The goal at Michael Corso selections is simple: to import top quality wines at the best possible prices. Their belief is in the growers: good growers will always make good wine. They travel regularly and extensively to France seeking those producers whose wines offer traditional taste and style and express the special character of their unique terroir. Michael Corso works predominantly with small, family domains vignerons who are keenly aware of the patrimony of the land that they will pass on to their children and grandchildren. Hence, many of the wines they import are produced organically, most are from sustainable farming and all are made with respect for quality. Corso believes in letting winemakers make the wines, they are not interventionist importers.

 

Michael Corso likes wines that are meant to be enjoyed with food: wines with freshness and acidity that are finely balanced and not overpowering. Since 1972, Mike Corso has worked in virtually all aspects of wine sales: retail; restaurant; wholesale distribution; importer representative and importer, always with a concentration on European wines.

 

Wines are listed by appellation.

ALSACE             ARMAGNAC             BEAUJOLAIS             BORDEAUX             BURGUNDY              LOIRE             RHONE             SOUTHERN FRANCE

 

ALSACE

DOMAINE EMILE BEYER

The firm of Emile Beyer is under the guidance of Christian Beyer, who represents the 14th generation of the Beyer Family of wine growers in the charming village of Eguisheim, the birthplace and very heart of Alsace wine production.  The region is a mosaic terroirs composed of chalky marl, sandstone and clay in varying proportions. Accolades.

 

Pinot Blanc "Tradition" 2017

Riesling "Tradition" 2016

Pinot Gris "Tradition" 2016

Gewurztraminer "Tradition" 2014

Pinot Noir "Tradition" 2012

Gewurztraminer "Tradition" 2016

Riesling Grand Cru "Pfersigberg" (Limited)  2016

Pinot Noir "Sundel"(Limited) 2015

 

MAISON GELAS

While the Gelas family can trace its origins in Gascony back through the centuries, Maison Gelas Armagnac was founded in 1865 and has been in its present location in Vic Fezensac ever since. The firm is now run by the engaging Philippe Gelas, who represents the 4th generation of the Gelas family at the helm. Today the production follows the techniques of distillation traditional to the region, but the marketing is modern and innovative. Philippe Gelas offers a wide range of styles of Bas Armagnac and imaginative presentations. Most importantly, the vague old designations such as Reserve and Hors d’Age have been replaced by precise statements of age such as 8 years, 18 years, and 25 years, complemented by an essential entry-level “Selection.”

 

Bas Armagnac Selection

Bas Armagnac 8 Year Old

Bas Armagnac 18 year Old

Bas Armagnac 25 Year Old 100% Ugni Blanc

Bas Armagnac 50 Year Old 100% Baco

Bas Armagnac Assortment 4-pack 200ml

Bas Armagnac Vintage 1985

 

BEAUJOLAIS

DOMAINE LES FINES GRAVES ~ JACKY JANODET

The late Jacky Janodet was one of the most highly-regarded producers of first class Grand Cru Beaujolais. In this venerable region, Janodet’s 17.2 acres of vineyards with their high percentage of old vines are considered to be among the very best. They yield wines which are incredibly rich and powerful for Beaujolais, often improving with several years in bottle.

 

Domaine des Fines Graves was Jacky’s fiefdom, now tended by his wife, Evelyn, and their son, Jerome. The Janodets produce a very fine Beaujolais-Villages with exceptional depth and texture, and a powerful Chenas that can rival many a Bourgogne Rouge.

 

Moulin-A-Vent 2016   Shelf talker

Beaujolais - Villages 2016

BORDEAUX

CHATEAU BARREYRE

Château Barreyre is an historic property with an authentic 18th century château. The château was constructed in 1774 by Nicolas Barreyre, but the cultivation of the vines on the property dates back even further. The Barreyre family is a prominent Bordelais family of bourgeois origin, which may explain why the estate weathered the French Revolution and remains within the family, even until this day. A small, 22.5 acre property with a view of the Gironde and the nearby port of Macau, Château Barreyre actually lies within the Haut-Médoc.

Chayeau Barreyre Nicholas Barryere Bordeaux Supérieur 2014

 

 

BORDEAUX

CHÂTEAU LESCALLE

This pretty little château was built by Emmanuel Tessandier in 1875 in Macau, which lies at the beginning of the Haut-Médoc.  He surrounded his family’s home with vineyards, but was unhappily forced to divide his time between his bucolic life as a vigneron and his day job in Le Havre, where he had made his fortune creating and operating one of the world’s largest shipbuilding yards. Today, the winemaking at Château Lescalle is still done in the classic Médoc style.

