A Rare Sale on Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf! 
Plus the estate-grown 2018 Tamary Rosé ...

With their famously rugged, galets roulés strewn vineyard, Vieux Télégraphe is one of the gold standard estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Importer Kermit Lynch eloquently states what many of us have known for years...

"One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe."
-Kermit Lynch

Today we present you with a rare opportunity to acquire their outstanding 2015 vintage at a fire-sale price. At $57.99, our sale price on this 96-point Châteauneuf beats every single one of the over 90 online listings!

Scroll down for the details, and for a delightful 2018 estate-grown Provence Rosé from the Malescot-St.-Exupéry team, then quickly click on the Big Yellow Button to lock in on the savings!   

Oregon Wine Dinner at D&J Bistro!
Thursday, July 18th

Join us next Thursday, July 18th, at D&J Bistro as we host William Sweat, founder of Winderlea (along with his local distributor, Paolo Cerruti) for a dinner featuring his boutique Willamette Valley wines! 

Over the evening, we will explore a range of 2013, 2014 and 2015 Winderlea Pinot Noir from highly-regarded vineyard sites, along with their 2015 Chardonnay. All paired perfectly by Chef Masato with an exciting genre-bending five-course menu.

If you're not familiar with Winderlea, this is a great chance to get in on the secret. These guys are on fire! Seating is limited, so click here or call Dawn or Lyle at 847-277-0033 to reserve your spot!

D&J Bistro, 466 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich
Thursday, July 18th -  6:30pm
$ 95 per person (includes food, wine, tax and tip)

2015 Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Southern Rhône Valley, France
From the oldest vines in their legendary La Crau vineyard parcel, the 2015 Vieux Télégraphe is classic Châteauneuf.

After opening our sample bottle, we smiled as we deeply breathed in the collection of brambly red fruits, deeper black fruits and subtle red flower aromas. With each sip, the flavors expand, revealing additional nuances of roast sage, rosemary, black pepper, wet leaves and a wonderful high-toned mineral theme. It is an explosive young example, and a thrilling find at this blow-out price. Here are the 96 and 95 point reviews from James Suckling and Wine Spectator...

"A wine with playful, attractive character. An array of red, blue and purple fruits. Gently spicy, chalky and fragrant, it has a very supple, fleshy and layered palate with a web of fine, smooth and supple tannins. Extremely elegant and composed. A long draw on the finish. Great depth and drive. This will live super long. Try after 2020."
- 96 Points, James Suckling (1/7/2018)

"This has a lovely, perfumy mix of savory, mint, tobacco, blood orange, cherry and bergamot notes all mixed together, carried by silky but ample structure before ending with a long, mineral- and shiso leaf-infused finish. Finely beaded acidity lets everything hang wonderfully. This should expand and cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035."
- 95 Points, Wine Spectator (12/15/2017)

While it would be ideal to sit on this top bottling for another year or two before opening, it is surprisingly delicious now, especially with grilled rack of lamb. That said, if you are able to forget about the wine for 10 years, it would be even better, as the flavors and 2015 structure will come together, adding to the overall complexity. Best bet? Grab a case and try a bottle every 18 months or so!

Wine Spectator quotes a price of $83. Median online retail is $78. T oday's sale price on this 96-point Châteauneuf beats every single one of the 91 online listings!

Vin Chicago Price: 57.99

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2018 Domaine de Tamary  Rosé
Cotes de Provence, France
Here's a delicious Provence Rosé that we bring to you for the first time. And it comes from some very serious wine people!

Domaine de Tamary is a partnership between the boutique Bordeaux negociant Salin and famed Margaux producer Château Malescot-St.-Exupéry. The wine is made by the Malescot team and it is definitely one of the more impressive Rosés we've tried this year. 

Crafted exclusively from estate-owned and farmed fruit, this juicy pink wine is a blend of 45% Grenache with Cinsault, Syrah and the white grape Rolle, aka Vermentino, rounding things out. It is insanely delicious, with a densely packed mouth presence of fresh red fruit flavors, hints of mint and lavender, and a long, tart finish. At $15.99, it is quite a steal, with a pleasure-giving nature comparable to many of the "fancy bottled" $20+ Rosés.

The huge selection of Provence Rosé in the market lately is a bit overwhelming. This is one of the good ones. The 2018 Domaine de Tamary over-delivers for the money and, as far as we can tell, Vin Chicago is the only one in the country to have it. Grab a few bottles to drink over the next several months and beyond. This has the goods to drink well into 2020.

Vin Chicago Price: 15.99
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