So many new and exciting wines that I had to choose two this month. First up, the Arlaud Bourgogne Roncevie, consistently one of the great buys in Bourgogne rouge. This vineyard, by all rights, should be classified as Gevrey Chambertin. Grapes grown 40 feet from this site produce wines that sell for double the price. When you consider the work that Arlaud does, all horse drawn plow cultivation, 100 percent organic and certified Biodynamic, hand pruned and hand harvested, this is a stunning deal. As much as I like this wine every year, the 2013 really hit the spot for me. Right out of the bottle the sappy, creamy, red cherry fruit shows beautifully with a broad flavor profile that has subtle hints of mushroom, flowers, spice and a hint of earth. The dusty, light tannins and fine acidity give the finish perfect grip. Drink over the next three to five years.
Next up, the Saintayme St. Emillion: With all of the great Bordeaux that is arriving now I picked one I have never heard of, but that has received great press. This 100 percent Merlot comes from Denis Durantou, the famous winemaker who also makes Chateau l'Eglis Clinet in Pommerol. A meaty nose of ripe blackberry and black cherry opens up with fine toastiness and good, lush fruit. I would never have guessed this was all Merlot as it has real depth and weight. The 2010 vintage got 91 points and this 2012 was rated 90 to 93, out of barrel. A killer deal for 20 bucks.