Blue Hill Wine List Picks

 

Champagne

 

Valentin Zusslin, Crémant d’Alsace ‘Brut Zéro Sans Soufre,’ France NV 65.-This is not “true” Champagne but who cares? The is a beautiful bottle of sparkling wine. If you are hosting a group of people, order a second bottle of "bubbly", and look like a sport.

 

Larmandier-Bernier, 1er Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs ‘Longitude’ NV 120.- This Blanc de Blanc [all Chardonnay grapes

 

 

 

 

 

Whites

 

 

Under $100.00

 

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Aligoté Burgundy, France 60. 2015 -Aligote is the "sister" grape to Chardonnay in Burgundy. This wine is very "dry" and floral.

 

Weingut A.J. Adam Riesling Mosel, Germany 2015 65

 

Giuseppe Quintarelli Garganega, Saorin, Veneto IGT, Italy 2016 95.

 

Domaine Guiberteau Chenin Blanc Saumur, Loire Valley, 155.

 

Joseph Dorbon Savagnin Arbois, Jura, France 115. 2009- Vin Jaune is a wine that is very yellow in color with a nutty flavor similar to Sherry wine. Jura region of France is famous for this unique wine.

 

Dm. Clos de la Chapelle Chardonnay Beaune, Burgundy, 100.

 

Over $100.00

 

 

Big Basin Vineyards Chardonnay Monterey County, 105. ‘Coastview Vineyard’ California 2013- If you want a classic California Chardonnay, pick this one. 

 

Henri Germain Chardonnay Meursault, Burgundy, 150.

 

Thierry Pillot Chardonnay Puligny-Montrachet, 160. ‘Les Enseignères’ Burgundy, France 2015- 

 

Egon Müller Riesling Mosel, Germany 200. ‘Scharzhofberger’ Kabinett 2013-

 

François Raveneau Chardonnay Chablis, Burgundy, 395

 

Dagueneau Sauvignon Blanc Blanc Fume de Pouilly, 270. ‘Silex’ Loire Valley, France 2014- 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reds

 

 

Under $100.00

 

Domaine de la Grand’Cour Gamay Brouilly, Beaujolais, 75. ‘Cuvée Vieilles Vignes’ France 2016- Don’t dismiss this Beaujolais as one of those “super fruity” wines. This is Crus Beaujolais from the Brouilly region. These wines are very nuanced and are great with food. 

 

Manenti Frappato & Nero d’Avola Cerasuolo di Vittoria, 5

 

Maître de Chai Zinfandel Lodi, California 85. ‘Stampede Vineyard’ 2015-There is nothing wrong with ordering a great Zinfandel with dinner here. Zins can be enjoyed young because they do not possess "tough" tannins.. Zinfandels are very fruit forward [lush]  and are always a good value red wine in restaurants.  

 

Château Tour Pibran Cabernet Sauvignon Pauillac, Bordeaux 90. ‘Paulliac Rouge’ & Merlot France 2011- a reasonably priced Bordeaux with their dinner. 

 

Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain, 115. Napa Valley, CA 2014- If it is California Cabernet you desire, pick this one.

 

 

 

Over $100.00

 

Dujac Fils & Père Pinot Noir Morey-Saint-Denis, 175

 

Dm. Marquis d’Angerville Pinot Noir Volnay, Burgundy 190.

 

Dm. Romaneaux-Destezet Syrah Saint-Joseph, Northern 115. Hervé Souhaut Rhône, France 2016 ‘Clos des Cessieux’- St Joseph Syrahs are great value wines!

 

Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA 2002 200. A great California Cabernet wine value! 

 

Domaine Chevillon Pinot Noir Nuits-St.-Georges, 245. 

 

Domaine Auguste Clape Syrah Cornas, Northern 265. Rhône, France 2015- If you have never tried Auguste Clape’s Syrah this is your chance

 

Domaine du Grenache, Mourvèdre, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 345. Vieux Télégraphe Cinsault, Syrah, Rhône, France 2007

 

Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Pinot Noir Chambolle-Musigny, 400. 1er Cru ‘Les Fuées’ Burgundy, France 2004 - Chambolle wines are my favorite red Burgundies because they are almost “etherial”. Light in color but with intense red fruit [strawberry-cherry-raspberry] flavors. This is a more “feminine” Pinot Noir reminiscent  of a strong woman. With this bottle age, the fruit flavors will be very evolved and complex. Sublime!

david klein