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Friday, March 16, 2007

Cuvee Alexandre creeps upscale

Well, maybe it isn't surprising that after getting 90-point scores for five vintages in a row, the price of Casa Lapostolle's Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay is getting a bump. This wonderfully balanced and consistently excellent wine used to list for $20, but as of March 1 its front-line retail price is $25. In practice, that means that a wine that used to sell for at a discounted price of $17 will now run closer to $22. That means it will now be competing with the likes of Flora Springs Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Chateau St. Jean's Robert Young Vineyard Chardonnay and Neyers Chardonnay, among a host of others.

In practice, it may mean that the discounts will come at the end of the vintage instead of the beginning, and that in a year from now we'll be able to buy the 2005 Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay for $17 because the distributor needs to make room for the 2006. No worries -- it will still be a good wine in a year, and in the meantime there are plenty of delicious alternatives in the $15-$20 range....
M. Zane Grey, 10:40 PM