Gabriel Kreuther Wine List Review- 1 Michelin Star

1/2 Bottles

 

Champagne

Saint Chamant, Epernay 2002 100- the 2002 vintage was amazing, so this 16 year old 1/2 bottle [1/2 bottles mature faster] will have well developed exotic fruit flavors. The bubble “quality” will also have changed to fewer and smaller. A great opportunity to taste mature vintage Champagne.

 

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ NV 112- Billecart-Salmon is known for producing excellent rose Champagne. This NV [non vintage] will have great fresh and tart red fruit [strawberry-raspberry] flavors.

 

White

 

Isabelle & Denis Pommier Chablis 1er cru "Fourchaume"Burgundy 2015 55- Chablis [Chardonnay] is my favorite white Burgundy because of the complex fruit and mineral flavors. This is a Premier Crus Chablis [grapes gown in the special Fourchaume vineyard] so the fruit flavors will be more intense.

 

Paul Blanck Riesling " Classique" 2016 35- Ask the Sommelier to describe [bone dry-dry-semisweet-sweet] this Riesling. See if it matches with your preferred style of wine.

Red

 

Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 50-The 2011 vintage was very good, so this Riserva [aged longer in oak] Chianti [Sangiovese] will be “lush” with fruit. A great value wine.

 

Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 85-The 2010 was an amazing vintage, so this Chateauneuf du Pape will be “bright” with dark fruit [black cherry-dark plums] and spice flavors.

 

Anne & Herve Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Fuées" 2015 105- This Pinot Noir from the village of Chambolle is almost “ethereal”. A red wine that is light in color but with intense red fruit [strawberry+raspberry] flavors. Think of a strong woman.

 

    

Champagne

 

Albert Boxler Alsace 2013 93- This is not “true” Champagne, but who cares? This sparkling wine is produced by Domaine Boxler in Alsace, where they are master winemakers. If you are entertaining guests, order a second bottle of this “bubbly” and look like a sport. 

 

Drappier "Brut Nature sans Soufre" Zéro Dosage, Urville NV 130- Brut Nature is the “driest” Champagne. Your tongue will feel “dusty” and your cheeks “puckered”.

 

Saint Chamant "Intégral" Epernay 2008 165. The 2008 vintage was amazing, so this Blanc de Blanc [all Chardonnay grapes] will be “bright’ with intense fruit flavors. A great value for a 2008 vintage Champagne. 

 

 

 

 

 

Whites

 

Under $100.00

 

Macon Château de la Greffière Mâcon La Rôche Vineuse - Vieilles Vignes 2014 55- Vielles Vines [old vines] [ Chardonnay]  from the Macon. The Macon is where great Chardonnay is produced for a great price. The best Chardonnay value region outside of Burgundy

Vermentino Clos Teddi Vermentino, Patrimonio, Corsica 2015 60- There are a lot of young and talented wine makers producing artisanal wines in the rocky island of Corsica. Vermentino is a classic “crisp” [high acid] Italian wine with herbal flavors. A great value wine.

 

Burgundy Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Aligoté "Les Raisins Dorés" 2014 68- Aligote is the sister grape to Chardonnay in Burgundy. In the right hands, Aligote can be amazing. Here is Michel Lafarge a master winemaker producing a fantastic white wine value. I would order this wine!

 

Bordeaux Blanc Clos Floridène Graves 2013 74- A white Bordeaux [Sauvignon Blanc] wine that pairs well with food. This wine is from the amazing 2013 vintage and the producer has a great reputation. If you have never tried white Bordeaux, this is your chance

 Vouvray Damien Pinon "Tuffo" 2015 45- Chenin Blanc from Vouvray. An almost clear colored wine with citrus, apple, and pear flavors.

 Sancerre Guy Baudin "Les Charmes" 2015 67- Sauvignon Blanc done with a French aesthetic. This should be a beautiful wine with citrus and pineapple fruit flavors. 

 Sauvignon Blanc Heitz Cellar Napa Valley 2016 65-If California Sauvignon Blanc you desire, pick this one.. Heitz is a great wine producer.

Greece  Domaine Spiropoulos Moschofilero, Mantinia, Peloponnese 2013 55- Don’t be intimidated to order this Greek white wine. I love Moschofileros! Full bodied with stone fruit flavors [peaches apricots]. Once you go Greek, you will never go back to insipid white wines. At $55.00, I would order this wine.

