One Great Gift: Chambers Street Gift Cards Are Here!

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Our gift certificate format has always been endearingly simple. Customers never seemed to mind that we had to sit down, type and print out their gift certificates while they wait, but that's not a surprise -- our customers are pretty terrific. Nevertheless, an upgrade was long overdue. We've just received our shiny and new, full-color Chambers Street Wines Gift Cards (pictured above). Available for purchase in-store and online in any denomination, they are perfect gifts for wine lovers and they never expire.

Simply click on the "Gift Cards" tab on the left of the website, choose your amount, and add to your cart!*

Always game for a little holiday double entendre, the Chambers Street sales team was asked to choose "One Great Gift" -- the first bottle we would buy if given a Gift Card. Our responses are listed below. Happy Holidays! Ariana Rolich

 

*At the moment, our usual 1 bottle shipping charges will still appear if your Gift Card is being mailed. We will remove cost when we finalize your order.

 

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Baudry 2012 Chinon La Croix Boissée

Mature Chinons from the Baudrys are perhaps my favorite wines (although old bottles of Clos Rougeard Coteaux de Saumur aren't bad either). I'm hoping that my wife will give me some of the 2012 Croix Boissée to cellar - it's a near-perfect wine and will be a joy to drink in 2030! From a small parcel of clay over limestone on a south-facing slope above Cravant. 24 months of aging in 2 to 4 year-old barriques. (Over the years, the Baudrys have moved to a more gentle extraction on this wine and have lengthened the barrel aging, never in new oak) This is a great Croix Boissée, rivaling in a lighter frame, the superb 2010. Brighter and more floral, this is an amazingly beautiful Chinon, lovely, lively and wonderfully balanced, with firm acidity and very pronounced saline minerals. A wine to marvel at, not to write about - thanks to the Baudrys for their artistry! David Lillie

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  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2002 Barolo Brunate 1.5L

For Christmas this year I would like to be given the Giuseppe Rinaldi 2002 Barolo, in magnum. Please. In Piedmont the summer of ’02 saw unprecedented quantities of rain, cool temps, landslides, hail, and downpours of frogs – just about every bad wet weather thing that can happen, and many producers didn’t even make wine. By way of contrast, Giacomo Conterno bottled only Monfortino; I haven’t tasted it for a while but it was pretty spectacular then (it would be very interesting to taste the 2002 Monfortino blind… does anyone with a bottle want to join the experiment?). And G Rinaldi made really good Barolo, which I was first wowed by in 2007, and then again last May. So I’d like that mag, please. Jamie Wolff

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  • $499.99

  • Organic

Daniel Ramos Zerberos 2010 Castilla y León Del Tiemblo Los Chorrancos

When I first tasted this wine, I was instantly fascinated (and hooked).The Gredos Mountains, west of Madrid, are home to the most awe-inspiring and balanced Garnachas in the world. Power, tannin, and acid meet subtlety and terroir-expression in this unique, high-altitude region that is largely unknown to wine lovers, but will be acknowledged one day soon as the source for the world's highest expressions of the Garnacha grape. Del Tiemblo Los Chorrancos is a fierce and floral cuvée from the north-facing granitic sand and schist vineyards at upwards of 1000m surrounding the village of El Tiemblo (in Avila's Alberche River Valley). Aromas are cool, floral, and mineral, with cherry blossoms, rose, resin, rosemary, lavender, and sweet clover honey. The palate is anchored by finely-dispersed tannins, acidic spine, and slatey mineral depth, with shimmering raspberry, rich kirsch, rosemary, and savory forest floor. I have given this wine as a gift and opened it among friends a number of times. Yet I confess to wishing for my own bottle to sip and contemplate quietly... hopefully with a side-gift of some slow-roasted pork.This wine's elegance, depth, and beauty are not possible to describe completely. It is sure to change the way you think about Garnacha. Ariana Rolich

