Featured Wines

90 & 93pt. Bordeaux!

We continue to bring St. Louis the best Bordeaux at the best prices, including a RARE find from the awesome 2000 vintage with the lowest price in the country. We also have a second label from “Super” Second Growth Leoville las Cases, the 2009 Clos du Marquis at one of the best prices in the county.

2000 Chateau Potensac, Medocpotensac
On Sale $42.99 lowest price in the country!
Medium ruby. Inky aromas of cassis, boysenberry, black cherry and violet. Muscular and powerful, but with noteworthy vivacity and clarity of flavor. Distinctly mentholated aspect. Finishes with ripe tannins that are unusually supple for Potensac. A big success for this property.
87-90 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

2009 Leoville las Cases “Clos du Marquis,” St. Julien
On Sale $65.99 compare to Total Wine price $74.98
Now positioned as a totally separate vineyard and a real clos (enclosed walled vineyard), this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Jean-Hubert Delon is a beauty. Creme de cassis notes intermixed with some vanillin, crushed rock and spring flowers jump from the glass. Full-bodied and powerful (nearly 14% natural alcohol), this is a generously endowed, rich wine that was first made in 1902. The 2009 should drink well for 20-25 years. Readers need to think of it as a true classified growth, although technically it is not.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

$8 Kraemer is Back!

Our favorite inexpensive sparkler is back in stock! Try it Friday at our Kir Royale tasting!

NV Kraemer Blanc de Blancs BrutKraemer
On Sale $7.99
This is perhaps THE best value we’ve found in sparkling wine. It’s a true Blanc de Blancs, meaning it is 100% Chardonnay. Delicate, with a hint of spice on the nose and a creamy, fresh palate with an abundance of bubbles.
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Chardonnay Pre-Sale

We have some of the highest rated EVER Chardonnays from California arriving this week, including Morlet Family Vineyards, owned by brothers who also make Peter Michel Chardonnay. Many of these are limited so pre-order yours now!

2012 Morlet Chardonnay “Ma Douce,” Sonomamorlet
On Sale $75.99
The 2012 Chardonnay Ma Douce reminds me of a classic Bâtard-Montrachet produced by Michel Niellon in the mid-1980s. Lots of brioche, honeysuckle, caramelized citrus and buttery pear notes are found in this long, full-bodied, beautiful white. Ripe and full-bodied with terrific acidity as well as freshness, this cuvée comes from a vineyard planted at a 1,300 foot elevation, and was bottled with indigenous yeast fermentation and no fining or filtration. Drink now-2024.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Morlet Chardonnay “Ma Princesse,” Sonoma
On Sale $79.99
The 2012 Chardonnay Ma Princesse, which comes from Goldridge soils in the Russian River, is a relatively large cuvée of 550 cases. It exhibits copious notes of orange marmalade, pineapple, white peach and melted caramel in its deep, rich, light gold-colored, full-bodied style. With great acidity, precision and complexity, it should drink well for 10+ years.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
On Sale $54.99
This stunning wine is deliciously rich and layered, with vibrant flavors of honeydew, honeysuckle, fig and mineral shaded by seductive toasty oak. The flavors build, displaying a deep measure of intensity and persistence. Drink now through 2024. 1,692 cases made.
95 Points, Wine Spectator

2011 Sandhi Chardonnay “Rita’s Crown Vineyard,” Santa Barbara
On Sale $49.99
Brilliant, the 2011 Chardonnay Rita’s Crown dishes up layers of citrus blossom, oyster shell, white flowers and a saline-like minerality that emerges more on the palate. It is a medium-bodied, gorgeously pure Chardonnay that has laser-like precision and focus. Don’t miss it. Drink 2014-2018.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Sandhi Chardonnay “Sanford & Benedict Vineyard,” Santa Barbarasandhi
On Sale $49.99
From vines planted in 1971 and located just across the street from Rita’s Crown, yet harvested a full three weeks later, the 2011 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict is an awesome Chardonnay. Crushed rock, citrus blossom, hints of lime and toasted hazelnuts all come soaring from the glass and this long, elegant beauty has fantastic detail and verve on the palate. While I would in no way call it plush, it has building richness and is a joy to drink. Drink now-2018.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Leeuwin Chardonnay “Artist Series,” Margaret River
On Sale $79.99
Rich, ripe and generous, this is deftly balanced to lift the pear, mango, floral and spice flavors with gentle acidity. Comes together on the supple, seductive finish, showing tremendous depth and intensity without losing any charm. Drink now through 2025. 600 cases imported.
96 Points, Wine Spectator

98pt. Brunello Pre-sale
And 2 Great Selections in Stock!!