 

Ch. Lescalle Bordeaux Supérieur 2011

 

BORDEAUX

CHÂTEAU MAURAC

The Haut-Médoc is the southeastern part of the Médoc, and is one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world.  For this is Bordeaux’s famed “left bank,” where many of Bordeaux’s finest chateaux are located.  Within the Haut-Médoc are the famous communes of Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac and St. Estèphe, home of Bordeaux’s most elite vineyards.  In addition to the elites, the appellation Haut-Médoc refers to the many fine wines from vineyards bordering or surrounding these renowned villages. They are classic expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that have made Bordeaux wine famous for centuries.

 

Winemaker and vineyard manager Claude Gaudin works with a number of châteaux in the region, and one of the best is Château Maurac.  This beautiful estate is situated just past the boundary of St. Estèphe, near such well-known neighbors as Château Sociando-Mallet and Château Charmail.

 

Ch. Maurac Haut Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2011

 

BORDEAUX

CHATEAU ST. GEORGES

As noted in Hugh Johnson’s Encyclopedia of Wine, the “splendid Château St. Georges” ranks among the top producers in the satellite appellations of Bordeaux’s Right Bank.  Its 45 hectares account for 25% of St. Georges-St. Emilion, Bordeaux’s smallest appellation. Since 1891 it has been home to three generations of the Desbois family, each carefully nurturing and improving the property before handing it down to the next. Under the consulting guidance of Michel Rolland for the past decade, the wines of Château. St. Georges are dark, rich and quite concentrated, serious wines that compete with many of the finest wines of St. Emilion.

 

Chateau St. Georges St. Emilion 2014    Talker

 

 

BURGUNDY

DOMAINE GILLE

The Gille family has resided in the village of Comblanchien continuously since 1570.  Since that time, the domaine has been passed down from father to son and has changed in size due to purchases and marriages. The present domaine was developed by Vivant Gille in the early 1900’s, and today the 9-hectare domaine is run by his grandson, Pierre Gille.  The vines on this tiny property range from 45 to 80 years of age, with some parcels owned by the family since the late 18th century.

 

Côte de Nuits Villages 2013

Côte de Nuits Villages 2014

Nuits St. Georges "Les Cailles" 1er Cru 2015   Talker

Vosne-Romanee Village 2015

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 2012

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 2015

Corton "Les Renardes" Grand Cru" 2011

Corton "Les Renardes" Grand Cru" 2015

Rully 1er Cru "Rabource" 2015

BURGUNDY

DOMAINE GUY AMIOT

The Domaine Amiot was founded in Chassagne-Montrachet in 1920 by Arsene Amiot when he acquired select parcels of vines or “climats” in Chassagne including Vergers, Caillerets, Clos St. Jean and in what is today Le Montrachet. Under Arsene, Domaine Amiot became one of the first domaines in Burgundy to bottle their own production.  In the 1930’s the domaine passed to Aresene’s son, Pierre, who continued to add top sites such as Champgains, Macherelles, Maltroie and their tiny parcel in Puligny, Les Demoiselles.  Pierre’s son, Guy, took the reins in 1985 and solidified the reputation of the domaine for producing wines of exceptional quality from an impressive array of top vineyard sites.  Guy’s son Thierry took over the winemaking in 2003 and continues the tradition of expressing the unique character of each vineyard site and constantly seeking to improve the quality of the wines.

 

Cremant de Bourgogne NV

Cremant de Bourgogne Rose NV

Bourgogne Aligoté 2013 2015  Talker

                    Bourgogne Blanc 2014 2015 2016

Bourgogne Rouge 2015

Chassagne-Montrachet AC Vieilles Vignes 2013

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Caillerets" 375s 2014

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Vergers" 2012

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Vergers" 2014     

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Demoiselles" 2015

Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 2015

Chassagne Montrachet Rouge "Clos St Jean" 2015

 

BURGUNDY

DOMAINE JACQUES GIRARDIN

Located in Santenay, the 17-hectare domaine of Jacques Girardin produces four Premier Cru red wines. The entire Girardin family are renowned winemakers, including Jacques’ father Jean, and his brother Vincent.  Jacques has been producing wine from his own domaine since 1978, when his father retired. He runs the domaine along with his wife Valérie and his son Justin.

