So maybe by now you're seen the connection between this past Saturday's Grand Burgundy Tasting in all three stores and today's launch of the August newsletter that features—you guessed it—more delicious wines from the Burgundy region. If you didn't find that PDF file waiting in your inbox this morning, then click here to download a copy now. Inside you'll find information about all the latest arrivals from the Cote d'Or and beyond.
From my own personal perspective, I would advocate for anyone even remotely interested in Burgundy to check out the wines from Jacques Bavard. Of all the Burgundian producers we work with on a direct basis, he's probably at the top of my list in terms of value, flavor, and overall quality. This is the fourth straight vintage we've worked with Bavard and the wines keep getting better each time around—both the reds and the whites. Because we're working with a more reasonable Euro and we're not paying normal distribution costs locally, the wines come in at rock bottom prices considering the quality of what's in the bottle. I'm currently sipping on a glass of the 2012 Auxey-Duresses "Les Clous", a Chardonnay so haunting and expressive that I'm drinking it way too quickly. For twenty-eight bucks, you're getting a lot of wine. Crisp acidity, zingy lemon citrus notes, just a bit of toasty oak, and a finish that sings of wet stones and minerality. Put it against any Puligny-Montrachet for the price and see what wins in your own personal taste-test. We should all be buying cases of this—and this is just one of the many Bavard wines we sell.
Bavard is located in the village of Puligny-Montrachet and farms all of his vineyards organically and bio-dynamically. His philosophy is to provide all drinkers with a diverse selection that showcases a commitment to viticulture and a classic expression from each vineyard's location. One of the real roadblocks towards greater Burgundy enjoyment in all of our lives is the cost of the wines. There isn't enough good Burgundy to go around, so the prices are never cheap. But with the Bavard selections, you can feel confident that you're underpaying, and there aren't many times I feel that way about a bottle of Burgundy. That's why I'm going deep this vintage. I'm casing up. I'm buying 12 of everything.