We have an AWESOME presell opportunity on one of Tuscany’s best, a 98pt Brunello di Montalcino from Palazzo. Reserve yours now, as this will sell out quickly once it arrives. And don’t miss out on two other great value Brunellos in stock!

Arrives in March:

palazzo bdm2010 Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino
On Sale $59.99
Wonderful aromas of salt, savory dried meat and red fruits. Bacon too. This is full body, with chewy tannins and a long and intense finish. It’s like a tightly knit ball of cashmere thread. Superb. Made from four hectares of vineyards. Better in 2018.
98 Points, James Suckling

In Stock Now:

2009 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino
On Sale $49.99
The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is an impressive and impeccable wine that delivers a slow and sensual progression on the palate. Along the way, it leaves a steady stream of ripe fruit, spice, tobacco, licorice and balsam herb that is both impactful and vibrant. The wine’s aromas are very well-delineated, clean and never color outside the lines. The textural fabric of the wine is velvety and rich, thanks to a long 43 months in oak. Having had the opportunity to taste many older vintages of Giacomo’s wines, I find that they possess a great capacity for cellar aging. Drink: 2016-2026.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2009 Fattoria Scopone Brunello di Montalcino
Sale Price $32.99
This is chewy and rich with dried fruits and silky tannins. It needs a year or two to soften. I like the tension to this. Beautiful balance and richness.
92 points, James Suckling

More on Brunello di Montalcino:
It was discovered over 500 years ago that something magical happened when you cultivated Sangiovese in Montalcino, and “Brunello di Montalcino” was born. Only in this one Tuscan town is Sangiovese given this special name. Many would consider Brunello di Montalcino Italy’s finest wine.

Bobby Kacher Cognacs

“Nestled in the hills of the Charentes, the Giraud family has been growing grapes and distilling them into fine cognacs since 1650. Bouteville is in the heart of the region, situated in Grande Champagne, the finest of Cognac’s six AOCs. Paul-Jean Giraud has directed the domaine since 1974 and stands apart by only producing pure vintage Cognac, meaning that he does not blend cognacs from different years. This maintains the seasonality of the spirit which differs each year. No caramel added.”
Bobby Kacher, importer

Paul Giraud V.S.O.P. Cognac 1er Cru, Grande Champagnegiraud cognac
On Sale $45.99
“Aged for 8 years, which is double the legal requirement of 4 years, in Limousin oak barrels in humid aging cellars. The VSOP is characterized by an earthy nose with a touch of creaminess and slight grapiness. It displays the classical elegance of Cognac in that it is pleasant, light and poised, creamy and honeyed.”
-Bobby Kacher, importer

Paul Giraud X.O. Cognac 1er Cru, Grande Champagne
On Sale $75.99
“The XO is aged for 25 years! Like gingerbread in a glass, this topaz-hued and highly aromatic brandy offers bold baking spice, orange peel and floral notes, and an elegant, spicy finish, with flavors of ginger and clove.”
-Top 50 Spirits, The Wine Enthusiast

Bordeaux Round Two!

Right on schedule, we got our second shipment of these wonderfully-priced Bordeaux from fantastic vintages. Wines are in stock, but quantities are limited so don’t delay, reserve yours today!

Don’t know what to choose? Reply to this email and ask us for recommendations!

2010 Château Lilian Ladouys, St. EstepheLillian
On Sale $32.99
“Bright dark red. Wild meaty aromas and flavors of redcurrant, plum and leather. Concentrated, rich and seamless, with sappy, well-integrated acidity cutting through the wine’s velvety texture and baby fat. Ripe tannins saturate the palate on the persistent finish. Another serious outperformer in 2010.”
90 Points, Stephen Tanzer

2009 Château d’Issan, Margaux
On Sale $79.99
“A strong effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse, d’Issan’s 2009 was fashioned from minuscule yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, and its 13.7% natural alcohol set a record at this estate. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, it exhibits a classic Margaux fragrance of acacia flowers/violets, blueberries, cassis, licorice and camphor. Opulent and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a rich, dense style, it will be interesting to compare the 2009 with the brilliant 2000 and 2005 over the next two to three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035+.”
93 Points, Robert Parker

Malescot2005 Château Malescot St. Exupery, Margaux
On Sale $159.99
“This estate’s finest effort – ever, the 2005 Malescot St.-Exupery should be sought out by readers looking for intensity combined with superb richness, fascinating elegance, and a surreal concoction of blue and red fruits, a silky texture, and a delicate yet powerful wine that builds incrementally, never becoming overwrought. This dense purple-colored, medium to full-bodied tour de force in winemaking is already displaying remarkable complexity. It should only get better over the next decade, and will last through 2030. I would not be surprised to see this wine merit a few more points with additional aging.”
97 Points, Robert Parker (also 97 points from The Wine Spectator!!)