 

Santenay 1er Cru "Clos Rousseau" 2015   92 points Wine Enthusiast

Santenay 1er Cru "Clos Rousseau"  DEMI 375s 2014

Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016   Talker

 

 

DOMAINE MICHEL BOUZEREAU

The Bouzereau clan is widespread in the village of Meursault, with Domaine Michel Bouzereau at the forefront. Michel Bouzereau comes from a large winemaking family and has held the post of President of the Burgundy Growers Union. He ferments in cask and gives his wines nine months on their lees. Determined that his wines will smell and taste only of wine, the importance of new wood is acknowledged but downplayed. Michel's son Jean Baptiste is now in charge of making the seventeen wines from this 26-acre estate.

 

Jean-Baptiste has respected his father's more traditionalist practices but he has instilled a fresher, livelier element to the wines which only enhances their appeal. These wines offer very good value for money and are benchmark examples for each of the crus. They can also age better than could be expected.

Meursault Village  Special Order 2016

Meursault "Les Narvaux"  Special Order 2016

Meursault 1er Cru Charmes  Special Order 2015

Meursault 1er Cru Poruzot  Special Order 2013

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres  Special Order 2016

 

 

LOIRE

DOMAINE DOZON

Domaine Dozon is located south of Chinon, on the left bank of the Vienne. Originally a traditional livestock and produce farm, they turned to viticulture with the acquisition of 12.5 acres within the renowned Clos du Saut au Loup in the early 20th century. Eric Santier, a Chinon native, purchased the Domaine in 2013 from Laure Dozon with the help of the esteemed Baudry family for whom he had worked. Some of the older, less desirable barrels were discarded and replaced with fiberglass tanks. Santier now seeks to make more pure and fresh expressions of wine from his village.

 

Clos du Saut au Loup 2016     Shelf talker

Clos du Saut au Loup 2017

Chinon Rosé 2017

 

LOIRE

DOMAINE DYCKERHOFF

The Dyckerhoff family migrated from Germany in the ‘60’s and Christian Dyckerhoff grew up in Reuilly. His wife, Benedicte, is from a family of vignerons in Ribeauvillé, Alsace, and together they created the domaine in 2004. The domaine consists of 12.5 acres in Reuilly in the central Loire near Bourges.

 

 

Reuilly Rose  2017

 

 

 

 

LOIRE

DOMAINE ROGER & CHRISTOPHE MOREUX

The estate of Domaine Roger & Christophe Moreux represents the best in artisanal wine making.  It has been well-established in Sancerre since 1895, and the work of the vineyards has been handed down from father to son for many generations.  Today, Christophe runs the small family domaine that has been passed down from his father, Roger. Each vineyard site of the domaine is vinified separately to fully express the terroir. Located just minutes from the village of Sancerre, the village of Chavignol is known for its very fine, racy wines and is also home to France’s greatest goat cheese, the crotins de Chavignol.

 

Sancerre  "Les Bouffants"  2015   90 points, Wine Enthusiast

 

LOIRE

DOMAINE VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU

Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau has been a family run estate since 1875.  During that time, each of five generations has benefited from the vast experience in viticulture and vinification that has been handed down. Today the domaine is under the meticulous care of brothers Stephane and Christophe Vigneau, The 70 acre Domaine consists of vouvrillon soil made up of limestone, clay and silex, with an abundance of limestone or flint rocks on the surface.  This soil is most favorable to the cultivation of Chenin Blanc, giving the wine its aromatic diversity of ripe quince, fresh grapes and acacia honey.

 

Vouvray Cuvee Silex Limited 2016 2017       92 points Wine Spectator

Vouvray Demi Sec "Clos de Vaux" Limited 2014

Vouvray Brut Methode Traditionelle  Limited NV

Vouvray Petillant "Domaine" Demi Sec  Limited NV

Vouvray Clos Rougemont  Limited 2016

 

 

LOIRE

THIERRY DELAUNAY

Thierry Delaunay’s 21 hectares of  vineyards are  situated in Pouillé above the banks of  the Cher,  50  kilometres  east  of   Tours.  This  is  the  very  center  of   the  appellation  contrôlée  region  of   Touraine. These vineyards have been cultivated  by  5  generations  of   the  same  family,  passing  from father to son. The first wines were bottled  at   the   domaine   in   1971.   Since   then,   the  Delaunay  family  has  worked  to  improve  the  quality of  their wines by combining the best of   traditional practices with the latest wine making  technology.

