For our second installment of *Behind the Glass,* we are featuring the great wines of France. Again, these wines that live in our temperature-controlled glass case at the rear of the store may not be for everybody’s wallet, but there are plenty back there that could be your one splurge for the year. Most are expensive but there are some gems back there that can be had for less than $100.
Just because they live behind glass, doesn’t mean they are not within your grasp.
One of the oldest in Cornas and the first to bottle his own grapes under his name, Auguste Clape is the epitomy of ‘old school’ Cornas. He only works the vineyards by hand, playing chicken with the rains each season during harvest as everything he does is based on experience and feeling the grapes. His ‘Renaissance’ is his younger vines (10-20 years old) that make this soft silky style of Cornas a real treat.
Michel, now in his 80’s, and his son oversee their small holdings. Only 24 acres, all biodynamically farmed, with low intervention, and only 5% new oak used, they are really know for making quality wines that are classical Burgundy. 2011 was a great year for Burgundy lovers with a great marriage between acids and fruits.
This house was formed by an Irishman in the early 1800’s by combining two different houses into one. In the mid 2000’s they enlisted the services of famed Michel Rolland and the 2010 is one of his vintages. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (51%, 49%) this is a really lovely affordable entry into what Bordeaux can be with some age.
One of the Old Guards, Bouchard has been making wine in Burgundy since 1731. Keeping with tradition and history, their winery is located in an old castle with cellars built 32 feet underground. Their oldest bottlings still housed there, some 1846 Meursault Charmes! This Montrachet gets 94 points (Burghound and Tanzer). Classic.
Call 212-201-1224 or click to order.