Wisdom and Wine

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Wisdom and Wine Pty Ltd

Wisdom and Wine imports fine wines from France and sells them directly to customers. Our goal is to identify and provide imported wines that are:

  • Excellent quality
  • Keenly priced
  • Not available in large chain stores.

Besson Chablis Featured in Decanter Magazine

Decanter, July 2016


The 2013 Chablis from Domaine Besson has proved to be an outstanding success in Melbourne. The 2014, currently on the water, will also be a great success.

Adrien Schoenheitz in Australia


Adrien Schoenheitz from Domaine Schoenheitz was in Melbourne recently and we had the opportunity to look at a number of his wines. A highlight was the 1990 Schoenheitz "Linsenberg" Riesling from their museum stock. It was in wonderful condition and demonstrated how well their wines can age.



Alex Gambal - a Passion for Great Burgundy

Alex Gambal's passion for Burgundy was evident to all who met him on his recent visit to Melbourne.


A fine range of his wine accompanied an outstanding meal at L'Hotel Gitan at dinner in February. An interested clientele heard Alex explain the nuances and challenges of making fine Burgundy.


Only limited stocks of his 2013's remain and we look forward to his 2014's later in the year.






2014 Vintage in Chablis

The February 2016 edition of "Decanter" has reported that 2014 is a classic vintage and we look forward to the first of the 2014's from Besson later in the year.

The 2013 Besson Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains" won a Gold Medal a the COncours des Vins des Vignerons Independants.

2013 Chopin Wines Worth the Wait

Our first tasting of Arnaud Chopin's 2013 reds showed that they once again punch above their weight. 2013 was a difficult vintage with a small harvest but Arnaud has done a wonderful job in capturing the fruit whilst maintaining balance and elegance. Some whole bunch fermentation has added another dimension to these wines.


Alex Gambal's Wines Stand Out

At two tasting over the last week, we have been reminded how good Alex's wines are - in particular the 2012 Puligny-Montrachet and the 2012 St Aubin 1er Cru "Les Murgers des Dent de Chien" were both outstanding.


Guy Farge Wines Now Available

We have just received our latest shipment of wine and it includes four different wines from Guy Farge. Guy is based in the villlage of Saint-Jean du Muzols in the heart of the Saint Joseph appellation in the Northern Rhône. His vineyard overlooks the Rhône River and is opposite the appellations of Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage.


His Saint Joseph Blanc, a blend of 80% marsanne and 20% roussanne, won a Bronze Award in the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards. The tasting snotes from Decanter are:


"Beguiling nose of white peach, cassis bud mingled with a whiff of petrol note. A lovely mid-weight wine with a good grip and a lingering fruity aftertaste."

Champagne Chaudron Comes to Australia

Our first shipment of wine from Chamagne Chaudron in Verzenay will soon be in Australia.


"The Chaudron Non Vintage Grande Réserve Brut, a combination of 60% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Meunier has just received a Silver Award in the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards."


Olivier Horiot Champagne Returns to Australia

We are delighted to announce that we have secured a small parcel of Olivier Horiot's Champagne. We first imported some of these wines about three years ago. Our recent visit to Olivier in the village of Les Riceys confirmed to us the high quality of these wines and the passion he brings to the creation of them.


He works biodynamically and has a great respect for the individual terroir of each plot. He not only works with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier but also Arbane,Petit Meulier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. His wines all have a very low dosage and are available only in very small quantities.


Olivier Horiot is undoubtedly a rising star in Champagne!


The Champagnes that we will have available in July are:


  • Cuvée “Métisse” Noirs & Blancs NV Extra Brut
  • Cuvée “5 Sens” 5 Cépages 2009 Brut Nature
  • Cuvée “Sève” Rosé de Saignée 2008 Brut Nature



Besson 2012 Premier Cru Chablis Outstanding

Our first tasting of the 2012 Besson Premier Cru Chablis showed that the outstanding quality of these wines continues once again.


Alex Gambal in “Decanter”

Alex Gambal was mentioned in the December, 2014 edition of "Decanter" in an article on Burgundy micronegociants. We are delighted to have some stock of his 2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune “Grand Picotins” that was well received in the review.



Bass Phillip, Wisdom and Wine Master Class Dinner a Great Success

Sixty eight guests enjoyed fine food and wonderful wines at our Master Class with Phillip Jones and Bass Phillip at Jorg Restaurant on 14th October, 2014.



