2007 Cantalupo Ghemme: The Thrill of Something That’s Been Around

I'm as guilty as every other wine geek in America, and get super excited about the latest thing. A new vintage of my favorite Haute Cote de Bourgogne from Digoia-Rohyer shows up, and I have to bring it home and drink it immediately.  Because it's new.  Even though I have a bottle from two vintages earlier that are readier to drink. But I don't make that mistake every night. Last night, my wife and I drank Cantalupo's 2007 Ghemme. At Flatiron, we have been happily buying and re-ordering this wine since 2015. It's now 10 years old, and it's astonishing to think that we still have it on our shelves at its original release price. Ghemme is one of those villages up above Barolo in the area called ... Read More »

The True Taste of Pouilly Fuissé – A Tasting with Antoine Vincent of Chateau Fuissé

Is Pouilly Fuissé a great wine? We rave about Meursault and Puligny Montrachet. We spend too much money on culty Chardonnay from California. We obsess over the Chablis of Raveneau, Dauvissat, and (finally) a handful of other producers as well. But the Macon doesn't get any love. At best, it's considered a source of "good value" wines. It's true that for $20 or less the Macon is probably the best source of Chardonnay at that price point anywhere. But it's so much more than that! And Antoine Vincent, wine-maker at Chateau Fuissé proved beyond doubt just how great P-F is, at the in-store tasting he led last Tuesday at the shop. Everyone who attended agreed that his are world-class examples ... Read More »

Brovia’s Barolo — Not so Normale?

Single vineyard vs Blended wines in Barolo Most of Barolo's top wines these days are made from single vineyards. We love this micro-terroir focus, but it is actually a fairly modern trend. Traditional Barolo is a blend from a number of different vineyard sites—each contributing different elements—to make sure that the final wine has a "completeness" to it. Of today's top Barolos, only Bartolo Mascarello is still made in this way. The result is that many wine drinkers, even some Barolo lovers, think of the term “normale,” often used to refer to a winery’s non-vineyard-designate Barolo, as almost a pejorative. But in the case of many of our favorite producers, like Brovia, the ... Read More »

Free Shipping promo… this week only!

This week only (ending Sunday, February 19th at 11:59 pm) enjoy FREE SHIPPING on all orders of at least $150. You don't need any special code to take advantage: You will see the free-shipping option at check-out, assuming you're order is above $150 and you're in one of the free-shipping states (listed below). From our NEW YORK shop: All states bordering the Atlantic Ocean where we are able to ship, including all of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, D.C., Florida, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio and West Virginia. From our SAN FRANCISCO shop: All of California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. And more good news: You can combine this offer ... Read More »

Flatiron on TV: Beau’s Valentine’s Day wines

Beau was on TV this morning sharing some Valentine's Day picks: Champagne, Muscadet (for oysters), Bedrock (for Steak) and port for dessert. The wines looked great and so did Beau! In case Beau's piece made you thirsty for some of these wines, here they are, all in the San Francisco store. Looking for something similar in NY? Call us (212-477-1315) or chat now using the button at the bottom of the page! Lallement Champagne Rosé, $64.99 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Classique, 2015 $14.99 Bedrock Red Blend Heritage, Bedrock Vineyard, 2015 $49.99 Quinta do Tedo, Porto Rose, NV $27.99 Read More »

Produttori del Barbaresco 2013–Better than 2010 Barbaresco?

Three years ago we offered the Produttori del Barbaresco 2010 to our newsletter friends and suggested buying it by the case: an under-$35 wine that is delicious to drink on release but that just gets better and better for year or even decades. And we took our own advice–but even at that, we didn't buy enough. Don't you wish you still had cases of the 2010 lying around now? We do! But with the release of the 2013s, nature has given us another chance. Vintages this great usually come only once in every generation or so. But this time, they're only three years apart. As Jancis Robinson puts it (in her clinical British prose), "The prognosis is for a vintage similar in quality to the ... Read More »

VIDEO: JR Breaks Down the Last 10 Bordeaux Vintages

[embed]https://youtu.be/ZYeNsODJeZI[/embed] For some time now, we've had a goal of shooting videos to educate and entertain wine enthusiasts near and far. Though we are now out of January, the month when all resolutions typically begin and end, we found a way to persevere and are proud to share our inaugural effort with you today! As it turns out, even amongst our multi-talented staff there was no one who happened to moonlight as a professional cinematographer...so apologies if our first release is less than Oscar worthy. It can only get better from here, right? So, without further ado, please press play (if the video hasn't started already)! -Your Friends at Flatiron Wines P.S. ... Read More »

Foillard’s New Wine

In my book, Foillard is the absolute king of Morgon, akin to Rousseau in Chambertin, or Roumier in Chambolle. Foillard hits all the right notes, and more so than any other producers in his village, he achieves, what in my book, are four very crucial factors: deliciousness, consistency, age-worthiness, and terroir accuracy. So I consider it a very big deal when Foillard adds a brand new wine to his line-up. Foillard already has two wines in his "classic" line-up of Morgons, his Cote du Py, and his Corcelette. (I'm excluding his Fleurie here, which is from outside Morgon, and his Cuvee 3.14, which seems stylistically different to me than classic Foillard.) The Cote du Py is Foillard's signature ... Read More »

Goyo Garcia: True Mountain Wines from Ribera

[caption id="attachment_10895" align="aligncenter" width="525"] The latest release from Goyo Garcia.[/caption] In Spain’s Ribera del Duero, a region dominated by dense, powerful, and oftentimes anonymous wines, Goyo García’s singular style is a breath of fresh mountain air. His are unabashed “mountain” wines: lucidly fresh and deeply mineral, but structured for food and/or aging. García is taking the path less traveled, making red wines from a blend of red and white grapes. He didn’t choose this method to break out of the box, but instead because his three tiny parcels of old vines reach back to a previous era where the interplanting across color boundaries was more common. ... Read More »

The Radicalness of Chardonnay

We talk a lot about the importance of terroir, and its impact on the flavors of wine. This, of course, is true no matter what grape variety is used to make the wine. But the more I taste, the more I become convinced that Chardonnay provides a truly extreme example of this. I first started tossing this idea around back in 2012, when I visited Pierre de Benoist, who manages his uncle's domaine in the Côte Chalonnaise. His uncle, by the way, is Aubert de Villaine, director and part-owner of the Domaine de la Romanee Conti. Yes, we love Aubert's Grand Crus Vosne Romanees, but we drink far more of his delicious Aligoté, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from further south! Although related to the great ... Read More »