Savoie and Switzerland

  • From the "Coeur" or heart of the VV parcel, this chiseled and exceptionally focused wine brings to mind terribly noble Sancerre; in fact, this wine was chosen as the second best wine in a blind tasting of Sancerre staged by members of the French wine press, with this wine in the mix as a 'ringer'.  A wine of obvious nobility. In stock.
  • Here is David Schildknecht's review of the 2010: "Bearing the oversized but understated, vaguely antique pale green label that it has for years and originating in the same parcel as his V.V. du Sciecle cuvee, Masson’s 2010 Apremont Collection displays a greenhouse like aromatic display of leaves and flowers, with a dynamic palate interchange between multiple mineral nuances (alkaline, stony, fusil, somehow crystalline and seemingly shimmering) and bright citricity. The flavors here – for now at least – shade toward the cool, subtle, almost aloof; at the same time, I experienced the highest-acid impression among Masson’s cuvees of this vintage. There is an uncanny alliance here of palpable extract with levity not to mention refreshment, and if the scents and flavors are for now a bit less diverse and alluring than in a couple of siblings, this long-lined, vibrantly and penetratingly persistent Apremont should be worth following for 4-6 years. " 91 points In stock.
  • From Masson's oldest vines, this is the newly renamed cuvee that replaces the formerly dubbed "Vieilles Vignes du Siecle".  A global exclusive of DTE it seems?  Incredibly implosive mineral depth, this is a mineral water of the gods. In stock. Here is David Schildknecht''s review of the 2010: "From old vines that his grandfather planted right into almost bare rock, and as usual bottled only on the cusp of the subsequent harvest, Masson’s 2010 Apremont Vieilles Vignes du Sciecle (as he refers to it in conversation and on his price list, even though “du Sciecle” never appears on its oversized, pale green label) is the cuvee most worth following in bottle and I don’t doubt that in this case that means for the better part of a decade. Bittersweet floral scents mingle with intimations of wet stone, maritime salinity and alkalinity, as well as hints of iodine. The inner-mouth performance is every bit as hauntingly floral and intriguingly, diversely mineral as the nose had let me to hope, and there is a vibrant, tingling, shimmering sense of interaction among floral, mineral and juicily fruity elements (white peach, pear, and lime) in the wine’s memorably long finish. Even more so than the corresponding Collection cuvee, this exceptional value manifests a slight sense of austerity when compared directly with its siblings; but here is “exhibit A” in the case for truly profound (yet for all that no less exhilarating or ultimately refreshing) Jacquere. " 92 points In stock.
  • Here is David Schildknecht''s review of the 2010: "Issuing from his steepest holdings, which are dominated by red clay glacial sediment, Belluard’s 2010 Le Feu offers a level of richness (albeit still at 12.5% alcohol) that goes well beyond that of the corresponding Les Alpes. White peach and fresh figs are ripely signaled in the nose and lusciously present on a lushly-textured palate. But here too, there are fascinating notes of lentil sprouts, toasted peanuts, bittersweet iris perfume, and myriad stony, smoky and crystalline mineral incursions that set up a delightfully dynamic interchange with fruits, flowers, and legumes in a long, shimmering finish. There is a remarkable sense of transparency, buoyancy, and energy here for a wine that tastes so ripe. I feel confident that it will remain exciting for at least 6-8 years. " 93 points This is quite simply an amazing wine, from iron rich stony soils.  It is truly like no other.....check it out! January '15 arrival
  • Here is David Schildknecht''''s review of the 2010: "Belluard introduced the presentation of his 2010 Les Alpes with the remark that it takes six months after bottling – which this one hadn’t had that – for bottles of his Gringet-based wines to truly show their stuff. He would have been able to fool me about that! Hints of lentil sprout, lemon zest, and peanut mingle with bittersweet floral perfume and intimations of Persian melon that then fill out a lushly-textured yet brightly-citric palate. Chalk, struck flint, and iodine add an intriguing mineral dimension as well as setting up a vibrant interaction with fruits, legumes, and flowers. Belluard suggests enjoying this fine value over the next 3-5 years and I won’t demur inasmuch as what little experience I acquired with earlier vintages during my November visit was limited to the Le Feu bottling that he himself cellars."  92 points No press yet on the 2013...it is an intensely mineral and droit vintage....yum. In stock.
  • Dom's entry level bubbly wine from 100% Gringet is a permanent member of the best-bang-for-the-buck-bubbly wine list.....simply delicious stuff. His entry level bubbly wine is hands down one of the greatest sparkling wine values on the planet. 100% Gringet, aged for 3+ years on the lees prior disgorgement, in clarity and depth of citric/mineral flavor, all that one could possible ask for at the pricepoint. Virtually every single person whom I have ever turned onto to this bottling has become a staunch fan of his work.
  • A "Bordeaux" style blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Usually, when I hear "bordeaux style blend", I shrug my shoulders and say, "oh well, once again, people making an "internationally styled" wine to keep up with the Joneses." Well, I was wrong. This is flat out delicious. In black fruited powerful yet elegant palate presence, breadth and length, this is some VERY classy wine. A few of the long time private clients who were tasting along side us said that they buy 6-12 bottles of this wine, EVERY year, hands down. I can see why..... The tasting note from the Chappaz website: "Dark garnet color. Bouquet of mountain berries, dried flowers, ashes, of coffee. Dense, powerful, quickly led by firm but fine tannins. Beautiful final persistence for a wine which shall allow 5 to 15 years of evolution." - Chappaz website November '15 arrival.
  • "Deep cherry color. Nose of blackberry bramble, spices, and stone : it is quite complex but still a bit closed. Powerful mouth, precise, structured, with tight tannins and finishing on menthol notes. A vin de garde." - Chappaz website IN stock.
  • Dom's unique and exotically perfumed Altesse is a rare treat..... Yum! From the aromatic and richly textured Altesse vareity, this is somewhat reminiscent of Roussanne but with far more citric and mineral cut to buffer its fullness; "citrus curd and lemon zest" noted by Thomas Calder in a tasting two weeks ago. Undeniably captivating and delicious stuff. Spring '16 arrival.
  • Here is David Schildknecht''s review of the 2010: "Belluard introduced the presentation of his 2010 Les Alpes with the remark that it takes six months after bottling – which this one hadn’t had that – for bottles of his Gringet-based wines to truly show their stuff. He would have been able to fool me about that! Hints of lentil sprout, lemon zest, and peanut mingle with bittersweet floral perfume and intimations of Persian melon that then fill out a lushly-textured yet brightly-citric palate. Chalk, struck flint, and iodine add an intriguing mineral dimension as well as setting up a vibrant interaction with fruits, legumes, and flowers. Belluard suggests enjoying this fine value over the next 3-5 years and I won’t demur inasmuch as what little experience I acquired with earlier vintages during my November visit was limited to the Le Feu bottling that he himself cellars."  92 points His entry level Gringet still wine, this is a classic rendition of bracing tension, with rising perfume and stony intensity. There is great precision and intensity across the board in '14; this one will make fans of Dom's wines jump for joy. Spring '16 arrival.
  • Dom's entry level bubbly wine from 100% Gringet is a permanent member of the best-bang-for-the-buck-bubbly wine list.....simply delicious stuff. His entry level bubbly wine is hands down one of the greatest sparkling wine values on the planet. 100% Gringet, aged for 3+ years on the lees prior disgorgement, in clarity and depth of citric/mineral flavor, all that one could possible ask for at the pricepoint. Virtually every single person whom I have ever turned onto to this bottling has become a staunch fan of his work.