Burgundy Château de la Charrière "Beauregard" 2013 75- This a very “colorful” and “rustic” Chardonnay from a great vintage. A great value wine.

 

Cabernet Franc Catherine & Pierre Breton "Nuits d'Ivresse" 2014 89- This Cabernet Franc is great food wine. A lot of dark fruit [dark plums-black cherry-black berry] and herb flavors. You can drink Cabernet Franc young [2014] because there are no intense tannins that are associated with Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

 

Roero Arneis,  Bruno Giacosa Piemonte 2015 85- I love Arneis white wine because of the “lead pencil” scents and “crispness” [high acid]. This makes it a great food wine for pairing.

 

Jura Domaine Frederic Lornet "Les Messagelins", Arbois 2013 85- Try this French Chardonnay from the Jura area, with flavors of nuts and citrus. This wine is in perfect balance. Balance is when a wine acts like a wave. The fruit flavor rises in mouth, crests, and then recedes with a long slow finish. A wine that is in balance, is the hallmark of a great winemaker

Crozes-Hermitage Blanc  Alain Graillot  2016 85-I love Rhone white wine because of the floral, fruit, and mineral flavors. This wine is produced by Graillot who is a master winemaker in Crozes Hermitage.  

Châteauneuf-Du-Pape Blanc 2015 Clos du Mont Olivet 85- This is Châteauneuf-Du-Pape Blanc [white], which is made with fantastic Rhone valley grapes. A lot of complex fruit flavors and “richness” [a lot of body]. A great food wine and a great value at this price.

 

 Pernand-Vergelesses 2012 Domaine Rollin 90- This is a “rustic” Chardonnay from a great winemaker, Rollin.

 

Riesling 2014 Hermann J. Wiemer, Magdalena Vineyard, Finger Lakes 95- Do not over look this Riesling from Upstate New York. Because of the cold climate, Riesling grapes flourish there. Hermann J. Wiemer is a brilliant winemaker.

 

Chablis 2015 Laurent Tribut 95- I love Chablis because of the complex and mineral flavors. This one has a nice “chalky” quality with “crispness’ [high acid]. This allows it to pair well with food. The 2015 vintage was excellent, so the fruit flavors will be “bright” and fresh.

 

 

Riesling J.J. Prum Riesling Spätlese "Graacher Himmelreich" Mosel 2012 105-Ask the Sommelier to describe [bone dry-dry-semisweet-sweet] all the Rieslings [German-Austrian-Italian-Alsatian] on the list. See which one matches your wine style. J.J. Prum is a master winemaker in Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

Over $100.00

 

 

 

Chardonnay Newton Unfiltered 2014 145- If it is California Chardonnay you desire, pick this one. It has honeysuckle and exotic fruit and mineral flavors. This wine is unfiltered so there a “rustic” quality to this Chardonnay. A lot going on in this wine.

 

Chablis Gerard Tremblay "Vaudésir" 2012 136- Chablis [Chardonnay] is my favorite white Burgundy because of the complex and mineral flavors. The 2012 was great vintage and this Grand Crus [grapes grown in the special Vaudesir vineyard] should  have great fruit flavors. This is not expensive for Grand Crus Chablis, which worries me. I have ordered Gand Crus Chablis at this price before, and have been disappointed. Ask the Sommelier if this wine has faded or is it a steal?

 

Chablis Château de Béru "Clos Beru" Monopole 2014 175-If the Sommelier implies that the above Chablis is a “shadow of it’s former self”, pick this young and “bright” Chablis.

 

Chateauneuf du Cape Blanc Château de Beaucastel 2014 195- Are you tired of Chardonnay? Pick this Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc which is produced by the famous  Château de Beaucastel. A great white Rhone wine with intense floral, fruit, and mineral flavors.

 

Hermitage Blanc Domaine Jean-Louis Chave "Blanche" 2011 175- This is a steal! Chave is the master of red Hermitage, so you know this Hermitage Blanc wine is going to be special. The 2011 was great vintage and this wine has 6 years of bottle age. This is not much more expensive than if you bought this wine at retail. This is a true hidden treasure!

