Producers Added to Your Radar

Several years ago, a friend opened a bottle of Rayas, and a light bulb went on that prompted me to search more bottles.  After this weekend's offlines, I had a similar reaction to a couple more producers.

2013 Arnaud Ente Bourgone Aligote - not super familiar with the Burgundy hierarchy, but I assume this is their base wine.  It seems the entry point is US $100+ and just goes higher from there.  If his entry wine was this good, I wonder how the rest of his wines are.

1999 Delamotte Champagne "Collection" Blanc de Blanc - my go to "aged" Champagne is probably the 1995 Heidsieck Blanc de Millesnaires.   At a similar price point, it's nice to be able to have a second go-to bottle. 

What are yours that you have added to your mental wine cart recently?

 

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Great topic!

I've recently been blown away by Jerome Prevost's champagnes...such precision, I'll be seeking them out wherever possible.

While I've had his wines in the past, a recent visit ignited an interest in Aldo Conterno..i thought his 2015 Bussiador (chard) was excellent, the 2014 crus were also superb in what seems like a difficult vintage for the region.

I can't speak for Mim but the Ultreia bottlings by Raul Perez have been a real eye-opener for me.  Defiently on my list.  Thanks to Futronic, I would also add Telmo Rodriguez, Envinate, Joan D'Anguera and Comando G for other Spanish winemakers that have really impressed me to the point that I'm now on the lookout for anything they make.  Colombera & Garella in alto piemonte make good, realtivley affordable  nebbiolo-based wines that are now on my radar.  I also had a few Garage Wine Co. old vine (200+ year) field blends out of the Maule valey that certainly raised my eyebrow in the past year. 

None of these are on the same level as Ente, but over the past year or so they have gone from me never having heard of them to being firmly on my radar .

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Several years ago, a friend opened a bottle of Rayas, and a light bulb went on that prompted me to search more bottles.  After this weekend's offlines, I had a similar reaction to a couple more producers.

2013 Arnaud Ente Bourgone Aligote - not super familiar with the Burgundy hierarchy, but I assume this is their base wine.  It seems the entry point is US $100+ and just goes higher from there.  If his entry wine was this good, I wonder how the rest of his wines are.

1999 Delamotte Champagne "Collection" Blanc de Blanc - my go to "aged" Champagne is probably the 1995 Heidsieck Blanc de Millesnaires.   At a similar price point, it's nice to be able to have a second go-to bottle. 

What are yours that you have added to your mental wine cart recently?

 

I've liked the Delamotter Vintage Blanc de Blanc from way back; seems to be one that flies under the radar a bit. 

 

That’s the $61K question Rob - what wines out there are like Rayas but at a fraction of the cost.

IMO the Fonsalette is nothing like Rayas.  Same producer.  Fonsalette is still great.  But the Rayas and Pignan are on a different level.  You’re right about prices.

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