Wine lovers looking for rare French imports will find selections in many price ranges at Heritage Fine Wines in Beverly Hills.
Owner Jordane Andrieu is as French as it gets. In addition to running Heritage, he manages the Clos du Moulin aux Moines vineyard in the Côte-d’Or. For simple holiday shopping, Andrieu has created gift baskets that start at $85.99 (a bottle of 2011 Clos du Moulin aux Moines — Bourgogne “Aux Seurrets” plus Edmond Fallot French mustard, a Mariage Frères tea box, and Alain Milliat French jam).
We also asked him to help us select wines for various palates and budgets, perfect for easy gift-giving but also for the most extravagant of holiday parties.
Here are five of his favorites:
Clos du Moulin aux Moines — Pommard — 2010 “From the oldest estate around, created in 962, yes, more than a millennium ago! By the monks in Burgundy, this Pommard from the great 2010 vintage will delight your palate with ruby-fresh red fruit on one side, minerality, and elegant toasty flavors on the other side.” $59.99
Domaine Tessier — Meursault — Les Casse-Tetes — 2012 “Arnaud Tessier is a 30-year-old vintner and represents the new generation in Burgundy. Meursault is one of the world’s most famous Chardonnays.” $59.99
Domaine Didier Dagueneau — Pouilly Fume Silex — 2011 “Probably the best sauvignon blanc winemaker. If you love white wine with minerality and perfect balance, the Silex will blow your mind. Sit back and marvel at what the years have in store for this wine from the Loire Valley and make sure you save some.” $124.99
Chateau d’Yquem — Sauternes — 1996 “Chateau d’Yquem is considered by many as the greatest sweet wine in the world — 1996 was a great year and will be the perfect gift for a wine enthusiast.” $399.99
Chateau Lafite Rothschild – Pauillac – 1993 “This might be the most famous wine label in the world. This very rare vintage 1993 comes from a private collection and could make a big impression for a French wine lover.” $849.99
Heritage Fine Wines, 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8042