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Everyone loves magnums. They are inherently festive, commanding attention at any occasion. They are also the ultimate size for cellaring due to the larger volume of wine for oxygen to interact with (an interesting experiment for all wine collectors).  We are excited to share this curated selection with you, most for drinking now, and some to squirrel away for a few years. Honestly, who doesn’t want more wine? Tim Gagnon

 

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Vignes du Maynes 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille Les Chassagnes 1.5 L

This is a superb, subtle and very mineral Chardonnay from a replanted parcel at the very top of the Clos, abandoned since 1896, with thin clay soils rich in iron over limestone. A great terroir, never chemically treated and worked in biodynamic farming by Alain and Julien Guillot. Yields of 18 hl/ha, giving a racy, stony wine with hints of white fruits, spice and honey, the palate is all mineral with subtle citrus and white fruits, very long and elegant. Only 30 bottles available — highly recommended!

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  • $79.99

  • Biodynamic

Pepiere 2009 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Ch.Thébaud Clos Morines 1.5 L

This is a brilliant Muscadet from a great hillside parcel of old vines belonging to Remy Branger's family. The wine spent 30 months on the lees and carries the new Cru Communal label of Chateau-Thébaud. Here we have the richness of the 2009 vintage but with lovely balance and acidity. The granite of Chateau-Thebaud is more porous and fractured than that of Clisson, allowing the roots easier access to water, giving a more balanced wine in a year of hydric stress. The wine has elegant white fruit, citrus and stone aromas with less fat and more freshness than the 2009 Clisson. At 12% alcohol, the palate is lively and very mineral with hints of citrus, pear and spice. This is delicious now but will age beautifully for 20 years and more....

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Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson 1.5 L

Beginning in 2005, Marc Ollivier has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine. The 2012 Clisson, kept on the lees for 24 months, is a gorgeous wine that seems perfectly balanced at 13% alcohol, with very firm acidity, intense aromatics and terrific density on the palate. The wine is a bit closed due to the recent bottling (November 2014) compared with our tasting from vat last February, but still shows sharp floral aromas with white fruits, dried herbs, lemon and stone. Dense pear, apple, citrus, stone, mushroom and anise coat the palate with high viscosity and very firm acids with fabulous length of citrus, white fruits and saline minerals. Beautiful now in its youthful intensity, best at 10 to 20 years of age - bravo, again, to Marc and Rémi!

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  • $64.99

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Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson 3 L

Beginning in 2005, Marc Ollivier has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine. The 2012 Clisson, kept on the lees for 24 months, is a gorgeous wine that seems perfectly balanced at 13% alcohol, with very firm acidity, intense aromatics and terrific density on the palate. The wine is a bit closed due to the recent bottling (November 2014) compared with our tasting from vat last February, but still shows sharp floral aromas with white fruits, dried herbs, lemon and stone. Dense pear, apple, citrus, stone, mushroom and anise coat the palate with high viscosity and very firm acids with fabulous length of citrus, white fruits and saline minerals. Beautiful now in its youthful intensity, best at 10 to 20 years of age - bravo, again, to Marc and Rémi!

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  • $162.99

  • Organic

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2013 Saar Riesling Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spät Feinherb 1.5 L

Who wouldn't want a magnum of barely off-dry Riesling as a holiday gift? Hofgut Falkenstein produces uniquely salty, savory Saar Rieslings from historically well-regarded vineyards that deserve to be much better known among the wine-loving public. They're also insanely good for their relatively low-prices, low-enough in alcohol to be eminently drinkable and dry-enough to be quite crowd-pleasing. Every Holiday Party has always needed at least one magnum of Falkenstein (you just didn't know it until now) and Chambers Street is the only place you'll find them! -jfr

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  • $48.99

  • Low Sulfur

Corbon 1995 Avize Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 1.5L

Located in Avize in the Côte de Blancs, Champagne Corbon crafts wines of finesse and harmony. Their wines marry richness and complexity, to a clear sense of place. The 1995 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, sourced from the Corbon family's 2 hectares in Avize, and disgorged in 2014 is a lovely expression of rich aged Chardonnay. The nose has notes of brioche, pear, acacia honey, and candied lemon peel with hints of oak. The palate while supple and textured with a fine bead, balances burnished ripeness with layers of fruit, savory, and mineral notes. Though aged, there is a sense of liveliness here heightened by bottling in large format. John McIlwain

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  • $269.99

Pouillon, R 2007 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanciens 1.5 L

