Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

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Great Values and Some Great Discounts
July 19, 2023


Each wine had its fans; 

. People who loved the Pet Nat for its light pure hot weather friendly refreshing fruit and crisp acid were less enthusiastic than others who valued richer, deeper Ch Thieuley and its moderate price.

The few for its balance and fruit-friendly forward fruit.

The Roco were extraordinary values. We still have a few cases of the Chardonnay. We were expecting the 2018 pinot noir but got mostly t2021. We showed both Early tasters like the smoothness of the 2018. Later tasters liked the more complex 2021 once it had aired. That is all we have left. It is an excellent value for the money and will be at my house too.

The Bandol Rose was robust and rich and grew in complexity as it opened throughout the tasting.


A charmingly pure Chenin Blanc fizz from Vouvray

Vignobles Feray Pet Nat

It is fermented naturally in the bottle, like champagne, but without any additives and is fizzy rather than fully sparkling. It comes from Chenin Blanc vines on a well-established Vouvray estate. Although dry, it is full of peach-inflected succulent fruit. With a mild fizz, it's a wonderful summer palette refresher. Aroma: fresh, clean, lightly pretty, fresh, and lively; Mouth: pure light, fresh mild fizz; Very Good 18.99, 15.99 by the case


A Modern interpretation of Classic White Bordeaux

2021 Ch Thieuley Bordeaux Blanc

Marries the crisp flint of Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon's exotic, slightly honied flavor. It's a delicious thirst quencher with quite a bit of fruit complexity on the palate—

Aroma: heady and deep fruit, grapefruit, melon, and herb; Mouth: low toned, expansive and low toned, dry tropical fruit guava, etc. notes with a nice acid cut ion the finish, tropical fruit; Very Good Plus $16.99, case $14.49


Our best-selling, best-value in Sancerre

2022 Gerard Fiou Sancerre Silex 

Decanter loves this. Our customers have also- -we've had several reorders from the many cases purchased. It's worth a taste and trying if you haven't already

Aroma: light lemony, rather clean, fresh, clean, strong; Mouth: bright, well-defined, herbal, juicy forward, clean, opulent texture, with stone notes very long; Very Good Plus $28.99, case 23.99


Hugely discounted single vineyard wines 

from one of Willamette'sWillamette's classic winemakers

Roco Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Reduced prices on two from ace Oregon winemaker Rollin Soles 

Both wines are classically balanced and structured enough to warrant their original prices. At our reduced sale prices, no others compare to them in poise and refinement. Drink them this summer and fall. The Pinot will go another couple of years.


2018 Roco Chardonnay Gravel Road Color: bright gold; Aroma: oaky, with rich flavor; Mouth: juicy, rounded, fleshy bright citrus, lean, citrus and chicle; Very Good Plus was $32, Now $18.99, case 15.99


2021 Roco Pinot Noir Gravel Road; Color: very dark; Aroma: plumy and rich, fleshy a touch of earth, light oak and mineral; Mouth: Robust sweet fruit, exceptionally rounded, good acidity, bright, solid cherry plum, good length, long mineral finish; Very Good Plus was $32, Now $19.99, case 16.99


A Solid Serious Provencal Food Rose

2022 Domaine Cagueloup Bandol Rose

A substantial, well-balanced food-friendly wine in this Mourvedre -grenache blend. The winery recommends it with a range of dishes from fish to lamb. It is that versatile. Let it breathe to appreciate its complexities.

Color: very light and clean; Aroma: fresh, pretty lifted, spicy, and earthy, acid and flint; Mouth: fleshy broad, ripe intense, juicy, bright, lively, clean long; Very Good Plus - ? $29.99; Case, $25.49


Overachievers Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $229

Or mix your own, any 12 or more bottles at their case discount prices


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