2017 Laherte Freres “Les Vignes d’Autrefois” Blanc des Noirs Extra Brut $89.99
Aurelien Laherte and his team are vinifying some of the most excitingly expressive Champagnes out of the Coteaux D’Epernay with an identity that is committed to biodynamics and sustainability. This bottling exemplifies the modern Meunier renaissance as it is 100% Meunier made from 50-75 year old vines and pays homage to their ancestors. “Orchard fruit, spice, ginger, dried fruit and plum meld together in a Champagne of real gravitas.” -Vinous
Pair with cranberry brie puff pastry bites, croque madame, and New Years Eve festivities. *Only 3 bottles available*
2018 Sleight of Hand “The Psychedelic” Syrah, Walla Walla, WA $59.99
This is a single vineyard (Stoney Vine), 50% whole cluster, blockbuster of a Syrah made by Washington underdog Trey Busch. It is dense, flavorful, and packed with umami, tapenade, wild blueberries, and roasted meat. Out of 600 cases produced, only 5 made their way to Colorado and half of that allocation is locally exclusive to Sovereignty Wines. Serve alongside spiced roasted lamb or Latvian Piragi.
2020 Kumusha “The Flame Lily” Slanghoek, South Africa $32.99
An alluring blend of Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, and Semillon, “The Flame Lily” is silky elegance. Brimming with honeysuckle, melon, and citrus oil, this *organic* new vintage from legendary sommelier Tinashe Nyamudoka will accentuate more exotic gastronomic endeavors. Think Thai Larb, wasabi deviled eggs, or pork belly adobo.
2017 Prats & Symington “Chryseia” Douro, Portugal $89.99
Hailing from a powerhouse vintage in the Douro, this top dry bottling by Port house Prats & Symington consistently pushes the envelope for quality. The grapes selected (Touriga Nacional & Touriga Franca) for Chryseia are from estate vineyards Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. The wine sees 16 months elevage in 400 liter French oak barrels and exudes chocolate, balsamic, dense dark fruit, and spice.
Suffice to say this is a serious world-class red that rivals Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux and is perfect by the fire or with a warming winter meal.
Chryseia will do justice to a traditional holiday spread of prime rib, stuffed mushrooms, and beef wellington. Decanting is recommended.
Domaine de Saint Pierre “Les Larmes du Paradis” Macvin, Jura-France
This is a compelling and esoteric style of wine called a vin de liqueur. Essentially, distilled grape spirit (marc) is added to arrest the primary fermentation of Chardonnay and Trousseau grapes in order to maintain a fair amount of natural sugar in the finished wine. The results are a gorgeously balanced complex wine that ornately shows golden raisins, dates, hay, and toasted nuts.
Traditionally served alongside Comte (a local alpine cheese in the Jura), but can be a pairing chameleon; mix it up on ice as an aperitif with Gorgonzola Dolce stuffed figs, or enjoy after dinner with spice cookies, black walnut cake, or Epoisses.