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To Our Discerning Clientèle,

Please join us Saturday afternoon the 26th of August, 2017 from 12:00 NOON until 3:00 PM here at the shop when, in the name of science, we will attempt to offer a foil for the now prevailing low-pressure weather by way of high-pressure wines, namely, Crémant de Bourgogne, a carefully selected handful of them, even.

There are some great Events About Town coming up later this month! This Sunday, the 27th of August 2017, join Sophia's as they host their monthly family dinner featuring the Collio wines of Venica e Venica. Then, next Thursday, the 31st of August, 2017, enjoy the fine California wines of Paul Hobbs Wines for a multi-course dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House Downtown. Please see the Events About Town section on the events page of our web-site for a brief description of the events and for links to more information.

Our annual Summer Clearance Sale is still in progress. In what is perhaps the classiest clearance bin this side of the Mississippi River, there are some especially good bargains to be had for those who appreciate fine Burgundies, Champagnes, California Chardonnay, California Cabernet Sauvignon, vintage Porto, fine German Riesling wines and more. Give us a little click here or visit the clearance page of our web-site for more information.

Details follow just below and or at the events page of our web site: http://www.theaustinwinemerchant.com/events.html.

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Saturday afternoon the 26th of August, 2017 from 12:00 NOON until 3:00 PM here at the shop

Wine Tasting

High-Pressure Wines For Low-Pressure Weather

Les Crémants de Bourgogne

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

J. J. Vincent Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Noirs

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs Rosé

Gentlemen, please, no cologne or after shave; ladies, please no perfume!




Monthly Family Wine Dinner: Venica e Venica
hosted by Kyle Nathan, Sommelier & GM
Sunday evening the 27th of August, 2017 beginning 6:30 PM at Sophia's Austin Supper Club

Wine Dinner: Paul Hobbs Wines
with James Watkins, Prestige Accounts Manager, Paul Hobbs Wines
Thursday evening the 31st of August, 2017 beginning 6:30 PM at Ruth's Chris Steak House Downtown


Summer is here! And our mostly annual Summer Clearance Sale is now in progress. We've reduced prices on a whole host of delicious wines in an effort to reduce inventories in advance of our counting in late August for the tax man (and, yes, also to reduce the evidence of indulgence on the part of our wine buyer). So, do take a look at our Summer Clearance Sale! In what might well be the classiest clearance bin this side of the Mississippi River, there are some especially good bargains to be had for those who appreciate fine Burgundies, Rhône Valley and Languedoc wines, Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino, Champagne, California Chardonnay, California Cabernet Sauvignon, Aussie this and Aussie that, vintage Porto, fine German Riesling wines and a good bit more. Click here to go there!



Schott Zwiesel Cru Decanter

Our choice for classic shape and utility for professional decanting of fine red (or, for that matter, fine white) wines. Brilliant Tritan® crystal clear; well-grounded with a low center of gravity and a large surface area for maximum aeration; easy to pour and with drip protect lip. This is the item! Regularly $75.00 the piece, on sale now at ⅓ off:

$50.00 the piece


Schott Zwiesel Forté

After long years of intensive research and development, in collaboration with the University of Erlangen, Schott Zwiesel, a.k.a. Zwiesel Kristallglas, has succeeded in creating a new type of crystal glass: Tritan®. The use of unique ingredients, including Titanium instead of lead, combined with an advanced manufacturing process, has created an incredibly pure, hard and clear crystal glass — crystal glass that is highly resilient to accidental breakage and chipping in the dishwasher. Tritan® is a unique, patented crystal glass that sets a new high standard. And the Zwiesel Kristallglass Forté series is our choice for classic elegance and durability in everyday stemware at an even better than everyday price.

$10.00 the stem, boxed sets on sale at 15% off


Potocki Wódka

Potocki Wódka is created from the highest quality rye grain sourced in fields around the distillery in central Poland. Fresh from the harvest each August, the grain is milled and cooked under pressure. Yeast is then added to start fermentation yielding a low alcoholic strength mash. The mash goes through two slow distillations in a column still. It is regularly tasted until the optimal distillation level is reached. The «head» and the «tail», that is the initial and final ends of the distillate, are discarded to ensure the highest quality. The resulting distillate is then mixed with a pure distilled water to the desired strength of 40% alcohol by volume. No additives, such as citric acid or glycerine, are used. The common process of charcoal filtration is intentionally omitted as this would unnecessarily strip the vodka of its character (and flavor, mind you). We find the end result a most compelling spirit: discernably a distillate of a fine quality rye grain with an alluring warmth and breadth and purity of aroma; smooth and round in texture (please note the texture), a wholly satisfying, engaging and pure eaux-de-vie de seigle polonais. Our wine buyer's mentor, Mr. Henry, used to quip that it was the Poles who taught the Russians to make vodka (never mind he was himself Polish). Potocki Wódka lends creedence to his argument. And, no, he wasn't just whistling Górecki. The proof is in the product. We give this fine spirit our very highest recommendation.

