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Offering of 2015 Vintage Burgundies of Bouchard Père & Fils   2016 Bordeaux En Primeur   Pink Wines/Vins Rosés  
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To Our Discerning Clientèle,

Please join us Saturday afternoon the 15th of July, 2017 from 12:00 NOON until 3:00 PM here at the shop when in continuing celebration of Bastille Day we will offer a taste from among our favorite Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wines from Paul Chollet. We're gonna serve 'em up well-chilled in the cool of our well air-conditioned little shop here in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas, to help foil that Bastille Day weekend heat. Do come on downtown and chill with some delicious bubbles for a bit.

Then, next Tuesday, the 18th of July, 2017, join the team at Italic as they host a (free) wine tasting of the Collio wines of Meroi from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM followed by a (paid) pop-up dinner with wine pairings. 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 now in progress. Perhaps the finest clearance bin this side of the MississippiThere are some especially good bargains to be had for those who appreciate Burgundies, fine Champagnes, California Chardonnay, California Cabernet Sauvignon, vintage Porto, fine German Riesling wines and more. Give us a little click here for more information.

The 2015 vintage in Burgundy is a seriously good one. As Stephen Tanzer of vinous.com has written: «You Are So Going To Want Them». The wines of Bouchard Père & Fils are among the first of the new vintage in Burgundy to arrive each year. Some are in the door. Some will arrive here shortly. Scroll on down the page or click here for more detail.

The 2016 vintage in Bordeaux looks to be a good one as well. We'll be offering from among the best wines and best values we encountered at the en primeur tastings this past April in Bordeaux, with a focus on wines from Saint‑Julien, and other of the finest sources for wines this vintage. Give us a little click here to see more detail.

The new Coravin™ Model One has arrived at The Austin Wine Merchant! Click here to learn more about this innovative way to serve a single glass of wine whilst preserving the rest of the bottle for later.

It's that time of year. Pink wines are here in full array. Click here to learn a bit more just below or visit the pink page of our web-site for even more detail!

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 15th of July, 2017 from 12:00 NOON until 3:00 PM here at the shop

Wine Tasting


Crémants de Bourgogne Paul Chollet à Savigny-lès-Beaune

Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Paul Chollet

Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blancs Paul Chollet

Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Noirs Paul Chollet

Crémant de Bourgogne Oeil de Perdrix Paul Chollet

Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé Paul Chollet

Bourgogne Mousseux Rouge Paul Chollet

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




(free) Wine Tasting + 3-course Pop-Up Dinner: Meroi
hosted by Craig Collins, MS, ELM Restaurant Group
Tuesday evening the 18th of July, 2017 from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM (tasting), dinner from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM at Italic


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 wine 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!



Offering of 2015 Vintage Burgundies of Bouchard Père & Fils

In spite of early reports about skyrocketing grape sugars owing to the hot, dry summer and small grapes of 2015, my extensive tastings of this vintage from barrel and tank during late autumn made it clear that this will be one of the half-dozen top vintages for red Burgundy of the past generation. The vintage’s standout wines—and there are a lot of them in 2015—offer a rare combination of succulent deep fruit, mouthfilling density of texture, ripe fine-grained tannins, and enough energy to ensure at least mid-term ageability. In terms of their consistent quality and broad appeal, 2015 will be a difficult vintage to top. - from The 2015 Red Burgundies: You Are So Going To Want Them, January, 2017 by Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com. Just give us a little click here or on the image above to go the full offering for more detail.


Pre-Arrival Offering of 2016 Vintage Bordeaux

The vintage of 2016 is certainly a fine one in Bordeaux. Our tastings of barrel samples of the wines earlier this year would indicate deeply colored, amply-bodied to sturdy, richly-textured wines capable of aging mid to long-term. We'll try to offer from among the best wines and best values we encountered at the en primeur tastings this past April in Bordeaux, with a focus on wines from Saint‑Julien, and other of our favorites from Saint-Émilion, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and other communes in the Médoc. As is most always the case here, we will offer the wines on a reservations basis, which is to say, we don't require you to pay up front — you make your reservation(s) now but hang onto your cash, make payment and then take delivery just following the wines' expected arrival here in the spring of 2019. Just give us a little click here or on the link above for more detail. Please just give us a call at (512) 499-0512 or send us an e-Mail message with questions, comments, orders...

