***SOLD OUT***Anderson Valley SV Chardonnay ~$15 (Bêcheur)

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***SOLD OUT***Anderson Valley SV Chardonnay ~$15 (Bêcheur)

#1 Post by Michael Terrien » March 17th, 2020, 2:10 pm

Did you buy Terrien Chardonnay on Berserkers Day? OKAY so here we go again with dynamic pricing but this time for a wine I didn't make: this one is a very, very good single vineyard Anderson Valley Chardonnay made by a friend. It's 2018 and comes from one and a half puncheons and three barrels. The new oak contribution is from the half-puncheon, so about 1/6th new French oak in the bottle. I'm not allowed to tell you the vineyard name, but it's renowned.

Bêcheur is meant as a way for you to rescue a nice wine at cost. By rescue I mean you'll find wines I have dug up from my friends’ wineries and which I offer to you because otherwise they would become a casualty of California’s grape glut and get blended for sale on the bulk market.
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#2 Post by Todd F r e n c h » March 17th, 2020, 2:39 pm

Any Berserkers had this yet? Would love some notes!
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#3 Post by Nate Simon » March 17th, 2020, 3:14 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Any Berserkers had this yet? Would love some notes!
Yes indeed!
I bought a six pack as soon as I received Michael‘s email alerting me to the project.
Sounds like a great project, one worthy of keeping an eye on. My understanding is that he is trying to rescue good juice that otherwise would be bound for bulk sale in the midst of the “grape glut.” I also believe that Michael is going to be releasing other wines under the same label.
I believe this was very recently bottled. Thus, it is a bit young and “reticent,“ hinting that it will develop substantially, as Michael suggested to me that it would. Nonetheless, for this price, you will not find a better California Chardonnay. Nice apple/pear notes, citrus, and some minerality that keeps it interesting, with a pleasing nutty element. There is no prominent oak present. I would not say that the style is lean per se, as it certainly has a nice fruit component, but it definitely is not big or overblown in any way. It’s a balanced wine that tastes like it can age.
Michael’s recommendation was to drink a bottle soon to get a general impression, then let the rest sit for a while, which is what I plan on doing. You will not be disappointed, especially at this price.
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#4 Post by ray ormand » March 17th, 2020, 3:16 pm

I bought 6 bottles for $36, free shipping. Perhaps the best wine buy of my lifetime. It is indeed very very good. Medium body, good varietal character, nice texture, good grip, nothing overdone, very satisfying. Mr. Terrien sure knows what he is doing, he has quickly earned my trust. Look forward to future offers.
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#5 Post by Dave H. » March 17th, 2020, 3:20 pm

Agree with previous notes. Just bottled and I grabbed one right off the truck, so take that into consideration, but both reticent and very pleasant is accurate. Very little discernible oak.
A half bottle held up well in the fridge for days—look forward to checking in on another in a couple of months.
Thoroughly enjoyed and got it at a great price.
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#6 Post by CJ Beazley » March 17th, 2020, 3:32 pm

What’s the shipping prices?
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#7 Post by Michael Terrien » March 17th, 2020, 3:32 pm

Free shipping

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#8 Post by HDolan » March 17th, 2020, 5:14 pm

I think Michael's Yankee ingenuity has hit gold here. The wine is young, but indeed wonderful, at a price point none of us can resist Happy to "rescue" anything else he finds...Ayuh. champagne.gif champagne.gif

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#9 Post by Michael O'Brien » March 17th, 2020, 9:51 pm

I too bought a 6 pack and opened my first one today. I was expecting it to be more austere but it was medium-bodied with layers of lemon, grapefruit, and some apple. The fruit stood out from the first sip. It had a subtle minerality. It was well-balanced with good appropriate acidity. I thought I picked up some hints of almonds too but that might have been because I was snacking on almonds as I finished the bottle. I did not pick up any oak or any of the buttery flavors that I often find in CA Chardonnay. Overall, this is an excellent, well-balanced Chardonnay that offers a lot of pairing possibilities. Tonight it was paired with a poblano pepper stuffed with seasoned chicken and it was up to the task. I have always trusted what Michael Terrien can do with Chardonnay. He did not let me down with this wine or his Terrien Chardonnay.
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#10 Post by Nate Simon » March 22nd, 2020, 10:12 pm

Hope y’all have jumped on this. Highly recommended.

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#11 Post by James Mc » March 23rd, 2020, 6:04 pm

Maybe i missed it, but how do we order? Went to website but didnt see it. Pm? Thanks!
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#12 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 23rd, 2020, 6:07 pm

I posted a TN on it a few days ago.

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#13 Post by Michael Terrien » March 23rd, 2020, 6:12 pm

Somebody who has bought the wine could do a "refer a friend" for James Mc : give $20 get $20. On the Bêcheur website.

