The build-out at our new location is progressing rapidly and we are eager to open the doors to an improved version of Elie Wine Company. But don’t fret, even with the shiny new location we’re going to maintain that cozy atmosphere and personal experience you’ve come to know.
We’re still digging deep into our inventory to offer wines, some at over 50% off, that we just don’t want to move from Royal Oak to Birmingham.
Frankly, we couldn’t be more pleased with how the close-out wines are drinking. This past Saturday we opened a 1996 Domaine Chatelain Pouilly-Fumé Prestige that was as alive as any Sauvignon Blanc we’ve ever tasted, with aromas of chamomile and hot stones, and a razor-sharp finish. We also have some great deals on bottles from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France that are hitting their prime drinking window right now, and all full of dark fruits. There’s nothing like a warm climate Mediterranean red wine to help ease the pain of sub-zero temperatures.
These close-out wines aren’t some random bottles forgotten in a storage room — we don’t even have a storage room. One of the many aspects that set Elie Wine Co. apart is that we hold onto wines that we know will develop with some age. You won’t come across many wine shops where you can find a properly stored wine that was kept in its original container since its arrival in the U.S.
And that point segues perfectly into our next Saturday Sips. We’ll be sampling two ambitious Spanish wines that were purchased on release and that we just pulled from their crates. 2005 Clos Figueres Priorat is a highly-rated Garnatxa, Carinyena, Syrah, and Mourvedre blend from northeastern Spain that should be drinking ideally now but will also develop in the cellar through the next decade. 2003 6 Vinyes de Laurona is from D.O. Montsant, which almost completely surrounds Priorat, and makes the argument that Monsant wines can be just as powerful as those from Priorat. This small production blend of old vine Garnatxa and Carinyena is still brimming with fruit and the structure to back it up.