Puligny Montrachet Domaine du Clos du Cellier aux Moines "Les Pucelles" 2013 175- This Puligny [Chardonnay] Premier Crus [ grapes grown in the special Les Pucelles vineyard] Puligny has all the “flinty” and citrus flavors you desire, for a really good price. Look below on the list and see what other Pulignys cost from the Les Pucelles vineyard site.

 

Chassagne Montrachet Domaine Marc Morey "En Virondot" 2011 175- Marc Morey is a brilliant winemaker and here is his Premier Crus[ grapes grown in the special En Virondot vineyard] Chassange [Chardonnay}. He is able to capture the unique “elements of the En Virondot vineyard site.

 

Meursault Jacques Prieur "Clos de Mazeray" 2014 190- This Meursault [Chardonnay] is the most “feminine” of the white Burgundies. Soft tannins and “pretty” fruit flavors. Prieur is a great winemaker.

 

Chablis William Fevre "Vaudésir" 2004 190- Chablis [Chardonnay] is my favorite white Burgundy because of the complex and mineral flavors. Fevre is a fantastic winemaker in Chablis and this wine is not expensive for the quality of the wines he produces. This Chablis is from the very good 2004 vintage, and has 14 years of bottle age. Have you ever tasted mature Chardonnay? The fruit flavors have evolved and are much more complex.

 

Trebbiano Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d Abruzzo, Abruzzo 2012 212- This is not your grandfather’s Trebbiano because this wine is packed with honey, stone fruit [peach+apricot], apple, and mineral flavors. A serious crafted wine with a lot of structure.

 

Puligny Montrachet Henri Boillot "Les Combettes" 2011 315- Put Henri Boillot on your wine radar. He is producing excellent Pulignys that express the true terroir of vineyard where his grapes grow. Terroir is the unique flavors created in the grapes by the soil and surrounding flora and fauna of a vineyard. Here is the Les Combettes vineyard and he able to capture all the “elements” of that vineyard. Boillot is a master at his craft.

 

 

 

 

 

 Roses

 

Terres Dorées Gamay "Rosé d' Folie", Beaujolais 2016 36-A great rose with strawberry, cranberry, and mineral flavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reds

 

 

Under $100.00

Beaujolais Rémi Dufaitre Côte-de-Brouilly 2014 54-Do not underestimate Cru Beaujolais. This is not the “super fruity” wine that you associate with the name Beaujolais. This Crus Beaujolais from the Brouilly area and this wine can be as complex and nuanced as Burgundy Pinot Noir.

 Syrah Laurent Habrard 2013 Crozes Hermitage 56- This is Syrah from the Rhone Valley and is one of the best value red wines on the list. A lot of dark and red fruit flavors for a great price. 

Cotes du Rhone Domaine Santa Duc "Les Quatres Terres" 2014 65- I am currently using the 2012 vintage of this Cotes du Rhone as my “house” wine. It has great dark fruit [black cherry-black berry] flavors. A great wine value! 

Syrah Domaine Montirius "Le Clos" 2012 68- Pronounced “VA KAY RAH”. This is a great Syrah/Grenache blend. A great food wine and a great value wine on this list. Repeat after me  Va Kay Rah….Va Kay Rah.

 Rioja Viña Sastre Crianza 2011 70- A  6 year old Rioja from the really good 2011 vintage. This is a great value pick.

St Joseph Jean-Louis Chave "Offerus" 2014 85- I love this wine. St Joseph is an area where serious winemakers are producing inexpensive Syrah wine. Ask the Sommelier to decant this wine immediately because this wine needs time to breath and “open up”. When it opens, you will enjoy a wine made by Chave, a master winemaker in Hermitage.

Beaujolais Jean Foillard "Cuvée Corcelette" 2015 89- Another great Crus Beaujolais from the Morgon area [my favorite]. An mazing food wine and value. BTW 2015 was an amazing vintage, so this wine will have intense fruit flavors.

 

 Gigondas Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas "Aux Lieux-Dits" 2014 95- I just tasted an older vintage of this wine and it blew me away. A sweet and spicy lush red wine. Santa duc are great winemakers.

 

Bordeaux Les Hauts du Tertre 2nd label of Château du Tertre, 5th growth 2012 72- If you want Bordeaux, here is the pick. I have tasted this wine in numerous vintages and is a  Margaux wine with the classic notes of sweet fruit flavors. A great pick from the ready to drink 2012 vintage.