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#14 Post by PHuff » March 23rd, 2020, 7:24 pm

ray ormand wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 3:16 pm
I bought 6 bottles for $36, free shipping. Perhaps the best wine buy of my lifetime. It is indeed very very good. Medium body, good varietal character, nice texture, good grip, nothing overdone, very satisfying. Mr. Terrien sure knows what he is doing, he has quickly earned my trust. Look forward to future offers.
How did you get 6 bottles for $36 when the listed price is $15/bottle?
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#15 Post by ray ormand » March 23rd, 2020, 9:25 pm

Dynamic pricing. The price fluctuates depending on buying activity. It was the same for the Terrien Chardonnay. There is an explanation of this under the Berserker Day 11 Forum--read through the thread on Terrien and you will see that people who posted paid anywhere from $6-$18 per bottle. If you go to the Bêcheur website you will see two prices--the current and the average.

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#16 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » March 23rd, 2020, 11:18 pm

Very cool idea...well done!
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#17 Post by Nate Simon » March 24th, 2020, 9:23 am

Cracked another one last night. This will definitely scratch the itch of any AFWE Cali Chardonnay fans. Stylistically reminiscent of Ceritas, maybe Radio-Coteau.

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#18 Post by JDavisRoby » March 24th, 2020, 11:52 am

Nate Simon wrote:
March 24th, 2020, 9:23 am
Cracked another one last night. This will definitely scratch the itch of any AFWE Cali Chardonnay fans. Stylistically reminiscent of Ceritas, maybe Radio-Coteau.
I’ve wondered if this comes from a vineyard that Radio-Coteau does a SVD Chardonnay from...
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#19 Post by Nate Simon » March 24th, 2020, 1:14 pm

JDavisRoby wrote:
March 24th, 2020, 11:52 am
Nate Simon wrote:
March 24th, 2020, 9:23 am
Cracked another one last night. This will definitely scratch the itch of any AFWE Cali Chardonnay fans. Stylistically reminiscent of Ceritas, maybe Radio-Coteau.
I’ve wondered if this comes from a vineyard that Radio-Coteau does a SVD Chardonnay from...
No idea. He can’t mention the source.

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#20 Post by timmy roos » March 28th, 2020, 4:33 am

Wow that was quick shipping. Chilled and enjoyed last night with fish tacos. Thanks!
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#21 Post by Thomas Concilio » April 8th, 2020, 7:53 am

Anybody know if this offer is still available?
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#22 Post by Patrick T a y l o r » April 8th, 2020, 10:44 am

Thomas Concilio wrote:
April 8th, 2020, 7:53 am
Anybody know if this offer is still available?
looks like it is still up

https://becheur.com/product/18AVCHDP2/
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#23 Post by Nick Kra Mar Ski » April 9th, 2020, 4:09 pm

After all these TNs and at this price, a case seems like the move. Thanks, Mike

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#24 Post by Peter Kleban » April 14th, 2020, 11:34 am

Just ordered some of these. Sounds really good, and if Michael Terrien recommends it, I'm for it!
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#25 Post by Peter Kleban » April 15th, 2020, 8:55 am

Article about Bêcheur & another wine in SF Chronicle today

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/articl ... o-19279442
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#26 Post by Mike Evans » April 15th, 2020, 11:31 am

After being very impressed with a BD Terrien, I had to bite the bullet and try these. I regret not doing it earlier when the price was much less, but considering that I all but stole the BD offer, this helped balance my karma and is still a good deal.

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#27 Post by Brent S » April 22nd, 2020, 3:41 pm

Wow it’s at $44/bottle now.
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#28 Post by Michael Terrien » April 22nd, 2020, 4:09 pm

Keep an eye on the average price as that is the one that matters most (as long as you think you might want to buy a future release of Bêcheur). The difference in your purchase price and the final average price will be the value of the coupon you'll get when the wine sells out.

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#29 Post by brigcampbell » April 22nd, 2020, 6:12 pm

Michael can do no wrong!

BD offering was ridiculous.

This looks the same.

One day, Michael, I will buy you a bottle to share. I appreciate and support your passion and creativity.

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#30 Post by Brent S » April 25th, 2020, 5:58 pm

It’s officially sold out!
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#31 Post by Peter Kleban » April 25th, 2020, 7:49 pm

Opened our first one last night. This wine is just fabulous, perhaps the best Chardonnay I've ever drunk. I'll post a full TN soon, but what struck me most was the sophistication and elegance. Thanks so much, Michael!
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Terrien Chardonnay '15
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#32 Post by Greg Wilhelm » April 26th, 2020, 6:48 am

Can anyone refer me for an account? wilhelm.greg@gmail.com

Also, how often do these releases occur?

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#33 Post by Peter Kleban » April 28th, 2020, 3:31 pm

Here it is (and BTW three stars is my highest rating for any wine so far)
  • 2018 Bêcheur Chardonnay - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (4/24/2020)

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    C: very light yellow
    N: inviting
    P: Opens very subtle, with a slight creaminess. Not as acid as other Terriens I've had, and the acidity which is there is very well integrated. Note of lemon. I could list more flavors, but somehow that misses the point. This wine is elegant, with a veiled power, very sophisticated, un vin de haute qualité. One of the best Chards I've had. Thank you, Michael!

    FWIW, bottle # 2241
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Vigot Vosne-Romanée Chalandins '16
Patricia Green Mysterious '16
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Terrien Chardonnay '15
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Giacosa Arneis '16
Bêcheur Chardonnay Anderson Vly '18

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