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  • By Josh Raynolds
    Jun-12, IWC Issue #6300018, 6/1/2012, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Josh Raynolds
    February 2012, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    5/25/2011, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (AMBASSADES Pavillon de Chavannes)
    2010 Ambassades

    Dear Friends,

    For me, this is as close to a “heart of Garagiste” wine as we encounter.

    Pavillon de Chavannes “Cuvee des Ambassades” is a core item non plus ultra – it pulses with the blood of the Cote de Brouilly and is arguably among the most important wines in all of France (thus its designation as the wine to be served in French embassies around the world to showcase exactly what it means to be French – all within the constraints of a bottle).

    While Cuvee des Ambassades may seem inexpensive for Burgundy, I can’t think of a wiser investment in terroir, elegance, minerality and a story that touches the lips of the taster with each sip. I’ve told the story of Cuvee des Ambassades so many times but it is always worth rehashing as the historic value to French culture and a certain sense of elegance and smug reserve shines so brightly in this wine. In a sort of Kevin Bacon game, the uprising of farmers against the Nazi aggression and a turning of the tide in WWII can be circuitously traced to this vineyard - the large tree that stands at its highest point still retains the bullets and wounds of an entire country.

    From the most successful vintage they can remember in this storied vineyard, the 2010 is (in their words) a masterpiece. It is everything they’ve wished for in this wine and have had in individual vintages but never in one bottle. It is feline, powerful, pure, rocky, sultry, satin, grace, intelligent, bright, brash, taut, demure...and very long. It is the essence of the Cote de Brouilly and of the old-vines that make up the deeply pitched and light-medium weight character that some have called “delicate red fruit and rocks, with the most perfect French accent, all thrown together in a Cuisinart”.

    For several recent critical reviews, including one of my own missives on the importance and history of this wine, please see this Vintage 59 link:

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and a certain contended for my wine of the year.

    This parcel is directly from the winery cellar with perfect provenance – hardly any of the 2010 is coming to the US and it will not be widely distributed (unlike last year’s 2009).

    FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 24/person until we run out

    2010 Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly “Cuvee des Ambassades” -
    (we will keep the tariff the same as last year despite the dollar’s decline)

    To order:

    This parcel is set to depart the cave – it will arrive in the summer (please check OARS for local pick-up in July). It will ship during the Fall shipping season. Drink 2014-2025+ (this wine is known to age for years – it typically require 2-3 years after bottling to come into its own and then follows a slow path of evolution over a decade or more)

    Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure.

    For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact:


    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA


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