 Syrah Arnot-Roberts Sonoma Coast 2015 92- A California Syrah with great red [strawberry+raspberry] and dark [black berry-black cherry-dark plums] flavors. There are very little tannins, so you can enjoy this 2015 wine tonight.

 

Arbois Domaine du Pélican "Trois Cépages", Arbois 2015 109- This is Pinot Noir blended with other grapes to make a light in color but with great red fruit [strawberry+raspberry] flavors. This Domaine is owned by the D’Angerviile family, who are famous for producing Volnay in Burgundy. The D’Angervilles know Pinot Noir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over $100.00

 

Beckham Estate Pinot Noir "Amphora Creta" Chehalem Mountains 2014 125- If it is USA Pinot Noir you desire, pick this one from Oregon. Beckham Estate is concerned about expressing the true terroir of their vineyards. Did you know that Oregon is on the same latitude as Burgundy?

 

Burgundy Domaine Duroché "Le Clos" 2015 125- This Pinot Noir is from Gevrey-Chambertin, which is know for their “rich” wines. The 2015 vintage was amazing.

 

Samur Romain Guiberteau "Les Arboises" 2013 140- This is Cabernet Franc is from the Loire valley . A lot of dark fruit [plums-bing cherry-black berry] and herb flavors. A fantastic food wine. You do not have the intense tannins associated with Cabernet Sauvignon, so you can drink Cabernet Franc young, as is this 2013.

 

Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine de Beaurenard "Boisrenard" 2012 150- This Chateauneuf du Pape is from the great 2012 vintage. With the 2012 vintage, the wines are so lush and ripe, you can drink them young. I have tasted this very wine at a blind tasting of Chateauneuf du Papes and it came in first place. Order this wine with confidence.

Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Mont Olivet 2003 145- If you prefer mature Chateauneuf du Pape, then pick this 15 year old one from the very good 2003 vintage.

 

Barolo  Castello di Neive "Albesani Santo Stefano" 2009 125-Barolo [Nebbiolo] need bottle age to soften the tannins and let the fruit flavors emerge. Here you have the necessary 9 years to enjoy this beauty.

 Pinot Noir Emeritus "Hallberg Ranch" Russian River 2013 105- This classic California Pinot noir has received great reviews. If you like California Pinot noirs, this is your pick.

Burgundy Confuron-Cotetidot 2015 145- This Pinot Noir is from the village of Vosne Romanee. This village has a “mystical” quality that has created a devout following. It is said to have very unique fruit flavors in the wines produced here. Here is your opportunity to find out what all the “buzz” is about.

 

Burgundy Jayer-Gilles 2005 165- This Pinot Noir is from the great 2005 vintage and with 13 years of bottle age, there will be evolved red fruit flavors [think stewed strawberries-cherries]. BTW Jayer -Gilles is a master winemakers Burgundy. 

 

Zinfandel Turley Zinfandel "Mead Ranch" Atlas Peak 2001 175- Helen Turley knows Zinfandel! This is a great red wine with loads of fruit and a graceful style. This wine has 16 years of bottle age, to shed any tannins and allow the evolved fruit flavors to emerge. Don’t turn your nose up at Zinfandel, and order this gem.

 

Burgundy Lucien Boillot "Les Brouillards" 2010 180- In Burgundy, this Pinot Noir wine is considered “female”. Volnay is a “lush” red wine with soft tannins. Boillot is a master winemaker and the 2010 vintage was amazing. 

 

California Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" 1994 200- This 24 year old Cabernet is produced by one of the “original” artisanal winemakers in California. I recently tasted this exact wine and it blew me away. This wine has complex fruit flavors and is not one of those over extracted “fruit bombs”.  See what fully mature, balanced California Cabernet from a great producer, is about. 

 

Burgundy Domaine Ponsot "Cuvée des Alouettes" 2004 225- This Premier Crus [grapes grown in the special Cuvee des Alouettes vineyard] is now 14 years old. The fruit flavors should be evolved and the tannins soft. Ponsot is an amazing winemaker, who is able to express the true terroir [unique soil and surrounding flora and fauna of a vineyard] in all his wines. 

