P2 is the Second Plénitude of Dom Pérignon Vintage. The name refers to a second phase of maturity, the result of 16 years of elaboration, and will definitely impress your friends!
1998: This Champagne actually pulls off the “fun kind of crazy” persona. The mouthfeel is creamy, and almost chewy; but it is supercharged with an edginess unmatched in bubbles of this age. This wine won’t break your heart like the other “fun kind of crazy” things in your life tend to do, but it definitely isn’t for the faint of heart.
1999: Remember your first concert? The first time your chest rumbled when the guitarist blasted the amps to kick off the show? When your soul bubbled with warmth when you belted out your favorite chorus with hundreds of fellow fans? That’s how this Champagne feels! Mercifully, it doesn’t smell like a concert. An intoxicating smell of dried flowers, tropical fruit, and sexy peppery wood float around the glass, and a complex minerality comes in to close. What a stunner.
2000: If a French country bakery could be fermented, bottled, cellared, and disgorged…the 2000 P2 would be it. The warmth of buttery brioche, the pops of orange marmalade and baked peach and yes, a few wafts of cigar smoke and hay coming from the farmer in front of you in line. The body is noticeably plump, and the contours continue to expand and fill with toasty malt and buttery air.
With a production history that dates back to 1717 and a portfolio of vineyard holdings that includes an impressive selection of premier and grand cru sites, it can be argued that Domaine Leflaive is one of the most iconic producers in Burgundy. In addition to recognizable names like Montrachet and Meursault, the current generation believes strongly in the quality and value to be found in the Mâcon.
Due south of the Côte d’Or, the Mâconnais is nestled just above Beaujolais. Home to the prestigious appellations of Pouilly-Fuissé and lesser-known appellations like Viré-Clessé, Mâcon and its surrounding regions may be the last bastion of great value in Burgundy. Before her recent passing, Anne-Claude Leflaive was one of the champions of this region that has the climate and mineral-rich soil to make great wine.
Bright and crisp with lush apple and citrus notes, the 2014 Domaine Leflaive Mâcon-Verze is made in a style reminiscent of Puligny. Judicious use of oak means that there is a kiss of spice and structure but it is still quite vibrant in its youth. Great with salmon and other fish dishes, this wine is also great just to enjoy by itself on the warming patios of Spring. Finding a high-quality white Burgundy for under $50 is becoming more and more difficult, but there is no doubt that this wine is worthy of the name Leflaive.
From the eastern Rutherford Hills of Napa Valley comes this splendid Rosé. Heidi Barrett, known mostly for her talent with Cabernet Sauvignon, certainly showcases her diversity here. A Southern French-style blend of Grenache and Syrah, it offers delicious acidity, exquisite flavors of white peach and watermelon, and a bone-dry structure. Prét à Boire ("ready to drink") will remind you that Rosé is a wine to be enjoyed in the moment.
Sometimes Pétrus sounds like a fairy tale. Since the 1830's, the Château Petrus has been producing wine from Pomerol, near Saint-Émilion on the eastern side of Bordeaux, the land where Merlot flourishes. It has grown to become one of the most famed...and expensive...wines in all the world. For the true wine lover it's an enticement to dreams about having it rest in your cellar, waiting patiently for the perfect opportunity to enrich your world. Well those dreams can now become a reality!
Clos-de-Bêze is one of the oldest vineyards in Burgundy, and was founded and created by the Abbey of Bêze in the 7th century. Therefore there are reams of knowledge to be studied. But, since time is of the essence, we'll just get down to the business of tasting.
Bernstein Close-de-Bêze 2015 begins with a splash of cherry, bright cranberry, and smoky spices. Structured, complex, and gorgeous from start to finish, this wine will be at the heart of every discussion that follows its consumption. Plus, it comes in a magnum, so yeah.....
Bernstein Clos-de-Bêze 2014 has noticeable oak influence and is accompanied by an earthy nose with a dash of spice. Concentrated and mineral driven, this wine shows beautiful notes of berries and balanced red fruit and finishes with velvety tannins.
Floral notes and aromas of lemon curd, apricots and toasted brioche; these elegant characteristics are accompanied by a clean palate filled with flavors of light clove and nutmeg. The smooth finish lingers gracefully. If you're craving a classic California Chardonnay, this will exceed expectation.
When Sassicaia was introduced to the market in 1971, it was different than just about everything else in Italy. Italian wine regulators scoffed at the price Tenuta San Guido wanted to charge, and relegated it to the status of vino da tavola (literally, table wine). Soon, it was a wine that was
welcome on just about any table.
Tenuta San Guido had a good laugh in 1994 when those same regulators decided to create Bolgheri DOC to codify the wines that had become known as Super Tuscans. The producer really laughed when Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC was created solely for their estate in 2013. But it didn't end there...the last laugh might be the upgrading of the DOC to DOCG.
Rich, dense and incredibly complex, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is the perfect mix of Tuscany and Haut-Médoc. It is stand-offish in its youth. It overpowers many traditional pasta and fish dishes. Despite the few things that it isn’t, we can certainly celebrate the things that it is: Powerful, multi-dimensional, elegant, and timeless.
This wine will age gracefully for decades. Buy a case and you can celebrate the first twelve years of your retirement once a year, giving you the ultimate last laugh!
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