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THE UNICORN HAS LANDED: Chateau Musar Rose 2012


This exists.

musar rose.jpgAnd no, your eyes do not deceive you. This is an actual bottle of Chateau Musar rose.

It's not the Jeune, which we know and love as the deeply colored $20-ish cinsault-based rose. This is not that. This is it's own thing. A very rare creature...... dare I call it a unicorn?  I had heard of it, glimpsed images of it in the background of photos, perhaps seen it in dreams. But it wasn't until I actually visited the actual cellars of Chateau Musar - and had a very wonderful dinner with my traveling group at the home of the Hochar family, that I actually tasted it. And that was about three years ago, fresh of the plane, in the haze of jet lag... did I really taste it? Or did I just think I did?  Since then, I've asked about it, pleaded for some to make its way to the US market. And now it has..... the unicorn has landed.

Some technical details? It's the same base wine as the whites - made from the mystical old vines of obidah and merwah - with the addition of a bit of cinsault for color and a subtle berry note. It's gorgeously textured and subtly fruited. And given the extreme ageability of the both Musar reds and whites, it shouldn't be a surprise that this is a rose that can age as well. So don't be afraid to hide some away.

Price: $51.99

 
 
 

BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The (Not Really) New One


corbon 1995.jpgLet us tell you about one of our favorite new champagne growers. OK, “new” might not but the right word because the family has been growing grapes in Avize since 1912, but the estate is new to us and to the US market, so we’re very excited to introduce the wines. So, on to the details:

Corbon Champagne is a small estate in the Grand Cru village of Avize, located in the Cote de Blancs. As the name implies, this sub-region is known for turning out excellent bubblies made from the chardonnay grape, and the Blanc de Blancs of Corbon prove this point.

The estate is overseen by Agnes Corbon who returned to the family vines in 2004 after a stint working in the European food business as an engineer and buyer. In the 1970s, her father, Claude, worked up the courage (with a little push from the economic downturn) to keep the grapes and make champagne under the family label. Agnes has continued the work he started, experimenting with organics in the vineyard, and turning out wines that we love and are eager to introduce to a wider audience.

We’re lucky enough to have a range of Corbon wines in stock. And recently, we were even luckier to host a wine dinner featuring some library bottles (a.k.a. older and straight from the estate cellar) that prove how well the wines can age.

Corbon Absolument Brut NV - zero dosage that proves zero dosage doesn’t have to equal severe. This is has purity and elegance without being mean and lean. Price: $59.99

Corbon Blanc de Blancs Brut 2004 (battonage) – there's also a non-battonage cuvee, but if pressed, we'll admit we prefer this one - it's the richer of the two, showing more biscuit notes and texture. Price: $59.99

Corbon Blanc de Blancs Brut 1995 MAGNUM – absolutely gorgeous. Showing the toffee and rich brioche that comes with age, while maintaining an underlying freshness. Price: $280 (that’s essentially $140/bottle for gorgeously aged bubbles direct from the estate cellar)

To purchase, go to our WINES pages and search on CORBON.

 
 
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