R. Pouillon's Brut Nature 1er cru Les Blanchiens is a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fermented in (mostly) used barriques with native yeasts, and aged in barrel for 12 months before bottling. The fruit comes from the eponymous south-facing hillside vineyard located in Mareuil sur Aÿ whose limestone soils produce wines of intensity without sacrificing finesse. Disgorged in 2014, the 2007 vintage is powerful, balancing red fruits, and green tea notes with savory, umami elements. While the fruit is ripe, the long lees-aging and bottling without dosage results in a sapid, earthy Champagne of poise more than heft. For fans of terroir-driven Champagnes, this is a must! -John McIlwain

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  • $174.99

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Raventós I Blanc 2012 Conca del Riu Anoia L'Hereu de Nit Reserva Rosé 1.5 L

Raventós' de Nit sparkling rose was the first wine to fall under the new Conca del Riu Anoia designation, created in an effort to promote and prioritize biodynamic farming, estate fruit, lengthier elevage, and indigenous varieties in Cava country. The 2012 vintage is bright, spicy, and equally delicious served before or during your feast. Zesty aromas of citrus, red berries, and cranberry with a fresh, elegant, medium-bodied palate of strawberry, lemon zest, clementines, and raspberry. Elegant and affordable, it is perfect for a fresh and fabulous aperitif or after a meal with a lemon or raspberry tart or sorbet. Ariana Rolich

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Foradori 2012 Vigneti delle Dolomiti Teroldego 1.5 L

This is the classic wine from visionary Elisabetta Foradori. Most producers in the foothills of the Dolomites grow Teroldego in an industrial fashion suitable for filling the one liter bottles found at local gas stations and groceries, but the biodynamic grapes at Foradori are destined for greater things. Her farming and careful cellar work creates wines with elegance, but power. The Teroldego grape has a spicy, berry fruit tone not dissimilar to Cabernet varieties, but with a delicious, slightly bitter, alpine twist. Elisabetta’s interpretation of the grape is the definitive version – try the best!  John Rankin

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Occhipinti 2013 IGT Sicilia SP 68 Rosso 1.5 L

We’ve loved Arianna Occhipinti’s soulful, Sicilian wines from first taste, but as the varietal Frapatto and Nero d’Avola have both become more structured and complex it’s great to have a light-hearted alternative to serve chilled on spring and summer nights. SP 68 is named after the road that runs in front of the cantini, and features younger Nero and Frapatto vines fermented in steel tanks.  The result is a fresh wine with hints of raspberry, smoke, and olive that is far too easy to drink and cures bad moods, boring dinners, and bad breath. Ariana avoids chemicals in her vineyards and allows grass and other cover crops to proliferate, creating a healthy ecosystem that is both functional and picturesque. John Rankin

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  • $63.99

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Cornelissen, Frank 2013 Terre Siciliane Rosso (Etna) Contadino 3 L

I’ve followed Frank’s “Contadino” over the years. Vintage to vintage (and even bottle to bottle) this wine provides the least expensive ticket to Frank’s volcanic, natural wine show. This year’s Contadino (Frank’s only red blend consisting of mostly Nerello Mascalese and local varietals Alicante, Minella Nera, Uva Francese, Nerello Capuccio, and Inzolia, a white grape) may be the most complete yet with dense flavors of earth, plum, and green olive. Don’t be afraid if a bit of sediment is visible – it’s natural, and we’d recommend serving at cellar temperature for an invigorating expression of Etna. John Rankin

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  • $179.99

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Terroir Al Límit 2011 Priorat Torroja Vi de la Vila 1.5 L

Dominik Huber of Terroir al Límit uncovers an unheralded side of Priorat in his inspired "village" red, the Torroja Vi de Vila. The Garnatxa and Carignan for this cuvée come from lower, flatter, and cooler vineyards than the precipitously steep, sun-baked, slate slopes that make Priorat famous (and famously difficult to farm, hence expensive). Fermented whole-cluster and aged in used 500L barrels and large foudres, the result is a bright, balanced, and food-friendly wine that has abundant red and purple berry fruit and exquisite floral and mineral layers to thrill devotees of the region (with refreshing acidity and moderate alcohol—13.5%—to subdue its detractors). An enlightened pairing with rabbit confit, roasted root vegetables, or the last tomatoes of the season. Ariana Rolich

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  • $84.99

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Renaissance 1997 Sierra Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon Première Cuvée 1.5 L