The wines from Bass Phillip and from Alex Gambal, Arnaud Chopin and Bachey-Legros matched the finefood and ensured a wonderful night.


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2012 Bachey-Legros Wines Arrive

We are delighted to have taken delivery of a small allocation of 2012 wines from Bachey-Legros in Santenay. The wines of 2012 have great power and intensity in contrast to the elegance of the 2011's. The quantities are small but the wines are well worth trying.

Luncheon a Great Success

Our "Burgundy Comes to Church St" luncheon at Church St Enoteca on Friday, 25 July as a great success. 40 guests enjoyed the fine food at Church St Enoteca matched with some outstanding wines.


Alex Gambal's 2011 St Aubin 1er Cru “Les Murgers des Dents de Chien” and Bachey-Legros' Meursault “Les Grand Charrons”

proved a fine bracket of wines that was a perfect match with the scallop entree. Our only disappointment was that we did not have any more of the wines to sell.


Similarly, the slow cooked shin of beef was a great match for Alex's 2011 Beaune 1er Cru “Les Grèves”

and Arnaud Chopin's 2011 Chambolle Musigny.


Our next event will be a Master Class and dinner led by Phill Jones and Phill Meyer. We will be matching some of our Burgundies with Phill Jones' outstanding wines from Bass Phillip. This is scheduled to be held in mid October.

Exquisite Gambal Wines

We have recently had the opportunity to re-taste some of Alex Gambal's wines. They are absolutey outstanding - wonderful fruit, elegance and depth of flavour. The three 2011's that we have tasted have all shown wonderful integration and are a delight to taste. The 2009 Puligny Montrachet is a fine example of White Burgundy from this outstanding vintage.


One of our clients commented recently: "... having a bottle of Gambal St Aubin with prawns tonight - absolutely outstanding."


The other wines tasted were the 2011 Meursault "Clos du Cromin", 2011 Chambolle-Musigny and 2011 Beaune 1er Cru “Les Grèves”.


Alsace Wines First Tasting Success

We are delighted with the quality of the Schoenheitz wines from Alsace. This independent, family owned winery located in the village of Wihr-Au-Val in the Munster Valley is developing a reputation for fine and elegant wines.


We have wines from three of the noble grapes of Alsace - Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. These wines are:


  • 2012 Schoenheitz Alsace Riesling
  • 2011 Schoenheitz Alsace Riesling "Linsenberg"
  • 2009 Schoenheitz Alsace Pinot Gris "Linsenberg"
  • 2012 Schoenheitz Alsac Gewurztaminer



The "Lisenberg" vineyard sits 500 metres above the village of Wihr-Au-Val.


Clos Vougeot Stands out Wine at Grand Cru Tasting

At our recent tasting of Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines, Alex Gambal's 2011 Clos Vougeot was outstanding. His 2011 Meursault 1er Cru "Les Genevrières" also showed why many people regard this wine as being of Grand Cru quality.


2011 Wines from Besson in Chablis Showing Well

Our most recent shipment of wine from the Besson family in Chabis once again demonstrated the quality of their wines. The 2011 Chablis is an elegant wine with great structure and fine fruit - an excellent drink now wine. The Premier Crus from "Montmains" and "Vaillons" both show an extra dimension in flavour and structure and will develop into outstanding wines over the next 3 to 5 years.



Great Tasting at Royal South Yarra Tennis Club

Our first tasting at Royal South Yarra Tennis Club of 15 wines from five Burgundy producers demonstrated a fine range of wines of outstanding quality.


The 2010 Besson Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" showed wonderful development and structure. Alex Gambal's 2009 Puligny-Montrachet was a standout - beautifully integrated fruit and oak from a wonderful drinking. There is a further small quantity of this wine arriving early in the New Year.


The reds were also excellent. Arnaud Chopin's range of wines showed why he is one of the success stories amongst the small producers in the Cote de Nuits- excellent fruit and balance with each wine reflecting its appellation. The Jane et Sylvain Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Fontenys" show power and weight, a wine to put down and enjoy in the years ahead. Alex's Beaune 1er Cru "Les Greves" once again demonstrated his outstanding winemaking skills and this will also reward cellaring.

“Heathcote meets the Rhône Valley in Italy - great success”

Our dinner at Scopri was a great, sellout success. We delighted with the function.


The first wine was the NV Grand Prieur Brut that showed excellent development and balance. It has settled down and is an outstanding Champagne.


The 2011 Combe Juliere Rasteau was also a highlight, a real bargain for a Rhone wine of Cru status.

Prieur Champagne Highly Rated by "Decanter"

The just published "Decanter World Wine Awards 2013" has given bronze awards to both the Ch & A Prieur, Grand Prieur NV Brut and the Ch & A Prieur, Grand Prieur Blanc de Blancs NV Brut Champagnes.


Ch & A Prieur, Grand Prieur NV Brut

"Mature apple nose. Rich and big. serious food-style palate. Savoury and dry with fluffy mousse."

Ch & A Prieur, Grand Prieur Blanc de Blancs NV Brut

"Full and classy mousse. Gentle and creamy toast nose. Good body and nice vanilla flavour."

Jane et Sylvain Wines Debut in Australia

We are delighted to announce the arrival of three wines from the small, biodynamic Domaine of Jane et Sylvain from the famous village of Gevrey-Chambertin. At our first tasting, the wines reflect the power and intensity that we expect from this appellation.


The wines are:

  • 2011 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
  • 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin
  • 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Fontenys"

Gambal Wines Arrive

At our tasting of Alex Gambal's wine at Easter time in Beaune, we were pleased by the quality within the range and the consistency across the range. Once again, Alex has captured the essence of Burgundy and each wine reflects the particular terroir of its appellation.

The 2011 vintage is small in quantity but makes up for it with quality. The forthcoming 2012 vintage is also small and, with the recent storms around Beaunce, prices can only go up.

Chopin Wines Available

We are delighted to announce the arrival of wines from Domaine A Chopin et Fils in Comblanchien.


Arnaud Chopin is the 5th generation of the family to take control of the Domaine and he brings enormous passion and dedication to his task. We have been impressed by his approach, his dedication to 'terroir' and his attention to detail in the production of his wines. We consider him to be in the upper echelon of modern Burgundy producers.

Rhône Wines Arrive

Our shipment of Rhône wines has arrived safely. On first tasting, they represent excellent value from three up and coming growers, two in the southern Rhône and one in the northern Rhône.


The wines are:


Domaine Combe Julière, Rasteau
  • 2011 Côtes du Rhone - 70% grenache, 20% mouvedre, 10% carignan

  • 2011 Rasteau - 80% grenache, 10% mouvèdre, 10% carignan
  • 2010 Cuvée Aimé - 70% grenache, 20% mouvèdre, 10% carignan
Domaine la Ligière, Vacqueyras
  • 2010 Côtes du Rhone Sud Absolu - 70% grenache, 30% syrah
  • 2011 Beaumes de Venise - 60% grenache, 40% syrah
  • 2011 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise


Domaine Guy Farge, Saint Joseph
  • 2011 Vin de Pays de l'Ardeche Rose - Syrah
  • 2012 Saint-Peray (blanc) - 90% roussane, 10% marsanne
  • 2011 Saint Joseph "Terre de Granit" - 100% syrah
  • 2011 Cornas "Harmonie" - 100% syrah


2011 Gambal Wines on the Way

We are looking forward to receiving our first shipment of Alex Gambal's 2011 vintage wines in July. 2011 has proved to be a difficult for some but the better winemaker, such as Alex, have produced excellent wine.


We are delighted to have a larger allocation this year of his popular Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Cuvée les deux Papis" but it is likely to sell out quickly - contact us to reserve a case!

New Wines from France

We are delighted to announce that we have an increased range of wines from France arriving in the next few months including:



Domaine Bachey-Legros, Santenay


A small quantity of 1er Cru Santenay from the acclaimed 2011 vintage including wine from the very old vines in the "Les Fourneaux" lieu dit in the "Clos Rousseau" vineyard.


We will also have 2011 Meursault "Les Charrons" and 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Morgeots".


Vaudoisey Volnay 1er Cru "Les Mitans" in Decanter

The 2010 Vaudoisey Volnay 1er Cru "Les Mitans" is "Highly Recommended" in the March 2013, Decanter.

Wine of the week


The Vaudoisey Meursault is Ralph Kyte-Powell's "Wine of the week" in the Uncorked section of Epicure in The Age, 22 January 2013.Very limited quantities available! Read the Vaudoisey Tasting Notes menu item for more information. Click here to read the review in The Age.




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