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Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Jeanne Thomas

Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Jeanne Thomas

Dedicated to Jeanne Thomas Picamelot, Louis' wife, this cuvée is said to combine a feminine elegance and strong personality. We can but smile and nod in complete and utter agreement. 'Happy wife, happy life' comes to mind. This is a vintage‑dated sparkling wine, but we tend not to focus on that. Produce of mostly Chardonnay with a slight admixture of Aligoté, all hand‑harvested from the Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits (the best addresses for white grapes from this part of Burgundy). Vivid green/gold in color with generous and persistent tiny bubbles and aromas ever so fresh and inviting, suggesting white flower, citrus zest and fine wine‑friendly limestone rich soils; full and round, powerful, yes, and eventually sumptuous on the palate, this wine both refreshes and satisfies. Picamelot themselves recommend it as a perfect Crémant pour le gastronome (it works especially well at the dinner table, that is). Our wine buyer simply adores this Crémant with the dim sum (everything, really) at Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum and Qi Austin.

$24.99 the bottle  $127.44 the case of 6



Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs

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!

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs Rosé

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!

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Produce of fruit from vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune and Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, 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, hyper-refreshing, so delicious and so just begging another pull. Fine, fine bubbles from Burgundy!

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut Rosé

Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut Rosé

Franciacorta is located in the province of Brescia within the region of Lombardia in northern Italy. Its special location south of the Alpine foothills and in the presence of large lakes make for a mild climate and, together with its glacially formed soils and rolling hills, make it an area ideal for winegrowing, particularly for sparkling wines. In our humble estimation, Franciacorta is Italy's most elegant answer to Champagne — around here, Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta has come to resonate as among the best answers to high-quality bubbles without the attendant high price tag. Produce of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Nero, Contadi Castaldi Brut Rosé is a pale coppery‑pink in color, pre‑alpine fresh and cool on the nose with suggestion of fresh Alpine herb, tart red berry and spice, foccacia biga and hazelnut (or is it bitter almond?); firm and frothy (Andrea found it racy) on the tongue, ultra-light and airy with refreshing taut berry flavors that seem almost to melt, slow, cool and mouthwateringly into the tongue. We simply adore this sparkling wine. Come grab a bottle or two or six and find out why!

$24.99 the bottle  $127.44 the case of 6



Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Éxclusive Les Cordeliers

Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Éxclusive Les Cordeliers

Produce of 100% Cabernet Franc fruit from the Entre‑Deux‑Mers, a bucolic region to the east of the city of Bordeaux, south of Saint‑Émilion and between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne. The wine is produced in the catacomb‑like caves beneath the town of Saint‑Émilion; lovely platinum to light gold in color with a wealth of fine bubbles, fresh aromas suggestive of just‑ripened orchard fruits, strawberry and cherry blossom; fresh and delicate on the palate with a gentle, mouthfilling and refreshing froth. Simply splendid value in sparkling wine, too!

$14.99 the bottle  $76.44 the case of 6



2019 Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Blanc de Blancs

2019 Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Blanc de Blancs

Raventós i Blanc are part of a movement in Spain to further quality in the category of sparkling wines. And, as have a number of other fine producers there, they have chosen not to use the DOC 'Cava' for their fine sparkling wines. Their excellent Blanc de Blancs is produce of a typical mix of Xarel·lo, Macabeu and Parellada fruit planted to the clay and limestone soils of the Conca del Riu Anoia in the Penedès in northeastern Spain. Ultra-fresh aromas that suggest stone and orchard fruits and the wonderful work of the yeast genus Saccharomyces that gives a kind of toasty quality on the nose; fresh on the palate, too, with a wealth of fine bubbles, a building power and a kind of stony underpinning melded with a freshness of flavor. While discussion of the source(s) of the best sparkling wine in the world can be spirited and devolve into a mere accounting of so many opinions, it is safe to say that if a wine of this quality were produced in Champagne, it would cost at least twice as much.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case



Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles

Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles

The Loire Valley is also known as the garden of France. For those of us keen on the best in bubbles but not always wanting to spend the bucks for Champagne, the Loire Valley also represents among the best places to seek high quality suds. Domaine d'Orfeuilles Vouvray Brut is a luminous yellow-gold with reflections of silver in color with a bevy of fine persistent bubbles; classic aromas suggestive of toast, brioche, citrus preserve and freshly dew-moistened chalky limestone; at once vivid and crisp and full and round on the tongue, with depth and length of flavor that belies its friendly price.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut

Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut

Roederer Estate was founded in 1981 by France's Champagne Louis Roederer in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. The "multi-vintage" Anderson Valley Brut debuted in 1988 to great acclaim. A favorite 'round here among California bubblies, Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut well reflects its Champagne origins, too. This is a new world wine to be sure, but mirroring the style of its sister house in Champagne with its use of oak-aged reserve wines, Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut strikes an elegant balance between fresh and vivacious and bold and richly flavorful.

$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case



Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut

Adriano Adami Prosecco Treviso Garbèl Brut

Garbèl, which in ancient local dialect means a dry, crisp, pleasantly tart wine, is produced from the hilly vineyards in the Colli Trevigiani area, where the cool nights and hot days are ideal for expressing the typical fruit notes of the Prosecco grape. A wonderfully versatile sparkler, Garbèl’s 13 grams of residual sugar place it between the Brut and Extra Dry styles: lucid, platinum in color; vibrant and fresh aromas pull one in with suggestion of orchard fruits like yellow plum and pear (it is, of course, the Prosecco grape); vivid, frothy, crisp and mouthwatering on the tongue with just a hint of minerality; leaves the palate fully refreshed and ready. Unpretentious, unaffected, engaging and refreshing, Adami Garbèl is our go-to Prosecco.

$16.25 the bottle  $165.72 the case


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


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12 750   Sieur d'Arques Sieur d'Arques Blanquette de Limoux Comte de Galeran $11.99
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6 750 2016 Soter Vineyards Soter Vineyards Brut Rosé Mineral Springs $62.50
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12 750 2018 Avinyó Avinyó Cava Brut Reserva $17.50
12 750 2019 Avinyó Avinyó Cava Brut Reserva Rosat $22.50
12 750 2020 Naveran Naveran Cava Naveran Brut Vintage $16.25
12 750 2019 A T Roca A T Roca Classic Penedes Reserva Metodo Tradicional $22.50
12 750   Iron Horse Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut $35.00
12 750 2016 Gramona Gramona Corpinnat Gran Reserva La Cuvée Brut $22.50
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12 750   Chollet Paul Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut $19.99
6 1500   Chollet Paul Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut $40.00
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12 750   Picamelot, Louis Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs $22.50
6 750   Picamelot, Louis Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé Les Terroirs $22.50
6 750 2016 Picamelot, Louis Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Jeanne Thomas $24.99
6 750 2017 Picamelot, Louis Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne En Chazot Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut $27.50
1 750   Picamelot, Louis Louis Picamelot Crémant de Bourgogne Extra Brut (3 bottle pack, 1 each: 2018 En Espoutières, 2017 En Chazot Blanc de Noirs, 2016 Les Reipes Blanc de Blancs) $112.50
12 750   Vitteaut-Alberti Vitteaut-Alberti Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc $19.99
12 750   Vitteaut-Alberti Vitteaut-Alberti Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blancs $19.99
12 750   Vitteaut-Alberti Vitteaut-Alberti Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé $19.99
6 750   Contadi Castaldi Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut $24.99
6 750   Contadi Castaldi Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut Rosé $24.99
12 750   Carafoli, Famiglia Famiglia Carafoli Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco L'Onesta $16.25
12 750   Chiarli e Figli, Cleto Cleto Chiarli e Figli Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco Vecchia Modena Premium $14.99
12 750 2021 Vietti, Cascinetta Cascinetta Vietti Moscato d'Asti $14.99
12 750 2018 Glinavos, Domaine Domaine Glinavos Paleokerisio Ioannina Traditional Semi-Sparkling Orange Wine $17.50
6 750   Jansz Jansz Premium Rosé Brut Tasmania $22.50
12 750   Adami Adami Prosecco Brut Garbèl $16.25
12 750 2020 Salici, Col de' Col de' Salici Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Extra Dry $17.50
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12 750   Pato, Luis Luis Pato Vinho Espumante Bruto Rosé Baga $16.25
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All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.

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