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Rich, Lively, and Smooth: New Côtes du Rhône from a Rising Star.

Côtes-du-Rhônes are a dime a dozen these days. From bistro chalkboards in Paris to Whole Foods to the drugstore checkout counter, it’s one of the most recognizable brands in the wine world. And as you might expect, not all Côtes-du-Rhônes are created equal. Among our very favorites is the Domaine Malmont’s version from Séguret. Malmont’s […]

2015 Chambolle Musigny: Sophisticated, Graceful, “Utterly Delicious”

Winemaking can be an unglamourous business. Behind the romance of the craft lies months of labor-intensive farming: flat tractor tires, vine maladies, hand pruning, bookkeeping, equipment cleaning, etc. Even for those in the trade, it can be easy to forget the work that goes into every bottle of wine. Perhaps no wine more acutely displays […]

[Futures Teaser] 2014 Chianti Classico under $20, “Lithe” and “Beguiling”

French wines have long been the focus of Ansonia’s portfolio. Of the 45 or so winemakers we work with, about half are from Burgundy, and all but a few are French. This isn’t to say that these are the only places to find excellent wine, only that we’ve chosen depth over width in our portfolio.

Rich, Mouthfilling, “Seamless” 91-pt Gigondas for Chilly Winter Evening.

As frigid air welcomes us into 2018, we find ourselves reaching for something rich and smooth to fill our wine glasses. In much of the world, a “rich” wine comes with a heavy dose of alcohol and little character. We prefer something with a bit more balance — dense and mouthfilling, but with carefully ripened […]

Exquisite Small-Batch Grower Champagne

We first met Pascal Bardoux less than two years ago, but he is already a favorite among our readers. His small-batch Champagnes are distinctive, delicious, complex, and comparative bargains. Much of the mass-market Champagne distributed in the US between $75 and $100 a bottle; Bardoux’s small-batch Brut Traditionnel doesn’t even crack $50. It’s twice the wine at half the price.

“Overperforming” Five-Year-Old Red Burgundy from Michel Gros.

In Burgundy, as in real estate, location is everything. Each town has its own character, and each produces a unique wine. The appellation lines drawn by monks centuries ago remain remarkably accurate today. But as you might expect, near the border between two appellations the characteristics often blur. It’s from one of these transitional zones […]

Classic, Opulent 2015 Meursault: “If Gold Were a Flavor…”

“If gold were a flavor,” Matt Kramer once wrote, “it would taste like Meursault.” Though it has no Grand Cru, the wines of Meursault are some of the most sought after in the world. For most, the name recalls white Burgundies of decadence, opulence, and style. Stretching across nearly 1000 acres, Meursault also spans a […]