 

Brunello di Montalcino Casanuova Delle Cerbaie Riserva 1997 225- Brunello di Montalcino [Sangiovese]wines need bottle age to shed their tough tannins and allow the beautiful dark and red fruit flavors to emerge. Pick this 20 year old Brunello from the historic 1997 vintage. This wine should be near perfection.

 

Rioja La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva "Viña Ardanza" 2000 225- I love this wine! There are intense bing cherry and cassis flavors in this 18 year old Rioja. It is easy to love this wine.

 

BurgundyEdmond Cornu "Bressandes" 2008 225- Cornu is a master winemaker in Corton. His wine’s have intense black fruit flavors [black cherry-black berry-dark plums]. He is brilliant at expressing the true terroir of the Bressandes vineyard. A good not great vintage, but in this type of vintage great winemakers produce serious wine.

 

Bandol Château de Pibarnon Bandol 2001 236- Bandol red wine [Mourvedre grapes] need a lot of bottle age to soften the “intense” tannins and allow the beautiful fruit flavors to emerge. Here you have the necessary 17 years to do the trick. I love this wine!

 

Burgundy Philippe Roty "Clos Prieur" 2010 240- This Premier Crus [grapes grown in the special Clos Prieur vineyard] Pinot Noir is from Gevrey-Chambertin. The 2010 vintage was amazing, so this 8 year old wine will have shed some of its rough tannins and allowed the fruit flavors[black cherry-black berry-currants-soil] to be present.

 

Syrah E. Guigal "Château d'Ampuis" 2011 250- I have tasted this wine many times and it is amazing! Look at the prices of other Cote Roties from Guigal on the list. Guigal is the master winemaker of Cote Rotie. Enough said.

 

Chateauneuf du Pape Château de Beaucastel 1995 250- This is a steal! This almost 25 year old Chateauneuf du Pape is produced by one of the greatest winemakers in the southern Rhone region. The 1995 vintage was very good, so this wine will have very evolved black fruit flavors, spice, and licorice notes. When are you going to have a chance to taste a 23 year old Chateau Beaucastel.? Ask the Sommelier if this wine is past it’s prime and is this too good to be true?

 

 

 Nebbiolo Castello Conti Boca 1986 250- Boca is located outside of the Barolo region, but this is serious Nebbiolo wine. This 32 year old artisanal Nebbiolo is a fully evolved fantastic wine to drink tonight. This Boca wine is as complex and as nuanced a Burgundy Pinot Noir. I would order this wine!

 

Burgundy Domaine Dujac 2012 258- Some wine drinkers think that Morey-St Denis is synonymous with Dujac, who is a master winemaker there. The 2012 was a very good vintage and with 6 years of bottle age, this Pinot Noir should be beautiful.

 

Bordeaux Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau 1996 275- I have been drinking the wines from Sociando-Mallet since the 1986 vintage. The 1996 is a great vintage to drink now and this is a very good price for the quality of this wine. I love really good 21 year old Bordeaux!

 

Bordeaux Château Palmer "Alter Ego" 2009 315- This is an effort by the esteemed Chateau Palmer of Margaux. This wine is produced to be consumed young with a lot of the classic Margaux qualities [sweetness of fruit]. The 2009 vintage was amazing and this is a chance to taste the winemaking skills of Chateau Palmer for a good price. 

 

Burgundy Georges Lignier Bonnes Mares 2011 360- This Pinot Noir is a Grand Crus [grapes grown in the famous Bonne Mares vineyard]. Lignier is a master winemaker and this Bonnes Mares is much less expensive than other wines from that famed vineyard. A good price to taste a special wine.

 

 

 

 

 

Magnum [2 bottles]

 

Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico "Serpico" Magnum 2001 385- If you are having 5 or more guests for dinner, a second bottle of wine will be necessary. Pick this 16 year old “intense”and “rustic” red wine from southern Italy. Nothing says celebration, like a big bottle of wine being poured at the table. Feudi di San Gregorio is an amazing winemaker.

 

Franck Balthazar Cornas "Les Chaillot" Rhône Valley 2012 420- This Syrah is from Cornas in the northern Rhone area. I love Cornas for beautiful Syrah and Franck Balthazar is a master winemaker there. It is believed that the best grapes go into the Magnums.

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