$40.00 the bottle

And then, from among recent arrivals, splendid values and otherwise special deals:

Champagne Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

Long a favorite of our discerning clientèle, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is characterized by its freshness and exuberance, its vibrancy and expressiveness. Shimmering light golden color with lots and lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top; ultra-fresh and alluring aromas suggest delicate brioche just-baking, lemon crème, cool of the morning fresh orchard fruit aromas buttressed by telltale moistened chalk and crushed seashell; an absolute joy on the tongue, lean and crisp with vibrant flavors dancing fluidly, then bursting forth all refreshing and just every bit quenching that serious Champagne thirst. Regularly $47.50 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$35.63 the bottle $427.56 the case

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs

For our part, we've found of late that it just doesn't pay to try and do Champagne on the cheap, that we're better off looking outside that oft jaded geography to find as fine if not finer sparkling wine indeed for the bubbles buck that needs to stretch on out a bit. The fine Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wines of Louis Picamelot are just such a find. The House of Picamelot was founded in 1926 and is located in Rully in the Côte Chalonnaise in Burgundy. The winemaking facility is located at and makes good use of an old quarry site just outside the village, with the quite cool cellars dug into the solid rock there. This cuvée, the Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs, represents just over ⅔ of the production here and, as such, is thankfully most always available now here in beautiful downtown Austin! Produce of about 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Aligoté, all hand-picked from the Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Really lovely slate of aromas suggestive of toast and orchard fruits, say pêche de vigne, apricot, green apple then, closer to the ground, fresh grapes on chalky limestone soils; full, vibrant, expansive mousse that then spreads itself richly on the tongue with flavors of toasted orchard fruits a most expressive and satisfying reprise of those first whiffs. This is ultra-satisfying and flavorful sparkling wine for a very attractive price. Champagne on the cheap? Nah! This is Crémant de Bourgogne that'll do you proud. Do come and get it!

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs Rosé

And simply superb in pink as well. Produce of 100% Côte Chalonnaise Pinot Noir fruit. The color here is a lovely rose to sunset orange pink at the edges; aromas that define allure, you can almost smell the refreshment to come, with a pinch of spice and a kiss of red berry and a real sense of that wonderful stony Burgundian wine-growing soil underpinning; this one has both body and refreshingness as well as something that simply piques, perhaps pinches, but certainly imbues the imbiber with the feeling of having consumed ever so well with a nervy freshness and spiced red berry flavors that linger in most welcome reprise. This is like bottled joie de vivre. Get some!

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

2015 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

The 2015 Marjosse Blanc exhibits Green apple, pear, mint and expressive floral notes abound in the 2015 Marjosse. This light-weight, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon/Sauvignon Gris/Muscadelle from Pierre Lurton is an excellent aperitif-style dry white to drink young! Tasted April 2016. Rated 88. - Antonio Galloni, vinousmedia.com, April, 2016

$11.99 the bottle $122.28 the case

2013 Pouilly-Fuissé Château de Beauregard

Château de Beauregard has been owned by the Burrier family for 6 generations and is regarded as one of the major properties of southern Burgundy. Their vineyards cover some 42 hectares in the Mâconnais/Beaujolais, including most importantly for our purposes, 22 hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé. The vineyards face east and southeast and are planted to soils of a mixture of clay and chalk from the Jurassic period, at 250 to 300 meters above sea level and located near the villages of Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson and are divided in more than 40 different plots. This is among the reasons the Château de Beauregard is considered among the reference points of the appellation. The 2013 is in a very pretty place in its evolution just now. Just light yellow gold in color, with aromas hinting at orchard fruits like apple, peach and mirabelle with hints of acacia flower; at once ample and satisfying in body, rich and rounded and yet supremely refreshing with an underlying limestony minerality providing crisp relief for the deliciously rich fruit. Superb southern white Burgundy wine at, for now, a simply ridiculous low price. Regularly $37.50 the bottle, on sale now at ½ off:

$18.75 the bottle

2015 Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay

The «Les Charmes» vineyard near the village of Lugny in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy is prized for its exceptional southern exposure and for the age of its vines, averaging some 40 years of age on the whole. Around here, we prize its production as among the surest of bets for value in dry white wine. Vinified entirely in stainless steel and bottled sans bois, that is, unlumbered, 100% unencumbered by oak, at the nearby Cave de Lugny; green-gold in color, the wine is fresh and vibrant with aromas that would suggest hazelnut, citrus flower and acacia honeys on a foundation of refreshing summer rains on limestone; medium-bodied, ample in weight, with a clean, crisp and lasting flavor on the finish. Given the consistently excellent quality and its extremely fair price, it’s not much wonder that Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay is among the best-selling of white Burgundies in the United States!

