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          November 21, 2019

          Raj Parr Wine Club ‘Monday Club’ Pet-Nat

          Make no mistake, every Monarch Exclusive is special. Each of these wines take extra effort to obtain. They are wines we believe in so strongly that we go the extra mile to bring them to you. However, this is a BIG ONE. We are proud to be the only retailer on EARTH to offer Raj Parr's 'Monday Club' Pet-Nat!
          November 13, 2019

          2018 Clos des Plantes ‘Poïesis’ Chenin Blanc

          Oilvier Lejeune (as his name suggests) is a young and incredibly talented winemaker in France's Loire Valley, the ancestral home of Chenin Blanc. He has been mentored by the region's 2 most revered winemakers, Angeli and Leroy. These two names are revered by Chenin freaks (like me!).
          October 30, 2019

          Domaine Chandon de Briailles

          When a winery you've never heard of outshines some of the region's heaviest hitters, it makes a lasting impression and creates a mild obsession. Chandon de Briailles has long been synonymous with traditional, age-worthy Burgundy. Monarch is proud to offer the only bottles of Chandon de Briailles in South Carolina!
          October 9, 2019

          2017 Il Borghetto ‘Bilaccio’ Toscana Sangiovese

          Those of you who know me or follow Monarch, even from a distance, can see my passion for Burgundy. Few wines match the purity, delicacy, and terroir transparency of those hallowed vineyards. You can imagine my sheer delight, my astoundment, when tasting Il Borghetto 'Bilaccio' for the first time. A Tuscan Sangiovese with unmatched grace. An ethereal red, from the heart of Chianti Classico.
          September 18, 2019

          Dominique Lafon, Beaune ‘1er Cru Les Greves’ 2017

          Dominique Lafon is not one to rest on his laurels. His day job is making wine for his family's estate in Meursault at Domaine des Comtes Lafon. The Domaine ranks amongst Burgundy's elite, producing wines that will age for decades.
          August 15, 2019

          Whitcraft Winery: California in its Purest Form

          Drake Whitcraft isn't usually at his winery on Saturdays in the Spring. But there I found myself, on a rainy afternoon, tasting through an incredible line-up of his namesake wines in a freezing barrel room at the Santa Barbara winery. That's the kind of guy Drake is: quiet, modest, giving. Much like the wines he crafts from surrounding vineyards on the Central Coast.
          August 13, 2019

          DeFermo: Cerasuolo ‘Le Cince’ 2018

          I don't like rosé. Let me re-phrase that: I don't like most rosé. What used to be a fun, summer-scented wine has gone the way of Pinot Grigio (through no fault of its own). Mass-produced, watered-down, devoid of character and a sense of place. Don't get me wrong, I love crisp, chug-able rosés, but it is rare that I taste a truly transcendent rosé...until now.
          July 10, 2019

          Matassa Blanc ‘Cuvée Marguerite’ 2018

          Admittedly, I usually don't gravitate to Southern French whites. The heat and relentless sunshine combine to produce fat, oily-textured wines, devoid of freshness and acidity. But this wine couldn’t be more unlike anything else from the South...
          July 6, 2019

          René et Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 2017

          A strong case can be made that, of all the places where Chardonnay is grown, Chablis produces the most distinctive and unique wines. Even “village” wines from solid producers have a unique charm and minerality. But in the hands of a true master, working with old vines and elite vineyards, Chablis can scale heights unknown to other Chardonnay makers...
          June 26, 2019

          Domaine Chapel, Beaujolais-Villages 2018

          It's an age-old story, or is it? Boy meets girl while working harvest for legendary winemakers in Beaujolais. Girl marries boy. The young couple start their own winery and take the wine world by storm with their thrilling and incredibly soulful wines!
          May 22, 2019

          Envinate ‘Migan’ & ‘Palo Blanco’ 2017

          Go to the ends of the earth, find ancient and mostly forgotten vines that grow in a windswept moonscape atop dormant volcanoes, and make great wine...
          March 27, 2019

          Colombera & Garella Lessona ‘Pizzaguerra’ 2015

          I taste a lot of wine. I mean, a LOT of wine OK? And the simple fact that I can still be stopped in my tracks by a heartbreakingly beautiful bottle of wine...well, that's why Monarch exists. This exclusive is from a producer that is no stranger to our shelves, but it is a cuvée that is totally new to South Carolina.