We are thrilled to be working with Vinoteca in Missouri. Brad & Dana Atwell own this dynamic company that excels in providing individual attention to their independently minded customers. Vinoteca is a rapidly evolving company with a great portfolio. Gargouille Collection is their first D.I. portfolio and we are honored to grow with them. Thanks Brad & Dana! www.vinoteca-stl.com
We are very honored to have the Muré family in our portfolio. Bravo Véronique & Thomas on this much deserved praise.
- Muré Riesling Côte de Rouffach 2011 Alsace - SRP $40
"Dry and tangy, with snappy flavors of melon rind, crunchy white peach kumquat ans sea salt underscored by petrol-tinged minerality. Well-cut and expressive. 500 cases made." Wine Spectatore = 90 points
"This ripe Rieasling has a wonderful aromatic character as well as ripe fruits. While it goaes offer weight and full apple and citrus flavors, it also has a clear, dancing character that brings lightness to the minerality and intensity. It is still young and need time to mature". Wine Enthusiast = 94 points
- Muré Riesling Clos Si. Landelin 2012 Alsace Grand Cru - SRP $60
"Beautifully integrated with bone-dry, chinalike acidity, this is finely knit, with an expressive flavor range, showing a pronounced vein of minerailty and more sbtle notes of crunchy white peach, McIntosh apple, lemon preserves, ground ginger and anise. Very elegant. Drink now through 2029. 600 cases made". Wine Spectator = 93 points
"Still young and chock full of acidity, it has considerable potential. It's a tight, bright wine, the lemon zest acidity, it has considerable potential. It' a tight, bright wine, the lemon zest,acidity still dominant. It's going to be a major wine as it ages, keeping bone dry while developing its aromatic, beautiful fragrant side". Wine Enthusiast = 94 points
"quince and yellow apple aromas. Dry, clean palate with pure, complex acidity and a long finish. A full-flavored wine that's a bit austere and needs a few years in the cellar". Decanter = 17,25 points & Highly Recommended
We are thrilled to announce that Gargouille Collection will be joining the H2Vino portfolio in Chicago. H2vino is a dynamic company made up of charismatic wine professionals. We are honored to join a great portfolio and work with this fun group of people. We look forward to many years of selling wine together. Thanks to all at H2Vino!
Fred & Ryan
Congrats to Fred for these kind words about his wines from Languedoc expert, Rosemary George MW. "Look out for Domaine Frédéric Brouca"
Domaine Frédéric Brouca / MW January 13th 2015
A few days in the Languedoc, with Frédéric Brouca and Jean-Michel Alquier. During my New Year visit to the Languedoc ../.. I had some rather delicious bottles of Faugères to check out. The wines of a new estate, with a first vintage in 2013, are just coming onto the market. Look out for Domaine Frédéric Brouca. He has made four quite distinctive cuvées.
Samsó Seuille, Vin de France 13⁰ - SRP $25 A pure Cinsault from a single vineyard La Serre, with forty year old organic bush vines. Seventy percent whole bunch pressing and the wine has spent ten months on fine lees in a stainless steel tank.
For me it is absolutely classic Cinsault. I love the fresh cherry fruit on both nose and palate, with a light streak of tannin and some acidity, with a slightly leathery warm note on the finish. It is fresh, youthful and fragrant. Les Champs Pentus, Faugères 13.5⁰ - SRP $20 40 per cent Syrah with 30 per cent each of Carignan and Grenache aged for ten months half in tank and half in foudres.
The nose was quite firm with some closed red fruit and on the palate there was depth and more tannin. The palate was nicely fleshy, rounded and balanced, with a youthful peppery note. Clos Sauveplane, Faugères 13.5⁰ - SRP $40 From two isolated vineyards, on the eastern edge of the appellation, with 50 year old Mourvèdre, planted en echalas with a high density and 30 year old Syrah, aged for thirteen months in foudre. Deep young colour. Firm youthful sturdy nose, with some firm red fruit, and on the palate youthful and structure with firm tannins, and fresh red fruit, and an elegant finish. The wine will develop well with some bottle age.