Chateau Pradeaux: New Wines, Old Spirit

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One must search ever harder in the great viticultural regions of France these days to find examples of long and unbroken tradition. Market pressures and the conveniences of technology have lured so many growers, even in hallowed areas, to sculpt their wines more obsessively, to shorten their aging regimens, and to soften them up for

Rewriting the Right Bank Rules – 2014 Releases from Chateaux Le Puy and Belregard-Figeac

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In the year we’ve been working with Chateau Le Puy, this singular and idiosyncratic Right Bank estate has made a multitude of fans—and even changed the way many people think about what Bordeaux can be. In a region known for its conservatism, where a fixation on polish, extraction, and control often straitjackets its wines, Bordeaux

Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois A Sunny 2015 Vintage

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In the decade since we first encountered Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Chantal and Eric Coudert’s classically styled Beaujolais have filled an important niche in the Rosenthal Wine Merchant portfolio. Humble yet exuberant folks, Chantal and Eric provide us with sensational cru Beaujolais that stand proudly among the best wines in the region. While

Summer/Autumn Sparkling Wine Program

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An ideal time to become familiar with our exceptional growers We at Rosenthal Wine Merchant have championed great and distinctive sparkling wines for the entirety of our near-forty-year existence. Since 1981, we have imported the elegant, classical Champagnes of Guy Larmandier in Vertus—long before there was even a “grower Champagne” movement to speak of. We

New Releases from the Mountains: Joseph Dorbon, Domaine Overnoy Crinquand and Domaine Louis Magnin

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Just in time to mark the beginning of July, we are all set to receive an impressive group of wines from the cool mountains of France. Specifically, we expect new arrivals from Joseph Dorbon and Mickael Crinquand in the Jura and Louis and Béatrice Magnin in the Savoie. It is no secret that we at

Domaine Henri & Gilles Buisson’s 2015s: Saint-Romain’s Sweet Spot

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It was clear with the 2014s we brought in toward the end of last year that brothers Franck and Frédérick Buisson had truly hit their stride. Having gradually assumed control of the family vineyards and cellar over the past decade, these young men—the eighth generation of Buisson in Saint-Romain—have sharpened and refined the impeccable vineyard

Domaine Ghislaine Barthod’s 2014s: A Chambolle-Musigny Master Class

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The release of a new vintage from Ghislaine Barthod is always an eagerly anticipated and joyous occasion. There is perhaps no grower with a wider and more enviable range of great vineyard holdings in Chambolle-Musigny, and Barthod’s lofty status in the current pantheon of great Burgundy estates is firmly established and beyond well-deserved. As the

Domaine de l’Horizon: Rocks, Wind, and Determination

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In Calce, the wind never stops blowing. A tiny village of around 200 inhabitants, Calce lies at the foot of the mighty Pyrenees, ten miles northwest of Perpignan, within striking distance of the Spanish border. Though technically part of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Calce is not French—it is Catalan. The wines from around this village have about

Introducing Château La Fleur Garderose

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Over the last few years, we have witnessed a small revolution among the vignerons in this historic region. Rising from the ashes of over-oaked, over-marketed, and often uninspiring wines, we find a group of thoughtful and talented individuals who are determined to bring terroir to a region that has almost entirely obliterated this ideal over

A Renewed Focus on Terroir at Mas Jullien

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“Take the time necessary to allow nature to complete its work; accompany the life of the wine without directing it, accepting the risks and differences.”—Olivier Jullien While we at Rosenthal Wine Merchant are steadfast in our dedication to the notion of terroir, we also acknowledge that the very greatest of wines are stewarded into existence by

New Arrivals from the Cote d’Or!

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Mid-November ushers in a group of noteworthy new arrivals from the Cote d’Or from the 2013 and 2014 vintages.  We are incredibly fortunate to work with vignerons who understand the importance of time.  So much wine today is rushed into the marketplace for the sole purpose of a quicker return on the investment of its

2016 Vintage Report After A Vineyard Visit: Burgundy, The Jura, Alsace

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A winegrower’s job is never easy, and every vintage presents its own unique challenges. Be it excessive rain, some new pest, severe drought, heat, or mildew, environmental obstacles necessitate constant diligence and creativity on the part of the vigneron. Having heard reports of a widespread and devastating spring frost in France, we headed into our

Neal Rosenthal Purchases Vineyard Property in Carema

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Neal Rosenthal and his partner, Kerry Madigan, proprietors of Rosenthal Wine Merchant Ltd, have purchased two vineyard parcels within the tiny but regal appellation of Carema, in the northwestern corner of Piedmont. Rosenthal and Madigan will collaborate with their long-time friends, the Ferrando family, to work and maintain these sites. Perched on terraces in the