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case

2015 Sancerre La Crêle Thomas et Fils

Jean & Ginette Thomas craft among our most favorite of the wines of Sancerre. Lovely, limpid, pale straw in color; fresh Sauvignon Blanc aromas that suggest perfectly ripe fruit harvested at its apogee of flavor and potency with suggestion of ripe melon, citrus and fine wildflower honey on a backdrop of cool rainwater on crumbled limestone; crisp and compelling on the tongue, with an almost palpable vibrant interplay of fruit and acidity; lots and lots of clean, delicious Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc flavor that just lasts and lasts and refreshes and refreshes. Splendid value at its regular price of $22.50 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$16.88 the bottle (that's $202.56 the case)

2016 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon

The Domaine des Corbillières is a 20-hectare estate located in the town of Oisly, about 30 kilometers east of the city of Tours in the Loire River Valley. It was three generations ago that Fabel Barbou planted his first Sauvignon Blanc, introducing the varietal in this central Loire appellation. The vines are today quite old and low­yielding. The wines nowadays are made with great care and passion by Fabel’s great­grandson, Dominique Barbou. Luminious bright green­gold in the glass; high-toned and fresh aromas of citrus, ripe melon, lemongrass; vibrant and alive on the tongue, almost électrique as importer Bobby Kacher would say. And always among the absolute best values available in high­quality Sauvignon Blanc.

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case

2015 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Domaine de La Quilla

Produced from some 25 hectares of vines owned by Gérard and Daniel Vinet, located in the village of La Haye-Fouassière near Nantes, within the département of the Loire-Atlantique and within the region known as Sèvre et Maine, an area that lies between these two tributaries that flow northward to the river Loire. The wine is produced entirely from the Mélon de Bourgogne grape, also known as Muscadet. The fruit is hand-harvested, generally beginning in early September. The wine is kept on its lees and bottled in the spring following harvest. Ultra fresh, cool aromas suggest fresh green grapes grown on the mineral soils of schists, mica schists, gneiss and metamorphic amphibolites and under the influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean; lively, almost pétillant on the tongue, with a most refreshing crisp almost crunchy saline mineral intensity of flavor. An ideal companion to shellfish and most all lighter fare that calls for dry white wine. And all at a price that, in our estimation, places this among the very best values of them all in dry white wine.

$11.25 the bottle $114.72 the case

2016 Domaine de Pouy Vin de Pays de Côtes de Gascogne

From the land of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers comes this keen-edged little number. Noted wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr., has called it 'among the greatest white wine values in the world.' Vivid and fresh of aroma, hinting at citrus, say ruby-red grapefruit and peach; light on its feet and low in alcohol, crisp, chalky dry, both tantalizing and refreshing, stirring the salivary glands something wonderful. Serve this one up well-chilled to foil this summer heat.

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case

2016 Orvieto Classico Terre Vineate Palazzone

"Unquestionably the number one small estate of Orvieto" according to Stephen Tanzer, Palazzone produces delicious white wines from indigenous grape varietals of Umbria, balancing irresistable fruit aromas and flavors with an oh-so stony backdrop and nerve; 50% Procanico, 30% Grechetto and 20% of Verdello, Drupeggio and Malvasia, vinified in stainless steel to keep things fresh; medium-bodied, supremely-balanced white wine with aromas that speak clearly of cool of the morning harvest fresh grapes and notions of floral honey, beeswax and something like hazelnut and elderflower and, yet again, stone; at once, just ample and round, crisp and dusty, citrusy dry and alive with fresh grapey flavor; our Italian wine-loving pal Jerry Reid sez "slap and tickle." C'mon downtown 'n get yourself some of this delicious wine!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart

Is Provençal Rosé the vinous equivalent of bottled sunshine? Is it the what's what of pink wines? Is it the cool, crisp compelling glass of vin rosé at the end of the rainbow? Yeah, probably so! Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé is among our favorite of the Provençal rosé wines each year. Fresh, bright, vivid with a gentle intensity of chalky berry flavor just bursting forth and a refreshingness that is just, ahhhhh ... Thank heaven for sunshine! Thank heaven for Provençal rosé!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2011 Barolo Bricco Boschis Cavallotto

The 2011 Barolo Bricco Boschis is super-finessed and silky in the glass. Freshly cut flowers, rose petal, mint and cinnamon all give the 2011 an attractive upper register. The 2011 is a bit forward, which, along with its mid-weight structure, suggests it is best enjoyed over the next decade or so. Drink: 2016-2026. Rated 91. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com December, 2015

$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of six

2012 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione

Good full red. Medicinal red cherry, raspberry, sweet spices and mint on the fresh, precise nose. Bright and sweet, with a penetrating, austere quality to its flavors of red fruits, minerals and medicinal herbs. Harmonious acidity nicely frames the pure, long, youthfully tight finish. Lovely young Brunello that will repay cellaring. Drink: 2025-2038. Rated 93+. - Ian D'Agata, vinous.com March, 2017