Rosé Wines / Vinos Rosados / Vins Rosés / Pink Wines
Come summer, pink is the thing wine-wise. A cool, even frigid glass of pink wine can be just the refreshing thing to beat the summer heat. Although we ourselves treat this category with all the fun and frivolity it deserves, we do take it all quite seriously, too. We've a superb selection of pink wines in-store from which you might choose your favorites. By all means do check out the cool, refreshing and delicious selections at the pink page of our web-site. Then scurry on downtown and get on into the pink!


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




Trimbach 2007 Vintage Caisse Prestige

At its finest, Alsace is all about juicy, pure white wines with intense fruit flavors, bright acidity and in the case of wines from Alsace's grand crus and next-best sites complex underlying soil tones. By those standards, vintage 2007 is a year for your personal time capsule. Following the difficult harvest of 2006, the growing season of 2007 brought what one grower on my September tour described as an early vintage with a late-ripening character and what most makers agreed is an excellent to outstanding year for this beautiful region. The best producers have made concentrated, firm wines with uncanny precision of flavor, fascinating transparency to site, and the structure for a long and graceful evolution in bottle. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com November, 2008

This is a special six-bottle wooden case containing one bottle each from the 2007 vintage of the Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile, Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste Hune, Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle, Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre, Trimbach Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives, and Trimbach Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles Hors Choix.

$637.50 the case of 6/750ml bottles


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

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut 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

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Produced of fruit from vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits and the Hautes Côtes, the blending of which offers all the balance, generosity, and strength of character of the Burgundian terroir as demonstrated by its most noble vine, the Pinot noir: lovely sunset peach-skin pink to rose red with glints of copper in color; aromas redolent of Pinot noir with typical red berry fruits, say strawberry, raspberry, and cherry all, a veritable cornucopia of baies rouges mélangées; fine, persistent yet delicate sparkle, fresh and easy on the palate, this is hyper-refreshing, so delicious and just begging another pull. Fine, fine bubbles from Burgundy! Ain't life grand?

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 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

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

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...

$22.50 the bottle  $228.56 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 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

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

2015 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere 2015 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

Etna Rosso is, for us, a most wonderful if somewhat recent discovery of some, um, magnitude. And Tenuta delle Terre Nere have emerged a favorite producer of the wine among our discerning clientèle. Produced from a preponderance of Nerello Mascalese along with a dash of Nerello Cappuccio fruit from the young vines of the estate cropped at low yields of around 35 hectolitres per hectare and growing on the hillsides of the famous volcano on the eastern edge of the island of Sicily, the wine is a limpid ruby red in color; reticent on opening (by all means do give this one a good decanting), quite lovely aromas are coaxed with some aeration, let's say tarry dried cherries, dried Italian herbs, spices and deep dark volcanic earthy/smoky notes; while there has been a good deal of comparison of Etna Rosso to Burgundian Pinot Noir, the aromatic profile is quite different and the silken-textured opening quickly gives way, builds into somewhat more of a southern powerhouse on the tongue, with fine-grained tannins seemingly carrying bursting flavors right on up that hill, potent and long to the finish. Maybe a comparison to a mythical marriage of Chambolle-Musigny and Châteauneuf-du-Pape would be more apt but, then again, no. Etna Rosso is sui generis. One might say it enters on silken slippers, all carefree island hopping light on its feet, but goes out with a firm resolve, as one might reasonably expect of a wine whose vines' waltzing partner is the stuff of an active volcano.

$22.50 the bottle $229.56 the case

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

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 65

The Bilbro brothers are moving from strength to strength with their venerable Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red. Lot Number 65 is just on the scene. The wine is tweaked ever so slightly drier than previous lots, perhaps now ever the more appealing to both west coast and European wine tastes. Produced mainly from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane primarily from vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red replicates the old Cal-Ital field blends there. Alluring deep ruby purple in color, with Zinfandel-influenced aromas suggesting dark ripe juicy berries with hints of the parched dusty northern California vineyard floor; at once fresh and vibrant, smooth and slippery on the tongue with just an inkling of fine-grained tannins that keep it all on the up and over. And, by all means, do take note of its continuing brilliantly true blue in terms of value! Regularly $11.99 the bottle, on sale now at:

$10.19 the bottle (that's $122.28 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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