Balthazar Wine List Picks

 

1/2 Bottles

 

Champagne

 

 

Gosset Brut Excellence (half bottle) . . . . . . . . . . . .......... 65- I like this Champagne producer. A good value for a 1/2 bottle of Champagne.

 

White

 

Pouilly-Fumé “Les Cris” A Cailbourdin ‘16 . . . . . . ………..43- This is a great sauvignon Blance from the Loire Valley in France. A good wine value.

 

 

Rose

 

Bandol Terrebrune ‘16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... 46 - A southern France rose made with Mourvedre grapes, so this will be a complex wine. Not your typical pale rose.

 

 

Red

 

Sancerre “La Croix du Roy” L Crochet ‘13 . . . . . . .......... 47- I love this wine! Lucien Crochet makes fantastic white Sancerre and here is his Sancerre rouge. This is a delicate style of French Pinot noir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champagne

 

CRÉMANT DU JURA 3930} “Zéro Dosage” Champs Divin ‘14 …58- This is not true Champagne but who cares? This is a beautiful sparkling wine and pairs well with dinner or as an aperitif. If you have a large group, 6 or more people, you may need 2 bottles of “bubbly”. This is great value wine. 

 

 

Henriot Brut Souverain NV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... 90- Henriot is a really good Champagne producer.  This NV [non vintage] Champagne is a good value at this price.

 

 

Robert Moncuit Blanc de Blancs Brut ‘08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140- If you want to spend a few dollars more to get something special, order this vintage Champagne. It is from the amazing 2008 vintage and now has 9 years of bottle age. This is also a Blanc de Blanc [all Chardonnay grapes] 

 

 

Whites

 

Under $100.00

 

MÂCON-VILLAGES Uchizy P Croses ‘15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45- Here is the best white wine value on the whole list. The Macon is an area where great Chardonnay is produced at a reasonable price.

 

ST AUBIN “Le Ban” H Prudhon ‘13 .. . . . . . . . . . . …….70-Chardonnay

 

MUSCADET SÈVRE ET MAINE “Clos Les Montys” J Huchet ‘16 . . . . . . . 42- . This is a great wine value.

 

SANCERRE “La Croix Saint Ursin” S Bailly ‘15 . . . . . . . . . 70

Château Gantonnet ‘15 . . . . . . . . ...... 45- 

 

RIESLING  “Kirchberg de Barr” Maison Willm ‘15 . . 48- A good dry Riesling pick.

 

 

CHABLIS “Fourchaume” Moutard-Diligent ‘15 . . 86- I love Chablis! It is my favorite white Burgundy. Chablis has complex fruit flavors and minerality.  2015 is a great vintage.

 

 

 

Reds

 

 

Under $100.00

 

SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY “Montée des Roches” St-Just ‘14 ...... 60-  Cabernet Franc

 

MORGON “Corcelette” Mee Godard ‘14 . . . . . . . . . . . 65- don’t confuse this high grade, Crus Beaujolais for that “super fruity” stuff. This is serious wine and pairs fantastic with food.

 

CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE 5179} “Mon Coeur” JL Chave ‘15 . . . ……60-  A great wine value.

 

CROZES-HERMITAGE  M Chapoutier ‘15 . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... 63-  French Syrah

 

MERCUREY Vielle Fontaine ‘15 .................. 90-  Burgundy Pint noir.

 

CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE Beaurenard ‘14 ................... 88 -This wine came in first place at a blind Chateauneuf du Pape tasting I was lucky to attend. A beautiful wine for the price. 

 

POMEROL Château Le Prieur ‘09 . . . . . . . . . ….100- The 2009 was great vintage and this wine now has 8 years of bottle age. Pomerol Bordeaux is made with Merlot grapes. Do not confuse California Merlot for this wine. This is a fantastic wine!

 

CORNAS 5377} “Chaillot” F Balthazar ‘15 . . . . . .... 130- Syrah

 

VOLNAY “Vendanges Selectiones” M Lafarge ‘14 . . . 130- A great producer, a great vintage, and a great Pinot noir. 

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