There are magnums of wine that beg to be chilled and downed gleefully with friends, by a pool or a grill. Then there are magnums that should be saved to be savored at the right moment with people who matter to you. This 1997 Cabernet from Renaissance Winery is a great example of the latter - elegant, expressive, unique, and perfectly ready to drink! Renaissance's Cabernet vines are grown at 1700 to 2200 feet elevation in the Sierra Foothills' North Yuba County, where the region's granitic soils express themselves profoundly in the texture and minerality of the wines. This wine was made by our good friend Gideon Beinstock, who worked for Renaissance for over 20 years before starting Clos Saron. His wines are made to age over many years and this one is no exception. An hour or so in the decanter will allow its spicy fruit and savory earth to shine, alongside a great piece of roasted meat, grilled short ribs, or a rich stew. Ariana Rolich

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  • $129.99

Lattard, Luc et Denis 2013 VDF Syrah 1.5 L

Luc and Denis Lattard planted their first vines in the Drôme valley of France in 1995, reviving a family tradition of winemaking that had been overshadowed by the raising of cattle and other livestock. Today they work 6 hectares of biodynamically-farmed vines on south and southeast facing slopes and work with minimal intervention in the winery. This cuvee is 100% Syrah fermented with native yeasts, raised in neutral oak, and bottled without any SO2. Fresh and lively with high-toned blackberry and dark plum with deeper savory and peppery notes, this would be at home next to grilled meats and vegetables. Pure glouglou, in magnum! Tim Gagnon

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  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic
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Mas Coutelou 2013 Vin de France "A Touch of Class in a Glass"

A delicious wine from Jean-Francois Coutelou’s organic estate (certified in 1987) in the village of Puimisson in the Languedoc! Made from Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan, the 2013 is a lighter and fruit-driven wine with ample finesse and structure. It opens with a garrigue-tinged nose with licorice, black currant, and brambly blackberry with a lifted acidity on the palate. A perfect wine for the upcoming warm weather! Tim Gagnon

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  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Levet, Bernard 2007 Côte-Rôtie Chavaroche 1.5 L

"A real wine of terroir, delightful: rather thick red robe with a smudge of ruby evolution on its top rim: this looks good. The nose is clear, combines flowers, spice and notably mineral, with dust and tar undertones. This is a big nose potentially, and a compact, well-knit one. The palate is really of terroir, traditional wine from my youth in the 1970s: it has black berry jam with a smoky graphite fuse through it. It ends on dusty tannins that give it life, has a float of violet on the aftertaste. There are typical Levet notions of game on the later palate. This is moving into shape, and collecting its troops together. Genuine wine, with a becoming fullness. Delightful, spiced and floral flair on the finish with roast pork, the finish lovely and long. A wine of rugged quality with fibre in it. Air increases its weight and foundation, and starts to soak the palate well. Has bags of character. Drink till 2026-28" Livingstone-Learmonth in DrinkRhone

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Voarick 2009 Corton Grand Cru Clos du Roi 1.5 L

The Burgundies of Michel Voarick are marvelously old-fashioned. The wines are fermented whole cluster, there are daily punchdowns and pump-overs, aging is in used oak barrels in very cold cellars with late bottling. These are full, sturdy vins de garde. The 2009 Corton Clos du Roi is initially a bit reticent aromatically, but blossoms to reveal black fruits, roasted meat, turned earth, and a touch of wood-smoke. On the full-bodied palate there is ripe concentrated fruit, savory minerality, and firm structure. With air more depth and complexity is revealed. Though fairly backwards at the moment, this should reward patient cellaring handsomely. John McIlwain

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Marchand, Pascal 2009 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combe aux Moines 1.5 L

With a not completely undeserved reputation for rusticity,Gevrey-Chambertin's premier cru Combe aux Moines, is famously a wine to be enjoyed during the hunting season of its tenth year, at which point its 'gamy richness' will mask its stern tannins per Jasper Morris. And while the wines are typically more masculine than refined, Pascal Marchand's 2009 Combe aux Moines belies its potential for sterness. Medium-bodied, with a light 'partridge-eye' color, the nose is floral and red-fruited veering to black, with spicebox, game, with just a wood present. On the palate, there are layers of dense red fruit and earth buffered by plenty of dry extract and framed by moderate tannins and lively acidity. This is really refined without sacrificing the essential earthiness of Gevrey-Chambertin. -John McIlwain

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  • $149.99