Il Poggione is a Brunello superstar and a vintage like this reveals every reason why that affirmation is true. From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special. The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance. Absent are those slightly amber or browning hues you often get with Sangiovese in a hot vintage. Nor does the wine show flat or tired characteristics. Instead, the quality of fruit is vibrant and rich. This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavors that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco. The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity. This is not to be underestimated, because the acidity quota in the 2012 vintage across the appellation is not as high or evident as usual. This is one of the year's best Brunellos. Drink: 2017-2030. Rated 95+. - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate Issue 229, February, 2017

$70.00 the bottle  $357.00 the case of six

2014 Dow Douro Vale do Bomfim 2014 Dow Douro Vale do Bomfim

From Douro Valley vineyards of the Symington family in northern Portugal, including the Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, which have traditionally supplied the famed Porto House of Dow. Vale do Bomfim represents a new style of table wine from the Upper Douro valley, where the region's wealth of grape varieties, mature vineyards and modern winemaking have been successfully combined. Produce of 30% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, hand-selected and vinified at the Quinta do Sol winery, one of the most modern winemaking facilities in Portugal. While a comparison to Bordeaux may be compelling here, there is something a bit more delightfully old-world about this wine: deep purple red in color; at first, showing a certain Claret-like reserve and restraint, it then steps on out of those shoes to declare itself more surely of Iberian origin with aromas suggestive of fleshy wild berries, let’s say mulberry, ripe plum, blonde tobacco and a woodsy, cinnamon stick-like spice; just plump and rich in texture with balancing structure of nicely resolved chalky tannins that fan out broadly on the tongue, yielding delicious flavors of berries and spice that burst forth quite unreservedly, warm and long on the finish. Absolutely splendid value at its regular price of $11.25 the bottle, on sale now at:

$9.99 the bottle  $114.72 the case

2015 Mas de Guiot Grenache Syrah Pays du Gard 2015 Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes

This small château is located near the town of Saint-Gilles just west of the Rhône River some 5 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. It is owned an operated by the Cornut family — Sylvia is the oenologist, with her husband François and their two sons tending to the vineyards. The rocky soils here are reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the fruit is always picked late, ensuring deep and profound wines with soft tannins. François is meticulous in his viticultural practices and is a believer in sustainable agriculture, using no synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers on any of his vineyards or crops. Sylvia and the boys take over in the winery (the boys work a lot) where she ferments all fruit separately in stainless steel tanks by varietal and by vineyard site. This 2015 Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes is a blend of hand-harvested Grenache and Syrah fruit; very primary aromas of fleshy ripe grapes and grape pomace with suggestion of blue plum, kirsch and a good healthy winegrowing earth; just full and fruity and round on the tongue with nice crisp bright acids and supple tannins lending the gentlest astringency and keeping things refreshing and vibrant to the long and flavorful finish. At its ultra-attractive price, this is real value for those of us hard-working central Texans who enjoy really good wine but who may, from time to time, need their wine dollars to stretch on out a bit.

$8.75 the bottle  $89.28 the case

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Porto Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Porto

In the Graham’s cellars the depiction of bunches of grapes on the cask ends has been used to signify a wine of Vintage Porto quality. Amongst these, six bunches denote the darkest and most full‑bodied of such wines. One of Graham’s original Porto blends, Six Grapes is a true expression of the Graham’s house style with great richness and complexity — Graham's themselves refer to it as 'everyday Porto for the lover of full-on Vintage Porto.' Midnight ruby red in color with very primary aromas of ripe plum, prune, cherry, grape pomace, dried fig, tea leaf, bergamot, anise, cracked pepper, whoo, we could go on; rich, voluptuous even, on the tongue, then shows its warming grip with structure from velvety tannins; invigorating, fortifying, flavorful to the finish.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years Graham's Tawny Porto Aged 20 Years

While vintage Porto is bottled some 18 months following the vintage, Tawny Porto is aged almost entirely in cask, during this process throwing off its dark purple color in favor of a more "tawny" hue, leaving its sediments in cask rather than in the bottle, it’s once grapey, plummy fruit transformed into something far more complex and, frankly, sublime — a veritable cornucopia of aromatic richness: bitter almond, caramel, walnut, citrus peel, raisin, prune, dried berry and cherry and perhaps a hint of brandy by campfire; oh so silken-textured, at once voluptuous and fiery, challenging and satisfying, with deliciously complex flavors that somehow so discreetly reprise those first highly suggestive aromas. Absolutely superb!

$50.00 the bottle

All bottles are 750ml in size and all cases are of 12/750ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines/spirits/merchandise subject to prior sale.

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