 

La Vignette Touraine Rose 2017

 

 

RHONE

DOMAINE CHAMFORT

The Domaine Chamfort is run by the energetic and irrepressible young vigneron, Vasco Perdigao.  While Vasco is of Portuguese origin, he has fully integrated himself into the life of a vigneron in the southern Rhône as proprietor of the 40 acre Domaine Chamfort in Sablet, at the northern edge of the Gigondas appellation.  While technically located in Sablet, the main production at Domaine de Chamfort comes from its 25 acres of vines in neighboring Vacqueyras, just southeast of Gigondas at the foothills of the imposing Dentelles de Montmirail.  Wine has been made in Vacqueyras for centuries and it was granted AOC status in 1947.  Classified as Côtes du Rhône-Villages, Vacqueyras was upgraded to its own appellation status in 1990.  Here the vines have ideal exposure on the mid-slope or garrigue terrace made up of very stony soil and brown earth.  The abundance of small stones and pebbles gives ideal drainage to the soil while retaining the heat of the sun to give added ripeness to the grapes.

 

Vacqueyras 2014   Shelf talker

Côtes du Rhône 2015

RHONE

MARLÈNE & NICOLAS CHEVALIER

Once part of the cave co-operative at Tain-Hermitage, the family vineyards of Cave Chevalier are gradually being reclaimed by the brother and sister team of Nicolas and Marlène Chevalier. Following his formal agricultural studies in France, Nicolas spent four years honing his winemaking skills on estates in Australia, California and South Africa.  He is a firm believer that the quality of any wine is determined largely by its terroir.  His own estate’s excellent sun exposure allows for dependably ripe, high quality grapes and its northern location provides grapes with great aromatic character. The 3.5 acres of vines are farmed sustainably, hand harvested, vinified and bottled according to parcels of distinctly different terroirs of clay and limestone near Chanos-Curson in the heart of the appellation.

 

Crozes Hermitage Blanc "Les Pends" 2016

Crozes Hermitage Rouge "Les Voleyses"  2015

 

RHONE

DOMAINE RASPAIL-AY

Dominique Ay, the affable but serious-minded proprietor of Domaine Raspail-Ay, makes a warm, charming, and oh-so-drinkable Gigondas at his 40-acre domaine.  Located on the terraces of the rugged Gigondas appellation, the last outcropping of the mighty alpine chain with the imposing rock formation of the Dentelles de Montmirail looming as a backdrop, this classic southern Rhone estate makes only about 7,000 cases of this superb Gigondas.  Dominique Ay’s Gigondas is without doubt a more elegant and fruit-driven style of wine than what many of his neighbors produce.

 

Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas  2014   Talker

Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas 2015   96 points Decanter   Talker

 

 

SOUTHERN FRANCE

CHATEAU STE. EULALIE

Château Ste. Eulalie is located in the Minervois region of France’s Languedoc, midway between Narbonne and the medieval town of Carcassonne.  Behind it rises the Montagne Noire, the border of the Massif Central; to the southwest, the snowy peaks of the Pyrenees can be seen on the horizon. Narbonne and the Mediterranean lie 45 minutes to the south. It was purchased by Laurent and Isabelle Coustal in 1996, who have undertaken the entire renovation of the vineyards and chais.  The estate is comprised of 85 acres on terraces 656 feet above the town of La Livinière.  Long regarded as the finest section of Minervois, La Livinière has now been recognized as an official “Cru de Languedoc” and is entitled to its own appellation.

 

"Plaisir d'Eulalie" 2016  Talker

La Livinière "La Cantilene" 2011

La Livinière "Grand Vin" 2011

Rose "Printemps d'Eulalie" 2017

 

SOUTHERN FRANCE

DOMAINE DE BLAIS

The Domaine de Blaîs is an ancient estate in the Var, once a Roman villa, and possesses an extra dimension of character and complexity due to this provenance.  The vineyards are located on the limestone foothills of the historic Maures massif in the southern Var, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps. The terroir benefits from the Mediterranean climate so beneficial for traditional southern varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan and Rolle. One wine is produced here, bottled in an elegant flute bottle that is a striking, modern expression of the traditional Provençal flute à corset.

Provence Rose 2017

Provence Rose Magnum

 

SOUTHERN FRANCE

MAITRES VIGNERONS DE LA VIDAUBANAISE

Established in Vidauban in 1922, the Mâitres Vignerons de la Vidaubanaise today controls 1,500 acres of vines in the heart of the Appellation Côtes de Provence.  Located on the limestone foothills of the Maures Massif in the southern Var, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps, the terroir benefits from the Mediterranean climate so beneficial for traditional southern varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan and Rolle. Wines from the Maitres Vignerons annually win numerous awards at competitions such as the Mondial du Rosé and the Concours General Agricole, as well as receiving regular references in the French wine press.

 

Provence  Rosé Traditional Flute bottle 2017     Shelf talker

Provence  Rosé Traditional Flute bottle MAGNUM 2017

La Plage rosé 2017     Shelf talker

 

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