2009 Château La Tour Carnet “Cuvée la Bravoure”, Médoc
On Sale $26.99
“(a blend of 62% merlot, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc): Saturated, bright red-ruby. Lively aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice and mint. Moderately sweet and vinous, with ripe, well-integrated acidity and graphite minerality giving lift to the very rich flavors of dark berries, chocolate and sexy oak. This dense, concentrated wine really calls for five years of cellaring and is built for a graceful evolution in bottle. Looks to be the top vintage yet for this Bernard Magrez wine.”
91 Points, Stephen Tanzer

2010 Château Bellegrave, Pauillac
On Sale $35.99
“A note of singed cedar leads the way, accompanied by dark tea, sandalwood, steeped plum and black cherry accents. Offers a plush feel through the finish, with the wood smoke note lingering. Best from 2014 through 2024.”
90 Points, The Wine Spectator

2010 Château Pibran, PauillacBord Cork
On Sale $39.99
“Ripe and well-packed, but silky and racy too, with linzer torte, cassis and blackberry notes pumping along, flecked with singed anise and violet, showing a long graphite spine on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.”
92 Points, The Wine Spectator

2010 Château Corbin, St. Emilion
On Sale $39.99
“Lush, concentrated black currant and kirsch-like fruit, a hint of licorice and some floral notes and subtle background oak jump from the glass of this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is another relatively large-scaled St.-Emilion at 15% natural alcohol, but the good news is that there are nearly 4,500 cases of this wine in the marketplace. The purity, sumptuous texture and seductive nature of this wine will endear it to most readers.”
92 Points, Robert Parker

2010 Chateau Vieux Mazerat, St. Emilionmazerat
On Sale $72.99
“The grapes come from an old-vine parcel near Angelus and Beausejour-Duffau, and the final product is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Again displaying plenty of minerality, which seems to be a prevailing theme throughout the 2010s from Malthus, the 2010 Vieux Chateau Mazerat is full-bodied, with an abundance of floral notes as well as black currant and blackberry fruit. Impressively endowed and built like a skyscraper, this full-bodied wine needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring and should keep for 25-30 years. Interestingly, the vines were planted in 1947.”
95+ Points, Robert Parker

2010 Château Moulinet, Pomerol
On Sale $35.99
“This has a dark, almost loamy spine, with notes of ganache, warm linzer torte and steeped black currant leading to a racy finish that lets the dark fruit, tar and melted licorice play out nicely. Best from 2015 through 2025.”
91 Points, The Wine Spectator

2009 Château Clos Puy Arnaud, Cotes de Castillon
On Sale $39.99
“A major sleeper of the vintage, this biodynamically farmed vineyard was cropped at 15 hectoliters per hectare and the final blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. The alcohol scores a natural 15%. This stunning wine, with black/purple color, exhibits notes of blackberry, licorice, incense, forest floor and cedar along with a hint of toasty oak. The wine is opulent, even sumptuous in texture, has stunning purity and a provocative 45+ second finish. This is another over-achieving Castillon that should drink well for at least a decade or more.”
92 Points, Robert Parker

New “Merch” Angel’s Envy & Smooth Ambler Bourbons & Rye!!

Angel

We got such rave reviews on our custom Angel’s Envy bourbon that we got earlier this year, we decided to do it again! We took our best Bourbon aficionados here at the store and tasted three Angel’s Envy Bourbon barrels selected by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson shortly before his passing. We then blended these three whiskies, trying different proportions of each, until we got what we consider a near-perfect Bourbon. We also picked a single barrel of Smooth Ambler Bourbon & Rye to be bottles at Barrel-proof just for us.

Angel’s Envy Wine Merchant Custom Blend Bourbon
On Sale $45.99
A custom blend of three single barrels, this Bourbon has what we’d consider the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Very caramel-y and butterscotch-y up front, with a backbone of spicy cinnamon, anise, and pepper.
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Smooth Ambler “Old Scout” Aged Bourbon, Wine Merchant Bottling
On Sale $45.99
We chose an 8-year selection with wonderful sweet aromas of maple syrup and sugar cookies. On the palate, it’s smooth, rich, and friendly with notes of burnt sugar, vanilla, and toasted coconut, and a finish reminiscent of aged rum.
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Smooth Ambler “Old Scout” Aged Rye, Wine Merchant Bottling
On Sale $45.99
We selected a 7-year barrel with a sweet nose of brown spices, ginger snaps, and turmeric. It’s hot on the palate and opens up beautifully with a few drops of spring water.
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