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Expert Picks: Michel Niellon and Poggio di Sotto

Posted on | December 30, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiIt’s very easy to read an article or watch a clip on television and learn about the “biggest” or “flashiest” names in wine. While the connectivity of the wine world ensures you’re always on top of the latest and greatest, these wines are not the only bottles deserving of your attention. Palate subjectivity is king when it comes to choosing wine, and there is an endless supply of great vino out there. Below you will find two producers that consistently give me the chills with their celestial offerings. I know this because I’ve tasted many of these producers’ wines, experienced them again and again, and most importantly, they were so good that I remembered them.

Michel Niellon 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers 1er Cru $79.99

Michel Niellon is a small family-owned domaine currently helmed by the third generation of the family. Niellon’s vineyards show an absurdly high vine age, which leads to low grape yields and intense, dense, concentrated wines with a cornucopia of flavors. The style of this Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers is mineral laden, but it’s a powerful wine and closely trails Caillerets in terms of desirability. An absolute delight, this ’12 bottling will “wow” you now if you give it about an hour of aeration before enjoyment. Drink now until 2025.

Poggio di Sotto 2011 Rosso di Montalcino $99.00

All you have to do is talk to me about for five minutes or so and you’ll find out how much I adore Poggio di Sotto Brunellos. They are elegance and class embodied, but they still maintain all that is rustic and unique about Italy. Given how great the Brunellos are, it’s easy to overlook just how darn good the estate’s Rosso di Montalcino is. I was reminded of this recently as we opened a bottle of the ’06 that belonged to a colleague of mine. At nine years old, this “Rosso” is better than the majority of the Brunello made in 2006. While we do not have any ’06 left, I know the ’11 Poggio di Sotto Rosso offers more of the same beauty. Drink now to 2024.

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