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  • $39.99

  • Organic

Hamilton 2006 Saint Lucian Pot Still 7yr Rum Arrives 6/1

Ed Hamilton, the man behind the Ministry of Rum line of hand-selected, pot still rums from St. Lucia and Jamaica (as well as importer of the famed Lemon Hart 151, and Rhum Agricoles such as Neisson and La Favorite), is a modern day pirate of sorts. After years of living aboard his sailboat called Matahari in the Caribbean visiting distilleries and writing two books in the 1990s, he has carved out his place as one of the world's foremost experts on island sprits. My favorite of this line is the single-vintage (in this case 2006) St. Lucian 7-year. It is distilled in a classic Vendome pot still and is aged in American oak barrels before being bottled without any additives, save for water. On the nose it opens with a touch of grassy, earthy funk followed by bright citrus, banana, and sweet spice notes. The palate brings powerful notes of black pepper, more bright citrus fruit, and deeper, base-y notes of saddle leather and pipe tobacco. In short this is a serious, complex rum that begs to be sipped slowly. This would be perfect for any serious spirits geek, or even for a wine geek that already has it all! Tim Gagnon

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  • no discount
  • $46.99

Dreissigacker 2013 Rheinhessen Westhofen Kirchspiel Riesling Trocken

I remember the first time I saw a no-hitter, a feeling of elation at watching a perfect confluence of raw talent, preparation, determination, and grace. The 2013 Kirchspiel is Jochen’s no-hitter. From his tireless vineyard work to his deft hand in the cellar, he has managed to guide his grapes into fine wine, while expertly avoiding all the pitfalls that would have made this simply a nearly great dry Riesling. In so doing, he has coaxed something glorious out from the sheltered, amphitheater shaped, limestone subsoils of his site in the Kirchspiel. Radiantly golden in color, this wine offers aromas of lemon blossom, linden, tea roses, bergamot, and verbena. The palate is concentrated, refined, powerful, and held high with banners of anise, pink salt, verbena, and licorice through to a salty finish that flies straight and true for a beautiful moment in time. Congratulations, Jochen!

- David Salinas

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  • $59.99

Jane et Sylvain 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fontenys

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fontenys", high up in the southwest, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track. They are certified organic and age the wine in old barriques. The 2013 is a bit coiled upon opening, but with an hour or so of air opens to reveal cherry and red berry fruit, wet bark, savory earth, and spice notes on the nose. The palate has good density offering sappy cherry fruit, lively acids, and dark-toned minerality with firm but ripe tannins and a very long, savory finish. This is a classy Gevrey which will need 5-8 years to come together but should drink beautifully for another dozen years after that. John McIlwain    In January of 2014, I tasted the 2002 Gevrey 1er Cru Fontenys in the cellar with Jane and Sylvain.Their eldest son was born in 2002, so they saved a bunch for him, but were generous enough to share one with my father and me. It was transcendental - what I refer to as my "religious experience" with red Burgundy, and possibly one of the most memorable wines I've ever tasted. Flowers, stones, dried fruit, the subtle touch of tannin... truly a blissful experience. Jane says the wine has "la finesse du Ruchottes," referring to the Grand Cru vineyard that is literally feet away from the edge of their vines in the Premier Cru Fonteny.  Unfortunately we don't have any of the 2002 at Chambers, but the 2013 is a great purchase for the cellar - patience will reward you if you can wait for it to develop. Eben Lillie  

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  • $54.99

  • Organic

Faverelles 2014 Bourgogne Vezelay Rouge Pinot Deraisonnee Sans Soufre

My husband and I find ourselves eating a lot of cured meats around the holidays, and we love pairing such fare with a cheerful bottle of Pinot Noir. The Faverelles is a recent addition to our list of favorites.  Parisian book seller turned Burgundian winemaker Patrick Bringer knows how to showcase an unadulterated side of Pinot Noir.  Under Domaine Faverelles, Bringer tends to 6 hectares of vines in the hillside town of Vézelay.  The vines are certified organic and biodynamically farmed, something Bringer is deeply passionate about.  In fact, it's been said that strawberries and other vegetation grow beneath the vines.  It's only natural then that such a simply delicious Pinot is the result of a conscientious winemaker.  Faverelles 2014 Pinot Deraisonnee is more mindful than its French moniker, but just as amusing.  The wine is incredibly light and delicate with ripe pomegranate and tart cranberry.  Crisp acidity, soft tannins, and freshly grated beet root round out the palate.  The grapes are grown on limestone soil topped with red clay and harvested by hand.  Native yeasts are used during fermentation and the resulting juice is neither fined or filtered with minimal sulfur added at bottling, so drink now rather than later.  A jovial wine that is quite quaffable. Lily Sears

