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Great wine doesn't have to cost a lot!

March 9, 2018

                                                            
"I’ve been dabbling with Burgundy & Rhone.....
..... trying to find values! Lots of trade tastings with growers who want to sell their wines here in NY. Prices are through the roof on 99% of them. Values are extremely hard to find in Burgundy.

One importer is trying to change that… Bertrand Dementoux. Bertrand is a unique importer. He imports small producers that have converted to Practicing Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture. He visits every producer, walks their vineyards, meets the families, talks endlessly with winemakers… really investigates each estate.

For us? - Great Wines at Great Prices!!

Apparently his wineries report back to him that they are tired of seeing NY wine stores blatantly overcharging for their wines. To think that wine stores over-charge… who would do such a thing????

Seriously though, we’re very fairly priced here at Pop’s and that’s why Bertrand wants to work with us more…  A lot of small importers are starting to find us… The high prices don’t help the wineries and it’s really bad for the importer.

It’s not Bertrand’s fault… His wines are seriously Under-Valued Gems, worthy of the Outrageous markups. Bertrand and his producers want to make “GREAT RED & WHITE BURGUNDY ACCESSIBLE TO CONSUMERS” WE ALL DESERVE FAIRLY PRICED BURGUNDY!

Wow, sounds like our policy here at Pop’s for the last 65 years!!!

Bertrand’s featured wines…

A Great Mouthwatering Chablis $23+
A Decadent Premier Cru Chablis $25+
A Minerally Meursault “Bourgogne Blanc” $26+
A Vibrant Hautes Cotes de Nuits Red $25+
A Gorgeous Savigny Les Beaune Red $28+
A Sexy Vacqueyras Southern Rhone Red $21+

MIXED CASE??? TRY 2 BOTTLES OF EACH: $304.44

Where do you find values like this?

Pop’s Wines & Spirits Of Course!"

Great wine doesn’t have to cost a lot…
Ted Clark, Wine Consultant, Pop’s Wine & Spirits, March, 2018

A Great Mouthwatering Chablis for $23+
"The 2016 Domaine Ellevin Chablis explodes from the glass with green apples and saly briney minerals… everything you want out of a great Chablis is in this delicious Chardonnay.

Elegant, nuanced, smooth and dense with rich flavors of lemons, pears, and fresh citrus on the palate. A crisp minerality and stone fruit blends in seamlessly.

The texture is beautiful, the finish is balanced and the wine is absolutely perfection."

2016 Chablis, Domaine Ellevin, 750ml
$29.30 - Good Wine Stores
$26.37 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$23.44 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$263.70 - Pop's Case Price


A Decadent Premier Cru Chablis for $25+
"2015 MANDELIERE – Ridiculous Quality / Price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who wouldn’t want a bottle of CHABLIS that tastes expensive. Value is where it’s at!!

An Outrageous Chablis value I found recently…

Premier Cru Taste without the Premier Cru price…

2015 Domaine de la Mandeliere, 1er Cru, Les Fourneaux, Chablis

This is a Premier Cru single-vineyard wine and a classic Chablis: it is fresh and vibrant yet rich, full on the palate, with a bit of salty minerality and a clean finish. Vinification here is on the lees in stainless steel tanks, which produces a house style that is both fresh and vibrant, but also rich on the mid-palate. Piercing minerally flavors that persist without any heaviness.

This has the guts and the glory and is an absolute steal under $30!!!"

2015 Chablis, 1er Cru Les Fourneaux, Domaine de la Mandeliere, 750ml
$32.40 - Good Wine Stores
$29.16 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$25.92 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$291.60 - Pop's Case Price


A Minerally Meursault “Bourgogne Blanc” for $26+
"The best Bourgogne Blanc's are from small producers like Marc Rougeot, renowned as one of the most talented winemakers in Meursault. Domaine Rougeot has been located in the heart of the marvelous village of Meursault for five generations. Marc Rougeot is working tirelessly to illustrate the richness of Burgundy terroirs as the estate moves towards achieving the prestigious organic farming certification.

