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Must Try/Best Buy

Here is the new vintage of a staff favorite. The 2018 just arrived and it is even better than the 2017 which I thought was not possible! Here is what I wrote last year and same holds true today.

The whole staff is sitting here marveling at the complexity and stunning quality of this simple Cotes du Rhone Blanc from Domaine la Berthaude. It’s like drinking an expensive Condrieu from the Northern Rhone at a fraction of the price. I tasted this wine 3 weeks ago and it has finally arrived.

They offered me 10 cases I bought them all instantly. And now I have 9 cases to sell as one is coming home with me. Don’t miss this one!
Oh, and I have a little of his 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape from the great 2015 Vintage at a silly price!

So… here’s the secret… “Maison la Berthaude” is a label done for our friend Craig Baker. It is produced by Domaine Roger Perrin under the guidance of 5th generation winemaker/owner Xavier Rolin. An homage to the district of Chateauneuf where the vineyard is located (Berthaude) and the large round “pudding stones” (“galets”) that make the region so special.

*2018 Cotes du Rhone Blanc
“Cuvee Laura”
Maison la Berthaude
$13.99btl/$151.09 per case
(Jim Sirna 93)

This wine is a stunning value. A blend of 85% Viognier and 15% split between Grenache Blanc and Marsanne, this Baby Condrieu will be a welcome change from the usual Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Made from vines that average 60 years of age this is a serious wine and at an everyday price The nose is filled with fresh lychee nuts, apricot and melon. In the mouth there is good richness and spice and a stony mineral quality. The finish is fresh, clean and dry. Brilliant! My new House Wine.


*2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
Maison la Berthaude
$29.99btl/$323.89 per case
(Jim Sirna 92)
Maison la Berthaude wasa founded by the same family as the famous Domaine Roger Perrin who have been making wine in the Rhone Valley for 5 Generations. A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and the rest Carignan and Cinsault. This a delicious Chateauneuf filled with flavors of cherries, blueberries and a hint of anise. There is a touch of earth that mingles with black pepper, leather and brioche. It is soft, round and really drinks well now. A bargain Chateauneuf that way over delivers.