 

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  • $24.99

Villa Venti 2013 Forli IGT Bianco Serenaro

Famoso di Cesena, a native grape of Romagna, was first documented in 1437 but had all but disappeared by the early 1900s. In 2000 two old rows of vines were spotted in Mercato Saraceno (Forlì) and the owner knew it was “Famoso”. Today the grape is being revived by a group of winemakers who are convinced that the unique features of this grape variety should not be lost. Davide and Mauro at Villa Venti are growing Famoso on red clay and Messinian-age sand. Serenaro is fermented in stainless steel and aged six months on the lees then matured four months in bottle. No added yeasts and minimal sulfur is added. The result is a very aromatic wine with floral/lavender notes and hints of dried fruit. On the palate, it’s refreshing with citrus peel and nice minerality. Perfect with fish, fresh cheese and all'ascolana (fried stuffed olives). Christine Manula

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  • $19.99

David & Nadia Sadie 2014 Paardeberg Swartland Grenache

There is a singular beauty, grace, and mystery to this wine which inspires the senses and uplifts the spirit. I cannot imagine receiving a better gift! This exquisite, elegant expression of Grenache is a shining example of the serious, site-specific, terroir-driven style which is currently changing the face of winemaking in South Africa. The grapes for this wine are sourced from vineyards planted in high elevation granite and iron rich soils in the South Atlantic coastal region of Swartland, approximately fifty kilometers north of Cape Town in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. Silken textured and gossamer-like at the start with delicate fragrances of tiny wild strawberries and roses, the palate grows deeper and richer with notes of plum, tart pomegranate, exotic spice and a faint hint of tar. Pronounced but well integrated tannins at the finish lend structure and solidity to this truly magical and transcendent wine. Try chilling it to pair with dishes ranging from spicy duck, pheasant, or pan-seared tuna, crispy roast potatoes, asparagus and a runny poached egg. Sydney Snyder

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  • $44.99

Vouette et Sorbée 2011 Champagne Fidèle Extra Brut

If you’re looking for a Champagne vigneron who embodies the dynamic portion of biodynamic, look no further than Bertrand Gautherot from Vouette et Sorbée. When he visited the store in October to show us his new vintage his enthusiasm was infectious. Quick with a smile, he poured for the whole staff and explained his desire for the vineyards to speak clearer than the winemaking. The wines from the admittedly difficult 2011 were poised and lovely. Biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir grown in Kimmeridgian soils in Biaunes and Kimmeridgian Marls in the eponymous Vouette vineyard in Buxières-sur-Arce, the wines are fermented with native yeast in barrel, see little sulfur, and are bottled without dosage. Cool-toned, with a peach hue, the 2011 Fidéle is chalky, red-fruited, with herbal notes, and the subtle gingery spiciness I associate with Pinot Noir from the Aube. There is nice persistence and complexity to the finish. This is savory and satisfying. Jonas Mendoza

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  • white sparkling
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  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Lignier, Georges 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Combottes

At the beginning of the 2015 I was lucky enough to taste the 2012s from Domaine Georges Lignier and then visit the domaine and taste with winemaker Benoit Stehly, nephew of Georges Lignier, who after working alongside his uncle has recently taken over the estate. The Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Aux Combottes is a wine wine whose beauty makes me dream of tasting it at its apogee. A lovely blend of perfume, spice, and minerality. Beguiling in its youth, this cries out for a slumber in the cave for 12-15 years. Maybe I'll open it for a Christmas or New Year's years from now and look back fondly on when I first tasted it. So if you're going to insist upon a stocking stuffer, this is a darned pretty option.

Only in Gevrey-Chambertin (or perhaps Vosne-Romanée), can you be surrounded by grand crus and be considered the runt of the litter. Les Combottes is only a premier cru due to a dip in the ground rendering it somewhat cooler than its neighbors. George Lignier's parcel measures .41 hectare and is made up of 50 to 60 year old vines.  Both darker toned on the robe and aromatically than the village. Floral and black-fruited giving way to wood smoke, black tea, and game on the nose. This is ripe, savory, concentrated, poised, and mineral without giving the impression of heaviness. The finish is succulent, complex and very long. I like the energy here; the purity of fruit is framed by serious—though not severe—structure. -John McIlwain

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  • $123.99