Bonjour //FirstName//,

I'm in a little hotel room in the middle of the charming village of Chablis. It is 6:30pm here and I've just left a visit with Guylhaine Begue-Mathiot, rushed over here and began thundering away on the laptop. I hope your Saturday is as good as mine was.

When I first arrived a few hours ago, Guylhaine had a look of concern on her face. She pointed to a half-pallette of Chablis with our name on it and asked, "when is your transporter coming to pick this up? It has been ready for 2 weeks!"

I actually thought it would be picked up by now too, but it turns the truck will come on Monday. So, no worries.

Alors, Guylhaine and I start tasting wine together, starting with a review of her wonderful 2014 Premier Cru bottlings. I was oohing and aahing over these wines, remembering how darn good they were, and lamenting that I didn't buy more when I had the chance. Then, she looks at me and points to the pallette. "There's room on the top. Do you want some more? I could give you a few cases of each."

Yes. Yes we do.

So, I have now added to our pallette 48 bottles each of Begue-Mathiot's four different 1er Cru Chablis. We won't see any more of these until she releases her 2015s over the summer and into the fall.

What a score. Here they are:

  • Chablis Vaillons 2014: Guylhaine's largest vineyard, just over 1 hectare and the bottle she is most well known for. A wondeful balance of richness and acidity. Everything one could want in minerally, racy Chablis
  • Chablis Vauvoupins 2014: A more subdued style, with a flinty, smoky core that unfolds in a million layers on the tongue.
  • Chablis Fourchaume 2014: Rich, structured, and layered. Totally brimming with power yet not short on finesse. Hard to believe this is a tank-made wine. Nice and supple and fatty.
  • Chablis Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes 2014: The jewel in the Begue-Mathiot crown--a thorough and complete white wine with a creamy, yet lively mouthfeel. My mouth is still watering from this wine--tasted two hours ago!

So here's the deal. Each of these wines would retail from between $29-36 in our store. But I'd like to offer a 4-pack to you, one of each, for just $84. That's only $21/bottle average for quite a mix of really, really good small production Chablis.

I asked Guylhaine at the end of our visit if she was happy with the wines. She coyly responded, "Only if you are..." Remember this when you first pull the cork on these beauties and try them for yourself. I'm scratching my head wondering how we got so lucky on this one. I truly think that these wines are among the real hidden treasures of Chablis. They're available nowhere else in the US as of right now.

"Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought."--Thucydides, Greek Historian

Ah, shut it, Thucydides. This is an exception!

To order, please respond directly to this email: "4-pack" or "Mixed case" (a good idea if you're a Chablis freak like me). I expect the wines to arrive at our door in about 4 weeks, mid-March'ish. Or, you can click here to order on-line (a simple web page since I don't have time to create the full monty!)

Talk to you again on Tuesday from Tuscany...




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