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Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,

The hill of Hermitage in the Northern Rhone - home to the world’s greatest Syrah - is owned mostly by large negociant firms. There exist only a few small growers with plots there and Jean-Michael Sorrel is one of them.

For lovers of Hermitage, Jean-Michael Sorrel needs little introduction as he is the son of Henri Sorrel, and brother of Marc Sorrel. When Henri Sorrel died, his land was divided up between the sons. Jean-Michael kept only three acres but they include two of the finest vineyards on that esteemed hill, Le Méal and Les Greffieux.

Sorrell Jean-Michael Sorrel is one of the finest sources of artisanal, traditionally-made Hermitage. His style is unquestionably old-school, 70 year old vines, extremely low yield, no de-stemming and long maceration in wood vats, so his wines showcase Syrah’s fleshy, gamey, bloody side. Dark purple in the glass and undeniably ripe and meaty on the nose, Syrah fans and Northern Rhône nuts love his wine's undeniable terroir expression.

Robert Parker gave the 2003 Northern Rhone vintage an astounding 96 points writing, “some producers … believe they may have produced the most prodigious wines of their lives … astonishingly concentrated yet accessible”. The Wine Spectator concurred, gracing it with 94 points.

Traditionally Hermitage is backward and tannic when young but after opening a bottle in the store we can vouch that the 2003 vintage is just the opposite, delivering rich, full bodied flavors that are accessible on release. However if you have the foresight (and self control) to cellar a case, over time, some absolutely remarkable, deep, complex, sauvage flavors will emerge.

The J.M.B. Sorrel Hermitage, 2003 is an elegant, textured wine, a future classic from a world class winemaker. Keep in mind, Jean-Michael works only three acres of vines, production is extremely limited.

J.M.B. Sorrel Hermitage “le Vignon” Vielle Vignes – 2003 - $79.99

The usual email special applies...
10% discount on 6 bottles - $71.99 per bottle
15% discount on 12 bottles - $67.99 per bottle

Please order on-line or by e-mailing us at Sales or call us on 212-924-6999

You are cordially invited to Le Dû Wines’ birthday party. We will be celebrating in the store on September 16th from 3-6pm with an extravaganza of wines from all over the world. The list of wines we will be pouring is too long to include in this email, but rest assured, some great bottles will be opened to celebrate so don’t miss this very special event.

Jean-Luc Starting Wednesday September 20th you can join "James Beard Award Winner" Jean Luc Le Du and guest lecturers in a series of weekly tastings and discussions appropriate for wine lovers of all levels. Wine is more than a beverage of pleasure; it is a constantly changing landscape of history, geography, art and science. Drawing on his vast knowledge, unique experiences and extensive travels, Jean Luc will use a clear and unpretentious approach to help you understand and navigate mondo vino.

Jean Luc Le Du has lectured at Degustibus @ Macy's, The Institute of Culinary Education, The Hamptons Food & Wine Festival and The Santa Barbra Uncorked Festival. As a sommelier he has organized many international level wine tastings for clients such as Christie's and Restaurant Daniel.

For reservations call 212-924-6999 or e-mail Andy.

All Seminars run from 6:30-8:00pm and are held in the store.
15% discount on any three seminars.
More seminars will be announced shortly.

Wednesday, September 20 - The Great Grapes - $55
Wednesday, September 27 - White Burgundy - $75
Wednesday, October 4 - American Pinot Noir - $75
Wednesday, October 11 - A Tour of Northern Italy - $60
Wednesday, October 18 - The World’s Best Wine Values - $50
Wednesday, October 25 - Jean Luc’s Favorite Wine Regions - $70

We hope to see you here...

Jean-Luc Le Dû.

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