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Staff Favorites - Miles Philippe

Miles Philippe

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Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 02-13-2020
I couldn’t ask for anything more from this champagne…I always have a few bottles tucked away somewhere in my stash! On the nose it’s clean and elegant with a slight white-floral aspect; on the palate the fruits are pure, lean, and beautiful, with the classic chalky texture that you find in all of the best champagnes; on the finish, it’s like an old friend that leaves 45 minutes after the first “Good-bye!” is said.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2007 Thiénot "Black Ball" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-28-2020
This wine is all about the party! A flamboyant nose leads you into a luscious and soft texture filled with golden fruits drizzled with a tiny bit of honey for that touch of richness. Despite being from the 2007 vintage, the overall character of this wine is fresh and zippy, and would be perfect served during any festivity!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2018 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 01-16-2020
This is a fantastic expression of Syrah. Strong structure with elegant fruit; a really lovely combo to see what happens in the years to come. The fruits come across as dark red and black, with some purple fruited notes. There's a delightfully long finish that has the fruit elements as well as a soft touch of meatiness.
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2017 Nor'Wester by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury
Review Date: 12-31-2019
If you want to know what the nose of a great Pinot Noir should be like, pick this up. The fruit is sweet and bright, but it's tempered with a really lovely dark earthiness...It's absolutely intoxicating. On the nose alone, this wine over-delivers! On the palate, it's a simple being; fresh red fruits laced with a bit of smokiness / brambliness. As a weekday wine, this is exactly what I want; a compelling nose that I can enjoy all evening long with the simplicity that should pair perfectly with many of my simple weekday meals.

2016 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 11-14-2019
This Chardonnay exudes the elegance of Burgundy, has the tenseness of Chablis, yet combines all of that with the purity of gorgeous orchard fruits of the New World. The usage of oak is masterfully integrated, and on this note I do not invoke "Burgundy" in a New World Chardonnay review lightly; the oak presents itself like it would in a wine from Montrachet. The fruit elevates the structure of the acidity, terroir, and oak to a class all of its own.

Jean-Jacques Lamoureux Pinot Blanc Champagne
Review Date: 06-19-2019
Extremely aromatic and light on its feet, this champagne dazzles and delights! Lemon zest, citrus fruit, and floral notes leap and bound across the senses against a backdrop of soft minerality, and lit with accents of pale golden honey.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2019
There is definitely an authentic presence about this wine. The fruits are uncomplicated and delicious; I mostly got notes in the ripe pear category. And the yeast notes present here reminded me of classic Brioche that was freshly baked that morning. Overall, it was like being with a friend who presents themselves openly and honestly, without all the flippantry of someone seeking your attention.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2019
If you’d like a study on what “toastiness” in Champagne tastes and smells like, look no further! As most of my colleagues have already pointed out, 7 years aged on the lies adds a lot of complex yeast characteristics that pair lovingly with the simple and pure fruits. This is mostly ripe and clean apple driven, but the yeast…it’s almost as if you toasted a slab of Brioche and let the edges burn a little bit.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2019
An all-star for the price! The main driving notes here are in the ‘pear’ category, with lovely apricot-like accents. Because of the 3 years of aging sur-lie, the yeast notes on the nose are reminiscent to Pain au Levain. Will do great poured on its own for a party, or served on the dinner table with just about any meal!

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 05-07-2019
This champagne speaks to me so profoundly...The balance of acidity and dosage is so perfectly played here! The wine has the lift of an extra brut with the weight of a brut. Every aspect of this wine fits together so wonderfully and elegantly that it leaves you wanting more with every sip! Bright and sweet citrus to start, ripe orchard fruits in the middle, and a touch of salinity to accompany the brioche lies notes. Simply incredible!
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2010 Launois "Special Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Ships as a 1.5L Due to Bottle Size/Shape)
Review Date: 12-04-2018
Not every champagne gets to enjoy the label of “vinous,” but this one here deserves it completely! The moment you bring the glass to your nose, you get lost in how deep it goes. On the palette, clean orchard fruits are laced with a little bit of salinity and nuttiness, with a minerality that will leave you breathless, and a finish that goes on for a ridiculously long time. Absolutely incredible! I’ll certainly be putting away a few bottles for myself, as will a few of my colleagues, so you’d better get this quickly!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-17-2018
The name does not lie; this is a Fascination! It’s a powerful, slightly saline beast that you can smell rather than see striding upon five legs across a landscape of orchards planted in chalk and seashells, perfuming and air with pleasantries and memories gone by... Poetics aside, this is a very unique and beautiful champagne. If you want something to ponder over, marvel at, and maybe write some poetry with, I cannot recommend this enough.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

1993 Joël Taluau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 09-13-2018
It’s very rare that you find a perfectly cellared Cabernet Franc from Bourgeuil, and even more rare for it to be anywhere near this old! But this has aged so beautifully. The savory, earthy, and bell peppery notes of Cabernet Franc are elegantly presented in this wine. And the fruit on this wine would fool you to believe that it’s not from 1993! They’re still fresh and full of life. As time passes by, the fruit joyously plays side by side with the earthy tones to create a harmonious melody long after the cork releases this young spirited wine.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart