Astor Staff Picks: Holiday Edition

Looking for the perfect bottle to give to a friend or bring to a party? Check out the video above to see what Astor Wines & Spirits consultants are going to be opening up this season!


Krug “Grande Cuvée,” Multi-Vintage Brut – MV
A brilliantly made wine of great finesse and power. This is the blending art raised to its highest level.

Ch. Le Moulin, Pomerol – 2004
A spicy, full-bodied Bordeaux from Pomerol. Château Le Moulin is named after a 19th century windmill that adorns the property. Showing evolution but still a wine to hold for many years to come. Grab a bottle if you’re looking for a classic Pomerol.

Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, Ch. Pajzos – 1993
Puttonyos is the measure of sweetness in Tokaji Aszú, Hungary’s most famous wine. There are six levels, with #6 representing the sweetest. Made from late-harvested, botrytis-affected grapes, Aszú is a highly concentrated, ageworthy dessert wine.

Pierre Brigandat Brut – NV
Brigandat is a small organic grower. This is made entirely from Pinot Noir. Dry on the palate with aromas of strawberries and a touch of brioche.

Bourgueil, “Nuits d’Ivresse”, Pierre Breton – 2010
An assemblage from his best parcels, this is Pierre’s most ambitious wine. Always striving for absolute purity of fruit in this wine. He has achieved a stunning result.

Primitivo Quiles “Raspay” Tinto – 2006
Made from low-yielding 100% Monastrell grapes grown in this exceptional winemaking region and produced in small batches using traditional techniques before being aged in old oak barrels and then, for a longer period, in bottle. A dark, intense wine in an oxidized style, so it’s not for everyone, but an amazing experience, reminiscent of Chinato.