannins, giving proof to the longevity of stacked and packed wine.

Indeed, just two weeks ago in London, the Guiberts hosted a tasting of all the Daumas Gassac Rouge wines they have ever made, back to 1978. All were in top form.

Don’t miss these two stunning wines. Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: 414-289-9463 or

Friday FREE Tasting: Rioja in Every Color!

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Wines-Red-White-PinkCome have fun discovering your favorite. Sample this week’s featured Cune Rioja Crianza, as well as CVNE’s Rioja Rosado and their Monopole Rioja Blanco. Special prices tonight only! Shake off the workweek with these scrumptious summer drinkers. See you between 4 and 7 today!

2010 Cune Rioja Crianza

In Rioja on July 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

Founded in 1879, CVNE (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana) is one of the most renowned wineries in all of Spain.  Producing the wine Cune (the “u” was a misprint on the original label but the name stuck), the brothers Real de Asua started a legacy that continues with their descendants to this day.

To me, their 2010 Cune Rioja Crianza is the ultimate expression of harmony between modern and traditional styles of Rioja.  With the first smell comes the gorgeous expression of black raspberries, freshly hulled strawberries, and Chambord.  These are complimented with notes of exotic spices, balsamic reduction, violets and dried rose petals.  On the palate, its charming elegance is enrapturing: a lively minerality is balanced with Rioja’s classic silky elegance.

This wine is exquisite to drink now – it’s already four years old – but I also want to share with you a little secret.  Riojas like this one age extremely well.  I have had examples back to the 1960s that were some of the best wine-drinking experiences of my life.  Maybe you have a special occasion to celebrate from 2010, a birth, a marriage, a graduation; or maybe you are just interested in starting a cellar to understand the glories of old wine.  Whatever the occasion, don’t miss this wine.  Double, triple, quadruple your input and drink it now, tomorrow, next year, or decades from now.

For superb quality and value, Rioja is one of the best possible places to be drinking right now.  Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: 414-289-9463 or