The 2015 Domaine Rougeot Pere & Fils Bourgogne Chardonnay "Les Grandes Gouttes" is outstanding, minerally, fully alive Chardonnay. a Spectacular value as it is fruit from a Meursault vineyard that wasn't good enough for the $60 bottle, so we get it for $22+!"

2015 Bourgogne Blanc, Chardonnay, Les Grandes Gouttes, Domaine Rougeot, 750ml
$33.69 - Good Wine Stores
$38.32 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$26.95 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$303.21 - Pop's Case Price


Vibrant Hautes Cotes de Nuits Red for $25+
"Value is where it’s at!!

An Outrageous Red Burgundy value I found recently…

2015 Bourgogne Rouge, Haut Cotes de Nuits, “La Vacherotte” Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Nuits St. Georges

The French are very proud and hence their labels have a lot of words that are hard even for me… yes… me… to decipher.

Make no mistake, This is Outstanding Pinot Noir from Burgundy France.

The Dufouleurs have been winemakers in Nuits-St. George for more than 400 years. This is a small family that used to sell their best grapes but with a younger generation taking over, decided to producer their own GREAT Pinot noirs themselves.

I am very happy they do! And you will be very happy too.

Outstanding value!!! Crisp, Lively, Balanced, Earthy… it’s all in there.

And VALUE!!!!

2015 Bougogne Rouge, Haut Cotes de Nuits, La Vacherotte, 750ml
$31.49 - Good Wine Stores
$28.34 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$25.19 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$283.41 - Pop's Case Price


A Gorgeous Savigny Les Beaune for $28+
"Most Savigny’s are $45-75 a bottle these days. Bertrand’s Savigny is in the Sweet Spot, under $30!

Jean-Jacques Girard took over his share of vines from the renowned estate Girard Vollot in 1998. The vines are 50 year old vines situated on south facing slopes in limestone clay soils.

A deep ruby red wine with striking fruit aromas. A rounded palate it oozes silky, spicy red fruit flavours and has a lingering finely textured finish.

The domaine of Jean-Jacques Girard extends over 18 hectares in the Cote D'Or region of Burgundy. It is divided among the villages of Nuit St George, Savigny, Pernand-Vergelesses and Volnay.

One of my favorite producers, I like Jean Jacques wines as they offer great purity and elegance that is beautifully married with an aromatic, fruity style.

A great Pinot Noir for all occasions delivering consistent quality and superb value from this highly-rated region."

2015 Savigny les Beaune, Jean-Jacques Girard, 750ml
$35.95 - Good Wine Stores
$32.35 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$28.76 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$323.55 - Pop's Case Price


A Sexy, Flamboyant Southern Rhone Red $20+
"Most Vacqueyras are $30-45 a bottle these days.

Bertrand has Rhone gems too like this full bodied 2014 Vacqueyras for $20+!!!

2014 Domaine La Verde “Prelude” Vacqueyras

The estate is located on the plateau de garrigue, west of the village of Vacqueyras in the heart of the Rhone Valley. Secluded in the woods and on the cliffs of the Ouvèze river, the vineyards average 40+ years of age and are rooted in sandy clay soils as a backdrop to the Dentelles du Montmirail.

A lovely all-tank blend of 55% Grenache, 23% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault that's drinking beautifully now."

91 Points - Vinous Media
"Mineral and smoke-accented red berries and candied flowers on the tightly focused nose. Spicy and energetic in style, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a repeating suggestion of smokiness. Turns sweeter on the incisive finish, which features fine-grained tannins and an echo of cherry pit."

2014 Vacqueyras, Prelude, Domaine de la Verde, 750ml
$27.45 - Good Wine Stores
$24.70 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$21.96 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$247.05 - Pop's Case Price




   

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